Photos taken by Ann Prins of quilts shown by our program presenter, Cathy Jones.
Link to the Program: https://www.facebook.com/betsy.b.muir/videos/10223902873142172
Big Red Quilt Guild meeting September 21, 2020, via Facebook
Betsy Muir, president, opened the BRQG September 21, 2020, Simply Scrappy program on Facebook soon after 7:00 p.m. by displaying her grandmother’s 104-year-old wedding quilt with a scrappy look.
Betsy then highlighted several books on creating scrappy quilts:
Bonnie Hunter, Leaders and Enders (sort by size and by lights and darks)
Diana D. Knott, Scrap Quilt Secrets (Style, Contrast, Repetition, Accent color, Palate, and Selvages)
Riel Nason, Modern Selvage Quilting!
Edyta Sitar, Handfuls of Scraps and Little Handfuls of Scraps
Judy Gauthier, Quilts for Scrap Lovers
Kim Brackett, Scrap Basket Surprises, Scrap Basket Sensations, and Scrap Basket Beauties
She also noted a pattern for scrappy Halloween mini-quilts she found at Pressing Matters and an article in the latest McCall’s Quilting magazine on page 50.
Kris Kennedy showed a scrappy pineapple quilt and a scrappy modern quilt she had made. She then displayed the scrappy Village quilt of 132 houses made by BRQG members, stitched into rows by Betsy Muir, Bridget
Morel, and Kris, and quilted by Kris.
Then Nora Slikkers, our featured speaker, showed us how she organizes her scraps and creates scrappy quilted projects. She began by showing three Fishy Fishy quilts she had made for her grandsons from the same fabric,
but featuring different styles; one used a panel of half-square triangles made from scraps she had been accumulating. She often pieces the backs of her quilts with scraps as well.
She then displayed her dish drying mats, measuring 18” by 22”, made from scraps. She recommended using poly batting for these as it dries fast. She likes to make 9” to 10” potholders and trivets from scraps, using
cotton mattress pads for batting. She does not piece the backs of these, but uses one-piece backings.
Nora showed us round batik pieced circles made by ironing round coffee filters flat and sewing scraps to these, trimming them up, and pulling off the filters (to be appliqued to a quilt in the future). She recommends sorting
scraps into 1 ½”, 2 ½”, 5 ½”, and 10” sizes. Her current Irish chain blocks are made of white and blue 1 ½” scraps. Her flag blocks are another use for her scraps. Her green bean quilt was made from various green scraps.
If any scraps are less than 1 ½”, she adds them to her threads and scraps she stores in an old shirt sewn together with one opening. When full, she stitches it up and gives it to Gateway, who sells these scraps to a maker of
Nora showed us the special rack made by her husband Leon and her clothes drying racks for sorting scraps. In addition, she has sewing trays on which she carries scraps to her sewing machine. Scraps of batting can be used
to wipe threads and strings off cutting mats. Scraps can also make good “piano keyboard” borders.
Nora concluded by encouraging members to use scraps of both fabric and batting!
Kris Kennedy thanked Nora for inviting us into her home for her program. The meeting ended. Members may view this 49-minute meeting by going to the website sent out via email by Bridget Morel.
Member Show N Tell
Speaker Denniele Bohannon and her quilts.
Sally Leep was our third presenter in the “Artists Among Us” program. She is very precise and works with great details. Perfection is her mantra.
The second presenter in our “Artists Among Us” series was Carmen Smith. She loves the process but not the finishing! She works fast and is creative. She likes to keep it fun!
The program was ‘The Artists Among Us’. We heard from three of our members. Lorelle Eberly was our first presenter. Thanks to Ann P for keeping track of information about each quilt. I am going to borrow her words for some of this post and a couple of pictures!
Nancy McNally Clark treated us to a beautiful trunk show and program!
Photos by Ann Prins
We enjoyed a delightful program by Jane Sassaman. She shared how she got started quilting, pictures of her home and studio and how she designs fabric.
Mary Hogan shared her lovely and fun string quilts with us along with some tips on making them.
Photos of our schoolhouse meeting taken by Ann Prins