Here are Sandy's blocks. Nice to be able to "continue on a roll" with similar blocks, but also fun to see how different a change in color or patterns can create new looks. I think blue and yellow is a favorite of many and Sandy will have a "smashing" quilt when done~
We got some great ideas for Block Lotto at the brainstorming session! So stay tuned for some exciting challenges in 2016. For December, we've selected the converging corners block. Here's a photo of the one I made.
After much debate, we decided on solid white for the background and any combination of brights for the center and two corner. I think these will look really festive when they're all put together. The more you make, the better chance you have of winning. So forget holiday shopping, stay home and sew!
Sandy jumped on board the scrappy-trip-around-the-world train as queen of the Lucky Bee for November. She sent along some blue, white, and gold strips, and asked us to add more of the same (especially yellows). Since I've done quite a few of these blocks lately (for Queen Tina last month and for Diana's Golden Needle), it was almost a matter of calling on muscle memory to assemble these two blocks.
I see a lovely scrappy quilt in Sandy's future. (Who doesn't love blue and yellow together?)
Since it was the first meeting of the year, October's meeting was jam packed with a lot of information, chatter, and excitement! We kicked off the year with our new president, Cynthia Clark leading with housekeeping and announcements. This year, we are changing up the meeting notes on the blog. Members (who want to share, this is purely optional) may update the blog post with their own notes on the item they brought to Show & Tell. As the guild grows, it becomes increasingly hard to capture all the details of the quilts and take photos!
It's important to document quilts for future generations and share our stories. Here are some ideas for info to include underneath your photo:
- Dates (begun/completed) - Layout format (i.e. single block, medallion, sampler, crazy, wholecolth, pictorial)
- Subject of quilt
- Blocks: size, number in the quilt, arrangement (on point, rotated, straight)
- Fiber types used (i.e. cotton, linen, silk, etc.)
- Fabric patterns, styles, motifs, or prints (batik, floral, hand-dyed)
- Construction techniques (hand piecing, machine piecing, English paper piecing, applique)
- Quilt back (fiber type, description)
- Quilt batting - Quilt top made by (individual, group/bee)
- Quilted by (individual or group, machine or hand)
- Quilt provenance (city, state, country)
- Who is the quilt for? Occasion? Purpose/use?
- Quilt design and material sources? Pattern from a designer, your own design?
This is definitely much more than you need to include. Feel free to include it all or as little as you like!
Nellie: I started this quilt more than a year ago in September 2014. I was in the midst of a move and my dear friend, also a quilter, was having a baby. The baby was due in November and I decided in the midst of all of this, I would definitely be able to complete this quilt in time! Needless to say, I finished it just barely under the baby's 1st birthday, so timing isn't so bad! The pattern is from Carolyn Friedlander's book, Savor Each Stitch. It is the Circle Lattice pattern. The circles and lines are actually one piece of fabric cut in entirety (like a paper snowflake) from a 36" square of fabric. It was basted and appliqued by hand (hence, the quilt practically went everywhere with me... it's been on Amtrak trains, hotels, airplanes!). The border was machine pieced. I also machine quilted straight lines about 1" apart. In between the lines, I hand quilted using silk thread. The fabrics used are from Erin McNorris, Rashida Coleman Hale, and Geninne Zlatkis (backing). This quilt was truly a labor of love and I loved the slow stitching aspect of it.
Well, I finally got back to my sewing room and was able to make Tina's blocks. Loved the "short cut" trick that the tutorial offered... Her center diagonal rows were dictated, but then we added her strips and our stash... Will get them off to you soon, Tina.