Monday, May 15, 2017

May Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting in May, with the primary activity being demo night! Our members are so talented and have many great ideas to share, and everyone had a great time.

Sarah taught us her Quilt as You Go Method. I know lots of people from our group are already thinking up great projects for this!

Vicki showed us different ways that you can embellish quilts with stitches and by sewing on additional flair. She had so many great examples!

Paula gave us great insider tips on things to remember when you drop your quilt off with a long-armer. So many important things we might not know otherwise!

And Debbie gave a DIY tutorial for a rotary cutting mat, designed by our member Trish. So simple and such a great tool to add to our sewing room.

Sew and Share showed off a lot of great projects, including from new member Natalie! Check out this amazing quilt that her grandfather long-armed for her! The hexie/circle combo is amazing.

Ann finished up this lovely neutral quilt for a friend of hers. Great use of a jelly roll!

Karen is making this quilt as a store sample for Oklahoma Quiltworks. The free hand quilting is amazing!

Debbie and Jennifer both made iPad cases. So darling and functional!

Ann was inspired by a bag that Karen brought to Sew and Share last year, so she made her own big bag from the same fabric! It is great to be inspired by our fellow members.

We have some exciting things going on this summer, and as our guild grows, we can't wait to see what happens!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April Sew Day

One of our goals for the year is to have regular sew days as a guild, and this year's second sew day was a hit with everyone who attended.

We were also very lucky to have one of our members, Sarah, teach a workshop on her own method of quilt as you go.

Thanks to everyone who attended! We'd love to have you join our guild and get in on great group activities such as this one.

April Meeting Recap

Our April meeting was a great time! We started with an event we called the "Quilting Smackdown." Beth gave two people the same quilt, then set them loose to see how they would quit it! We had fun pairing up those who quilt on domestic machines versus long arm machines. Below you can see Staci and Diane going at it!

Block Lottery with the wonky log cabin was a success! Thanks to everyone who participated, and come to May's meeting to see the next block we will make.

Nancy brought a beautiful, springy orange peel quilt. So delightful!

Agnes brought this beautiful baby quilt of gingham. And the back is just as much of a statement as the front!

Susan brought this great art quilt that is so bold and personalized!

Lisa brought this gorgeous scrappy quilt! Love all those warm colors.

Jennifer brought this great variation on a strip quilt- love the stripey half square triangles.

And check out the back!

Staci brought this great alternate grid, minimalist piece.

We have several small groups within our guild, and one of them issued themselves a Morse Code Challenge! Look at these visually stunning pieces they brought to show us! Great job Staci, Karen, and Laura!

Great job everyone! Can't wait to see you at our May meeting on May 8.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March Meeting Recap

The March meeting gave us a great time of getting to take on each other's unfinished project challenges. In an activity we called WIP 911 (WIP- works in progress), three members brought unfinished projects or blocks that they needed help getting unstuck on.

Sarah brought some blocks she received in a sewing bee, and members had ideas not only for layout, but also for chopping the blocks up and making them more blocks with more continuity.

Stacie brought a quilt she'd finished and sandwiched probably 10 years ago- and still loves!- but can't figure out how to quilt it. We heard several great suggestions including an orange peel design, and also to take into account that the bold fabrics might obscure any overly detailed quilting. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth brought in old quilt blocks from a swap that she never really loved. They are all stockings in different sizes, and  our group suggested everything from making a Christmas tree silhouette out of them, to hanging them on a quilted clothesline, to making it into a tree skirt.

It was a fun activity and good to get all of our creative juices flowing!

In some GREAT news, our charity quilt for Quiltcon 2017 has been found! It was lost in the postal system and sadly never made it to Savannah (so sad!), but we are happy it is safe and with us now.

We also had a great bunch of show and shares!

Sue is the queen of awesome minis, and she brought in three great ones this month, all in very different styles. Loving the thread spool mini!

Sarah brought in her quilt journal for February. Love how unique these all come out!

Jennifer made an adorable heart quilt featuring musical fabrics for her musical family!

Diane brought a quilt she finished for a client with great triangle quilting-

And a beautiful almost-finished quilt for her son and future daughter-in-law as a wedding present.

Mandy brought in a great tote that she made with the help of a class from fellow guild member Karen Munger. So stylish and usable!

And Sarah was awarded an ACE pin for Art! Woo hoo!

Thanks to everyone for another great meeting! Don't forget to order a t-shirt and sign up for our retreat in June (more info in our newsletters/Facebook group).

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting in February! There were quite a few new visitors and we all got to know each other better through the super-fun Quilt Olympics planned for us by Beth. Who knew there was so much quilty knowledge/physical prowess in our guild?

Our first block lottery of the year was an amazing success!  Almost 300 blocks were brought, which allowed us to draw 4 winners. Thanks to Debbie for spearheading this new, fun project!

We had a lot of fun show and shares, as well!

Sue was inspired by our block lottery choice and after perusing Pinterest, she went ahead and whipped up this awesome mini. How cool!

Leslie finished her president's challenge from last year in shades of periwinkle- very nice color choices!

Regina made this beautiful quilt with her own variation on a pattern she picked up. What a great way to use a beautiful fabric line!

Sarah shared another beautiful improv mini. She is a master of quilt as you go!

New member Eva brought this beautiful piece she made for her daughter. Love it!

Eva made this quilt from her son- her first quilt! She made it from triangle scraps. Awesome scrappiness!

Agnes made this STRIKING economy block quilt out of Amy Butler fabrics. How gorgeous!

And this month the board presented its first ACE leadership pin to Shirlene Davis, in honor of all she does for our guild, including coordinating our Winter Quilt Show presence and serving as past  president.