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.
After nearly a four year journey, Crazy Quilters member, Liz Devlin, has completed her Bonnie Hunter 2018 Mystery Quilt, well almost. She said it still needs the corner blocks and then will be sent off to the machine quilter but it’s quite an accomplishment nonetheless. Liz said the colors were inspired by Asian pieces Bonnie had observed while visiting Japan. I asked Liz if she had a name for the quilt but indicated she doesn’t generally name her quilts. I did a little research and discovered that Bonnie named this mystery quilt pattern Good Fortune.
Liz explained she had always wanted to make one of Bonnie’s quilts. Bonnie’s style is very scrappy and it’s certainly reflected in these blocks. When I asked Liz if she had actually counted the number of pieces she said she didn’t dare. She did tell me she started off by making 250 – 3″ – nine-patch blocks in two variations. I attempted to count from the photograph just the pieces that make up the 49 main blocks and came up with 800 pieces in the half-square triangle blocks and roughly 768 pieces in the four-patch blocks; that’s not counting the the pieces in the sashing and borders! The overall size of the quilt is 60″ x 60″.
The quilt was worked on at retreats and local sewing groups in between other projects so hence the length of time in completing it. She said there were a few folks who completed the quilt in about 6 weeks. I think Liz’s method might be best since you can rest your mind while sewing something less complicated in between sewing all these little pieces together.
Liz said “Overall, the process was quite enjoyable.”
If you’d like to hear how Bonnie selected the colors for this quilt and her suggested use of the color wheel when deciding to change colors in a pattern, go to this YouTube video https://youtu.be/9RLxUJp34Hk. If you’d like to challenge yourself and make this quilt, you can pick up the pattern as a digital download from her website HERE. Read more about how Bonnie got started in sewing, designing patterns, and keep up with her adventures HERE.
September has been a month full of inspiration. First, our own Cathy Williamson is the featured quilter this month at Tumbleweed Quilts on Route 6A in Barnstable. This is a great time of year to take a leisurely drive and visit the shop and view Cathy’s lovely works in person.
At our September meeting, several members shared more inspiration. Click photos to enlarge.
After our Show & Tell, we sat down to an amazing trunk show of quilts by Gladi Porsche along with the stories and methods behind each one. Gladi is a national award winning quilt artist and has been featured on the cover of several magazines and even on the cover of the book Borders & Finishing Touches. The majority of her quilts feature one of her originally designed borders.
If these quilts aren’t amazing enough just to look at, a large number of her quilts have been hand appliquéd, even those pieces that appear to be machine pieced. Not only that, all but a very few quilts have been hand quilted by Gladi on the same 14″ square hoop she used on her very first quilt.
You can keep up with Gladi by following her blog https://gladiquilts.net/ or follow her on Instagram at gladiquilts and read about her quilt journey, the places and people she meets in the quilting world and, of course, view photos of her beautiful quilts. Below are a few of the photos from our meeting. The photos don’t do the quilts justice but we were fortunate to see them up close and personal!
Everyone thought this was the best presentation they have seen in quite a while. One of the loveliest things about Gladi is how humble she is and how she encourages you to try new ideas and experiment with colors and shapes. It’s all a learning process and an adventure!
Where has the summer gone? It’s certainly been an extremely hot and dry one and we’re all hoping for some substantial rain soon!!
This month we shared in our pot luck dinner that was enjoyed by everyone. Lots of yummy dishes to pick from. There were also lots of bargains again at the Ways & Means Sale. If the sum collected was any indication, everyone went home with some great deals!
We also were surprised and delighted with an early preview of a beautiful work of art by the son of one of our members, Holly Santangelo. It’s pretty obvious that the artistic gene has traveled from Holly’s mom, Carolyn Emerson, to Holly, and now to her son Joey Santangelo.
Joey is a 2014 graduate of Shenandoah University where his original plan was to study biology but his pivot to vocal performance lead him to theater and now what may become a career in the fascinating world of costume design. Working in London gave him an opportunity to work as a trainee costume maker where his work can be seen on Bridgeton Season 1 & upcoming Season 3 on Netflix. Read more about Joey HERE. I think we are all as proud of Joey as his mother and grandmother are!
This magnificent jacket above was fully designed and sewn by Joey. If you click on the photographs you will see how much detail and handwork he has been put into the piece. According to Holly, “He pretty much wiped out my red stash piecing the background fabric.” It obviously was worth every bit of that stash!
This is Joey’s first time in the quilt world and he will be entering his piece in the Wearable Art category at the Pacific International Quilt Festival that will take place in Santa Clara, CA, October 13-16, 2022.
