Monday, August 30, 2010

Sarah's Sewing Circle - Charm Quilts

Hello Pieceful Quilters,


I haven't done a Sarah Club update in awhile, so I thought it was time! First, a little Show n' Tell from last week's meeting:


Mary Zenger with her beautiful Sarah's Broken Dishes Quilt - all in blues!


Julia Thomson with her Sarah's Birds in the Pines Quilt, made from our kit.


Donna Stupple with her Sarah's Star Doll Quilt - Made from our kit (with additions?)


Carol Henn with her version of Sarah's Birds in the Pines


Carol's Antique Find - this block has several names including Devil's Claws and Crowfoot. Isn't it a great graphic piece in the red and white?


Carol was busy - she also completed Sarah's Broken Plate in these great 30's style fabrics. Doesn't it feel like a birthday party?

At this meeting we did our charm square exchange, and talked a little about Charm Quilts. So, what is a "Charm Quilt?" Traditionally, a charm quilt would be one where no fabric was repeated. This style of quilt was first observed in Victorian times, and was thought to have been borrowed from button collectors, who would have strings of different buttons which were called, "charm strings."
Various patterns have been used since then, including, Tumbler, Apple Core, Hexagons and 1000 Pyramids. The quilts below can be found on the International Quilt Study Center website, along with many more!


1930's Hexagon Charm Quilt


1800's 1000 Pyramids Quilt

If you have never checked out the IQSC site, it is a wealth of information and great quilt pix!

So - anyway, we had our exchange and I gave out suggestions for how to proceed. The challenge is to make a quilt, any size, without repeating a fabric. We decided it would be ok to repeat within a block - such as a 4-patch using 2 fabrics. I have already started on my own version of the 1000 Pyramid Quilt. Since I am not a big fan of templates, I wanted to use one of my (many) rulers. I figured out that the Tri of the Tri-Recs Set would just fit on my 5" squares (hanging over a tiny bit on each side). So I set out cutting triangles and sewing them together. Here is what I have so far:

And, here are few more charm squares and cut triangles:

I think I am heading towards a King Size - what do you think? I just can't stop! In the process of cutting my own Charm Squares, I have been busy cutting packets to sell at the shop. This is pretty labor intensive work, so I think our price of $10.99 for 50 (hopefully) different squares is a bargain! What an easy way to get started on your own Charming Quilt!

Join Sarah Club now. The first meetings for the Fall Session are September 28th at 7:30, or September 29th, at 10:30. Katie & I have big plans for this session!

Happy Quilting,

Carrie

Quilt Show Winners - Finally!

Hello Pieceful Quilters!

At long last, I have formatted and organized the pictures of our Quilt Show Winners and their fabulous quilts! So, without further ado:

First Place - Wall Hanging/Table Topper
Lynn Ray - Lone Star -made in our Quiltsmart Club

Second Place - Wall Hanging/Table Topper
Diane Neiman - Voices of the Past
Made in our Voices of the Past Club

Third Place - Wall Hanging/Table Topper

Lynn Walters - Wool Flower Basket
Made in Katie's Wool Flower Basket BOM

Honorable Mention - Wall Hanging/Table Topper
Kim Hartman - Sarah's Stars Doll Quilt
Made in Sarah's Sewing Circle Club

Best Quilt from a Quilt Academy Class
Barb Dale - Star Tabletopper

First Place - Lap Size

Tricia Baldwin - Black Pineapple
Made in Sew Simple Pineapple Class

Second Place - Lap Size

Susan Price - Jacob's Ladder
Many Pieceful Fabrics used

Third Place - Lap Size
Lorraine Tritthardt - Not Everyone Likes Sunflowers
Many Pieceful Fabrics used

Honorable Mention - Lap Size

Katie Reed - Mark's Quilt
From the book, "Simple Comforts," by Kim Diehl
Using Pieceful Fabric

First Place - Bed Size
Marilyn Randall - Washington Medallion
Made in the Washington Medallion BOM

