Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Thursday, November 14, 2013

STITCH: Finish something challenge

This month our STITCH challenge was simply to finish something. So Andrea started and finished a tuffet! The colors make my mouth water. She also made the crocheted scarf draped over it.

Here's the bottom and the pattern. I was really lazy at our meeting on Tuesday and didn't take notes, so I can't remember where she took the class. I think somewhere in Bellevue, WA.

Anne makes wonderful abstract pieces, and instead of using batting she uses various materials to stiffen her wall pieces. For this one she tried crinoline on the back and it really made it stiff. Again, because of my laziness I didn't get pictures of her other pieces or of those by a few others at the meeting.

Delaine made the beautiful quilt above (that's just a detail) and is calling it "Pollution" because the fish have their mouths open like they're gasping. And that's Delaine below showing off two scarfs that she just learned how to crochet. She's our glitter queen, so she used glittery yarn.

Barbara's quilt above isn't finished, but she's done a lot of work on it since our last meeting. The pastel colored rectangles are actually filled with text. Again, laziness precludes me from trudging upstairs to get my notebook where I wrote down the story behind it. But it's spectacular and I'm sure you'll be seeing it again here and I'll give the full story.

Linda finished this complicated purse full of zippers and pockets and straps and color. The pattern is "The Professional Tote" by Creative Thimble.

Linda also taught a class for our guild on making coiled fabric bowls last week, and Judi shows off the bowl, below, that she made in class. Linda is the friend who showed me how to make the bowls years ago and I've blogged about them a lot.

Lois worked on a tote bag that she had started earlier, and this shows her great hand stitching. She and Linda are our bag ladies!

I told you a few posts ago about what I finished -- binding a Jelly Roll 1600 quilt and finishing "House On the Water." You can see them here under "Color to the Rescue":

It was another truly inspiring meeting that I so look forward to every month. The 12 of us have been together almost two years now! I encourage any of you who want a similar group to start one. We've sadly been having to turn away a lot of quilters who have asked to join because we don't want to get so big that we can't meet in each others homes, and 12 is pushing it. It's also about as many as you would want so that show-and-tell and discussion doesn't go on too long. It's one of the highlights of my month!

Have a colorful day


tiedyejudy said...

Lots of great inspiration there! Thanks for the pix...

Marti said...

Love the tuffet. Looks like a big giant pumpkin!

Judy Ferguson said...

When I first saw the thumbnail picture I thought your tuffet was a pumpkin. I thought "Oh, was a beautiful and colorful pumpkin". It could work. lol