Thursday, November 9, 2017

October Fellowship

 Snow is flying outside my window.  We had such a lovely fall but I guess winter is really coming.  The October meeting was a fun and relaxing gathering.  We made the toilet paper roll pumpkins and the adorable button flowers.  I did the toilet paper pumpkins with my older grandkids and they loved it.  Thanks to Pat for a fun project.  We had many wonderful fall treats and talked about lots of important stuff..  One item that is important is the holiday collection for the Grand Traverse Baby Pantry.  We will do that at the Nov 28th meeting so that they can use the items for their December pantry dates.  Items needed are books, toddler clothing and pj"s, baby items, wipes and blankets.  Any hand made item is so special.  They also will accept $$$ , make a check out to Grand Traverse Baby Pantry.
 The pictures show all the lovely pumpkins and their owners.  We are all so creative!

 Ruth used a panel in the quilt above and then added lots to it.  The quilt below is for a boy...so cute!

 Barb used chicken fabric she has collected and made an adorable quit.  She also made a visit to Elm Creek in Farwell and found lots for her to be creative with.  If none of you have visited that shop it is must...lots of fabric and great ideas and a little less expensive.
 Patti made this for her nephew.  It is a Missouri Star pattern and the fabric line is True Blue.  Very striking.
 Sue made this blue quilt for a niece...a girl..  very cute.  She is also holding her sample from the Stitch Club class, that she teaches,  at Iterquilten on Saturday's.  Some how I missed that picture but it you look below you will see the project from that classs that Marcia made .

 The fall wall hanging is adorable.  Marcia also made the wall hanging below called Garden Fireworks...very striking.
 The one below is called Happpyville...they are both great and whimsical quilts.

 Bobbie made three T shirt quilts for her three nieces.  They are made from Bobbies sisters T shirts.  Her sister traveled many places and had many striking shirts for her to work with for this wonderful project.  We know they will be treasured.


 What can I say about Roberta??  She is amazing!!  She presented the two art
 quilts pictured but you cannot really appreciate them by the pictures.   It took her months to get it all just right.  I hope she enters them in some competitions because they are sure to win!
 Vi made this bear called a Rare Bear.  It is for kisds who have rare diseases.  C&S Sewing has a workshop to learn how to make them or you can go to ManSewing on you tube.  Great cause and an adorable bear.

 Ruth has been busy with her own dyed wool to make this great wall hanging.  Also she did a program last year on tiny quilts and put several together in the quilt below for a great look.  They are really  tiny tiny pieces !!!

 Judy made this purse and it is so bright and attractive.  The picture on the front is dogs and the fabric is Laurel Birch.
 Lynn went to the strip or be square parties this summer and made this pinwheel quilt for the closet.
 Dianne has outdone herself in this Mariners Compass Quilt which was a project we did as a program a few years ago.  It is all done now and is breathtaking...and 3D...Wow!!
 I found this great skirt pattern while traveling and have made several "little girl skirts".

 I did not make these 3 quilts...just put the binding on but I show them because some of you participated in making them.  Some were from orphan blocks that Barb put together.  They all turned out wonderful.

Della showed us this great quilt.  It is a pattern that is good for big patterned fabrics and turns out so striking.  I made my brother this same pattern last year and it looks completly different.  Great job Della

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Fellowship Quilters

Welcome to Fall Fellowship Quilters

I was not able to do the September blog as we were out of town and I could not seem to download the pictures.  Anyway I am up and running now.  We had a great group of quilters for the morning program and even more for the meeting and the popular Show and Tell.
The morning project, presented by Pat, was the litter bag.  It is a useful item that can be changed up for many different uses.
We talked about the upcoming programs and finished up the sign ups for hostesses.  Just a reminder to everyone that we do have a few members that can only eat gluten free food so please try and include something in the food provided at lunch time.


Fall is here and the projects show that...nice job Joanne.
Barb showed the two quilts for the Habitat for Humanity Homes.  They are for a Veteran and his son.  Great job quilters!!

Great colors Barb. 
Bobbi is defiantly an over achiever.  She brought many quilts, many for the closet. 

She says she is using up her stash...how much can she have????  We may never know.

Sue made this adorable Bear from orphan blocks as a challenge.  He is so cute.  Named Pinky.
The quilt below is a T shirt quilt called "a House Divided"  MSU vs U of M. 

What a beautiful quit!  Donna made this from scraps and it is called Gypsy Wife.  Lots of work there!


Shawn made this apron for her Mom.  So cute!
Tracey made this panel look fantastic for the thankful season.  It is amazing to me how panels have become so attractive and fun to work with over the last few years.

Marcia took our salvage project from last year and made this great purse and water bottle carrier.  I just love that look and the fact that we can use up more scraps!

We had a scrap party this summer and made these great blocks.  Barb put them together and they look so great.  The next work bee will be to put boarders on these two quilt tops.
Three tops and she has some blocks left!
Barb has a special work bee scheduled at the Presbyterian church on Oct 21st, 9:30 to 3pm.   The Occupational Therapist from Oak Park School will be coming to help us make more weighted blankets.  They want smaller blankets, 18 x 24 for the younger kids.  They need about 10 new blankets.  So if you have any fleece to donate let Barb know. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Making Merry in May

 Our May meeting was well attended and lots of fun.  Karen instructed us in the Mola process of creating a wonderful picture.  Lots of creative juices going with this project.  It is always good for the brain to learn something new.
Weare winding down another year of great projects and fellowship with quilting.  We have new leaders for next year led by Pat.  She is taking suggestions and making inquiries for what sounds like an exciting year.  We are a very talented group that always suprises me at the depth of ideas and projects.
 Barb is hard at work on the quilting part of the Mola project.  I like how the word prayer is looking over her shoulder!  I did not plan that...it is on the door to the prayer garden.  Wow!
 Ruth's project turned out great and Sharon is showing how you have to cut away the fabric after you do  your quilting.  It is importatnt to cut the right areas.  The end product is always a surprise.
 So here are the finished projects from today.  Impresive!!!

 Sue showed this sweet wall quilt that is hand stitched.  She is hosting a Stitch Club at Interquilten Quilt Shop.  It is the second Saturday in June from 11 to 1 pm and has a $5 material fee.  She features a new hand stitch each gathering.  Sue shared that she is enjoying re learning the stitches her late mother taught her.  Memories are so precious.  Call to reserve your spot if you are interested.
 Vi showed us her minature quilt from last month.  They all turned out so great!
 Connie has showed this wool quilt before but now it is quilted.  It is even more beautiful.  The long arm quilter used wool batting that helped raise up the wool flowers a bit.  Very fantastic!
 We always have such interesting stories.  Lynn does not remember where she got this blocks but they have  been gathering dust in her closet for awhile.  She offered it to anyone who is willing to put them together.  Can't wait to see the results!
 The quilt above is a fractured 9 patch.  It is such a great pattern and the quilts always turn out fantastic,  The quilt below is from scraps...pretty nice.
 Karen brought her miniature quilt to show.
 Kate has been busy with lots of results
 The quilt below is a graduation quit.
 The quilt below is made from wool and is for the area in her kitchen that has a vaulted ceiling.  It will be very striking!!

 Pat made a frog bag/purse and it had a baby!!   Marcia took a class in Illinois and the quilt below is made from 2 inch scraps that are twisted and stitched down.  Very striking.

 She also took anAnn Loveless workshop and made an impresionist and a collage project.

 Jacky made this bag with Pat...it has not had a baby yet!
 She also made the quilt above for a grandaughter and a pillow case to match!

 Kathy showed her salvage project that she cut up and them resewed into a pillow.  Also a baby quilt for a cousin..called stacked...because it looks like stacks of books.  Jelly roll easy.

 Ruth brought us all to tears with the story of the quilt above.  She bought the quilt top at a silent auction for $25.  It is hand pieced and Ruth felt it needed to be hand quilted.  She titled it :Little Orphan Annie" .  I know the original owner would be so pleased with the outcome.  It is beautiful!
 Sharon showed this quilt which was a challange quilt..she had to use 60% donated fabrics.

 Dianne made this flannel baby blanket,,one we have done in class..but put some ribbon on it to make it more fancy.  So cute.

 Well Sue is always busy and once again has lots to show us.

 The quilt below was made at a retreat and called Midnight Quilter.  Very striking.

The quilt below is called Wave Frames and was from the Fife Lake quilt shop called Quilter Therapy.  It is very easy to make , Sue says, and turned



 The Minatures just keep coming...so cute.
 Tracy had several wall quilts from todays project.
 Della made this for her neice and it is a Missoure Star Pattern.