Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July Wrap-up

Hi, everyone!  Our July meeting was the first one run by our new leadership team, and it was exciting!

Lots of great show and tell this month, but first, some news and announcements:

Bylaws are in their second draft, and when complete, will be presented to the guild for an approval vote.

Garden State Quilters are having Victoria Findlay Wolfe on 11/11/13 and have extended an invitation to our guild!  Thanks! More info will follow.

We will be having monthly challenges starting next month!

There have been two more calls for flags in the style of "To Boston with Love".  The first is for Lac-Megantic in Quebec Canada, where a train explosion devastated the town.  It is requested that flags be in the colors of blue and green and other cool colors so as not to remind victims of the flames.  These flags are due on 8/12 and can be dropped off at RPS. The second is for more "To Boston with Love" flags to be hung at the UN on International Peace Day.  These flags are due at our next meeting.

To make flags, follow the tutorial at the Vancouver MQG site.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Simplicity are doing a double wedding ring challenge...just in case you were interested.  You can find more info here Double Wedding Ring Challenge.

Philly Sew-Down is 9/6-9/8.  I think there are a few spots left!

Free motion quilting class Thursday 8/1 @ 6:30 pm.  Call RPS for more info.

Welcome to our guest Sharon!  We hope you enjoyed your visit.

Reminder if you didn't make it to the July meeting:  existing members please bring $8 to our August meeting to cover dues for our affiliation with the national Modern Quilt Guild.

Now for some amazing show and tell this month:

Andrea showed off some super cool mini quilts.  The first was from Rayna's class with the Warwick guild about slashing up a block and making it into something new.

The second was her puzzle block "Don't be a Square".  This super cute block uses beads between the puzzle pieces to keep them floating. (This block was really a crowd pleaser and a 3rd prize winner in a quilt show).

Next up was her Frank Lloyd Wright window block (So modern!).

An alphabet challenge block: "Crazy Colorful Circles Colliding Create a Chaotic Constellation".

Crossed canoes is another prize winning (1st!) mini quilt that was hand quilted.

Last, but not least, this amazing mini quilt with cathedral windows, flying geese, and appliqu├ęd hexagons.  Amazing work to say the least!

Josie made a one-of-a-kind super meaningful gift for her mom in this gorgeous photo quilt.

Michelle showed off a wall hanging from her class with Kaffe Fassett at NJ Quilt Fest.

 She also whipped up some adorable little bags with her free fabric from Cloud 9!  So adorable!

Lucky Betsy attended Quilting by the Lake where she worked with Katie Pasquini Masopust and actually painted first and then slashed and sewed the canvases.  For someone who has never painted before, these were awfully impressive!

Peggy showed off an adorable NYC themed wine holder which she made for her godson who is moving to Prague.  She also showed off her first quilt that she has completed in 35 years!  This was her solids challenge quilt from the newbees group, and Peggy completely free motion quilted it!  It was amazing!

Daniela brought in a super soft, super pretty Nani Iro lap duvet.  She also spoke a little bit about her blocks from an improv class with Denyse Schmidt.  It was a real learning process, and something that I think a lot of us could use.  Not having enough time to over-think a block, but just to sew and make it work.

Jo Ann brought in a little sample showing how cathedral windows can be done by machine.

Pat showed off her 120 piece quilt.

Melissa shared some improv patchwork from the Makerie class with Heather Jones.  She pointed out how the neutrals help to make all the colors relaxed and pretty.  I agree!

Sue showed off her pool bag made with lamintes from RPS.  She also showed off her challenge quilt for the NYMQG: what "metro" means to you.  This beauty was done in all hand dyed fabrics.

Dawn showed her pumpkin wall hanging that won to ribbons and a 1st place in a Vermont quilt show! Someone is looking forward to fall!

Caroline donated a magazine (thanks!) and showed off her black and white quilt.  So pretty!

Jane made a great quilt using some 2" squares that she had that "sat on a shelf for years".  Way to stash bust, Jane!

Annette had a stunning Madrona Road quilt to show us.  Way to use that challenge fabric!

Melanie showed off her Pigeon quilts for her boys.  Those are two lucky boys and two good looking quilts!  I mean really, who doesn't love the pigeon!?

I think I have thought of a name for my show and tell.  I'm going to call it my Fit Quilt, because after buying a new home and painting and spackling when I should have been piecing and quilting for a month, I was going to have a hissy fit if I didn't just sit and sew.  This was a break for me and my "everything just so" habits.  It felt pretty good to just let go and let it grow.

Next meeting is August 22, 2013 7pm @ RPS.  See you then, and bring something good for show and tell!



  1. Another showcase of all the talent in this group, and a good meeting.
    Sorry to miss the Aug meeting but I'll be in San Francisco, teaching.

  2. I love that Frank Lloyd Wright block - is there a pattern for it?

  3. I love that Frank Lloyd Wright block - is there a pattern for it?


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