Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Meeting in Review

Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! 3rd Edition
October brought us together to discuss the virtues held within the pages of our awesome "Cook Book" for this session. 
Quilts, Quilts, Quilts  by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

This is the 3rd edition of what some say is
the essential handbook for the beginner 
quilter & the constant companion for the 
experienced quilter.  The book is based on the principle that a solid foundation turns beginners into lifelong quiltmakers. 

JoyLyn & Sydney chose two different projects from the book & gave a summary of what they liked, what was helpful, & then showed their finished and in-progress projects.

Sydney & JoyLyn liked the charts and numbered quilt layouts.  They were very helpful in deciding fabric placement.  Sydney suggested studying the cutting instructions before you cut so you can better understand the way things are listed.  This should make it easier to following them throughout the book.  She also suggested looking closely at the finished size of some of the projects.  Her quilt while a blast to make, turned out huge! Which thankfully is always a welcome result for Sydney.  Nice big blocks, great for playing with fabric choices & practicing sharp accurate piecing.

JoyLyn briefly covered some of the chapters about tools (remember for better accuracy in cutting don't use your cutting matt lines & avoid switching between ruler brands).   She talked about viewing your project from different distances which can help in the composition of your quilts.  
#1 Across the Room (at least 15-20 feet away) 
#2 Across the Isle (6-10 ft. away)  
#3 Up Close & Personal (12" away)  
This is where the viewer receives the special treat & details the quilt or art has to offer.

JoyLyn also talked about taking time to enjoy the process.  Slowing down and creating compositions of color and beauty.  Putting more of yourself in your quilts.  She showed a simple portable design wall made by using a flannel backed vinyl table cloth.  

As always so many of you shared your fantastic show-n-tell with us. Check out the flickr page for those photos. 

Have fun creating until next month!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Meet the Team: Pamela

Carrying on with our Meet the Group series, we are going to also be doing a Meet the Team series, so that you can find out a bit more about the women behind the curtains. Pamela gets to be first up this time. She joined the UCMQG team after a few years, when she heard about us and couldn't stay away any longer.  She helps with the communication portion of our group, so if you ever have questions via email, she's your gal. She also drives the wonderful QuiltBliss retreat, sponsored by UCMQG. If you weren't able to get a spot for the February 2015 retreat, dates have been announced for a Fall 2015 retreat as well. Yipee!

Here are a few words from our sweet Pamela:

I started wanting to make things with a sewing machine about 15 years ago, and asked my parents for a sewing machine for Christmas my sophomore year of College. Scrapbooking was huge back then and I idolized Martha Stewart. Finding like minded quilters was hard for me, because everyone my age was scrapbooking and gave me strange looks when I said, "No, I don't scrapbook, I quilt! I love fabric". I had one little baby, no car, so I needed my sewing machine to keep me from going stir crazy at home. 
How wonderful it would have been if UCMQG had been around back then. Quilt groups are great creative therapy. You spend a few hours with like minded people and it fills your creative soul. Every quilter needs a current project, but a group takes it one step further. You get a chance to share your quilts and get feedback from other quilters and it enhances your creative journey. This is what UCMQG did for me. My creative journey has been enhanced, expanded and my creative soul is filled each month at UCMQG.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Meet the Group: Jennifer

Jennifer joined us last summer, but it feels like she's always been here. She initially registered for QuiltBliss 2014, and then decided to come to UCMQG to meet some of the people in the group. She and her mother attended QB2014 and they will be kicking it up again with us in Heber at QB2015. 

Her favorite part of our group meetings is Show and Tell, and also learning new techniques. She quilts as therapy, and also to break up the mundane tasks of her days and weeks. It's her creative outlet. She loves feeling fabric. (As long as it's not green, right?)

Jenn is still plugging along on her beautiful sampler from Session 5. One of the things I like about Jennifer is how many quilts she always has going at once. It makes me feel more normal. She just finished a beautiful flying geese quilt using the fabric she received at our Text Swap. This session we are swapping low volume fabrics, and it will be fun to see how everyone uses those, too. Thanks for setting great trends in UCMQG!