October 11 2016 Meeting

Kathy Woods opened the October meeting. She had received promotional materials from a new company called Pineapple Fabrics. Kathy showed the various patterns the company offers and distributed handouts. We all received a fat quarter or a pattern. There was a drawing for a “Carla Pack” of fabric and Carol Dillman was the lucky winner.

The next Board Meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 18th at 6 pm at the Library. Everyone is invited to attend.

Kathy Wickham asked those participating in the BOM to come up and show the blocks introduced last month by Tina Dietz. The results were stunning.022.JPG Next, Carol Dillman presented the final two blocks to be completed and displayed at our November Meeting.023.JPG

Going forward – November’s meeting is still a mystery.
December is our Chirstmas Party. Bring a dessert to share as well as one yard of fabric ( 4 fat quarters, 2 1/2 yards or any other configuation that equals one yard). Wrap you fabric in holiday paper and bring it to the meeting for our Secret Santa Fabric Exchange.
January will be a meeting all about organizing your fabric scraps. Tina asked that everyone bring some scraps for a “brown bag scrap exchange” as part of this meeting. More information will follow.
Upcoming – Gerry from Quilted Expressions will give a program on Sewing Machine Maintenance.
April – Gail Mayhew, who teached at Quilted Essentials in Salem will be our presenter.

Kathy Wickham reminded everyone of the Star Quilters Quilt Show at the Berglund Center on March 24 & 25th. She also told us about the quilt show at Moutain View United Methodist Church in Forest which benefits those coping with cancer. She also invited anyone interested to a Thanksgiving banquet being held at her church on Nov. 5th at 5 pm at Rockingham Court United Methodist Church. Let Kathy know if you wish to attend.

Show and Tell followed and Ann took lots of pictures. Scroll down to see all the beautiful projects completed by our members.

Tina Dietz gave a short program on “Regretsy” or things you bought and shouldn’t have. Tina showed several items she regrets buying and Janice Taylor showed a few items on her regrets list. Kathy Wickham added her regret “Too Many Ideas – Not Enough Time”. We can all agree on that !! Tina also asked for help pin basting two charity quilts. A few more charity quilts were completed and shown during Show and Tell. Orphan Blocks were available for others to participate in making a quilt top for our Charity Quilt project. We will try to have another date at the library to complete the 20 quilts requested by Woodhaven Nursing Home. The goal is to have these ready before Christmas.

Blue Ridge Quilters monthly meeting June 9th, 2015

Approx 15 ladies enjoyed the field trip to the Fabric Barn in Montvale  Tuesday night.  We began the evening with Kathy Wickham announcing that our next meeting in July will be the Silent Auction.  Everyone was asked to clean out their sewing rooms of items no long needed and donate them to our auction.  Items will be either “Buy it Now” or placed on the Silent Auction table. Please try to arrive early so items can be marked if necessary.  The most important thing to bring is your checkbook.  The meeting will be at the Blue Ridge Library – 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 14th.

Kathy also reminded everyone that the Quilt Shop Rally will be from July 9th – July 12th.  Take time to visit your favorite quilt shop or all the shops participating. Next came a long line of ladies showing their finished Row #5 (Trees) of our Mystery Quilt. Kathy handed out Row #6 which is due in July (a copy of the instructions will post later)….Show and Tell followed and pictures follow of all the beautiful creations our members are working on. Merita and her daughter, Cyeria (sorry about the spelling) spoke a little about dying wool and what’s available at their shop. Merita prepared a hands on for the group and many ladies participated in painting sun flowers on fabric. Shopping ended the evening.

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BRQ Meeting – Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Kathy Woods welcomed everyone and had Ruth Ann introduced our speaker, who would be first on the agenda.  Martha Akers is more an artist than a quilter.  She has been sewing all her life and studied Clothing and Textile Design at Virginia Tech and is a member of Star Quilters in Roanoke. She employs various techniques in her designs, i.e., colored pencils, crayons, dying fabrics, rubbings, stamping, .  She has won numerous blue ribbons through the years and continues to learn new skills. She said several times, “Learn something new every day”.20150414_183943 20150414_184334 20150414_184817 20150414_185343 20150414_190028 20150414_191955 20150414_192000 20150414_192008 20150414_192024

After the program we all enjoyed  Show & Tell and a display of all the finished Block #3’s of our Mystery Row by Row Quilt.  Kathy Wickham gave out the directions for Block #4.( Tulip Block)  We have two blocks to choose from or the option of doing both. Instructions will follow at the end of the minutes. Kathy also spoke about the upcoming Quilt Show hosted by the Star Quilters on May 1st & 2nd at the Berglund Center and the Bed Turning and children’s program at the Taubman Museum on April 18th.  Carol Zaleski asked for volunteers to help draft the by-laws for the group. Several ladies will work on a draft and present it at a future meeting.

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No cutting or sewing tonight ladies….just sit back and enjoy the special program Ruth Ann has arranged for us……….

Martha Akers will be the featured speaker for our April 14th meeting. ( Blue Ridge Library – 6:30pm).
On any given day, Martha is weaving beads in the intricate art known as Kumihimo, a Japanese form of braiding or designing, painting, appliquéing and quilting her award-winning wall hangings. She is a retired Home Economics teacher and is still teaching quilting via the Internet. She says “There is no reason to be bored”. She teaches classes at Quilt University in New Zealand by web mail.
She’s not content only to appliqué a design for a quilt and machine quilt it. Martha uses dyes and other coloring techniques to add interest to her quilts. Sometimes she combines beading and quilting. This will be a very interesting program and we thank Ruth Ann for bringing Martha to our meeting.

Also on tonight’s agenda will be Show and Tell and row #4 of our Mystery Quilt. Can’t wait to see what Kathy & Victoria have in store for us this month. Be sure to bring your completed row #3 for everyone to see.

If time permits we will review and discuss the by-laws which I will send out this week. Please take a few minutes to review them and jot down any questions. We will be establishing by-laws for our group to insure we grow and improve in the years of quilting and fellowship to come. The by-laws I will be sending are from the Star and Lake Quilters.

“Dear God, I am sometimes all need, and you are always all-sufficient. When I apply Your sufficiency to my need, I am ready to see another’s need, to love more than tolerate, to accept more than judge. Amen.