Tuesday, July 10, 2012

July Meeting: HUGE Success

Well, we had a great meeting on Saturday. There were a lot of people there, great show and tell, fabulous speaker, Terri Thayer, and fun chat.

Speaker: Terri Thayer

 Terri Thayer, a member of our guild and author of the quiltmaking mystery novels featuring heroine Dewey Pellicano spoke to us for about 45 minutes at the meeting on Saturday. She told us how she got started quiltmaking, showed us a number of quilts and told us about her writing. It was very interesting to see her progression of quilts from ~1983 to the present - changes in patterns, fabric and how Terri's style evolved. It was also interesting to hear how she got started writing, her writing schedule and support system.

Thanks to Cynthia for organizing this event.

QuiltCon and BAMQG Block Challenges

The QuiltCon block challenge and the BAMQG challenges have been advertised on this blog frequently in the past month. Go back and check the linked posts before you read on, if you don't know what they are about.

Ruth's QuiltCon block was one of the best that your editor has seen, but the consistently high quality of the work produced by ALL members is astounding and exciting.

One of the cool things about seeing the two different groups of blocks is that people who made blocks for both challenges used the same block. I love seeing the different colors used in the same block.

Rhonda had a bit of a vacation theme going in the work that she showed today. Her block is the glass of lemonade with the umbrella sticking out. There was discussion about whether it was lemonade or an adult beverage. ;-)

The BAMQG blocks look great together. You can see how well they go together and Ruth's BAMQG version of the block above.
I think the asymmetry of the blocks is really dynamic. I was also impressed to see the different ways that people created asymmetry.

Thanks to Ruth for organizing this challenge!

A-B-C Challenge Blocks

The A-B-Cers are still going strong, though we are nearing the end of the blocking making part of the challenge. This month's blocks were S & T.

The blocks look really nice.I brought something to work on, but focused on talking with people and found out some interesting things about the way people are thinking about their A-B-C blocks. Michelle, intelligently, planned out all the blocks she was going to make when she started. using only two fabrics is a real challenge, so it was smart of her to take the time to plan out the blocks. Her blue and white diagonal grid blocks (upper right hand corner of photo) would make an interesting all over quilt, or a quilt that used one background fabric and subtly gradated solids or tone-on-tones.

Your editor must say that one of the great things about this challenge is that we all get to see a lot of different blocks AND the same blocks in different sizes and color ways.

Angela was back with her Hawaiian print blocks.

Rhonda is diligently catching up and making current blocks. Diana, as well.

People are thinking about settings, so there was discussion of sashing colors and some about settings as well.

Thanks to Kathleen for keeping this challenge going.

New Challenge: Whole Cloth Quilt

Ruth has done it again, coming up with another challenge for us. This time it is a whole cloth quilt and will be due in October. And even more exciting is that this is sponsored by Aurifil!

Ruth suggested at 30x40 size , but any size can be done. 30x40 is a good size for the Charity Girls, if you decide not to keep your masterpiece.

The quilt should be one whole piece of cloth on the front in a tone-on-tone, semi-solid or solid fabric.

Bring your plan for quilting to the August meeting.

While supplies last, participants can get a pack of Aurifil thread to use on the project.

The due date is the October meeting.

Door Prizes

Angela had a great selection of door prizes again. People are bring some fun items and everyone looks forward to seeing what others make from the fabric, patterns and inspirational items.

Thanks to Angela for organizing the door prizes.

Lost and Found

Julie lost a piece of fabric at the June meeting. It was being passed around during the talk about Quilt Market. If you accidentally went home with that fabric, please bring it back to the August meeting. Give it to any officer and it will make its way back to Julie.

The next meeting is August 4. Hope to see you there!

1 comment:

Terri Thayer said...

Huge success!! I had a blast. Thanks for inviting me.