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!