Tag Archive | quilting

Quilting Weather Has Arrived!

December 16 will be IHQ’s last meeting of the year.

  • A “make up” class for the RowxRow quilt on Flying Geese & the Braid.
  • It’s a ‘UFO day’ – so bring in those UnFinished Projects and get ’em done!

Our first meeting will be on January 6th.  Please download the application/renewal form for membership and fill it out for Diane Mitchell, our Membership Chair.

Dues should accompany your application. Cash or Check’s made out to IHQ will be accepted.

♥  TTFN ♥

 

Quilter’s Will Resume August 19th…

Summer weather (100+ degrees), and summer break are here! Independence Hall will be converted into a Flea Market for the next 6 weeks, and IH Quilters will be helping out on the Tues and Thurs work days.

The last Row by Row Class (until Fall) was small in numbers but big in fun! Rows 7 & 8 are not paper piecing, so the grumbling was at a minimum. At least about paper piecing, Ha!

Although we all worked hard on our projects, we chatted, giggled, and enjoyed ourselves. Nothing unusual about that – our classes have that in common, no matter what we are trying to learn.

Because the photographer sculked around, quietly snapping pix, you can’t see that we all had smiles on our faces!

You will have to trust me on this…

 

Quilting Horrors – The Contest

Number of entrants: 2

Both stories were suspenseful, entertaining and truly horrible! Exactly what was requested. Not only that, but each had a completely different tale and they told it so well…

Instead of tossing a coin to decide 1st and 2nd place (because they were both equally good) – I decided to declare a tie for 1st Place.

So…

First Place goes to:

Karen Heydorn for ‘The Raffle Quilt’

And to…

Becky Smith for ‘The Wedding Quilt’

 

The Wedding Quilt

My story starts with my cousin’s son getting married. I saw a log cabin quilt in a magazine. The log cabins were a combination of off-white, muted greens and muted rose fabrics. When placed together, they made the shape of a heart. I was so happy with the way it turned out.

I sent it to the wedding to have the guests sign the muslin with well-wishes for the happy couple (unfortunately, I couldn’t attend the wedding).

My cousin sent the quilt back to me.

Now that the piercing was done and the quilt signed, I took the huge quilt to IHQ to have my friends there help me baste the top, batting and backing together (a real quilting bee experience). To this point, not a horrific undertaking right??

Well, I proceeded to ask a long-arm quilter to do the quilting (because, let’s face it, it was too big for me to quilt by hand). She informed me that she wouldn’t be able to quilt it until all of the basting was removed (heavy sigh). So I took it home and started to undo the beautiful basting.

It was finally ready to be quilted!!

Well, it was then that my cousin informed me that the happy couple were going to get a divorce.

Now what to do with a beautiful quilt with well-wishes for a couple getting a divorce??

Since there was no rush to do anything, I put it aside for a while.

A few months went by and I pulled it out of hiding. I realized that I could applique some vintage-looking flowers over the well-wishes, and use it for my own bed.

I painstakingly chose, ironed on Wonder under, cut out and ironed on the flowers. It was looking lovely!!

I went on vacation with my husband and son last July, quilt almost finished. Then we got a call, our house burnt down.

The quilt went up in smoke.

I have pictures of my problem child quilt and will hopefully get a chance to try, try again.

May the doomed, haunted and cursed quilt rest in pieces.

 

The Raffle Quilt

More than ten years ago I volunteered to sew on a sleeve for the guild’s raffle quilt about a week prior to the faire. After completing the task, I decided to lay the quilt out on a bed in a guest room & my heart stopped when I noticed a hole (completely though the quilt) about the size of a dime. Horrified, I called the president of the guild with the news to report the damage & very little time to fix a BIG problem.

I delivered the quilt to a Thursday night quilt guild meeting when a decision was made to appliqué a design over the damaged area. One of our members designed and appliquéd a vine & flowers across the top, down the damaged side & even had to have the vine go over one corner to the back area to cover the damage. The appliqué was worked on from the Monday of set up until the Thursday before opening on Friday.

The addition of the appliqué added to the beauty of the quilt and the raffle went off without any further horrid stories to tell.

P.S.

Those ladies who saved the day are still active in our guild!

Quilt Faire Chair: Joanne Padelford

Appliqué designed and sewn by: Barbara Cleveland

 

♥  TTFN  ♥

Do You Hear That? It’s Chaos Coming!

Tomorrow is Labor Day and for most people the Monday holiday will be spent tending a BBQ, catching up on a good book, or visiting family/friends.

NOT for the Independence Hall Quilters, however. This year the Monday holiday falls on our guild’s “First meeting back”, after summer break.  September is here and we can’t spare any Mondays for jocularity*. Quilt Faire happens on the first weekend of October this year and, despite popular belief, it does not come together by magic.

Tomorrow there will be no chaos, not really. There will be loud talking, loud laughter, summer projects hung everywhere to show off. Gals will be turning in entries for the faire, to moi because I am the co-chair of submissions. I will be asked a lot of questions – I have a list of my own questions to ask people, because making the quilt is the big deal, filling out the submission form – not so much. Blank spaces where information should be. Titles and measurements being crucial to anyone planning the show and building the frames to hang them.

My favorite: using an overly Xeroxed form from a different year, crossing out the old year and unfortunately missing the information for 2016.

You know who you are.

Then, after all that Hub-Bub…  The monthly Board Meeting is held. The agenda must be monstrous!  The president should send it out this evening. I hope it’s under 3 pages.

In spite of all that – It will be great fun! I can’t explain it – it just is!

 

 

* Who used this word (jocularity) often? Hint: a TV show character
Extra points to those who know…

♥ TTFN ♥