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legos for quilters

Hello all, Mary Ellen’s back.

I’ve been busy working on our seminar brochure so we can get it to our members at April’s guild meeting. It’s off to the printer’s now, so I have a bit of time until my next deadline! We (actually Kit and Marija) have lined up wonderful teachers for this year, please join us for 4 days of quilting camaraderie. (Sept 18-21, 2013…go here for more details as they become available)

Quilters are often very creative in incorporating tools and gadgets, which are seemingly unrelated to sewing, into our craft. An easy example could be my method of organizing piecing for blocks and quilts with paper plates. Many of you use blue painters’ tape for a variety of quilty tasks. Here is a tutorial from a mom, who is apparently surrounded by her children’s Legos, on how to make a mini sewing machine from them. If I had a batch around, I would for sure be trying this. I think it is the cutest thing. I’ll bet if they were for sale at the quilt show boutique, they’d sell like…hotcakes! Hint! Hint! Any of you moms with children now past the age of Lego building, here’s a way to get them out of the house for cash. Please!! I want to buy one! If you’d support the idea of Lego producing kits to make the little machines, go here to cast your vote! click here

Here’s a great hint of one of our upcoming seminar classes, shared with permission by one of our new seminar teachers, Robi Witulski. Robi, one of the kids in the guild (just “kidding”, but she is one of our younger members!), has had some great quilts in our recent quilt shows and is going to share her love of scraps and small piecing with us in her seminar class this fall. We thank her for wading into the teaching pool! You may remember a while ago here at the blog, I offered bags of scraps to whomever wanted some. I delivered some to Robi at the last guild meeting and within a day or two she sent me these photos of what some of my scraps had become. I’m so glad to see that my lowly scraps are living much more productive lives now! (The reds were mine, the neutrals were Robi’s) I believe these will be eventually part of her class project sample.                                               20130324_201733_resized 20130324_201746 20130324_201801

Well TTFN. Today’s chore is to get organized for tax preparation. Once that is done, I can get back to the sewing room!


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far and wide

Hello all, Mary Ellen again.

This is really cool beans, I think.

A few days ago I got an e-mail asking me (by name) to vote on a cover design for a children’s book. Sounds innocent enough. The book involves a quilt lost along the Oregon Trail. So far so good. The e-mail asked me to pass it along to my guild members as well. Whoa! Not so fast. But, something about it sounded legit to me, so I wrote back asking how the author had gotten my name and e-mail address. I received a very nice response which I am sharing below. It seems we AMQG members really get around. Someone attending the Sisters, Oregon show (I’m so jealous–I’ve wanted to go to that show for years, since the days of Jean Wells making multiple, frequent appearances on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson) mentioned our guild and museum gift shop to the author and his partner. They remembered us and the rest, as they say,…

Hi Mary Ellen,
I live in Sisters, home of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Dennis and I are a couple – I help him with his booth at the show selling his artwork. Dennis did the poster for 14 years, so he is quite well known in this neck of the woods. He was promoting his book last year, showing some of the artwork, etc. Collecting emails… We get visitors from all over – there were a group of ladies that came through from NY and one of them mentioned Amherst Museum Quilter’s Guild – suggesting the members would like to know about this book or it might be sold at the museum, I wrote a note down back in July – but it had no contact info – not a very good note. So I googled, I think it was Quilting Gallery? where I found the email contact. It wasn’t on your main website of the blog… So, no – we don’t know each other… maybe someday we can visit your historic town and the museum, it looks wonderful. I appreciate your response!
Dennis is self-publishing his book. If you take a look at the website, Back Story!back-story/co61 it explains how Dennis came to write a quilt story. I built the website – the two of us are trying to get his book promoted and out there – once people see it, I think they will really enjoy it. He has worked on this for years in-between paying jobs. All the characters in the book are local friends that modeled for him. I would be so happy for him if it succeeds! I’m trying to get the word out there about it. I’m new to all this social media. Here is a link to his quilt show posters: dennis mcgregor posters.
Thank you for your time,

(I am an artist as well, )

We never know how our influence will spread. Whoever those ladies are, they made at least 2 friends for our guild. Go have a look. Read the back story of Dennis’ book, and cast your vote for the cover design. And by the way, if you are one of those ladies–thanks! Let us know about your experience at the show, and in meeting Dennis and Kimry.


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You know a rock star!

Hello again, Mary Ellen back.

Just checked the results of the Morton Masterpiece contest. Our member, Lauren DeVantier, won the viewer’s choice prize! CONGRATULATIONS! If you have seen her work, you know that this quilt is probably truly spectacular in person. I hope she’ll be able to share it with us soon-at least to have it hang in our next quilt show.


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Kudos to a member

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

If you have been to any of our quilt shows, I’m certain you have admired the beautiful quilts made by one of our guild members, Lauren DeVantier. Her piecing and applique are wonderfully done, and always complemented so nicely by her friend Norma Chapin’s quilting.

Lauren is one of the 10 finalists in the Morton Masterpiece contest. Photos of the quilts made by each finalist are posted here and you can vote for your favorite. Voting for the winner is open now and will close on December 15.

The quilts had to be made totally with Jo Morton fabrics, and could be a maximum of 60″ square. Lauren’s is just under 57″ square. Use the magnifier option at the site and have a close look at the detail in her blocks. I was told that she started this quilt in April.

All of the quilts are amazing to me, but we have a favorite, don’t we?

GO VOTE! Here’s the link again.

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