March 2018: Landscape Quilts

Frank shares his ticket spinner

We began our meeting by celebrating Sheila’s husband Frank who joined us to demonstrate the wonderful raffle ticket spinner he built for us. He loaded our raffle quilt ticket stubs through the velcro-closure door and gave it a spin. Lisa presented Frank with a thank-you card, certificate of appreciation, and best off all, a plate of brownies. Be sure to mark your calendar for the big drawing at Uncle Eli’s Quilting party on April 5, and sell more tickets between now and then.

Taking Care of Business

Sheila asked for volunteers to fill vacant roles. Pam and Amy volunteered to co-chair the charity committee with help from Kathy and Patty. Ann L. and Lisa R. volunteered to help with boutique management, and Teresa volunteered to lead efforts to explore future raffle quilt designs. If you would like to volunteer, please do so.

Debbie volunteered to coordinate the UFO challenge and distributed guidelines to members. Please read the UFO guidelines and get a copy of your paperwork/UFO list to Debbie ASAP so she can keep track.

There was also clarification and discussion about charity quilts – this year’s designated charity is NALES (scroll down on NALES page for FAQs/quilt guidelines). Barbara encouraged everyone to complete the charity quilt survey to help the guild support member efforts with needed supplies of fabric and batting.

Charity quilt label

After the meeting, board members met briefly and approved the purchase of a yard of fabric printed with labels to go on charity quilts, so those should be available at the next meeting for you to add to your quilts.

Landscape Quilts 101

Our program was from member Teresa who shared her ongoing journey with landscape quilts. Teresa will be doing a workshop for guild members on March 24th. Teresa will teach techniques from Fabric Landscapes by Machine by Linda Crone, and participants in the workshop will choose from one of two simple designs from Crone’s book, either Sail Away or River Bend.

Teresa described how patterns have numbered pieces – top (sky) is always first, and the sun is always last. Teresa prefers tiny zigzag stitches to satin stitches and recommends creating a sample patch of decorative stitches your machine can do if you plan to embellish with those. A straight stitch close to the edge works too, and she does not like monofilament thread.

In choosing fabrics, Teresa said a fat quarter will go a long way and that batiks work well. She recommended variation in texture and color, keeping scale of prints small, avoiding solids, strips, or plaids, and searching for fabrics that look like desired elements such as bricks, stones, and shells.

Teresa recommended calendars, online photos, and greeting cards as good sources of inspiration for designing your own landscape, something she will also teach in the workshop. She likes Rebecca Barker’s quiltscapes paintings that combine landscapes with quilt blocks, and she mentioned other instructional books including Picture Piecing by Cynthia England and Landscape Quilts by Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell.

Teresa shared a few more of her designs, a state fair pig race, a windmill from France, and an autumn leaf themed piece that resulted from a round robin with other quilters.

Show and Tell

Helen shared several items including a floating squares quilt, a table topper from a 15-degree ruler workshop, and a small quilt and table toppers made from a block-of-the month activity.

Patty shared an appliquéd bunny pillow she made from wool and an appliquéd rabbit she made from pieces cut by Bonnie.

Bonnie shared a couple of baby quilts she had made, but she was too fast to capture good photos of her quilts. She also shared a cute “STITCH” appliquéd piece. The copyrighted STITCH pattern from Hissyfitz Designs can be downloaded for free by subscribing to Sandy Fitzpatrick’s email newsletter. Tip: Be sure to check junk/spam/promotions folder, or you might miss the free pattern email.

Debbie described a request to make a t-shirt quilt and her trip to the thrift shop to buy cheap shirts to learn how. She shared that quilt as well as one she made for a guy who participates every year in the Assault on Mt. Mitchell bike race; she incorporated shirts and patches (rewards for reaching the summit).

Vernett shared a table runner she made from donated fabric and a large quilt she made with just two fabrics. She also showed a piece quilted by her friend Joyce after Vernett acquired the candlewicking as an unfinished piece from a quilter who passed away.

Enola shared a quilt top made from a Pineapple Fabrics jelly roll and also was proud to show a top she made from the icy blocks she won from the January block challenge.

Winners

Flower quilt blocksAmy took home nine colorful flower blocks from the March challenge she had suggested. Read more about our monthly block challenge and join in the fun next month!

See photos of blocks from all of our monthly challenges.

Enola a.k.a. “Lucky” won the name tag drawing.

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