Thursday, December 10, 2020


 Our December meeting is traditionally a Holiday potluck.  This year we had to settle for a festive zoom meeting with Holiday head wear and sweaters and Christmas trees/quilts in the background.  But we did continue the tradition of having Show & Tell be any non-art quilt project members wanted to share. It was very special seeing how creative our members are in other arenas.




Karle deProsse shared a sweatshirt she finished.  It was started many moons ago.  She covered the sweat shirt with black and white fabric and colored the flowers with crayons, shading the flowers as they are in her garden.  It was heat set with waxed paper.


Kate Grant shared her handbag. She has been wanting to use some of her tapestry weavings in new ways and was particularly interested in trying one as a panel on a purse.  For the purse,  she used the basic instructions for making a tote but modified the size, pockets, and strap and added a zipper to close the top. Lots of fun!


Lynda Lasich shared a "Coat of Arms Shield" quilt she is working on.  Traditional wool applique on metallic linen from Britex.  Her plan was to have this piece look like a coat of arms.  The linen was already metallic, and wanting a metallic border to represent metal was key to the appearance desired.  She was sorely disappointed as that fabric was contemporary on a tradition center field and didn't work.  Having invested in four yards of the grunge, she needed to come up with how to use it  Oil Shiva sticks and embossing blocks were the answer.  One the border was painted and seven days of drying time elapsed, she could heat set the border.  Once her fractured right arm heals, she will sew the painted binding on.



Marylee Drake and Lynn Tubbe shared quilts from a group project.  They all brought Christmas fabric to share & cut the paisley drops with an AccuCutter.




Marylee Drake shared 3 more Holiday quilts.  Over the River was hand embroidered.  The redwork and pinwheel quilt has a lot of beading and custom quilting.  The snowman was made using shapes from AccuCutter dies.






Norma Keeley shared 2 quilts.  Her Christmas quilt was Block exchange with friends of a friend. Each of them made 16 blocks to send to one another. The blocks sat in her UFO collection until this year during COVID when she finally put them together into a quilt. Circles 2 is another UFO quilt.  Hand appliqu├ęd circle blocks made a number of years ago and finally put together.  Fussy cut circles. Hand quilted. The background of the blocks are Cherrywood fabric.
















This was a Sierra Sisters round robin garment exchange.  Michelle beach themed, Karen Polli -Guatamala themed, Sue Serrano - fish themed, Jane Haworth - Art apron, Marylee Drake - Susan Sproul inspires apron, Sharon Rizzato - bling coat , Shelli Fried - Fall themed coat.











Sharon Rizzato showed us in-progress photos of Pandemic Clay Craziness. With SIP she was able to cohort with three families who were all working from home and practicing safety. 

Additionally,  With the canceling of all vacations for the next two years, they decided to put in a pool. 10 years ago they made clay dolphins for her sister in law’s pool.   Thus they decided to make 3 sea turtles for the bottom.  The collaboration of artists took on a life of its own and all the pool walls soon had tile murals.   

Her Daughter in Law Denicha Rizzato and good Friend Jammie Hurl, along with Sharon herself were the clay artists   Her husband, son and granddaughter drew the critters. 

5 months, 2 days per week,  8 hours per day x 3 people plus additional people contributing— They logged at least 1,000 hours of art work.   This project helped keep their creativity and sanity during this difficult time.   Pandemic pride!! 






Shelli Fried shared a baby quilt, a dresser runner and a tablecloth.  The baby quilt was made from a panel and was quilted by Kris Volker of Lincoln CA. The table cloth was made from batik fabric imported from Ghana.The cat dresser runner fabric was purchased from Villa Rosa Designs in Grass Valley. Also quilted by Kris Volker.






Stephanie Bennett-Strauss shared 3 quilts.


Sue Marshall shared her "Quilty Queen".  She has been watching Alex Anderson on TQS.  She gave them a challenge to do an Avatar art quilt.  This was a fun project. Made her look at my fabric in a new light.  She called her “Quilty Queen”, and felt it was appropriate since it was supposed to be fantasy.







Tracy Visher shared 2 quilts. 

Bacterium Delirium:  This started off as an abstract exploration. I tried out lots of different techniques and found I was attracted to the tension between the very linear background the the circular foreground elements. As I worked along, I was thinking a lot about the news and the global germ warfare we have all been fighting. I was thinking that while 2020 has been focused on surviving Covid, 2021 will still hold our attention as the vaccines arrive and we stew about who has and has not or who can or cannot get vaccinated. It is as if we are just continuing our obsession with germs and bacteria. The quilt seemed to me to be what one might see under a microscope, when looking at the virus or it's treatment. I named the quilt after our global preoccupation with the topic.

The "Be Merry" quilt: I have a space in my entryway for an up to 45x45' quilt. I decided I'd like to add a little ho, ho, ho to that area. I looked at images online and saw and idea I liked. I made up a pattern and used a bunch of Christmas fabric scraps I had. Of course my sewing machine decided to start pulling grease through the bobbin at the point I was doing white on white stitching so the whole project go sidelined for 2 weeks while I had my machine serviced. I wasn't very Merry at that point! 



Trish Morris-Plise shared two wall hangings:  "Toes on the Nose of Autumn".  This is a computer altered photo, and had it printed on cotton fabric.  I took it about 6 years ago while out on a walk.  I came across a large pile of fallen leaves and just wished it was so big I could jump into it!  Unfortunately all I could muster were the toes of my shoes in the middle of the small gathering of leaves.

"Last Drop of the Day".  This fire season has been one for the record books.  It is still alive and well in December 2020.  The piece is based on a photo taken by a local photographer.  I saw it on Instagram, contacted him and he sent me the photo as well as gave permission to use it.  The sky has been painted.  The Sutter Buttes raw edge appliqued and the smoke in front of the buttes was mimicked with tulle.  The trees were made using Donna Greenwald's technique of Confetti.  I will be going to a new home in the not to distant future.


Ginny Lee shared a stained glass project she did with a very good friend of hers.  It used left over stained glass and copper, glued onto a mirror.