- Elizabeth McDonnell
Cathy Rapp and Joan Rumrill organized a very enjoyable holiday party! We had a potluck lunch, exchanged gifts and participated in a “Who Are You” game. It brought us closer together and gave us insightful information about our sister quilters. I heard several comments that this party was the best ever!
The quilt challenge theme for 2018 was “Fire and/or Recovery” and quilters were further challenged with trying a technique they’ve not done before. Cheryl Anderson showed a four-block quilt with four different scenes of before, during and after the fires. A hot air balloon celebrated the recovery hovering over the green hills in the last block. The new technique she tried was paper piecing.
Pam McVey’s pretty quilt in reds, browns, green and gold fabrics was called “Fire Escape” and the colors were what she saw in the hills before, during and after the fires. Janet Shore showed a quilt with gold and brown background fabric and a black silhouette of a tree. Vivian Valencia’s quilt was appliquéd, utilizing a mixture of cotton fabrics, tiny wool hearts and a 50/50 fabric blend of cotton and metal. Her new technique was using the “weird” cotton and metal blended fabric.
Joan Rumrill’s bright, colorful quilt was strip pieced and her new technique was working with fabrics cut on the bias. Her quilt had dark blue fabrics in vertical strips with alternating yellow, orange and brown vertical strips pieced in a diagonal design. Betsy Smith created her first “art” quilt which was of burned stumps along Highway 12. She took photos of the stumps and then printed the photos on fabric, cutting them out and fusing them to her fabric. The result of her technique created a watercolor effect.
Yvonne Draper’s quilt was inspired by “The Big Heart” awards given out by the 6th grade at Kenwood Elementary School. Last year the awards went to people who stayed behind and helped save the school, feed the animals etc. Her new technique was altering a pattern to place the large center heart. The floral and green fabrics represent the recovery of flowers and grasses.
Paula Scull came back to Oakmont when Hood Mountain was still on fire. She used a “Moon over the Mountain” pattern and fabrics representing smoke and fire over the mountains.
Our two telephone quilt challenges were revealed and it was so fun to see how they developed. Each challenge started with a picture. The first small quilt was inspired by the picture and quilt themes evolved and changed as the challenge progressed. These two challenges were enjoyed not only by those who participated but those who appreciated the unveiling. We look forward to more quilters joining in on this fun challenge next year.
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.