Meeting 012011

A new year, new officers, new ideas.

Last night's meeting kicked off with a warm welcome from President Christina and quickly segued into Cherri's 10-MINUTE TUTE. "Wonky Argyle Quilting." Find the tutorial on her blog, Sew On. Cherri also had an extra special announcement. She has recently become the ecstatic owner of a long arm quilting machine—and needs you to help her celebrate. Details on her blog and Flickr.

A goal for this year's officers is to create happiness, inspiration, friendship, and excitement. In order to do so we arranged a brainstorm where members counted off into eight groups, chatted among themselves, and then shared their wish lists with the entire group. Everyone provided fabulous ideas and we cannot wait to implement them.

Megan, program manager, arranged five fantastic give-a-ways: 1. Tammis Keefe fat quarter pack (4 yards!) donated by the Fat Quarter Shop, 2. gift certificate for a free year of Fat Quarterly. (Member Christina, The Sometimes Crafter has a FQ review on her blog.), 3. & 4. $10 Cool Cottons' Gift Certificate, and 5. $5 Cool Cottons' Gift Certificate!

SHOW-AND-TELL! More oooos and ahhhhhs than normal in this bunch:
nine-patch & solids, by Annie

charm squares sashed in brown—3 or 4 charm sq packs, by Kathie

t-shirt memory quilt—13 years of quilt camp, by Kathie

echino prints backed with minky, by Jill

wonky blue & white log cabin, by Tania Johnston

Squid hexagon madness—project started August, 2010, by Gale

a quilt-along from long ago; the quilting thread matches the color of each fabric, by Lisa

Tokyo Subway Quilt, by Elizabeth

quilt based on an optical illusion, by Leah

Southern Utah Flowers, designs adapted from a flora book—birthday gift for mom, by Brittany Scott

Oregon College of Arts and Crafts Auction quilt (reversable); all fabric is hand-dyed, pieced and designed, by Sarah Laird (quilted by Nancy)

a couch quilt with a "flying geese" border (sort of) and picked fences pattern; her first quilt (no one believed her), by Ale (pronounced Allie)

The Big Zig pattern (Denyse Schmidt), by Ale

ticker tape floor mat—fabric from the Scrappy Strips Swap done along with Heather A la Mode's quilt-along, by Ale

vintage quilt—Violet's husband's great-grandmother made it ca. 1920's; the big squares are embroidered square dancers, the back is barkcloth that has turned ultra soft

Lawn Chair Quilt pattern from Moda Bake Shop done with a jelly roll and honey bun, by Traci Butler

Robert Kaufman helped her find more of the blue solid in the right dyelot and sent her 4 more yards!, by Gaile

quilts for twins—based on the Material Obsession Fanciful Flowers pattern but now with woodland creatures, by Lara

a first quilt "start a quilt" pattern from a book (note: lots of Amy Butler fabric), by Lisa

fabric from Tanzania (formerly clothing), by Rachel, who spent 6 months volunteering in Tanzania

tummy time quilt (tied), by Kimie

scrappy log-cabin (made from scraps), by Tracie

a self-designed quilt with grey "voids," by Tracie

featuring Hope Valley fabrics, Flickr quilt-along, by Jeri

ticker tape sewing machine cover—made with scraps from above quilt, by Jeri

hexagon madness, by Jenn

How we love to share—keep 'em coming ladies!

project: "mug rug"—smaller than a placemat, larger than a coaster—for your coffee and your biscuit
specs: 7" x 10"ish, any pattern and fabric you choose
blind swap: bring to February's meeting
Megan's tip: use single binding

THANK YOU PNCA for a year of hosting PMQG meetings!
inspired by the PNCA building exterior, designed by Jill, pieced by Petra and Beverly, appliqued and quilted by Elizabeth

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Phew—until next time my sewing friends, as Cherri would say "sew on!"