We had a lot of business to do – discussion about officers for next year, ideas for events for next year, challenges for next year, the Habitat challenge, show and tell, etc. There will be a Sew Day in January. We have gotten the same time and location for our meetings for 2012.

Mark your calendars for the following dates.

  • Saturday, 1/7/12 from 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday, 2/4/12 from 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday, 4/7/12 from 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday, 5/5/12 from 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday, 6/2/12 from 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday, 7/7/12 from 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday, 8/4/12 from 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday, 9/8/12 from 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday, 10/6/12 from 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday, 11/3/12 from 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday, 12/1/12 from 1:00pm-5:00pm

If you look carefully at the list above you will notice two changes from 2011.

1) There is no scheduled meeting in March (the room was booked)

2) In September we opted for the week after Labor Day weekend, instead of the first Saturday of the month.

No question from Rhonda this month, perhaps next time.

Habitat Challenge Presentation

The group had a special show and tell presentation of the Jay McCarroll Habitat Challenge quilts. I was, once again, impressed by the talent in this group. There was a lot of frustration surrounding the type and variety of prints, but people came up with wonderful ways to use it. My thought during the entire discussion was that this fabric was a really challenge.

Habitat Challenge Group
Habitat Challenge Group

All of the quilts were so creative. A number of people didn’t like what they had come up with and I was impressed to see that they had persevered and not given up. I was pleased to see how much collaboration there was during the meeting on the quilts that weren’t quite finished.

Lynnette’s quilt, ‘Love Beads'(far left, bottom), is one of my favorites. I thought it was the Chinese Lanterns pattern. It certainly looks like Chinese Lanterns, but the pieces are a slightly different shape – a nice, elongated shape. Someone said that the connector between the two circle shapes is a little different.

Rhonda's Habitat
Rhonda’s Habitat

Rhonda’s top from the Habitat Challenge has wonderful vertical lines.

One of the things I noticed was that people said as they cut the pieces of Habitat fabric up, the fabric became easier to work with. I think that some fabric works better in smaller pieces. This thought seems to be adverse to the idea of a Modern Quilt. At least I didn’t think that Modern Quilts used lots of small pieces. I suppose it depends, just like every other type of quilt.

Ongoing Challenges

Eva's Delight
Eva’s Delight

For the A-B-C (A-Z) Challenge, this month’s letter was ‘E’.

Kathleen's A-B-C Challenge Blocks
Kathleen’s A-B-C Challenge Blocks

Kathleen brought all of her A-B-C Challenge blocks. She made two ‘E’ Blocks, Eccentric Star (second from the bottom row, 1st block on the left) and Electric Fan (bottom row, middle) As you can see, she is using blacks and whites with a bit of red. I think she has done a lovely job of choosing blocks. Also, the black and white really work well together with the variety of blocks.

Next meeting is December 3. Be there or be square. If you would like to know more about Modern Quilting see our FAQ.