By: Elizabeth McDonnell
At our June meeting Cathy Rapp reported she received only 12 responses to her survey asking members to give her feedback as to suggested classes or speakers for our meetings. It was decided we would put together a list of the classes/speakers and links to web sites or blogs for members’ further information before we vote.
We reminded our members that from1:00-2:30 on Wednesday, July 24th, 12 children will join us for a sewing project. The children will make a Christmas ornament and should be able to complete it in the time reserved with the Grandparents Club.
We also discussed borrowing two Accuquilt machines and spending a day helping members quickly cut out pieces of fabrics for their quilts. There was a lot of interest in this workday.
Lisa introduced us to a large plastic storage bin she has placed on the counter above our storage cupboards which contains fabric, ribbon and other craft/sewing items donated by our members. These items are free for the taking. Lisa will keep track of items in the bin and if they stay for two months without someone taking them she will gather them up and deliver them to Legacy.
Elizabeth Mars showed pretty place mats she has made from quilt blocks made by a friend and quilter who passed away this last year. She also made placemats from a quilt panel. These will be donated to the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild which has a goal of donating 400 placemats to Meals on Wheels in December. Kat Stephens showed her “Autumn in Italy” which is raw edged fused. She attended the 2010 Houston Quilt Show and purchased from various vendors block kits and she displayed the resulting quilt. She also just completed an Asian Sunbonnet Sue which was paper pieced. She had to change the design for the bonnet to make the pattern work for her.
New member, Diane Ethier, introduced herself and told us about projects she and her sister work on together, using fabrics they inherited from their mother plus some from their own stashes, making zippered bags. They have probably made about 50 so far.
Lisa showed an alphabet quilt on which she placed paper pieced dogs, cats and a mouse at the bottom. Janet Shore showed a pretty Hawaiian quilt she made with a sheer fabric over the design. She then hand quilted it, but not in the traditional “echo” quilting design of Hawaiian quilts. I showed a group challenge quilt in which six of us were each given a portion of a black and white picture of leaves with instructions to create the picture in cloth using fall colors.
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. For further information please call Elizabeth McDonnell at 538-2523.