Monday, March 16, 2015

Meeting Recap: March 2015

Welcome to the March Meeting Recap, aka The Longest Post of My Life. I'll give you the highlights of the meeting here, but please keep an eye on your email and our private Facebook page for upcoming details and events.*

*Remember, events, swaps, etc. are voluntary. Choose what YOU can do!

The Foltos Magyar Modern Klub Outreach:
Translation: Hungarian Modern Patchwork Club. This is our sister guild in Budapest.

Mug Rug Swap:
Agnes is organizing a mug rug swap with the Budapest quilters. Please find the sign up document on the Facebook page. The theme is "This is where I am from". Use your creativity and show your U.S.A. or Oklahoma spirit!

We'll also be sending some paper-pieced feather pincushions to Budapest. You can use this tutorial as guide. If the feather is not your thing, please chose another pincushion pattern with a high cuteness factor :) Since we foresee a high number of participants, please fill the pincushions with polyfil only, as walnut shells are a bit heavy when they all add up.

Donate a Fat Quarter:
Finally, given the scarcity of good quality modern quilting fabric in Budapest, Agnes will willingly accept a couple of good modern remnants you might have laying around along with your mug rug or pincushion….We know these ladies appreciate every last bit of good fabric!

Mug rugs, pincushions and fat quarters are due to Agnes at the April meeting or mail to her by May 1st.

Hand Jobs, Hand-stitching Group (Small Group):
Meets at Oklahoma Quiltworks on Saturday, March 21st. Bring your hand-sewing and sit, stitch and visit.

March 28th Sew Day Cancelled:

This date just happens to fall the day before Palm Sunday and weekend before Easter. We hope you have a great time to fellowship with your family and friends.

QuiltCon Recap:
For our March meeting we asked our members who attended QuiltCon to show & share some of the things they learned. I don't know how well I kept up with the details, but here we go!

The "thing" at QuiltCon this year was pin swapping. If you had a blog, you most likely had a pin to swap or give away to other bloggers and attendees. It was a fun to meet and swap pins with your favorite sew-lebrity. Elizabeth decided to pin her collection to an old mini-quilt she has and hang it in her sewing room.

Elizabeth participated in the Florid Bloom workshop taught by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and shared her in progress project.

Elizabeth also took the Mod Corsage workshop taught by Anna Maria Horner.

And....Carolyn Friedlander's needle-turn applique workshop.

Beth shared some ideas she learned in a compositional quilting workshop taught by Krista Withers. Check out this post by Krista on her blog. It explains and shows everything Beth spoke about.

Jemellia took Elizabeth Hartman's Patchwork City workshop and shared her WIP.

She also took Lizzy House's Meadow Quilt workshop and sewed some groovy curves. Lizzy House will also be teaching this class at SewOK this year!

Agnes took a printmaking class with Celina Mancurti. Agnes then took her printed fabric and made these great drawstring bags.

Another class Agnes participated in was From Clothes to Quilts by the charming and, yes, adorable, Luke Haynes. This mini-quilt is made from mens shirting fabrics.

But, wait, there's more. Agnes also participated in a Paper Pieced Design class taught by Penny Layman. From design to finished block!

And, finally, Agnes took a fabric dyeing class (in a zip-lock baggie no less) and achieved beautiful colors!

I attended a lecture by Heather Grant on Alternate Gridwork. Good design is based on a grid and there are simple things you can to do make your design more modern. You can get more information and find additional resources HERE.

Rebecca and Celeste took a walking tour of the special exhibits at QuiltCon, which were 1970s quilts and quilts from Gee's Bend. This led to a brief discussion on the value and pricing of quilts and the concept of provenance: "a record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality." Rebecca then shared this quilt. Her mother made the blocks (they are painted!) and her grandmother put it together and quilted it. This quilt is now featured in a book about World War II quilts!

Maria made this beautiful mini-quilt for a swap using all the colors of the rainbow.

And how can you resist this adorable bird?!

Did you know you can make a quilt with a serger! Mary made this one with bold strips. I love the colors!

Chanda is cleverly making a wall-hanging for every month of the year. Here are her lucky clovers for the month of March!

Chanda also made this cute dress for her friend's daughter.

We all like a good bag, and Melissa made this SuperTote found on Noodlehead using Cotton & Steel fabrics (which we love).

...and you have to have a mini-box bag to put in it!

Fresh from the quilter (our own Phoebe), Ann showed off her amazing Quick Curves Metro Medallion. Beautiful work, Ann!

No, it's not a hat, it's a bowl potholder that Beth made. I mean, really, how many times have I burned myself pulling things out of the microwave? 

Beth also shared this adorable quilt that she is quilting for a customer. This photo doesn't even come close to doing it justice. It's honestly just about the cutest quilt I've ever seen!

Laura finished this cool, modern quilt. I love the quilting. Specifically, how it follows the lines of the piecing in the center, but instead of continuing in a zig-zag in the negative space on the sides, it just extends the line. Great design!

Sometimes we find ourselves with a random charm pack. What would you do with it? Karen made this big, comfy pinwheel pillow!

She also gave a pitch for her class at Quiltworks to make this Zip Pocket Tote. It's a seriously cool bag.

Cassie showed several quilts. I love the colors and fabrics in this one!

This would be cute on anyone's sewing room wall!

You can see Cassie's awesome quilting on the back.

The answer: This is.
The question: What is a modern quilt?

Look at all those tiny pieces and the quilting in the center of the hexagons. Phoebe has patience...and mad skillz!

This is a great idea! Phoebe saved scraps from her projects for the last 5 years and made this ticker-tape quilt.

Becky made this great quilt for a family member who races boats! Quilting by Phoebe.

Phyllis made this cute Lion King themed quilt. The characters from the movie have been machine-embroidered and other blocks contain the birth information of Abbie.

Have you ever participated in an online swap? It's a fun way to receive handmade items from great quilters. Elizabeth received this mini from her partner and we think it fits her to a T!

Sewing machines can help us do amazing things! Kathy made this for a class.

They are seriously beautiful!

Last year we had a Crossroads Block lottery and Diane won! Here's her finished quilt! I love when random fabrics come together so well.

Here's another great idea by Mandy. She had a lone cross-stitch panel and she turned it into a bag!

Whew! See you in April!

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