Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Flaunt Your Finish: December 2014

Happy New Year's Eve!

Typically, this is the time where we review the year and reflect on the good (and not so good) events of our lives. When I was younger, I used to love to watch all the 'Year-In-Review' shows shown by various news outlets. Now, eh...not so much. 

A few years ago, my son had graduated from high school and as a stay-at-home-mom of only one child who was basically grown, I found myself with a bit more time on my hands. I had already found the OKCMGQ online, and had joined, but I hadn't attend any meetings. You know, it's sometimes awkward to go to a meeting by yourself when everyone online seems to know each other. The new year came and I told myself that I was going to get out more and expand my horizons. I finally went to a guild meeting (which was in the back room at Quiltworks) and no joke, there were like...six of us. A few other members trickled in and I soon made lifelong friends.

If you haven't rejoined the guild yet, just click on the PayPal button on the sidebar. Honestly, the guild will not the same without you. We need everyone to make it the awesome group that it is! If you're lurking and wondering....join us Monday, January 12th (Click on Meetings/Area Events on the top menu for location details). Try us, you'll like us!

We've had a GREAT year in the Guild. We've grown by leaps and bounds and have inspired each other and the world around us. How awesome is it that there is now a modern quilt guild in Budapest?!! I'm not going lie, I got teary eyed when I read on Facebook that they'd started a guild. I can't wait to hear more from Agnes about her trip at our January meeting. 

How was YOUR year? Did you keep the resolutions or achieve the goals you set last year? Are you going to make new ones this year? What new project are you excited to take on?

Here are a few finishes to wrap up an outstanding year of modern quilting!

Agnes S.  says she is still infatuated with the "Greetings from Antarctica"  animals. (How could she not be? They are adorable!) This time she made them into one longer pillow. It was soooo much easier than the postal stamp sized bear last year (when I forgot to enlarge the pattern, duh!)

I have also learned never to ask my husband again whether he would like a cute small present for the office....turns out there are EIGHT people he needs to take mug rugs for! So I came up with  the mug rug by-the-yard method, ha!

Debbie A. has this cute stocking to show that she made for her new grandson this year. Incidentally, she first made this pattern in a class a couple years ago taught by our own Emily Siemers. I'm told that Emily has agreed to teach the class again next season!

Bri W. finished this sweet quilt. It is the Shortcake Quilt, pattern by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew.  Bri used a Notting Hill jelly roll and plans to put it in the OKCMQG display at the OKC Winter Quilt Show.

Ann S.  has been a busy woman. First up, her 2013 BOM from Quiltworks is finally done! Ann started it just a while after first learning of Carolyn Friedlander. She fell in love with the 'Architextures' fabric line from the first time she saw it, so committing to the BOM was easy. Ann substituted two of the blocks with her own paper pieced rendition of her house. By taking so long to get it done, Ann was able to add in Carolyn Friedlander's following lines, 'Botanics' and 'Doe.' Beautiful job, Ann!

Ann can't seem to stop piecing her backings. Last July, I had the chance to take the Olive workshop with Carolyn herself. (Thrills and shivers!) In addition to having her autograph one of my house blocks (lower left), I wound up with a stack of paper pieced trees. I wasn't planning to finish them according to her pattern, so including them here was just right. The remaining blocks are Totem-esque. 

I recently ordered yardage from Spoonflower and some of it was personalized quilt labels. This is the first one I've used. Hand stitched, to boot! May rethink some of my labeling options, but this works for now. Done IS better than perfect. Speaking of such, there's a doozy of a humility block in this one. It went completely undetected until I was delivering front and back to the quilter. She saw it. Too late to replace it and I didn't want to delay the process. So, there it stares back at me with impish glee.

Ann says it takes her a while to get geared up for the holidays. She finally got around to gift sewing just a few days before Christmas. Of course, there was our Guild gift exchange earlier in the month. She pieced a sampler of Carolyn Friedlander fabrics together to make the exterior of a Task-It Basket. Ann loves that Angie Bullard received it. It's very different from her usual fabric choices. 

The second was for a friend who loves Felix the Cat, and his bag of tricks. Ann ordered fabric and it wasn't what she envisioned. She wanted to make a big satchel frame type bag but since she wasn't happy with the fabric, and in order to have something to give her friend, Ann opted for another Task-it Basket.

But wait...there's more! There were also mug rugs. All tolled, Ann was quite surprised how much time went into what she imagined would be quick projects. (Yep, I'm still working on 12 mug rugs myself!) Many thanks to Queen Elizabeth for on-point mini-charm technique and Leslie for the fabulous binding short-cut!

And...Ann finished up the fun with another Quilter's Wallet. She added the loops, shoulder strap, and hardware on this one. Love this fabric!!!

And finally, we have this lovely quilt from Robin O. How's this for a last-minute gift? I took Stitched In Color's Angled class in the fall, and then when a family member fell on tough times, I decided I just *had* to give her a Christmas quilt to cuddle. The pattern is based on Rachel Hauser's Emerge quilt, the feature fabric is from Robert Kaufman's Holiday Flourish line, and the whole thing went from "prewashed fabric" to "completed quilt" in just over 30 days. Needless to say, after I finished this, my major Christmas gift to myself was no more projects with deadlines! I need to give myself that same gift Robin! Wonderful quilt and we know it'll be so appreciated!

Okay, I'm exhausted after this post.

Thanks to everyone, not just this month, but all through the year for sharing all your wonderful projects with us. May the new year bring you joy, happiness and beautiful fabric!

