Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November 25, 2013 Modern Quilting - Highlighting Marcia Derse Fabrics *** Plus Mystery Table Runners Revealed

Cindy Schultz beside on of the quilts on display

Quilt Guild Members Cindy Schultz and Shelby Wyant shared their expertise with a presentation on Modern Quilting at our meeting. This mother and daughter team are the owners of  Material Obsessions, a long arm quilting business in Tecumseh, Michigan.  They highlighted fabric by designer Marcia Derse of Ohio.  Her fabrics were also available for purchase.  Shelby Wyant explains the use of negative space - an ingredient in modern quilting in this picture.

Notice the extensive geometric quilting in the negative space on the quilt above and below.
Our mystery quilt projects were also displayed at this guild meeting.  Look at the variety of table runners that our members made, just in time for Christmas.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The "Great American Quilters Society" Adventure Reporters


The AQS Quilt Week was held in Grand Rapids in August.  We revisited that week with the help of our own AQS Adventure Reporters  on October 28, 2013 led by "Chief Correspondent" Becky Kopicko.  Her Cub Quilt Reporters gave their candid reports with more than 300 photos to backdrop their impressions. We heard about their experiences and thoughts about this fantastic quilt show.  If you visited the show, you enjoyed seeing some of the sights again and if you didn’t get a chance to go, this presentation made you want to mark your 2014 calendar with the dates of next August’s AQS Quilt Week in Grand Rapids – August 20 - 23, 2014. 


Friday, September 13, 2013

Sue Nickels Visits Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild


On September 30, 2013, we were privileged to have master quilter Sue Nickels from Ann Arbor, Michigan present her program "Machine Quilting for Today's Quilts".  She shared her journey that led her to becoming an internationally known, award winning quilter. She and her sister, Pat Holly, collaborate on most of their quilts.
Sue also taught a workshop entitled "Folk Garden Borders" where we learned to do machine applique, the method Sue uses on most of her quilts.

Each participant made a small table runner in learning the technique.




Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Mystery Revealed

Rule-Breaking Quilts - June 2013

Kathryn Schmidt had our attention from the moment she started pulling her stash out of her bag. We realized we had all built our stashes the very same way!
Kathryn has broken out of the traditional quilting into a very modern style all her own.
It was interesting to see how she had developed her free motion quilting. And her bead work was lovely.


The Mystery Quilts Revealed

Thirty-five ladies revealed their mystery quilts that they had worked on all winter.

Raffle Quilt Peek

MaryLou Hallenbeck is asking for suggestions for the border for this raffle quilt.

Spring is here!

 Anita Grossman-Soloman  -  May 2013

Many of our members were fortunate enough to attend the "Self-Mitered Log Cabin" workshop given by Anita Grossman-Solomon before our Guild Meeting in May.  They spent most of the day learning how she uses color placement in her quilts.

Anita started her Guild presentation with a slide show of how she had developed her style of "Making it Simpler" along with the "No Waste" technique for cutting fabrics for quilts.  Then Anita treated us to a fabulous showcase of her quilts.
Can you see how this simple wall hanging of tumbling blocks is reversible?
Each tumbling block is created to stand along with a piece of fabric on the backside.  Each block was then carefully tacked together at the top and bottom of each side only.

Half Square Triangle Challenge Winners  -  April 2013

Terrie Alexander 3rd  -  Maryte Collard 2nd  -  Karri Howe 1st

Anne Richards 1st  -  Elizabeth Hewett 3rd  - Clara Rauner 2nd

Chris Keppel 2nd  -  Dolores Ray 3rd  -  Phyllis Slete 1st

Beth Donaldson  -  February 2013

We were treated to a slide show depicting "1930 Quilting in Detroit" by Beth Donaldson from MSU Museum.  Included in the presentation were slides of the Clarke Family Quilt Collection that the Museum owns.  Quilt patterns were typically syndicated and published in the daily newspapers during this time.  Beth also brought along many quilts dating back to the 30's to share with us. 

 Long-Arm Quilters  -  January 2013
Rebecca Turner  -  Jeanne Perrine  -  Nancy Borgeson
Karen Trumble  -  Terrie Alexander  -  Shelby Wyatt
These ladies were full of great tidbits that we need to know when using a long-arm quilter.  They covered everything from what type of batting to use, to the size needed for the back, to choosing the quilt design. 

Eunice Scully  -  October 2013

During the day Eunice Scully hosted a workshop for her Spinning Star Hexagon Quilt.  Her trunk show consisted of many items including miniatures, wall-hangings and full-size quilts along with a jacket, vest and purses.          
So many of us liked the Clamshell Log Cabin quilt that Eunice came back this spring and did two workshops for us.

Installation of Officers

September brings us cool weather and autumn leaves falling.  It is also our Guild's annual dinner and Installalation of Officers.  Dinner was brought in from Prime Cut Catering and served by Blue Diamond Concierge.  The guild members outdid themselves with the scrumptious desserts.
Roast Beef, Kaiser Buns, Baked Beans, and 7-Layer Salad
Lucy Draper and Lyn Brown

2012~2013 Officers

Back Row left to right:
President - Cheryl Zombo     1st Vice-President - Pat Abersold     Treasurer - Lyn Compau
Corresponding Secretary - Bonnie Streeter     Director (Programs) - Rebecca Turner
Historian - Sharon Bannister     Quilt Show Chair - Elizabeth Hewett
Front Row left to right:
Membership Chair - Carol Waudby     Director (Member At Large)- Vikke Grueneburg     Recording Secretary - Karri Howe
Past-President - Marilyn Deverell     2nd Vice-President - Becky Kopico     Director (Community Outreach)- Karen Trumble

 Thank You Marilyn!  While our Past-President collected her many blocks of appreciation from the guild members, our new Vice-President gave a short presentation filled with many interesting facts about our Guild titled "Did you know... ???"



Mystery Quilt - Suzi Walker and Carol Waudby introduced this year's Mystery Quilt.  (See the blog posted below for the details)  Guild members must purchase Debbie Caffrey's pattern in order to participate.  Each month starting in November, Suzi and Carol will give us a new piece to the puzzle...and in May we should be ready to show off our pieced tops or finished quilts.