Sunday, April 28, 2013

April's meeting

April was filled with tons of show and tell! We still aren't revealing the cushion challenge yet, but I promise there are some great ones you'll want to come back to see.

Everyone brought in their finished Quilts For Kids quilts. If you would like to work with this great organization, follow the link above. They provide quilt kits that you put together and they go to children in need.

Bobbi made a wonky log cabin for them.

These were made by Bobbi and Andrew.

Tricia and Stephanie had two also.

This one was Denise's quilt.

And Cathy made the purple one!

Then we got down to showing challenge projects. Nancy had her paper pieced Madrona Road fabric challenge block.

And she made this sweet heart quilt for the log cabin challenge.

Then when she realized they weren't large enough, she made two more matching log cabin quilts!

Pat made pineapples from log cabins!

 And showed us a really great way to make this with the extras from the pineapple process.

This was another version of the pineapple block that Pat showed us.

Sarah made wonky log cabins all from triangles rather than squares.

Tricia made a pillow cover from her log cabin block.

The back was just as cute!

Anna Z.'s take on the log cabin resulted in an off center giant log cabin.

Andrew's was also off center with random pieces of color in the strips.

The back really showed off the circular quilting.

Then we got to show and tell that wasn't related to a challenge. Kathy has all these sea creature blocks and was looking for a fun way to set them.

 Sara B. showed us her jelly roll race quilt from her homemade jelly roll.

Tricia had an applique block of the month quilt finished.

Jill had a challenge piece to show off from another guild. She had to make something red and white.

Cathy had her Madrona Road fabric challenge quilt finished.

Emily showed us two beautiful quilt she made from mostly vintage fabrics.

Anna Z. also had this amazing quilt finished.

It was a night with a lot of inspiration!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Quilts for Boston

Quilts for Boston

After the terrible events at the Boston Marathon, the Boston Modern Quilt Guild has organized a charity effort to distribute quilts to those affected by the bombers. If you would like to contribute, information can be found on their blog post here. Let's help support the victims and our fellow MQG Chapter!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Quilts for Kids event

On Saturday March 23 we went to Quilts For Kids (QFK)  in Fairless Hills, to stitch quilts destined for children who are hospitalized and in need of a little comfort and cheer.   What a fun day we had!   The very organized folks at QFK had kits all ready for us with pieces perfectly cut and color coordinated so all we had to do was set up our machines and get stitching.   We all worked on the same quilt block motif but every quilt was different due to the variety of fabric choices.  

Here we are in the sweatshop, I mean, workroom.  That's Linda Arye the founder of QFK talking while Kathy concentrates on her stitching. 

After a few hours stitching we took a little break for lunch and power socializing,  and then it was back to the machines.   We got the tops pieced and the quilts sandwiched for some machine quilting, and a few over achievers even got their quilting done.   But we all took our quilt home to finish up the quilting and binding.   So we hope to see them back at our monthly meeting to collect to return the finished quilts to QFK.  We are lucky that Stephanie lives nearby so will be our deliverer when we finish them up.  We were delighted that Stephanie's husband and daughter stopped by for a quick visit!   Nice to meet the family! 

Speaking of meeting,  while we were there a mother and four year old son stopped in just to say hello and see what QFKs is all about. Turns out he is actually a patient at a local hospital so after he and his mom toured the workroom, Linda had him choose a quilt to take with him next time he has to go in.   He chose a John Deere motif quilt and was really excited to get it!  We felt privileged to see his joy! 

We brought a bag full of seven or either quilts that some of our members had completed.   Most had been shown at one of our meetings but there were a few surprises in the bag!   Here are a few that we brought with us that had not been previously shown:  

Here's Janet's X and Cross quilt - recognize the block?   We had a swap of these blocks last year.  Aren't they great!   This is a good I-Spy quilt.  

Tricia made this one, designed to meet the QFK's call for quilts that would be great for boys.  Just look at the border with the dogs interspersed.  Very clever and sure to be loved. 

Bobbi made this one from a charm square packet,  kind of an I-Spy also, with a happy gingham sashing.  

Linda Arye and Nancy Haddad of QFK were so pleased to host us and hope we will have a return trip.   We were nine (including two guests!) and the room can accommodate many more so if we do it again, perhaps even more of us can participate.  We had a great time and felt good at the end of the day!