Thursday, November 14, 2019

November Show and Tell and VOTE

Since we had guest presenters at both our September and October meetings, we had
28 show and tell quilts and projects* at our November meeting!

*Please note that our Show and Tell form is now always available for downloading and printing. Click on the "Chapter Documents" tab above. It's the first item!

Ardie @fatquarteraddict started making this quilt during the October 14 "Murmuration Quilt" workshop with Rebecca Bryan. Ardie calls this 39" X 56" quilt "Sailor's Delight." She quilted it on her longarm.

Dee @quilterdee shared six finishes. "Tessellation" is a pattern by Alison Glass and Nydia Kehnle. This 48" X 60" quilt is foundation paper pieced and Dee quilted it on her Bernina 780.

This 10” X 24" "Rainbow Guitar" pattern by K.E. Collins, is Dee's remembrance of attending 2019 QuiltCon in Nashville. The design is foundation paper pieced and quilted on her Bernina 780.

"Color Wave," a pattern by Kristen Esser, appeared in the summer 2017 issue of Quilts and More magazine. This 56-1/2" X 68-1/2" half-square triangle quilt was cut using a Bloc Loc ruler. Dee quilted it herself on her Bernina 780. 

Dee used the No Waste Flying Geese technique to cut and piece this 65" X 65" "Twisted Geese" pattern by Zen Chic. Fabrics are also by Zen Chic, and backing fabric is by Victoria Findley Wolfe. Dee quilted it on her Bernina 780.

This 68" X 72" Zig Zag quilt is Dee's variation of Thimbleblossom's "Zipper" pattern. She pieced it with a Moda jelly roll  - "Beach Road" - that she won on Instagram, and quilted it on her Bernina 780.

Dee's very happy to have a friend - Karen E. - who for Dee's birthday, made this Sew Together bag for Dee, using Dee's own Sew Together bag kit! Dee purchased the kit at QuiltCon. Pattern by Sew Demented.

Nancy @nancymenn shared three Show and Tell items. First up is her 8-1/2" X 3" X 5" "Clearly Carryall Pouch." It's full of Aurifil thread spools!

"Holiday Forest" is Nancy's 54" X 72" improv-cut tree quilt. She pieced and quilted it on her Bernina 770.

"Jingle Jangle" is 52" X 64" and was made from the pattern by Seamed To Be. She pieced and quilted it on her Bernina 770.

Rebecca quilted four colorways of the 44" X 44" Dream Big panel made by Hoffman Fabrics. All four quilts were free motion quilted by Rebecca on her domestic machine, a Viking Epic. 
Colorway "Horizon"
Colorway "Ivory"
Colorway "Slate"
Colorway "Peacock"
See all colorways of Dream Big panels here.

Ruth @sewocd shared two finishes. Her first is "Color Burst," a 42-1/2" X 42-1/2" quilt from the book Paper Pieced Modern by Amy Garro. (This book is in our chapter library!) Ruth walking foot quilted it on her Bernina 880.

Ruth's second quilt is "African Jewels," a pattern by Janine Burke that Ruth made using fabrics by Marcia Derse. She inserted pieces of silk into the piecing, and quilted it on her Bernina 880.

Ruth pieced the backing with metallic dot ombré fabrics.

Debbie @dbook1 has been on a snack-bag zipper-pouch-making binge. She learned to make these from Cindy @cbubblesnsews who taught our members during a Saturday Sew-In.

Shloe used batik fabrics and a Bloc Loc Triangle-In-A-Square ruler to make this table runner. She quilted it on a domestic machine.

Diane @dbcfla made "Rise," a foundation paper pieced quilt pattern by Katy Devlin from issue 18 of  Make Modern magazine. Diane used the 2018 Kona Color of the Year, Tiger Lily, and quilted this approximately 50" X 60" quilt on her Bernina 570.

Rosemary @daisys_driver made this 2019 - 100 Days 100 Blocks - quilt using the "Kinship Fusion Sampler" pattern for an Instagram quilt along. It's approximately 80" X 60" and Rosemary quilted it herself on her Viking domestic machine.

Beth @blue_dragonfly5 designed "Celebrate Life" after reaching her 75th birthday, and appreciating her life's journey. Beth used a photo as inspiration for the background, and machine appliquéd the turn-under edges of each letter. She walking foot and free-motion quilted it on her domestic machine.

Karen @sunrayatplay showed the bag made by Lynette from fat quarters provided by Karen. This was a "brown bag" exchange among quilters in a different quilt group.

Karen's 44" X 56" "Berlin United" quilt was inspired after a visit to formerly-divided Berlin, Germany. The top is pieced with 6" square foundation paper pieced blocks, made during Leila's Year of Scrappy Triangles.

Linda @flourishingpalms made this scrappy, fabric foundation pieced "Sunbeam Tote" when she tested a new pattern by Christina Cameli @afewscraps, our September guest presenter. The tote is made with a "vegan leather" (also known as vinyl) base and handles.

Note: Christina's new fabric line is "Moongate" and "Horizon Ombres" by Maywood Studios. See the fabrics here.

Linda intended to enter the 2020 QuiltCon Indah Batiks Challenge, but didn't follow the rules (only solid batiks could be added to the five print batiks). She finished it anyway. Her 32" X 39-1/2" batik quilt is called "Break the Rules: Jewels," and was cut using the jewel shape of a Hex 'n More ruler. Linda quilted with rulers and free motion quilting on her Bernina 770, and finished it with a facing.

