Wednesday, May 14, 2014

April 2014 Meeting Recap

Sincerest apologies, friends! This post is long overdue, but worth the wait-- we had such a great meeting and so many beautiful quilts were shared. I hope you enjoy!

Before we started the official Show & Tell, guild members who made baby quilts for our charity project shared some of their creations. 

Anita's super-sized nine patch. Tutorial available here.

We were in for a special treat: Rachel May, author of Quilting with a Modern Slant and one of the founding members of the Boston Modern Quilt Guild, attended and shared some of her experiences. Quilting with a Modern Slant is not your standard quilting book with patterns and tutorials-- though those are found aplenty, but the book shares the biographies and stories of many quilters from around the country-- another plus, many of our guild members are featured in the book! Definitely worth a read!

Rachel shares a quilt she made.

After a short break, we kicked off our Show & Tell!

Lisa shared a pincushion made out of hexies and fitted into a vintage dish. She filled it with kitty litter.

Karen shared a quilt using a pattern from Made by ChrissieD. The pattern calls for a jelly roll, but Karen had a honey bun and made do!

Sue made this quilt out of "square in a square" blocks. She is trying to use up all the commercial fabric in her stash. This quilt will be donated to charity.

Bernadette took on the Ugly Quilt Round Robin that Karen started at the last meeting. The center block was quite large so Bernadette cut it in half, which means this quilt's twin is available if anyone wants it! Lisa will take on the round robin next.

I started this Shooting Star mini quilt at SewDown Portland in February and finally finished it for the meeting. The class was taught by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced and it was my first attempt at paper foundation piecing. I am hooked!

Maria made this quilt for her brother. It is the Disco pattern by Jaybird Quilts. The pattern called for the blocks to be randomly placed, but Maria decided to deliberately arrange them by color. The quilt is quilted by Rachael.

Liz is new to quilting and made this sea-themed double wedding ring quilt using Tula Pink fabrics. She is hoping to quilt it with octopuses! 

Margaret had some ugly fabric and decided to make it into this twin size quilt for a women's shelter through Bumble Beans Basics.

Helen shared a note from a quilt friend, Dorothy Hill from England, who said the NYC Mods were the "most friendly guild in the city." She also sent Helen a bundle of Liberty fabric!

Anita shared how to use border print fabric cut into quarter triangles and pieced into hourglasses to make this giant block. All that's needed is 1.5 yards of fabric to make a small quilt in a pinch.

Brian's friend is welcoming the first great grandchild into their family, so his friend will be a great uncle. The family provided a bag of clothing to incorporate into a quilt for the baby. The bag included a the family's great grandmother's Irish handkerchiefs!

The back of the quilt features some of the logos from various t-shirts.

Rachael asked her 4-year-old and 2-year-old to "design" this quilt by laying fabric on the floor. Rachel long-arm quilted it herself.

Jessica is working on a baby quilt for a 9-month-old. She has quilted along the seams but not sure how to fill the open areas.

Jessica also included the baby's name on the back!

While closing up shop at the City Quilter one night, someone from the Lower East Side Girls' Group phoned at 6:00PM in a panic and said she needed a quilt pieced for a celebrity auction in New York. Chris heard herself say, "Yes, I'll do it for you." The lady showed up at 6:45PM with the blocks (which are shown in the photo above).

Chris went over what the girls did and strengthened each block and turned into the quilt above.

Andrea's niece got married 1.5 years ago and she wanted to make her a quilt in her niece's wedding colors, which were red and yellow. Red fabric is much easier to find than yellow. Andrea used the Quilt as You Go method thinking it'd be fast. The blocks are from the Tipsy Strip class taught by Judy at the City Quilter.

Several years ago, Rossanna took her mother to a quilting shop when she visited and her mother fell in love with the Sunbonnet Sue block. Rossanna's mother purchased the Sunbonnet Sue book for Rossanna. That was 17 years ago. Rossanna's mother was visiting the weekend following the guild meeting and she still had not made her a Sunbonnet Sue quilt! Rossanna saw this quilt made from a Sunbonnet Sue cheater fabric at quilt show and plans to embellish it before gifting it to her mother.

Rossanna's best friend from Argentina had her first grandchild. Rossanna was almost finished with the quilt before her machine passed away. The baby is almost 1 now, so Rossanna hopes to finish soon!

A year ago, Tina decided that she would only buy fabrics from thrift stores. Everything she was wearing was also from Housing Works. The quilt is based on a knitting pattern. The backing is a bedsheet. The blocks are made from napkins, a pillowcase, a linen shirt, and lining from a skirt.

Jeannie wanted to make a nap blanket for a baby and the mother insisted that no "baby fabric" be included. This is what she came up with.

This was Monica's first meeting. She just started sewing and quilting. Fellow guild member, Ellen taught her how to use a sewing machine. She finished the quilt by pillow casing it with mitered corners. Her nine-year-old daughter picked out all the fabrics.

Jody made this for a friend's daughter who was getting married. When asked her favorite color, she responded with gray and gray. This is a queen-sized quilt made in the stack and whack method which Jody quilted straight lines using her tractor AKA Handi Quilter Sweet 16 Long Arm.

Ellen shared this mini piece valentine heart using made fabric technique from 15 Minutes of Play

Melanie shared a preview of her fabrics for Windham called Meadowlark. They will officially launch at Spring Quilt Market so we could not share the photos!

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  1. Great, great, great! Thanks Nellie!

  2. I always look forward to this post...and am amazed, Nellie, by your recall and your photography. Thank you so much.

  3. Having these stories and photos to refer back to is so wonderful! The meeting goes by so quickly, with flashes of color and brilliance and laughs... this post is an inspiration for the inbetween times. Thank you, Nellie!


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