Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 2014 Single Irish Chain Bee Block for Maren

Here's my April Bee Block for Maren.

If you'd like to know more about making the block I've created a tute and posted it on my blog made by ChrissieD :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

March 2014 Bee Blocks for Hayden

Here's my March Bee Block for Hayden.

If you'd like to know more about making the block I've created a tute and posted it on my blog made by ChrissieD  :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Our Next Meeting, April 5th

Saturday, April 5th 
from 10 - 2pm at:

The Hartley House
413 West 46th Street

We will be having a great presentation by Rachel May,
author of Quilting with a Modern Slant!
(so excited!)

Here are a few reminders:

1.  bring your scraps, brights and low volume, and hand sewing supplies.  We will continue working on our group EPP baby quilt together.  Jessica will give  a quick refresher and bring the templates and clips.

2.  bring your Block Lotto - 9.5" nine patches in polka dots, one raffle ticket for each block made.  We'll decide at the meeting if we divide them in two lots, depending on how many we get.

3.  bring your donations baby quilts

4.  We are raffling off Our Michael Miller and Quarter Circle  group quilts, bring cash for tickets, $2 each or 3 for $5.  (exact change appreciated).  The raffle will be at June meeting.

5.  If you signed up for the May 3rd sew-in at City Quilter, please bring $35 in cash to secure your spot.  I have one spot left for a machine and a couple of hand sewing spots. 

6.  Bring your lunch and snacks!

The Brooklyn Quilt Show is also this weekend,
so you may want to consider going there after our meeting.
I'll have details at the meeting.

Can't wait to see all of you Mods!!!  Can spring really be on it's way?  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Charity Quilts

 Hello All, I made the quilt pictured above using the 6 1/2" squares everyone made for our last meeting.  I was going to do some fairly simple straight line quilting on this one, in line with my skill set, unless someone is interested in quilting it.  I'm happy to donate the batting, backing, etc.  I do actually love machine & hand sewing binding, so I'm also happy to do that if you like.  Just let me know via email - faulhaber.andrea@gmail.com 

Also, the cute little green squares below are extras.  I stitched them together to form an 18 1/2" square starting point.  Just let me know if anyone's interested in turning these into a quilt for our charity project.  I have additional green & blue fabric to go with this if you'd like it.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hello everybody!  Finally the overdue post with the details for our charity project this year!

We are partnering with Inwood House to provide baby blankets for their baby boutique.  Inwood House provides services to expecting mothers in the foster care system.  Their baby boutique is a place where the young women in their program can use "credit" earned through various parenting preparation classes and activities to "purchase" items for their babies.  Here are the details of how we'll be helping….

(A simple, lovely baby quilt gifted to me out of love….)

We invite you to donate quilts, handmade by you and your friends.  Hand-quilted, machine-quilted, tied, pieced, whole cloth, appliqué…you decide.  Pour both your love and your lovely fabrics into these quilts.  Whether simple or complex…make them beautiful, bright and welcoming for the little ones and their mothers who will receive them.  (The paragraph in this post captures my thoughts exactly about sending our best, not our left-over and least favorites, when giving things for "charity"!  Charity after all means "love".)

Baby/crib-sized. Suggested size range is 36"x45"to 45"x54".

Where to Drop Quilts Off:

Quilts should be brought to guild meetings.  The guild will arrange for delivery to Inwood House.

Guild Goal: 

Our guild goal is 25 quilts by October 2014.  Typically 25 babies are born to mothers in Inwood House's programs each year and we'd love to have one quilt for each of them.

The Perks:

Each person who contributes to or makes a baby quilt will receive an entry in our raffle for a $100 gift certificate to City Quilter.  If we go over 25 quilts, additional items will be added to our raffle.  Let's rock it!

Questions?  Suggestions?  Resources?  Please contact Andrea at radianthoneyquilts [at] gmail [dot] com.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

February Bee Block for Kim

Earamichia's block for Kim! Can't wait to see this quilt all together.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Member Q&A with Emily Nieder

This is a new Q & A series to get to know our members.  Today, Emily Nieder talks to us about her experience as a quilter.

Q: Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from and how long have you been in our guild?
A: I grew up in the Bay Area, CA, and I’ve lived in NYC for 5 years.  I joined the guild in 2013.

