Friday, August 12, 2016

Relaxing during the dog days

 We had our August meeting, on a 90 degree day, at Mary's lovely house.  Her dog, Daisy, came in to observe the festivities.

Some of the quilts for the modern "challenge" are finished!  

Mary Ellen says hers fits the "modern" parameters because:
1- Use of grey
2- Use of solids
3- Geometric shapes
4- Heavy quilting
5- Forms go off the edge
She calls this a study in transparency.  Very well done!!!

Lori said hers fits these "modern" requirements:
1- Use of negative space
2- Improvisational piecing
3- High contrast
4- Minimalism
5- Solid colors
Lori calls this "Not my Cup of Tea"  She explained it, but I didn't write it down.  I don't think it was because she didn't enjoy doing this. :-)

Kathi took a class at QBL with Lorie McKown last week.
It was the perfect class for Kathi, and she came home with this fabulous piece!
 It's meant to tell a story of what motherhood has meant to Kathi.
The dress was made with a vintage lace tablecloth.
Sorry the detail is a bit blurry.

Here's a couple more goodies for the raffle basket we are donating to the Guild's show in October.

Lori is making Hexies from this book.  These came out the wrong size so she made them into coasters or mug rugs.

Mary Ellen made these placemats- perfect to bring along to a picnic!

The rest of the show and tell was pretty great, too!

Mary Lee is hoping to have this ready for the quilt show.  Made from a pattern by Kathy Doughty and using fabulous fabrics by PB textiles.  

Mary has also been making hexie snowflakes, but isn't sure she knows how to arrange them.  We all said it won't matter!

Chris had hoped to finish her fish, but her machine decided it was too hot.  So Chris brought the fancy corals she has been making for it. I can't wait to see the rest of it now!!

Martha had fun doing some doddling as quilting on this piece.

Mary Ellen is hoping to have this one ready for the show.  She is planning to hand quilt it.  She has 61 days, not that anyone is counting.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sharing and making plans

At our very informal June meeting, we discussed a possible group project.  Chris has been trying to find a good subject for a "slice" quilt.  (Some information about this quilt can be found here.)   This idea has been discussed before, but got derailed.  So we have circled back to it, since the reason it was shelved was all the enthusiasm led to too many ideas and we all got overwhelmed. 
Stay tuned.

But, as we always do when we get together, we had fun sharing our current projects!

Mary Ellen took the "Ricky Tims Rhapsody" class with Penny Marble, sponsored by the Museum Quilt Guild last month, and is very happy with it so far.  

Aren't the colors glorious!?

Susan brought her "hexie" project in, as it is nearing completion.  This is meant to hang on a wall with complementary colors, near a glass door in her home.  So she left the open areas to make the wall part of the design!

Mary Lee had to clear the loom for a new project.  These were supposed to be dish towels, but are far too pretty to use!

Mary also made one of the "Opulent Ornaments", using head pins to add lines of beads, and the larger beads.

Kathi enjoyed a recent workshop on photo transfer.

She has also made some collages she liked well enough to have printed by Julie at Red Dog Enterprises

Martha has really gotten hooked on the Opulent Ornaments!  These two will be part of the ArtCGirlz raffle basket at the Museum Quilt Guild show in October.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Discussing Modern Quilting

Having been inspired by a visit from the Western New York  Modern Quilters at the Museum Quilt Guild meeting in April, the ArtCGirlz have decided to give that style a try for a while.  We each talked about some aspect of Modern quilting that appeals to us, or inspires us.  You can see a great selection of Modern quilts at Jacquie Gering's "Photo blog".
 We hope to have a selection of our own interpretation of "modern" quilts to hang in the guild's October show.

We also had our usual fun Show and Tell, of course.

Lori and her husband are attending the Ohio Bigfoot Conference this weekend.  Lori always makes items to be sold as fundraisers during the event.  

Chris has just returned from wintering in Key West.  She found this lovely fabric in a quilt shop while there.  We all agree it looks great on her!

This is a piece Chris showed in the last guild show, but she felt it fit the modern theme. She really likes pinwheel blocks.

Emmy has been making hexies, and decided to put a few together so she can decide how many of what colors she needs. 

Emmy made this quilt for her granddaughter as a graduation gift.

Below is the small version of the block she made to use as a label.

Susan was inspired by the demo Connie did using Virginia Findlay Wolfe's techniques to make this little table topper quilt.

Mary Ellen had other projects needing to be finished, but the pile of Kaffe Fassett scraps called to her and became this lovely quilt top!

Mary felted another very cute bunny!

Connie and her sister were playing with one of the many photo editing apps and Connie loved this one of her dog.  She had it printed on a metal tile at

Martha turned an old challenge quilt into a duffel bag, using a pattern she found here.

I should have taken pictures of the blocks people shared as their favorites.  I can only remember a couple...

Kathi and Lori like the cross/  plus block

 Mary Ellen liked the block on the cover of this book by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr

Martha likes the off center log cabins.

And Mary had this magazine picture of one she liked.

We decided there is something in Modern quilting for all of us.  It will be interesting to see the quilts!!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Just a sharing and chatting

The ArtCGirlz meetings have been more relaxed lately, with a smaller group in attendance.  Still, we're enjoying just sitting around the table, sharing our projects and each others' company.  And there's usually something to show and tell.

Last month, Mary Ellen had just started this beautiful knitted blanket for a baby due in May.

Here is a close up of the lace edging.

Emmy brought a wool felt project she has had for a while. It will be appliqued to the pretty fabric she's holding up. Look close to see all the beading she has done, too.

 Emmy started working on this beaded ball at the last meeting.  Martha thinks it looks like a sea urchin.

Mary is working on Easter bunnies for next year already.  :-)   This is one from a kit- needle felted with real angora fur.  It's SO soft!

Cynda grabbed snow in the middle of the night to do some snow dyeing before it melted away.

Martha is having fun making the beaded balls Paula Nadelstern calls "Opulent Ornaments"

We're making plans to take our group on the road for the summer (since the room we use at the college is unavailable). Stay tuned.