Tuesday, September 30, 2008

One More Round Robin

This picture actually should be a few posts down and included with the rest of the 2008 Round Robins, but it just got finished. Look how happy Wendy is to have her round robin finished and returned!

Monday, September 15, 2008

September's Guild Meeting Lesson

Shantelle did a great job at our September guild meeting teaching us about the fine and beautiful art of ruching. Ruching, pronounced 'rooshing' is an ancient sewing technique found on clothing from as far back as the Middle Ages. Today it is used to make gorgeous flowers, leaves, and other fun embellishments like you see below. Shantelle made this wallhanging with a beautiful basket of flowers.

Everyone got to try their hand at ruching as Shantelle had strips of fabric already prepared for us to make a leaf and also a flower. Her handout was amazing, with great color closeup photos and instructions. She even had diagrams for us to follow as she taught us the ruching method.

The ruching strips were cut, pressed, and already marked for us at 1 inch alternating increments. Shantelle gave us step by step instructions to help us make our pretty little ruched flowers.

Here is a close up. Look closely and you can see the pen marks along the edges and the needle diagonally connected the pen marks with 4 or 5 stitches.

We gathered the fabric along the way and when we were finished with our diagonal stitches, we rolled that little strip of fabric into a flower! This is Rachel's lopsided flower pin from that evening. We will all need a little work to make pretty, nice, symmetric flowers like Shantelle!

This picture just shows another example of a ruched flower made by marking the fabric in a circular patterns rather than a straight pattern.

Thanks Shantelle for such a great lesson and for helping us learn new techniques.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

September Sew and Tell

Margaret's Lullaby applique blocks

Deonn's daughter finished this quilt top that goes with the poster she designed for the Quilts in the Garden Show at Thanksgiving Point last month

Deonn's quilt for charity

Deonn's Mexican Star

Stella's scrappy quilt

Stella made this cute quilt for charity from the charm squares she received for her birthday

Kathy quilted this quilt for charity

Liz's fun flip flops for Quilts for the Cure

Natalia made and quilted this one for her bed!

Bethany's Raggedy Reverse Applique quilt

close up of this fun technique

Kazuko's embroidered baby quilt

Sue's Japan quilt

Thursday, September 4, 2008

August Sew and Tell

Here are a few of the highlights from our August Sew and Tell.

Deonn's Instant Blocks quilt - she is teaching this one at Quilt Fest at the end of the month!

Deonn's - this is the mystery quilt from our retreat in 2007

Deonn's daughter made this quilt for a 4H Contest and won!

Debbie made this quilt for a niece's wedding. After Deonn quilted it in straight channels, the wedding guests signed the quilt in those channels.

Can't remember who's quilt this is, but they have cute shoes on!
I think it is Connie's

Connie's quilt she started in Sisters, Oregon and now finished!

Carol's Buggy Barn Witches

Tamara's cute cute ETUIS - good job Tamara!

Kim Shannon's mother came to our guild meeting with LOADS of charity quilts for the Quilts4Cancer quilt drive. Thanks so much for your charity quilts! Love the horse quilt!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

August Queen Bee

This is not a great picture, so sorry, but this is Liz, our Queen Bee for August. She brought a few things to guild meeting to show us that she has made. She said since she is so new to quilting, although she has been sewing since she was a young girl, she didn't have to many quilts to share with us. She did bring this beautiful afghan that she made to show us. Thanks Liz! It was great to learn more about you in the newsletter last month and to have you share a few things with us!