Thursday, March 27, 2014

February meeting


No excuses for not updating our blog before today... but here we are... a gallery of show and tell from our February meeting!

First up was our Ugly Fabric Challenge. Everyone had a fat quarter of fabric donated by Gentler Times. Most of us didn't think the fabric was that ugly!

Nan had made a little piece that looked like a cat in the grass.


Anita brought a landscape quilt featuring the fabric in her strata.



 Nancy made a table runner with a pieced back

  

Jen's pieced table mats were still under construction.


Maureen made sure to add only fabrics she had in her stash at home.


Yvette also used up scraps,


and made a wonderful pieced back.


Nancy made a pincushion, complete with covered button.


Pat made a bag with Marimekko fabric and used the ugly fabric inside,




 Jane had two quilts. One with circles,


and one with stars.


Kathy used the fabric for the binding on her bag and also made a zipped pouch and a Kleenex cover!


And finally, Catherine's table runner used a slice and insert technique to echo the feathers in the fabric.

                                                             

Next we had a discussion on the progress we had each made on our Modern in the City challenge. Only Catherine had her entry at the meeting.


We are looking forward to seeing all the others at our March meeting!

So then we had some general Show and Tell...

Jackie brought her scrappy top she had made for a wedding gift.


It came with a back that Valli had put together from Jackie's odd blocks.


Jen brought a little quilt that she said was inspired by Tula Pink's Lollipop Explosion. Lots of yo-yos!


Maureen had two baby quilts.



Nancy had finished the quilt she started in Jacquie Gering's class at Riverwalk Quilt Guild.


Kathy had a big cosy quilt to show.


Catherine had brought the quilt she made for the Modern Quilt Guild's Riley Blake Challenge.


That was a lot to look at!

We finish out with a demo from Yvette on making half square triangles. She showed us lots of different methods and then other people shared their top tips.


A good evening was had by all.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Catching up!

It's been far too long since we posted anything on our blog...

I have some photos from our October meeting but I have no idea where I put my notes so just enjoy the pretty pics...








In November we appeared in the Guild Talk Spot in Modern Quilts Unlimited with pictures from our Modern Log Cabin Challenge.



I guess we're famous!!


Our November meeting was combined with the December meeting and we had our pincushion swap which was a lot of fun. I remembered to charge my camera but then forgot to take it to the meeting...

Faith took a couple of views of the pin cushions on her phone...



It's a bit difficult to see but they were really cute and I think everyone went home happy!

I'm afraid the other pics I got sent weren't too clear so you will have to believe me that we had some great show and tell, including a couple of pieces people had made in Jacquie Gering's workshop over at Riverwalk Quilters Guild and Faith's sampler from her just published book Vintage Quilt Revival.

Gentler Times had  provided wonderful Holiday Snacks and fat quarters for everyone for our Ugly Fabric Challenge. Believe me the fabric isn't all that ugly! There are some pieces of fabric left for anyone who missed out to pick one up at our January meeting on the 23rd. The reveal date is our February meeting.

So our next meeting is on the 23rd at Gentler Times. We'll be announcing a new challenge and our 2014 program calendar. Looking forward to seeing you!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

September meeting

It's been a while but we did meet in September... and we have the pics to prove it!

Let's start with our banner in its permanent position at Gentler Times.


Then I tried to take some snaps of our fun members...

Svetlana and Faith smiled nicely.


But others studiously ignored me and my camera!


We started show and tell with  the results of our Scrap Challenge. Ruth had a couple of tops to show.



Joan had a little tag blanket.


Kathy seemed to have some big scraps available for her quilts?



Jen B. had a little improv piece.


Nancy L. had a blue and yellow table runner featuring pinwheel blocks,


and an improvised piece


with a vintage fabric backing.


Svetlana had a scrappy pillow cover.


Kimberley had used her South African fabric scraps and made a quilt of huts!


Bert showed us her table runner and wall hanging made with black and white and yellow fabrics.



And that was it for the challenge so we moved into our "general stuff"...

Yvette had been busy making Christmas items.




And one for Halloween!


Pat had her completed hexie bag.


Anita had made two improv pieces inspired by the fields around her home.



Svetlana brought her Pinkie Pie quilt. That's one lucky daughter at her house getting to have that on her bed!


Sharon had been busy with a quilt top and a table runner to show us.



This is Merris (sorry about the spelling?) and her hexagon quilt.


Kimberley had brought a table runner.

 

And last up was Cheryl with two manipulated pieces she had made for her spot on Quilting Arts TV.



Didn't everyone do well? They had a very productive month!

Last month we had asked for a volunteer to teach us some curved piecing techniques. Joan graciously agreed to come prepared and she had some great tricks to simplify the process. No pins needed!





Thanks Joan! I am looking forward to seeing what people have done with what they learnt...

And that was September. Our next meeting is October 24th, 6.00pm at Gentler Times. Hope to see you  there!