Even with our meeting date change, we had a great turnout with 40 people in attendance! Three of the 40 were first-time visitors - We're very glad you came to check us out, and hope you return! We also have a new member - Tambry. Welcome! She brings our membership to 53 people!
Our program - "Inspiration for Modern Quilt Designs" - presented by member Beth, was information-packed and inspirational! She presented a series of slides with pictures of quilts, and some of the real-life items that inspired the quilt designs.
She reviewed many modern quilting elements such as scale, minimalism, traditional made modern, improv, gridwork, off-the-grid, and a newer design concept... maximalism.
Based on Beth's presentation, our chapter members have been challenged to choose an inspiration and come up with a new design, then make that design a quilt by our July 9 meeting. If you missed the details of this challenge, go here to read about the Inspiration Challenge.
This is Brenda @easy_beezee and her wallhanging, "Night and Day" by Gosia Pawlowska @quiltsmyway Brenda added a gold charm to the intersections of each design.
Joey @cozycuddlequilts showed her "Wander" quilt, a pattern by Sew Many Creations. Joey practiced domestic machine quilting on this one, improving and trying new designs as she went.
This is "Love Links," a pattern by Deb Tucker's Modern 180.
Dee @quilterdee finished "Squiggles" a quilt-along with Christa Watson @christaquilts that Dee made with Farmer's Daughter fabrics.
Dee also finished four mini quilts from Sew Sampler boxes receive from the Fat Quarter Shop. Designs are by Center Street Quilts and Thimbleblossoms. Dee domestic machine quilts all her quilts.
Linda @flourishingpalms showed "Slopes" a pattern from Amanda Jean Nyberg's book "No Scrap Left Behind." She domestic machine quilted it.
Beth (who also presented our inspirational program) showed this filmstrip quilt, made with blocks begun in 2013 with other members of our chapter. These monthly blocks were made available from the Bay Area Modern quilters. Thus, it was called "BAM-BOM." (See more pictures here. And here.) Beth walking foot quilted this herself, incorporating film reels into the quilting design.
This is how we say thank you to the church for allowing us to hold our meetings in their fellowship area. Thank you Beth and Karen for making these!
Don't miss our Saturday Sew-In this coming Saturday, March 10! We'll be at the Belleview Public Library starting at 10 am. Bring whatever you'd like to work on, and lunch (unless you want to go to Subway). It will be a great opportunity to get feedback on your new challenge idea too.
Mark your calendar for April 16, the date change for our monthly meeting at 6:30 pm at North Lake Presbyterian Church.
Our April 16 program is "Gridwork Quilting With Pizzazz!" by member Cindy.
She'll demonstrate how to use your home sewing machine and a walking foot to quilt a grid pattern, and then use a free motion quilting foot to fill the grid. Bring a pencil so you can practice draw/quilt on your own worksheet.