Formed in 1993, The Crazy Quilters of Cape Cod is a group of quilters and crafters with similar interests. The Crazy Quilters of Cape Cod offer many fun and educational activities to its members. The guild meets the third Thursday of the month, at the Gus Canty Recreational Facility, 790 Main Street, Falmouth, MA. Doors open at 6:00, the meeting starts at 6:30. PM. Members may participate in lectures, workshop, demonstrations and other group activities. The guild also offers shop hops, show bus trips, open sew and small group instructions. Guests are always welcome! NOTE: Since February 2020, the Guild has been holding meetings via Zoom.
The Guild welcomed Sue Colozzi to our meeting this month. Sue shared a small sampling of her works that reflected how her design esthetic has progressed over time and what inspires her work. Her pieces are most often a reflection of the photographs she’s taken on her travels. See them HERE.
Sue was featured in the Dec2019/Jan2020 Quilting Arts Magazine (pg.38). If you’re a Falmouth Public Library CLAMS member you can access the digital version. She also has a piece on display at the New England Quilt museum, which features some of the techniques she uses when creating her art.
No two works are ever made exactly the same, as Sue is constantly looking for new media to incorporate that will provide that perfect texture and bring the piece to life. Fabrics, string, yard, and actual grasses might appear in one of her works.
This spring Guild members are being treated to inspiration from members as well as quilters and artists from the Cape and beyond.
In March, Guild member Nancy D. presented a mini trunk show of her quilting journey. Her amazing talent was truly an inspiration to see. Nancy was a Yellow Ribbon winner at the last in-person Vermont Quilt Festival in 2019.
In April we welcomed Noreen Couture, a member of the Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod. Noreen entertained us with her amusing stories and a display of some amazing quilts, some of which were Blue Ribbon winners and one that was displayed at Paducah.
Noreen also spoke about how she starting quilting after she retired as a postmaster and learned a lot by watching videos on The Quilt Show hosted by Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. The membership is only $49/year and you have access to lots of video tutorials and special offers.
We’re looking forward to our May meeting as Sue Colozzi, an incredible landscape quilt artist and teacher, will share some of her quilts and design inspirations. She has been teaching landscape quilt classes at the Falmouth Art Center for several years.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our fall Open House on Saturday, October 8 and purchase raffle tickets for our quilt. Watch for more info on this. Proceeds will benefit the Falmouth Recreation Center and our other educational endeavors such as the Book Bags for Kids coordinated by the Falmouth Service Center.
Ruth Wilcox, member of the Crazy Quilters of Cape Cod quilt guild, is the featured quilter in the gallery at Tumbleweed Quilts, Route 132/6A, Barnstable, MA. Her quilts will be on display through the end of February.
Ruth explained that some of her quilts are interactive, such as The Ties That Bind quilt in the lower right corner that has a working bicycle bell and is made of “Political Ties”. She made the quilt for a challenge and the theme was Freedom Rings.
Ruth commented, after seeing her quilts displayed, “Now that the quilts are on the wall, I see corrections I would like to make. Nothing is ever finished.”
Take a ride over to Tumbleweed Quilts and get a closer look at these amazing pieces of art.
Ruth was gifted this row quilts by the Wednesday night class at Tumbleweed. Most of the makers were members of Crazy Quilters.
In 2021, the Guild voted to wave our annual dues of $20. As time has passed and the Covid situation has improved, we have decided to reinstate the dues requirement for 2022.
If you would like to renew your membership, please go to the MEMBERSHIP page to download the 2022 Membership Form. You can either mail in your check to the address on the form or bring it to the December meeting.
What a great meeting this month! We’re slowly starting to get back to normal. Ten members were present in-person and ten members were watching via Zoom.
Guild members Susan Berteaux and Holly Santangelo provided demonstrations on using specialty rulers and ways to cut flying geese. Both presentations were well received and were found to be helpful in cutting and sewing more complicated pieces. For details and links to products and instructions, go to our EVENTS page.
In addition, the row quilts that members have been working on over the past 8 months were revealed. To view the beautiful and amazing end results, go to our EVENTS page.
One of our members shared an interesting and informative article from the Aurifil blog Auribuzz about selecting the correct thread and needle combination to achieve the results you want. The article features Yvonne Fuchs who describes herself as a “former aerospace engineer turned modern quilter, designer, and technical editor.” Yvonne has her own blog QuiltingJetGirl.
You may find this article very helpful when taking on your next project, whether it be machine quilting or taking on your first thread painting project.
We’ve been given the OK to meet in person once again. This will be the first in person guild meeting in 17 months. As usual, we’ll be meeting at the Gus Canty Community Center, 790 Main Street, Falmouth. Guild members who feel unsure about the in person meeting will still be able to join us via Zoom using the usual link.
We’re still offering free memberships for the 2021 calendar year so if you’d like to join us, click HERE for more information.
Bring a project you’ve been working on for Show & Tell.
DON’T FORGET! There’s a fair in the air! The Barnstable County Fair is next week, July 19-25 at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway (Route 151), East Falmouth. Members from our guild as well as other Cape guilds will be on hand in the Exhibit Hall to answer questions about quilting and the quilts on display. Hope to see you there!