Thursday, March 25, 2010

March 2010

Material Girls met at Kathi's, our fearless leader's home, for quilt group today. Twelve ladies were in attendance: Lenette P., Corrie M., Mary L., Diane S., Nancy C., Jeri M., Robyn C., Jeanie F., Kathi T., Carolanna M., Rachel L., and Lori S.

To begin, we turned in our last friendship blocks. These were a log cabin block for Nancy C. They all sewed up very very cute. Kathi introduced a new monthly block activity called The Pizza Exchange which we will carry out for the next 12 to 18 months. Next month we are to bring a block of our choosing done in colors that we would like everyone else to follow for the block they make to go with our original block. The size block you make to begin with can be from 12 inches to 8 inches (finished). Bring it in a pizza box with your name on it. Subsequent blocks made by each Material Girl will be that same size. The boxes will be passed around the group at each meeting. You will only make one block for another person per month. Clear as mud? :)

For "sew and tell" we started out viewing Quiet Books made by Lenette and Diane. They turned out great. Diane also showed a small wall quilt that was started 25 years ago. Finally finished in 2010! Corrie showed 2 Vintage Baby Squares quilts. One done up in the Wheels collection by Riley Blake and the other from the Rawhide line by Moda. Both quilts are absolutely awesome. Mary showed a baby size butterfly quilt top and a flannel quilt that she crocheted around using the "cowboy" stitch. Very nice. Jeri showed two table toppers and a tablecloth top with scalloped print on the fabric. Very unique. Robyn, again has been busy sewing with Kaffe Fasset fabrics and Batiks, mmmm, one top all quilted and washed the other ready to be sandwiched. Jeanie showed 3 flannely soft baby quilts and receiving blankets done with the mitered corner. Carolanna made a darling pink and brown quilt with daisies, a pillow to go with the Breat Cancer Auction quilt and a stunning pink, red, orange and black quilt top. Kathi has been working with intensity on a large appliqued winter tree wall quilt! Whew! She also completed a beautiful bag (The Bella Bag by Heather Mulder Peterson) made from fabric she picked up overseas. The handles are attached with BIG grommets. At this point we had a 'texture magic' discussion. Rachel showed a table topper with fabric scallops on the edges, a black wool topper and a "pineapple" quilt top. Lori came loaded with wonderful quilty goodness to inspire. She showed a big bag made of home decorator weight fabric, a smart orange 'purse', a big pink pillow made from a free tutorial on the Amy Butler website, a zigzag quilt (crazymomquilts tutorial), a green and white quilt (from FilmintheFridge site), a quilt from the Livin' Large book and another quilt made of an Abby Lane pattern. Everything was a feast for the eyes.

Kathi then demonstrated a Four Sided Placemat! If you use placemats, it is a must do! How do people come up with all the clever ideas???

Thank you so much, Kathi!

See you all in April. We are tentatively meeting at Jeanie's home in Emmett.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

February 2010 Meeting

For our meeting on February 24, 2010, we sewed quilt blocks for the Cancer Research Donation quilt. We met at Lori S. home in south Boise, with our sewing machines ready to piece. The block used is a Buggy Barn pattern. The quilt is made of pink, white and black as seen in previous post. Thank you to Rachel L., Carolanna M. and Lori S. for organizing this quilt and work meeting. Lori and Rachel provided a great lunch of salads, bread and pound cake for dessert. There were 11 ladies in attendance: Nancy F., Diane S., Lenette P., Carolanna M., Susan T., Rachel L., Lori S., Diane B., Jerri M., Kathi T. and Monica C.
This is the last month for Friendship blocks. We returned the Bullseye blocks to Lenette, and received Nancy C., block.
We missed seeing several members, including Maurene, who's daughter passed away. Our best regards and wishes go out to the family.

Thank you.