Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Guild Show and Tell - My Last Meeting

Well, last month was my final meeting with my dear quilting friends of The Croatan Quilter's Guild. I'm up to my bunny ears with packing and taking care of things before I move on July 1st. It's hard to believe it was 20 years ago that I joined this guild. I have so many wonderful memories to take with me.

As always, it was a fun meeting with lots of festivities.  Gerri started us out with the Laundry Basket 1/2 square triangle swap. We each sewed a sheet of 1/2 square triangles using the Laundry Basket Quilt papers. Boy oh boy was that easy! Perfect points! Woo hoo!

We dumped our triangles into the basket and Gerri gave them a good mixing. Then we each took 28 triangles out in exchange. It will be fun to put these together and remember my friends.

Next we moved onto our program. This month it was "Schoolhouse." We had three stations with three teachers and we broke up into groups of three.

Lori showed us how to do different binding techniques and explained what judges look for on quilt bindings. Many of the gals use a 2 or 2 1/4" strip for their binding. I have always used 2 1/2". What do you use?

Next, Renee showed us how to make fabric roses using a fat quarter.

They were super easy and would make a great gift for a fabric loving buddy. 

Lea and Pam had fun showing off their roses.

Too funny!

Then we moved to the next table where Gerri reminded us how much we all still love a box of crayons. Gerri is a huge fan of Crabapple Hill Designs and has made bunches of quilts and projects by Meg. She showed us how Meg uses a white crayon first and then the colored crayon. This gives a more finished, smooth look.

She also showed us how to make an invisible knot. That was totally cool!

After school, we moved onto show and tell! Faye brought these two beauties.

I really love this crisscross pattern.

Suzanne shared this big quilt. Very modern and fun.

My fun friend, Kathie, share a thread and needle keeper.

She made it for Carolyn as Carolyn wanted one that would hold a big spool of thread. The one she had was too dinky. Kathie does love a challenge and I think she did really well!

Here Carolyn shows off this bright and cheery quilt.

Pam brought in this batik beauty. She and Lori are having a little chat.

I think it was about how Pam won the blocks from the guild retreat and Lori wanting to steal them. You can see Pam's reaction.  LOL!

This sweet gal was visiting our guild for the first time. Deanna brought her as a guest. I'm sorry, but I didn't write her name down and I can't remember it. :( However, she made this incredible tee shirt quilt. I do hope she will come back and be a part of this fun group.

Jackie shared this little cutie

and this one too. I love those hexie flowers.

Barbara was on a roll this month with quilts for the kids. I think she must have locked herself in her sewing room for weeks. She brought  this one,

and this one

and this one

and this one

and this one

and this one

and lastly, this one.  Whew!

Lori also brought quilts for the kiddo's.

I love those bees!

She finished up show and tell with this fun quilt.

This poem is dedicated to all my treasured friends at The Croatan Quilter's Guild.

A Friend is a Treasure - by Jean Kyler McManus
A friend is someone we turn to
When our spirits need a lift,
A friend is someone we treasure
For our friendship is a gift,
A friend is someone who fills our lives
With beauty, joy and grace
And makes the world we live in
A better and happier place.

Thank you dear girlfriends for making the past 20 years so much fun. I will miss you all so very much. You will always be close to my heart.



Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a very talented and special group - sure you will be missed too.

Shirley said...

Hi Shell, You have a great bunch of quilting friends. I know that you are looking forward to moving to your new house and the first of July will be here before we know it as fast as the time is going. I am happy for you both. I enjoyed catching up with you seeing all of the beautiful quilts. Have a great day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley

Rabbits' Guy said...

You know? If you had some Chocolate Cake and a couple a half-gallons of ice cream you might have some guys there too!

Createology said...

What a wonderful group of very talented and sharing caring creative souls. Thankfully you have great memories of your twenty years together. Hey...are you even old enough to have spent 20 years in a quilt guild??? LOL Enjoy your packing and moving plans dear...

Anna said...

They will be missing you as much as you will miss them. The only thing a person can count on is change 😀

Kris said...

Thanks, Shell, for inviting us to your last Guild meeting!! Wow!! 20 years - that's a long, long time!! :-)) Great show and tell!! Oh, yeah, I use 2-1/4" for most bindings except my mini quilts, then I drop down to 2 inches.

speedyrabbit said...

some beautiful quilts there Michelle,xx Rachel

Fiona said...

You will miss them all... I'm sure there is another lovely group where you are going and you will extend your friendships there....

KaHolly said...

Such a lovely post! There will always be a Michelle-sized hole in their future meetings.

tink's mom said...

Lovely post about lovely people in your life. Can't believe your move is so close. Good luck with the rest of the packing and planning. 3 more weeks and the next chapter in your life will start. Hugs.

Starr White said...

Gosh I know those dear ladies will miss you!! and I know you will miss them too. Best of luck on your move!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning beloved friend! I have missed you! You are busy with packing and getting ready for another phase in your lives! I am on vacation in Carmel-by-the-sea, California, and the art galleries here are outrageously inspiring. What I am taking away even more is that ARTISTS NEED ONE ANOTHER. I see your community here of quilters and I think of my community of poets. The community here of painters is such an interesting entity. But all in all, we need one another to rejoice, discover and be in wonder of this beautiful world and how we can express it. HAVE FUN! ANita

Christine M said...

Great show and tell, Shell.

Jeanette said...

Love the show & tell. Hugs,xx

Barb said...

So enjoyed this is always hard leaving friends...good luck with your move.

Allie-oops Designs said...

Very bittersweet - I know you'll miss them - but I'm sure you'll find a way to come back to visit now and then!