March 2020: Creativity and Design

Valerie Paterson

Our guest speaker for the evening was Valerie Paterson who showed us many of her quilts and talked about her inspiration for each, her design decisions, her journey with free motion quilting and embellishments.

Many of her quilts resulted from guild and other challenges. She shared that she went from not paying much attention to the actual quilting to now teaching free-motion classes (next one April 30 at Studio Stitch). She learned a lot from RaNae Merrill’s book Free-Motion Mastery in a Month: A Block a Day to Machine Quilting Success. She left us inspired to learn and grow with a quote from Vincent Van Gogh: “I am always doing what I cannot do yet in order to learn how to do it.”

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hell and hope quiltValerie also shared the story of her “Hell and Hope” quilt that resulted from her coming to terms with being raped nearly 40 years ago. Her quilt honors Alice Sebold whose memoir, Lucky, about being raped her first year in college, ends by saying the experience left her “in a world where two truths coexist; where both hell and hope lie in the palm of…” her hand. Valerie’s quilt was accepted into the traveling exhibit, A Better World, a collection of “40 art quilts designed to inspire and educate viewers about heroes – both anonymous and well known – who have worked to improve our world.” The traveling exhibit will be on display Aug. 4 – Sept. 28, 2020 at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary, NC. The book, A Better World: Heroes Working for the Greater Good, includes photos and descriptions of all of the accepted quilts.

In addition to quilting, Valerie also spends time writing as part of a memoir writing group. She has published a podcast episode, Me Alone that recounts the trauma of her sexual assault. She and her son also have companion episodes about his plans to study abroad. Hers is Apprehension and Transcedence, and his, A Walk in the Park. Their written stories are published in Bearing Up and Exploring, respectively.

Taking care of business

  • We welcomed two guests – Jackie and Helen J’s granddaughter Alexis. We were also excited to welcome a new member – our 4th Barbara!
  • Teresa shared information about the 2019 raffle quilt and reported she had added another event – the March 28th  Founder’s Day Celebration at the Textile Heritage Museum in the village of Glencoe. Note at the time of this writing, due to the Corona virus pandemic, at least two of the events where the quilt was to be shown and tickets sold have been cancelled – the Pineapple Fabrics spring sale and the Piedmont Quilt Guild show. The textile museum and Uncle Eli’s are waiting on word from the county about cancellation.
  • Penny shared news of the 2020 raffle quilt that is currently being quilted by Gail. A binding bee is scheduled for March 28 at our guild sew day. Members confident in their hand stitching (invisible and evenly spaced) are welcomed to join in with attaching the binding to the back of the quilt. Less confident members are invited to watch and learn as Penny gives a tutorial and tips.
  • Lynn reported we remaint stuck at 62 recipes for soups, salads, and breads and asked members to look through their recipes and offer ones to contribute. She, Teresa, or Enola will enter your recipes for you if you write them down. In order to have cookbooks ready to sell at fall events, we need to have recipes entetred by the end of April.
  • Leslie reminded members that Alamance Pregnancy Services is very appreciative of baby quilts to include in the bag of items given to unwed mothers who complete their series of classes.
  • Sue and Linda won name tag drawings.

Show and Tell

Janet surprised us with her attendance following her recent surgery. She had sewn checkerboard borders for the ostrich challenge – one for herself and one for friend Phyllis who is in Florida so she can join in when she returns. Vernett shared a quilt she recently finished and dedicated it to Kathy.

Barbara  B. shared a completed quilt begun as a mystery quilt as well as a quilt made from fabric given to her by a friend. Both were quilted by Gail.

Cindy shared her completed mondo bag begun at a recent sew day, and Leslie shared a quilt of colorful triangles with fire engines on the back – made for a yet-to-be born nephew.

Ann L. shared a wonderful piece-as-you-go Disney quilt, a lovely flannel quilt, and a quilt she made as a project in one of Helen D’s classes.

We were thrilled to see Avi and her mom share Avi’s first quilt – a rail fence design. She thanked Sheila for helping her put it together and quilting it. She also shared her ostrich block with checkerboard border.

Catherine shared her adoption mini quilt that was quilted by Gail and two quilt-as-you-go kitty quilts she designed herself.

Helen D. shared a quilt from one of her classes. Amy shared her St. Patrick’s Day wall hanging made from the Twister Sisters Tiny Twister tool – she didn’t realize how small the pieces were going to be! She also shared a quilt she made for a friend of her sister who is going through a difficult time. The quilt is one fourth of a Gypsy Wife quilt designed by Jen Kingwell.

Elaine shared two completed UFOs – a beautiful quilt and a bag from a Pineapple kit. She donated the bag to sell at our boutique events. She also shared her ostrich challenge block – ahead of the game with next month’s flying geese border already done!

Barbara T. shared two quilts for CrossRoads and two for boutique – all from precuts – either charm packs or strips. She also shared her completed mondo bag.


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