Beautiful Nine Patch Quilt!

Nine Patch Quilt with Sashing

Community Service Nine Patch Quilt with Sashing

Saturday was our quilt guild’s annual Community Service Day. We had such a wonderful time! This is the quilt top that mom and I assembled. The 9-patch blocks were made by members and turned in at the January meeting. Connie and Vinnie sorted them and bagged them up in groups to be made into tops. Connie had a stash of neutral fabrics to be used as sashing if anyone wanted sashing. I have to credit my mom with the idea of gradating the colors. We laid out the squares together. I cut the sashing and Mom did all the sewing while I pressed the seams.

If you know us personally, then you know that my mom and I spent several years as the co-chairs for our quilt guild’s Community Service progam. I think it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 or 7 years. It seems like longer. I can barely remember a time when we weren’t the Community Service people. While we really enjoyed our time running the Community Service Progam, we both agreed that is was time to pass it on to someone else last fall. Connie Grimsley and Vinnie Thjung stepped up to the plate immediately. In fact, at the board meeting where we announced our desire to step down, Connie eagerly expressed interest.

Connie and Vinnie are bringing some fresh new ideas to the program and keeping some of the good old traditions. Working together in March is definately one of the traditions worth keeping! I tried to get pictures of both sides of the room, but unfortunately the photos of the other side were blurry. To see more about our Community Service Day, check out the Museum Quilt Guild blog at www.museumquiltguild.blogspot.com.

Museum Quilt Guild Community Service Day 2015

Museum Quilt Guild Community Service Day 2015

One of the tasks that is always worked on at the Community Service Day in March is tying quilts. We push 2 of the tables together and lay a “quilt sandwich” down to tie it. The group below is tying a Jelly Roll Race quilt. When I first looked at it, I thought it was a cool variation on the Jelly Roll Race. I thought that someone had made a jelly roll quilt and cut it to insert strips of blue fabic in it for added interest. However, the dark blue stripes that you see is actually blue painter’s tape! They used it to baste the top to the batting and then to the backing! Then they tied the quilt right next to the tape in evenly spaced increments. (For my non-quilting, blog following friends and for those new to quilting, tying a quilt is when you run yarn or thread such as pearl cotton through all three layers – backing, batting, and quilt top – and tie a knot to keep the batting in place. It is used instead of traditional quilting where you either hand or machine quilt to keep the batting from shifting.)

Museum Quilt Guild Members Tie a Quilt

Museum Quilt Guild Members Tie a Quilt

Did I mention how much we enjoyed Saturday? Thank you to Connie and Vinnie for all of their hard work and for planning a great day!

Things that make me smile:

  • Not lugging bins of fabric and projects to guild
  • Finishing a quilt top at Community Service Day (There was a point in the day when I was starting to regret the sashing. Dodie assembled a beautiful quilt top without sashing using the 9-patch blocks that she was given. Both styles ended up beautiful.)
  • Seeing both of my boyfriend Jim’s daughters on stage in their high school musical, The Addams Family. They both did an awesome job!

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie

 

Quilt Retreat projects

A couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to be on a 4 day quilting retreat at Asbury Camp and Retreat Center in Silver Lake, NY with about 20 friends from our quilt guild. This is the entrance to the building that we ate and did our sewing in. I love the antique ski’s and sled. I always feel welcome here. It must be the nostalgia of the antique ski’s and sled. Even the pay phone on the wall reminds me of a time when life was slower and we were connected more to people by the sound of their voices than the beep of a text. I brought several projects to work on,  and didn’t actually finish anything. I did, however, have a lot of fun and get a lot done!

Shop Hop Christmas quilt

The first thing I worked on was a project from a Shop Hop from several years ago. Each participating quilt shop handed out a small number of charm squares. For those of you who are new to quilting, or for my non-quilting blog followers, “charm packs” are made up of 5″ squares of fabric. At the last quilt shop that you stopped at in the shop hop, you are given a pattern to make something with all the fabrics you’ve collected along the way. I did have to add more white fabric, but the colored fabrics were all gathered on the shop hop. Next, I will add borders.

I also worked on a couple of quilts for my boyfriend’s daughters. I started with a 6″ wide roll of a variety of fabrics by Kaffee Fassett. His fabrics are gorgeous and vibrant. Originally when I bought the Kaffee Fassett fabric, I bought 1 yard cuts of 2 other fabrics for each quilt not knowing quite what I was going to do as a far a pattern went.

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I found a pattern that I loved. I got all the 4 patches made for both quilts. Then I hit a stumbling block. The pattern requirements listed 1-1/2 yard cuts of a light and a dark shade of the same color as borders to the 4 patches. I thought I had the perfect fabrics to use for the block borders, but alas, I didn’t have enough.

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I played with a variety of turquoise fabrics that I had with me to see if I could make it work by mixing more than 2 border fabrics, but I felt the busyness was taking away from the gorgeous Kaffee Fassett fabrics. So I decided to try solids instead.

039This photo shows the last versions that I had on the design wall. On the left side is a small sample of the quilt for Hayley that will have purple borders. On the right side is the sample of the quilt for Miranda that will have turquoise as the borders. For now, these quilts are at a stand still until I find the right fabrics for the block borders. I have plenty of UFO’s to keep me busy in the meantime.

In case you’re wondering what the blue strips are that are around the edges, it’s nothing more than blue painter’s tape holding a piece of batting onto the wall. It’s an easy way to make a quick design wall. Thanks for the idea and the batting loan Lori!

Things that make me smile:

  • Getting the perfect birthday present for someone
  • Baking cookies
  • Listening to 80’s music with my boyfriend, Jim. He’s mostly a progressive rock, and classic rock guy, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out he likes some of the same music of the 80’s that I like.

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie

Letchworth State Park Fountain Freezes!

Frozen Fountain at Letchworth State Park

Frozen Fountain at Letchworth State Park

Last weekend my quild had a quilting retreat at Asbury Camp and Retreat Center on Silver Lake, near Perry, NY. Since we were so close to Letchworth state park, a few of us couldn’t resist a side trip to see the frozen fountain in front of the Glen Iris Inn

Glen Iris Inn fountain close-up at Letchworth State Park

in the park. We’ve seen it on the news and it really is quite a sight!  You can get an idea of the size by looking at the people next to it. Pictures never quite do it justice, but it gives yo an idea.

Doesn’t it remind you of cauliflower in this close up?  Oddly, the other side of the fountain is much smoother.

 

 

 

 

It’s been a busy week since I got back from retreat.  I’ll fill you in on the rest of the quilt retreat this weekend.

Before I go, I just have to share something with you . I entered a quilt in the American Quilter’s Society’s show in Syracuse this summer. This is a first for me. I won’t find out if my quilt made it into the show until the end of May. Wish me luck!

Things that make me smile:

  • Four days of quilting with friends
  • Hot cocoa on a cold night
  • Warm quilts on a cold night

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie