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!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

August Flaunt Your Finish

Summer winds down and routines come back into play as the school year starts again. With the Labor Day weekend, several members were able to finish projects to submit for this month's Flaunt Your Finish!

Robin couldn't resist this adorable pac man fabric to make a little hoodie for her son! The pattern is the Dragon Hoodie vest by Puperita, and the fabric is by Knitorious. So cute!

Trina made this beautiful Alice in Wonderland quilt for her best friend. The embroidery "sketches" on linen are beautiful! Quilted by Beth Furnish. Trina wanted to keep it, and we can't blame her!

Our honorary junior member, Evangeline (Jemellia's daughter), made this awesome mini for a swap with other kids across the country. Great work, Evangeline!

Agnes sent in these beautiful process and final product photos for her indigo experimentation-

August has come and gone, with vacation, rearranging the sewing room, and other busy work. It has also been time for experimenting with indigo dyeing. A fascinating natural dyeing process, it can yield exceptional results if paired with Japanese shibori techniques.
To showcase these, I made an improv quilt, with instant appliquéing on the long-arming machine. It is the ultimate quilt-as-you-go technique, you mount three layers as usual on the frame, and lay over the indigo fabric as you quilt. 

Another interesting pattern can be achieved by partially dyeing a whole cloth panel with various shibori patterns and then quilting it to showcase the dye lines. Workshop anyone?

We would be lucky to have a workshop with Agnes!


Keep sewing, everybody!

Monday, August 22, 2016

August Meeting Show and Share

Our August meeting was full of excellent work, including a month's worth of inspiring finishes.

Maria brought in the finished top for our #quiltsforpulse, and Beth will be quilting it.

Emily finished up a long time WIP that she completed as a round robin with a sewing group.

We got to see the long-awaited Arcadia Avenue quilts from member Dana and her mom and cousin. They did the  pattern together over the course of a year, choosing fabrics that suited their own tastes, and all of them are beautiful and unique!

Karen finished this beautiful double-gauze quilt. Very snuggly, but she suggests cutting double-gauze binding extra thick!

Vicki brought in this beautiful "Quilt of Honor" her group made for a local VA. Traditional yet modern!

Shirlene is working on a swap- NFL themed of course!

Now that it's time for school to start and for many people to get back in the swing of the things, we look forward to seeing what everyone brings next month.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Results of the Indigo Challenge

The time has come, and our members have turned in their pieces for the indigo fabric challenge issued to us by our sister guild in Budapest, Hungary!

The challenge was modern bohemian, and our members did an amazing job with their unique and creative designs. I don't know how anyone could choose between them!

The ladies of the Budapest guild received photos of all of the submissions, and voted on the top 6 to be sent to Hungary and shown.

Here are six quilts chosen to make the journey across the Atlantic!

Thank you to our friends in Hungary for this wonderful challenge, thank you to Agnes for doing all of the legwork to make it happen, and thank you to our members who participated!


Diane C

Vicki M

Laura Y

Ellen M

Karen M

Jennifer M

Alternative went to Bri P and Elizabeth R-

The rest of the entries were also breathtaking-





Cameron P

Ann S

Beth F

Paula F


Debbie W



Ellen M

Chanda B

Trina K