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!