Hello all! I hope everyone enjoyed the last meeting. It was very hectic for me. We had some technical difficulties that needed to be worked out. One issue was, my camera did not have a battery in it. Therefore, I do not have any pictures of the changing of the board, thanking Ann for her service, naming of Quilter of the Year and Show and Tell. I would like to post some pictures to our Facebook page. So, if you have pictures would you share them with me? Please send them to me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you prefer, and you use Dropbox, share your folder with me. I would appreciate any and all pictures I can get.
I would like to say a public thank you to all who made this a memorable time for me. Thank you, Ann Hockmeyer for being a great President and for the pin, bell and beautiful flowers. Thank you, Nancy Dempsey, for naming me Quilter of the Year. I was very surprised and humbled by it. And the orchid is beautiful! I really love it. Thanks to Ann Hockmeyer, Betty Hastings and Marianne Karp for their hand in it.
Thank you to all members for electing me as President. I look forward to your help and support in the coming year. Thank you to the new Executive Board for stepping up. I look forward to working with you. Thank you to the 73 members who made quilts for Kulea. I am truly overwhelmed by your generosity. Finally, thank you to the Raffle Quilt committee for a beautiful quilt that, I hope, will make lots of money for the guild. Can wait to quilt it!
Lots to be thankful for! Enjoy your summer. See you in September!
Patty Sawyer, Quilt Judge who is speaking at our September meeting has offered to do some mock quilt judging at the end of her lecture. You could get some wonderful feedback to assist you with making that prize winning quilt for our Quilt Show this year. If you have a quilt you would like mock judged please bring it with you. A sign up sheet will be at the program table for the mock judging. There can only be a limit number of quilts judged so remember to sign up as soon as you arrive. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting this Thursday. Happy Stitiching! Susan
This year’s Quilter of the Year is a woman who has been a member for about ten plus years.
She has served the guild in many capacities in a very quiet gentle way. She has taught classes over the years at a local quilt shop in her area, she has shared her journey with us, she has been the guild treasurer and she has won ribbons for her quilting at many of our guilt shows. She co-chaired this year’s quilt show and our winner is Mary Ginn.
Our March Madness meeting will be on March 17th [you can wear green, if you want!]. Nine talented members will be demonstrating their talents at nine different tables. You can browse all nine or stay at one- it is up to you. Handouts will be available for you to take home to practice the skill.
- Flange built into binding technique- Lyn Grenier
- Machine Quilting on your home machine- Jeannie Elliot
- Hand quilting – Gail Seely
- Stitch and Stab Method of hand quilting- Ildi Tary
- Pineapple technique- Sue Harnden
- Machine Applique- Maggie Judd
- Hand Applique- freezer paper on top- Mary Ginn
- Kaleidescope block- Barbara O’Neil
- Crazy Quilting- Helen Gosselin
The March Workshop will be held on March 19th at the Plaistow Library.
We will be learning fabric origami- Each person will make a large flower and a small flower which we will use as our award ribbons at the Quilt Show.
Any other flowers are yours- we will provide fabric for the award flowers- bring your own for yours.
A sign-up sheet will be at the meeting so we will have an idea of how many.
Yes, this man is nuts! George and Virginia Siciliano’s lecture “This Guy Must Be Nuts” is very funny. While his work is extraordinary, he presents it with a sense of humor. Many of us have seen the results of his workshops at various quilt shows, but to actually see the originals is phenomenal.
How George got into quilting is a very funny story, but I will not tell it because I would not be able to do it justice. If you missed his lecture, make sure you see him the next time he’s in the area. George’s lecture is a trunk show of his quilts starting with the first quilt he made through to his latest. He talks about his experiences both good and bad in his life of quilting. I loved his story of how he got roped into becoming a member of his local guild. We guild members can be sneaky.
When George first started quilting, Virginia would hand quilt his quilt tops, but that got old. George explains his initial attempts at machine quilting. His story of using invisible quilting thread is great. His first quilt using it ended up being unquilted after if was bound. It’s was still unquilted at the time of his lecture.
George is a very animated and entertaining lecturer. This evening was a great opportunity to be able to get a close look at his intricate work and see how tiny his pieces really are.
The workshops were held at the Nevin’s Library in Methuen, MA. If you have never been to this library you are in for a treat. The library was built in 1883 by the Nevins family. The architecture is wonderful and when the addition was constructed they took care to keep it in a cohesive style with the original building. The stained glass in the room is original to the building. Carrie Zizza was busy drawing the stained glass to create a quilt from it. I took pictures of it so she could enjoy the class instead. Carrie, I hope to see the resulting quilt soon.
Enough about the library, we had two classes. One on Friday and again on Saturday. George is very patient with his students. He has everyone gather around his machine so he can demonstrate his technique. The ruler George designed (a.k.a George’s Tool) for foundation piecing aides in trimming and lining up the next section to be sewn and is easily used by both right and left handers. He demonstrates how he cuts and stacks each round of logs as he goes along. This makes the assembly go a little quicker. Following George’s instructions we were able to create one of his ultra mini blocks with precision.
George showed us a trick when it comes to assembling the blocks. Instead of using pins, he uses double stick tape. That way he can check to make sure the blocks are lined up and adjust as necessary.
As George is demonstrating the block assembly, Virginia uses an extra-large version of the block to point to the piece George is talking about. With the block being so small it helps to see a large version so you know exactly what George is working on.
All in all this is a great class and lecture. Will I continue with foundation piecing? I’m not sure. I was never a big fan of paper/foundation piecing, but after taking the class I understand the do’s and don’ts a little better.
Thanks George and Virginia.
Click Here for the slide show of Lecture and Workshop