For our November meeting we chose to have everyone bring in the first quilt they made. It was interesting to see the variety, hear the stories of why and how it was made, and how many jumped in head first with no knowledge of what they were doing. There were lots of memories shared, some sentimental and some funny. A few even brought in their first and second efforts. It was wonderful to hear how many of the quilts were still well loved. (click on photos to enlarge)
Some members are participating in a UFO (Unfinished Objects) Challenge. They were asked to submit a list of 6 projects they’ve had sitting around that they’d like to complete. Each month a drawing is made so that it is unknown which project number will need to be completed by the next meeting. In October, project #6 was to be tackled. Projects ranged from kits that had been purchased but never opened, completed tops that hadn’t been quilted, projects started at retreats, and a few family heirlooms that are still loved and in need of some TLC. Due to the upcoming holidays, the next challenge – project #2, won’t be due until the January 2023 meeting but you can see how much got done below. (click on photos to enlarge)
OCTOBER 2022 OPEN HOUSE
Our October 8th Open House was a great success and a large crowd came to visit one of our largest exhibit of quilts on display.
In addition to the assortment of quilts, our Boutique Table offered a wide variety of handcrafted items and in particular, seasonal items disappeared quickly!
Unfortunately, due to the current limitation of our blog, we are unable to post our video montage of our quilt show but you can view it on our Facebook page – Crazy Quilters of Cape Cod.
OCTOBER 2022 OPEN HOUSE & RAFFLE QUILT
Our Annual Open House will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2022, 10-4:00 PM at the Gus Canty Community Center, 790 Main Street, Falmouth, MA after a two year Covid hiatus. The Open House features a display of quilts made by Guild members and a boutique table of handmade items for sale. Admission is FREE but donations are always welcome.
Above is a picture of our 2022 Raffle Quilt. Tickets are currently available at $1 each or 6 for $5 from members. Tickets will also be on sale at the Sandwich Summer Arts & Crafts Festival, Henry T. Wing School, 33 Water Street and Mashpee Oktoberfest, Mashpee Commons Village Green, across the street from the Library. Email email@example.com to make other arrangements for purchasing tickets.
This month the Guild welcomed Sue Colozzi to our meeting. Sue is an accomplished and award winning landscape quilt artist and teacher. CLICK on photos to enlarge.
MARCH & APRIL QUILT PRESENTATIONS
For our March and April meetings we were lucky enough to have presentations by two amazing quilters, Nancy D. a member of the guild and Noreen Couture of Bayberry Quilters. CLICK on photos to enlarge. Enjoy the show!
FEBRUARY 2022 MEETING PRESENTATION
Members participated in a Comfort Quilt Sew-athon. At least two comfort quilts were put together and made ready for quilting.
Two comfort quilts had also been completed from materials purchased at the Clean the Closet Sale.
JANUARY 2022 MEETING PRESENTATION
At the January 20 meeting, members participated in a Valentine card making activity directed by Ginger Rabesa, a Guild member and Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. Unfortunately, everyone was so busy creating their card that no one remembered to take photos but here’s what the finished card looked like.
Next month we will assembly line cut and sew comfort quilts to be donated at a later date. Members should notify Lori Crawley, President or Holly Santangelo, Vice President if they would like to cut, iron or sew.
Also introduced by Lynn DiRusso at the January meeting was a new block swap. Interested members should contact Lynn no later than February 1, if they would like to participate.
DECEMBER 2021 ANNUAL HOLIDAY DINNER PLUS SALE
At our December 16 meeting we gathered to eat, reflect, and celebrate the end of another quilting year. We recently lost a long-time member to ALS and a lovely slideshow was provided to remember her. Several members have also lost a spouse or family members over the course of 2021. Covid has continued to keep our in-person attendance low but members still turn to Zoom to join us. On the positive side, a majority of our members have made a least one quilt or quilt project, some have made many, they have attended quilt retreats, and several members provided sewing lessons to youngsters. So we look to 2022 with high hopes of accomplishing more sewing projects and having in-person presentations of all types. In fact, at our January meeting, Ginger will once again instruct interested members in a handmade Valentine card makings session. Members should watch for an email after January 1.
