July 2018 Meeting

Our member Kristi had to spend months in the hospital. We decided to send her little quilted gifts to help her get through the hard times.

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Kristi loved them. She's doing well, and we were so glad she could come to the meeting and show us all the little treasures she received!

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F created this block with this beautiful wolf print.

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Kathleen finished this one block quilt. She fussy cut the bird fabric to create different designs.

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The back is lovely too.

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Sara Q is almost finished with binding this quilt featuring Liberty fabrics.

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Karen finished this Delightful Desert quilt top. The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.

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Susan W finished this disappearing 9 patch quilt.

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Carol finished this baby quilt. The pattern is "Woodland Critters" by Shiny Happy World.

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Jessica finished this years-old UFO (that's unfinished object).

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Mae is sending off this featherweight mini quilt as a swap with a friend.

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Mae quilted this 4th of July baby quilt.

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Cassie finished this quick quilt. The focus fabric is a large stripe, so she just had to cut strips. The pattern is Shenandoah by Deanne Quill of Creative Sewlutions.

We are making so many blocks for our charity quilts!

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by Marie

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by Susan A

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by Kristi

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by Cassie

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by Sara Q

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by Michele

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by Mae

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by Karen

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by Susan W

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by F

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by F

May 2018 Meeting

Annalies and Susan A taught us about the basics and some tricks to know with foundation paper piecing. It's a great way to get accurate unusual angles and matching points.

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With some practice, you can tackle big projects like this Violet Craft lion. Thank you Annalies and Susan A.

Our members brought some fun things for show and tell.

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Cara finished this baby blanket quilt top.

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Mae finished this quilt top for her son's wedding.

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Cassie paper pieced this moth. The face you see is not printed - it's paper pieced! She used Allison Glass fabrics and the "Flame Seeker" pattern by Lillyella Stitchery to create this amazing block.

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Susan A made these cute fabric boxes and bowls as a gift for Kristi.

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Susan W finished this top that she started in a class with Susan Ellis.

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Susan W created this mini quilt with the Tucson Botanical Garden - Butterfly Garden logo to be sold while on display there. The sale will benefit Quilt for a Cause.

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Jessica has been making some clothes for her coming baby. It's so cute!

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Jennifer finished her Gravity quilt top. Great job!

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Chris made her grandson's drawing into a mini quilt.

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Myra finished this pinwheel quilt while at the retreat.

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Annalies played with using the same block in different settings. This is "Corkscrew."

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This is "Fantastic."

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This is "Wonky Pinwheel" by Annalies.

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Michele converted a Chico's jacket into a vest.

Some of us finished our curved piecing blocks. They will be assembled into a charity quilt. Great work on a difficult skill!

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by Elaine

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by Cathy

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by Mae

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by Michele

The creativity with using the focus fabric for quilt blocks that will be made into charity quilts is amazing every time. We all have so much fun seeing what the others in the group come up with!

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by Cara

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by Mae

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by Cassie

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by Susan A

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by Susan W

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by Marie

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by Kristine

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by Myra

April 2018 Meeting

Susan W showed us how to sew curved seams.

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And even inset circles!

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She also showed us how to insert a bias strip on a curve.

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We all went home with some homework: a precut block with curved seams for us to try. Thank you Susan!

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Kathy made this machine embroidered quilt.

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Kathy finished this shop sample.

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Beth finished this small quilt.

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Bright colors make for a cheery quilt.

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Michele made this mini quilt.

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Kathy finished this small quilt.

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Mary made this lovely table runner. I love how she pieced the back.

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Mary finished her quilt, that uses all Kona solids.

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The back has these beautiful prints. It's just as lovely as the front.

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Kathleen shared this quilt she's been working on.

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Susan A got this mini in a swap.

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She also got these cute coasters! Those are skeleton cats and dogs.

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Sarah shared this quilt with vintage stars. Beautiful.

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We got another color charity quilt done.

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Two of the focus fabric quilt tops are done and ready for quilting.

We added to our stash of quilt blocks to make into charity quilts:

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March 2018 Meeting

We got to hear a report on QuiltCon, and our members that went shared some of the things they learned.

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Kristi took a workshop with Weeks Ringle. She calls this longarm quilting pattern "Labyrinth."

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Beth loved the QuiltCon bag.

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Susan W took a quilting class with Christina Cameli.

