Wednesday, May 10, 2017

April Gathering

First, a thank you to Gail for her lovely write-up of our meeting in the guild minutes. If you have already read it, you can skim through this post for a couple of additional photos but if you haven't please check out the guild minutes and guild pictures.  

Second, thanks to Susan for taking photos because a certain someone (ahem) forgot her phone. Luckily we had these two lovely ladies to help out in a crunch. 

So, we had a cozy April meeting. While some of our members were away at a quilt retreat, the rest of us decided to mix things up a little bit.

We enjoyed an impromptu tutorial on how to use Instagram by Brenda. Thanks Brenda! She helped us work out the kinks in our use and also reminded us to follow #scmqg  on Instagram. We see a future for more technology based tutorials in the future.

This group also went over some ideas and rules for a possible tag sale, ideas to connect to other guilds in the area and the need to build a list of quilt guilds, shows, and challenges in CT. It would be great to connect with others in the state and be aware of all the opportunities around Connecticut.

Show and tell began with a first...first quilt that is. Parthena brought her first quilt and shared the story behind it. All our quilts tell a story and show our progress and process in quilting.  We want to showcase the stories of the quilters in our guild so stay tuned for a questionnaire about your own personal foray into quilting.

 Christine shared her blocks made out of mattress ticking and Cherrywood Fabrics.

Suzanne's baby quilt for a baby girl dazzled us with its flowers.

 To love or not to love a mini-quilt was the question. Suzanne decided to love hers by transforming it into a functional bag.

 Maybeth used Marcia Derse Fabrics to construct these applique circles.

She was also inspired by one of Brenda's quilts to make a quilt with words. "Make do", "Use up", and "Recycle" made it into this improv quilt.

Susan's quilts would go here. Since she was taking pictures, she didn't send pics of her quilts but they can be found in the minutes! This is the year she plans to tackle all her UFOs.

 The colors in this quilt motivated Barbara to create a double disappearing nine patch block which coincidentally is the biggest quilt she has ever made.

 The math quilt hanging comes along with some echo quilting. 

 Lois models her colorful, quilty jacket for us. 

 She demonstrates the thread art on the back of her garden quilt. 

 Here she reveals her ornate flower garden with fluttering bees and birds. 

 Brenda displays a gift for a friend's baby. 

 These blocks demonstrate a joint venture into improv between Brenda and her mom.

 Parthena decided to try her hand at a mini quilt challenge. 

 She also brought in bags and pillow cases she has been working on for her nieces and nephews.

 Parthena also constructed this signature quilt for her godson's first birthday. 

Our last presenter, Gail, modeled her knit brain hat. It was a gift for her son who was participating in the March for Science.

Fun times with more to be had. Tomorrow, May 11th, a few of us are heading into New York for a tour of favorite fabric spots with Brenda. Everyone is welcome.

Also, don't forget our meeting this Saturday, May 13th at the Weston Public Library. As always looking forward to seeing all of you then.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Bye,Bye 2016! Hello 2017!

In December, we celebrated another great year. Looking back over the blog, one can see that this group has created 90+ quilts and projects in this year alone. Of course, these are just the projects brought to our meetings. 

These meetings afford us inspiration and a deep appreciation for the unique skills and talents of this group. This year we have been inundated with a plethora of sewing goodness from handbags to a wide variety of quilt styles and techniques to even a rabbit! Per usual, the year ended with  a great show and tell.

A quilt in honor of Michelle for three years of leadership- a tribute to her love of bags

Jeremy's quilt inspired by a paint lid painting

Brenda's Old MacDonald's book for her  kids

Peek-a-boo with Maybeth?  NICU quilt

Visit from Mary Ana with her NY based quilt

N.Y. inspired fabric

Lori's Freewheeling Quilt

Lori's interpretation of Victoria Findley Wolfe's "Victory" Pattern

Luna Lapin visits the SCMQG

Veronica's animal yoga

Do you know your yoga poses?

Tennis anyone?  Veronica's "40- Love Quilt"

Sherri's Applique Patterns

Barbara with a math quilt update

Also showing us a wall hanging in the making

A quilter's paradise
To round the meeting out, we had the bonus of a fabric scrap swap. Everyone brought in as many bags of unused scraps as they wanted and exchanged them for the same amount. Such a great idea and so fun to go "shopping" for new fabrics.
Sifting through to find our new favorites


..and still going...

Did I mention the food and drinks everyone brought? You can't end the year without food.  No photos though because, well, someone was to busy eating and drinking. Ooops!

That was our year!  Good-bye 2016!  Happy New Year everyone! We will be off to a great start with our meeting on January 7th(tomorrow) with our regular congress and a sew-in. Don't forget your supplies and a favorite quilting tool to share. 

On a last note, may the New Year bring you a dwindling WIP pile, an ever plentiful fabric supply, and endless inspiration.  Let's make this year better than the last. Time to get quilting!