In addition to our pot luck dinner, which in this writer’s opinion was quite yummy, we had a “Clean the Closet” sale and many great bargains were had. Left over fabric and supplies were donated so nothing would go to waste. We also donated over 40 Santa Sacks to Children’s Cove and Jacob Stapledon, Community Engagement & Education Coordinator, was on hand to accept them. I’m sure once filled, they will brighten Christmas for many children.
OCTOBER 2021 GUILD MEETING PRESENTATION
In October, Guild member Jennifer Linton gave a very informative and emotional talk related to the Museum of Fine Arts exhibit Fabric of a Nation – American Quilt Stories. To view some of the quilts (you will need to scroll down on the page) and to learn more about this exhibit go to https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/fabric-of-a-nation.
There have been two updates to this exhibit since Jennifer’s presentation. The first was from Olga Khvan, MFA Staff member, who reflected on two of the quilts by Asian Americans. You can read her post HERE.
The second is a 2-part video of the MoFA Boston exhibit produced by Accuquilt. Brandy Maslowski, a.k.a. “Quilter on Fire”, narrates the featured quilts in the exhibit. The curator talks about fabric art in the museum and the narrator’s presentation dovetails nicely with Jennifer’s observations. Note: You do not have to join the chat (which was live when they broadcast). Just click on the video arrow at the bottom to start the videos.
Part 1: starts around 12 1/2 minutes into the video (after the Accuquilt promo stuff) HERE
Part 2: starts around 12-1/2 minutes into the video HERE
SEPTEMBER 2021 GUILD MEETING PRESENTATIONS
At our September Guild meeting, members Susan Berteaux and Holly Santangelo provided presentations on rulers and techniques.
Susan demonstrated the ease of cutting strips and squaring blocks using the Creative Grids Stripology Rulers, which she has acquired through Gundrun Erla of GE Designs. Susan has made many of Gundrun’s quilts using these rulers and they have made the process of cutting and squaring blocks easier, faster, and more accurate.
Holly demonstrated two different methods of creating flying geese blocks. The first was the standard method of sewing squares to the each side of a rectangle and sewing at an angle. However, she felt this wasted too much fabric when cutting off the corners.
The second method creates less fabric waste and creates multiple flying geese at one time. She found both these methods on The Crafty Quilter website. Click on the link to view instructions and a downloadable chart for cutting your pieces to create the correct size flying geese you need.
ROW QUILT REVEAL
In January 2021 guild members signed up to participate in a row quilt exchange. For reference, a row quilt can begin with some simple rules like use a certain color way or a certain width row or it can have no rules at all. Eight participants (unfortunately one participant’s quilt wasn’t available for the reveal) signed up and each created their initial row. Some participants passed along fabric they wanted to be used; while others requested a color scheme or subject matter. As the quilts were passed along to the next participant, that quilter added the next row and on and on until the quilt was at the final participant to add the last row.
At our September meeting the row quilts were revealed. From pieced to applique to paper pieced blocks, the amazing work and creativity that went into each quilt makes this writer definitely want to participate in a future challenge!
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Finished quilts starting at the top left: Trish, Lynn, Sue M., Terry, Holly, Lori, and Betsy.
Lori has graciously quilted and is binding Betsy’s quilt, as she is unable to complete it herself due to health issues. In addition, Lori has made and is finishing up a baby quilt (lower right) for a new grandchild Betsy is expecting soon. Quilting friends are the best!
2021 VIRTUAL SHOW & TELL
Recently, guild member Rosemarie Gentile put together a slideshow of projects our members have been working on or have completed. We present this show for your viewing pleasure. Thank you to all the members who were willing to submit their projects. We hope you enjoy and are inspired by their projects and the stories that go along with them!
Don’t Miss our Open House!
Due to Covid-19 restrictions our 2020 and 2021 Open Houses had to be canceled. We are hoping to be back on schedule in October 2022.
BARN QUILT WORKSHOP