- By: Elizabeth McDonnell
The October meetings were bustling with quilters busily working on projects and at the business meeting, displaying many completed ones.
Cathy Rapp announced Nancy Morgan was moving and clearing out fabric, notions and a 1919 Singer sewing machine. Items were free for the taking. Cathy also showed an old hand-pieced quilt made in the early 1900’s with “Pepto Bismol pink” shirting material. There followed discussion about washing such an old quilt and noting the mistake intentionally put into the quilt by the maker, sometimes referred to as a “devils eye.”
Joann Fuller told us of 200 machine embroidered farm-themed blocks that had been given to her to make a quilt. She had enough blocks to make three lap size quilts. Pat Marabella showed us microwave bowl holders which she makes and gives as gifts. She offered to demonstrate how to make them and to share the pattern at a future gathering. She declined the request to make them for us!
Barbara Cortelyou showed a quilt she is making to donate to the Valley of the Moon Children’s Center. Kat Stephens displayed a reindeer quilt she just finished to hang for Christmas. It was a kit that did not have enough fabric, but she managed to work around that problem.
Leigh Uselton showed us a flannel receiving blanket she made and a cute “cheater cloth” quilt. She also made a quilt called “charming cake” which was made with “layer cake” charm squares. Joan Rumrill is expecting a great-niece and the family asked for a Minnie Mouse themed quilt. Joan searched high and low and finally found Minnie fabric online. After she found the fabric she then continued to find more Minnie fabric so she has made a cloth book, a receiving blanket and crib sheet. She then found a very cute little Minnie Mouse dress for the baby at a thrift store. She had definitely responded to the request for all things Minnie Mouse.
Joan Moore showed a lap quilt top she made from a class in Southern California. Robin Gibson announced she is the proud owner of a new Bernina 330 and is looking forward to using it. Lisa showed her current project of paper pieced hexagons. Vivian gave her left over fabric and got Lisa hooked on the project. Lisa also announced she and Joan are participating in the upcoming Dances From Around The World production. The show will be held in the Berger Center November 4 and is almost sold out.
Vickie Chambers wowed us again with her whimsical appliqué quilts. She showed a green-faced wicked witch wall hanging, and two Halloween themed quilts with skeletons, bats, ghosts and witches’ cauldrons.
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.