Bus Trip to Vermont Quilt Festival

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The Squannicook Colonial Quilt Guild of Townsend, MA has organized a bus to attend the Vermont Quilt Festival on Saturday, June 26, 2010.  The bus will be leaving the Spaulding School off Route 119 in  Townsend, MA at 6:00 AM and returning that evening around 10:00 PM.  The cost of the bus is $41.  The SCQG is extending an inviation to Guild members and hope some of you will join us.

Payment is due by May 21st, checks made payable to the SCQG in the  amount of $41.  If you have any questions, please call or email  Harriett Pindell at hapray@yahoo.com or call 978-348-1486.  I will be at the May meeting and make the announcment as well.  Cath Hallsworth challsworth@yahoo.com or 603-465-3362.

Urgent Request from the Quilt Show Committee.

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Please contact Marianne Karp    quiltshow@mvquilters.org

She needs to get out to the membership the fact that she would like to speak personally in the next three days to someone–or all–if they or someone in their family has had or died from Breast Cancer.   She really needs some help on Fri and Sat for someone to sit with the Celebrate the Feminine–Quilting for a Cure quilts.  They are really wonderful.  We didn’t realize how big this traveling show is.

If you can assist with this exhibit of quilts please contact Marianne.

Celebrate the Feminine:Quilting for a Cure

This collection of 46 art quilts has been made by quilters who are members of the Quilt Artists of Kentucky. Most members are from Kentucky, Southern Ohio and Southern Indiana. The quilts were made and donated to travel for 18 months to promote breast cancer awareness and to encourage donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundations. The collection  is a representation of all things feminine. This is the most info I can give you. MVQ has made a $200 donation for the privilege of showing these quilts.

Click here for a preview of the quilts.

I need to get out to the membership the fact that I would like to speak personally in the next three days to someone–or all–if they or someone in their family has had or died from Breast Cancer. I really need some help on Fri and Sat for someone to sit with the Celebrate the Feminine–Quilting for a cure quilts. They are really wonderful. We didn’t realize how big this traveling show is.

Quilts Show – Behind the Scene

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Ever wonder what it takes to put together the quilt show.  Think you might like to be a part of it for next year?

Bev Valle and Marianne Karp, this years co-chairs, invite you to shadow them during the quilt show.  What a great way to see how the show is put together.  If you ever thought you might want to chair the show, this is a great way to get to see the ins and outs of the show.

Speak to Marianne and Bev  to get all the details.

Quilt Show Entries

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TO those who have entered quilts into quilt show this year.

Check the web site  or stop at the quilt show supply table at the meeting this week to get the numbers for your quilt entries.  Let’s all arrive at drop off locations or quilt show drop off with our quilts and bags all properly labeled.   Remember all entries must be to Middle School by 10am on Thursday 4/29 morning.

Anne Lainhart – Lecture and Workshop

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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.

Anne also works with border prints.  She created a Card Trick block using fussy cut border prints.  It is simply stunning!  It gives you a whole new perspective on border prints.

Click here for Slide Show of Anne’s Work.

Workshop

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,

Cathy H


Click Here for a slide show of more workshop photos.

Show n Tell March 2010

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Hey everyone – I finally got to it.  The pictures from March 2010 Show and Tell have been posted.  Sorry for the delay.

Just click on the picture above to see the complete slide show.

Sarah Ann Smith Lecture and Workshop

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Sarah Ann Smith is an art quilter.  She makes postcards, journal quilts and art wall hangings.   She uses fusing, beading, painting, and any other medium that works for her.  Her work is beautiful.  View a slide show of her work.

Her lecture on beading showed the varying degree of which beading could be used on quilts, from very minimal to encrusted.  She considers herself a minimalist when it comes to beading her quilts.  She likes to add just enough beads to give a little sparkle.

Sarah has a group of art quilting friends.  Her and her friends help each other grow in their respective art forms.  They like to use various mediums withing there quilting.  This give each in the group a different way of looking at their own artwork.  This group had a showing of some of their work.  One of which, they each chose a picture. Then they each had to create a postcard/journal size quilt of all the pictures in the group.  It was interesting how different yet similar each were.

The Workshop

The workshop was titled “Postcards: An Introduction to Some New Techniques”.  The amount of information we received was incredible.  From how to assemble the postcards, to painting,  to stamping, to finishing, mailing and displaying your postcards.  There was such a wealth of information.

Sarah covered which products she preferred.  Peltex 70 is her choice for the stiff stuff used in constructing her post cards.  Peltex comes 3 ways,  no fusible, one side fusible,or  2 side fusible.  She prefers the non fusible.  That way she can assemble the design first then fuse it to the peltex.  This way you can keep fusing items to the card without over stressing the fusible on the peltex.

As far as  fusible web she prefers Misty Fuse.  It is a light weight fusible medium.  If you are going to build up layers on your project, it doesn’t make it to stiff as some other brands might.

Sarah went over the layering process of constructing your card. She showed an example of the layering process of constructing a design.  Once she completes a top she quilts it before she attaches the plain backing.  She found it easier to address the postcard when the quilting is not through to the plain back.

Embellishments

I can’t even remember how many embellishment ideas Sarah covered.  She demonstrated how to use this stuff call Angelina.  It reminds me of the grass we put in Easter baskets, but much nicer.  It has a metallic-opalescent quality to it.  She demonstrated how you can bunch it up then using an iron and a stamp, press a design into it.  Then you can trim it and use the resulting piece on you postcard.  The stuff is really cool.

The different ideas for using paints was phenomenal.  She demonstrated how to create your own stamps using carving tools and either stamping medium or a simple gum eraser.  You can also use automotive gasket making material or craft foam.  Another technique was using a surface that has a bumpy design of some kind.  Using a roller you could paint the item then use it as a stamp to add texture to a design.  She talked about creating your own stamping designs with cardboard and hot glue or twine.

You can also create a stencil from freezer paper.    By cutting a design from freezer paper, then pressing it on to your fabric, there are no limits to the designs you can create.  She showed us how tearing the paper can create a mountain/sky line effect or a natural looking branch.  The trick with using the freezer paper is when you apply the paint, you want to brush from the paper toward the fabric.  That way you will be less likely to get seepage under the stencil.

She also uses bubble wrap as a stamp.  Her message is to just look at what you have.  You never know how it will turn out.  But she did say to test it out on your fabric first.  Until you get the result you want.  Then fuse it to your postcard.  Because you never know how it will come out, there is no sense in ruining your postcard.

Finishing

Once you have completed your card, you want to finish off the edges.  You can use a satin or zig-zag stitch along the edge.  Sarah demonstrated how to apply a decorative yarn to the edge using a three step zig-zag stitch.    Sarah had various yarns to show all the possibilities.  If the yarn is not heavy/thick enough to show, you can twist it with another yarn to give you enough substance to attach it to the postcard.  That way you can use those pretty eyelash yarns.

Sarah also covered some of her ideas of framing/displaying her postcards.  She also discussed how to mail your postcards.

Everyone enjoyed the class.  There was so much information.  Sarah was willing to demonstrate anything we were interested in.  Here is a list of her product recommendations.

Click here to see more photos from the workshop.

If you were unable to take the class or wish to take more classes with her, check out her web site.  She will be teaching at The Gathering in 2011.

Cathy H