Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Discerning Quilt Eye

Once again Anne Dawson and Candy treated us to an engrossing study in color, value, balance and scale, with Candy loaning five of her quilts for discussion. After dividing into four groups, each group was assigned to study one hanging quilt closely using the four above parameters. Then the 4 smaller groups came back together to report to the guild as a whole with some great discussion.

As always, we were surprised by what ELSE we saw AFTER we examined the quilt up close and then stepped across the room and looked again. We often noticed totally different aspects of the quilt that we simply could not "see" when up close to it.

Made by friends and family for daughter Amelia in the 1980s. Only instructions given was to "make a block". Candy didn't want to intimidate anyone by setting perimeters on any aspect of the creative process so she simply figured out how to make all the blocks work after she got them. And it was a challenge!
But she did it very successfully!

detail #1 of Amelia's quilt

detail #2 - Amelia's quilt

detail #3 - Amelia's quilt

1870s-1880s Ocean Wave quilt

back of the 1870s - 1880s Ocean Waves quilt

organized by Darlene Demetrick

Another Block Exchange took place this month. The first name drawn was Carole Knutsen, who graciously declined because she still hadn't done anything with the blocks she had won the last time!  So a delighted Audrey Swanson went home with the blocks instead!

The Next Block Exchange
The Evergreens of Washington State -- 
only they don't have to be green!

If you have never tried paper piecing, here is your chance! Gorgeous results!

Darlene Demetrick gave a briefly mini-lesson on paper-piecing during our refreshment break and is happy to be on-call if you run into any snags as you make your block.

Four-year old Quilter made "Honorary EQ Member of the Day" 

The newest and youngest "honorary" member of Enchanted Quilters is 4-year old Betty, daughter of Orrin Burt.

The story behind the story:  A year and a half ago, EQ sponsored a series of classes for beginning quilters at the Lopez Library, hiring Anne Dawson, owner of The Quilters Studio (located above Vita's in Lopez Village), to teach the class. Leanne Burt, Betty's Nana, took the class, made her first quilt, and has since made two more. Little Betty, watching Nana sewing on her quilts at home, said to her one day, "I want to do that too!"

Leanne, thinking Betty would need "big hands to guide little hands" sat Betty on her lap and told her to lay her hands on tops of hers and she would show her how to sew. But Little Betty responded, "No, I know how to do it myself. I can do it by myself" and she promptly guided the fabric through the sewing machine herself!  Two little doll quilts later, Little Betty Burt is our youngest EQ quilter.

Barbara Gonce introduces EQ members to 4-year old Betty Burt and shares with us Little Betty's
adventure into quilt making.
In the photo below, Betty is opening a gift EQ presented her with at our November 13th meeting —a Beginner's Book on Quilting for Children.  As we all watched her meticulously unwrap her gift, we new that she was already gifted with one of the key ingredients for being a great quilt maker — careful attention to detail!

Below her Grandpa assists her in showing us her first quilt as she shyly acknowledges our delightful oh's and ah's and applause.

Update on EQ's latest Lopez Community Comfort Quilt Project

Our new Community-wide Comfort Quilt Project was discussed and decided upon at our September 11 meeting following a presentation by two quilters from Orcas Island who oversee a similar project on Orcas, by Lynn Thomerson and Sheila Gaquin. It was then decided to make the program for the October meeting the sharing and cutting of fabric for the community quilts.

The Community Quilt committee and a few others then met on October 25th and cut up stacks of 6-1/2” squares for members of the community to use in making comfort quilts in the Disappearing 9-Patch pattern. Some have already completed quilt tops but others continue to seek get input on size and pattern additional patterns. Consequently,  the committee presented other pattern ideas to spark our creativity and to add a little variety to the project.  Arrangements are being made so that members of the larger Lopez community can pick up blocks pick, if they would like to start sewing at home also!  Anne Dawson has purchased batting for this project.  If you have a top completed, please call (4677) or email her with the dimensions needed.

 Time for Show & Tell

Shirley Wilber won a group of these blocks at one of the Block of the Month drawings, made more and has now completed a quilt!

 Joanne Bryant's Storm at Sea

The illusion of movement in this quilt is amazing because there is no curved piecing whatsoever. All pieces are straight edges.

Another quilt fromJoanne Bryant.

The Show & Tell lineup.

Darlene Demetrick made a small wall quilt using a fabric that actually sparkles to remember the fun she had in her childhood catching fireflies on a summer night's eve. Guess we know she didn't grow up in the Pacific Northwest, right!

Another Hooche Mama inspired quit from Laurie Latta!  This one represents she and three of her friends  that meet for sewing retreats each year, plus Joe.  
But I forget who Joe is!!

One of the friends is a retired airline stewardess.

Edi Blomberg with her Study in Brown Scraps.

Becky Huffington, who as we all know, makes dozens and dozens of tops every year  to be given to various organizaations who make completed quilts available to those in need, was given a set of very BRIGHT blocks recently. she added a little more fabric from her donated stash and came up with two very lively tops!

Two more tops by Becky.

Vivian Burt's knitted throw.

Candy Midkiff's two baby quilts.

Our next meeting will be our Christmas Luncheon, 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 11 at Woodman Hall. The cost is $15 for the catered food. Please be sure to contact Anne Dawson or Laurie Latta, if you haven't yet registered for the lunch.

See you next month!