Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday November 16, 2011-- A birthday party!

Let's just pause for a moment and look at these beautiful little 9-patches (Thanks for sharing this family quilt, Cyndy.) Simple? Plain? Some might say-- but look at the power and the beauty of the pattern when you put them all together. Beautiful? Elegant? Yes, I would say so. I will step a little further out on to this "cheesy" limb...

Kind of like when a group of people decide to get together once a month and have a little quilt party called the Eugene Modern Quilt Guild. You don't quite know what is going to happen when you get there (I know, I don't), but you do know that there will be nice people there and there will be quilts. Most days, I don't need much else.
So thank each and everyone of you for this past year... those that have come to every meeting, those that have come to a few, those that have only kept in touch online. I am so very thankful that each of you have chosen to show-up in whatever way you can. It has meant a lot to me--- and after talking to many of you on Wednesday, it has meant a lot to you too.

If you weren't able to come to the anniversary party-- it was really fun! The food! The scraps! The swaps! I made off with a mittful of new selvages, an awesome piece of sesame street corduroy, a pincushion and a cool new needlebook. I felt SO greedy! What did you all get?! Thank you all so much for the wonderful President's blocks-- what an unexpected delight! (make me cry already!) I will bring them and a black sharpie so those of you who want to can sign your block (I would love to see your name on your work!)

Time for a little Show and Tell interlude:
Wanda worked on this quilt during our very first sew day! AND she finished it AND she machine quilted parts of it!! Great Job!
More from Wanda! Commissioned pillows! We may take our sewing skills for granted-- but not everyone can do what we do!
Missy finished a beautiful quilt-- the blues were so nice together.
Lillian's graduation waves quilt... Love the way the that block shimmers.
Our very own Birthday girl!! Happy 29th! Awesome quilt-- aqua and red is ALWAYS a winner in my book!
May the Force be with you! Denise made a show stopper for her son. I am partial to the Darth square-- I just love the pixelated figure on that damask print.
Sheri showed that you can really highlight the quilting design with a simple block-- such a pretty and cozy quilt! I like both sides.
Karen shared her 2nd finish! I remember her bravely quilting this at one of the sew days-- great work!
Did you all have a chance to meet my friend Kim?? She and I used to work together at the Wastewater plant. Dirty water makes for great friendship! (that saying made sense in my head.) She shared two of her tops. A signature block top made for a "graduating" (retiring) co-worker.
And a colorful sampler-- I love the was that the black sets off all of those colors!

There were a few other "show and tellers" that I wasn't able to get a picture of... hopefully if other people got a shot of another one they will send it to me and I can get it up here!

On the business front:
EWEB (Thanks for hosting us for free!!) needs to use their training room again next month and we have been bumped to December 21. December's meeting is going to be an apron swap, a hand sewing night, and a SUPER show and tell night! I also have a special book give-away (Details next week!!) It will be a mellow and inspiring time-- I am hoping to get a "quilting resolutions" list started for the New Year.

I have much more to share, but let's end here for now.

--Jessica

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