Thursday, November 17, 2016

Virginia Consortium of Quilters November Meeting

If you follow our blog you know that both Sue and Elizabeth are members of the Virginia Consortium of Quilters, the state quilters guild that was founded in 1984.  Sue is ending her term as president this year, and Elizabeth is currently the Program coordinator.  We meet 4 times a year in various locations around the state, offering 3-4 workshops each time and a Come Quilt with Me group.  We have lots of fun and learning at our workshops, and enjoy getting to know quilters around the state, as well as seeing different parts of Virginia and visiting quilt shops along the way.  This past weekend we met in Martinsville where we enjoyed the "Art of the Quilt" show Friday night at Piedmont Arts (yesterday's post).  On Saturday we were at the New College Institute, a lovely new facility that is very high tech.
Sue led a workshop on making rail fence quilts for a charity project.  Three quilt tops were completed during the day, and 2 others started.
One of the classes was constructing a "Sew Together" bag.  This little gem has 3 zipper compartments inside.  Most of the participants got close to finishing and there were some clever fabric choices.
Here they are, hard at work, and below, some show and tell.
Dianne's bag used Scotty dog fabric on the outside, and a dog bone print and paw print on the inside.
The class above was learning a method of joining quilt-as-you-go blocks.  This method lets you work on the quilting on a smaller scale, a block at a time, and then join them together after they are quilted.
Above are some of the pieces they worked on.
The Come Quilt with Me group also shared their show and tell.  These folks chose to bring a project that was already started to work on rather than starting something new.
Mary worked on her "Equal Rights" quilt that she started at Celebration in April.  Equal Rights is a pattern by Susan Emory of Swirly Girls.
Phyllis showed us her completed top of "Indian Summer".  This was another Celebration class taught by Lucille Amos, who is a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor.  The top is paper foundation pieced.
As this was Sue's last meeting as president, serving 2 terms, she was presented with a quilt made by members of the guild.  Designed and coordinated by the vice president Faye, the blocks were made by members.  Faye assembled them into the top, and the quilting was done by Martha of Two Rivers Quilting.  Isn't it beautiful?  Sue thinks it will work very well in her bedroom!

It was a fun weekend and we would love to have you join us!  Our next meeting will be March 11, 2017 in Annandale, VA.  Information about the meeting and workshops will be published in the newsletter at the end of January.  The newsletter is sent to all members, but it is also accessible on our website.  We will post a reminder when it is available.  All are welcome, members and non-members alike.

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