Friday, February 16, 2018

Serendipity rules!

For our February meeting, we had too late thought of having the meeting in the gallery where the challenge quilts are hanging.  As luck would have it, the library reassigned us there anyway!




We enjoyed being surrounded by the creativity and it gave us a chance to share our own process and vote for our favorites!

Kathi brought along her current stitching project, which she says will probably be a bag. 


Mary Ellen is working on a new appliqué project- one she doesn't plan to have finished any time soon, but she likes having something small to bring along when the occasion allows.  

Lori has been working on some UFOs  This one is all hand done.


 And this one was to use a few scraps. 

Elaine put some of her wet cyanotype prints together with crystals to create a winter solstice!

Chris is working on a wool felt pincushion.

Chris also brought along a work in progress to get some advice.  This sweet kitten was supposed to be part of her challenge entry.


Cynda had already given this quilt to her doctor. It was made from one of her sow-dyed fabrics.  She saw sunflowers in the design, so she cut petals and hand-sewed them to the fabric.



 













Martha had finished her "Paisley zentangle fusion" from a class last October

                          Martha had also finished the last of her embellishment pieces .

Below are all three together.  Inspired by the same thing, but very different.


And that brings us up to date.

Not much to show right now.

At the January meeting, there wasn't much show and tell because most of us were still trying to get our entries for the Museum Quilt Guild challenge finished.

Mary Ellen had brought hers along.  She was inspired by her granddaughter, who was naughty when she hid her peas, but is very nice when she's with her friends.



Martha brought two of her embellishment pieces which she had finished.  All are based on a roadside weed she enjoys seeing in the summer.




Susan had done a small hexie mat, using the technique where each one has batting inside and then are whip-stitched together.


You'd think I could have made this short post on time, wouldn't you?


Falling behind- post 1 of 3

I would  have sworn I at least did a post in November, when the ladies working on the slice project revealed their work.

This is Four of the Five slices laid together. It's going to be amazing when it's finished!


 And now I can't remember whose was whose.  I think this might be Mary Ellen's.




















And this might be Susan's?







 

And I completely missed getting a picture of the third one, which would be Chris', if I got the first two right.  They looked great together!  Whoever's it was had questioned the placement of one of the trees.  (the middle section)


In between admiring the slices, Lori was working on her crazy quilt, which was her embellishment project.


Martha was knitting socks...


...but had  brought along her embellishment projects to share progress. 


 We cancelled our December meeting due to chancy weather, so there's only two more meetings to get things all caught up.  See you soon. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Embellishing

 We ended up skipping July, because everyone was enjoying the summer.  But we got the band back together for August, and started embellishing projects. 

But first, there's show and tell!



Mary is working on samples for the zig zag quilt. 


Below is a small piece using the scraps she used for her son's quilt, which started the requests for instructions.



For her embellishment project, Mary is using this "fractured" quilt, using techniques by Louisa Smith
 Kathi is still hooked on Hexies. This piece is all silks!  


 This is a scarf Kathi painted, using a folded fabric technique. 

 Cynda went to the "Neighborhood Art House" and did some work with ceramics.

 The "bug" in this one, is a flower bud she pressed into the clay before it was fired.

 Elaine has been doing "wet cyanotypes" using specially prepared fabrics, and flowers from her garden. 


After Show and Tell, we all went to work on our individual projects. 

 Mary was crocheting a necklace like the one she saw at an arts festival recently.

 Lori is embellishing a crazy quilt block she started a while ago.

 Cynda is adding to the fish she made for our challenge a few years back, because she felt it needed more.

Elaine isn't sure where she's going ,but was enhancing some of the areas of her cyanotypes with colored pencils.


Martha plans to add stitching and beads to these pieces, inspired by wild dill weed.

To be continued......

Friday, June 16, 2017

Group play

As always, the June meeting began with  show and tell.  Mary Ellen shared this very happy  quilt she made for her granddaughter's big girl bed.


She sings "You are my Sunshine" with her granddaughter, so the words to the song are embroidered on the large circles.
The pattern is from a book called, "Adventures in Circles" by Leigh McDonald.













Kathi ran across these small pieces she had started a while back, using fabric she mono-printed on a gel plate, then stitched on.  She wasn't sure she had ever shared them with us, and hasn't decided what they are yet.  :-)


Mary has been trying to clear some scraps, which she had cut into squares at some point.  These tops will be donated to the Museum Quilt Guild's Community Service project at the June meeting. 



Martha (the photographer, so these pictures were done at home) finished a small quilt she made as a class sample quite a few years ago.  It's small, so will be donated for a child.  It has a nice soft flannel backing.
When Martha saw the kit for this at a quilt show, she thought it suited her.  Some of the fabrics in the kit had to be swapped out, though.

Kathi showed Martha the pattern for this bunny doll, called Miffy, knowing Martha wouldn't be able to resist making one!

Kathi brought her notes and samples of class work from the week long class she took with Nancy Crow at QBL a few years back- which resulted in this awesome quilt.   Some of the members will be playing with these techniques, now that we know the process!

We are looking forward to having other projects for members to work on at meetings, to share ideas, critique each others work, and encourage ourselves to keep learning new things!  In July, we'll be playing with embellishments.