Friday, August 8, 2014

August 7 Show and Tell

 A regular treat at the guild business meetings on the first Thursday of each month is a birthday cake (or 2 or 3) to celebrate the birthdays of members during that month. Debbie decorated the cake she brought with a nine-patch design. Thanks to Debbie and all the members who have brought birthday cakes throughout the year.

After our business meeting and birthday cake social time, we had Show and Tell. Many of the small quilts shown have been donated to the Small Quilt Auction which is part of the guild's annual September quilt show. If you see a small quilt that you'd like, come to the quilt show to check out the small quilts in the silent auction.

 Chris made this small quilt.

Gail showed a sample of her newest pattern, "Alaska Wildlife Cruise". Look for the pattern in the quilt shops.

During our July program, we learned card making techniques. Shirley and Lynne showed their finished cards.

Delberta made this small quilt.

Jackie showed two small quilts. The elephant quilt reminds Jackie of Anabell, the elephant that used to live at the Alaska Zoo. The blue quilt with the trees is titled, "Guadalupe River."

Darlene's small quilt is titled, "Snack Attack."

Robyn showed "Be Young", made by Jan for the Small Quilt Auction.

Lynne's small quilt features lively geckos.

Pink and blue must be favorite colors of Mary's. She donated this cheerful quilt to the Small Quilt Auction.

Shirley made this small quilt.

Kay, on the left, spent two years making this intricate quilt for her son-in-law. What a lucky guy!

Kay named her quilt, "Sister Squares", because she and her sister, Robyn, took a class together. Robyn finished her quilt immediately; Kay took much longer to complete hers.

Robyn made this colorful quilt at a retreat.

Marilyn bought the panel for this quilt during a trip to New York.

Whenever a month has a fifth Thursday, guild members meet to make service quilts that are donated to various social service agencies in Anchorage. Often, the material for these quilts is donated. Usually, one member will piece the quilt, another will quilt it, and a third will sew on the binding. Darlene sewed the binding on this large quilt. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

July 17 Card Making Program and Show and Tell

The Dare to Wear small group presented the July program about making greeting cards using fabric and quilt scraps. Kate introduced the program, explained the materials and resources available, showed sample cards, and opened the rest of the program to a hands-on time for members to experiment and make our own cards.

These sample cards were made by Dare to Wear group members.

Members worked during the hands-on part of the program.

During a break for Show and Tell, Lynne showed her contribution to the Small Quilt Auction.

Shirley also showed her small quilt for the auction, as well as a creative kite quilt.

Margaret showed a quilt she made using the Disappearing Hourglass pattern found on the Missouri Star Quilt Company website.

Members continue to make comfort quilts. Another one was shown by Regina.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Connie Sue Haidle Lecture

Connie Sue Haidle of Apple Blossom Quilts will present a trunk show and lecture on July 31, 2014, at Central Lutheran Church at 7 pm. She specializes in back basting preparation for appliqué and creates original patterns. The lecture is free. On Thursday, August 14, she will present her Quick Prep Appliqué Workshop at Central Lutheran Church. This workshop is free to members, who will need to purchase a pattern. Non-members will pay $10 plus the cost of the pattern.

Missing ALCQ Library Books

2014 Missing ALCQ Library Books

When we librarians did a recent inventory, the following library books were missing and unaccounted for in the sign out notebook. Please check to make sure that you don’t have one out by mistake.

B-49  Beading Artistry  by Thom Atkins

C-59  Color Magic for Quilters by Ann Seely & Joyce Stewart

E-05  Easy Paper Pieced Keepsake Quilts by Carol Doak

E-22  Easy Paper-Pieced Miniatures by Carol Doak (also missing in 2012)

S-63  Stori of Beaded Embellishment        by Mari Stori

If you are a new member, please take a look at the varied array of books we have available in the guild library. You can find a book by looking it up in the inventory notebook, which is organized by author’s last name, book title, and subject. Our inventory is also listed by author’s last name in the library link on the guild’s blog. Each book has a code to help you find it on the shelf. You can sign out a book by filling in the requested information in the sign out notebook in the library cart. Please return your book promptly, ideally at the next guild meeting, so that it is available for others to use.

During our inventory process, we culled books that we felt were out-dated or that duplicated better or more recent books. If you have a title to suggest for purchase in the 2015 budget year, please tell us. We’ll be happy to consider it.

Margaret Gingerich and Darlene Appel

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 3,2014 Day Group Show & Tell

The first quilt for show & tell is this year's raffle quilt! Get your tickets & start selling!