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Annaliese finished quilting her first free motioned quilt. Great job!

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Kathy participated in the "Make a mini, make a friend" swap. She received this beautiful monarch.

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Kathy finished her #OMG! quilt.

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Susan W received this flower mini quilt in a swap at QuiltCon.

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Clair finished quilting this baby quilt. Such fun fabrics.

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Julie made this table runner and placemats.

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Julie also created this lightbox cover with this orphan applique block.

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Melanie finished her quilt "Broken Lattice." Her free pattern is available here.

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Carey shared her completed quilt top "Colors over Kona."

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Marlene finished this commissioned quilt.

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Cassie made this lovely simple quilt. The pattern is "Evaporation" from Quilts & More.

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Kristi finished the yellow block charity quilt. Great job!

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Myra finished this log cabin quilt.

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Myra 2 made this fun purse.

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Doreen created this mini quilt, "View from the Laundry Room Window."

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Doreen calls this quilt "Spice Market."

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She also finished this quilt that features this wonderful feather fabric.

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Jane made this cute bag.

Our members are doing a great job creating blocks for our charity quilts using our focus fabric. Take a look:

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February 2018 Meeting

Judy Tenen gave a presentation for Quilt for a Cause. They accept donations of quilts, and then sell them to raise money for breast and gynecological cancer research. The money stays local to the Tucson area. The next big auction will be October 2019, but quilt sales continue throughout the year. Judy shared that smaller, wall-hanging or lap-size, quilts do best.

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On of the donated quilts for sale.

We had a lot to show this month. And there were a few tears shed as gifts were presented to members facing health challenges.

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The blocks were made during the retreat in January. This one was gifted to Gayle.

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And this second one was gifted to Kristi.

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Focus fabric charity blocks

Top: Mae, Mae

2nd row: Linda, Susan A

3rd row: Casse, Kerry, Marlene

Bottom: Jane

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Susan W made this for the QuiltCon swap, "Eclipse."

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Susan A made this fun quilt.

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This quilt is made from shot cottons and Kaffe fabric, by Susan A.

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Melanie shared her new pattern sample. This is "Uptown Florist."

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Holly collected fabric from Africa to make this mini.

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Look at all the detailed quilting. Great job.

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Cathie made this quilt for her brother.

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Kerry made this quilt using Studio 180 rulers.

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Jane finished this quilt for her booth. This is "Love Links" using Studio 180 rulers.

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Linda enjoyed using up her scraps to make these two quilts.

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Kristi put together this charity quilt using the yellow blocks we made.

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Cassie made this sweet guardian angel quilt for Kristi.

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Kathleen made this Kimono wall hanging

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Kathleen made this table runner - in colors fitting for Christmas or Valentines day - as a gift to Cassie.

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Julie made this fun, colorful bag.

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Rita finished this quilt from a class she took at QuiltCon 2017. The pattern is "Thunderstruck" by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

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Chris finished this jelly roll quilt.

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Sara finished this flying geese small quilt.

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Sara made this lovely red and white quilt.

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Sara finished this batik New York Beauty quilt top. The pattern is by Karen Stone.

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Annalies made these two quilts for the QuiltCon swap. She's still deciding on which one to give away.

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Ken finished this pineapple block quilt.

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Marlene finished this flag quilt for Quilts of Valor.

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Marlene also made this butterfly quilt.

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January 2018 Meeting

We finished our big group charity quilt for Quilt Con! Meet "Life in Pieces," a shattered dresden quilt.

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Thank you to everyone that helped! Great job!

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Sara paper pieced this flying geese quilt top.

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Annaliese made this sawtooth star quilt.

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Kristine finished 2 quilt stockings, just in time for Christmas!

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Rita made these Trip Around the World blocks with Kaffe Faucet blocks.

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Kristi finished this jelly roll quilt with a scallop inset.

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Kristi Used the leftover blocks to make this amazing charity quilt.

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Kristi made this Christmas Quilt for Cassie. The pattern is "Wave," from Elizabeth Hartman's Modern Quilt Cookbook.

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Kathleen shared this gift she received from a "Secret Santa." These are Arizona and California stars.

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Mae made this Crowns and Crosses mini quilt.

December 2017 Meeting

We had a great time at our holiday party! It's so fun to see what everyone makes for the gift exchange. We started off the meeting with a little business, and of course, show and tell.

