Saturday, May 4, 2013

May Meeting

Big thanks are due to Diane and Paula, who hosted our May meeting on May 4 at the Barnard School in South Hampton, NH. They taught three methods of fabric surface painting and design, and most of us left with some hand-printed fabric to use for a fun project.

Our meeting began with a round of Show and Tell. Kim brought three quilts to share: 

her Stack & Whack Kaleidoscope quilt,

her "Cotton Candy" Batiks 2.5'' strip quilt,

and this incredible beauty: a 120''x120'' quilt of her own design. Two people held it, but maybe it could even have used three! 

Gail brought her One-Block Wonder to show. She used only one print to make the 
hexagons in the top!

And here is Gail's Four-Patch Posie Quilt. I believe she said this is also only one print! 

Paula showed off her finished Asbury Challenge flying geese + raw-edge applique table runner. 

Karen decided she wanted her pile of leftover batiks to make a "modern" quilt. We agreed that she succeeded!

Karen said this quilt was made of leftover English Paper Pieced hexagons. (Karen has some great leftovers.)

These fabric flowers are a Japanese technique called Kanzashi that Karen learned. She says they are quick and easy to make. Her half-square triangle border was pieced using Thangles. 

Jessica brought a quilted Asbury challenge quilt. The texture does not show well in this photo, but it is densely free-motion quilted in a variety of patterns. She did all of the quilting herself. All of the prints in the top of the quilt came from the one Asbury charm pack provided by Andover Fabrics!

Robin pieced her Drunkard's Path blocks from our March meeting's Sizzix tutorial together in an interesting design.

Sam showed off some bee blocks she made (some of which she loves more than others); she also showed two To Boston With Love flags. Her sons suggested a dinosaur motif!

Nancy showed off her To Boston With Love flag. 

Laura brought her low-volume scrap quilt.

After Show and Tell, Sam collected all of the blocks for the first block lottery. The response was great. We counted nineteen blocks! Each member was invited to make as many Wonky Pinwheel blocks as they liked. For each block, they donated $1 towards the guild's 2013 National Modern Quilt Guild dues, and received one entry in a raffle to win the pile of blocks.

Jessica was the lucky winner. (That is her block in the lower right of the four laid out together.) 

We then discussed the proposed draft of the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild Bylaws. Michelle and Paula worked to create the first draft, and will incorporate all of the changes that we agreed to at the meeting. Some notable changes include: 1) only two officers (the President and the Treasurer) will have signing privileges on checks, and only one of their two signatures will be required; and 2) we will hold our Annual Meeting and Elections in November, with all changes to take effect on January 1, and nominations for officers will occur at the October meeting. 

A revised draft of the Bylaws will be provided for the review of all members before our next meeting. Voting on the Bylaws will take place at the June meeting. We will need a 2/3 majority to pass the Bylaws.

Voting on interim officers (to serve June-December 2013) will also take place during our June meeting. The following people were nominated to serve as officers:
President: Amy 
Vice President: Peg
Treasurer: Becca
Secretary: Laura

Please plan to attend the June meeting prepared to think and vote. The current Bylaws do not make a provision for absentee voting, so your presence is required!

Finally, Diane said, "Let's paint!", and she and Paula taught us how to screen print using freezer paper stencils:

They also taught fabric painting, using stencils. There were a variety of animal and geometric design stencils to use.

Or, we could choose to do a marbling technique, using, of all things, shaving cream (!) and paint. 

A thank-you to all who attended, and the biggest thank-you to Paula and Diane, and the Barnard School, for allowing us to use their classrooms. 

Our next meeting will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the West Newbury Town Hall Annex, in West Newbury MA. Our workshop will be on Fabric Collage--check back here at the blog or watch your email for supplies requirements and more information.


DSheck said...

I am so glad that everyone seemed to have a good time....can't wait to see how you all use your painted fabrics...Diane

Deb @ PlainStitch said...

Wow - what a productive day! It's making my head spin with ideas just looking at what you all achieved!