Monday, April 30, 2018

April 2018 Meeting Photos and Summary

MEETING 28 April, 2018

Following are some highlights from our April meeting.  We welcomed a few new members: Nancy, Mary, and Patty. We were also joined by a few wonderful guests: Nancy, Kim, and Laura.  We hope you'll come back!

These are the Ombre Dutchman challenge blocks from our members. Shannon was the lucky winner - we can't wait to see the finished product! (No pressure, Shannon! 😉)
We started off with an amazingly informative and inspirational demo/presentation on Improv Piecing from our guild member Jackie Skarritt.  Jackie shared how she became inspired by the improvisational style, from the Gee's Bend Quilters to contemporaries like Gwen Marston and Nancy Crow.
Jackie shared several of her own beautiful creations...

We learned many different styles and methods of Improv, such as improv with strips of fabric (ruler cut and freehand cut), improv with solid scraps, improv with prints, improv with intent (planned), and improv foundation paper piecing.

What a great teacher!
Along with her wonderful instruction, Jackie provided an extensive list of books for further reference and inspiration.  Thank you, Jackie!!

After going over the program schedule for the rest of the year, the guild was presented the slate for the upcoming elections for the Executive Committee.  Voting will be electronic with the option of in-person voting at the next social meeting in May.  The guild also highlighted the April retreat at Camp Lutherwald.  Another successful retreat on the books - thank you, Jane S.!  Future retreats are reserved at Lutherwald for November 2018 and April 2019.  More information from the meeting will be included in the meeting minutes (to be e-mailed).

On to Show and Tell!!

Our "junior" member, Finola, showed off the quilt she finished! She is so proud! Finola has definitely caught the quilting bug!
Joanne brought her "hula hoop" quilt! (sorry, Joanne! I was distracted looking at the quilt that I didn't get the real name of this amazing quilt!)
Joanne also showed off her finish from the Angela Pingel workshop last year.  It turned out beautifully!
Diane came loaded with several amazing quilts to show!!  She's been quite quilt busy! This is a finish from a class she took at Viking.
Diane's halloween quilt is so cool!
Her Split 9-patch -- wow.
This is her stitch-and-flip from a Jackie Gering workshop.
And she created this piece from the scraps!
This is a GLMQG block challenge finish!
Diane's animal rescue quilt...
Detail from the animal rescue quilt.  Amazing!
This is Diane's Angela Pingel Adore-la finish!
She also shared a Moda panel quilt.
Detail of the Moda...
And, the grand finale -- her Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.  Wonderful, Diane!
Detail from the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt...
Jackie brought this amazing green strip quilt.  Very striking!
Sandy brought one of her projects finished at the retreat, a beautiful garden quilt.
Sandy also brought the finished top from another GLMQG block challenge, the off-set 9-patch. It turned out wonderfully!
Lynne showed off her amazing Tula Pink City Sampler -- 100 blocks in 100 days!  Gorgeous!
A detail from the City Sampler...
Stephanie amazed with her EPP Tula Pink "Tula Nova" quilt.  The quilting was fabulous!
Detail from the Tula Nova...
Stephanie also showed her Sew Sturdy Ultimate Travel Bag. This awesome bag housed her Featherweight!

Great meeting!! We have an amazingly talented group!

Monday, April 23, 2018

April 2018 Retreat Summary

Hi Friends!  Our April 2018 Retreat was tons of fun!  We held it at Camp Lutherwald.  It was a small but eager and friendly group.  What a great time we had!  Below is a quick summary of what folks were working on!

Sandy finished a top from some of the blocks she won from one of our challenges!

Pam made this cool column quilt for her foreign exchange student.  She did it as a quilt-as-you-go-quilt!

Here is the back of Pam's quilt.  She took some blocks from a project she gave up on in incorporated them into the back.  I love that!

Jane got most of this beautiful bag put together.

We all admired Jane's awesome bag made from her GLMQG panel!

I thought this fish quilt Jane made was really fun!  How about that single red fish?!  Adore!

Finola came with her mom.  How awesome is this?  She was sewing away all day!  Such a sweetheart!  She's only 9 years old!

Here she is, sewing away with Mom!

Check out the amazing quilt she pieced and her mom quilted and bound for her!  Is this the sweetest photo ever?!

And Jill made this awesome monster pouch for one of her boys.

Here is Chris' beautiful finish!

I can't remember who is hiding behind this quilt.  Maybe Terri?  Pretty finish!

And awesome finish for Linda!  I think she said these blocks came from Holly.  We all commented at how that green just sets off the blue so nicely!

Diane ordered these antique fan blocks from ebay.  She appliquéd them to the burgundy fabric and assembled them.  We were all enthralled by her amazing finds from ebay!

Leslie made a wonderful, bright Tula quilt.  She'll finish this and contribute it to the Log Cabin Quilters collection for the cancer center.

Jane was practicing her free-motion quilting the entire weekend (see the stack of blocks behind her?!).   She is doing a great job learning from Christina Camelli's book.

I worked on this green row to add to my Rust quilt (pattern by Carl Hentsch).

And a huge thank you to Annie from!  She helped sponsor our retreat by giving us the pattern for this adorable notebook holder and some Soft and Stable foam stabilizer to try inside.

It was a fun and cute project!  Thank you for supporting our guild and our retreat, Annie!  We are grateful!  Please visit her site and support her shop!  She has great patterns, and her stabilizer makes a great difference in bags and other projects!

Our space was small and cozy.  It was so cold and rainy out, but we loved sitting there looking at the lake and enjoying each other's company.

We had a fantastic time.  Sorry we missed some of you on this retreat!  We hope to see you at the next one in November!

Respectfully submitted,