Link up your December finishes below! See you next year!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Flaunt Your Finish: November 2014

Welcome to November's Flaunt Your Finish! I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving and if you were out with the crazy people masses this weekend shopping, I hope you got some good deals without bloodshed.

We have less than a handful of finishes this month. I suspect that's due to the fact that Christmas is just around the corner and our projects are being kept under wraps. Don't forget to link up your project at the end of this post!

First up is Amanda L: 
As usual I’m behind on my holiday makes, but I was able to make two of these table runners in time for Thanksgiving.  I added a couple of extra points to the maple leaves to give them a fuller feel and decided to use this runner as an opportunity to try out some serpentine quilting for the first time.  I really like the feeling of movement it creates.  This was also my first time to use a scrappy binding, and I like the playful feel it evokes.  I love using small projects like this to try out new techniques.

Next, from Ann W's: 
I made a small 24 x24 inch improv wall hanging for my nephews' play room. One of them loves the moon!

Ann is a new member and this is her first time to participate in Flaunt Your Finish. Welcome, Ann!

And finally, (I told you we had less than a handful) from Agnes S:
This is basically my version of a quilted "tat". Just riding on the wave of tattoo fashion, and fully appreciating/feeding on  the art of Ed Hardy, Mexican "Dia de los Muertos" themes, as well as Pakistani "ralli" quilts, I came up with this small quilt.  Front and back panels are commercially purchased bandannas, central panel has double batting, and the whole thing is doused with big stitch quilting in 6 ply embroidery floss. 

Now it's your turn! The only rule of Flaunt Your Finish is that your project has to have been completed in the featured month. So....bloggers and flickr users, dig through your November finishes and give us a little link, m'kay?

OKCMQG MEMBERS: Handmade Gift Swap is just around the corner! Can't wait to see what you all have been making!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Handmade Gift Exchange

In case you missed our last meeting, it's time for our annual Handmade Gift Exchange! Simply bring a handmade gift to our next meeting on December 8th to participate. You can make the gift yourself or you can purchase it. It just has to have been handmade. Dollar limit on gifts is $25.00.

In addition, please bring an appetizer, snack, treat or goodie to share. We hope you'll join us for a fun evening, a chance to visit with each other and an awesome Show & Share!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Meeting Recap: November 2014

November brought elections throughout the country and to the OKCMQG as well. Elections for the 2015 Board were held and after a unanimous vote in the affirmative...we wish to congratulate our new Board!

President - Shirlene D.
Vice President - Karen O.
Secretary - Becky S.
Treasurer - Ann S.
Committees Coordinator - Becca P.
Communications Coordinator - Leslie L.
Programs Director - Elizabeth R. 

Additional items voted on and approved were:
  • An increase in annual dues to $40 (still only $30 if you join in January!);
  • Change in the By-Laws to require the Board to have a majority present.

We had an extra special Show & Share quilt this month. Congratulations Shana G. on the pending arrival of your new baby boy! Shana was presented with this adorable quilt that fits with her Dr. Suess theme. Fabric strips were donated by several guild members and the Hospitality Committee oversaw its completion.  A big thank you to them and congratulations to Shana and her husband!

The pattern is Wistful by Villa Rosa Designs. 

 As part of the night's activities, we were asked to bring our favorite tool or notion. I don't use many tools and gadgets so I really learned a lot. It's amazing how many different types of rulers are out there. One in particular is used for cutting perfect HSTs (Half-Square Triangles) and in no time at all, you can create a quilt top like the one Celeste made!

Elizabeth A. started off Show & Share with this beautiful Road to Oklahoma quilt for her daughter. It's a beauty!

And Elizabeth loves to piece her backs too!

Beth F. shared this cute quilted jacket. And what's that on the inside? A sweatshirt!

Our professional long-arm member, Jana, always has big and beautiful quilts to share. This one was made by her mother and we were told that the family will draw a number to see who gets to take it home. What a fun idea!

Shirlene D. (yep, the new Prez) took a Big Bag Theory class at LQS Threads of Tradition. We all ooh'd and ahh'd over her fabric selection. (It's Mosaica by Windham Fabrics if you're wondering.)

And don't throw out those scraps! Shir made a small zippered pouch as well.

Check out that machine embroidery!

Cathy P. made this darling quilt. I love the mix of square piecing and circular quilting. 

In case you missed it, Ellen H. made this wonderful pillow for this year's quilt show.

Ellen also made this cute baby quilt. That would be cute just as it is, but it's actually the back!

The front is even more adorable!

Lest we forget, Chanda has reminded us that Christmas is just around the corner! Look at that yummy "ribbon candy" quilting.

And I'm going to use "yummy" again to describe Chanda's second project. I love those citrusy colors.

Comma, comma, comma....comma-chameleon....(Go ahead. Sing it!) Many of us love this Comma fabric by Zen Chic. Becca P. (our new Committees Coordinator) made this wonderful quilt for her brother. I love the huge grey border. It frames it so well and is bold for a man.

Flip it over and it's Two! Two quilts in one!

Whew! That's our wrap up. Next month we'll have a HUGE Show & Share as we will be participating in our annual Handmade Gift Swap. I can't wait!

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Defining [mod-ern]: The Quilts

Thanks again to everyone who came to our 2014 Defining [mod-ern] Quilt Show. We had a tremendous response! As promised, now the the show is over (and just in case you couldn't make it) here's a look at all the projects that were displayed. They've also been added to our Gallery on the top menu, which also contains photos from previous shows. 

It's been two months since our last meeting and we hope to see you Monday, Nov. 10th. Check back later in the week for Show & Share. Until then.....

Enjoy and be inspired!