February 2019: Quilts from the Mill

Judi Bastion presents

For our February meeting, we welcomed Judi Bastion who shared pieces from Quilts from the Mill – her fourth series. She described a series as a set of quilts with something in common – a series could be based on shape, color, subject, or size. Judi is featured in the Feb/March 2019 issue of Quilting Arts and will have a showing of her next series in Cary in the fall where the quilts in the series will all be the same size. Look for details in the next newsletter.

Judi began by talking about her quilting background including her love of classes from Craftsy (now Bluprint). She encouraged us to be kind to ourselves and focus on learning techniques during workshops and classes and to remember that we are all on a quilting ladder with some people higher up and some lower than we are on the ladder.

She reminded us of four important principles of design:

  • Line – where does your eye travel?
  • Shape – is there balance?
  • Texture – does it add interest?
  • Color – check color value – take photos of proposed color choices in black and white to show color values – values make a quilt pop.

The quilts she shared with us were inspired by photographs she took at Revolution Mill in Greensboro. Photos of the quilted pieces are shown below and sometimes the label on the back showing the original photo that inspired the quilt. However guild members are encouraged to visit the members only area and view Judi’s presentation where on each slide she shares the original photo, her line drawing/design, and the finished quilted piece as well as some wonderful pieces she was not able to show us because they’ve been purchased.

Several quilts were inspired by a staircase with red railing.

Other quilts were inspired by windows or other open spaces. The watercolor fabric for the large window was printed by Spoonflower and then splattered with paint. Sparkly netting was added as a top layer.

Quilts based on outdoor photos at the mill included brick walls…

a red water tower and rebar with circles of wire…

and conduit. Print fabric was designed by a collaborator, Becka Rahn.

Nuts and bolts were created using denim (and titanium needles!), and Spoonflower printed the girl in the mill photo attributed to Lewis Hine.

Judi also shared that she likes to face her quilts instead of adding a traditional binding. You can see the facing on the photos of the back of quilts pictured above. She also talked about the use of couching to embellish some of her pieces. Traditional couching is done by hand, but Judi said it could also be done by machine with zigzag or other stitches.

She ended by sharing a color study of the water tower image on wrapped canvas and a collage made from scraps and embellished with trimmings, embroidery, and beads.

Judi also followed up after the meeting with a list of some of the quilters, supplies, and techniques she mentioned:

Drawings and winners

Kathy won the name tag drawing, and Ann L. and Debbie each won 14 red-white-pink blocks that resulted from our December rip-it game.


Raffle quilt

Lisa R. reminded everyone that time is running out to sell tickets for our 2018 raffle quilt. The drawing will be held at Uncle Eli’s Quilting Party on April 4. You can read more about Uncle Eli’s and last year’s drawing. Lisa will be displaying the quilt at Consignment Connections and asked if anyone else knows of a church, business, or organization where we can display it in the next six weeks to contact her.

Charity – sewing for others

Amy reminded everyone of the four charities we voted to support in 2019.

  • Crossroads needs quilts that children can choose from prior to a medical exam to lessen the trauma following a sexual assault; the child would then take the quilt home. The children range in age from 4 to 14 and are about two thirds girls and one third boys. Since Crossroads has also expanded their services to victims of human trafficking, they could also use tote bags to hold toiletries and clothing given to them.
  • Barbara T. let members know that adoption quilts are on display at Cheesecakes by Alex in Greensboro for the month of February and that we have names of 18 children we would like to make quilts for. Not all names were claimed, so contact Barbara if you’d like to make one or more of these. There will hopefully be a celebration in the next month or so where quilts will be given to children and families. You can see already sewn adoption quilts in photos including:
  • Our next sew day (Saturday, February 23rd) will be devoted to making pillowcases for Ryan’s Cases for Smiles. Catherine has prepared kits with needed fabric and will provide hands-on instruction using a variety of methods. Don’t forget our helpful websites page where you can find lots of links including tutorials on making pillowcases and other items.
  • Terri-Lynne shared ten walker bags Catherine had made from sports-themed fabric. That is a start on the 100 requested by Alamance House, and Terri-Lynne hopes we can make more for other locations too.

Ann A. reminded members that the church has remodeled their nursery rooms for infants and toddlers and would love to receive small quilts for cribs and to put on the floor. Catherine shared several pieces that she provided and thanked Gail for quilting them. Several had a Noah’s Ark theme, and as usual, Gail did a wonderful job with appropriate quilting – animals, alphabets, and  honeycomb. Catherine is looking for help binding them so they can be donated to the church.

quilt guild labelAs you complete projects we will be donating, be sure to see Kathy to get your “Made with love” labels to attach to your quilts.

Shopping and learning opportunities

  • Miranda reminded everyone of upcoming workshops and deadlines.
  • Sylvia reminded everyone of two upcoming sales – February
    19th sale of Gail’s embroidery items and March 9th sale of Frances’s stash items.

See newsletter for details about these events.

Mystery Quilt blocks – month 1

Nine members brought their blocks sewn from clues for month 1 of our 2019 mystery quilt from Merry Mayhem. Those making a crib-size quilt brought two blocks for the month, and more ambitious sewers brought 4-6 blocks for twin or queen sized quilts. Months 2 and 3 are available now since we are pushing a bit to hopefully finish all blocks and put them together before the end of the year.

Show and Tell

Quilters have been busy with lots of competition for that UFO challenge.

Lisa R. shared a completed UFO that she finished after her friend Chris did the embroidery and also showed off an antique quilt she recently acquired. Teresa shared a small quilt for her front door to transition between winter and spring.

Gail who is always quilting for everyone else was happy to have completed a quilt-as-you-go quilt in one day. Amy shared a flannel quilt and showed off her skill at free-motion quilting as well as a Valentine’s quilt for her office with pressure to make more as the seasons change. She also shared a quilt she made to donate to a cause Miranda is behind to address Cure AHC.

Helen has been extra busy and may be leading the UFO challenge. She shared coiled trivets decorated with buttons, a small applique/embroidery project, and several beautiful quilts – the red and green one showing Gail’s beautiful poinsettia quilting.

Ann L. shared two completed patriotic quilts, one made totally from half square triangles and the other from a $5 club at Calla Lily. Barbara T. shared a quilt made from a Midstate kit that she pieced at our fall retreat and recently quilted with her new QBOT.

Thanks to hospitality

Many thanks to Lisa J. and her committee for welcoming everyone including MJ’s  guest, Barbara B. who by the end of the meeting had joined as a member. Refreshments were great, and everyone enjoyed Lisa R.’s button collection and display.


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