Thursday, May 24, 2012

UFO Day this Saturday!

Just a quick reminder that we are having our UFO day this Saturday, May 26 at the Ochre River Hall.  Starting at 10:00 and stopping we Cindy locks the doors and kicks us out!  (We usually wind up around 4:00).

We are going to start putting together our first charity quilt from the blue and white nine-patch squares.  If you are interested in helping we will start this project around 11:00 after everyone has a chance to get set up.  We will need cutters and sewers and pinners and pressers, so do join us if you can.  Many hands make light work!

Don't forget to bring your lunch and your own projects and tools, including an extension cord.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May Meeting Highlights

As promised here is a little more of what went on at our last guild meeting besides the challenges in the last post.
Gloria N. was the lucky winner of our green friendship star blocks.  This picture doesn't show quite all of them, I think we had just over 30.  If you still have one at home feel free to bring it to the next meeting.
Karen showed this wall hanging made with silk flowers.

This is Linda's quilt.  Karen quilted it up for her.

We were lucky to see Karen's quilt before she gave it away.  I don't have the pattern name but it was made from a jelly roll.

And finally Gloria's Bali Wedding Star Bed runner.  This is such a stunner in person.  Unfortunately I didn't get any close ups of her quilting which just enhanced the whole thing.

Karen P. demonstrated a block with an interesting technique. It is included in the book "Rotary Cutting Revolution" by Anita Grossman Solomon.  It is called Anita's Arrowhead.  The pattern can be downloaded for free for a limited time from the Quilt Maker site here.

Our next UFO day will be taking place at the Ochre River Hall on May 26th.  We start at 10:00 and see how long we last.  Make sure to bring your lunch.  We are also hoping to plan a couple of UFO days over the summer for those who are interested.  More information to follow.

Don't forget that we do have a June 7th meeting in addition to the windup being hosted by the Ochre River Club.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Challenges Revealed

Last night was a very exciting meeting as we all got to see and vote on the challenge pieces for this year.  We were all given the same fabric, but three different words to incorporate into our quilt.  The words were a block, a shape and a technique of some kind.  Here are the fabrics to refresh your memory.

(As you will see my memory is a little hazy on all of the words that went with each quilt.  If you want to drop me an email with what I have missed I will be happy to make corrections.)

Last night, all members in attendance were handed a ballot and just asked to pick our favorite.  
Which one do you like?

Let's start things off with Karen.  She picked the fabric for this year's challenge and gave us our mystery words as well.  I can't remember all of Karen's words - square in square and ???

Next is Dawn, her words were basket, strip pieced and embellishment.

Jackie decided to make a quilted bag.  Her words were tree, four patch and echo quilting.

Bev's bow ties.  She did a great job following the floral print with her quilting.

Genny's cute quilting did not show up very well in this photo.

Cindy had hearts, prairie points and curved piecing.  Those center hearts are pieced not appliqued!

Sherry had applique and flying geese and. square. She had trouble deciding which direction to go so she made two.  The butterflies weren't on the table for us to vote on, but she did show it to us later.

Gloria had stars, applique and ??

Marion had churn dash, heart and bias tape.

Linda had trapunto, rail fence.

Karen M had flying geese, miters 

Cheryl had flowers, nine patch and something that has slipped my mind!  These pictures do not show the lovely details at all.

Then there was me.  I had nine patch, tree and embellishment.

Have you picked your favorite? If you want to see the lovely detail in these quilts they are going to be on display at the Parkland Regional Library here in Dauphin all summer.

And the winner is.....
I am very honored to say that my fellow guild members chose my owl as their favorite.  My prize for winning is getting to choose the fabric for next year's challenge.  I think I was just told I have to go fabric shopping - whatever shall I do??

More about the the rest of the meeting next time.