Monday, November 8, 2010

Tina Williams Brewer

Art quilter Tina Williams Brewer was in town, and we had the privilege of spending time with her as she exhibited in local schools, and at the USCT Grand Review this past weekend.

Monday, June 28, 2010

June 26 Road Trip

We went to the York Quilt Show. There were SO many beautiful quilts.

This guild's show gave us a glimpse as to how we could create our own show, which we've been debating for a few months now. There is a LOT of work involved, but I believe we're up for the challenge.

Afterwards, we got a bite to eat. What is a quilting gathering/outing without food?!!

What a great day. :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

May 22 gathering

At the May gathering, there were 14 members present (Carol, Joann, Narda, Rosanne, Alora, Gloria, Cynthia, Evelyn, LaQuita, Cherry, Elizabeth, Bobbie, Joyce, and Laurel).

  • Blank membership cards were given to the Treasurer, who will have them ready for our next gathering.
  • We discussed next month's road trip to the quilt show on the York, PA fairgrounds. Afterwards, we will get something to eat.
  • We continued our ongoing discussion of making a quilt show in February a reality.
  • We agreed to participate in an event in November by creating a group sampler quilt. We will each complete a block. The colors will be "autumn"--gold, brown, orange, burgundy, forest or hunter green, and navy. Carol and Evelyn will chose four light/neutral background fabrics, for the sake of continuity and visual uniformity. The block will be 12" finished (12.5" unfinished). Bring your completed block to the July gathering. Wash your fabric first!
To be Completed By
Wagon Wheel
Bow Tie
Log Cabin
Drunkard's Path
North Star
Birds in the Air
Flying Geese
Drinking Gourd
Underground RR
Bear Paw
Monkey Wrench
Simple Monkey Wrench
  • We brainstormed about ways to increase our membership thru recruitment; one idea was to contact local churches.
  • In our educational segment, Joyce demonstrated paper piecing.
  • This is the month that we are to complete our log cabin block in our Underground Railroad sampler quilt. Some of us brought our completed blocks to the meeting, others brought the fabrics. The Jacob's Ladder block should be completed in June.
  • We had a Show and Tell of our quilts.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kyra Hicks

I got a really nice email from Kyra Hicks, noted African American quilter, author, and historian! She stopped by our blog and wished us well; isn't that wonderful?!!

She wrote a book last year about Harriet Powers and her infamous Bible Quilts. If we are interested in purchasing autographed copies from her, she sent me an order form, so let me know. In the meantime, stop by her blog, which I've linked in our sidebar to the right.

Monday, April 26, 2010

April 24 gathering

We discussed a number of issues:
  • Saundra has been in the hospital; send a card or give her a call if you get the chance
  • More dues were collected
  • Membership cards were discussed, and will be ready by the next meeting
  • Hospitality (bringing food) will occur on a rotating basis; members will have two annual obligations to serve (refer to schedule)
  • June's meeting will be cancelled; we're taking a road trip to a quilt show!
  • Our group quilt is now finished; Cynthia suggested each member sign the quilt back behind the block they contributed, and she would embroider it

  • Joyce took the remaining blue/green blocks to make into a second quilt
  • The decision was made for members to create a quilt using Eleanor Burns' Underground Railroad book; each month we will work on the same block (we will all be creating our own quilts), thus enabling even our beginner members to develop basic quilting skills
  • Carol and Evelyn demonstrated strip piecing for rail fence and two by two blocks
  • We showed our quilts
  • We are thinking of hosting our very own quilt show next February! We certainly have enough quilts...
  • Members present: Carol, Bobbie, Cynthia, Cherry, Adrienne, Narda, Laurel, Lana, Sydney, Alora, Gloria, Evelyn, LaQuita, Joyce

Monday, April 12, 2010

Nashville Airport quilt exhibit

If you are ever in the Nashville airport, check out this quilt exhibit!

