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Sparkly Welcome for Soggy Quilters

When Guild members entered the Hall on Monday, they were soggy from the rainstorm and chilled from their walk in the parking lot. The whole main room of our meeting place was gloomy because from the huge wall of windows came not a drop of light. The view seemed to suck the light away from the room.

Waiting in line to sign in for the meeting, we noticed a flash of bright, swirling color straight ahead that made us smile. Even seeing the quilt from a distance, we were 99% sure of who made it. The 1% of doubt vanished after getting a closer look. We only knew of one quilter who would torture herself with precision paper piecing and perfectly set points on a pattern so fearsomely intense that you can’t look at it very long, unless you like feeling dizzy.


Diane explained this quilt was 3 years in the making. The pattern, “Brilliant Beauties of Joy”, was designed by Jacqueline de Jonge. Although it is difficult to tell from photographs, Diane applied 760 Swarovski crystals to the quilt for added sparkle. It is beautifully quilted by our own Jennifer Cabral.

Diane named her masterpiece ~ My Joy

BTW – I’m pretty sure that “My Joy” will be entered in this year’s Quilt Faire. Soooo, you will have a chance to admire it yourself!

Member Showcase: Jocelyn Muncaster

Between last Monday’s meeting and our potluck luncheon, we were wowed by 1st Vice President, Jocelyn’s show. Most of us knew her Quilting skills were excellent and we thought we had seen her best work.  We were wrong!

Our photographer ruined the photos she took of Jocelyn during the show (cutting her head off was in really bad form), so on the left is a snap of an excited Jocelyn with her Viewer’s Choice Award ribbon. A bit blurry and fuzzy, although we can see her head (and smiling face).

The Guild has an opening for the photographer position, BTW

Jocelyn treated us to her diverse array of quilts and wall hangings, several techniques are used in her collection. Some techniques she learned at classes sponsored by the guild.

Much to our delight, Jocelyn shared with us her passion for stones & crystals while we oohed and ahhed over her custom designed jewelry.

If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy – the gal also paints! The set of landscapes with tree houses she displayed were breathtaking.

 

Thank you Jocelyn for an entertaining and beautiful show. We are looking forward to seeing more of your talented creations!

What Happens at Quilt Camp…

Stays at Quilt Camp.

That’s what I was told and I obeyed.  No camera, notebooks or diaries, and I left my laptop at home. I was going to behave myself and ignore the temptation to “expose all” on our blog.

In order to keep my word, I won’t mention any campers names, gossip, tall tales, or rumors.

That being said, I cannot help myself from telling you the things that surprised me, as a first time Quilt Camper (i.e., Camp Virgin)…

    • The map and directions to camp were a challenge to understand, even for my hubby who is good with maps. He had to study the area with satellite views to figure it all out.  As for me, I hung on the hand grip most of the way. It reminded me of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
    • The camp restrooms were stocked with secret agent, fast dissolving, easy to swallow, paper that tears apart in your hands when you pull it from the dispenser. I totally recommend the CIA find out where to get some.
    • The “hiking” our information sheet mentions is actually the sojourn across the campground to the chow hall. Don’t count carbs – eat as much as you can – because you will burn it all off, trudging up the steep hills to get back to your sewing machine. I decided to do “hitch” hiking on a full stomach.
    • Several gals complained about hair suddenly growing on their chest. I won’t name names, but it only happened to the coffee drinkers. Hmmm…
    • The only elevator is used for moving our stuff to the second floor. The people who own the stuff must walk up stairs. Considering the amount of “stuff” we all brought – this was a wonderful thing!
    • I can’t wait for next year!!

♣ TTFN ♣