Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December Meeting Highlights

December marked the last month of our fun Polka Dot exchange.  For those who participated we will have your packets ready for pick up at our January meeting. And for those who missed class this month, next month you are welcome to bring a friend to hear Amy Smart talk about her quilting journey. Because of our numbers, we will be holding class in January at 930am or 11:15am, so please attend at either time.  Starting in Session #4 in February, we will be offering both times, so when you sign up again, make sure you choose the time that will work best for you. More on our exciting Session #4 next month!

We had so much great show-n-tell.....I am always inspired by all you are working on.  It is exciting to see the beautiful quilts and projects you create.  I always leave our meeting eager to go home and sew!  Check out the flickr group for all the great pictures.

We also showed the blocks QuiltCon sent us to put together in a charity quilt for a children's shelter in Austin, Texas. Very inspiring!

This meeting we talked about looking at your fabric with fresh eyes; Fussy Cutting fabric around particular motifs or patterns, etc.  Many of you brought great examples of you experiments with these concepts.

Anna showed us how to make a view window used for placement over particular motifs you want to accent in your paper piecing projects.  She also shared a great way to cut out motifs from scrap fabric and use it to embellish cards

JoyLyn showed us how to cut Dresden plate blades using border prints & stripes to create interesting patterns and accent color and pattern.

She also showed a simple way to use the new ombre fabrics coming out.

 And she shared fabrics with striped or "column" prints and fussy cutting them to create borders & sashing interest within a quilt, and also shared a quilt with the block centers cut from a particular motif within the fabric

Kristin shared her Polaroids quilt, a modern example of using fabric motifs to create photo blocks. She also shared a Kaffe Fassett quilt which was a medallion bouquet formed by cutting flower motifs from a variety of Kaffe's fabrics and layering them fusing & machine applique.

We challenge you to look at your fabric stash differently in the new year and stretch yourself to both use your stash and liberate your thinking in purchasing those fun can't-live-without fat quarters along the way.

Merry Christmas!

1 comment:

rubyslipperz said...

the meeting was fun and really inspiring! thanks to all those who put the meeting together and to those who shared their fun projects =)