Second Place - Bed Size
Violet Klein - Gene's Flower Garden
"Vintage" Quilt using English Paper Piecing Method
Appraised at PG Appraisal Day
Third Place - Bed Size
Karen Schultz - Give & Take
A Pieceful Gathering kit and design for a Shop Hop
I missed getting a picture of Karen or the quilt at the show, but luckily, she had it quilted here, so we had this picture on file.
Honorable Mention - Bed Size
Tricia Baldwin - I Did it My Way
Made in PG Snickel Club
Most Unique Quilt

Susan Osborn - Birds in Autumn
An original design (?) using Pieceful Fabrics
Pieceful Staff Favorite

Mary Landis - Rancher's Daughter
Made with many Pieceful Fabrics
Last but certainly not least
Viewer's Choice
Violet Klein for Gene's Flower Garden
Hand Pieced and Hand Quilted
Made for her husband, Gene.
Nice Work Violet!
Many thanks to everyone that participated in our show and helped to make it a successful event! I hope you will all consider entering at least one quilt in next year's show, which will be two days, and coincide with the Northern Illinois Quilt Festival. You won't want to miss this!
Happy Quilting,
Carrie

Monday, August 9, 2010

4th Anniversary Quilt Show Pix

Hello Pieceful Quilters:

Wow! What a weekend! Our 4th Annual Anniversary Celebration, Barbeque, Quilt Show, Registration and all around good time, was wonderful. I put a lot of pictures on Facebook, because it is much easier to upload things there, but I know some of you haven't taken that plunge yet, so here is a little bit of a virtual quilt show for you. I will probably add more pictures and captions in a day or so, once I figure out who all the winners are, and get pictures of the winning quilts with their owners. For now, here is a pictorial synopsis of the day:


Katie & I before the show - Yes, we were actually ready before the doors opened!


Katie with Vonnie, one of our Longarm Quilters:

My Wonderful Husband, Tony with sons, John on the Left and Mike on the right.
Ready to get things going!


So many wonderful Vendors and Local Businesses to thank! Our show would not have been the success it was without them:

Please be sure to visit these local Businesses:

Vicki Madigan
Quilts2Go Trips, Tours, and More
(224) 848-1990

CarX Auto Service - Fox River Grove
(847) 639-1597

Brunch Cafe - Fox River Grove
(847) 516-0409

Atrium Arts, Ltd. - Cary
(847) 516-1413

Kathy Dzubin at Sheer Madness - Cary
(847) 530-6490

Susan Peterson
Massage Polarity Therapy - Crystal Lake
(815) 444-9910

Sandy Schweitzer
AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser - Crystal Lake
(815) 459-5545

Jennifer Koralik
Cary Grove Photography - Fox River Grove
(224) 622-4671

Ringers Landscape Services
(847) 989-5593

Cary Physical Therapy
(847) 516-8095
Distinctive Designs by Roberta Lynn
Flowers & Gifts - Island Lake
(847)487-2241


Debbie, Demi & Jessica waiting for the Show to start


Rebecca's Madders Quilt - Owned by Sandy Schweitzer
This is the quilt that my fabric line is based on. It is now supposed to come out in December - I haven't turned blue, yet.

Famous Person Siting! Kathy Tracy came to see the show. She has a tiny picture of her next book pinned on to her blouse. The title is still a secret, but I can tell you it is going to fit into our shop perfectly - as usual. Can't wait to see the book in real life!


Julia T. and Mary Z. a couple of our sainted White Glove Ladies


Madelyn Anderson and her helper judge the quilts. This section had the quilts from our Sarah's Circle Sewing Club.
Some Pix from the Show

A Few of the Entrants and Winners
(more to come)


Izzy - our youngest entrant with her cute little pink and green quilt.

Tricia with her Sew Simple Pineapple Quilt

Violet Klein - the big winner of the show - Second place in the bed size category and Viewer's Choice! Congratulations Violet!

After the Show

Diane and Mary L relax on the deck

Demi & Dave --- Waiting for more great food!
Tony with my Dad ----- Samantha
Jenn -Mike's Wife ----- Katie, B-I-L, Luke & Husband, Mark
John & Girlfriend Kristen ----- Tony, my long-suffering Husband
That's all for now - I need to get the weekly newsletter out. We have much to do before the end of the session! Yikes!
Thanks to all that came to our show, put your quilts in our show, and especially all of our wonderful staff members and volunteers that came together to make this happen.
Happy Quilting,
Carrie & Katie