Saturday, March 16, 2019

March 2019 Social Meeting Recap

We had a wonderful social meeting meeting today.  Thank you so much to Shannon for hosting us in her beautiful new home--aka castle!  She gave us the tour and let us all play on her new longarm, which was fun.  Shannon also prepared a really nice spread for us all, which was amazing of her!

We had St. Patty's Day treats!

A full on lunch spread with jelly beans and all!

Sandwiches and chocolate eggs, too!
This quilt was made from blocks found at a thrift store.  Now assembled!

Another quilt made from thrifted blocks!
A table runner "whipped up" from a free pattern recently published by Gudrun Erla.  I'm sorry I didn't catch the title of it, so I can't link to it.  Maybe someone can leave information in the comments.
One of our members had lost her sewing mo-jo.  She decided to get it back by sewing together about 1,200 squares, each of which was 1.5"!!!  Wow!  What an amazing feat!  She said she's starting to get that sewing mo-jo back!

A quilt made from a collection of Elizabeth Hartman's blocks.  Our member's son requested each of these blocks on his quilt for a birthday present.  Don't you love the "land and sea" separation?!
Our cutest and youngest member sharing her mother's cute bag made for our little member's friend.

A really sweet bag with leather handles!

As a guild, we made a quilt from blocks members contributed.  This is the converging corners block, a free tutorial from Film in The Fridge.  Our other local guild, Log Cabin Quilters, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.  Our modern guild was asked to give a presentation on modern log cabin blocks.  One member will give that talk.  The guild made this quilt as one example of such, with blocks contributed by guild members.  We will donate it to the Seita Scholars program, a program on Western Michigan University's campus to help college students who have aged out of the foster care system.  We provide them with quilts for their dorm room beds, because they often show up to campus with all the usual dorm room accoutrements that most college kids have their parents purchase for them.

A closer up shot of the quilting and wonderful scrappy binding on the converging corners quilt.

A shot of the back of our converging corners quilt.  It was such a great group effort!
A quilt made from blocks assembled by one of our members for the Do Good Stitches quilt bee.

Another wonderful Do Good Stitches quilt by our member.

How much do you love this stripey back and binding!  I swoon!
This quilt is called Supernova and is made from a free tutorial by Freshly Pieced.  Our member made it with blocks from a swap with a friend.  All with Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

A close up of the awesome stripy binding on this Supernova quilt!

And how about this tag our member put under the binding on this quilt.  How fun!

Some of us have been working through Angela Walters' Free Motion Quilt Along.  (If you are interested, go to Angela Walters' YouTube channel and search for Free Motion Quilt Along Challenge.  You'll find lots of good stuff there.)  All this was done on a domestic machine.

It looks so awesome!  So much learning happening here!
Love seeing all this quilty goodness!

One of our members was going to visit a new granddaughter and wanted some handwork to do.  So, she took all these circles to applique and made this quilt!  We all loved the different sizes of circles and how they weren't all centered.  So fun!

She had so much fun with that circle quilt, she made another.  How about this wonderful ISpy quilt?!  And all those polka dot sashing strips!! Love!
This is a quilt pattern from Tula Pink, from one of her blocks.  The blocks came from a bee our member took part in with friends.
Here is the fuzzy back of that Tula quilt!

Another beautiful finish.  We were told our member started this quilt at a retreat and finished it in the same day!!!  Whoa.
Our member really liked this quilt block.  Instead of making it small, she enlarged it quite a bit and made this fun, one-block quilt!

Another great finish with batiks from stash.  Seems like a lot of folks in our group are trying hard to use up their stash a bit.

A great Sew Together bag made at a meeting last year, when we did a sew together day.

How about all those bright zippers and wonderful polka dots!

Another sweet Sew Together bag!

And the inside of that sweet Sew Together bag.
Well, that was a wrap!  Wow!  What a full meeting, with many wonderful show and tells and lots of great fellowship.  It was great to see everyone, and thanks for hosting, Shannon!  We had a wonderful time!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Registration is open for the Spring Retreat

Registration is now open for our annual Spring retreat!

Dates: Friday April 5 - Sunday April 7 (optional Wednesday April 3 and Thursday April 4 at additional cost)
Location: Camp Lutherwald, Howe Indiana


  • $200 double occupancy
  • $168 triple occupancy
  • $155 quad occupancy
  • $15 per day for day campers, meals extra
  • $37 optional Wednesday or Thursday, no meals
  • $7 optional linen rental

We've lowered prices to reflect the increase in annual dues. We've also tried to make costs more fairly distributed across occupancy categories.  

Highlights of our spring retreat 2018 are found here.

Info on Camp Lutherwald.  I don't plan to swim in April.

See you at the social meeting on March 16.  Look for more info via email.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

February 2019 Meeting Recap

The first meeting of 2019 did not disappoint those who ventured out in the blustery weather.  We were excited to try something new -- a virtual trunk show with Victoria Findlay Wolfe! She was inspirational, hilarious, informative, and motivational!

Before VFW's presentation, we had some amazing Show and Tell.  Thanks to Jackie for assembling the Converging Corners blocks for our charity quilt to be used in a presentation by Lynne at the Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilt Guild's meeting in April.  We will post more pictures of the completed quilt soon!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe!  The virtual trunk show was amazing!

We went over the guild business after the presentation. We have more exciting meetings and speakers on the books for the year and some great ideas for 2020.  Look for a blog post coming soon about the upcoming retreat April 3-7 at Camp Lutherwald -- you should come, and bring a friend (all crafters welcome!).  Everyone who renewed their membership by the February meeting was entered in a prize drawing -- Kate White was the lucky winner!  She won a basket full of quilty fun!  Diane Oakes was the lucky winner of the "armchair kit" from Pam (see pics above for completed projects created by Pam and Stephanie). Christine Andrews won some thread conditioner!

Please check the blog for updates and to look at the schedule for our upcoming meetings.  The next social meeting will be at member Shannon's home on March 16th. Details will be sent in an email!

Spring is coming!