Saturday, December 28, 2013

End of the Year

The December meeting of Vance Quilts R Us was a wonderful Homespun Christmas. 
The Christmas committee of Donna Compton, Rachel Wessels and BK McCloud did a wonderful job planning an evening of
Guild members lucky enough to win Blocks of the Month throughout the year were asked to bring their quilts made from them to the meeting for judging.
Viewer's Choice awards were given to Barbara Bockiaro and Rachel Wessels.

Through the year, the guild members brought gently used or new regifted items.  Those items were put into thirty seven baskets for a Chinese Auction.
Guild members had much fun winning the baskets.
It has been a fun and educational year in the quilting guild.  We are looking forward to the happenings of 2014.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas

The November meeting of the Quilts R Us guild was an evening of sharing Christmas gift ideas.  Guild members shared patterns and ideas for quick go to gifts they make for those on their gift lists.  One idea was the quick Christmas tree pictured below shared by Debbie Powell.   
Members enjoyed yummy snacks brought by Eileen Davison, BK McCloud, Lynn Currin and Belinda Leach.  Winner of Fat Quarter Frenzy was Georgia Darnell. Sarah Baskerville won the gift certificate raffle. The drawing for the trip to the Mid Atlantic Quilt Show in Hampton, VA was held with Karen Hanny's name being drawn as the winner.
Donna Compton shares her quilt, "Crown of Thorns".
Kathy Solomon shows her completed Quilt in a Box from last years challenge.
 Eileen Davison shares one of her painting quilts.
Eileen also shows a baby quilt she made with Dr. Seuss fabric.
Belinda Alston showed some quick flannel quilts she made for babies.

The guild's Christmas celebration will be held December 9.  The Christmas committee has been working hard to put together a Chinese Auction and dinner for the members.  It will be a fun evening, so plan to attend.  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Movies in Quilts

Friday, September 6, Vance Quilts R Us hosted an evening of entertainment.  Guild members, members from surrounding guilds and interested people from the community enjoyed viewing and voting on challenge quilts created by guild members, a wonderful assortment of treats including popcorn and movie theater candies.  The feature presentation for the evening was a lecture from quilt artist, Amy Stewart Winsor.

The guild's annual challenge was to create a quilt around a movie.  The quilt needed to include a pieced block, applique and embellishment and could not be larger than thirty inches.  
(Clicking on the pictures will enlarge them.)
"Lord of the Rings" was created by Stevie Scaramelli and was awarded second runner up.
First runner up was a quilt created by Patty McCrory and depicted the movie, "French Kiss".
Grand prize winner was "The Wizard of Oz" created by Donna Wesemann.
Brenda Seaman entered her quilt of "Yours, Mine and Ours".
Debbie Powell created a quilt depicting the movie "Harry Potter".
Wendy Krusie entered her quilt "Grease".
Also included in the evening was a "Stash for Cash".  Members brought sewing and craft related items to sell and the guild received a percentage of the sales.  There was a wide variety of items and many of those items were sold.

The evening's highlight was a lecture by Amy Winsor about her art quilts and how she creates them.  Many of her quilts do not follow any traditional rules used in quilting.

On Saturday, September 7, members and guests participated in a workshop presented by Amy Winsor on "Curvaceous Pieced Houses for the Precision Impaired". 

It was a weekend enjoyed by many quilters and non-quilters alike.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

August Meeting

The August meeting of the Vance Quilts R Us guild was another fun evening for quilting friends.  Winners for the evening included Barbara Bockiaro, winning the July Block of the Month; Lynn Patiky won the Fat Quarter Frenzy, and Kathy Solomon won the raffle for the gift certificate from Quilts Like Crazy.

Guild members were shown the next Block of the Month by Faith Smith.  The four leaf blocks will need to be completed for the October meeting, since there will be no business meeting in September.

October Block of the Month

Our members continue to awe us with their wonderful work.  Below is a quilt made by Peggy Stocks.

Hassie Boddy shares her Twisted Sister quilt made from men's wool trousers.

Karen Hanny shows her hand appliqued and quilted Baltimore Album wall hanging.

The activity for the evening was lead by Belinda Leach and Debbie Powell.  Kits were handed out and instructions were given for a fabric flower that can be used to embellish quilts, handbags or lapels. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

June Activities

June's meeting of Vance Quilts R Us was an informative evening of members sharing their favorite sewing and quilting tips and tools.  We found out how other members use everything from hair bands to clothespins.  

The guild welcomes their newest member, Gale Richardson.  Guests included Sharon Raynor and Joyce Bobbitt.
Faith Smith displays her Night and Day quilt.  Faith received a third place ribbon in the Duet category at some quilt show.

 Up close look of the quilting on Faith's quilt.
 Winners of Betty's Arrow Block of the Month were Faith Smith and Frances Owen.
 Ellen Andersen won the bag of 2.5" wide strips.  Betty Stanton's name was drawn from all those sharing a tip or tool to win the Quilts Like Crazy gift certificate.
June's charity quilt workshop was busy as always.  
 Patty's sister, Kathy was visiting and she joined in the fun.
Sue was going to use Miss Lou's machine to sew on a binding.  But the sewing gods were against them.