Today the Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild met up again at Jona's house. We haven't met since last October but we now officially are meeting every third Saturday of the month! Yippee! These first two photos show most of the people but I couldn't get those who were right around me and one that arrived later.
We had twelve people present (above: Laura, Nedra, Margaritte, and Kirsten)
(above: Tracy with grandbaby Jocyln, Jona and her daughter, Heather, Lisa and Alyssa). Sorry if I messed up the spelling on any of those names! We had a really productive meeting! We elected board members, decided on a rough estimate of dues we will pay in September, planned our next meeting, got to know two or three newbies and had show and tell. Here is Kirsten with her paper pieced stars...she said this might be a two year rainbow project (note to self I should send her over to SoScrappy's blog to join us in the rainbow challenge..different color each month!) and it is great for leftover strips and strings.
She also showed us these blocks in Joel Dewberry fabric which will eventually get made into a quilt and put on her etsy shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/materialgirlkirsten
if you want to see what else is there!
Next Jona showed us one of the quilt she is making for her sons. This is made from grandpa's shirts (stains and all!) and the back was a really cool moda polka dot that is the right size for backing and doesn't need a seam or two to make. We all oohed and awed over the perfect grey she found to set off the blocks.
Next Kirsten helped her mom Tracy show off her stuff since she was feeding the baby. First we saw some very modern looking placemats which had beautiful binding (several people mentioned a great tutorial by Heather Bailey at http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/photos/continuous_quiltbinding/index.html
to get the same look--I need to read that tonight!)
Next we saw Tracy's baby quilt for Cheyenne. It was really pretty with her name quilted in it. Love that extra touch! This is a pattern Kirsten is writing too. Tracy said it was her first time free motion quilting, I have not braved that yet.
I guess I should have cropped some of these photos...here is the back. It was such a cute fabric.
Those must be Alissa's toes! Tracy is also making Christmas stocking for each of her grandkids I think it was and this one was the hexie one.
Seriously some talented people at this meeting...Tracy made up the pattern to this lunch bag on her own. I love, LOVE, love it. Really a nice size and made from the Reunion fabric line. We passed it all around and I am pretty sure it made it back to her before she left, lol. I don't think I would want to try making that one, but I am all for buying one on etsy!
Here is the other Alissa (spelled differently who also goes to Huggy Bunch with me) with her mixing bowl. It is paper pieced and I really want to make one. I think this is the only picture I got of her because she was sitting next to me.
Next I shared my Orca/Green Bay and my Schnibbles with the houses. The new Alyssa shared a really cool quilt on her phone that she passed around to share. You can read about it and see the pictures on her blog at http://pileofabric.com/post/973450-the-patchwork-prism-is-finished#comments .
On my other side was Tiffany (our new President) and she shared this bag (designed by one of the gals-Michelle- who was come to past meetings) you can get the pattern here http://www.etsy.com/listing/98972933/pretty-pleats-tote-pattern-pdf-sewing
but seriously this bag was one of my favorite things shared. The colors, the little pleats, wow!
Laura shared one of five beach bags she made for an upcoming trip to the beach.
She also shared this which isn't the best picture because they are in front of the window, but it is really pretty.
Her mom, Margaritte is holding up one end of this quilt, but it was made by Laura. They took a class together at Three Dudes and made this from strips. She added the pink to a Bali pop and I agree with the gals that said it really makes the quilt. This one is stunning!
She also made this bag (we took a class for Nimble Thimbles and made bags from this pattern together but this is a new one.
Now on to Margaritte. She made sort of Drunkard's Path in her favorite colors. Another stunner! She had so many left over blocks she is making a baby quilt and maybe more.
She also shared this flower that she made from a kit at ETC. I have never been there so I am going to have to check that out! It was a sew and take.
It was a really fun meeting. I learned a lot and just really enjoy the interaction we have as we get to know each other. Since I love to blog and am pretty organized I am now the secretary/blogger for the group. That will keep me getting to the meetings and get me going modern more! I do have one cut out that I want to get to so thinking I may try to at least get started on it before the August meeting. For July's Show and Tell we are supposed to bring something to show off that we feel is a strength and something that we are stuck on. I may just bring that dang Bargello Seasons, because I really don't know what to do to make myself happy with it! A weakness I have is when I don't have a pattern!