Monday, September 29, 2014

Meet the Group: Lacie

Lacie is one of our newest UCMQG members. She has only been to two meetings! She joined to learn new quilting tricks, and ways of putting fabric together. She also wanted to meet new people who sew. She feels like she is a beginner, but likes to think outside the box in everything she does. Learning new things helps her feel confident in her sewing skills. I can tell you, Lacie has a great balance of confidence and friendliness, as she digs into all UCMQG has to offer. 

For her, sewing is a stress relief. See? She already belongs here. She loves creating what she's feeling. Putting her energy into quilts makes her happy. 

Since she just started with us, she doesn't have a fav UCMQG project, but she feels like everything she's creating right now is from the group. She comes feeling overwhelmed, and leaves feeling inspired and like the fire has been relit to go home and make something beautiful and satisfying. We are so glad she has joined the group. Welcome Lacie!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

September MBS Demonstrations

Our last outdoor meeting of 2014 was fantastic. A special thank you to those members who took the time to try out a recipe on Moda Bake Shop. It seemed like most of them suggested printing out the instructions for online tutorials, and they all felt like following the picture of the finished project was a must. And, all of their finished products were really beautiful. Keep the following ideas in mind as the holiday season approaches:

Pamela did the Quilt As You Go Improv Pillow. Hers was made with scraps from a Halloween quilt she made for her son's bed. She did say she wanted more details in the construction. Good thing she's an excellent quilter.

Jennifer B. did the Zen Tote. Jennifer has sewn several bags together and I think those skills saved this bag for her. She tweaked it and adapted it in ways unwritten in the pattern. For example, the pattern read that she needed 24 cut pieces per side, but she ended up needing 31 to take the pattern to the edges. She wished there had been handle sizes, so she bought the only pair at her local craft store and made them work as she sewed the bag. She said the bag took her two hours, and another bit to hand stitch the handles on.  

Syd made a sewing machine cover, combining the two patterns, Sew Busy! Organizer and Jelly Roll Cover Up.  I liked the way her cover allowed for her table extender. She did wish the second pattern would have showed her how to bind into a tight corner, as she's never done that skill before. She also showed a Grocery Bag Dispenser that she made to store her plastic sacks and cheer up her pantry.

Ella and Lori both made the Summer Swing Skirt. I have to say, their modeling might have won best in show, particularly when they threw their left over strips into the crowd.  I loved the way different fabrics made for such variety, as in quilts. And their trim matched their outfit. Ella even made the Charming Belt to match. 

Amber finished the Reversible Child's Apron in purple and yellow. She said it took her about three hours, including the pockets on both sides. Other suggestions were boy/girl combos, or two holidays for twice the baking fun.  

Andrea made Charming Christmas Ornaments, and then did what any creative would do and made a second cuter set using her own ideas, for reusable gift tags.  I love that she's new to the group and jumped right in!

Brenda, Andrea's mother, made not one, but two Introducing Owlivia pincushions. One for her, and one to be given away to a lucky member of the group.  She opted out of the pocket on the back, and added interfacing and another layer of backing fabric to the eyes to make them more stable and lasting. She also didn't need 10" strips, as called for. She only used 6.5". A very thoughtful quilter.

And lastly, Jennifer H. took on the seasonal section with American Glory. Jenn noted that most of the patterns in seasonal shouldn't be ignored. They were seasonal only because of fabric used, and not for the quilt's inherent pattern.  She used some greens and blues, and then made a scrappy mini, much to all of our delight.  This is a pattern that would be a good intro skill-builder to teach someone wanting to get into quilting. 

Please remember that the low volume fabric swap begins next month. Bring your fabric in October, November and December, or all at once in October. The sorting will happen at the end and all will be returned to you during January's meeting. 

Also next month's meeting will be back inside for the winter, so please pay attention to the time you signed up for and come at either 9 or 10:30am. JoyLyn will be talking about some great skills and techniques in the newest edition of Quilts! Quilts! Quilts!, our session recipe book. We look forward to seeing more of what you are working on both for yourself, and as gifts.  Enjoy all of the Fall colors, and let them bleed into your projects!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Meet the Group: Michelle

I know I keep typing these nice Meet the Group posts, and some of you may be wondering how I'm making everyone sound so great, but honestly, it's true! And Michelle is certainly no exception. She joined UCMQG during Session 4, but it feels like she's always been here with us. She came with a friend, because she wanted to learn to quilt and didn't know where to start. This is news to me. I assumed she'd been quilting all along with the rest of us. Her quilts are so beautiful and thoughtful, I never would have guessed that she just started.

Michelle's favorite part is learning new techniques. She also loves to see how our group members use color and new ideas others' quilts give her. As many of us feel, Michelle loves the end result of a quilt. She is loving the feeling she gets of accomplishing a new talent, and this may say more about Michelle than her quilts ever will.  Her favorite UCMQG project was the 75 Quilt, when everyone received a bundle containing 75 different fabric squares, to be assembled using half-square triangles in any layout. She loves making HST's now.

Lastly, Michelle loves to give quilts to people she cares about. I will tell you that this group member doesn't take the spotlight a lot at meetings. She doesn't share very much about her personal life, but when she does, it's always so sweet and sentimental. I remember one time she shared an especially cozy quilt for a friend who was receiving cancer treatments at the time, as well as some of her feelings on that topic, and after she sat down, the room felt so much closer and warmer. She has that effect on people.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Meet the Group: Connie

Great news: this week you get to meet wonderful Connie. She joined us in the very beginning of UCMQG with her very talented daughter, Brittany. It was fun to see how she and Brittany's styles were different and the same. Mother-daughter quilting is fun. Connie joined to have fun (we hope she still is!) and to see what other quilters are doing. So often we sew in our own little caves, and I love this group because you get to share what you built, and see what the other cave-dwellers were working on during the month, too.

Connie's favorite part about coming is the artistic outlet UCMQG is for her. And she is quite an artist. She also finds it calming. I'd love to hear more about this sometime. For me, sewing is very calming (unless I'm unpicking an entire row), and I love it when life finds me more like-minded creatures.

Her favorite project we've done so far was the medallion - also one I never got to see finished. Connie's center was a beautiful native embroidery piece she picked up on vacation to I can't remember where now. It looked very South American, so her entire quilt centered around fabric choices inspired by our southern neighbors; oranges, bright greens, black and royal blue. Picking up textile souvenirs on vacations is one of my favorite ways to bring life into my quilts, and I think Connie's toucan center was a great idea for this huge project.  Her quilts are always very distinctly Connie, and the time she spends making sure the color choices are just right really shows.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Meet the Group: Nicole

Nicole has just joined us last session. She loves to share quilting with others who also love it as much as she does. Well, you have found your home with us! She loves to learn new ideas and techniques, but Show and Tell is her favorite. I'm telling you, that's the most awesome part!

She says she quilts so she doesn't kill people, and I'm in that boat, too. Particularly those under four feet tall. She says she's just kidding, but only a little. She loves the creative process and the whole progression that each individual quilt makes. She also appreciates that each quilt has a story.  

Sidebar: every quilt does have a story. Yours! No matter what you piece, what fabric you use, how you put it together, it's important to you. It's your mark in the sand. Not someone else's. And the world truly needs each of us to find some way to make it more beautiful. We are here for a purpose. Leave your mark!

Ok, back to Nicole. She also runs a long arm business called Scribbles & Stitches. Check it out!