Monday, January 18, 2016

January 2016 Meeting

All things purple this month. See next post for the handout. JoyLyn shared her beautiful purple spools  from V & Co's Purple book, and gave some fun ideas for playing with the leftovers. I loved seeing your play, too! Please remember your cards for Session 9 expire the last day of January, so make sure you've picked up your color book and fabric bundle (or put your name on the wishlist).

We passed out the exchange blocks, and I've got mine all trimmed up and ready to make something fun. I can't decide yet and I'm anxious to see what the group does with theirs. 

We announced both the new Kaffe Club and Session 10 of UCMQG. I'm busy working on a Show and Tell slideshow for us to watch next month together. So many, many beautiful things have been shared by all of you for the last 5 years.  And if you or someone you know is into Kaffe Fassett fabric, please join us for a smaller, more design oriented group this year.

Reminder that next session we will be exchanging large florals cut into fat quarters. Usually we keep the exchanges to three yards of fabric, but since we want to keep the pieces big to honor the large prints, we're going to increase the yardage to four. This means you will bring a total of 16 fat quarters over a two month period. Sign ups will be in Feb & March, swapping will be in April & May, and your fabrics will be returned in June.

Also Anna will teach a paper-piecing class on March 5th. Sign ups will be in February. She will be sharing the beautiful star from a past session. If you've never taken a class from her, it's a great opportunity to learn a new skill from a truly terrific teacher.

Lastly I fumbled my way through encouraging you all to do your own thing this year. So much of what we see online can be inspiring, but when it's not, or when it seems all the same to you, check out and clear your mental cobwebs and look at your fabric with clean eyes. It's so important to create what's true to you, whether that means you use all the same fabric, or that each quilt is a completely different palette. And remember, colors don't always have to precisely match. If you're comfortable with it, then it's beautiful.

Happy quilting in 2016!

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