Quilting Bee 8-15-2019

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By: Elizabeth McDonnell

The Oakmont Bee had a fun picnic in the CAC patio early in July on a very warm day. Thank goodness for umbrellas. We enjoyed boxed lunches from the Oakmont Market and visits with a few members who can’t always join us. Betsy Smith showed us three quilts she has made, one in response to a Santa Rosa Quilt Guild challenge. Pam McVey showed us her sunflower quilt on which she added paints. Cherie Gooler had been on a waiting list for a landscape quilt class to be taught by Laura Fogg of Ukiah. An opening didn’t occur so she taught herself the techniques from a book. Her quilt is extraordinary! I showed three quits with a summer theme and patriotic colors.

Our meeting of July 24th coincided with Grandparents’ Week. We hosted 13 youngsters who made felt Christmas ornaments in the shape of a Christmas tree. Our thanks to Paula Scull who organized the ornament kits complete with all fabric, thread and notions. A very important life skill was taught as the decorations to be sewn on the trees were various sized buttons. One young man, Sebastian, was very accomplished in his sewing skills; he sewed buttons on both sides of his tree in the time it took others to sew them on one side. The children had fun and each went home with a finished ornament.

Plans are underway to demonstrate to our members an Accuquilt fabric cutting machine. This machine has opened up a world of fun for quilters. It will cut fabric 90% faster than using rotary cutters or scissors and is absolutely accurate. It can cut several layers of fabric at a time in a variety of shapes and sizes. Once members see just what this machine will do, they can plan on a quilt design they would like to cut and bring fabrics to a future meeting to do just that. We’re looking forward to this event.

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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