Tuesday, March 15, 2016

VCQ Quarterly Meeting

We had our first VCQ meeting of 2016 last weekend in Charlottesville with a good time had by all!
We met at the Double Tree Hotel (where we also had overnight accommodations), and enjoyed extended shopping hours at Cottonwood Quilt Shop with refreshments Friday evening.  Our thanks go to Mary Humphrey, owner, for providing that treat.  Attendees chose among 4 workshops or Come Quilt with Me sit and sew when they registered.  Elizabeth is now the Programs coordinator, and chose well on the class selections for her first meeting.

Karen DuMont of Richmond (Karrie Patch Designs) taught  One Easy Block...Sew Many Quilts to show how one block can be cut in different ways to create at least 6 different layout options.  There was such variety going on in this class.  Here's a picture from show and tell at the end of the day.
Karin McElvein of Norfolk taught a Small Scrappy Purse class.  A number of her students finished (or almost finished) by the end of the day.
JoLee Tarbell of Charlottesville taught Confetti Landscape Impressionist Quilting.  Her students used kits of Cherrywood hand dyed fabrics to create their impressionist landscapes.
Elizabeth and Sue were both in Cathy Tyler's class on creating a Quilt from a Photo.  Cathy is from Richmond and teaches and sells her cloth dolls through her business, Dan Springs Collection.  We used a photo that Cathy provided and a technique she adapted from Annette Kennedy to interpret the photo in fabric.  Working in a small size to learn the process, the technique can then be adapted to larger and more detailed photos. Cathy is on the right with her completed quilt.
Below is a close up of 3 of the students' quilts so you can see the variation even though we all worked from the same photo.
Three of the 4 teachers are members of VCQ, so is was great to draw on the talents of our members.  Our next event is our biannual retreat called Celebration which will be held April 28 - May 1 at Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center.  This retreat replaces the May quarterly meeting.  This year we still have room for participants, so if you might be interested in attending, check out the complete information on our website.  We still have openings in classes with Rayna Gillman and Victoria Findlay Wolfe!  If you are a quilter in Virginia who is not a member of VCQ, come check us out.  You don't have to be a member to attend a meeting or the retreat.  Hope to see you soon!

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