Zuri Quilts at Nashville Airport, Spring 2010

These quilts were created by the ladies of this guild.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

March 20 gathering

We discussed a number of topics this afternoon:
  • boot camp (Evelyn will be conducting this; contact her for details)
  • we decided to do a Block of the Month (BOM) quilt; as we have quilters at a variety of different levels, it is perhaps wisest to do a different block every month to demonstrate the skills/techniques needed for constructing various types of blocks
  • we showed quilts! (see flickr)
  • birthdays (Cindy 1/17, Lana 4/8, Joyce 4/25, Vivian 5/18, Sydney 5/30, Adrian 7/27, Cherry 9/8, Gloria 9/29, Laurel 11/3, Joann 11/6, Alora 11/14, Evelyn all of December); we will need to get the other birthdays
  • Piecemakers (Middletown quilters) will be hosting an interesting speaker next Wednesday 3/24
  • food next month (Carol--chicken, Vernie--calico beans and greek pasta salad, Laurel--green salad, Lana/Sydney--dessert, Alora-dessert and drinks)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

February 27 gathering

·         Review of last month’s decisions
·         Treasurer’s report
·         Hospitality planning
·         Educational session
o   Preparing fabric
o   Quarter inch seams
o   Quilting terms
o   Setting the educational agenda
§  Block of the month
·         Show and tell: current projects
Attendance: Alora, Joyce, Laurel, Evelyn, Narda, Adrienne, Carol, Cherry.
·        The meeting was called to order at 1:30
·        Evelyn shared information on quilt shops in the area with good information on quality, volume, cost and facilities
·        There was a general discussion of essential tools which included: rotary cutter, self healing mat, 12’’ and 5” squares,  6” by 24” ruler, seam ripper, good quality thread (including Sulky, Gutterman, Connecting Threads), steam iron, fine straight pins, tailor chalk or pencil, quilting needles for the machine with sharp point and a good guide book.
·        We conducted show and tell of antique quilts as well as contemporary quilts.
·        The presentation on layering back, batting and top was deferred
·        Organizational discussion
o   Agreement that the primary purpose of the group was to teach and learn quilting techniques and to fellowship among interesting group of women. Among the things suggested were learning the basics, terminology and exchange of information about show and other related activities
o   There was agreement that we needed to have officers but that we wanted the group to be informal without a lot of rules and by laws
o   The group wanted to meet in community spaces rather than homes and agreed to try to make the Kline Village Library the primary site for our meetings.
o   Dues were established at $24 per year for adults and $12 per year for person under the age of 18.  Year 2010 dues will be due April 1st.
o   The following officers volunteered to serve two year terms:
§  Convener: Carol
§  Co-convener: Evelyn
§  Treasure: Joyce (Note: $ 25 was handed over to Joyce from the money collected at the November meeting and Joyce was authorized to open an account.)
§  Secretary/ Historian: Laurel
§  Hospitality: Alora
o   There was agreement that our activities should evolve but some of the ideas discussed were: shop hops, guest speakers, trunk shows, making quilt to raffle for charity, and making a quilt for the library.
o   The group discussed the name and decided to change the name to:  African American Quilters Gathering.
·        Announcements
o   The next meeting will be March 20th at the Kline Village Library from 1-4 PM.
The meeting was moved from the 27 th accommodate members who will be attending a quilt retreat that weekend
o   Note of appreciation:  Bobbie, Adrienne, Gloria, Evelyn and Narda provided great refreshments. Thanks so much!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Resize your pictures!


There have been some questions regarding resizing pictures, and how to make them smaller (for email, blogs, photostreams, etc). Pic Resize is a free online picture resizer; it is a great tool for just such a purpose!

How to receive blog updates as email

Some of our members are interested in receiving updates to the blog as emails. From what I understand, it can be accomplished in as little as four steps. There are sites that easily walk you through the process here (it uses IE 7 or Outlook 2007 or a sharing invitation email message), here (it uses Bloglet), and here (it uses Feed My Inbox). Do not panic if these terms are unfamiliar to you; the process seems to be very simple and straightforward.

January 30 gathering

At our meeting today, Evelyn talked about some of the basics of quilting:
  • rotary cutters
  • cutting mats
  • rulers
  • the correct height for cutting tables
  • using Joann coupons at Hancock
  • Connecting Threads

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Call for quilt entries by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi

Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi has put out a call for quilt entries! The deadline for submission is July 1, 2010.

You can find out more about this on Kyra's blog, Black Threads, here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Our first meeting: A presentation

Many thanks to Carol, who put together this PowerPoint presentation for us!