Tuesday, October 24, 2017

October 2017 Meeting - Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Our October meeting was held a week later than usual, on October 15 at the Owings Mills Library.  There were 59 people in attendance, including nine guests (which is a record for this year!).  Our speaker was Victoria Findlay Wolfe (https://vfwquilts.com/).  The meeting started at 1:30 with her lecture and trunk show.  The lecture was a combination of slide show and trunk show.  She had such interesting stories about her life in Minnesota, her grandmother, and her beginnings as a quilter.  Here are pictures from the meeting:
This quilt is on her website under Commissions.

The quilt pictured above is the same as the quilt in the slide Victoria is showing.  A close-up of the slide is below.  You'd never guess it's the same quilt!

Victoria said she cut up 30 yards of fabric for this quilt!  (There was some leftover...)
Above is the Herringbone pattern, using partial seams.  This was the subject of the workshop on Oct. 14.
One column is one block, with partial seams.
Victoria explained that this quilt started with a mistake - the rectangles were cut the wrong size.  Solution?  Add a piece of the opposite color to the end of each rectangle!

This was another example of the herringbone pattern with partial seams, and free form curves.

 Above is the quilt right-side up.  Below it is turned upside-down, and gives a completely different look and feel.
The last slide in the presentation -- is this your thought process when you make a quilt? 😁
There were a couple of quilts folded up on a table that were not part of the trunk show.  I snapped a couple of photos of the quilting on them...

After the trunk show, we took a break so everyone could shop at the tables set up with Victoria's patterns, fabrics, templates, etc.  I hope we see some quilts incorporating these goodies in a future Show & Share!

The business part of the meeting followed.  Janet was not able to attend the meeting, so Phyllis filled in for her.  She reminded everyone that now is a good time to pay your dues for your membership for next year.

Heather gave us a recap of all the board positions and who has volunteered.  I don't have all of them here, but Andee will be joining Shelli on Programs; new member Deanna and Linda S. will be taking over the Communications position from Carol F. (that's me); our new VP is Mary T., and our new President is Rose D!

The retreat in Columbia November 2-5 is closed.  There will be fabulous swag bags and drawings for gifts for all who are attending!

Amy V. is coordinating the quilt show at the Arbutus Library, and collecting the "literary mini quilts" after Show & Share today.

Phyllis spoke about the name tag swap, gave out the October birthday fat quarters, and reminded us that the November meeting will be at the Catonsville library.  There was a possible gift swap for December, but that has been put off until early next year.  An exchange with the Lancaster MQG is being discussed for January.  Shelli will email details when they are available.

Mary T. announced a design challenge for December, with details coming in November.  For the December meeting, we may do a "white elephant" style gift exchange.  Everyone who wishes to participate will bring 4 fat quarters.  There will be more details at the November meeting (the December meeting will be held at the Owings Mills library).

There were more charity blocks turned in, and Rebecca S. asked for the return of any leftover fabric from them that you may have  It will be used in putting the quilt together at the retreat.

Then those who brought their work from the Herringbone Pillow class showed what they had created.  (There were 22 people in the class.)  Victoria snapped this photo of us.  We all look so interested in what everyone else is holding up!

Rebecca S. also got a nice picture of the group:


There were 25 people who had quilts for Show & Share.  MJ and Mary T. started off with with their contributions to the quilt show to be held at the Arbutus Library.
MJ's literary mini called "Rain, Rain Go Away"
MJ also finished her Magic 8 Ball quilt (with Minky on the back)

Mary's "Knit Stitch" quilt.
And her original pattern plus quilt she did as a raffle quilt for ALS.
Carol F. showed her Paradigm Shift quilt (the front was made about 8 years ago from a black & white fabric exchange with another guild). 

...and back
Kathy S. shared a Zennia pillow she made at a class at MAQ with Teresa Fusco.

Barbara S. shared her literary quilt for the library show - a familiar Dr. Seuss book with "Dick & Jane" fabric for the border.
Kate L. said she found quilts at a garage sale for $10 to $15, and purchased a beautiful white whole-cloth quilt.
Kate also shared a t-shirt quilt made for a friend with lung cancer.
Jane shared a batik quilt...
...and a quilt called "Modern Abacus", made from pre-cuts that her husband chose.
Rebecca S. shared her literary mini for the quilt show - "Robin Hood"

MJ also shared two postcard-sized versions of Happy Villages, from a workshop with Karen Eckmeier through another guild.  She wasn't sure of the best way to bind them.
Rising Sun table runner, from the Carolyn Friedlander pattern Facing East.
Sue M. shared her quilt from Sarah Bond's workshop that we had in March.
Valarie showed her Swoon quilt.  This is the 24" block version.  It was quilted by Claudia.
Valarie also shared her Garden Gate quilt.
Janice B. showed us her first attempt at paper piecing!
Shelli shared a mystery quilt from the Chestertown guild.  This one has sashing...

...and this is the same quilt without sashing.  Both have wool batting.
Bobbi said she started this Baltimore Album quilt 16 years ago.  It was quilted by Claudia, and will be in the Chestertown guild's show at the end of October.
Below is some detail of the custom quilting that Claudia did:

Monica shared her Dr. Seuss baby quilt.
Andee shared a mini tree made from felted wool.
Linda S. participated in a swap, and she received this Halloween-themed hexie quilt from her swap partner.
Linda also shared a quilt top made from aboriginal fabric, and will hand-quilt it.
Carol R. made this baby quilt for a boy.  It's a quilt within a quilt!
Laura R. showed her sample of improv paper piecing for a retreat class.
Sue T. shared a quilt from a wonky curve class, which was part of a bee.
This is Heather's latest quilt design for Modern Patchwork magazine.  It was quilted by Claudia.
Becca shared her mystery quilt.  She came up with her own design layout.
Phyllis shared her Harry Potter mini that will be in our quilt show at the Arbutus library.
Ann H showed a quilt that will be included in the library show.
Susan H. showed her literary mini quilts for the library show.  They are based on the book "The Day the Crayons Quit".

Whew!  This is the end of this post....
Submitted by Carol F.