April 24, 2016

February Meeting 2016: Part Two

Ok, February Meeting Part II. Because 60 pictures seemed like a lot for one post!
Our member Elisa, who is originally from Brazil, was celebrating the fact that she had been in Canada for one whole year. And what better way than with this boldly patriotic block!
 Elisa also made this lovely nature themed small quilt. She has it all pinned together and ready for quilting. She's made some really nice fabric choices here, allowing it to be abstract while still clearly referencing the natural world. Really lovely work.
 Karen brought in this giNORmous quilt, the block for which were made in 2011 as part of a block of the Week club from the Sew Sisters shop. It is made with the Stonehenge fabric line from Northcott.
 She had so much of the fabric that she even pieced the back. Very impressive.
 Karen also did not mess around when it came to making quilts at the Quilts for Refugees sew down. She made, count them, ONE….
 ...FIVE! Five, cheery bright little quilts to welcome new families to our country and communities.
 Julie has been making little free motion quilting samples, in order to practice her technique.
 She has found this process to be therapeutic, and the end result of her very pretty little doodles was this small piece. It beautifully addresses her experience with depression. The dark background is punctuated with one hopeful shining star, and the words quilted into the piece whisper "the darkest nights produce the brightest stars". A beautiful and emotionally charged work.
 Lynda brought this piece in to show us. I love her simple layouts, the little scatter of mixed media...
 …and that she always manages to sneak a few birds in there somewhere!
 Sheila showed us this punchy little baby quilt top quite awhile ago, but brought in the project in its quilting stage to get our feedback on whether she needed to quilt it more densely. After we'd discussed it for awhile she said something along the lines of "basically, I'm asking for permission to stop quilting." We've all been there, had a good laugh, and permission was granted.
 She's also making some adorable baby/child clothing for her niece.
 And to further solidify her status as "best Aunt ever", also made these early little pretend tea bags to go with her niece's tea set.
 Samarra's work always impresses me, but these crazy little portraits really left me gobsmacked.
 Just so creative and so beautifully executed. Stunning work.
 Christine brought in this fun little tote bag. Which makes me think that this is what I should do with all the small, unfinished things I make. They should obviously become tote bags.
 And I'm so in love with this star quilt that Sabrina made. She made it as part of the Super Star course at the Workroom (our host store) and is a quilt that is on my to-do list for sure.
 Debbie brought in this Ribbon Quilt, also made as part of a Workroom class, this one taught by Johanna. I love the subtle colour choices she went with. Its such a strong pattern, so these quasi-neutrals are a great choice.
 Lisa is another new member. It was her first meeting with us, and she had a lot of work to show. The quilt above is called "Imperfect Heart" and is another beauty made as a part of the Quilting for Refugees sew down.
 She calls this bold quilt "Value Village Special", because believe it or not, that centre panel was actually purchased from her local Value Village Thrift Shop! Crazy. So she put some borders on it and quilted it up.
 These small pieces are a series of improv experiments. They will probably become wall hanging.
 Such a lovely, subtle feel with a Japanese influence. I feel like we're going to see a lot from Lisa in the future.
 Doris made this beautiful small piece called "Some Kind of Blue" as part of a challenge with the other quilt guild she attends. I love the dense quilting, the subtle gradation of blue in the hand-dyed fabric and that little shot of gold up in the corner.
 And here's an amazing piece by our president Rebecca, called Bump and Grind. So original. And a great example of what we're talking about when we say "Modern" Quilts.
 Rebecca also had a pattern published in Simply Moderne Quilts and Crafts magazine called Poppin' Wheelies. Its a great pattern, and a really wonderful magazine, one I had not seen before but if it has work like this in it, I'll be watching for future issues.

And there you have it, our February Meeting in two posts.

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