Quilting Bee (4/15/2019)

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  • By: Elizabeth McDonnell

It was an active month with quilters dragging in sewing machines for the sewing day, many members attending the business meeting (we ran out of chairs) and displaying our quilts at the Healdsburg Senior Living quilt show.

Vicki Chambers started off our show and tell with two beautiful applique quilts. “Vegetables” which had been hand quilted by Amish quilters and “Winter Birds” (which was published in a magazine). Joan Moore showed “Spinning Flowers,” a four-fabric stack and whack quilt and her “Pineapple Challenge” in black, taupe and tan.

Betsy Smith showed a quilt, the top of which hung in her classroom for 25 years. After she retired she finished the quilt adding some netting. It contains a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “If we are to attain real peace in this world, we will have to begin with the children.” She also showed her fire quilt with contained pictures she took of burned stumps along Hwy. 12 near Kenwood and her telephone quilts.

Tanya Wing returned to the fold and showed a large quilt she made called “A Little Bit of Color” which was stunning in blues and bright yellow. She found the pattern in an Australian quilt book. Lisa loves to share information about the notions she tries out, giving pros and cons. She had some new scissors with micro serrated blades she likes. Barbara Cortelyou discussed making placemats for Meals on Wheels. The Santa Rosa Quilt Guild has a goal of making 400 placemats to be given out at Thanksgiving to homebound seniors who have meals delivered. Barbara demonstrated several methods of making the placemats and suggested our group might be interested in making some.

Joann Fuller showed a beautiful red, white and blue quilt she made to be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. She used a scarf with stars on it for the center and backed it with fabric to give it stabilization. It received rave reviews! Elizabeth Marrs joined our group and showed a challenge quilt she was binding. The quilt was to be made using all solids and the chairperson told them they had to use the color orange. Her quilt in red, purple, violet, magenta, blue and of course orange, certainly lived up to its name of “Climate Change.”

The Bee was invited to display quilts at the Healdsburg Senior Living facility on March 30. It was great fun to share our quilted treasures with visitors. At the end of the day we were surprised when judges awarded our display first prize.

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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