Our October meeting was held last Saturday, the 17th at StitchCraft. Thank you to all members and guests who joined us.
The monthly topic for October was Handwork, specifically English Paper Piecing (EPP) and Big Stitch Hand Quilting.
Nicole started off with a presentation on EPP, and a demonstration to show how she finished her EPP Hexagon Table Runner.
Kate gave a presentation on Big Stitch, followed by an interactive lesson in hand quilting.
We are excited to see our members try these new techniques! They're great projects to have for our Sewcials, or sewing on-the-go.
Our block of the month for October was Eastern Sunrise, in the Tequila Sunrise Color Palette. The winner of the drawing was Penny Stern.
Our next block of the month (for November 21st) is the Checker block from Elven Garden Quilts.
|Sneak Peak of our Upcoming BOMs for November and December.|
Our Quilt Along is in month 5. We'll bring out final blocks (#6) to the November meeting, where we'll also talk about how to put the blocks together. Some of our members have started working ahead, and have been putting their quilt tops together. It has been fun to see these quilts progress, and we can't wait to see the finished quilts!
In September, Patti gave us all a presentation on Modern Traditional piecing and quilting. She gave members 9-patch blocks to take home and "make modern." The results were fantastic, and will be assembled into a charity quilt top.
We also got to see some of the beautiful results from Patti's Modern Traditional workshop at the beginning of the month. These quilts and quilt tops are beautiful, and we hope to see them in our upcoming exhibits!
|Here is LoriAnn's finished quilt top from the Workshop.|
|Marianne (who wasn't able to attend) also finished her quilt top.|
|Marilyn also brought in her (nearly finished) quilt top from the workshop.|
|Patti's finished quilt, made from her blocks from the workshop.|
Allison gave us an inspiring presentation on our QuiltCon Charity Quilt, to hang in QuiltCon in Pasadena. The colors and inspiration photos are beautiful, this is sure to be an amazing quilt! This will be a great opportunity for all of us to come together and put the techniques we've been learning to good use. We hope her presentation inspired you to join us! If you want more details, please read this post. WE CAN DO THIS!
Charlotte did a "progress check" on our Negative Space Challenge. The Challenge isn't due until July 2016, but it doesn't hurt to get a head start. Many of our guild projects (QAL, BOM, Workshop Quilts) could be turned into quilts that use negative space. This is a great way to finish up one of your WIPs and enter the challenge! Please share your progress on facebook and instagram with us. As an incentive to use social media about your Negative Space Challenge entry, each time you post to Facebook or Instagram or Flicker about your progress using hashtag #sfmqgnegchallenge you will get an entry to win something. We all want to hear about what you are doing and share the fun!
Don't Forget! We also have our holiday swap coming up at the November meeting. These tutorials are fun and easy to make. This is also a great opportunity to get ideas for your other holiday gifts!
Show and Tell:
We started our show and tell with some examples of EPP and hand quilting:
|Debby's EPP in Progress|
|Patti's StitchCraft Challenge, with big stitch accents|
|Penny's StitchCraft challenge, made with EPP Hexagons|
|Close-up of Swig's big stitch hand quilting|
|An example of Big Stitch hand quilting from Swig.|
|One of Swig's WIPs with big stitch hexagons.|
|Wanda's Kaffe EPP bolster.|
|Marilyn's Shadow Quilt|
|Monica's Audrey Hepburn mini-quilt|
|Monica's Tolkein inspired quilt.|
|Pam's Trees quilt (made from Carolyn Friedlander pattern)|
|Pam's finished quilt from the Improv Round Robin workshop in September.|
|Patti's improv with curves quilt.|
|Meryll brought in two finished BOM Sampler quilts!|
|Lisa showed a quilt where she used glue basting to finish the binding.|
Other News and Reminders:
We have quite a few quilt events and exhibits coming up. Charlotte gave us a reminder and additional details on some of our upcoming exhibits. More details can be found on the blog. We really hope to see our members submit quilts to our Modern Quilting exhibits next year! This is a fun way to show off your work! Many of your quilts made from the workshops, BOM, and QAL would be a great addition to our exhibits.
Elections! Our first elections are coming up in November (will be done at November meeting). Kate gave an update on the nominations, and the members who are standing for these positions in our elections:
- President: Allison Schnackenberg
- VP of Programs: Charlotte Noll
- VP of Projects: both Patti Auten and Rose Parsons are standing
- Secretary: Debby Schindall
- Treasurer: Abbie Bill
Thank you again for joining us last Saturday! We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting, November 21st!