Monday, January 22, 2018

JANUARY 2018

QuiltCon Charity Quilt

We have finished the QuiltCon Charity Quilt! After the quilt debuts at QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena, California, we will donate it to East End Hospice. It is our hope that the quilt will used as a raffle quilt so that they may raise money for the Children's camp called  Camp Good Grief.  This camp is a bereavement camp for grieving children and teenagers.  
This is their mission statement which appears on our quilt:
"Camp Good Grief. Where children and teenagers begin to heal."

Here are a few snippets of the quilt:






Show and Share

Carol did a great job on this baby quilt...front

Back.

Carol tries her hand at Improv.

Jamie and Rabbits!

Kim's colorful quilt using Cloud Nine Fabrics!
Finally Finished! Kim's first quilt. Awesome quilting, can you see the quilted birds?

Lorraine's  class project from Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Karin's beautiful Batik Quilt

Julie's Llamas!  So cute.
Julie's creative quilt for her nephew. Great Colors!




Guest Speaker: Vicki Field

Vicki Field is a musician, artist & teacher. She gave a lecture on Color Theory and how it's use in your artwork and design.
She demonstrated the use of primary and secondary  colors through watercolor paints, her primary medium. It was interesting to see color through a painter's palette.

It is very important to keep color in mind when you are designing your quilts.  
 Warm color vs Cool Color. Color can set the mood of your artwork . Warm colors (red, orange & yellow) will make you feel vibrant and energetic. It draws the viewer into the artwork.  While cool colors (blue, green purple) make you feel calm and relaxed. Cool colors will make your artwork recede.

It was interesting to look at the use color through painters eyes. She feels that artists, whether their paint is watercolor or fabric, should use color to tell a story and to  draw the viewer into  and around their piece of work.  
 
The use of "cool" colors





Thank you, Vicki. It was so nice to see your artwork. You are very talented!  Thank you for showing us the importance of color in our artwork. 




February Meeting:


Member Mini Workshop:  Julie and Mario will give demonstrations












Monday, January 1, 2018

December Meeting Recap




Happy New Year


Have you started writing down your New Year's Resolutions? Do they include finishing all or some of your U.F.O.'s?  My list of UFO's is very long and I hope that it will become shorter by the end of 2018 (and that I do not add any more projects to the list!) . I can always hope!

Here are a few pictures from the December meeting Show and Tell:

Jamie's Foxies..her first quilt. WOW!


Nancy's fussy cutting Tula Pink Fabric! 





Nancy's Crowned Star Quilt


Amy's Quilt top from a Quiltcon 2017 Class

Janet shared what she made @ a Victoria Findlay Wolfe Class.

QUILTCON 2018 CHARITY QUILT

Here are a few sneak peek pictures of our entry into the 2018 QuiltCon Charity Challenge.
Thanks to all who helped create this awesome quilt!  Well Done!



Ornament Creation!









Next Meeting: January 17, 2018

We will be hosting Vicki Field as a guest speaker at our next meeting.  Vicki will give a lecture on Color Theory.  More details to follow.




Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Quilty New Year!


Sunday, December 10, 2017

December Meeting


Wow it's December already! Where did the year go?? 

For this year's December meeting we are going to relax, play some holiday music, eat some yummy savory and sweet snacks and make a Holiday Fabric Ornament!

Show and Share

We will start off the meeting by Sharing our latest creations!  Bring in your finished or unfinished quilty project!

Raffle Prizes!

We will have awesome raffles prizes!  1 for $1 or 6 for $5

Ornament Fun

Then we will get down to business by creating an ornament that Mr. Domestic has created and shared on line through his YouTube Video

 Fabric Pinecone Ornament

Supplies:

Foam Egg (about 2-1/2")
Fabric strips, 2"
Applique Pins, 3/4"
1 Long Pin

Thin Ribbon, 1/8"-1/2" wide

Tacky Glue or glue gun




Follow the steps below if you want to get a head start on preparing your fabric:

Preparing the Fabric
  • Cut fabric into 2″ strips
  • Cut two squares from one of the strips and put aside for later
  • With the rest of the strips, fold them length-wise and press
  • Cut these strips into 2″ long pieces



So don't forget to bring in a snack to share!



Happy Holidays








Monday, December 4, 2017

WHAT HAPPENED IN NOVEMBER





NOVEMBER MEETING

There are a lot of talented members in our guild!  The show and share section of our meeting is my favorite.  Members display their creativity, charity,  and workmanship.  
Mario makes beautiful stockings that will be auctioned off for a charity. His stockings show his creativeness and sewing skills. 
Nancy's guitar block was creative and FUN.  Colleen's whimsical "Super Sewing" machine is awesome!  Susi's AntiTrump quilt showed how to incorporate improv piecing into your quilt design. Carol also demonstrated her take on improv piecing. Hope she turns this sample block into a finished quilt. Lorraine has been working on a quilt that she started at a class she took @ QuiltCon 2017.  Color placement is wonderful.




 










Guest Speaker: Deborah Fisher


What a wonderful treat to have Deborah Fisher at our meeting.  She told us two stories of her life in the quilt and ceramics world.  She brought several quilts that she received and created to illustrate her quilt story.  She also brought in samples of her ceramic creations that help to illustrate her ceramics story. 

Story One:
Her first introduction into the the quilt world was in the 1970's.  She watched her mother create quilts from sandpaper templates.  

Then she went off to college and grad school and earned a BFA and MFA. She was is a fine artist, and studied fine textiles and mixed media.


 She received a quilt from her husband's aunt (self taught quilter) for their wedding. She took this quilt with her on the 3 month residency program she began at The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in 2003. Once she placed this quilt on her bed, she got a sense of home.




She wanted to give others the same feeling of "home" that she felt when she placed the well loved quilt on her bed. 
She started a quilt charity organization with her mother called Bright Hopes Collaborative Quilt Project.  Her organization makes one-of-a-kind quilts for children living in foster homes and homeless families living in shelter





 She wrote a book entitled Quilt Giving.
  Here a few quilts from this book











Deborah is also involved in creating Softies.  She often participates in a Sew Softie Challenge sponsored by Trixi @ Coloured Buttons By Trixi

Go to Deborah's blog post to see the pencil softie that goes along with this "Notebook Paper" quilt:









Story Two

Accidental Ceramicist
Deborah's father retired and took up furniture making and ceramics.  He asked her to join him in a ceramics class at the Art Center of Long Island.  Her life as a ceramicist began.  She started to create one of a kind animal pin cushions, sewing boxes and magnetic pin dishes.   







Next Blog Post

The next blog post will contain information about our next meeting on December 20 2017
Until then, Happy Quilting!