February Meeting Recap

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It was warm this week and we are seeing a lot more grass…Yay for Spring in Massachusetts! Sorry, this is going out a bit late but there were technical difficulties with the pictures and my children were slammed with every cold possible so I have been playing nurse. Now let’s catch up on what happened at the February 28th meeting!

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We had a great group with 22 attendees! Thank you for those that participated in the first Name Tag Challenge. There were two prizes for the winners of the drawing. Carol won the Missouri Star Mod Block and Gail won a fat quarter bundle. Congrats ladies!

The final day for dues was at the February meeting.  Sarah has a list of who has paid and who still needs to pay.  Checks can be made out to Runamok MQG for $40/year. Sarah is working on finalizing our status with the National MQG…Thank you Sarah!  As part of the Runamok MQG we will have 10% off participating shops and we can look forward to speakers and events!

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Thank you all who came out for the March 13th Social.  This event is always a fun time discussing projects and checking out what other ladies are working on.  Hopefully we will have another one scheduled soon.

The Summer Sampler Block of the Month Recap: 12 blocks, March BOM is the Virginia Star/Sawtooth Star.  It can be any size and color.  You can go online here to find the patterns or you can buy a PDF file of the full anthology for $10.  If your blocks are 12″ the quilt will be 40×50.  There will not be a prize every month but please bring them in so we can share and see how everyone is coming along with their project.  The quilt should be finished in March 2016 with at least 6 blocks completed.  Sarah has graciously offered to demo the complex blocks at either a social or meeting. For those interested in knowing Lee Heinrich is one of the designers of the quilt, along with Faith Jones and Katie Blakesley.

Gallery Submissions: Any quilt style and age will be considered for viewing. The quilt is strictly for show and cannot be offered for sale. The quilt needs to have a hanging sleeve which can be pinned on if it is not sewn on.

Show and Tell:

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Sara made these red and white blocks were started during February school vacation.  The anticipated finished size will be 80 x 80.  Sara we are excited to hear how the quilting goes.  Please keep us updated and offer any tips you have.

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Gail shared a sling bag is a gift for a friend vacationing in London.  It is complete with a snap top and leather strap.

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Lindell took a Sue Pellon workshop, Hearts and More Ruler. For this quilt a technique used is the raw edge applique.

Lindell's Bug Quilt Forest Panel dr. seuss quilt

Lindell also shared a baby quilt with a garden theme, a Dr Seuss quilt that had shadow quilting of the characters in the stitching and a baby animals panel quilt with various sized stippling.  She used extra material from the baby animals panel for a carrying bag for the quilt.  Great idea!

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Sue showed Auntie Ruthie’s quilt made from batiks.  Her husband did the 1st piecing! The quilt was machine quilted by Kathy Graves and it has a flannel backing.  The pattern is from The Giving Quilt book which has all lap sized quilts that use 3-4 yards of fabric and are quick to stitch.

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Carol shared a Bird Quilt all done with economy blocks and sashed with squares. This is in the gallery at FMS right now!

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Pat made this lovely quilt for an adopted girl from Ethiopia. The pattern is a snakes and ladders and it was quilted with variegated thread. It is a mix of authentic fabrics and completed with improvised piecing. It is anticipated to be displayed in the gallery!  Pat also shared this pillow case with us and told us about Alabama Chanin a designer of garments.

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Dawn completed a very quilt vibrant quilt inspired from a poem by Pearl Kingsley “Welcome To Holland”. She is including the poem on the back of the quilt. This poem builds awareness of children with disabilities. The details include windmill squares in the background and the tulips were applique’ fused.

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Carol made a Christmas pillow for herself.  The pillow was completed with machine embroidery.

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Sandie created this X marks the spot children’s quilt made of scrap fabric for a girl. She pieced the border creatively to avoid visible seams. Sandie was also nice enough to share several of her other creations.

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Julie finished her color wheel quilt with her first attempt at machine quilting.  Way to go Julie!  The batting for this quilt is Warm and White.

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Sarah made a mini quilt with paper pieced diamonds for a friend.  Love all the colors! The Fat Quarter Shop asked Sarah to test a pattern called Layers of Charm.  She added borders to increase the length and its complete with creative quilting in solid fabrics. She used scraps for the backing and it was quilted on her new Juki which was a gift from her husband. The Fat Quarter Shop contacted Sarah through her blog to participate in the test pattern.

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Jennifer has been making this quilt for 14 years.  When she turned 30 her friend gave her a fat quarters of 30 different fabrics, and with them Jennifer made 30 blocks.  It is quilted with diagonal lines.

Thank you everyone for sharing your beautiful work!

See you at the April meeting (April 25) and look out soon for the March recap!

Enjoy this Spring weather!

Marisa

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