Wednesday, November 16, 2011

October Fall Fun

Debbie Barrett and Marj Hobe introduced a Block of the Month Quilt for us to work on this year.  Each month before our meeting (at 6:00 & 6:30) they will be showing us how to make a different block. With each block, we will learn a different technique.  In October they showed both Blocks 1 & 2.  By the end of the year we should all have a quilt made in our own fabrics and colorways.  Hope you are ready to see Block 3 in November!

Marj and Debbie also introduced our 2012 Quilt Challenge - "Pure Michigan".  The rule is you cannot use the fabric as one whole piece or use the waterfall as a waterfall in your quilt.  This year there are no size restrictions.  Each kit is $5.00 and contains a fat quarter and rules for the challenge.

We had great fun with the Fall Lunch Bag Exchange!  We had 26 lunch bags filled with many delightful fall fabric collections.   The finished 12 1/2" blocks, and hopefully your finished projects, are due in February.  We should have enough blocks to do a quilt for our Quilt Show Silent Auction and one for Hospice.  Anytime you have your blocks done, please bring them to a meeting and give them to Sharon Bannister. 

Sherrie Jaqua will present a lecture/trunk show on Asymmetrical Block Quilts for our November meeting.  During the day she is holding a workshop at Hankerd Inn on the "Bouquet" Block.  The wonderful thing about her blocks are the many ways you can twist and turn the blocks to make dozens of quilts, each one interesting and different. Join us for  Sherrie's presentation on November 28th.               

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

September Dinner

In September we had our annual dinner and installation of officers.     
This year’s officers are:
President – Marilyn Deverell 
President Elect – Cheryl Zombo (revised)
Treasure – Lyn Compau
Secretary – Karri Howe
Correspondence Secretary – Bonnie Streeter
Directors – Sharon Bannister, Mary Jane Erwin & Delores Ray

Our previous President, Janet Rochefort, holds up one of the many beautiful flower quilt blocks she received as tokens of our thanks.

We all enjoyed White’s Chicken for dinner.  Not to mention all the fabulous desserts brought in.  No one walked away hungry that night.

Jeanne McGill from Hospice stopped by to thank the Guild for all of the quilts that have been made and donated to Hospice.  A total of 267 have been donated since we started back in July 2007.  She was also asking for us to track our “volunteer” hours we spent in making the quilts.  If anyone has questions they need to talk to Karen Davis for more details on how this can be done.

Many of our ladies enjoyed the workshop on August 30, 2011 with Dan Burke using paper foundation.  They had quite a nice collection of table runners to show us!

In November, our guest speaker  Sherrie Jaqua will be presenting a lecture and trunk show on Asymmetrical Block Quilts.  During the day she will be teaching a workshop at Hankerd Inn featuring the “Bouquet” block shown above.   Be sure to get with Mary Jane Erwin if you are interested in attending the workshop.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Color My Quilts with Jackie Fox

Jackie Fox was our Guild guest speaker on Monday, July 25th.  Jackie did a wonderful job in explaining a simple color wheel and how we can use it to enhance our quilts. The first thing we all notice in a quilt that we like is the color and how the quilter played with the placement of color in the quilt.  Even when we look at magazines, we are drawn to quilts because of their color.  Challenge yourself to take a simple block, draw it out on paper, and color it in using colors and shades of colors to see what happens.  Learn to experiment and have fun using color with your quilt designs.

Jackie had taught a workshop on border designs during the day at Hankerd Inn.  It can be a lot of fun designing an intricate border to put on a quilt to make it pop.  If you don’t have enough border fabric to frame your quilt, next time use a border technique to fill it out.

Doretta Wilson did the mini demonstration of how to make an apron out of a man’s shirt.  It is a great idea for those of you who still use aprons.  Take the left-over pieces to trim a towel and potholder.  Pair them with the apron and you have a nice shower gift!

In August there will be a workshop on “paper-piecing” with Dan Burke as the instructor.  The table-runner that will be made is quite striking in design.  It is also a good time to try out what we learned regarding color use at out last meeting.  I’m looking forward to learning some good tricks and techniques to improve my skills with paper-piecing.  Dan will be showing his trunk show during our Guild meeting.

Mary Jane Erwin spoke about the workshop coming in November with Sherrie Jaqua on making an asymmetrical block and being able to arrange it in many different ways for many different looks.  You are not going to want to miss the opportunity to work with such a great quilter and teacher!  We will post more information in the upcoming months.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July Guild Meeting - Workshops

Are you having the "dog days of summer"? The guild is here to help you out. Our July workshops feature Jackie Fox on Monday, July 25, teaching us new methods of putting on borders to enhance our wall hangings and quilts. (Last year's workshop was great with 30 participants...and now she has NEW methods to show us.)

Tuesday, July 26, Jackie's workshop will be on applique using the Teflon sheet. With this method you put your applique together on the Teflon sheet and transfer it to your background. Great technique for raw edge applique lovers.

Next month brings us a paper-piecing workshop on Tuesday, August 30th, with Dan Burke. Check out his samples at our July meeting.

Each class is only $20.00 for 6 hours - what a bargain! Please call Janet at if you want to sign up for any of these classes.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Guild Meeting February 28, 2011

Our guild meeting for February will be with Edyta Sitar from Marshall, Michigan.  As a guild we have watched Edyta grow from a young mom just starting out in business to a "rock star" in the quilting world.  She now has 150 patterns,  various tools and templates, a line of colorful thread and 10 fabric collections from Moda Fabrics.  She has been to our quilt retreats many times and shared her knowledge.  Edyta has three books published books, Appliqued Blocks and Projects, Friendship Triangles and Friendship Strips and Scraps her latest. Taking the suggestion from that book we will be exchanging 2 1/2 inch strip quilt shop fabric at this meeting.  Pam Henry from Everlasting Stitches in Holt will be on hand to cut fabric for us along with bringing some fabric of Edyta's with her in case we wanted to add to our stash.  It is sure to be a great evening of fun for all.  Meeting new friends and exchanging fabric and a great speaker what could go wrong!  Hope to see you their.