October: Lisa Alley

Guest speaker

Lisa Alley and quiltWe welcomed Lisa Alley of Bear Hug Quiltworks who shared her beautiful quilts and stories about them. A civil engineer, still licensed, but not practicing because she was miserable in that line of work, Lisa has been quilting since 1991 and now designs and sells patterns. She says her experience and skill in technical writing as an engineer has led her to create good instructions to accompany her patterns, and often her goal in designing patterns is to create ones that can be completed quickly.

Lisa is also a fabric buyer for Sew Original in Winston Salem and ends up making many of their display/sample quilts. She also has an amazing relationship with Hoffman Fabrics where they send her upcoming fabric design releases in advance and she designs patterns. Then they send her the actual fabric (for free!) to make a quilt and also send her coordinating yardage for backing.

Lisa showed us some quilts made from digitally printed fabric including some beautiful panels from Hoffman’s collection of digital prints. Digital printing allows many more colors than the traditional screen printing process.

Lisa also talked about the process she uses for making quilt labels – printing her logo in reverse on fusible fabric and fusing it to a piece of twill tape. At the end of the meeting, attendees enjoyed browsing and purchasing Lisa’s patterns and kits.

See photos of quilts Lisa shared at meeting.

Tending to business and announcements

Ilona gave an update from the nominating committee alerting the group that Pam has withdrawn her name as a nominee for vice president. A discussion followed about the duties of the vice president as read from the BCQG bylaws and the need to consider revising/amending the bylaws to update the duties since guild membership has grown and there will now be functioning committees – for example to handle programs, a duty formerly assigned the the vice president. The nominating committee is in the process of filling the open slot on the slate prior to voting on the slate that will take place at the November membership meeting.

Sheila gave an update on the guild’s next raffle quilt which began with 9-patch blocks made by members following last December’s meeting and the Fold It, Snip It, Rip It, Drop It, Pass It game. She shared appliquéd  flowers she has begun making that will eventually be added to the quilt’s border.

Lisa shared fabric in “icy” colors as samples for what members might buy for the upcoming December meeting where each person brings a yard of fabric and goes home with several pieces after the rip-it game. Those fabrics will be used for the January challenge block.

Lisa reported on a successful Saturday at Autumn Fest in downtown Mebane where both boutique and raffle ticket sales were excellent. See photos from Autumn Fest.

Vernett announced that she will have her final sale at her now closed shop, ABC Quilting with Nana, located at 1221 West Webb Avenue. Hours will be 11-3 Monday through Thursday the weeks of October 16th and 23rd.

Adult clothing protectors

Barbara reported she had delivered 12 adult clothing protectors to the Twin Lakes memory care unit – sewn from a pattern and fabric donated by a resident’s family member and supplemented with guild charity fabric.

She also donated four fidget mats sewn by Lisa, Ilona, and herself. After last week’s sorting and organizing of donated fabric, there is now a bin labeled adult bibs/clothing protectors with heavier fabric deemed suitable for these along with ribbon for ties, copies of the pattern, and sewing instructions. There is also a bin labeled fidget mats that has fabric and other supplies that can be used for those.

Finally, Barbara reported she had delivered to Carolina Adoption Services in Greensboro two “Welcome home” quilts made by Lisa and Barbara for recent adoptees, George and Pax. Linda, Penny, Lisa, and Barbara are currently working on quilts for five additional adoptees.

Miranda asked members to “vote” on one charity they would most like to contribute to, and NALES received the most votes.

Show and tell

Lots of members had show and tell items to share.

Helen shared a quilt she had made for Roy who also attended the meeting and helped her display it. Roy has helped Helen care for her husband, and Helen made the quilt in appreciation. Helen also shared another quilt in progress.

Sheila shared a lap quilt she made to donate to the church where we meet in appreciation for their allowing us to use their facilities.

Ann shared a quilt block carrier she made to transport her blocks to and from her Calla Lily $5 Club meetings. At the board meeting, Ann had shared bedside caddies she had made for her grandchildren that she delivered to them in Pittsburgh prior to the membership meeting.

Terri-Lynne shared table runners she made using the blocks she won last month from the block challenge – one table runner each for herself and her two daughters. Vernett shared a 10-minute table runner she made that included batting sewn between the layers.

Penny shared several quilts and a sample of wool appliqué. She has many interests including making very small quilts. Recently basket making (she’s an instructor!) has been more of a priority and she is hoping to devote more time in the future to quilt making.

Amy shared her love of all things denim and her thriftiness and shared a quilt-as-you-go project in progress made from denim and a men’s necktie collection she had purchased at a thrift store.

Ilona and Lisa shared charity quilts for kids they have recently made. Ilona wanted to make one for a boy since we’ve been told there is a need for those, and Lisa encouraged members to explore the bins of donated fabric for making charity quilts. A charity sew day is scheduled for this coming Saturday at the church.

And the winner is…

Sheila won the nametag drawing, and Frances won the amazing collection of ten pumpkin blocks from this month’s block challenge.

Next month’s block challenge

For November, Sheila has proposed black, white, red, and gray and has suggested you visit Delaware Quilts block patterns where you can see an Alpine Cross made of half square triangles and several other sample blocks using the same color combination. You can make any block you like as long as it uses fabrics in those colors and finishes at 12 ½’ square.

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