Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Today we had about 17 ladies--some came quite late but we ended up with a good sized group. Pat OR brought in the Sunbonnet Sue quilt made by her ladies at her apartment complex. Jo-Anne's partner, Terry, won it! She only buys raffle tickets in his name because he is always lucky--she's not. He won another quilt at a dinner one time, a big queen sized quilt! He is very lucky! Jo-Anne was pleased. She's planning on keeping it for herself.
We had lots of good food today. Two kinds of brownies, cookies, and lemon bars. Yum!
Tara from Amelia's Garden had given me a bunch of patterns that she no longer wanted so I brought those in as giveaways. And I'm trying to get rid of some magazines so brought those in. Unfortunately, I ended up taking a lot back home with me. I will probably take them for the Delmar guild's mini-mart in September if I can't get rid of them before then.
Today Pat and Fran were working on wool pieces. Christa was knitting a beautiful purple scarf, Ethel brought in her finished purple bag (I thought Winnie might walk home with it since she loves purple) and a block that will be made into a pillow for her granddaughter. Darlene was sewing the binding on a service quilt. Betty brought in a finished quilt for Albany med plus a couple of giveaways. On was a wooden tool. No one knew what it was until Ethel suggested that it was for darning holes in the fingers of gloves. Rosalind took it home to add to her collection of darning eggs. Rose was still making fancy dresses for her Victorian lady applique blocks. Jean brought in a crazy fan block. She started making this quilt in 2000. A UFO whose time had finally come.
We decided that we would once again sell items at the library book sale in September.
Lots of fun today.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

13 ladies attended today. Pat L. delighted us all with a preview of her walrus quilt which she is making from a drawing done by her grandson. His 2 favorite things in the world are walruses and donuts so this quilt will have both on it. She's working on the walrus now and start looking for some donut fabric in the meantime. It's going to be really cute. I didn't take a picture. Maybe next time she brings it in. Joyce was sewing the binding on the quilt which she and I made in the Iron Quilt challenge. It will be displayed at the Village Quilters quilt show in a couple of weeks. I was sewing sleeves on a couple of my quilts that will be in the show. Jo-Anne is still plugging away at her turquoise scarf. Jean is making a reverse applique schoolhouse block. It will be fantastic when she puts the whole quilt together. Can't wait to see it. I really need to get down to the other end of the table because I don't see what people at that end are working on. Today I was concerned with getting these sleeves on though. After Nimblefingers a local man, John Davis came in and talked to us about his quilt which is a crazy quilt made by his great grandmother. It is from the 1890s, has phenomenal work and is still in good shape. He invited us to come over to see it.

It was amazing. The colors are vibrant, the embroidery is exquisite. There are 4 large fans in the corner and many small fans throughout the quilt.
There was some ribbon embroidery and some of the thread was a chenille.
The photos don't do it justice. Especially my camer which can't focus correctly. But the stitching was truly accomplished. His sons house was also very interesting. It was an old farmhouse which they have fixed up. It was very nice. And Mr. Davis' granddaughter had made some truly delicious mint brownies for us which we ate with iced tea on their very comfortable porch. It made for a really nice visit and we appreciate Mr. Davis' willingness to share his quilt and his sons home with us.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

I just read an article about how important blogs are and why you should be diligent about keeping it going. It shamed me into sitting down and just doing it. I need a kick in the pants quite often these day. We have a bunch of new pictures to show  since I haven't written for awhile. The first is Darlene's darling (sorry, I couldn't resist) needlepoint of our very own Nipper. Sue, Betty and Rosalind are in the background.

This is Fran's birthday present for her husband. (Sorry, I don't know how to turn the picture right side up).

The is the front of a 2-sided service quilt that I made. The Delmar guild makes lots of service quilts. They had all of these plaid fabrics cut into 10" squares. I like plaid quilts so I took them and sewed them together. I love the plus sign pattern and it is one I could make without having to do any cutting.

This is the back of the quilt. Again, I didn't have to do any cutting. I still had a bunch of plaid squares leftover. Then I did a silly thing--I told the service person that I would take the whole box of plaid fabric that the guild was trying to give away. I think I spoke without thinking. She was overjoyed (they are desparate to get rid of all of their fabric) and in spite of having broken her shoulder in 4 places, she had someone deliver a box full of plaid fabric to me. I added it to my already almost impassible sewing room saying to myself: "what was I thinking!?"

This is Betty's 90th birthday party. Congratulations Betty! This summer she moved into her new apartment. Needless to say the moving was a real chore and getting used to a new place is not easy either. I'm sure that eventually she'll be very happy about the move though.

