Monday, August 9, 2010

Photos from May 2010 Meeting

Better late than never! Here are the photos from our May, 2010 meeting.

We have a special treat tomorrow night! Karen Montgomery of The Quilt Company will be our guest speaker.

Hope to see you there.

  • Vicky shares a cute baby quilt with precious clouds.

Mary is justifiably proud of her Thimbleberries quilt as well as.....

her Gone With the Wind quilt. (Sorry for the blurry image on this one.)

Sandy shows off her Kaye Wood tote bag, quilt and jacket.

The guild is working on A River Runs Through It. Here are a few of the designs turned in.

Evelyn made a sweet pinwheel quilt.

Marie shows how she cut up the storybook panel of A Poky Little Puppy and turned it into a darling quilt top.

Helen's awesome snail trail quilt was made using Hoffman Bali Pops and a pattern from the book Scrap Basket Surprises.

What a beautiful vintage scrappy top. I see hearts when I look at it.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Cabin Fever at the March Meeting

Our meeting on March 16, 2010 focused on Log Cabin quilts. Members were asked to bring examples of quilts, patterns or books that either used the log cabin pattern or had cabins or houses within them.

Jan opened the meeting by giving us a little history. Though we'd like to think that the Log Cabin pattern is representative of our American pioneer foremothers creating home and hearth in fabric, the truth is this pattern can be traced as far back as ancient Egypt.

Archaeologists discovered several mummified cats in Egyptian tombs with wrappings of what could only be described as the log cabin pattern. Unfortunately, almost none of these remain because when the tombs were initially raided the wrappings and cat mummies themselves were used as fertilizer in the farmers' fields.

This picture is from a display at the British Museum.

Joyce showed us her log cabin blocks, which was her first attempt at paper piecing.

Sharon and Rose then shared some of their blocks, which they call Metropolitan Housing Authority. We all appreciated their mobile design walls. Jan let them use her design wall, too.

Mary shared her beautiful Eleanor Burns log cabin quilt, which used 2 1/2" logs. The back of the quilt shows the gorgeous quilting done by Katy, Jan's daughter.

Cheryl displayed "Autumn Leaves" while wearing the Big Shirt she created using Robert Kaufman's Girl Scout fabric.

Jill made the Thimbleberries houses wall quilt as a sample for the shop.

Jan took this Log Cabin Star quilt off her dining room table to show us. Jan generally doesn't do country, so it was quite a surprise to find that this is in her home. (Hint from web master...if you ever want to part with it I know a very good home for it).

Vicky used fabric from the Exclusively Quilters Van Gogh line to fashion this Charley Harper-inspired sheep. Isn't he darling?

Cass showed off her SCPA (School for the Creative and Performing Arts) raffle quilt. Each scene must be related to the arts in some way.

Elizabeth shared her green camouflage and cream-colored elephants baby quilt. Jill did the quilting on this one.

Helen displayed her stunning 'X Marks the Spot' wall hanging.

Rose showed off her outstanding Making Tracks jacket, followed by Sharon doing the same.

Helen has been a busy lady. She shared the following three projects with us: Outside the Box, Rag Quilt and the Irish Chain quilt with Shamrocks. Look at the close-up of the shamrock quilting done by Cass.

Sharon created a One Block Wonder quilt and is creating a pillow sham from the original fabric, a cardinal design. So cool!

Marie created a sweet Chinese Coin quilt for our NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and a Poky Little Puppy quilt crafted from the story book panel.

Jan showed off a couple of quilts from her original patterns. First we got to smell the aroma from Pies in the Window and then we appreciated the Garden View using all fruit fabrics.

Joyce was the winner of the Round Robin gift basket, filled with goodies by Elizabeth who was the last recipient. Joyce gets to enjoy what's in the basket, then refill it for next month's meeting. We think we'll all get a turn to read Jennifer Chiaverini's novel by the time each of us gets a turn! And look at Barb making sure she gets into the picture. Everyone wave back at Barb now. Hi, Barbie!!

This is the way that Mary and Cheryl spend their time while taking care of all the administrative work at our meetings. Aren't they great examples of multi-taskers?

Upcoming events and things to think about:

  • Where can our little, but growing guild have a local show with room for lots of vendors?
  • Start pulling together items you'd like to part with at our Chinese Auction next month.
  • Bring your "A River Runs Through It" blocks to share if you have one completed.
  • Work on your Charley Harper block.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Theme is the Chinese Auction.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Our February 16, 2010 has been canceled due to snow.

We hope to see everyone at the March 16 meeting!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January 2010 Meeting

The January meeting was held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010.

Jan presented the 2010 guild calendar. It is available on the sidebar.

Jan explained our Basket round robin. A basket filled with various new or gently used items will be awarded every month. The winner of the basket brings it back the following month to be awarded again. It has yet to be determined whether the basket will be awarded through chances sold or as a monthly door prize.

Jane Root, an expert on quilt restoration, was our guest speaker. Jo Ann brought along a quilt made in the 1960s that is showing some discoloration and wear in order to get Jane's opinion on how to restore it.


The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns compiled by Barbara Brackman is a good reference material.

Gutermann cotton thread is the only thread that does not fluoresce under a black light. This is important for quilts that are historically significant. Antique dealers and historians use black light to determine authenticity and value.

To wash or not to wash, that is the question. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you intend to use the quilt? Wash it
  • Does it have historical significance? If yes, don't wash it.
  • Has it been washed before? If yes, it's okay to wash.
  • Will washing further deteriorate the quilt? Don't wash
  • Is it an African American Gee's Bend quilt? Don't wash
Jane gave us thorough directions on how to wash a quilt in need of restoration.


The best place to store a quilt is on the bed. Acid-free boxes are good for 10-15 years. Acid-free paper is good for 3 years. Use a muslin bag or pillowcase to store your quilt. Make a matching pillowcase to store the quilt, which then provides you with extra fabric in case of deterioration. Provide a record of the quilt.

Cheryl with stained glass.

Rose with cross-stitched butterflies.

Sharon with baby quilt.

Sharon with vintage appliqued quilt.

Close up of applique center.

Joyce with pillowcase.

Kathy with Match Game quilt.

Brenda with "body bag"...Okay, it's really a garment bag.

Brenda with tote bag and matching garment bag.

Jill with RV place mat.


Our guild has been asked to create Charley Harper quilts again this year for the Hamilton County Park District. Please review this book and sign up. Check with Marie, our guild secretary, to ensure that two people have not signed up to do the same quilt. Quilts must be turned in by the August meeting at the latest.


For only $2 members can participate in making A River Runs Through It quilt. Leslie found this beautiful batik to use in each quilt.

Each quilt should be:
  1. 22"h x 18" w with the front raw edge folded to the back and hand stitched.
  2. Have a "river" running through it of the blue fabric as pictured above.
  3. River will go from left to right, either 6" to 3", or 3" to 6". To be determined when you sign up.
  4. It should be a Cincinnati area scene.
  5. Must be submitted by the August guild meeting.


Best Friends Quilt Shoppe is participating in the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge sponsored by American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. On Superbowl Sunday, February 7, the store will hold a team event to create pillowcases. Sign ups for teams are at the store.

You may also drop off pillowcases you make at home. Our pillowcases will go to local fire and police departments to support Children's Services. They will be distributed to children who have been displaced from their homes for any reason. St. Aloysius Orphanage will also be a recipient.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, February 16. Jan will give a Powerpoint presentation on needles.

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