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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

June 2014 Club Meeting

The program for our meeting this month was the UFO Challenge.  Last year, we committed to finishing a UFO.  Our club historian, Kathy B, logged our commitments on paper.  We had one year to finish it.  This month was the reveal.

This quilt has the most amazing embroidery...where you think there is fabric, it is actually created with thread. This photo does not do the quilt justice.  The colors were deep greens and rich purples.
Embroidered quilt by Jen M.
close-up detail by Jen M.

This is a  H U G E  I-Spy quilt by Jan M.  Jan said she had so many I-Spy blocks that she has another top equally as large.
I-Spy by Jan M.

This is the Kinda Kansas Dugout.  It started as a club mystery quilt project.  The border pieces were cut the wrong size and wouldn't fit around the center, so it sat in a bag for 2 years. Once I discovered my triangulations software, this border was made.  It still took forever.
Kinda Kansas Dugout by Kat S.

This is the back of the Kansas Dugout.  All those leftover pieces were stitched together and included between the yardage.
Kinda Kansas Dugout - back

Presidents 'Going-Out' Gift

This month is the end of year for club officers - a changing of the guard.  Our going-out president, Jean, was gifted with a lovely basket of 1930's  fat quarter collection, accompanied with a new pattern and a gift card to buy fabric for the backing.  She will have to make her own quilt.  LOL

Show and Tell

Jen made this beautiful quilt for her first granddaughter.  The colors are so radiant with black, limes and fuscia.
Baby Quilt by Jen M.

This is the most recent comfort quilt that was made as a club project.  Everyone made a star block with blue and yellow.  Some members put it together and Valerie B. quilted it on her mid arm.  We will keep it on hand until it is needed.

The next 3 quilts were made by Joyce D.  They are made for one of our charity missions - the childrens ward at the local hospital.  Joyce is our biggest provider of childrens comfort quilts.  Thank you, Joyce!

Rail Fence by Joyce D
Scrappy 9-Patch by Joyce D

Bowtie by Joyce D

July 2014 Charity Sew-In

Yesterday, our club held a charity sew-in day at EUM Church.  We also invited church members to participate along with us -  quilting lessons and biased direction included.  This photo is our July crew standing around a very small portion of the supplies provided.

We had a great sewing day and accomplished alot.  Some of the ladies rummaged through the boxes to pair up tops, backings & batting combos.  These kits were taken by several folks to quilt and bind at home.  Some of the ladies collected fabrics to kit up into other projects.  We all had a great time and teamwork prevailed.

There is only a few projects showing off here today. Several went home to be finished. Here is Arlene showing our 9-patch quilt top.  We worked together to make this top.  There was still an outer border of royal blue added after this photo was taken.  I brought it home to finish up.

Bev M. found a small stash of bowtie blocks and went about creating this adorable bowtie quilt. Bev often works with us on charitable projects.

Here is Lesa S. showing off a stormy seas quilt top.  She also picked some orphan blocks and built this quilt around them.

We all had a great time together and a little chocolate.  I think we will be seeing lots more quilts finished for gifting to our community outreach.  Thanks to EVERYONE for taking part!

Friday, July 4, 2014

July 2014 Club Meeting

Our meeting opened with a program about Susan McCord, an Indiana quilter with 12 quilts in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.  Marilyn Goldman provided an interesting presentation with slides of the quilts and a published book.

There is a historical write-up  here:  https://www.pickledishstore.com/productDetail.php?PID=1040.

Susan McCord is especially known for this bar quilt which was intricately hand pieced.

There was a calendar  in 2007 exhibiting  Susan's quilts.

2007 Calendar Susan McCord: The Complete Quilt Collection from the Henry Ford

It is said that Susan loved pink and she put some pink in every one of her quilts.

She also made quilts with little hexagons

and crazy quilts

Show and Tell

Show and Tell is always a treat at our Piecemakers meeting.  It began with Jean S. sharing the quilt she made for her son's new housewarming.  He loves halloween.  Jean used some wonderful fabrics together and added some ghost appliques.

and here is the back where you can see all the wonderful quilting......

Lisa S. made this quilt for her grandson. It has a racing theme.

Shirley P  shared this antique quilt.  She said it was made by her great grandmother, Ella Byler,  approx. 1927.  She's not sure what the original color of the tan squares was. It might have been a blue or brown.

This is a photo of the back which shows the intricate hand quilting.

and here is Shirley showing off one of her patriotic placemats, made just for fun.

Here is a photo of my (Kat S) 4-Patch Strippy with an oversize chenille flower.  It is backed with a cuddly fleece.  I haven't yet decided which special little girl I will gift it to.

Here is our Mrs. Stephanie modeling her new apron.  Stephanie teaches health and nutrition to early elementary students.  Her apron is a fabric displaying 4 of the 5 food groups.

and here is Steph's new Shop Hop bag...everybody needs one of these.

Finally, we save the best for last.  The next 6 quilts are donations made by Joyce D., for our hospital children's ward mission.  Every month, we thank you, Joyce!

So until next time,  let's reach for lots of  happy and creative times.