Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Quilt Group Friday for March

Our monthly quilt group met last Friday, and as is always the case, provided lots of inspiration.

First up is Helen's scrappy zig zag. This quilt started with yellow and zig zags. 

I loved it. Helen did not.


So she went home and swapped the yellow for scrappy squares. 

Okay Helen. You win. I love the scrappier version more. 

Terry wowed us with two quilts she made as gifts for two little girls. One quilt is lavenders, the other blues. Both beautiful.


Terry also brought this one- the center block was embroidered by a friend and Terry used it in her quilt. 


And another one by Terry- this one with Prairie Points and an embroidered bunny.

The bunny isn't appliqued- she blanket stitched the outline on the large white block, added the appliqued flowers and bow, and then quilted around it. Love the contrasting texture her quilting added to this.

This one is Terry's ragged edge circle quilt. Scruffy and cozy!

Last month, Marsha asked our group to help her with a project she'd taken on- five quilts for a family who had lost their dad and husband to an unexpected illness.The quilts are made from his shirts for the four kids and his wife.

Here's mine. I  had 4 shirts to work with. Once I'd cut it up, I came up with a simple pattern and then handed off my extra squares to Marsha. (Sorry for the very bad photos!)


Marsha added the shirts she had to my blocks, and that added a bit more contrast. I like the random pattern and the darker blocks. (I think both of these will look much more interesting once they're quilted.)

Nan used the shirts she got in the HSTs and then added the stripes and tan polka dot for borders.

 I didn't get a photo of the label Nan made from the sleeve. Buttoned, it just looked like a sleeve, but unbuttoned, the recipient's name was visible.


 I love how Barbara used the buttoned shirt fronts on hers.


And the last shirt quilt made by Lori and Kareena used large shirt fabric blocks and an added border. 

Even though none of us, including Marsha, know this family personally, we know that these quilts will bring them comfort and loving memories of someone so important in their lives.

On with the show and tell- here is a bag that Nan made at our sew day, complete with buttons and applique. She's the fastest sewer in town! (My bag is still not finished!)

Denise and some friends meet weekly to sew, and she made this table runner with some fabrics Terry had shared at our last quilt group meeting.


 And she also made this cute smock for her grand girl...


These are the "Home is Where the Heart Is" blocks Denise is paper piecing for our group theme this year....

I'm going to love seeing what everyone comes up with for this "make-your-own-but-stick-to-the-theme" group project.

This WIP is by Kareena, who wanted to make a Christmas quilt with blue so it was more in keeping with the blue color scheme of her home. The snow men will have buttons and faces added. I think the snowmen look like they're headed up to the top of the mountain for some downhill skiing. 

 This quilt has a story to it! You'll have to read more about it over on Nan's blog. It started as a bunch of 9-patch blocks from a swap we had a while back. (The link may not work- Nan's blog is having ISSUES!)

 Here's a top that Ardith is working on for her grandson who loves everything aquatic. She's adding some borders and wanted our opinions, which aren't hard to come by. Really.

 Neva is new to our group. Welcome, Neva! She said her personal style is more traditional, but the recipient of this quilt picked out the "bead" fabric and will love the bright colors and more contemporary vibe.


  Helen hand quilted this- love the low volume prints in the background.

 This is a crib quilt by Lori for one of her grands. Terry did the quilting for her. Happy and sweet!

 So there you have it. I love how diverse our little group is when it comes to color and quilt style. And opinions. Did I mention that earlier? :D

Make it a Wonderful Day!

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