November Rushing By

This time of year it always feels like the clock has sped up. You blink and half the month is over, Thanksgiving is around the corner and all of the December preparations and holidays will be crashing into us.

Well, the Crazy Quilters decided to do some looking back during our November meeting. Members brought in the first quilt they made and we heard some great stories about why they decided to try making a quilt.

Members also participating in a UFO (Unfinished Objects) Challenge dug into their closets and bags of stuff to pull out projects that had never been completed, and in some cases never even started. They are challenging themselves over the next months to bring the past into the present.

Go to our Events page to view photos of the quilts and projects that were brought in.

We were also pleased this month to once again donate Santa sacks to Children’s Cove, the Cape & Islands Advocacy Center. Children’s Cove does an extremely important job coordinating services for some of our most vulnerable children; those who have been subjected to sexual abuse. Jacob Stapledon, Community Engagement & Education Coordinator informed us that they served 230 families last year. It made us realize we needed to make a lot more sacks!

UPDATE 11.21.22 In an article in today’s Cape Cod Times, Mr. Stapledon stated the number of children’s abuse cases referred have increased by 55% since last and therefore they are planning an expansion.

At this time of year particularly, we should reflect and appreciate how lucky we are and think about those that don’t have the ability to help themselves. Children are our greatest investment and the time spent now helping them grow up to be productive adults is really everyone’s responsibility. It does take a village.

Now’s the time to JOIN or RENEW Memberships

It’s that time again when the guild begins to look forward to another fun year of activities and friendships. If you haven’t received your renewal form at a meeting, you can download a new form HERE. We ask that all members, current or new, complete a 2023 form so we can be sure to have all your current information.

We have attempted to contact several people who expressed interest in joining as a result of attending our Open House and/or a recent meeting. Unfortunately, the emails came back undeliverable or some other error. If you might be one of those people and have not received a membership form in the mail, you can download one from the link above. We’d love to welcome you to our group!

If you’re new to the area and are just looking to meet with people of like interests, we’d love to see you! We are an easy going friendly group. We’re doing our best to make sure everyone can participate and at this time we are able to offer meetings in-person and via Zoom. We’re doing our best to make sure everyone can participate and at this time we are able to offer meetings simultaneously in-person and via Zoom.

Hope to see you soon!


He’s A Winner Baby!!

If you follow our blog at all, you may have seen a post on August 19 regarding Joey Santangelo, son of Holly, a Crazy Quilters member. Joey qualified to enter his amazing Asian inspired jacket, titled Goldfish, into the Pacific International Quilt Festival, which ran from October 13-16 in Santa Clara, CA. This is a juried and judged competition. Juried means your art piece will first be reviewed and evaluated for it to be included in the event. Judged means approved works for exhibit will be evaluated to determine which pieces will win and at what level, ie. first, second, etc. So basically, you have to first qualify before your artwork is even accepted. This creates a highly competitive standard and showing of works of the highest quality.

We have just learned that Joey has won 1st Place in the Wearable Art Competition in the Vest, Jacket or Coat category. This does not surprise us and as we said in our first post, we are all so proud of him as if he were our own son or grandson! The link to the winners gives little information other than the category and name of the quilt. I have searched for the artist’s statement describing his jacket but to no avail.

I would try to see if Joey could provide us with more details but he is busy again in London working as a costume designer. I’m sure he referred to many of the skills he’s learned designing costumes for the theatrical shows he’s been involved in and yes, from his experience working as part of the costume team on the production of Bridgeton – seasons 1 and 3 for the character Daphne. Use this LINK to look back on some of Daphne’s season 1 costumes. Joey had a hand in making 7 of Daphne’s 100 costumes worn. Here’s another LINK with a follow-up article from his former college with a little more of Joey’s history regarding how he got involved working for the Bridgeton team.

UPDATE – JACKET CONSTRUCTIONS FROM JOEY SANTANGELO: It’s a quilted doublet made from a self-drafted pattern. Although it’s not period accurate, I think it definitely evokes the correct period.

The fabric was made by me by cutting strips of red fabric and then arranging them in an ombre pattern from the bottom to the top. The red scraps were arranged and held in place by a few little dots of tacky glue. It’s on a base layer of muslin. I placed red tulle over the piece. Together with a layer of batting and cotton as the base I quilted through the layers with gold thread. Where the gold thread quilting lines crossed, I stitched a gold seed bead.

The fish were created using the collage style quilting where you cut scraps of fabric and then arrange them into the shapes you want. It was a lot like painting. After the fish were made, they also got a layer of tulle over them and different lines of machine quilting were added to create the intricate features of the fish.

Finished with gold buttons embellished with Swarovski crystals and gold aglets at the end of the shoulder ties.

Again, we wish Mr. Santangelo (Joey to his quilting “moms”) all the best in his future endeavors and will look forward to many more beautiful works of art whether they are on stage, the screen, or in another competition.

See You Next Year

Our 2022 Open House/Quilt Show is in the bag and it was a huge success! Lots of happy visitors and great feedback.

The winner of the 2022 Raffle Quilt was a very shocked Ginger Rabesa.

Unfortunately, I’m unable to post the walkthrough video of the show but if you go over to our Facebook page, Crazy Quilters of Cape Cod, you’ll find it there.

Hope to see you next year!!

It’s Show Time!

We’ve been hard at work cutting, sewing, creating, and hanging quilts and we’re ready for you to come and visit us today, October 8, at our Open House/Quilt Show at the Gus Canty Community Center, 790 Main Street, Falmouth from 10:00-4:00.

This is the largest number of quilts we’ve ever had on display and quite a few are for sale so come take a look. We also have our Raffle Quilt and will be selling tickets for the last time today as the drawing will take place at the close of the show, so don’t miss your chance to win this beautiful quilt.

RAFFLE QUILT – $1 for 1 Ticket / $5 for 6 Tickets

Thank you to everyone who worked really hard to hang the quilts and price and set up the Boutique Table. Your hard work is really appreciated and we’re going to have a great show!!

Mystery Quilt Completed

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 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 Full of Inspiration!

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 appliqu├ęd, 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.

A beautiful array of her works. A feast for the eyes!

You can keep up with Gladi by following her blog 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!

Summer Wind Down

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”.

Barnstable County Fair 2022 Winners

UPDATE 7.27.22

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!!

Cori Barrett

Lori Crawley (and friends)

Nancy Devere

Lorraine Haynes

Lynn Kinch

Ginger Rabesa

Micki Tor

Cathy Williamson

The photographs don’t do justice to the beautiful examples of work submitted this year.

Skills Night

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.