Learning from Janice
At our June meeting we welcomed Janice Pope from Raleigh and enjoyed her presentation about her journey as a quilter. She shared beautiful quilts and the stories behind them. Many of her quilts were created using patterns she’s designed for quilts and table runners, and she had patterns and other items for sale at the end of the meeting. She also showed us beautiful quilts finished with big stitch quilting by her daughter-in-law Julianna Pope who has authored a book on the subject.
Throughout her talk, Janice shared tips and reminders – things she’s learned along the way such as:
- store quilts in pillowcases since even acid-free paper eventually develops acid
- use scrimmed cotton batting – less bearding and less falling apart
- use less quilting for softer quilts
- wool batting shrinks – stories about accidental washings
- use half-inch seam pressed open instead of quarter inch to join backing pieces
- use bias for bindings – she described how many of the quilt repairs she’s done have involved binding repair and explained that pulling one thread in fabric cut on grain pulls it all the way out – not true with a bias cut. Check Janice’s video page for great tutorials on bias binding simplified and using the 2 1/4 inch bias binding ruler she designed for Creative Grids.
Check out photos of Janice and her quilts from the June trunk show.
Show and Tell from members
Sheila has been having fun with her new quilting machine. She showed us a charity quilt she had made on which she practiced panographs as well as outlined sea creatures in each corner. Sheila had also quilted a charity quilt pieced by Lisa.
Lisa shared a couple of small quilts she won at the NC Quilt Symposium in May.
Erma shared a charity quilt she had made as well as a couple of Dresden fan blocks she made using Vernett’s instructions from our April and May meetings.
Social time and business
We welcomed guests from Alamance PieceMakers who joined us for Janice’s trunk show and enjoyed yummy refreshments including brownies from Lisa and Ann’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that were a big hit with many requests for the recipe.
Ann shared a few business items and reminded members of upcoming sew days on June 17 and 24. She also reported on the visit she and Sheila made to the meeting of the Salisbury- Rowan Quilters’ Guild. Ann and Sheila enjoyed a meal and conversations with members of the guild, and they shared photos from our March quilt show where we used the frames we purchased from them. Even though Ann and Sheila tried to refuse being entered into their drawing, members insisted, and both ended up winning. Sheila is shown to the right with her prize.
Lisa reminded members of upcoming showings of our raffle quilt – check the members-only section for the listing of showings and make sure to show up if you are signed up and to come out anyway whether or not you volunteered.