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Our annual fall seminar where we host national and local teachers, learning new things and having a great time with other quilters.

Getting to know you…

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I hope that most of you know our guild has decided to offer our fall seminars in alternate years, instead of annually as had been the tradition for 40+ years. Costs of sponsoring a national teacher continue to climb, and it seems interest from our members continues to decline. To give us some breathing space to raise some funds to offset cost increases and to work with our membership to reformat seminar to better fit current wants and schedules, we’ve decided to hold seminar in the same years as our quilt show. We’ll use the show as a publicity opportunity to both our own members and non-member visitors to the show.

That all said, I want to start making you aware of all that our next national teacher, Nancy Mahoney, is doing in the quilting world. Nancy has two quilts in the March/April 2015 issue of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine. Ruby Sunrise on page 66 is a challenging quilt for those who love a complex piecing project. Electric Blue (pg 74) is more intermediate. Still lots of wonderful piecing in a classic blue and white color palette. Nancy is not just known for her piecing–applique is often featured as well in her designs. She doesn’t just design for the more advanced quilter either. Many of her books feature designs easily achievable by the newbie quilter.

Here are a few links to visit to starting getting to know Nancy.

Nancy’s own website

Nancy’s books at amazon

 

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seminar 2016

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

It’s now official. Nancy Mahoney will be our national teacher for the 2016 quilt seminar. She is in all the quilt publications, so I’m sure that even if you’re not familiar with her name you have certainly seen some of her work. Here’s  a link to her blog. Go explore and get to know a bit about her.

Please be thinking about what you’d like to see in the open years in between our seminars, instead of a seminar. I’ll be asking for ideas in the months ahead.

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Wicked Quilts

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

How do you find inspiration for your next quilt project? Here’s a link to quilts made for a challenge from Cherrywood hand dyed fabrics was to use 3 “wicked” greens from their 2014 line and make a quilt inspired by “Wicked”. It’s the 11th anniversary of the show “Wicked” in NYC, so many chose their inspiration from there, but other worked from the meaning of the word itself. Good theme for Halloween season, isn’t it?

click here (if you dare!)

How are your seminar projects coming? I hope you enjoyed yourself and learned a least one new thing. Those are the goals of seminar. We’re working on getting our national teacher lined up for 2016, and hope to announce the name at the next guild meeting. Bring those completed (tongue in cheek) projects for show and tell in October.

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furoshiki wrapping and a nice surprise

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Got any spare fabric around? (LOL!) It could be used for gift wrapping instead of paper. In this video the demonstrator also suggests silk scarves. I don’t know about you, but I have many of those just sitting in a drawer from my working days. I often wore a basic T or light weight sweater and put a scarf on to jazz it up, or to make it match a particular skirt or slacks. Although scarves are coming back, they aren’t the same style as the ones in my drawer (of course not, that would be too easy). I think this fabric wrapping would be particularly nice on gifts for your fabric loving friends. Much better than paper that ends up discarded. See what you think. It looks quite easy to me. Click here.

Here’s another gift wrap idea for using up smaller pieces from your stash. This one would work well for small gifts, cash, and gift cards. Click here.

Okay, so what’s the surprise? Our first mention in Bonnie Hunter’s blog. Take a look at the photos from her last classes in Ketchikan. Keep going all the way to the end of the post and there’s our first mention! Our 5 seconds of fame for today! Click here.

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Bonnie in Ketchickan

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Spent some time at the BNHV yesterday getting folders stuffed for our seminar attendees. I spoke on the phone with Bonnie Hunter while I was there. We thought we had a book order missing, but it was found after we heard from Bonnie who had signed for it. It had gotten tucked away into an unused office for safe keeping.

Bonnie’s in Alaska right now, doing her schtick for the guild in Ketchikan. As she always does, pictures are posted on her daily blog. (Make sure you do your hair and put on lipstick if you’re coming to our seminar. You may get a moment of fame on her blog if you’re in a class of hers) Yesterday Bonnie explored the town and spent time in a brand new library. Check out the cool art work in the library and be sure to go all the way to the end to see the tree in the children’s section. I wonder if we could do something like that as a community service to some institution. Looks like it would be very fun for the makers and the kids as well. Click here.

Bonnie will be flying directly from Ketchikan to us on a red-eye next Tuesday. She’s arriving here early in the day so she can sleep and try to get her internal clock back to our time zone before her class and lecture on Wednesday. Natalie has lent us one of her Featherweights so Bonnie can sew in her hotel room while she’s here. Apparently she has a deadline for a new book project coming up!

Heading out shopping so TTFN!

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quilting in the fall

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Busily getting the last of seminar preparations completed. Fielding lots of e-mails from those quilters coming from a distance. Where to stay? Where to eat? Are there quilt shops near by? Where else can we shop? Those are the FAQ’s for this week I think!

As I’ve gone through my own e-mail each day, I’ve just copied and pasted a few links that I think might be of interest to you. No time to do much more than that these days. I hope I’ll see you at seminar!

funky stuffed pumpkins click here

found this via a Facebook friend, I have heard several of these comments after demos I have given. Yikes. And BTW what are quilting chakras? Every comment on every quilt blog ever: click here.

beautiful star quilt, perfect for featuring a collection of fat quarters or for using up scraps: click here.

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Guild meeting Show and Tell

Hi everyone,

I took me a while but finally getting around to post photos of our July’s meeting Show and tell! I don’t know about you, but I really LOVE meetings like we had in July – with fun demos! As much as I loved doing a demo, I would have loved to see the others too, but I hope you all had fun?
If anyone needs any help with that Quick Curve Ruler or the pattern I showed – just let me know! Thinking of it now…I might do a quick “pictures tutorial” here, so you all have a “refresher” ??
What do you think – yes or no?

Anyone already made a few Christmas projects after that? 🙂 He… he… I always, always say that I will start early but so far that didn’t happen much… Maybe this year? Well I will finish those Poinsettia pillows, so that can count for something…
Besides my quilting is these days readily “interrupted” (well not really, but no better word…) by sewing for my little Juliana – skirts, dresses, some useful things like car-seat cover…all that. And I just LOVE IT!! 🙂

OK, lets not prolong any more – here is our Show and Tell!!!

Quick NOTE: at the meeting I started taking photos with my camera and then it quickly ran out of battery so I continued with my phone. These are photos from my phone – sadly camera is forgotten at friend’s house and as soon as I have it, I will add those few first photos – my apologies!! 🙂

Here is the promised addition of few more photos that were on my camera:

Mary Ellen showed one of the Seminar class samples – Roseellen will teach you how to do Trapunto by machine and you will be on your way to make this beauty!!

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How lovely is this miniature??

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Or this charming kids quilt?

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Theresa made these lovelies for our tireless Quilty Adventure Bus trip organizers – Sue and Bette:
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Robi said this was a finish after several years…

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but of course not scrappy enough for her…so she had to do something!! Backing is therefore…

SCRAPPY!! :

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Our prolific sisters Sue and Bette were busy, busy, busy… Here are some lovely quilts they showed:

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Here are more beautiful baby quilts:

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Rosellen quilted every sheep differently!!

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And yours truly showed two table runners that I also have complete tutorials for on my blog:

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As promised, I will add those few missing photos from the very beginning of Show and Tell as soon as I get my camera back!

To finish today’s post – WHO IS EXCITED ABOUT SEPTEMBER SEMINAR?!  me, me!!!

How about you? What classes are you signed for?

If you are not – go quickly to OUR WEBSITE and pick some good ones!!

Wishing you happy days of summer,

Marija

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