Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February Gathering Part I: Pre-Quiltcon Excitement, Charity Quilts, and Baby Love

Love, love, love! What is not to love about a Valentine's Day morning spent with quilting friends? 

A special quilt for a grandma-to-be

We received our MQG membership cards. We discussed taking classes at The Bolt, with a particular interest in their Twister class. We ooooed and awed over the exciting news that Michelle and Sheri's quilts were going to be presented in a lecture at QuiltCon by Alisa Haight Carlton. This was just the beginning of our "quilty" morning. 

Admiring our Charity Blocks-of-the-Month

Nothing says love like charity quilts. Terrie and Sharon will post charity quilt blocks for the next three months. Our first one, called "Shattered Glass"can be created using black for the background and any bright colors. 

The second block takes us to a different colorway, colors reminiscent of the ocean.  This "Herringbone" pattern uses bright white and blues and aquas to catch the eye. 

Lastly, "Scrapbuster" brings together white with any bright colored fabrics.  

Don't you just love those fun colors?
For those who didn't attend, Terrie will be the keeper of the fabrics or scraps.  No worries if you don't have the colors mentioned.  Guild members will donate what they have to help the cause and fill the quilting coffers of those without a certain colorway.  Don't have any aquas?  Pick some up at the meeting in March. Also, a charity quilt sew-in is scheduled to take the place of our April 11th meeting.  Come join in the fun.  More details to follow next month. 

Now, onto some baby love.  For those who don't know, Jessica is expecting a baby boy in April. We decided to shower Jessica with some sweet gifts.  Can you guess what is in the bag?  


Equally as lovely back
Now how adorable is this?!! Kathy is our amazing embroiderer. 

We look forward to meeting your little guy, Jessica. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy New Year: January General Meeting

Luckily, the weather was mild in January, and our meeting took place as scheduled. We didn't have as much show and tell as usual due to the holidays which made for more socializing time!


Below is our newest member, Rebecca, with a quilt that she made for her daughter. 

Sheri is working on creating her own paper piecing patterns, and brought along some samples. 

Next months block is a drunkards path, so Michelle brought along her Featherweight and did a curved piecing demo for those who were interested. We also had templates available for members to cut their fabric at the meeting and sew the blocks at home. 

Here is this months challenge block. We chose a quick and easy one due to the holidays. The colors are what made it fun.