Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March Meeting in Review

Let's pretend it's Saturday night right after class. We're all feeling so inspired and looking for the blog post to give us the details on what we saw. Because it's been a busy week, it's really Wednesday and I can't remember any of your good questions we said we'd post about! Please leave comments so we can fill in if anything is left out here.

Also congrats to Emily, our first of I think, three babies to join the group this year. Start 'em early!

Millefiori is an Italian technique used in glassware, translated into clay and fabric. Directly translated it means a thousand flowers, so welcome Spring! I talked a bit about the Ralli quilts we saw in a recent exhibit at BYU's MOA. Some women would work on one quilt their entire lives. In the time of the 30 minute sitcom and instant messaging, I like the thought of putting more of me, and more of my precious time, into my quilts. Don't get me wrong, some quilts are quick finishes for different purposes, but I would encourage all of you to have one or two (or three or four) that you work on with a deeper purpose and hopefully, with a deeper satisfaction.

Anna shared her technique with mirrors to look at how the fabric will repeat in your millefiori. You can use two small mirrors, or look into other specialty products. Amazon and eBay have several quilters mirrors. We talked about these two great books specifically, but there are also lots of others under kaleidoscope or one block wonders subjects. 

Anna then revealed her gorgeous hexagon millefiori in progress. She encouraged you not to discard fabric because you don't care for it, but to look at its parts to use in a project like this. Also she recommended finding a complex fabric, buying several yards of it, and then cutting it up in different ways so your millefiori project will be all out of the same piece. Her project is going to be really, really fantastic. Plus, it's a good on-the-go project you could make a zipper pouch for, too!

As is like me, I am doing something a little different. My millefiori is a combination medallion/millefiori/applique/tula pink number. JoyLyn has been working on me for over four years now to try new things, so this time not only are my appliqué pieces not raw edged and turned under, I am officially hand sewing them all down. And so far, mind you I'm only two pieces in, I'm liking it. The method I tried is one taught by Carmen Geddes at Broadbents from time to time, as well as at HMQS. 

As far as housekeeping, a few other items:
  • The solid fat eighth fabric swap for this session is now closed. Anna will be in touch soon to give those of you who signed up your assigned color.  Each of your three yards, cut into fat eights, will be due in May, June and July's classes, or you can be like me, know you will forget, and bring them all the first month and be done with it.
  • After class in April is our Sew Day. This is free for members, and you can stay past lunch to sew and share, on your machine or with hand work.
  • After class in May we will hold an English Paper-piecing class. More information, as well as sign ups, will be given in April's class. Mark your calendar if you are interested.
  • April's UCMQG class will be mini quilts. Hopefully you chose some good 2.5" squares in our color theory workshop in January. And hopefully you still know where they are! Put them together for a mini quilt, any way you'd like, add from your stash if you want, and bring it to show in class next month. They don't have to be a mini; Jennifer liked hers so much she make a bag out of them. And if you didn't attend January's meeting, make a mini out of your scraps at home to share with us. 
See you next month, friends.

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