Q: Have you always been crafty?  What other things do you make? 
A: I’ve always loved to draw, paint, and make things with my hands.  I went through a knitting phase and attempted to sew garments for myself before discovering quilting in 2012.  I love how quilting combines sewing with image design.
Q: Where do you sew?
A: In my living room.

 Q: What is your favorite type of project?
A: Right now I love traditional piecing and quilting feathers.  I try to make my quilts more contemporary with modern fabrics.

Q: What’s your favorite quilting tool?
A: My Quilt Halo

Q: What type of fabrics do you use most often?
A:   I like to mix different types of fabrics and care more about color and texture than whether they are modern, reproductions, or batiks.

Q: Who or what inspires you most in quilting?
A: I have learned how to quilt entirely by following classes online, mostly on Craftsy.com.  I have been inspired by the various instructors and also by my classmates; it’s great to see others’ projects and how they interpreted the same lessons that I took.

 Q: What are you working on now?
A: Butterflies!  I found this block pattern online and loved the vintage feel.

Q: What kind of projects would you like to tackle in the coming year?
A: I plan to make my first queen size quilt for my mother’s 60th birthday.  I’ve already picked out fabric that complements her curtains.

Q: Do you have a blog, flickr, pinterest, or other place on the web you’d like to share?
A: I share some of my quilts on Pinterest, username ernieder.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Judy Niemeyer Retreat with Certified Instructor Jackie Kunkel

Hi mods!
I will be attending a weekend retreat April 4-6 taught by Jackie Kunkel, so won't see you at the next meeting.
We will be making Judy Niemeyer's Feathered Star pattern. Click here for class info.

I wanted to post the link here in case anyone is interested in attending! If you plan to go, please let me know and maybe we can travel together. Olde City Quilts sent out an e-newsletter today and there are still spots open.
It's worth noting that you have to complete your cutting before you arrive. I've never done a JN quilt so the cutting/templates/layout sheets/sorting took some focus, but it clicked soon enough and now I'm almost done with my prep. (I started on it SUPER early because I was terrified I would mess it up.)

Here is a picture of the sample. I plan to do mine in a coral-aqua scheme. So excited! This is gonna be nuts!

 Feathered Star Class Info

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Making progress on my EPP goals...

Well it's not quite Monday yet, but I'm hoping to link to Jess's progress check tomorrow. It's been a pretty good quilting month by my standards! Last month I set some goals, and so far I'm actually meeting them. Except that I said I needed to baste ~75 diamonds for the main part of the quilt, which I did, but I think I need another ~75 more. I've got 17 diamonds pieced for the purple rows, so as soon as I finish piecing the rest of that section (~58 more?) I can baste some more for the blue and green sections. I wonder if I can finish piecing the diamonds by the end of May?
For now, the project has taken over my dining room table so I can lay it all out at once. I couldn't help myself- when I went to buy thread, I bought some new fabric for either the border or the back. I am excited to finish this one- I really appreciate all the encouragement I'm getting from the star count crowd!

P.S. I hope no one in the guild minds my posting so much about this project on this blog, since I don't have one of my own...  See you in April!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lucky Bee 13

April Bee Blocks for Lucky Bee 13 

and All Members of NYC MetroMod Are Invited to Participate

My niece, a quilter who lives in France and a volunteer for the  second International Festival of Extra Ordinary Textiles in Clermont-Ferrand has invited our guild to participate. Our task is to create a modern quilt that will be used during picnics to be held in the Jardin Lecoq park.  (The picnics will be done "flash mob" style with people showing up, a quilt under their arm.  Then when a text message arrives the quilts will be opened and spread on the grass!)  Ultimately all quilts will be auctioned off to benefit Doctors Without Borders.

In keeping with the Festival's theme, this event requires that quilts be made of recycled fabrics.  I have been gifted old sample upholstery/pillow/drapery fabric
which I will give to each member of Lucky Bee 13.  Additionally, I will give any member of the guild fabric, providing you make 4 blocks (4.5x8.5) and send them to me by May 10.  Quilts must be postmarked by July 31.  The festival runs Sept 20-28.

I am requesting four blocks similar to this photo.  The fabric is not as easy to work with as cotton!!!

If you are not in my Bee and wish to participate, please comment here.  I will 
bring packets to the April Meeting.  Hope there are some takers!