Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April's Guild Meeting - A Busy Evening

Our guild meeting on April 27, 2015 was packed with lots to see and hear, but also packed with people with 175 in attendance.  What a turn out!

The Monochromatic Challenge Projects were due this evening. The projects were made from one color family plus black and/or white, with a traditional star block in there somewhere.  The wall hanging sized quilts could be no larger than 144 in perimeter.  The criteria we considered in casting our votes were 1} best use of color 2} following the rules and 3} originality. All in attendance could vote on just one - which was really hard to do.  The top six received recognition and $$$$.

This photo below shows the top six projects and their makers.  From left to right:

#5 - Sue Crouch
#4 - Christina Kiloack
#1 - Janice Stitt
#3 - Dee Deraedt
#2 - Mary Lou Hallenbeck (not present)
#6 - Sharon Bannister


We honored guild member Janet Rochefort with a lifetime membership to our guild for her contribution to the guild and its membership in hosting speakers and providing workshop space for quilting workshops and quilt retreats at her bed and breakfast, The Hankerd Inn.  She was also given flowers for her garden and we all enjoyed a cake made in her honor!

Suzi Parron was our guest speaker with a program entitled "Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement".  She has authored a book by the same name.  We thoroughly enjoyed her entertaining presentation and want to go home and paint a quilt block on our own barns, garages and sheds.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Our Workshop with Lenore Crawford

On Monday, March 30 twenty-five quilters had the pleasure of taking a workshop class from Lenore Crawford where we learned how to make our own fused fabric wall hanging from a photo of our choice.  Here is Lenore next to one of her pieces - a street scene in France.


Here is Lenore doing a demonstration of adding paint to enhance our fabric pieces by adding depth and blending of different values.

Lenore showed us how to use "fussy cut" pictures to add to a scene made in fabric.

Here is the photo of a dogwood blossom made in fabric using a different color family.

We got a good start on our own flower designs from our own photos, as you can see from these photos of class participants.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lenore Crawford Visit Us on Monday, March 30, 2015

Our next Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild meeting is almost here! 

 Monday, March 30th we will have the honor of a visit from award winning quilt master Lenore Crawford with her program "Creating Your Own Art Quilt:  Fused Fabric, Painting and Stitching".  Lenore is famous for using fabric to capture the beauty of a photo, whether a flower from her mother's perennial garden or a street scene in France, for example.  We are sure to be inspired and amazed by her outstanding work.  Hope to see you!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Photos From Carol Loessel's Visit to Pieces and Patches

Carol Loessel's Presentation - February 23, 2015

 For our February Quilt Guild meeting, we learned lots of ways to use up scraps from our projects with Carol Loessel's presentation called "Recipes for Leftovers".

:Carol is a master at coming up with creative ways to make new projects without purchasing all new fabric.  She also gave us great ideas for getting our fabric in workable order to make finding what we need from what we have!  Her trunk show was a huge collection of quilts from over her years as a quilter.


Those who were able to attend Carol's workshop found her to be a great teacher.  The workshop got the class started on a quilt called Striking.  Here's an example of a "Striking" quilt.

Carol has written a book entitled Start With Scraps and published many patterns.  Carol is from Macomb, Michigan, so if you are in the area, you should check into having Carol visit your guild!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

True Confessions of Your Fellow Quilters - January 26, 2015

Jackson Quilt Court was in session on Monday, January 26, 2015 for our Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild program.  The Honorary Quilt Court Judge Marj Hobe, with assistance from the Court Baliff, Janice Stitt and Policewoman Anne Richards, presided over several cases of mismanagement of quilts and quilting materials.  The defendants were sentenced appropriately.

Needless to say,

there were lots of laughs during tonight's program. 

Before each defendant pled their case before Judge Marj , who you will notice has fat quarter curls on her wig, they had to swear on the Quilter's Bible to tell the truth . . . or something close to the truth!

Here is a picture of all the court officiers with the defendants.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beth Donaldson's Presentation


Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild 


Beth Donaldson                                             

On November 24, 2014 Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild had the pleasure of hearing Beth Donaldson from Michigan State University Museum.  Beth wears many hats at the museum but the one that most interested us was being in charge of the Michigan Quilt Index.  The MSU Museum has 900 quilts in its collection dating back nearly 200 years, many made by Michigan quilters.  Beth spoke with our guild about "Quilts and Human Rights".  This thought provoking slide presentation contained many quilts and their stories depicting  significant human rights events or people involved in the human experience - for example people like Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and events like the Holocaust, segregation in the United States, textile workers, civil rights marches - to name a few. Thank you Beth for this meaningful presentation.