After our Quarterly Business Meeting, while we were waiting for our luncheon to be served, we were entertained by Kathie Merrick. She brought in some of her artistic creations to show us, including paintings, clothing, quilts and a Christmas Tree she decorated with ornaments made from thread. Just thread.
Each of her items has a story behind it, of course! And the way she tells that story is so entertaining, she had us giggling like girls. If she gets tired of sewing, she should try stand-up.
To our delight, she brought in the very first quilt she made. A hand pieced and quilted, “Sunbonnet Sue” pattern that Kathie modified by adding applique and embellishments. Photos do not do it justice. We are talking about Stunning here.
You might think, “Overachiever”. Maybe that is what makes her so awesome at sewing. Probably.
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.
Ann “Vanna” Osincup shows a landscape
Close-up of Blue and Gold
Blocks of Ribbon
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!
This is the day we go home exhausted, but smiling. Between 9:00am and noon entrants arrive to check in their quilts (or gallery entries).
Renorise Krause is the chairperson of quilt take-in and it runs like a well-oiled machine. The check-in table is divided alphabetically and once the owner has their receipt, a copy of it is pinned on the back of the quilt. Now it is handed off to a ‘runner’ who finds the quilts special space and hangs it on the bar of where it needs to be hung.
Gals start arriving with their precious cargo
The Frame crew, led by Bruce Greenfield, climb on ladders and get them hung. Every year there is a quilt ‘shuffle’ that needs to be done and this year was no exception. “A few frames repositioned and 14 quilts moved – not too bad”, is what he told me.
Dolls, Dolls, Dolls
Somehow the number of drapes put out for the quilts were not enough, and more had to be ironed. So… it was more of the same for me and a couple other gals. Why the drapes at all? To cover any open air spots and to hide the frames.
But wait – there’s MORE!
After all the quilts are hung, we place description cards and participant ribbons on each entry. It takes us a while to do this because we get distracted by the quilts themselves. Meanwhile… The props people are hauling in cool things to place by quilts that have the same theme going on. They have cute to vintage items. Then the fresh flowers are arranged and strategically placed. Now – we have a show.
When I walked into the large room on Thursday, everything was magnificent (as always!) It always takes my breath away to see it all put together. Like I had not seen all the preparation. It just needed one more prop – a large brown bear. Thank you to Chloe Baer for letting us borrow him.
Our Spring Luncheon weather included rain, gloomy skies and a bit of snow. A perfect day for Candy to have her show! Her colorful quilts, wall hangings, vests and dolls certainly brightened up Independence Hall.
Candy Gutierrez is always moving way too fast for the camera!
Jean shows off a pretty fish tank quilt
Candy’s latest crayon project
This darling “window” makes any wall more open and pretty
I love the colors in this one!
Black & White lap quilt with appliqued blooms
Large skateboard quilt, made for grandson.
The lovely Ren shows off Candy’s dolls
Creation from Bling Class!
Applique Sampler – Wildflowers
Have a tennis shoe or two or ten..
It took three tries to get this one perfect
Gorgeous flowers created using the crayon technique.
Candy’s first involved cross-stitch. Also her last.
Candy, Thank You for sharing your impeccable work!
And a Special Thanks to our “Vanna White’s” for letting us all have a close look at each creation.
On another note…
We presented Anne Salem with her Comfort Quilt – signed by members of the guild. Anne is battling COPD and is not always able to join us. We have been missing her and wanted to let her know that!
Anne holds up her quilt for a photo
Bad Photography by Jodi Lea Greenfield. She apologizes. Profusely.