Friday, July 22, 2016

July 2016 Meeting of the TVMQG

We were missing a few people at the meeting last night.  I blame it on the heat, it's excessive right now.   We usually start our meeting with Show and Tell.  Jane showed off her fabulous Diamond Quilt.  It entailed a lot of fussy cutting and 4 or 5 layout changes, but it was worth it.

Jane also showed this great 16-patch quilt,  It's so subtle and soothing.

Elvie made this Extra, Extra Long quilt for her tall brother-in-law who loves West Virginia football.  She saved fabric for a long time until she had just the right mix.  With the scraps from the quilt, Elvie also made a quilt for his dog!

We have two Sues!  One is a very new quilter, and she made the quilt, above.  She even did the fabulous machine quilting, on her small domestic machine!

The other Sue, the owner of Needle in a Fabric Stash - our meeting place, showed off the child's' playmat she made.  She used many of different techniques, including round corners and bias tape around the center piece.  She said this quilt will be on the store's blog on Monday.

I showed the "Disappearing Hanging Sleeve" I created for this small quilt.  

I made this Patchwork Heart Quilt in December 2014.  When I made it I had no recipient in mind but now I'm sending it to the Orlando MQG for their Quilts for Pulse quilt drive.  Below is the quilt back.

Linda brought in this fabulous paper-pieced quilt.  The green line around the quilt center is a flange!

This collage shows the blocks that were turned in this month for our charity quilt.  The finished quilt will go to GenerateHope in San Diego.

We finished the meeting with at talk by Sue Stone about modern fabrics and what she's learned as a fabric shop owner.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Quilts and Color, the Amish Quilts

There were six beautiful Amish quilts in the Quilts and Color exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art.  All the quilts are on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Floating Bars Quilt, Lancaster County, PA, 1940.  Pieced wool, plain weave.

Framed Diamond In A Square, Lancaster County, PA, 1920.  Pieced wool, plain weave.

Framed Diamond In A Square, Lancaster County, PA, 1890.  Pieced wool, twill.

Thousand Pyramids Quilt, Holmes County, OH.  Pieced wool, plain weave.

Framed Bars Quilt, Lancaster County, PA, 1920.  Pieced wool, plain weave.

Snail's Trails Quilt, Arthur, IL, 1930.  Pieced wool, plain weave.


Quilts for Peace ~ Dallas MQG

After the tragedy in Dallas, the Dallas MQG put out a call for Blue Heart Blocks.  The blocks will be made into quilts for the survivors and the deceased officers' families.  I took a break from my current project.  The first day I selected the fabrics from my stash.  I love having a good stash!  Then I did all the cutting,  The Dallas MQG asked that the blocks be 10.5 inches and follow Cluck Cluck Sews great tutorial.

If you're going to send some blocks, here is the address:

Dallas MQG/Lee Jenkins
% Sedona Salon
5930 Royal Ln. Ste F
Dallas, TX 75230


Monday, July 11, 2016

Quilts and Color, part 3

Lend and Borrow Quilt, Lancaster County PA, 1870s.
Probably not Amish because the quilter used printed fabric.

Yellow Baskets, upstate NY, 1920-1939.
The quilter used cotton sateen/satin for both the quilt top and back.

Touching Sunburst Quilt, PA - 1854.
I found that the "no top border" was very interesting.

Touching Stars of Diamonds Quilt, American 1850.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Quilts and Color, part 2

This is such a great exhibit, that I wanted to talk to another quilter, while I was there.  I did ask two women, "Are you a quilter?"  They both replied, "No, but my cousin is"!  This is for all the cousins out there.

Double Irish Chain, On Point, PA - 1880s

Ocean Waves Quilt, Mennonite, PA 1880-1890.

Nine Patch Quilt, Mennonite, PA - 1880s

Double Irish Chain, On Point, Mennonite, PA 1880s

Wild Goose Chase, Lancaster County, PA 1880s

Double Irish Chain, Amish, Holmes County, OH - 1920s
probably made by Emma Gingerich.

I loved seeing all the quilts made using just solids.  I think that's something that many quilters have moved away from.

I think we should do a challenge.  Make a quilt using just solids and have it finished by December.  Who's up for a challenge?


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Quilts and Color, part 1

The San Diego Museum of Art is having an exhibit called Quilts and Color, sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  I figure we all have something to learn.  I encourage you to go to the exhibit.

The first category is called Vibrations.  Somehow I missed the information on this first quilt, but it certainly does vibrate!

This Carpenters Wheel Quilt was made by Mrs. Miller, of Easton, PA, in 1890.  She made seven of this pattern, one for each of her children.  She varied the colors and the quilting patterns.

This Log Cabin Quilt is a variation called Windmill Blades.  By alternating black with color, the quiltmaker heightened the effect of spinning blades.  She made this quilt in 1890 and used wool, damask, and cotton.

This is a great exhibit and I'm going to post about it in installments.

I had intended to post about our June meeting, but fortune didn't smile on me.  I got home from the meeting a 10:30pm and I had a 5:30am pick up, the next morning, in order to get to the airport in time for my flight.  I didn't take the time to download the photos, and my camera was lost on the airplane and no one turned it in, so the photos were lost, too.