Community Service Quilts 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Mini Retreat

Saturday, June 14 was our one-day retreat. Five of us gathered and spent the day sewing. We started at 7:30 a.m. and got right to work.. making blocks, sewing on borders, binding quilts, cutting, ironing, talking, and, of course, eating. Here are some of the results of work by Janet, Kathy, Sue, Cindy, and Carol. We had fun and enjoyed a beautiful day wafting in through the many windows. We'll be doing another one soon. Watch for announcements!

P.S. Carol and Cindy found out that it is not easy to clean up a big quilting room at 10 p.m., in the dark, when a thunderstorm has come through, and electricity goes out. Kinda creepy!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Please Don't Get Dizzy

This month I remembered my camera. It's a camera just like my previous one that broke, so you'd think it would work precisely the same... but for some reason it's much touchier about holding still and getting things in focus. I took lots of pictures, but most of them are blurry, dizzy-fying photos. If you are prone to vertigo, please look carefully. (You've been warned.)

Our speaker was Susan Antell from Colorful Quilts and Textiles in St. Paul (a fabulous shop - one of my faves). She showed us samples of journal quilts, book quilts, just-play-around quilts. They are similar to quilted postcards but of various sizes. Some she keeps in a binder so they can be looked at in "book-reading" style. These are made using various techniques such as paint stix, sun fading, photo transfers, stamping, whatever one's imagination inspires.

She has also used some of the techniques in wall hangings, as she is showing us in the "pottery" quilt.

Our guild has been making star blocks for Quilts of Valor as our gift to Carol J., outgoing (gone) president. We got so many stars in, with more coming, that it seems we will be able to make 4 quilts or perhaps more from all our blocks! We will still accept blocks in July, but then collections are closed. Thanks to Mary B. who volunteered to assemble these tops. She's doing a great job! Several people are donating backing fabric and others are volunteering to machine quilt. What a great group! Watch for more (and better) pictures of these quilts in coming months.

As always, we had beautiful Show and Tell quilts to enjoy...

...and afterwards, there was time for Sandi to show some of the things she picked up at Quilt Market. She shared some of her goodies as door prizes, too.

Next month: picnic meeting at 6:30 p.m. on July 8! We'll meet at the pavilion at the Eagan Community Center site. Come with a hearty appetite!


This has nothing to do with DCSQ. I'm just experimenting with the video option here, wondering if I can get it to work.

Monday, June 9, 2008

The Real Thing

Beth K. shared some of her May-meeting pictures with me, so now you can see how great Sylvia's applique work is, instead of relying on rotten drawings by me! I'll also post some of the show and tell quilts. Wow!

Show and Tell:

See you tomorrow night at the June meeting!