10/15/2018 Oakmont Quilting Bee

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  • Elizabeth McDonnell

During the “sewing day” gathering on September 12, there was discussion about pros and cons of using spray basting techniques. There was also discussion of quilting fees by “long arm quilt professionals” and the varied ways they want our tops and backings prepared.

Betsy Smith told about the progress on her “Handkerchief” quilt, using hankies recently donated to her by Cathy Rapp. She has 25 blocks completed and she explained a little about the method she’s using for handling the delicate hankies. Betsy also showed us the block she completed for a “Friendship” quilt. “Alice in Wonderland” is the theme and Betsy created the Mad Hatter’s hat.

Kim Taddei showed a “Spider Web Quilt” (Foundation Paper Pieced). She thinks the pattern may have had an issue because the blocks were very hard to square up when she attempted to put the top together. Another foundation pieced quilt was shown by Bonnie Butler. It is a lovely “Christmas Cactus Quilt” she made for her mother.

Yvonne Draper showed a set of placemats, hexagonal in shape. Vivian showed the progress she has made on blocks she’s making for a challenge quilt. She’s using wool hearts on cotton backing for part of the blocks. Leigh Uselton showed her ongoing project using batiks. Kat Stephens spoke about the “Row By Row” quilt guild project on which she is working.

The picnic on September 26 was attended by 20 people. Pat Marabella was introduced as a new member. Lunch on the patio was lovely. After, lunch members went inside for a “Quilt Block Wheel of Fortune” game. Joan Rumrill, her husband and Cathy Rapp created a wheel with different money amounts. Each member took a turn to spin and choose a letter in the puzzle in an attempt to guess the mystery quilt block. Cathy was Vanna and Joan was Pat Sajak. The game generated a lot of laughter and fun.


Lisa showed a quilt called “Burgoyne Surrounded” all made from found fabric and a pumpkin quilt made using a Bonnie Hunter pattern for string piecing. Julie Jones purchased a hockey themed fabric panel from Missouri Star Quilt Company for the quilt she showed. She is giving it to a relative who is a San Jose Sharks fan.

Paula Scull showed a cute bird quilt which is a wedding gift. The couple picked the pattern and fabric and she took a class from Judy Bianchi at Pearls of Joy to complete the quilt. Vicki Chambers shared her applique UFO’s from an Asilomar class given by Nancy Brown. She has also taken classes with Nancy in Walnut Creek.

The Quilting Bee meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the Arts and Crafts room from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. For further information please call Elizabeth McDonnell at 538-2523.