May Retreat

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My sincere apologies to you about forgetting my camera at the May meeting.  There was all kind of beautiful quilts there and I was camera-less.  Sigh.

I did bring my camera on retreat though.  We had a full house so there was all kind of projects going on.

Jan shared some of Vicki’s material with everyone.  Jan had everything cut and ready in little kits.  We all had a similar block when finished.  It was a nice idea.  We all shared this together.

Here are some pics from the weekend.

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April Meeting 2015

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So sorry I missed this wonderful meeting.  Looks like there was lots of beautiful things shown.  Thankfully Carol volunteered to take pictures.  I was able to at least see the wonderful quilts and such and share them with you.

The only thing I heard about from the meeting was this WAY COOL technique shared by Jill.  I so need to hear more about that!

Was this something like you were talking about Jill.  Great video only there is a lot of watching her paint.  You can fast forward through those parts though. Lets see if I can get the video to appear below.

March Meeting

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Crazy weather in February forced us to cancel last months meeting.

Clue #3 was released from Charlotte for the Mystery Quilt.  To learn more about that click this link, Scrapitude Quilts.

Brockport Quilt Show will be in October on the weekend of the 4th and 5th.

The GVQC is having there biannual quilt show in June.  If you are interested in putting your quilts in the show please go to the Genesee Valley Quilting Club website for more information and registration forms. Or you can follow this link,  Genesee Valley Quilt Festival.  You can also sign up for any classes at the show right online. The dates for the show are, June 5th, 6th and 7th.

We had a finish for the Vicki “Fall” Challenge.

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Marie showing Pat Pauly’s work as a class sample of Pat’s class, “Skinny Leaf Design” at the GVQC show.

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January Meeting 2015

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On January 5th we lost a dear fellow quilter, Vicki.  It was a very sudden thing. We all reeled from the shock.  It wasn’t suppose to happen that way!  But then in death, in our very limited understanding, there is no reasoning to it.  No sense of timing.  No right time.  We joined together at the meeting to talk a little about Vicki, our memories of her.  We were so very lucky to have the gift of Vicki. She was a very vital, lovely human being.  She always had a hug, a smile, a listening ear to those around her who needed it.  Her laugh was full and rich and genuine.  She had a silly goofiness about her that could just make people giggle.  Yet, she was always a poised lady who was very devoted to God.  She will be missed by many!

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Scrap In A Box

Charlotte released the first step in her Mystery Quilt.  It is on her blog… Scrapitude Quilts.

The first quilt here is a donation quilt done by the quilters who were at retreat.  It has been quilted by Tara.  The quilt will be donated to The Aurora House.

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October Meeting 2014

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Octobers meeting was full of information.

Vicki was feeling a little cagey and skipped one of the steps in the Fall Mystery wall hanging.  So, we are on to step three so that we can not put it together yet. She says these things with a Cheshire grin….

I always forget when I am on the list for snacks.  Matter of fact I brought it this meeting thinking I was on the list for October.  So I will be bringing it next month as well.  I will post who is bringing snacks so if you are anything like me, you can check here to see if you are on the list.  Please note, if you are on the list to bring snacks then you are also suppose to help with clean up.  Lois and Dottie are always doing it with a few of us chipping in from time to time!  I am quite sure they would love more help.

Snack List for November

Julie

Lori

Dottie

Bonnie

Laila

Lois

Tip of the Month – brought to you by Marilyn.

Sheer genius!  Put a few portable lights in a plastic box and voila- instant light box for all your paper piecing projects.

Quilt Shows

Irondequoit Quilt Show this weekend. October 25-26, 2014; 10 – 4 Sat & Sun at Rogers Middle School.  Click this link for more info.

Please feel free to email me with any quilt show dates and I will post them here.

Military Lap Quilts

There is a request for military lap quilts, measuring 36 by 40 for our wounded veterans.  They will go to a hospital down in Florida where there is a unit full of wounded soldiers, with brain traumas, etc.  If you want to have cut corners on one side so that the wheels of the wheel chair don’t catch on the quilt- then perfect.  If you want to make a bigger quilt for the soldiers that are bed bound, then you can do that too.  Remember that a good percentage of these wounded soldiers are women, so if you  like a more feminine touch, go ahead and do that!  All quilts should be red, white and blue.  Use this opportunity to learn machine quilting, heck, you could even try some new things with your walking foot.

Here is a link to pattern to do a smaller quilt if you are stuck on ideas.

Illinois Road Wheel Chair Quilt

Christmas Party

If you would like a Christmas present, it is bring a present get a present type deal.  15 dollars is the limit.

Bring a Fat Quarter.

Please email Julie with whatever dish you are bringing for the party.

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Canal Country Quilters Retreat! Autumn Edition

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Thank you for giving me all those wonderful smiles to photograph.  What a bunch of beautiful ladies.  A good time had by all.  Lots of food, laughter, silliness and we did actually get some stuff done.

The theme for the retreat was “spa”.  Thank you to Vicki and Jan for a wonderful job on preparing for retreat.

Honestly, I did not forget about the cookie recipe.  For all you ladies that did not attend, we had these fabulous cookies.  Jan, lovingly named them crack cookies because they are so addictive.

Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Recipe is from Libby’s; the original recipe is here.  It was slightly adapted from the original.  Becky did not use a glaze but rather a little frosting atop each cookie with a sprinkling of cinnamon.  My mouth is watering as I write.

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease baking sheets.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

BAKE for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle Glaze over cookies.

FOR GLAZE:
COMBINE
2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl until smooth.

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September 2014 Meeting

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Upcoming retreat, Columbus Day weekend.  24 participants so far.  Wow!

Charlotte shared her cutting instructions for her new Mystery Quilt- Scarp In A Box.  It will be the size of a generous lap quilt.  Cutting instructions are as follows in case you have lost your sheet.

Finished size: 58″ to 74″ including borders.

Finished block size: 10″

From assorted medium to dark scraps:

  • (18) 2 1/2″ squares
  • (82) 1 1/2″ squares
  • (23) 1 7/8″ squares
  • (96) 2 7/8″ squares, cut on the diagonal. OR (192) 2 1/2″ HST using the Easy Angle Ruler
  • (41) 4 7/8″ squares, cut on the diagonal. OR (82) 4 1/2″ HST using the Easy Angle Ruler
  • (6) different strips at 1 1/2″ by WOF
  • (7) 5 1/4″ squares
  • (8) 3 1/4″ squares

From background fabric:

(Charlotte recommends white, off-white, or very pale color tone-on-tone, preferably all the same fabric but could be scrappy if all the same color. If you’re a fan of print backgrounds, just be careful–too busy a background and you’ll lose the design on this one.)

  • (96) 2 7/8″ squares, cut on the diagonal. OR (192) 2 1/2″ HST using with the Easy Angle Ruler
  • (96) 1 7/8″ squares, cut on the diagonal. OR (192) 1 1/2″ HST using the Easy Angle Ruler
  • (6) strips at 1 1/2″ by WOF

Blender Fabric:

(Charlotte recommends medium value blender/tone-on-tone fabric, preferably all the same fabric, but like the background fabric this could be scrappy as long as it’s all the same color and intensity. Again, too much variation here and you’ll lose the design.)

  • (96) 2 1/2″ squares (Approximately six 2 1/2″ strips will yield 96 squares.)

Sashing, Borders, and Binding

You’ll eventually need approximately 3 yards plus 1/2 yard for contrasting border. However, you may want to hold off choosing this until you see the blocks. Plus, the sashing is kinda special so don’t get ahead of yourself here!

In January the first set of instructions will be revealed.  Now, don’t go getting all sad and everything.  You know you got a bunch of stuff to do until then.  First, there is all that harvesting, holiday baking and getting WIP’s and UFO’s done.  Right?

Fall Banner Project

Vicki gave her fabric requirements for the little Fall banner (so stinkin’ cute) in August.  This meeting the first set of instructions for starting it were handed out.

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Dotty’s Pain Chip Star

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The back of Lynn’s Scrapitude

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Lynn’s Scrapitude

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Laila’s Wedding Gift Quilt.

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Marilyn has a new ruler. She made all these designs with it!

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Sandy’s one of many scarves for a church function.

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Sandy’s pencil colored flower.

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Lois’s new friend BB. You will be seeing BB from time to time on this blog. She is Lois’s companion for a year. Have fun BB!

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Jerilyn’s Sailboat Quilt- all hand quilted.

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Julie’s been having some fun with her new embroidery machine. Made some beautiful flowers.

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August 2014

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Time flies in the summer. I can not believe there is only one week left of summer vacation! Soon we will be thinking about pumpkins, fall baking, autumn breezes, Thanksgiving…

Not sure where we are on the fabric swapping. If someone knows, tell me and I will get it posted here.

Julie would like any recipes at the September meeting if you would like it included int he recipe booklet that she is making up.

The new Mystery Scrap Quilt cutting instructions will be revealed in September.  The name of the new mystery quilt is Scrap In A Box.

Enjoy these last few beautiful days of summer everyone!

Some show and tell this meeting to share. Please excuse the disarray- sometimes the moving of pics can be too complicated.

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Row by Row in all kinds of interesting and fun patterns.

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A little lesson in hand quilting from Jerilyn.

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Some very interesting information about the Seneca Indians. When the Peace Treaty was signed in 1774 (?), it was written that each year, each person of the Seneca tribe would receive a yard of cloth. The one being held here is the kind that they use to get. Calico’s and the like.

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This is what the Seneca’s currently receive- a yard of very stiff, muslin type cloth. Not especially useful for anything. They don’t necessarily get as much any more and they don’t necessarily get the cloth either. How things have changed.

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Marilyn says the shelter is in need of some bags if you want to make up a few.

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June Meeting 2014

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I am way late in posting this. Sorry.

The Scrap Swap is 5 inch squares again.

Tip of the month was done by Marilyn.  She talked about continuous bias binding. The link to how to do it is here. The link to the graph is here at Quilt Bug.

The Fall Retreat will be October 11th- Columbus Day Weekend.

Video for how to make the binding. Part I and Part II

Here are the pictures from Show and Tell
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