Monday, December 5, 2016

November Meeting Recap

The holiday season is in full swing, but our members are still taking the time to sew for themselves and for gifts! We had a great meeting in December and got to see and share a lot of beautiful projects.

First up we have members who are participating in the President's Challenge. The President's Challenge asks you to make a quilt that is 75% of any color, including shades, patterns, and variations.

Shirlene started out by sharing a mini-cousin of another quilt she has done. So modern and elegant!



Bob went big and bold in red and matchstick quilting



Stacy did a modern gray and orange variation on an Alison Glass pattern. So cool!



Susan made this remarkable black and greytone quilt with bold color accents- love it!


Karen used a beautiful fabric with red and purple gradients against a textured gray with funky quilting. Love!


Karen also made this amazing tribute to Prince! Head to the winter quilt show to see this beauty in person, because she quilted it with lyrics from his songs- yes!




Elizabeth is doing a beautiful modern cat block in memory of her beloved kitty. Can't wait to see the finished product!



Agnes used pieces of indigo that she hand died and raw edge appliqued with a technique taught to us by Melissa Averinos- so unique!



Beth used scraps from her stash and also used a reverse applique technique taught to us by Melissa Averinos to make this amazing tree. When combined with her beautiful free-motion quilting- it is breathtaking!





Ann S took some lessons from our color theory workshop a few months ago and made this striking quilt- I love those colors together!


Chanda made this gorgeous piece focusing on neutrals with pops of green. And the back was just as stunning!



Cameron made this visually stunning piece as a variation on one of the National Modern Quilt Guild's blocks of the month from this year- love it!


We also had so many delights from our regular show and share portion.

Shirlene was taking this BEAUTIFUL quilt to her grandmother as a present. And the quilting by Beth is the perfect touch!



Paula was feeling festive by finishing these adorable holiday minis to decorate her house!



Sue brought three different minis that show off such different aesthetics and personality- it's impossible to choose a favorite!






Emily brought two beautiful quilts- the first called Neptune. The colors are amazing and she made it without a pattern.



She also brought a beautiful fall leaves quilt, just in time for us to start feeling the season here.



Vicki did an amazing job on her quilt from the pattern Halo by Jen Kingwell. What a masterpiece! I could look at it for hours admiring the handiwork and fabrics!



Chanda shared this wonderful chipper baby quilt. What a lucky baby to have such a gift!



Karen made this awesome, roomy bag from beautiful Alexander Henry fabric featuring Frida Kahlo and Dia de los Muertos imagery. I wanted to take it home with me!



Beth  made herself a beautiful blouse that she says she might never take off. I don't blame her!



Evangeline did an awesome job paper piecing this Hillary block.



And she showed us this beautiful quilt! Great job, Evangeline!



One of our new members, Sarah, shared this beautiful improv quilt that she made as part of a charity project with her former guild in Austin. So beautiful!



Trina made this awesome owl quilt from a Elizabeth Hartman pattern for her sister. So beautiful with Kona solids on Essex linen!



Agnes was asked to take many ethnic fabrics from her neighbor's daughter's travels and make a quilt from it. It turned out beautifully! What a treasure this will be for the family.





Agnes also decided it was time to repurpose a wall hanging she just wasn't feeling. Now it's a pillow!



WHEW can you believe how productive our members are!? I can't what to see what our Christmas party holds!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Melissa Averinos Recap

We were so lucky to be able to host Melissa Averinos in October for a workshop and a lecture at our general meeting!



Participants learned about the ratios and structure of faces, sketching the first half of the workshop then getting to use fabric scraps to construct faces for the second half.



    

I'd say we all came a long way and were able to put together entirely unique and artistic faces. Melissa is a great teacher, and we all learned new ways to think about using fabric as color on a palette. If you get the chance to have Melissa as a teacher, do it!



Then at our monthly meeting, we had a special event with Melissa lecturing to us on her journey as an artist, including what it meant to her, what it has brought her through, and where it is leading her next.

It is good to be reminded that quilting is an art, and it can be deeply meaningful emotionally to us. Also Melissa reminded us to take time to throw caution to the wind, try new things, and take chances artistically and in technique.




Thank YOU for joining us, Melissa! I hope your journeys lead you back to us again soon!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

September Finishes

School has started and we're all getting back into post-summer routines. Let's see what our members have to share! 

Agnes never disappoints. She started the first project as part of the (#GiucyGiuceBucketBagSewAlong on Instagram, but it wound up as a bolster pillow. Lovely!


And her friends around the world received these beautiful pin cushions. Lucky!




Jennifer finished this awesome Star Wars baby quilt, which required a lot of fussy cutting!  She used a modern star design (very cool integration!) and it was quilted by Diane Cerny.



She also made this precious band uniform for her grandson, who wanted to support his dad- the Mustang band director! Perfect!


Debbie sent in this beautiful bed runner and pillow set she made for her daughter, to go along with the whole cloth quilt and pillow shams she also made for her daughter! Beautiful pairing!



Bri finished three quilts in September- wow!

The two pug quilts are for her daughter, with fabric she got from Quiltcon 2015.


This beauty was inspired by a pattern on instagram and made with a charm pack and essex linen. It won 3rd place at the Shawnee Quilt Show! Congrats, Bri!

 

Beth made her first (of probably many) Halloween quilt! Inspired by fellow member Becca's quilt last year, Beth used this panel and made a spooooooky wall hanging and banner. Love it!


After making the same pattern of quilt for her niece a few months ago, Trina liked it so much she had to make this one for herself- gorgeous!



Great work this month, quilters! Can't wait to see what the holidays bring!