Quilting Bee (3/15/2019)

  • By Elizabeth McDonnell

Our February meeting had a good turnout perhaps because of a break in the weather.

There were several announcements of upcoming local quilt shows and members were encouraged to enter quilts in the shows, as well as volunteer to help. Both Kim and Cheryl brought to our attention an upcoming Lifelong Learning Class to be held on April 10 and 17 in Oakmont. The class is entitled Quilts: Women’s Voice in Politics and Art.

Cathy Rapp is busy assisting Oakmont residents with their tax returns, so was not able to share with us her exciting news. Joan Rumrill told us Cathy entered two quilts in the fair and Cathy and Joan drove to Cloverdale to see the fair. Pouring rain, a parade and no parking whatsoever kept them from seeing the fair. It wasn’t until the following week that Cathy learned she had won Best of Show and First Place in her division with an appliqué quilt she had made for her mother. Oh, and the other quilt won a blue ribbon as well. Great Job, Cathy!

There was discussion of a new group forming within our Bee that plans to bring their sewing machines for use on our sewing day each month. There is considerable interest in forming this group.

New member, Charlotte Henley, showed three items she has made. A very cute wall hanging made using handkerchiefs, a reversible wearable jacket with trees and a nighttime sky on one side, as well as a pretty blue and white quilt with a touch of red. Cheryl Anderson showed a beautiful king size quilt she strip-pieced with three “jelly rolls’. She plans to stick to making smaller quilts for a while.

I showed a hand appliqued and hand quilted quilt of fruit from Piece ‘O Cake patterns which I finally finished after setting it aside for years to work on other projects.

Kat Stephens was busy making table placemats with St. Patrick’s Day themed fabrics. Kat asked the members if they had experience working with polyester batting and how best to remove wrinkles in it after removing it from the bag.

Paula Scull had questions concerning the use of a new product to fuse fabrics and batting together prior to machine quilting a project. There was discussion and Paula plans to contact the manufacturer for clarification.

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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