The meeting started with Suzanne Neilson shared her technique for finishing a quilt without a binding. It provides a very clean and very modern look to any type and any size of quilt.
Suzanne had very clear and easy to follow examples for each step in the facing process, and even a finished product:
If you are interested in learning more, and trying it for yourself, you can find instructions and a video at this web address:
We next were able to learn about bubble quilts from Klara Raspor. This 3-D quilting technique would be a big hit with kids, especially in the great rainbow colours that Klara demonstrated:
This was followed by Doris Lovadina-Lee and Catherine Clarke showing us the wonderful designs that can be made by dyeing our own fabric. Whether it is with natural or store bought dyes, hand dyeing can help you achieve the perfect result for your quilt!
Doris lists lots of books to help you get started in hand dyeing on her blog at www.blog.dorislovadinalee.com
And we were treated to more of the knowledge and skills of our members through the Show and Share - always an inspiration!
Shirley Burger shared two quilts that she made for outreach. This was one quilt top that sat unfinished for quite some time. We are grateful that Shirley decided that it would make two lovely lap quilts for our outreach program.
Bea Crouse showed us a beautiful queen sized quilt called Fractions. I think that with this stunner under her belt, Bea can no longer claim to be new to quilting!
Joyce Forsyth showed some found blocks that she had made with her mother 30 years ago! These will make a memorable family quilt when finished. Joyce asked us if we could all look in our stash to see if we have Christmas fabric from the 1980s or 1990s as she would like to finish the quilt, but the modern fabric colours don't work well with these vintage blocks. If you have any fabric, please let Joyce know at our next meeting, or leave a comment here, and we can pass the message along.
Irena Hopper calls this quilt "It was Going to be Simple" and I think we can all understand where she is coming from. But complicated or not, this "simple one block" quilt is stunning.
Irena also shared a triple rail fence quilt that she has made as a gift for friends. They are going to be quite happy under this quilt!
Karen Lemke shared this yellow-brick-road lap quilt that she calls "Cat Quilt with Mom." This beautiful quilt will no doubt bring her many happy memories.
June Murray-Lum had us all dreaming of summer with her HST wall quilt, "The Wave - A View from the Dock." It may have taken a while, but it was worth it!
Hilary Windover then brought us back to winter as we admired "Bird House" safely housing the birds though the snowy winter. Hilary found this unique quilt in Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman, a book you can find in our library.
While these quilts weren't shown during Show and Share, a big thank-you goes out to everyone who has worked so hard to make some very special quilts for our outreach program.
So get busy finishing up those projects for Show and Share at our February meeting!
If you have any questions about facing a quilt, making a bubble quilt, dyeing fabric, or making quilts for outreach, let us know in the comments. Also, if you have any resources on these topics that you have found useful, please share these in the comments too!