Friday, January 8, 2016

January 7, 2016, Business Meeting and Show and Tell

Guild president Glenda ended a shortened business meeting with reports by representatives of the small sub-groups about the focus of each group and the availability of space for new members. Since most of the small groups meet in members' homes, group membership is limited by space. To find out what our varied small groups do, look at the small groups'  photos on the Past Quilt Show/Exhibit page.

Although no program has been planned for the January 21 guild meeting, members are encouraged to bring sewing machines for a comfort quilt and Teddy Bear quilt sewing day. Also bring your own lunch. The comfort quilt session will last from 9:30 until 2:00.

After the business meeting and birthday cake intermission, we enjoyed looking at Show and Tell by several members.

Boots modeled a coat which she had bought about 15 years ago. It was made by Ruth Simpson from hand-dyed jeans and other embellishments. Boots encouraged members to "get out of the box" and create a piece of wearable art for the 2016 quilt show.

Carrie compensated for the current lack of snow in Anchorage by creating snow-themed small quilts. Carrie's quilts are available for purchase. Her web site is

Sandra pieced and quilted this comfort quilt.

Regina showed three new comfort quilts pieced and quilted by members. They will be given to social service agencies in Anchorage.

Deliberate wanted to make a table runner for her sister. The pattern for this Hunter Star piece looked easy. She was surprised that she had to do a lot of re-sewing before she was satisfied.

Katy quilted these comfort quilts on her longarm machine using the "Clockworks" pattern by Ann Bright.

Linda's "Wash Day" quilt has one of the few photos she has of herself as a child. She is the baby sitting in the wash tub with her three sisters beside it.

Neli modeled the apron that Delberta made for her from orphan blocks.

This star block given to Shirley is almost more interesting on the back. Shirley discovered that the block must be an old one because the newspaper pieces used as patterns advertise boys' jeans for 87 cents a pair.

Friday, December 4, 2015

December 3 Christmas Party

The annual ALCQ Christmas party was held on Thursday. Members decorated tables for the pot luck luncheon. In additional to a pot holder and pin cushion exchange, members sang Christmas carols and received donated door prizes. It was a festive beginning to the holiday season.

Annette, Lynnette, Linda, Winnie, and Ramona graced Table 1.

Ruthe and Kay admire a table decorated with Christmas quilted table runners.

Always an individualist, George enjoys the Christmas pot luck.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

2015 President's Challenge Quilts

At our annual meeting, the president gives members fabric to use in a challenge. The fabric has to be clearly visible on the front of the quilt or other item made from that fabric. At the 2014 annual meeting potluck, each member received the following bear paw block. 250 of them were donated to the guild. Our challenge results were displayed at the annual meeting pot luck on September 17.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

September 3 Show and Tell

Barbara found a bargain with this quilt at a thrift store.
Carol made this quilt as a donation to Providence Hospital Volunteer Services.
These two little Halloween quilts and the following small quilts were designed and made by Carrie.  Check out her web more of her creations. They are for sale.

Gail made this cute stuffed bear. She hopes someone will make a quilt for it for the Teddy Bear Tea.
Gail made this quilt to have on hand when she needs a baby quilt.
Gail looked cheerful in this hoodie that she made.
Jana bought this top at a garage sale.
Jana found this bargello quilt to be a challenge.
Lynne showed her adaptation of the bear paw block for the President's Challenge.

Marilyn M explained that these birthday flags are what one does when avoiding quilting quilts.
Marilyn M hand appliqu├ęd, hand quilted, and beaded this breadfruit wall-hanging pattern by Mary Caesar.
Marilyn B made this quilt using Aysa Gilbert fabric for a friend.
Shirley made this pieced quilt top.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

August 20 Program and Show and Tell

“South of the Border” was the program presented by the Sew Fine
Quilters small group. Barbara introduced the topic, explaining that they
would be showing different quilt border techniques, not discussing the
latest political issue. She also invited us to enjoy the taco bar provided by
the group at the end of the meeting.

Barbara's cat quilt shows that borders can be different fabrics and colors.
In this quilt, Barbara shows that extra blocks can be placed at corners for added interest. Also, a pieced border adds interest.
This colorful pieced border brightens the quilt.
Barbara's poster shows the mathematical process for determining border length. 
Marge demonstrated ways to fold prairie points.
Mary showed that prairie points can be placed pointing into the quilt top.
Pam talked about finishing the edge of a wedding ring quilt.
Rena's curved borders set off the embroidered top she bought at a garage sale.

Sondra is experimenting with different pieced borders.
Other quilters advised Sondra to add the thin red border, which sets off the center of her quilt.

Skeeter showed the same top with two different colored borderss

Thanks to the Sew Fine Quilters for showing us so many different border options and for providing a quick and tasty lunch. After the program, members showed their latest accomplishments.

Kay and Robyn, the chairpersons of our Small Quilt Auction showed newly donated quilts. The auction will be held during our quilt show on Sept. 12-13. See the Annual Quilt Show Page above for details.

Barbara has recently moved to Arizona. Being without her sewing machine, she has been making yo-yos.
Betty's Centennial quilt was damaged by rain during the display at a recent outdoor event. She removed dye which had bled onto the white background with Soft Scrub with bleach, painstakingly dapping the dye spots with Q-Tips and fine brushes.
Carol created this comfort quilt using the EQ7 program for her embroidery.
Chris tried the twisted log cabin technique on this quilt for the auction.
In another quilt for the auction, Chris used a new crystal tool.
Regina and Jetta showed the most recently finished Comfort Quilts. The guild will soon donate seven bed-size quilts to the Willow wildfire victims.

Gail used the president's challenge block and the design techniques of our upcoming speaker, Rayna Gillman, to create this quilt for the auction.
Jackie's baby quilt is interesting on both sides.

Kate showed a woven quilt wall hanging, a technique she will be teaching in a class at Quilt Zone quilt shop this fall.
Nancy also used Rayna Gillman's technique for her first quilt.

Shirley used free motion quilting on the pineapple block quilt.
Shirley colored the line drawing in the center block of this small quilt.
Shirley pieced a lot of small squares to make this little quilt.