Jackie showed a butterfly flower pot sent to her from her little grand girl.

Shirley finished this piece from the stash for an auction quilt.

She also quilted this panel as a gift for Sarah Palen's parents, as a thank you for them sharing their garden  bounty with her,

Margaret G. made this for the Anchorage Decades in Quilts, representing the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail 
Linda P. made this weather vane quilt.

Linn W. shared 2 baby quilt tops she made,

& a completed, hand quilted quilt for grand babies.

Glenda made 3 quilts for the Decades-quilt challenge.
The first shows downtown buildings & the Log Cabin Quilt Guild.

The 2nd is Bean's Cafe's Empty Bowl project.

The last is First National Bank, where Glenda worked for many years.

She also made this "Biker Chick" quilt inspired by our former member Marge McG.

Deb H. showed her Landscape challenge quilt from the Calendar Girls Challenge.

Doris talked about a story she read, about a Civil War quilter who made quilts & smuggled drugs in them to help soldiers

Sunday, May 25, 2014

May 15 Program: Travel Inspirations and Show and Tell

Travel was the theme for the May 15 program. Members were encouraged to bring examples of items they had bought on a trip and had used in quilting. Some told about their travels related to quilting. George remembers a trip to Africa in 1991 with nationally known quilters, Roberta Horton and Mary Mashuta. Also, he received honorable mention at a quilt show in England. Donna Evans has also traveled to Africa, which inspired her African quilts. 

As each member told about a location, Carol and Delberta placed dots on the world map to show what a well-traveled group we are.

Delberta and Carol explained that after some arm twisting by the program chairperson (thus the arm slings), they agreed to host the travel show and tell program.

While Delberta's husband was stationed in Germany in the service, she collected badges from their travels to various countries.

Carol's trips out of Anchorage have been to Whitehorse and Homer; however, a friend brought her this basket from abroad.

Darlene's first interest in quilting came while in San Francisco where she saw exhibits of Amish and Gees Bend quilts. She purchased this quilt in Hawaii when the sparkly eyes caught her attention.

Pat has traveled to Canada and Mexico. The Asian fabric she showed was given to her by a friend.

On one of her trips to Colorado, Debbie visited the quilt museum in Golden and bought fabric from a nearby quilt shop. She has started this piece for a friend.

When Jetta went to Peru, she bought a hand woven, llama wool hanging. Inspired by the pattern representing mountain crop terraces, she made her own quilt version.

Although she was raised in Australia, Robyn spoke about Creations Quilt Shop in Kerrville, Texas,  where she bought the Texture Magic to make this wall hanging.

While visiting family in Maine, Linda's grandson collected acorns and leaves which Linda preserved in glycerin and water and then glued to her quilt.

Linda's non-travel show and tell piece is her quilted appliqué portrait of Uncle Sam.

More quilters told about their travels. Marilyn G. remembers a quilt show at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D. C. Mary H. is inspired by Roberta's wall hanging of badges to make her own using buttons she has collected when skiing in various places. Lynn W. remembers the lack of quilt shops or anything else to buy when on a trip to Russia. Touring the Royal Academy of Needlework was a special experience in London. Betty B. likes the place where she and her husband stay on Maui because she can walk to a quilt shop. Margaret W. began quilting in Alabama.

Kay B bought sashiko kits in The Russian Tailor Quilt Shop in Skagway while on a motorhome trip with her husband.

Another motorhome traveler who likes to take handwork is Jeanette, whose Grandmother's Flower Garden piece is still a work in progress.

Jeanette is also working on applique from patterns she developed from a coloring book of Alaska flowers.

Mary B recently cruised to Panama where she bought a mola made by local Indians.

Kay F travels vicariously through frequent visitors from Norway. Betty R. often visits quilt shops during her travels throughout North America. Pat S. was born in Canada, has moved frequently and traveled frequently.

Shirley fondly remembers a trip to Australia; however, she has also found treasures near home, including a purse from Value Village, a found piece for a Teddy Bear quilt, and a scrap quilt from fabric given to her.

Jacky showed a Hugs and Kisses quilt for the Teddy Bear Tea project.

Sandy took a fabric dying class from Wendy, a fabric dyer at Sheep Mountain. Sandy herself will teach fabric marbling and doll making classes.

Margaret G designed an art quilt inspired by Antelope Slot Canyon near Page, Arizona. She showed the quilt both at the ALCQ program and later at the guild's retreat, where this photograph was taken.