"Cascade" is a 87" X 94" quilt from Victoria Findley Wolfe's book Modern Quilt Magic. Linda free motion quilted it on her Bernina 770.

Cindy @cbubblensews made a rug from a jelly roll. She learned how from Debbie @dbook1.

Dawne @niqui6596 won second place in the 2018 Hoffman Challenge with her bag, "Gems Are A Girl's Best Friend!" Dawne received a cash award and prizes. Congratulations!

This was a great show and tell, wasn't it? Whew!

Please be sure to download our online Show and Tell form, so you'll be ready to share your quilts with us in January! Click on the "Chapter Documents" tab above - it's the first item - or go here


No regular meeting in December!

Instead, on Monday December 9, at 6:30 pm, we will meet at the home of member Ardie for our annual holiday party.

Please bring:

1) a small snack to share with six to eight people
2) and, if you wish a wrapped $12 to $15 sewing/quilting-related item for our Chinese gift swap.

If possible, due to limited parking space, please carpool to Ardie's home.

On Friday, November 15 you will receive an email with a link to vote for our 2020 Executive Committee members. Those positions are president; vice president; secretary; 1st treasurer; 2nd treasurer; program coordinator; and media coordinator. (Click on "Chapter Documents" tab above for information about these positions.)

Please note!
At our November 14 Executive Committee meeting, it was determined that our chapter bylaws need two amendments to make our Chapter's annual executive committee elections align with Floridas requirement that we register (and provide the names of executives) with SunBiz by April.

These are the proposed bylaw changes:

Section 4. Elections
Elections for Executive Committee positions shall occur in November March.

Section 6. Terms
The Executive Committee members shall assume office in January April and shall serve for one year, or until successors are elected and installed.

You'll vote for 2020 Executive Committee members, and two changes to our bylaws. 

Voting will take less than two minutes! Please vote at your earliest opportunity.

Voting closes November 19.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

2019 Second Challenge Quilts

NEW MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE: All references to members include their Instagram handles. Be sure to follow them!

Our Monday, November 11 meeting was well-attended with 34 quilters coming to hear Carol's @supersunshinemine program "Pressing Matters."

She shared lots of good information about different sizes and brands of irons, types of pressing cloths, pressing mats, spray starch, and various types of spray bottles.

If you'd like to make your own spray starch, Carol has provided the recipe found here on the website, or below. Thank you very much, Carol, for such helpful information!
Spray Starch Recipe:
  • 3 oz. Vodka
  • 24 oz. DISTILLED water
1) Mix water and vodka
2) Blend well
3) Use a funnel to pour into spray bottle. Use!


By member request, each year we're offering two chapter challenges. Beth @blue_dragonfly5 is ably leading our challenges. (Look for our next challenge announced in January 2020.)

This meeting was the big reveal of quilts our members put together for the:
Rules were to:
1) select a traditional, named block that begins with one of your initials; 
2) and, make a quilt at least 20" X 20".

Here are the selected traditional blocks, and each person's modern interpretation of a it.

Cindy @cbubblesnsews chose the Churn Dash block for her first name. 

Here's her 24" X 24" interpretation called Churned Mod. She quilted it herself on her domestic machine.
Linda @FlourishingPalms chose the Log Cabin block for her first name.

This is her 43" X 48" interpretation using only solids. She walking foot quilted on her Bernina 770QE using a diamond pattern, and half-circles on the four corners. Batting is Quilter's Dream Puff, and the quilt is finished with facing.

Rosemary @daisys_driver chose the Rocky Mountain Puzzle Block for her first name.

This is her 50" X 50" interpretation. She quilted it herself on her Viking sewing machine. 

Marie @pottersewer used the initial of her last name "D" to draft a paper-pieced interpretation of a Dresden Plate.

She calls this 25" X 25" quilt Dresden Rainbow. She quilted it herself on her Brother Luminaire. 

Mel @snomelt shared the quilt made by her mother, Janice (AKA "Mamacita"). Janice used her middle name initial "M" and chose the Mariner's Compass quilt block. 

Janice's engineer/husband helped work out the math and piecing for this 32" X 32" quilt. Janice quilted it on her Bernina 550.

Karen @sunrayatplay chose to use her last name initial "E" to make an End of Day quilt block.

Karen's interpretation is 29" X 35" and she calls it No End to the Day. She quilted it on her Janome 9400. 

Betty @zcabed used her first name initial and chose the Bouncing Betty quilt block.

Her interpretation is 22" X 22" and she quilted it herself.

Our other Bette @quiltlady1 also selected the Bouncing Betty block! (They didn't know each other had selected the same block.) 

This is Bette's 18" X 23-1/2" interpretation called BB Made Modern. She quilted it herself on her domestic machine.

Margaret chose the Harrison Rose quilt block for her last name initial "H."

Margaret's 24" X 22-1/2" quilt is called Mimi's Garden. She made and quilted it on her Bernina 880 and APQS Millennium longarm.  

Beth @blue_dragonfly5 is our challenge coordinator, and she chose her last name initial "S" to make her interpretation of a Snail's Trail quilt block. 

Beth's 26" X 31" quilt is called Roses Among the Thorns. She domestic machine quilted it with a walking foot and free motion quilting designs. 

What great, original designs from our makers! So much skill and talent!

Next blog post... our November meeting Show and Tell.