Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sew much fun in August

Those that could congregated at our creative hub- The Weston Library. Toting sewing machines,needles, rotary cutters, thread and more, we dove right into our various quilting and sewing projects. 

Maybeth ironing and examining a strip 
Suzanne sewing up her E-Z Quilt Challenge
Jessica cutting up her mini dresdens
Terrie binding a quilt 
Michelle making a mini bag
Lori creating a t-shirt quilt
Susan English Paper Piecing
In the midst of all this creative output, conversations about family, friends, quilting inspiration and ideas abounded.  One of our hot topics of the day was our entry into the  Improv with Intent MQG Charity Quilt Challenge. Wanting to keep it Connecticut themed, we decided it would be fun to make an improv quilt of the Merritt Parkway Bridges.  The intent part of it comes from us deciding on how we will use the fabrics. For example, do we all use the same background color or let that be part of the improv.  Other questions pertained to the size of our improv pieces, and  how many people will participate. Once we set up these guidelines we are free to play with our pieces(the improv part). So start looking at those bridges. Some of us have picked our  favorites already.  Take a look on the internet and become inspired!

Have you ever heard the song with the line "I'm falling to pieces"?  Well, for us it is more like going to pieces. Paper pieces, that is. It is addictive!  Terrie brought in the book The New Hexagon: 52 blocks to English Paper Piece. You create amazing blocks and join them together to create Millefiore Quilts, which in Italian means " a thousand flowers".  Pretty cool!

The day ended with a feeling of accomplishment. There is something to be said about working in a creative atmosphere with others and enjoying  yummy food at the same time. Luckily next month, we have the opportunity to gather on two seperate dates. 

Our monthly meeting will be held on September 12th. We will present our finished E-Z Quilting minis then.  On September 19th we will also be meeting at Christie's for some Shop Hopping. See you there!