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

Joe Cunningham's Presentation "My Life in Quilts"

At our October Guild Meeting, we had the pleasure of hearing from Joe Cunningham about his "Life in Quilts" both in song and by viewing his unique quilts.  He shared his journey in quilting from being a traditional hand quilter to making one-of-a-kind quilts that each told a story.   Joe traveled from his home in California but his roots are in mid-Michigan.  In fact, he and guild member Janet Robertson were in the same high school graduation class!