The BAMQG Meeting was yesterday. There hasn’t been a meeting since the February meeting, so people were anxious to see each other. TFQ thought there were about 35 people at the meeting. Sara reported about 50 members total. Adrianne was sick, so she didn’t make it and we missed her smiling face. Kathleen did a great job standing in. It was good practice for when she is Prez next year. 😉
We had the big reveal of the A-B-C Challenge blocks and they are great. this time we were asked not to bring all the blocks as the “design wall overfloweth” — heh! — just the ones for the past two months (K-N). My March blocks were King’s Crown and Lincoln. My April blocks were May Basket and Northwind. Now I have to get busy with O & P. I have O selected, but not P. We’ll see what Around the Block has to say about P blocks!
Whenever I see what others have made, I want to make more blocks. I like Kathleen’s Jester (don’t know real name) block (top left) and Rhonda’s Kansas Dugout block (bottom right, circle-ish).
I hope we have another block challenge when this one is done. I was trying to think of what would be good parameters for another block challenge. In my mind, a good block challenge would have some constraints, but not so many that people couldn’t make what they wanted. I thought of blocks based on a 9 patch or 4 patch grid, but haven’t thought of anything else.
Swaps and Challenges
Both the Echo and the Pillow Swap were due on Saturday. People did GREAT work. I especially noticed it on the pillows. The work made my Teacher pillows look sad. There were zippers and covered buttons and piping and ruffles, etc. I was impressed and glad I didn’t participate, because my pillows would not have looked nearly as good as these. I was so pleased to see people doing their best work.
Joy-Lily used one of the patterns from her book, Carefree Quilts, for the pillow she made. One of my favorites was the pillow that Amanda received. I liked the block (the maker used 4 of them) the maker used to make the pillow. It has that Lozenge shape I have been thinking about.
My camera is acting up and this photo does not do justice to Marci’s awesome work. Her personal challenge this year is the Storm at Sea block. She said she used every scrap of the challenge fabric and other bits from her stash. Marci did not buy any fabric for this challenge.
Someone brought a journal cover for the Echo challenge. I wanted to see it closer, but unfortunately she left before I could talk with her.
Show & Tell
Kathleen showed the blocks for this quilt before. She made them in a Flickr Swap and it has taken her awhile to put them together. I really like the way this quilt turned out. She said she won’t put a border on it, but will bind it in orange. The blocks were wonky 9 patch blocks. I really like the setting. They don’t look like wonky 9 patches. I think I need to sew faster, because I just thought I would like to do something like this.
A number of people said that they were very productive, but had already sent off their finishes to their swap partners from Flickr or other sites. This reminds me of doing swaps when the Internet first became available.
Claire was inspired by my pencil rolls to make to make a sewing tools holder. She did a really clever job with the top. She added a kind of elasticized cover to the top so that the tools wouldn’t fall out.
I have been a slacker about the binding for Stars for San Bruno #3. I am so close and yet, I have have been working on the Flowering Snowball during my hand sewing time instead of the binding. SO I brought only the Stars for San Bruno #3. I did not have anything else to work so I had to work on the binding and when I wasn’t chatting I made some progress. I sewed down the binding on one whole side and just rounded a corner before it was time to pack up. Being int he groove, I also worked on it in the evening. Still not done, but I want those quilts out of my hair and I want a finish, so I am going to get myself in gear.
We stopped at Nancy’s after the meeting and had some cocktails and cocktail snacks. Nancy and I need to hop back on the Tsukineko ink bandwagon soon.