Thursday, July 16, 2015

July 16 Program and Show and Tell

Guild member Carrie Payne presented the July program. In her slide presentation, Carrie described her quilt making history. Her people quilts, mostly figures of girls, started with white faces, which she thought were too bland. Then she discovered text fabric to give texture to her figures’ faces and limbs. Carrie uses a variety of embellishments. She pre-quilts the backgrounds and pre-fuses the figures. Then she has the flexibility to match a figure to the background that suits her theme for that quilt. Carrie’s web site is She sells her fabric, patterns, and quilts in the Etsy store. She also teaches an on-line class.

After Carrie's program, guild members showed their recent quilts.

Barbara spent several days with other quilters at a remote cabin, "quilt jail" as she called it. Among other projects that she worked on, Barbara made this "wonky 9-patch" wall-hanging.
Bonnie quilted this panel with advice from other members.
Delberta made a small quilt for the Teddy Bear Quilts project.
Harmony and her husband spend time in the summer in Seldovia where she belongs to a quilt group. She likes to take easily transportable hand work and created this crazy quilt for the small quilt auction.
During her trip to Road to California, Harmony became interested in shaving cream fabric marbling but hadn't tried it. Then her husband did some in a class he teaches for science teachers, came home excited that it would be something Harmony would enjoy, and showed her how to do it. She used her fabric in this little wall-hanging for the small quilt auction.
The pattern name for this quilt made by Jane is "Buck a Block," a program run by Thangles. This pattern was the last one made for Dina's Cozy Cabin Quilts, which is now closed. 
Katy enjoyed using 49 Alaska fabrics to make this quilt for a grand niece's wedding gift.
Shirley finished this little basket which someone had given her.
This little quilt and the ones below are for the Teddy Bear Quilts project.

Sondra and Katy show a comfort quilt made by guild members.
George and Regina show a comfort quilt made by guild members.

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 2 Show and Tell

Barbara showed us the rock she painted to be used in a local artist's project.
The cat image she painted is a favorite theme of Barbara's.

The appliqué in the lower left corner of this small quilt was fussy-cut from a fabric panel.
The three small quilts above will be donated for the Teddy Bear Tea.
This small quilt is intended for use as a table cover.
Barbara created more woven ties. The one she is holding was made using two ties.
George used his sashiko machine to quilt this small quilt and the larger one below. The small one has trapunto to help the circles stand out.

The top of this comfort quilt was created by Judy W. and quilted by George using his sashiko machine. 

Jackie showed this small wall-hanging and explained how she sews corner pieces on the back so she can easily slip a hanging rod under the corners.

Katy had bought this floral fabric as backing for another quilt but rejected it. Later it was perfect for the quilt top in a class she took at a local quilt shop. She quilted it on her long-arm machine.

Pat made this quilt from a kit which Lynn put together for donations to the palliative care group in one of our hospitals.

This cute quilt shown by Regina is a comfort quilt.

These two bright comfort quilts were pieced by Donna E.

Robyn pieced this wall-hanging to use for quilting practice.

This table runner helped Robyn deplete some of her stash.
Robyn's sister Kay helped her make this fused appliqué wall-hanging.
A friend gave Roxann this appliqué pattern after the friend had decided not to make it herself.
This appliqué wall-hanging appealed to Roxann because her daughter is a cellist.

Sandra used the small quilts above for quilting practice.
Shirley was dressed for the July 4  holiday, including wearing earrings she had made. This small quilt is titled "Daddy's Taking His Little Girl Fishing" and is a donation for the Small Quilt Auction.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June 18 Program and Show and Tell

Alaska artist Barbara Lavallee presented our June program. She fascinated members with her explanation of the process she uses to create her distinctive art prints. Barbara has a new line of fabric panels and yardage.

Barbara Lavallee explains her creative process.
After the program, a few members showed their latest quilts.

Sandy made this quilt with half-square triangles.
This quilt is a gift for Sandy's mother.
Margaret showed her almost finished quilt made from Lisa Moore's pattern, "American Wave." It is a gift for her nephew.
Rosemary is looking for the quilter who pieced this quilt. Quilter Sharon DeBoer returned it with a group of ALCQ comfort quilts which she had quilted. Rosemary does not remember it as one of our comfort quilts and would like to find the correct owner of this quilt.

Friday, June 5, 2015

June 4, 2015

After our monthly business meeting and delicious cake to celebrate June birthdays (Birthday tip from Marilyn M: "Done is better than perfect."), we settled back in our seats for Show and Tell.

Irene described her technique for quilting multiple quilts on the same backing with her longarm quilting machine. She pieces a king-size backing and attaches it to her longarm machine. She showed two comfort quilts which she had quilted on the same large backing, saving the time to attach two separate backings.
Irene also showed the second place ribbon she won in the computerized quilting category, along with a monetary award, at the MQX Quilt Festival--New England show. Her quilt, "Lost at Sea", also won People's Choice for large quilts in the ALCQ September show. You can find that quilt on the photo page of the 2014 Quilt Show.
When making a Teddy Bear quilt for this cute little stuffed animal, Jackie S. added a jar full of ants for the ant-eater.
This colorful quilt is a comfort quilt.
Robyn showed this small quilt created by Gail. It will be available in the Small Quilt Auction during our September quilt show.
Glenda cautioned us to "wait for the first sonogram" before making a baby quilt.  Thinking her son and daughter-in-law were having a girl, she made this pretty, pink quilt. After learning that the baby will be a boy, Glenda decided to donate this quilt to the Valley Quilt Guild.
Jackie S. used Alaska themed fabric to make kuspuks for her granddaughters' American Girl dolls.
Kay shows a small quilt made by Marilyn M. for the Small Quilt Auction.
Click on this photo to see a larger image so you can read the motto on this wall-hanging which Marilyn M. donated to the Small Quilt Auction. 

These two photos show members of the Dare to Wear small group--Carol, Jackie S., Ruthe, Delberta, and Barbara--who recycled men's ties into unique and attractive neck collars.
Kay and Robyn show the portable design walls they made in a project with the Kept in Stitches group. The pattern can be found on the Riley Blake Designs web site. Search for "UFO to Go" from 2/5/13.
Kay made this LeMoyne Star wall-hanging using a special ruler for easy star piecing.
Glenda ended our meeting with a name-tag drawing. Winners could chose a plant to brighten our currently damp and cloudy weather.