Thursday, March 21, 2013

Our March Meeting, Pictures & Etc.

It seems we had lots of business and things to discuss so it was a busy meeting with lots of show and tell, a good program and of course, good refreshments to end our evening. We had our strip pieced block lottery and had a huge response to it. We had enough blocks for 5 different drawings, 4 stacks with 24 blocks each and 1 stack with 18 blocks. Wow, thanks to everyone who participated and we can't wait to see what each person does with their stack of blocks!!!  We are having a PHD challenge going on throughout the year and it has really enthused "some" people to get going on their challenges. Phyllis was our hands-down winner this month with (if I counted correctly) 12 pieces that she had finished. I hope I can get them all shown correctly in the slide show so you can drool over all of the show and tell.

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We had a local professional artist, Pam Cates, that gave the program for us. Her program "Color Theory from an Artist's Point of View" was a good lesson for us quilters. She showed us some of her paintings and talked about tints and hues on the color wheel. It was very interesting to hear her tell about her life as an artist and how she thinks about the colors she uses. As quilters we think along some of the same lines as an artist, I'm sure. We had a nice meeting, a great program and delicious refreshment as always. See you next month...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tidbits from Our February Meeting

Our February meeting was well attended once again. Everyone sure seems to have a good time and enjoy seeing one another, the show and tell, the programs and most of all, the food!!! We sure don't hold back when it comes to refreshments!!! I have made a slide show of some of the quilts that members shared with us.
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Fourteen members shared their favorite tool. Jill D. did a demo on the "Strip Smart Ruler" and the book. She showed several ways to use this ruler to make different patterns, very interesting. Norma used a broken knitting needle for a stiletto. Nancy A. showed her Flying Geese Rule x 4, Carmen used Eleanor Burns' Triangle Square Up Ruler, Rachael brought a bag of wooden skewers for stilettos  to share, Karen uses hair beret clips when she binds a quilt, Delores showed off her Cutting Gixmo, to cut the threads between pieces when she is chain piecing. Leona uses Fons & Porter's Binding Tool and has it mastered after failing with other techniques, Lou B. loves her Guidelines for Quilting non-slip ruler, it can be adjusted to set the width that you want to cut your strips, GerrySue shared that the little red binding clips now come in a larger size and are quite handy to use, Sandy showed her Easy Circle Ruler and the Center to Trim guide. Jill C. showed her little design board that she made from instructions on the Bee in My Bonnet blog. Very handy to carry blocks and pieces on. We will make some of these at our Quilter's Mini- Retreat on March 16th, everyone should bring their own supplies if you want to participate. That's all for now...