Carrie Zizza’s workshop has been changed FROM Saturday, February 23rd TO Saturday, February 16th from 9:30 to 3:30 due to a scheduling conflict on her end. The location will be announced at the January meeting. If anyone is interested, please email me NOW since we will be so close to the workshop by our January meeting. The location I choose is dependent on the number of people signed up! Remember – this fabulous workshop – “You can have your quilt sandwich and finish it too” – is only $10 for members. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn from a master machine quilter.
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
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
Beth Helfter is a local, hailing from Pepperell, Ma. Her lecture “Perfection Is Overrated” is pretty gutsy. How many of you would stand up in front of a bunch of quilters and parade all your quilting mistakes? Well, Beth does it with flair. It just goes to show beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I, personally, might burn the Christmas Tree, but then again it shows how far she has come in her quilting skills.
It was great to see what different backgrounds can do for a quilt. I’m not sure if I like the green or beige pumpkins.
The workshop “syncopated ribbons” was enlightening, but a challenge for those who like precision. You start with a block and add random strips of fabric (e.i. ribbons) to each side at odd angles. It’s reminiscent of a crazy block. Once your blocks are done, they are squared up and cut into half square triangles then pieced back together. This really give you a random looking block.
Beth also demonstrated how she assembles her scrappy borders. They are foundation pieced from the excess trimmed off during squaring the blocks. Unfortunately, I was so intent on making my blocks I forgot to take pictures. I did get some of the various colors used in class. I hope to see many at show n’ tell.
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Anne Lainhart is well known for her bargello classes. After hearing her lecture on color families you can see why. She has an innate sense of color. Her color board is absolutely fabulous. It is a wonderful way to illustrate the complexities of color families. Yet at the same time make them so simple.
The various ways that Anne mixes and matches her color families result in stunning quilts. She tries something just to see if it works. And for her it generally does. At least in my opinion it does. For instance, her multi-color family bargello, most quilters would have never thought to mix the colors in the way she did, but it works.
Click here for Slide Show of Anne’s Work.
The workshop was to create a Kaleidoscopic purse. Anne also brought kits for ornaments and note cards. I thought it would be a fun class but I didn’t expect to learn so much. Like when not to press. I know we are taught to cut – sew – then press. But there is a point in which you want to press your kaleidoscope, that is when all 6 or 8 pieces are sewn together and not before. That way you don’t accidentally stretch any of your pieces. Who would have thought of that. Not me, that’s for sure. I got caught going ahead of the teacher and pressing my pieces. That’s me, miss smarty pants. Seems I don’t know everything after all.
Anyway, Anne’s kaleidoscopes are not your average stack and wack. You need to make sure your print has symmetry to it. She demonstrated a few tricks on cutting your border prints using that symmetry. And how to match up the prints before you sew the pieces together. She uses pins, lots of pins. But if you really want to make sure your prints line up you need to pin – pin – pin. She also demonstrated how to pin the final seam together while matching the print and the center seams. This takes practice to get it right. Mine came out ok but next time I will do better.
In the workshop we got information on cutting and folding note cards. The best way to insert a loop to hang an ornament from. And how best to attach purse handles. You would think this to be all self explanatory but Anne has a few tricks that make you say “Now why didn’t I think of that?”
I am going to keep my eye out for some neat border prints. I’m also going to keep my eye out for more classes taught by Anne.
Thanks for the great class Anne.
Your humble student,
Click Here for a slide show of more workshop photos.