Quilting Bee 12-15-2019

By: Elizabeth McDonnell

With power outages, some evacuations and the Thanksgiving holiday, our Bee had trouble getting together to meet during October and November. We did manage a sewing day/meeting on November 13 at which we discussed our upcoming holiday party.

Bonnie Butler-Sibbald told of her adventures on a weekend shop hop, traveling to quilt stores in the bay area and as far away as Livermore. She visited all of the shops except in Winters and Vacaville and found at each shop she could always find something new in fabric or patterns. The trip was worth doing but it does take all three days “unless you wear roller skates”!

Mary Ann Allen announced she has arranged a quilt retreat at Bishop’s Ranch near Healdsburg next March. So far there are eight quilters signed up and there is room for more to go along.

Betsy Smith showed a quilt made for her school principal’s daughter and wife who are expecting a baby. Betsy worked for her wonderful principal for 23 years. She also showed a beautiful quilt she made using handkerchiefs given to her by Cathy Rapp. It was unique and nicely done. Elizabeth Marrs showed “Suburb” her pretty quilt of houses and a smaller quilt made with leftover house blocks. As she played with the houses and fabrics she realized they could be the focus of another challenge in which she is involved.Kat Stephens used many patterns to create her fun Fall Harvest quilt which she machine appliqued.

Another hankie quilt, still in the making, was shown by Carol Jarvis. The quilt holds many memories as the hankies were hers and her mother’s and we look forward to seeing the finished quilt. Joan Chalk showed a “watercolor” quilt she made to give to her granddaughter. She also showed Dresden plate quilt blocks she purchased at an estate sale. The blocks were appliqued on green fabric, but she is removing the green fabric and hand appliqueing the blocks on white fabric.

Kim Taddei is working on another quilt block created by a young person through the Social Justice Center. The block maker’s statement on the block is “White lies matter” and includes a likeness of Donald Trump.

The following Saturday Paula Scull took her Accuquilt cutting machine to the sewing room and several members spent the day cutting out fabrics. We were amazed how accurately and quickly our fabrics were cut in the shapes we desired and we left anxious to start putting together our new quilt projects.

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. and the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 –4:00 to machine and hand sew projects. For further information please call Elizabeth McDonnell at 538-2523.

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