Quilting Bee (12/15/2018)

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Joan Rumrill and Cathy Rapp have been busy organizing our Holiday Lunch scheduled for December 5th. We look forward to unveiling our various quilt challenges many of us have been working on this year. Wonderful food, drink, games and laughter are the usual “agenda” for our party.

Vicki Chambers always amazes us with her appliquéd quilts, but this time she overwhelmed us. Her quilt “Autumn Baltimore“ took a year to make and won Best of Show at the Napa County Fair and the Town and Country Fair. Additionally, it was published in Quilting Magazine. She also showed a lovely quilt that was machine pieced in the middle with a border of appliquéd vines, berries and crows dressed in top hats and vests.

Susan Cobos showed a colored pencil holder she is making as a gift for an artist friend. Janet Shore showed a quilt made from blocks made by friends from her Marin County quilt group. She also showed a carry bag made for her by a member of the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild with a German Shephard dog embroidered on it. The stitched likeness was incredible.

Helen White spent the last several months traveling and living in her motorhome. She showed her hand appliquéd wool project that she worked on during that time. It is beautiful! Cathy Rapp showed her plaid Winding Way quilt made from shirts that belonged to her dad, brother and husband, as well as from a shirt she had in high school that matched her boyfriend’s shirt. This quilt has wonderful memories stitched in it. Joan Chalk never likes to use orange fabric, but challenged herself to use some. She started the quilt while visiting in Michigan and didn’t have a sewing machine, so she hand pieced and hand quilted it.

Yvonne Draper and her husband moved a lot during their marriage, so to memorialize those moves she made a quilt with each block representing a state. Georgia, New Hampshire, Florida, New Jersey, Delaware and of course California were represented with state flower fabrics and included a design shape of the state.

Kim Taddei updated us on her “yarn bombing” projects. She reminded us of the flags she made and displayed in July and told us she is making a new banner to be displayed from a second floor window. She pointed out various flowers she made with found fabric and others made with yarn. Kim is quite creative. I showed two quilts I’ve made for my youngest niece and nephew. My niece had selected Labrador dog print fabrics and my nephew whispered to me he likes dinosaurs. They will each receive big lap quilts to snuggle under while watching TV or reading or hopefully to comfort them if they are not feeling well.

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.


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