Thursday, April 7, 2016

March Is National Quilt Month

To commemorate National Quilt Month, a group of quilters led by Elizabeth Hewett, planned a "School House Quilt In".  Several dozen quilters meet together bringing their quilting projects to work on during the day, but that's not all.  Every hour, an accomplished quilter shared with the group on topics to enhance our knowledge and increase our love of quilting.  
              An amazing time was had by all!

March Guild Meeting

Thelma Forrest from Creative Quilts in Brighton shared with us at our March Guild Meeting.  We learned of her journey in getting involved in the world of quilting as she showed many of her quilts and samples done using some unique quilting   tools and kits.
Thelma also taught a class on making the 8 point star shown on the table runner shown below.

February Guild Meeting

Cheri Pickett, a member of our guild, is a Professional Quilt Appraiser having recently completed a rigorous certification process. Cheri  shared a wealth of information at our February guild meeting.
 Cheri also showed us many antique quilts, several from her collection of fan quilts.

January 2016 Guild Meeting

As part of our January guild meeting, we honored one of the founding member of Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild.  Dorothy Lowe has been actively involved in our guild since its beginning, serving as president for two years and on the executive board for many years.  It was our pleasure to recognize her valuable contribution!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Monthly "Show and Tell" and Mini Demonstrations

Every month at our Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild meetings, in addition to a wonderful speaker, we also have Mini- Demonstrations where a guild member shares a new technique, quilting tool or resource that would be of interest to quilters.  Below, Sister Barb is telling about the Missouri Star Quilt Company patterns & products and showing a quilt top made using one. 

 Also, our member "Show and Tell" is always a much anticipated monthly event.  Our members have a chance to show what they have been working on throughout the month individually or as a group, or show a quilt they've acquired.  Both beginning and more advanced quilters are encouraged to share their project and it's always nice to hear the oohs and ahhs, even applause!!  Smiles abound!!  Here are a few from last fall!

Art Prize Winner Ann Loveless Visits Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild

What an honor it was for us to host quilter Ann Loveless at our November guild meeting.  She has twice won the coveted Grand Prize at the yearly art competition ART PRIZE in Grand Rapids - in 2013 for her quilted landscape of the "Sleeping Bear Lakeshore" and then again in 2015 for "Northwood Awakening" - a mixed media of Photography into Fabric - done with her husband, Steve.

Ann spoke with us about her journey as an artist and the different techniques she uses in her artwork.

Here are some photos of various wall hangings she has made.  We had the pleasure of seeing them!!

Ann gave two workshops during her time in Jackson.  One workshop taught the Confetti Method in a Poppy project.  The other workshop was making a shoreline picture using the Collage Method.  Ann was an excellent teacher and everyone was so pleased with their projects!  Here are a few pictures from the workshop showing projects at various stages.
Ann with Janet Rochefort