Next picture is the t-shirt quilt Daryl made for her granddaughter.
And finally, Pat OR taught some of the ladies at her apartment complex to sew. They wanted to learn to quilt so she taught them to applique the sunbonnet Sue and overall Sam blocks. They raffled off the quilt when finished. I need to ask her who won. Pat and her ladies both did a great job. Isn't it cute! I'll try to keep up with the blog better  so we don't have so many pictures at once.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

I finally took all the pictures off of my camera so now I need to do a retrospective post of all that's happened since I last wrote.  We've been busy making prayer quilts. One for Winnie, Cathy M., Cathy Y. and Marguerite. I've told my ladies now..."No one else can get sick!" I hope they take my advice. I have 2 pictures with us tying the quilts. Three pictures of the finished quilts. Then I took a picture of Cathy M. with her quilt when Pat OR and I delivered it to her. The last picture is the one we delivered to Winnie. Marguerite's quilt is getting the finishing touches (binding) right now but I hope to give it to her next Tuesday. Her quilt is different: it's not purple (Winnie's favorite color). We made hers from the block that Kathy O. taught us at our open house last February.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

 Here are some more pictures. The first is two of our new Nimblefingers members with some visitors to the quilt show in the background.  The next is Marian and Rose with a table runner. The third is Pat OR's wool table runner (with my feet). Last week we were very busy. I brought my Accuquilt Go to the meeting so Agnes, me and Jeanne K. cut fabrics for the prayer quilts we will make. We passed out pre-cut pieces to everyone. Yesterday they all brought in their finished blocks. We have enough for the 3 quilts I wanted to make, for Winnie, Cathy M. and Cathy Y., but I think we should also make one for Marguerite so we might work on that one Saturday at the National Quilting day program. We will be getting together then to teach how to make a quilt, or in this case, a simple placemat. I'm not expecting a crowd of beginner quilters, so I think we'll have plenty of time to work on our prayer quilts. I have also scheduled some retreats. The only one that is on the library calendar at the moment is on Saturday, March 26th. So Nimblefingers will have that whole day to meet, sew and have lots of fun. I also wanted to schedule a  day in April and May so I'll check on those. The library is only open on Saturday mornings in June through August so no retreats during the summer.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

17 ladies attended yesterday. It was quilt show takedown day. It's always amazing how quickly the show comes down compared to how long it takes to go up. We also counted up the votes on our table runner challenge. Winnie was the big winner with 13 votes. Congratulations Winnie! Her blue and white table runner was indeed beautiful.
I thought over the weekend that we have currently got several members who have been sick lately so I thought we should make some prayer quilts. I planned some at home, told the ladies my plans and passed out some fabric triangles for them to use in making 6" squares for a charm quilt. I will bring in my Accuquilt Go! next week to cut fabric for those who would prefer to use a precut than cutting the triangle themselves. I have another plan for a 3rd quilt which I will bring in next Tuesday as well. We haven't made a group quilt in awhile so I'm hoping that we can get these made in a relatively short time.
Nimblefingers and the Village Quilters alternate making a raffle quilt for the Friends of the Library. We made the last raffle quilt which went at our Open House for our show. The Village Quilters will make a raffle quilt for 2017. That means that we have 2 years to make another raffle quilt. I will start planning one soon so that we can get started with the piecing.
Last week Jeanne Knouse and I did our Save our Stories interview here at the library. This is a project of Quilt Alliance which hopes to document, preserve and share the stories of quilts. We took pictures of our quilt which we made together then sat down with librarian Michelle Reilly who asked us questions about our quilt and our quilting experiences. It was an interesting procedure. I am eager to listen to the interview once they get it posted. The interview should be available as both a written and an audio document. If you are interested in doing an interview, just let Michele know. Check out http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/qsos/ to see examples of quilt stories.
Another project on my to do list is the program at the library for National Quilting Day, March 19. I hope that this week I can come up with a list of jobs which members can sign up for so that they have some idea of what they will be doing. 
Clearly we have a lot going on now. Plus we need to pick out a new table runner pattern for next year! So little time, so many projects!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Yesterday we had 15 ladies in attendance. One was a visitor. We also had a group from Schenectady come in to see our show. They meet every Tuesday afternoon too and they thought we should get together for a joint meeting sometime. I gave one of them my email address so maybe we'll try that. Jo-Anne pulled out her turquoise scarf to work on. One of these days I think she might actually finish it! She and Diane went to a quilt show in Cooperstown last week and also visited a quilt shop. She brought in her purchases to show us and had a picture she took at the show of Diane standing in front of a Baltimore album quilt with yo-yo's in every block. It must have been a spectacular quilt. Marguerite came in late. Everyone was happy to see her. We have been worried about her since her diagnosis of breast cancer. But she is doing fine now and feels much better. Agnes told us Winnie is in the hospital, St. Peter's, with diabetic neuropathy. They are looking for a rehab place to put her now. Hopefully she'll be back with us soon. I brought in a finished end-of-bed quilt for Albany med to give to Marguerite. I am sewing the binding on another one that should be ready next week.
Here are some more pictures from our show: