Monday, July 29, 2019

MAQ Update Two

Dragonfly Dance is a flimsy! I'm pleased with it. It isn't perfect by any means. But it was an ambitious project for me and I am happy with the outcome.

And here's my Pickle Dish. Again, imperfect, but another reach for me.

Going to LQS tomorrow to get backing and binding for both. In conversation with a quilter.  Feeling GOOD!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

MAQ Update One

Once we got home, Judy started in on finishing Dragonfly Dance and I started on Pickle Dish. We hadn't discussed this; it just turned out that way. Pickle Dish is now all assembled (no photo available at the moment) and in a couple of days I'm going to the LQS to purchase backing for it. Pickle dish will be a table-topper for my dining table.

For the past few days, I've been working on Dragonfly Dance. I made a couple of  mistakes, mostly when I was tired and should have quit for a while. One block had to be redone in its entirety. Here's the most recent photo of the project. The next step is affixing triangles to the inner side of each block and then sew them all together. The pattern calls for borders on two sides. I'm still pondering whether I want to do that or not. 

The third project, the foxy hexes, was completed last weekend when we were in Ohio visiting friends. I don't plan to make a whole quilt out of hexes, at least not at the moment. I had the thought that this little block might look sweet appliqu├ęd to the bib of an apron.

I am determined to be on the Show and Tell stage -- with Judy at my side -- next July when MAQ convenes again!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

MAQ Report Part Three

The food at the cafeteria was truly delicious, and somewhat sophisticated at some of the meals. We were impressed. This is the breakfast I chose on the last morning.

MAQ is put on by a board that serves for two years. This year's event was the second for the current board, and it was time for a new group of organizers to assume their roles.

Saturday night's important business was election of the new board who will organize and present MAQ 33 and MAQ 34. The entertainment was show-and-tell from the various first-and-second days' classes.

The variety and talent were mind boggling. The antics of the exhausted and nearly slap-happy board members had us giggling. Door prizes, a multitude of them, were given out and I was pleased to win one. It was a generously filled bag with books, patterns, FQs, and an abundance of thread! Not everything was something I would use, so I was glad to share the thread with Judy, and to set aside a couple of things for another group to use for prizes. The grand prize was a tuition-room-board fully paid trip to MAQ 2020, plus early registration! Everyone was very, very tired, but one had to be present to win a prize, so we all hung in there.

We deliberately chose hand work for our Sunday class. We didn't want to be lugging machines around late in the afternoon of our last day. Our teacher for English Paper Piecing with Hexagons and Diamonds was, again, Debby Kratovil. I can't say enough good things about this woman; she is brilliant, she is funny, she is no-nonsense; she is a fine teacher and seems to be a fine person. Debby had three projects for us to tackle on Sunday and Judy and I managed to complete one and get pretty far on a second. We were tired and had a long drive home, so we left class an hour or so early and didn't attempt the third project.

No matter. We had had the most wonderful time! We turned out to be very compatible travel companions and roommates, and there is nothing we would change about the venue, the teachers, the classes, the evening programs, the meals, the ambiance, the wonderful new friends we met.

MAQ 33 is on our calendars for July, 2020!

Monday, July 15, 2019

MAQ Report 2019 Part Two

The speaker from Friday night, Debby Kratovil, was our teacher for our Saturday class. 

Over the past couple of years, Judy and I both have moved steadily away from our position on paper-piecing, i.e., "I'd rather give a cat a bath!" We've made a lot of progress and have come to love the precision of the method.

But there is always more to learn.

So we signed up for Debby's Pickle Dish class. The project is a four-block design with borders. Our goal for the day was to complete at least one block.

And we did!

I mentioned earlier that this was the 32nd MAQ event. Events 1-31 had been held at another venue, south of Gettysburg in Maryland. That site couldn't comfortably accommodate the group this year, and so a new venue had to be found.

Of course there were a few snags. But surprisingly few. And, of course, there were a few grumblers. Again, surprisingly few.

Gettysburg is a beautiful, beautiful campus. One gets one's steps in by spending a day there. Our dorm was several blocks from the cafeteria and from our class buildings. We did a lot of walking. The  college was very accommodating and responsive to any issues. Interestingly, at the end of each day, we would run into some teenagers -- local high schoolers -- who were spending time volunteering on the campus. Their mission was to help the quilters get from one place to another, hauling our machine cases, toting our bundles. Lovely.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

MAQ Report 2019 Part One

Sometime back in March, someone from the Guild posted something about attending a retreat in July sponsored by Mid-Appalachian Quilt Guild. Not having any major summer plans, I decided to find out what this was all about, and it turned out that it was all about wonderful.  I sent a link to Judy and within hours heard back from her that she would go with me.

So off we went on Thursday afternoon, heading to Gettysburg College, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Our drive out was punctuated by the worst rainstorms -- a whole line of them -- that either of us had ever experienced. But we arrive safely to the beautiful campus and before long were settled into our "motel-style" dorm. There was an option for "apartment-style" but we thought that this first time out we'd prefer our own space. The accommodations were spartan, no two ways about it. We each had a bed with a mattress and a pillow, a desk, and a dresser. We had a bookcase to share. We had our own bathroom. We brought our own linens. 

The first official event after check-in was dinner at Servo, the college chow hall. My daughter had graduated from Gettysburg many years ago and I remember her always saying that the food was good. That has not changed. We had a delicious dinner and then crossed the street to the college union building for a welcome meeting and a spectacular show-and-tell of projects that people had begun in classes last year and had completed. The projects were dazzling.

This was the 32nd annual event held by MAQ. How odd that I'd never heard of it before!

There were more than 350 quilters and teachers in attendance!

Classes were, for the most part, full- day classes, from 9:00 until 4:30. The first class for Judy and me was paper pieced dragonflies, taught by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill.  Sheri is a lovely woman, a patient teacher, and a fine designer.

The pattern for Dragonfly Dance called for six different paper-pieced dragonflies arranged in a circle. Most of the students made one complete dragonfly. A few made two.

Here are the segments of my block before being sewn together.

And here we are with our finished blocks.

After dinner on Friday, there was a speaker. Judy and I were both very tired but didn't dare skip the speaker because we were going to be seeing a lot more of her in the next two days.

Back to our room, exhausted. We turned off our light before nine o'clock!

Monday, July 01, 2019

Trinkets 4

Fifty Trinkets completed. Some were easier than others. Some turned out better than others. Now they must be put away for several weeks.

Paper-piecing these guys was excellent warm-up for camp which is coming up fairly soon. Judy and I will be taking two paper-piecing classes at camp.

Someone -- Julie, I think -- asked about the basket block. It's an extra from the Pneumonia Quilt this past winter. My regular go-to for piecing is Around the Block by Judy Hopkins. I've had this book for about a hundred years and it looks like it! I also use her third book, Once More Around the Block nearly as much. I do not recommend Around The Block Again, unless you are infatuated with templates.