APRIL MEETING - Three for the price of one!
Some of our ladies come in early on guild night to work on embroidery. Whether to ask questions or learn a new stitch. Last night was blanket and button hole stitch. Here Susie is showing them a hussif that they could make. There were quite a few examples of how you could incorporate the stitches into embroidery or into your applique work. With one stitch - they had 17 stitch possibilities added to their embroidery repertoire.
Our program for the night was a trunk show with Diane Sampson. Diane also brought along her daughter Sally and her long armer Debbie Greer. Both of them also brought along quilts to share.
Diane is a needle pointer from way back and had entered many of her creations into fairs. When someone tried to teach her German knitting, Diane decided quilting would be a lot more fun, so about 10 years ago she went to the Quilting Bee in Salina and started a BOM project.
That is how Diane met our very own Lisa and thus was being introduced to us.
Lisa was teaching a Farmers Wife BOM that meant a 2.5 year commitment to do 111 blocks. As you can see, that was a great investment in her time. (Remember you can click on pictures and get them blown up bigger. To go back down, click on the "x" in the upper right corner of black area.)
Diane has learned that she does not care for patterns that are repetitious - this quilt had way too many half square triangles for her taste.
Above is a 4-patch posie technique that Diane learned.
Blocks of the month are a great way to make a good size quilt as you can see here.
Colors are gorgeous in both of those.
Diane will always remember this Eleanor Burns quilt because that is were she met a wonderful friend - Pam.
Mystery quilts can be very surprising. The blocks were fun to make and then the setting made them into flowers. What a great idea.
This quilt was way over sized by the time it was all done. There are those half square triangles again. Can you believe that Diane has not entered any of these quilts into fairs?
After mom becomes so talented and builds up her stash - what happens - in walks daughter Sally who decided that she could help mom whittle down her stash. Then when brother thought why the big fuss over quilts - Daughter made the front
and mom had the fun of doing the back. (Sally hasn't ventured into applique as of yet.)
Then in comes long armer Debbie and she really puts her heart into this quilt by getting a computer designer to come up with monopoly pieces to really set it off. Would you believe - brother doesn't use this quilt, it doesn't really fit into his decor.
Sally's strip pieced blocks for her brother started with this baby quilt where she learned the technique.
Diane had stated that she was not interested in strip piecing and after doing this quilt, daughter doesn't have mom's interest in doing fussy cutting ever again either.
Diane calls her daughter's quilts - happy colors. This one really stands out.
As a long armer, Debbie tries to not go against her customers in any quilt shows. The quilt above she entered into the professional category. You had to have a floating item, so Debbie quilted in words from Helen Keller - "Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows." The sunflowers she put on shows you how you can do that.
And to make sure the sunflower doesn't get all wrinkled in the shipping process, you can remove it (snaps).
Purple is Debbie's color, she has something like 250 different purple fabrics in her stash and to honor her 50th birthday, she made herself the above quilt - she calls it "Hot Flashes"
The above quilt is made from 9-patches with diamonds sewn on - was so interested in looking that I did not catch all Debbie said about the pattern.
On the back is a great looking flour sack.
"Glory Be" is something that you have to touch as well as look at. Pictures don't do it justice. The eagles feathers, flag and 3 blocks above and below the eagle are done with Chenille pieces. Gorgeous.
This quilt is Debbie's interpretation of what her and 16 others learned on their Thursday get togethers. You paperpieced log cabins with tissue paper to get the individual blocks and then how you put it together was your choice. If I got this right - the logs are finished 1/4" and there are 1,240 pieces in this quilt.
Our three program presenters were great and we really appreciate them sharing their work with us. Thank you ladies. So many ideas of what you can do.
Remember everyone - have fun!
And if you don't like one technique - there are many others out there to chose from.