Lots of activity at the August 10 meeting

Lisa spent two hours organizing donations of fabric, notions, books and patterns prior to our August 10 meeting. Members found fabric attractively displayed according to colors. Bonnie Butler-Sibbald took home larger pieces of fabric not suitable for quilts as they were not all cotton. However, she plans to make sleep shirts for children who live in a small village in Fiji.
Cherie Gooler announced a Pointless Sisters’ quilt show “Pathways and Passages” at the Person Senior Wing at the Finley Center until September 23.
Fair awards were announced and Pam McVey received a fifth-place ribbon and Liz McDonnell a second.
Cheryl Dudley announced there are openings on the bus to the Pacific International Quilt Show in October. She discussed the benefits of the trip by bus and the fact that it was nice to let someone else drive.
Joan Chalk showed a doll quilt she made for donation to the Assistance League for its backpack project and commented on how easy the pattern was to make the little quilt.
Cherie Gooler showed two Furoshiki bags she made. She plans to demonstrate making the bags at our September 14 meeting. Sandi McConnell announced she has finished the Norwegian Flag Quilt and it is out of her house. It took a year and a half to finish. She also told of sending fabric to her cousin in Sweden. Sweden wants to charge a large fee for custom taxes, but Sandi and her cousin are disputing the value of the fabric.
Pam McVey showed a large mystery quilt top she has finished. Maureen Schmidt’s daughter just had a baby girl. Maureen made receiving blankets and burp cloths. She dyed some onesies and sewed little designs on the chests.
Mary Ann Allen told of visiting an elephant orphanage in Kenya that rescues orphaned baby elephants. Mary Ann then showed her beautiful hand appliqued quilt of a mother elephant named Mutaro with her baby Mambo.
Carol Jarvis showed a quilt she is in the process of hand quilting. A friend made the sample blocks then gave the blocks to Carol to be finished into a top. Carol was challenged by the fact the blocks were not all the same size but she persisted and put the top together.
Helen Anderson had a problem with quilting her Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. Suggestions on how to quilt it without it bunching were made with the hopes she wouldn’t run into the same problem.
Cheri Gooler told of bidding at a silent auction table on some very old quilt blocks. There were names embroidered on the blocks so she turned to Ancestry.com to search for the women. She found four of the women in Tennessee in an 1850 Census. Cherie thinks the blocks were made about 1860.
Cherie also showed two quilts she made that were recently displayed at the Occidental Art Gallery. One, a beautiful water lily and the other a close-up of a tiger. She had mounted both quilts on canvas frames.

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