At long last, the Oakmont quilters were able to return to an in-person meeting. Everyone was happy to be together, share stories and quilted projects made during the quarantine. There are a few members not quite ready to join us, but hopefully soon they will feel safe to do so.

The Bee had a display of its 2020 Telephone Quilt Challenge at the recent Arts & Craft Faire. Quite a few visitors to the show stopped to see the display and talk about the quilts.

Bee member, Cherie Gooler, has a quilt on display in an exhibit called “Black White with Shades of Gray” at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

Joan Rumrill started off the show and tell portion of the meeting displaying a large quilt block. During the quarantine Joan and Cathy Rapp held a Mystery Quilt Block event. Each month sewing directions were emailed for a portion of the block and after several months large 28” blocks were completed and no longer a “mystery”.

Pat Marabella

Kat Stephens showed a scrappy queen size quilt made from fabrics left over from her daughter-in-law’s sewing projects, a little red/white/blue patriotic wall hanging, a wall hanging with a bug in a hammock and another patriotic wall hanging featuring Snoopy and Woodstock. Lisa followed with a red/white/blue lap quilt with fabric on the back commemorating firefighting heroes of 9/11 and a large bed quilt in fall colors.

Kar Hofmann showed an angel themed quilt. Each angel block was embroidered by Kar and most of the months have family names stitched on them that celebrate a birthday that month. She also showed her fabric collage quilts of Domonique and Claude. Pat Mirabella lost her home in the 2017 fires and, at the request of her husband Leonard, made a replacement quilt of a lion called “Leonardo”. Cathy Rapp is repurposing fabric from a mask she made and creating a sunglass holder.

Paula Scull

Bonnie Butler-Sibbald showed an appliqued fish quilt she will give to her sister who lives in Hawaii. She also showed a bag she made (one of 16) for her niece to give with goodies to bridesmaids. Helen Anderson once again amazed us with a wall hanging of over 1,000 3/8” hexagons all hand-pieced. Her large heart quilt covered in embroidery and many French knots had us carefully examining it up close. A musical fabric panel was used to make a quilt for her pianist sister. She also showed a bright, cheerful lap quilt of a pattern called “Simply Woven”.

Paula Scull displayed a sweet little quilt made in the churn dash pattern. Elizabeth McDonnell showed a small wall hanging with hexagons made from vintage kimono fabrics and an appliquéd quilt of a lion.

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 sew projects. Call 538-2523 for information.

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