Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mountain Art Quilters celebrated the season with a potluck luncheon. The room was decorated with quilts on the walls, both Christmas and Show and Tell, and with poinsettias and handmade favors on the tables. A big thank you goes out to all the wonderful ladies who made this day happen, and may your holidays be merry and bright!

Show and Tell*

"Tropical Days"
Carolyn Woods
Carolyn made this quilt several years ago but never felt like it was finished, so she hung it in the master bathroom and studied it while she soaked in the tub.  Once inspiration hit, she fused some cotton fabric in different colors, cut shapes out of the fabric and placed them around the quilt in various ways until something clicked.  Carolyn is now quite satisfied with the quilt and feels like it is finally finished.
Pat Gillings
Pat started with a batik background layered with sari ribbons dyed with natural dyes to create the tree.  Some of the beaded leaves were made with white silk ribbon that was colored with fabric markers after the leaves were stitched and some were made with beading alone.  Pat learned these techniques watching videos on YouTube.  The lacy leaves at the bottom were free motion embroidery on Solvy.

"Fleeting Memories"
Joan Dyer
This is Joan's third quilt in this series working with string figures.  A lot of the fabrics she used were from a bag of scraps she purchased -- silks, batiks and more -- leftovers from the garment industry.

Jane Haworth shared one of the custom quilts she makes for her Etsy Store.

Pat Gillings shared some of the baskets she makes.  The pretty medallion at the center of the basket was purchased on Etsy.

Along with Pat's baskets, Patty Blesso shared some of her cute crafty items.

Christmas Quilts

Patty also brought several Christmas quilts to grace the room.  This one features Father Christmas in a blue and white panel.

Christmas in a blue and white panel.
Patty's second quilt included working lights!

And her third quilt was a cheerful Laurel Burch concoction.
Lynn Tubbe brought her large Christmas quilt.  She was in a group in which each member used this quilt pattern, incorporating their personal touches.  Lynn enjoyed trading fabrics and trims with the other members of the group.  The quilting motif in the border is a Kathy Sandbach design.

And just a Christmas thing -- by Joan Dyer

And then there was the food . . . bon appetit!

*Apologies to Sigrid and Jackie whose quilts did not get photographed for the blog.  I hope to rectify those omissions at a future date.