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Linda brought her first modern quilt that she's finished. DSCF5461-1

Susan W finished her pear quilt. DSCF5463-1

Susan W finished off this group charity quilt. Ready to donate! DSCF5465-1

This is a Quick Curve Ruler Pattern "Country Chic". Susan W calls it "Do you see what I see?"

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Rita finished this handstitched, hand quilted Christmas wall hanging.

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Rita also finished this quilt for her grandson.

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Sara completed this X Plus top. DSCF5475-1

Sara wowed everyone with this New York Beauty quilt top. DSCF5476-1

Gayle brought this finished hexie quilt, made with Tula Pink fabrics. She used the HexNMore ruler to help simplify the piecing. DSCF5478-1

Melanie brought one of her first quilts. It features chairs from history, all hand embroidered. I recognize almost all of these from my interior decorating class! DSCF5480-1

Beth finished her Christmas star table runner. DSCF5481-1

Annaliese completed this Christmas chevron quilt. DSCF5482-1 DSCF5484-1

Carol is almost done piecing the sample for the shop's 1st Saturday quilt. The pattern is "Twilight Gardens." DSCF5487-1

Elaine created this pattern on her own, inspired by the well-known modern art of Piet Mondriaan. Stunning!

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Michele experimented with a new collage technique, and created this wall hanging. DSCF5494-1

Susan A finished this cute turkey. DSCF5496-1

Mae quilted this shop hop quilt, from a shop hop she did in Colorado. DSCF5499-1

Jane finished this Des Moines Star Quilt, using Studio 180 tools.

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Elaine made this beautiful quilt.

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Beth made a second Christmas star table runner. DSCF5503-1

Cassie made this sew together bag.

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A tree mug rug and mug.

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Kristi made this iron caddy. You can pack away your iron while still hot! DSCF5509-1

Gayle made this apron with a matching pot holder.

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A tote bag with a button tree.

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A peacock pincushion.

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A simple, but elegant zipper bag.

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Mae made this tote bag.

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Rita made this drawstring bag and potholders, and added some bath confetti. DSCF5520-1

Susan A made these mesh zipper bags. DSCF5522-1

Sara brought this fabric box with homemade jam. DSCF5523-1

Linda made this cute scrap basket.

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Kathleen made this vinyl bag and added a can of air. DSCF5527-1

Ken made this long duffle bag, perfect for a yoga mat. DSCF5530-1

Kristine made this tool carrier/design board.

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Melanie made these cute trivets.

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Carol made this cute deer and needle booklet. DSCF5535-1

Jane made this dish towel.

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Mary brought this cute penguin panel.

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Marlene brought this jelly roll.

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Bernice made this pin cushion.

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Jane made this mini quilt.

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Michele made this collage envelope with postcard. DSCF5548-1

Kathy brought this covered tin filled with binding clips and added a candy bar. DSCF5549-1

A little fabric box and hexie coasters.

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Karen made this lovely scarf.

November 2017 Meeting

We had our elections - most positions remained the same this time - and discussed plans for the coming year. We also brought our mini quilts that we received from the swap with the Chattanooga guild. It was a lot of fun, and we will have to plan another!

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We had a productive sew day, and pieced together the blocks and prepped the back for one of our Las Vegas charity quilts.

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We also pieced the top for another Las Vegas charity quilt. The hope is that these will be given to the victims or family of the recent shooting.

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Gayle made this charity quilt for Las Vegas on her own. Well done!

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Kristi finished the quilting for this Las Vegas charity quilt.

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Elaine received this mini from the Chattanooga swap. The matchstick quilting is wonderful!

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Melanie received this pinwheel churndash.

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Beth received this scrappy stripe.

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Michele received this circle mini. It's fun to think about how they made this block.

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Kathleen received this improv log cabin-like mini.

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Here's all the minis shared from the Chattanooga swap in November.

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Susan W shared some of her first attempts with ruler quilting. It seems like rulers can make complex quilting designs relatively easy. I want to try it now!

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Gayle used this quilt as free motion quilting "practice." It looks wonderful!

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Melanie made this low-volume quilt top. It may whisper, but it captures your attention!

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Annaliese received this lovely Morraco mini from a swap outside the guild.

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Annaliese had this quilt as part of a traveling exhibit. It was a Hoffman fabric challenge, and she just got it back. Well done!

