Saturday, September 9, 2017

September 7, 2017, Show and Tell


 At the guild's first meeting of each month, we honor those members who have birthdays with cake and the birthday song. We also ask them to give a quilting tip. Pat told us that she and her husband were celebrating the 59th anniversary on the 7th, and she shared this rule of life: "Life by the yard is very hard. Life by the inch is a cinch." Those are valuable words to remember when events seem to overwhelm us.

Barbara recycled a challenge quilt from last year's retreat with felt pumpkins and a caribou from a Row by Row pattern to create this small quilt.

This small quilt and the stuffed elephant will be donated to the guild's Teddy Bear Tea service project.

Some lucky child will enjoy this bright quilt and fish--another donation for the guild's Teddy Bear Tea project.

Barbara was busy using up her scraps. This quilt and the monkey will go to the guild's Teddy Bear Tea project.

This small bear has a patriotic quilt to keep it warm--another of Barbara's donations to the guild's Teddy Bear Tea service project.

What a cute quilt and colorful turtle to go with this Teddy Bear Tea quilt!

Lynne quilted this denim "summer blanket" that Ruthe had pieced.

Lynne quilted this Comfort Quilt pieced by Vicky.

Deb showed her self-portrait, which resulted from Esterita Austin's class.

Deb's "Summer Song" is hand-embellished and machine quilted. She worked on the handwork while traveling.

Deb hand-painted this table runner.

This striking Comfort Quilt was pieced by Donna E.

This is the back of the quilt below which Harmony made for a grand-nephew. She used her stash for most of the fabric and hand quilted it.


Regina made this small quilt using a bricks block pattern.

Kate's art quilt is entirely hand-made.

Kate's "Flowers on Helium" uses the president's challenge fabric and the fabric weaving technique which Kate taught us.

Kate used orphan blocks in a class taught by Maria Shell to create "Kitchen Sink".

Katy quilted this beautiful, state fair blue-ribbon winning quilt for her sister. The wedges are paper-pieced.

When left-handed Linda developed a hand injury, she taught herself to needle turn with her right hand and created this colorful quilt.

Marilyn showed the label on the back of the quilt below. It is signed by nationally known teachers from the Sisters Quilt Show.

Marilyn made this quilt in a class at the Sisters Quilt Show in Oregon. She used Tula Pink fabric.

Mary embellished this cute little quilt with a hand knitted swatch. She plans to donate it to the Small Quilt Auction next year.

Irene coordinates the guild donations to the Spiritual Care Center at Providence Hospital for terminal patients and their families. Barbara created this interesting quilt and the one below using blocks she won at May's guild retreat. Finding a way to put such varied blocks together was a challenge.



Rena was so excited about finding this cute cat quilt at a garage sale that she couldn't stand still long enough for the photographer to take a clear photo.

Robyn will donate this small quilt to one of the fund raisers to be held at JBER (Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson).

Ruth created this whole cloth quilt using wax-based crayons. She then machine-quilted it.

The center of this small quilt is hand-embroidered and is bordered with found fabric.

After Betty R. handed out squares for members to practice adding a flange binding, Ruthe made this small quilt. She will donate it to the Providence Care Center service project.

Ruthe made these mug rugs during the class taught by Joan Ford.

More of Ruthe's mug rugs.

Ruthe made "Is It Christmas Yet?" after the class in fabric weaving. The not-quite a Christmas trees has charms hanging from its branches.

The Calendar Girls small group has a challenge every year in which small quilts are made to fit a theme. Photographs of these quilts are then used to produce a calendar, which the group members give as gifts to friends and family. The theme for the 2018 calendar was Music. Below are the quilts that the Calendar Girls made.

Gail showed "Sounds of the Desert--Music to My Ears" created by Barbara R.

Mary B. showed "Moon River" made by Betty B.
Cathy made "The Rose."
Jackie's quilt is "Vincent".
Margaret showed Kate's quilt, "JAZZ".
Margaret also made a quilt, "Ancient Songs, Ancient Stories", with the Kokopelli figure.
Mary B's quilt is titled, "Music Unites".
Mary G's "The Sound of Music" sparkles with Angelina fabric.

Jackie showed Mary L's "Big Rock Candy Mountain".


Deb is holding her quilt, "Raven's Song." Mona made the quilt, "Three Little Maids are We".

Rena's striking quilt is titled, "Why Can't We Be Friends".




Saturday, August 19, 2017

August 17 Program and Round Robin Quilt Show and Tell

For this month's program, three members who do long-arm quilting as a business explained what we should do to prepare our quilts for a positive experience with a long-arm quilter.



Betty showed how to attach a flange binding to a quilt and gave out sample small quilt sandwiches for members to practice on.


The Show and Tell portion of the meeting was devoted to showing quilts made in this year's guild project: Round Robin quilts. Our first instruction was to pick a center block of our choice. Each month after that, we were given instructions for the type of border to add around that center. Finally, we were instructed to add embellishments. The variety of quilts created by members who followed (often loosely) the same set of instructions is interesting. These quilts will be on display in the Great Alaska Quilt Show on September 16-17 at the ConocoPhillips Atrium.




Linda (on right) is a member of Sharon's quilt group in Oregon. When Sharon decided to participate in the Round Robin challenge, Linda agreed to join her. They both flew up to Anchorage to show their quilts.











Sharon's (on left) mother was a long-time guild member before she moved to Oregon. She has since passed away. When Sharon decided to participate in the challenge, she found a panel in her mother's stash and was inspired by her mother's necklace, which she is wearing.


Sharon also brought a quilt, "L is for Love", which she pieced from blocks given to her mother by the small group LaVonne belonged to in the Anchorage guild.