Without further ado, a recap of our April meeting!
We started our April meeting by wishing Naomi a very happy birthday! The whole guild sang Happy Birthday!
April's Block Lotto blocks. The theme was "Floral."
Bernadette shared the guild's EPP stars project. To move this project along, we are looking for volunteers to assemble stars outside of the meetings. Please get in touch with Bernadette if you're interested in helping out!
We discussed our upcoming guild retreat in June. Please make sure you get your final payments and roommate selections to Lisa!
Jody shared a quilt she made from bee blocks she received a year ago. The requirements were black and white shapes and free fabric choices in the green. Notice that there are only nine blocks in the quilt when there are 12 members in the bee. ;)
Chris found this thrift shop book printed in the 1980s and traced the designs to use for free motion quilting in the quilt below.
This quilt is for Chris' grand-niece in France.
Susan named this quilt "Stars Over the Brooklyn Botanical Garden" She started it in 1997 when she used quilting templates from a magazines. She hand pieced and quilted the entire quilt and turned under the edges to finish.
Susan made this as a sample for a class for Purl Soho. She used Kaffe Fasset shot cottons and Essex linen for the background. She hand qppliqued the hexagons to the background.
Last winter, Cynthia started this baby quilt, a color study of novelty fabric.
Brian started these EPP blocks while on vacation in Mexico. He will make this into a baby quilt for his son and daughter-in-law and will most likely applique the pieces.
Anita shared these stnning quilts made by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, which were quilted on a standard (not longarm) machine. See photos below for quilting details.
May Ann shared a few quilts in progress.
Margaret shared another beauty of a quilt that she free motioned using her walking foot on a standard sewing machine.
The pieced back of Margaret's quilt that also includes some shirts.
Judy shared a quilt made of blocks she won from block lotto and added some red patches. The quilt was entered into the Empire Guild show.
Rachael shared a quilt made for a 22 year old. The quilt is comprised with shirts from sports he participated in from high school through college. Rachael included two layers of batting.
Rachael shared a quilt she made for her eldest daughter using all of her childhood pajamas. Rachael applied Luke Haynes' method for making portraits with fabric. The face is made by fusing fabrics together.
Rachael was conflicted on how to quilt the face and decided to go with bubbles and pebbles.
Karen used a scrap paper piecing technique to make this quilt from 30s reproduction fabric. She doesn't know how she will quilt it yet.
Lisa shared this quilt top she made for the Sizzix Challenge. She purchased a Sizzix Big Shot Pro to cut the meon shapes out.
Kim shared another top made from the Sizzix wave die for the Sizzix Challenge.
For May's block lotto, Lisa shared a block inspired by a quilt she saw at the Empire Guild Show. It contains novelty fabrics build into a nine-patch.
Ivete participated in the Empire Guild's President's Challenge which required you to use your initials to make color choices so Ivete chose indigo and turquoise. The theme of this quilt is shipwreck.
Maureen made this Vintage Spin in blue and green quilt for her nephew in Charlotte.
Hayden made this quilt with her boyfriend as a sample for quilt market for the Timeless Treasures booth. It contains 1,200 2" squares! They will be quilting spirals within the squares.
Aleeda shred this quilt that she entered in the Empire Show which was made from layer cakes and bias stripe binding which she quilted on her home machine.
Aleeda also shared a quilt for the Michael Miller Challenge in which she used a faux trapunto technique with water soluble thread and polyester batting.
A close up of Aleeda's quilting.
Jennifer shared the guild's "Ugly/Round Robin Quilt." Jennifer added the half square triangle border.
Emily shared a quilt that the guild signed in light of her sister, Barbara's passing last November. The anvil blocks and quilt were made by guild member, Victoria, and the back was signed by the entire guild.
Jessica started this quilt two years ago after attending the inaugural QuiltCon. It is handpieced and machine quilted.
Diana shared this mini that was appliqued and has a made fabric border.
Diana also shared this Sherlock Holmes mini.
Kim shared her first baby quilt that she will be giving it away. It contains cross stich on alphabet sampler fabric.
A book made of the same materials.
Andrea shared a quilt made of fabrics from Alison Glass' Handcrafted line. This will be offered as a pattern on Gotham Quilts in the future.
See you all very soon!