Sunday, March 12, 2017

"Hearts All Around Revisited" with Barb Markowski

Who doesn't enjoy a love story!  Especially when we know the characters.  Barb Markowski, former quilt shop owner, pattern designer and retreat/workshop presenter - took quilters who have lived and shopped in the Jackson area over the last 30+  years on a trip down memory lane at our monthly quilt guild meeting on February 27, 2017.  From seeing her dream come true by opening a quilt shop "Hearts All Around", even if it was in her garage and then moving twice in Jackson, each time to a larger location, Barb told us the story of her love for quilting and her love in sharing and educating others the art of quilting, as well as the ups  (becoming an award winning Pfaff dealership) and downs (making the difficult decision to sell her business) involved in quilt shop ownership. She has been a workshop and retreat presenter over the years as well, publishing several pattern books. She gave the workshop "Embracing Your Curves" for a group of quilters on Monday & Tuesday.

Anyone who knows Barb, or just met her at our meeting, undoubtedly sensed her amazing creativity, her genuine loving spirit and her determination to make the world a better place - partly by adding beauty wherever she goes.  We were treated to a show and tell of many of Barb's quilts.  It was an evening to remember !

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Adventures in String Quilting with Mary Hogan

At our January meeting of the Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild, we were inspired by learning the quilting journey of Mary Hogan of Ann Arbor.  Author of String Quilt Style, Mary shared  how she has gotten to be an expert in using "strings" or narrow strips of fabric, to make very interest quilt tops.

Starting our with simple strings, Mary moved on to experiment with various widths, angles, circles, triangles and many other variations of the paper foundation blocks that were then joined to make dramatic quilt tops. 



  Mary also taught a workshop called " String Quilting FUNdamentals:  Squares and Circles" which guild members attended.  Many more people wished they had been there as well. Chris, Alice and Cheri (along with others) showed the projects they worked on during the day. Taking a workshop is a great experiences and if you haven't done it in awhile, check out the upcoming workshops available through our guild!!  

Friday, January 20, 2017

"Sister's Choice: A Musical Trunk Show"

On November 28, 2016 we were treated to the delightful music of Ann Marie Rowland.  Ann Marie's toe tapping music was all quilt themed and was accompanied by a backdrop of quilts, some made by family members,  illustrating family life surrounded by quilts.

Monday, October 31, 2016

An Inspirational Evening With Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi

On Monday, October 24, 2016 Pieces and Patches members were honored to spend the evening with Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, aerospace engineer and quilter. Dr. Mazloom presented a lecture entitled "Quilting - The Collective History".  
Her presentation was inspiring in many ways - creatively, culturally as well as personally.  She is among the most influential African American quilt historians and quilt artists of the 21st century and was recently inducted into The Quilters Hall of Fame.  

 Carolyn now uses only black and white in her quilts - having given away !!! all her stash 
of many colors!

 No only were the themes of her quilts thought-provoking and heartwarming, but her workmanship was exemplary!!

 Each of her quilt told a story of the importance of celebrating life, family, heritage and culture.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Holiday School Bell Quilt In

 Saturday, September 24th a great group of quilters gathered at our 2nd School Bell Quilt-In.  We had a variety of projects going on at the same time with quilters sharing their expertise and tips with each other!

Holiday Candle Wraps

                       Adding bling to crazy quilting is fun!
Starting a Halloween Project

We met in the classroom at Country Stitches.

Luscious Fabric!!
Believe it or not, these petals can be a  
poinsettia or a daisy!
Easy as 1 - 2 - 3 !

            Projects are always more fun when shared with a friend!!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Our Own Sharon Bannister Presents Her Applique Adventure

 At our August Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild meeting, we had the pleasure of learning from our own guild member,                              Sharon Bannister who LOVES applique.  

Sharon shared with us the wonderful array of her beautiful quilts and wall hangings that corresponded with her "Applique Adventure".  We learned about how she works in cotton and wool, has done needle turn and raw edge applique, uses both hand and machine stitching and has made full sized quilts as well as very tiny miniatures. 

Here are just a few of Sharon's wonderful applique pieces.

 This raw edge applique quilt won Best of Show at the Jackson County Fair this summer! 

Wool Applique Flowers with Cotton Nine Patch

These hexagon are SO TINY!!Here is a fun Christmas wall hanging using machine appliqued letters.


This is a lovely hand appliqued wool on cotton wall hanging.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Karen Eckmeier's Workshop "Happy Villages"

Karen Eckmeier - fabric artist and master quilter - traveled to Michigan from her home in Connecticut to lead a wonderful workshop called "Happy Villages" where we got to "step into a fabric collage adventure". 

Karen also gave an inspiring program at our July Pieces and Patches monthly meeting.

Here are a few of her examples.
Seaside Village

Oriental Village

Italian Village  Karen's Miniature Village                                                                                                                                                                                                                 You get the perspective of how small this village is in the picture below.                                                                                               Close ups of this amazing miniature village with such detail!!



Fairytale Village

                                                                                                              Here is Karen explaining the steps to making our own "Happy Village".

Here are the beginnings of some of our own Happy Villages!

The full workshop of quilters had such a great time learning this technique and working on our creations.

What a great time we had learning from Karen!!  How fortunate we are to have been able to spend time with such a talented artist and also such a wonderful woman!!  

If you haven't attended a workshop with one of our speakers, don't miss out again!  There's nothing quite like the personal touch of  learning from the person who has develop a quilting technique!!  Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild's new program year begins in September, so as soon as you see the new list of programs and workshops, plan to attend one of our workshops - a fantastic bargain and excellent opportunity!