Monday, December 17, 2012

December Meeting Show and Tell Recap

Hello everyone!

I'm Nellie and joined the guild in September. I am a beginner quilter and very excited to be a part of such a wonderful, vibrant, and supportive community of quilters and artists. I volunteered to take photos of Show and Tell at the last meeting and have compiled a recap below. Unfortunately, since I am fairly new, I have not learned everyone's name yet and apologize in advance if I didn't capture the details of your quilt correctly. I've been trying very hard (and probably unsuccessfully) to balance taking good photos and writing up notes at the same time during the meeting! Please feel free to email or comment if anything needs to be corrected and I will make updates to the post.

1. A new member, made this quilt for a friend, who was a victim of stroke, is composed of angels from various Christmas prints. Incorporated into the blocks are notes handwritten by friend’s students.

2. Helen made this quilt, aptly named "Snowballs in Hell" using red and white blocks from the Two's Company Quilt Bee.

3. Margaret made this quilt with blocks from Lucky Bee 13.It is composed of more than 950 blocks. For the bee, Margaret requested half square triangles in two rows of nine. This is the first quilt she has made that she will keep for herself.

4. Bernadette made this baby quilt from fabrics from the Thomas Knauer summer challenge. She donated the quilt to a collection for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

5. and 6.Cassandra made these quilts out of fabrics she dyed herself back in college! The goal is to have the quilts complete by the end of the year.

7. This quilt was made for the member's mom who lives in New Mexico. They selected the colors together and chose "adobe" hues. This is the largest quilt she has made. She plans to rent a long arm to quilt it.

8. Jessica's SV (scrap vomit) quilt, which came together beautifully with a light border and was made during the week off because of Hurricane Sandy.

9. This member participated in a Mystery Block exchange and received 10, 8.5" squares, which she made into a fabulous scarf.

10. This colorful quilt will be a Christmas gift for a three-year-old.

11. This will be a Christmas gift for the member’s parents. She found the rooster fabric from the scrap table at the last meeting. The blue squares are velvet.

12.  This quilter is new to the guild and is "obsessed" with using menswear (ties, suits, shirts) fabrics for her quilts. She was inspired by an Ellsworth Kelly triptych poster and created these three quilts. The backing is comprised of men's' shirt fabric.

13. and 14. Usually a self-proclaimed "color" girl, Lisa stepped up to the "Whites-Lights" challenged and made this beauty that she will be gifting to a special person in her life. She quilted it herself.

15. Sue made this quilt out of 756 squares. There is exactly the same number of solid squares as there are printed squares. She calls this one "Urban Jungle" and plans to keep it for herself, despite never keeping quilts!

16. While feeling antsy during the hurricane, this member worked on this stormy looking quilt by stitching the entire East Coast by hand!

17. This quilt was hand quilted with an antique look.

18. This colorful quilt was a first-time quilt and finished with knotting/tying.

19. Susan made these beautiful squares using Sashiko embroidery technique. They will be combined to make a table runner.

20. Nicole and her son made this from scraps, strips, and random blocks.

21. These are my quilts. I started this quilt more than two years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. I cut all the pieces but never finished it, but after the September guild meeting (my very first one) I was so inspired by the group that I decided to finish it. 

22. I made this from a pattern I found in a book and it is the first project I started with Susan Sato, my quilt teacher and guild member.

23. I confidently purchased a kit from Susan to make a table runner for a Christmas gift, but learned soon enough that triangles are not the easiest to sew! 

24. Maren took the T-shirt Quilt class at The City Quilter and shared this stunner, which was a commission from her brother. It is a quilt made out of a collection of his t-shirts, many of which have sentimental value.

25. Tina made this quilt for her sister who is about to have her first baby!

26. This quilted pillowcase was completed using one piece of fabric. The technique is called Needle Turn Applique and the old lady who was a master at this died earlier last year.

29. and 30. This member is new to quilting and is working on "wonky" log cabins for these two colorful pieces.

31. This member doesn't even like birds! Using the “quilt as you go” technique she is making 6” and 12” bird blocks.

32.  Jody has a great story for this quilt. Jody was commissioned by a friend to make a quilt out of two large bags of a girl’s childhood dresses (and matching doll clothes). The quilt is Queen-sized and retains many of the original character of the garments and accessories. A fantastic study in detail!

33. and 34. Victoria made this quilt for a new line of fabrics that will be coming out from Newcastle Fabrics. It will be featured at the Spring Quilt Market.

35. A quilt from Victoria’s recently published book, 15 Minutes of Play. Using the “crown of thorns” block, this is one of her favorites from her book.

36. and 37. Andrea will be submitting this beauty comprised of various Valori Wells’ fabrics as a raffle quilt for the Walk for Breast Cancer Research and Fundraising.

I'm already looking forward to the next meeting (and learning everyone's names to make these posts more accurate!).

Happy Holidays and Happy Quilting!


  1. Tremendous job Nellie! Thanks for the re-cap and all the great pictures. Just wonderful. ox

  2. What a nice surprise today! Thanks for putting all this together, Nellie.

  3. you did a great job! and obviously you're a good listener... loved the connected stories. Thanks for taking on this job.

  4. What a great recap, thanks Nellie! Sorry to have missed the meeting, this makes me feel like I was there.

  5. Thanks everyone! Hopefully, by the next meeting I will learn everyone's name!


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