Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Meeting Recap: August 2014

After taking break from our general meeting in July, it sure was good to see everyone at this month’s meeting! And it was great to do it at our new location, Newchurch.

With summer winding down, August seemed like good time to have a casual meeting, so we all brought goodies to share. I believe all the snack groups were covered; salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy, creamy…did I miss anything?

As most of us like to sit by people we know, myself included, we decided to mix it up a bit and seat everyone at tables grouped by birth month. This gave us all a chance to meet and get to know new people or chat with those we don’t always have a chance to visit with. I loved it!

Completed projects from the MQG’s Michael Miller Fabric Challenge took up the bulk of our Show & Share. We’re excited to share them with the world! But….you’re going to have to wait just a bit. We want to share them all in one BIG post, so please check back with us on this blog to see all of the wonderful projects! Better yet, if you don’t have our blog in your feed reader already, please hop on over to our public Facebook page and give us a quick “LIKE”. We always link our new posts, so you'll hear about it there first!

SUZANNE shared this beautiful quilt that had been hanging around as a UFO. Someone wondered aloud, "Why was it a UFO?" Often times I think UFOs are those projects that we start and then find out along the way that we are less than thrilled by the way it's going. We all loved everything about this quit!

Congratulations to SHANA who announced she's expecting! Here's a start on a project for her little guy (Yes, it's a boy!) using Dr. Seuss fabric and a single Swoon block.

BRI made this quilt as part of The Sassy Quilter's Quilt-Along earlier this year. I love it's free-form shape!

This table runner by BECKY is pretty groovy. Notice the quilting that echoes the lines of the piecing. Really beautiful!

MELISSA shared this nifty little bag. It's the Sew Together Bag and you can get the pattern here on Craftsy or check your local quilt shop. Sure, it's cute on the outside...but wait. There's more...

...on the inside! Pockets, dividers and zippers...oh my!

EMILY had a few shares. First, this great Cargo Duffle Bag that she's going to use as a gym bag. I adore the fabrics and that straight line quilting. You can get the pattern free on the Robert Kaufman website.

Emily also shared her kids with us and they brought something to share as well. LIAM helped with this cool truck pillow...

...and DYLAN made this super cute ticker tape quilt. All. By. Herself. Mom ironed fusible web to fabric and Dylan cut and placed her pieces and then sewed them all on her own!

Our guild moms are doing a great job teaching their kids to sew and hand-craft. EVANGELINE made this adorable owl. She said she forgot her eyes, but I think she's still a very cute and artsy owl without them. She did a wonderful job choosing her colors and fabric too.

We've seen JEMELLIA's quilt here and there, so we were excited to see it just back from the quilter. Jemellia made this in a improv-curves class and has done a wonderful job. I heard someone at my table say, "It looks like art." That it is.

Whenever I ask my husband his opinion on a project I'm working on he always says, "It's your art. You decide." I love that he calls it "art" regardless of the project's end use. He's right, you know. We are making art. Functional art!

A big THANKS to our Charity Committee. I don't know the details of how they came about, but here are several completed charity quilts. Many of us remember this fabric from last year's Madrona Road Fabric Challenge.

You can't go wrong with a simple patchwork.

I heard several murmurs about what a great layout this is.

Random placement or planned? I always wonder...

This one reminds me of looking at flowers through the window panes.

Hmmm...this one is more intricate than I first thought. See how those shapes appear to overlap?

And that's a wrap for this month. See you again soon!

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