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Myra shared this beautiful hand printed silk.

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Mae finished this Christmas quilt.

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Michele brought this simple beauty. Kaffe fabrics are so colorful.

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Kathleen almost finished this baby quilt. Notice the bunnies quilted in the white space.

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Karen brought the baby quilt she made for her son. In 1982.

October 2017 Meeting

We spent the evening sharing our mini quilt swaps and other projects we've completed. So much fun!

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Susan A finished the blue and purple block charity quilt. This will be well loved.

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The top for the QuiltCon 2018 charity challenge quilt is done. Looking good.

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The back is the scraps from the front.

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Kathleen brought in a baptismal gown she made 40 years ago.

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Kathleen finished this baby blanket with a fun combo of Mickey Mouse and space.

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This mini quilt for the swap, "Road Runner" was for Mae. Great job Kathleen.

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Kathleen also finished this baby blanket.

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Cassie made her mini quilt for the swap twice. She's keeping one.

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This t-shirt quilt will be raffled to support the school. Cassie is the t-shirt quilt Queen.

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Kristi made this double sided mini quilt for the swap for Kathy. Kathy loves the Seahawks!

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F recieved her mini quilt swap from a Chatanooga member.

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Beth made her mini quilt swap "Symphony in Blue"

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She loved it so much, she made one to keep!

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Mae is sent this lovely paper pieced cactus for the swap.

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Michele played with coins for her mini quilt swap.

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F. made this awesome quilt to send for the swap. We are in awe of her skills!

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Karen made this trees mini quilt for the swap.

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Karen received this fun quick curve ruler mini quilt.

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Kathy finished her illusion quilt "#OMG!" The pattern is "Log Cabin with a Lens."

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Kathy made this whimsical mini for the swap for Susan W. "Nama-stay Here"

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Annaleis made this Garden Star quilt.

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Susan A decided to cross some UFOs off her list, and finished all these Halloween minis.

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Elaine finished this gray and white quilt with improv strips.

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Elaine used more improv for her mini quilt swap.

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Melanie finished this quilt top, "Daisy Lane."

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Melanie's mini quilt for the swap was her interpretation of the Tennessee hills and Arizona sun together.

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Sara finished her "Summer Sampler" top.

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Jessica finished Halloween costumes for her kids. They are Tinkerbell and friends.

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Susan W put together this string quilt for charity.

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This pink and green baby quilt is free motion quilted with beautiful flowers.

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This is Susan W's mini quilt for the swap.

September 2017 Meeting

We talked about our favorite quilting tools. What can you not live without?

Some of ours:

Add-a-Quarter ruler

Circle Cutter

Wool pressing mat - for flat seam junctions

Fons & Porter binding tool

Clover bias tape maker

Wood carving tool - to be used as a stylus/awl

Tweezers from Harbor Freight Tools

Large bar magnets from Harbor Freight Tools - for help in loading the longarm

Binding tool - with instructional video from Man Sewing

Magnetic pin cushion

Modern Quilt Guild webinars - free with membership!

Lightboard - for tracing

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Mae made this paper pieced rainbow trout.

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Kathleen made this quilt she titled "Happy". Well done.

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Cassie recieved her mini swap quilt. It's titled "Desert."

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Kristi also received her mini swap quilt. I love the unusual border.

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The pinwheel on the back of the mini is a great touch.

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Kristi is making this baby quilt for her grandchild. The pattern is Hazel the Hedgehog by Elizabeth Hartman.

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Kristi made another Hazel for the quilt back.

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Melanie finished her quilt pattern sample for her new pattern, Prairie Waltz. You can find the pattern here.

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Melanie also created a mini quilt version of her Prairie Waltz pattern. You can find the pattern here and here.

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Elaine finished our red charity quilt. Wonderful!

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The simple quilting made the blocks stand out.

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Annaleis made her sample for her quilt pattern, "Double Pinwheel." You can get the pattern here.

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Annaleis had fun with the back.

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Kathy finished her Labyrinth quilt top. Well done.

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Sara picked up yards of Liberty of London from an outlet shop in London. What a fun stop on her trip!

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The Liberty of London peacocks are eye-catching.

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Karen made this trees improv mini for the mini quilt swap.

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Susan W was almost done with her flamingo applique. Pattern is by Laura Heine.

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Check out the pink Peeps!