Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July Quilting Spirit: Challenges, Charity Quilts, and More

Get ready to read!  So much is happening in the next couple of months. 

First off, submissions for the Riley Blake challenge are due on July 31st. Sheri brought in her circles and drunkard path to share. Great motivation to get our projects done. For those of you that have not been paying attention to Facebook, here are our members' projects.  To admire others projects and submit your own, click here

Now let's talk about the Kate Spain and E-Z Quilting Challenge. Call us lucky because E-Z Quilting donated a whole bunch of mini shapes to our guild to use in conjunction with Kate Spain's Canyon Fabric coming out in October.  The shape has to be used somewhere in your block. If someone inspired your pattern, don't forget to credit them.  The kicker is that our group has been invited to visit Michele at E-Z Quilting! They can't wait to see what designs we have created with these tools and fabric, so bring your works-in-progress to E-Z Quilting in NY on August 5th. For more information on that, check out the events tab on Facebook. The sixteen inch blocks are due in September. For more details, click here

Speaking of projects, let's take a look at some goodies from the meeting. 

 Michele brought in a bag she made following the Swoon Evelyn Handbag.  

 Gail brought humor to our meeting, and a mini reversible tote. 

 Garen displayed her pretty English Paper Pieced Flowers.  It seems to be the latest trend in our group.

Per request, Michele brought in materials to show Terrie and, of course, any interested parties how to EPP. Interested and weren't at the meeting? Check out PaperPieces. Also check out the book All Points Patchwork if you want to give your work a twist or tweak. 

Speaking of twists, Maybeth created this wonky cross quilt. We are loving that one narrow line of crosses in those bigger blocks. 

Look who took Sheri's paper piecing class at the Bolt! Christine displays her pink and purple arrows quilt. If memory serves correctly, she is quilting up several for a group of her granddaughter's friends as well.  

 Susan whipped up this baby boy quilt for a friend.  Those colors are striking. 

 Sheri brought us more of her pieced designs.  Fishes and the ocean dominate in this quilt.  

Hold on -- this post isn't over yet! We also discussed the Modern Quilt Guild Charity Quilt our group will construct.  The keywords for this event are "Improv with Intent". Our guild will buy the fabric based on this color palette.  For some ideas of what that may look like, you can visit Beesewcial and Spontaneous Threads.  Amazing blogs and projects that inspire going on in both.

Hope you enjoyed this update.  Be on the lookin out for more in a few short weeks. Keep those quilting projects going.  In fact, bring some of them on August 8th for our sew-in at the Weston Public Library. We are thinking pot luck. Details to come on our Facebook page.