Our monthly quilt meeting last week was very small, only 7 of us could be there, which meant we had just a few quilts - but they were all worth seeing! After we show our quilts/projects we have lunch, and Denise made us a wonderful Paella with chocolate and vanilla Panna Cotta for dessert...I don't know which I liked better, the food or the quilts, because they were equally wonderful!
This is a close up of the block, can you see the triangle pieces? This block is made with strips, sewn together and then cut into triangles - and those triangles are then pieced to make squares - very clever!
Helen, the maker of bright and cherry quilts, brought in this "cheater fabric"...it's from Malka Dubrowsky by Moda and it's called Stitch in Color. It looks exactly like one of Helen's creations!! Not sure how Helen is going to use this but I'm sure she'll think of something wonderful.
This is one of Helen's masterpieces...she had a lot of Christmas fabric left over from various projects and she turned her scraps into this wonderful quilt...notice that ALL of the trees are a different size - it would have been SO much easier to make a few the same size but that's not how Helen operates! Which is why her quilts are so unique. And just because I know someone will ask, she does not use patterns nor does she make patterns, she just creates as she goes...in my next life I'd like to have Helen's brain!
This is one of Terry's batik quilts - she made two of them for her nieces...lucky girls! Terry's work is as beautiful as it is precise - she is a long-arm quilter with an eye for detail - hope you can see the quilting, it's really something!
Terry's other quilt - this one has bamboo batting and it's incredibly soft...Terry said, "It's as soft as snot!" I'm not sure what that means, so I'll just let you percolate on that for a while!
This is Barbara's Gift Quilt - I love how she used "gift fabric" as the spacer blocks! And her sashing with the touch of black check is so cute! These blocks were the ones our group made for each other, so they were all different sizes - Barbara figured out a great way to make them all the same size by making little borders around the smaller blocks - didn't it turn out great?!
Above are three pictures from Terry's amazing Quiet Book for her grandson Noah. What makes this book so different from any other quiet book is the detail...for example...on the Noah's Ark page, Terry took a photograph of her grandson Noah, who is just a baby, and printed his face onto fabric, and then made a fabric "Noah" of "Noah"...along with all the fabric animals for the ark. See the little zipper on the boat? That's where they are all kept. Terry made up every page - her own designs - I wish she would make a pattern out of this!! The next picture is of the counting page...and Terry used cute buttons that slide over a string...abacus style! On another page Terry used a photograph of her husband, Noah's granddad, for the face and then appliqued on the rest of the pieces, including a flap that lifts up that is covering his ear. Terry made fishing poles out of chop-sticks with little magnets on the ends and little felted fish with paperclips hidden inside...so when Noah gets restless in church his mom can toss the fish on the floor and little Noah can use his chop-stick fishing pole to catch fish!! I would love to fish during church, wouldn't you?!? The page next to the boat is a haunted house...the windows and doors open up and inside the little bag that is sitting on top of the page are a bunch of fabric ghosts and goblins that little Noah can put in the house...totally adorable!! There were many pages to this quiet book, I only took a few pics but I think you get the idea...my favorite page, and one I didn't photograph, was the McDonald's page...Terry made a complete Big Mac out of felt that snaps together...two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun!! All out of felt!!!
The last picture I have to show you is of my blocks...it was finally my turn to receive blocks. We started this project a year ago and I've just been patiently waiting - I knew I wanted the same type of block we made for Barbara, half-square triangles sewn together into a large block - 16-inches!! Not all of the blocks were turned in, but I think you can see this is going to be a fabulous quilt and I'm very excited about it!! It's so fun to make a quilt with blocks from quilting friends!
That's it - another great meeting filled with great quilts and great friends - can hardly wait till next month!