We wish Joey so much good luck and will certainly watch for Season 3 of Bridgeton and watch for more of his talent. I’m sure big things will be coming to this young man in the future and we can all say “We knew him when”.
You know how pretty much every day and every month has a special holiday, theme, or idea attached to it? Well, recently I learned that July is watercolor month and how appropriate that we had watercolor and pastel artist Carolyn Emerson come and talk to us and share a small sampling of her beautiful works of art!
With her sweet and gentile personality Carolyn explained how her interest in art was sparked by a 6th grade teacher. Although we could see that Carolyn would have succeeded with her natural artistic ability she went on and took art classes in college. At one point in her life she lived in a small rural Virginia community and finding herself a bit bored, went to the local school system and asked if there was anywhere she could volunteer – library, cafeteria, anywhere – she just wanted to be busy.
As it turned out, they didn’t have an art program in their schools and not even knowing Carolyn’s background asked “Would you like to teach art?”. Hence started a new journey and what may be called a career of teaching and exploring her own art interests starting with oils, then moving to watercolors, and now honing her skills in pastels.
Carolyn is encouraging to anyone who would like to try their hand at drawing or painting. She says anyone can do it and recommends the book by Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. The book has had updates since Carol first used it but feels Ms Edwards’ method can provide even those born without the natural artistic gene can develop the ability to see and create.
There is an exercise in the book that Carol mentioned called Vases/Faces. You can try it yourself on Betty Edwards’ website right HERE. Thank you Carol for visiting us!
Congratulations to Crazy Quilters members Joan C. and Micki T. for their wins of Silver Bowls at the Barnstable County Fair!
Joan was awarded the Myers Silver Bowl for excellence of design and craftsmanship on her diamond quilt.
Micki received the Francis A. Crones Memorial Silver Bowl, which is awarded to any department and to any person in the Adult Exhibit Building. Ms Crones herself looks at all the entries in each department and category and choses one. Anyone is eligible for this honor and not necessarily a ribbon winner or Best of Show. Micki’s blue and white quilt with the gorgeous truck panel received many comments from attendees.
Congratulations also to other guild member ribbon winners! Well done!!
Lori Crawley (and friends)
The photographs don’t do justice to the beautiful examples of work submitted this year.
We had an informative and fun June meeting. It was member Skills Night and we had some interesting demonstrations.
Gadgets & Other Interesting Things
Nancy D. showed us a variety of quilting gadgets she has picked up along her journey. They included items like a magnetic needle scoop. I don’t know what else to call it but it’s a fascinating little item. You can see Nancy reaching for the scoop in the photo.
It is different from all other magnetic pin holders since it holds pins in the cup portion of the scoop but when you press a little handle on the scoop, the magnet comes away and the pins are released so you can drop them into any cup. Release the handle to engage the magnet to pick up the pins again. I searched Google and Etsy shops but can’t seem to find this device.
Nancy said it was invented by a high school student. I would guess his mother was a quilter.
Another item Nancy offered up was a two-sided cutting mat, which I believe was a Quilters Select product. One side is dark and a there’s a lighter color on the other side so you can switch off depending upon the color of your fabric. She also brought in some other items that weren’t directly related to quilting like rollers that can turn a stationary chair into a rolling chair and risers for your bed legs to make your bed taller.
Electronic Cutting and the Quilting World
Susan N-C brought in her Cricuit electronic cutter that was connected to her laptop. She demonstrated how easily and accurately pieces of fabric can be cut, whether it’s for applique or a pieced block. You don’t even need to put fusible on the back, the tacky mat holds everything in place.
Susan said she likes this method for piecing blocks rather than using strip piecing methods as it makes her piecing and assembling of blocks more accurate. She can set up her design on her computer and layout the pieces allowing her to cut multiple fabrics and shapes all at one time.
Wiggles & Waves
I apologize to Trish C for not getting a photo of her demonstration of Karen Eckmeier’s Wiggles & Waves Free Form Curves technique. I think I was so enthralled with this method of sewing curves without stress that I just totally forgot!
If you’ve always wanted to make a quilt with curves but were too intimidated by the idea, this might be a good way to get you started. The pieces are all top-stitched and free formed so accuracy doesn’t appear to be a really big deal. Here’s a video of Karen demonstrating the rose, which Trish demonstrated for us.
We’re looking forward to a presentation at our July meeting by Carolyn Emerson, watercolor and pastel artist. It also happens that Carolyn is mother of our treasurer, Holly S. and the nut hasn’t fallen far from the tree as Holly has put the artistry she’s inherited into creating her beautiful one-of-a-kind quilts.
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, yarn, 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.