Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Those Mesa Ladies/ July

 One of my most favorite days of the month
is when I have a chance to sew with those 
Wonderful Mesa Ladies
We gather at the church and 
bring our own projects to work on.
The last few months
several of the ladies in the group 
have been making Lori Holt's
Quilty Fun
 Vicki also had a finish and was working on the binding
during our sew day.
Great job Vicki  !!
 I love this quilt in every shape and form.
 The back of Vicki's quilt
really shows off the very detailed machine quilting.
And look at this darling label  !
 Vicki machine embroidered her label information.
Is this not the cutest hat?
 Once I could manage to stop oohing and aaahing over all the Quilty Fun quilts,
I looked up to see what the other ladies were working on.
Steph had left over Half Square Triangles from another project.
Placing them in a pinwheel formation
another quilt is born!
Happy Scrappy blues that play so well together.
 I was so proud of Candace  !
This was her first time to paper piece :)
She was a little discouraged that it took her 1 1/2 hours to figure
out this first block,
but I reassured her that now that she knows the technique
the others will come together much faster.
 Towards the end of our meeting,
the very darling Christine Cook was able to join us  !
Such a talented lady  !
As a busy young mom with 3 boys 
(and another on the way)
we are grateful anytime she can join our group.
She brought 3 recently finished quilts
for Show and Tell.
We were all amazed that she completes so many quilts
in such a short period of time
and even asked if she ever sleeps :)
 Christine has such an eye for fabric and color.
Quilt #2
 Quilt # 3
Christine makes a lot of quilts from
Camille Roskelley's books
and 
Auditioning bindings with the group.
Until next month...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Karen's Quilty Fun

 Last Wednesday I met with 
Those wonderful Mesa Ladies for a day of sewing.
 Karen Hatch brought 3
yes 3  !
finished quilts for us to see.
Quilty Fun Sampler
designed by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet
Several ladies in our group have been
working on this design the last few months as we have gathered
and I love them all.
It's so fun to see this quilt made in various colors
of scrappy leftovers.
 The label on the back
 complete with hand embroidery
 I could stare at this quilt for hours.
 Karen's quilt #2
is a 
Birthday Table Topper
 What a happy way to celebrate a 
special person's day.
 More hand embroidery
 And last but not least,
Karen's 3rd quilt
is a Scrappy Zigzag
made with Half Square Triangles
set between a brick design.
 Karen always picks such bright, joyful colors to play with.
I love everything she makes.!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cross My Heart Mini Quilts

 In June
Alyssa Lichner (Pile O Fabric)
taught a class on
for our Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild
Alyssa uses a Glue/ Baste technique
promoted by Sharon Schamber.
It was a great class,
and many of the ladies have already 
completed their  28" X 28" wall hangings.
 It's always so fun to see the same quilt 
made up in several color ways.
 I really liked this aqua/ red Valentine example
 Variety of color for the background squares.
 Tracy's
 Kirsten added wide borders
to make her version the size of a baby quilt.
Soon to be a present for a friend.
If you would like to learn how to make this fun
Cross Stitch Heart,
you can contact Alyssa
at Pile O' Fabric 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild Show and Tell

The Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild 
really is a diverse group.
I would guess that the median age is mid-30's
but there are also several in my age bracket
(50+)
Some have been quilters for a long time,
while several have been caught up in the addiction just recently.
One of the nice things about our diversity, is that age really doesn't matter.
It's a friendly group, and everyone is welcome to join us.
 At the end of each meeting
we have 
"Show and Tell"
 One member is a pattern tester for 
Elizabeth Hartman (Oh, Fransson)
 A soon to be released pattern
 The second quilt made by this member.
Pyramid or Equilateral Triangles 
are usually not for beginners.
She did a great job!
 Kim's Foxy quilt
 Very cute paper pieced Fox
 A Work In Progress 
is finally finished.
 Block of the Month
made all in Kaffes
 And on the back, more Kaffes!
 Celtic Wall Hanging
from the book
Still available on 
Amazon.com
 And last, but not least
a whimsical 
raw edge scrappy wall hanging
that has been scribbled with a dark top thread.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild July Meeting/ Part 2

A few more pictures to share with you from
The Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild members
who participated in the
Michael Miller Fabric Challenge
 From our Guild President Michelle Hart
 Michelle even did her own machine quilting
on her domestic machine.
 The circular quilting goes so well with 
the sharp edged Modern Design
 The back has rows of Flying Geese using the
Michael Miller fabric.
 Rebecca Whaling made a large Flying Geese pattern
with a Pinwheel as a secondary block.
 She also quilted a circular pattern 
using her domestic machine.
 Barb's X's and O's Wall hanging
 Modern quilting is known 
for it's use of wide open negative space.
 All of these quilts and projects will now be photographed
by their owners
with pictures being submitted online.
Even though it's a National Challenge,
I look forward to seeing if anyone from our guild will win!
Announcements will be made
by the Modern Quilt Guild
on August 1st.