Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Get Together

Ho, Ho, Ho!!  Tuesday evening, December 11th, the members of Q2 will meet at Our Redeemer Church for the Christmas Dinner.  Social time will be 6:00 p.m with dinner being served at 6:30.  Looking forward to seeing you there!   Dinner is being catered.   Don't forget to bring your show and tell

Thursday, October 11, 2012

October with Q2 - Part 2

(You might want to scroll down and read part 1 first)

The above are fabionacci quilts that were pieced in their entirety during the class.  Members of Q2 do good work!!  Following are pictures of ones that didn't get entirely finished-------hope I got them all!!


The above are fabionacci quilts that were pieced in their entirety during the class.  Following are pictures of ones that didn't get entirely finished hope I got them all!!   And, girls, don't forget to bring these to show and tell in November.  Good Job!  (Click pictures to enlarge)

October with Q2 - Part 1

Tuesday, October 9th, was our second meeting of the guild year.  A great turnout!  And a great show and tell!  After the annoucements, door prize that was furnished by Diane Lytle and won by Lori Masley,  showing of the first rounds of the round robin, and all the other business old and new, a delightful talk on "Piecing Quilt Blocks Using Fibonacci Numbers" was given by Ann Simanskey.  Ann is co-owner along with Patty Rapanos of the beautiful new quilt shop here in Midland.    Ann is shown in the picture above along with Kathy, who has her gorgeous fabric for the fibonacci quilt.

Next day, Ann taught a class on this concept.  Fibonacci--I had heard of it but had no idea what it was.   I am still not quite sure how it works, but from the way the pieces made by the class attendees turned out - I am sure you will agree it works!  And it is not difficult.  Quite a few of the girls got their pieces finished.  Some of us did not, but close enough that it won't take much to wind them up.  I am going to post pictures I took at the class.  Will not try to put names to all of them since I do not have names and faces of some of our newer members in my old mind yet, but I promise I eventually will!  It was so good to see the newer Q2 members participate and I hope you had a good time.   You should come to Sit and Sew next week - I am sure you will like it and it's such a good way to get acquainted!! 

Here goes------

I think I missed getting a picture of the pretty Deb Badur!!  I can see her in the background in the last picture!!  Hopefully, she is in one of the upcoming photos.  I am sorry if I forgot anyone else, also!!  (Continued in next post)


Monday, October 8, 2012

Tomorrow Night is Q2!

A reminder that tomorrow night, October 9, Q2 meets at Our Redeemer Church on Poseyville Road - 6:30 social time with the meeting at 7:00. Bring your show and tell and be ready for a fun, informative meeting with your fellow quilters.

Check for more information at the top of the page under "Meetings".
Ann Simanskey, one of the owners Park Bench, a popular place for quilters, will be our guest speaker.  On Tuesday, Ann will teach a class on "Piecing Quilt Blocks Using Fibonacci Numbers" - I think I have heard of it but don't know what it is.  For sure, never to old to learn something new.  I have my fabric and am looking forward to a great time.   The class is at Our Reedemer Church. 

Also want to remind you that Sit and Sew will be next Tuesday, October 16th, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, at Chapel Lane Church.  The information is on the left sidebar.   What a great way to get acquainted with other Q2 members.  Very informal, bring your projects, machines, hand sewing, etc., whatever your need to get work on and enjoy time with a great group of quilters.  Lunch is whatever you wish--some bring a lunch along and others go out to eat.  You are welcome to do either.  A small donation is taken for the use of the room.

Hope to see you at the meeting, the class and Sit and Sew!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

September Meeting

Good to have the fall season for Q2 started!  A good number attended the meeting including quite a few new ladies.  Welcome to our group!  I think you will enjoy it immensely.  Q2 now has 69 members - 56 returning and 13 new.  15 of our older members were not at our first meeting but may still return.  Welcome to all. Take advantage of the classes, retreats, sit and sew, and all the other good things offered that you can - it will help you become acquainted quicker.  Sign up to work on our annual quilt show - always a fun time in our guild.

Carol Jaeger won the September door prize which was furnished by Elaine Crewes.  Carol and Monty Graham brought along their wonderful Featherweight machine collection and we learned so much  about those wonderful sought after machines.  I especially loved the tiny little toy sewing machines. 

There will be another fun retreat at the Springs October 29 - November 1st.  The cost is $191.00.  If you are interested, contact Linda McGibbon.  As I understand it, these are absolutely wonderful and a good, productive time is had by all who attend.

Fran Galke talked about the annual quilt show to be held April 26 - 28, 2013.  Information on a Round Robin was given by Nancy Wyse.  More information will be forthcoming via the listserve.

REMINDER:   TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 IS SIT AND SEW!!!!!!   Held at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, 5501 Jefferson Avenue from 10:00 to 3:00.  Bring your sewing machine or hand sewing and spend time with your quilting friends.  Either bring a lunch or join the lazy gals who go out to eat.  It is a lot of fun and such a wonderful way to get to know each other.  The meetings are fun but hard to get around to get acquainted.  Come over to Chapel Lane - I am sure you will enjoy it.  A small donation is given by each one in attendance to go toward expenses for use of the room. 

The little drawing at the top of the post is one I received in an e-mail from one of the great gals that I follow via her blog.  Here name is Carolyn Lee Hosier and you can check out her blog at  She does some delightful drawings and her work is lovely.  We have followed each other for quite a while now.   Blogging is really a lot of fun and good cyber friends are made, too.

Hope to see you at Sit and Sew!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

First Meeting of the 2012-2013 Q2 Year

It's that time of year again - time for Quilters Squared members to have their first meeting of the new year.  As usual, the meeting will be at Our Redeemer Church on Poseyville Road.  See the Meeting Button at the top of the page for address and meeting times.  Come at 6:30 so that you can catch up with what everyone has been doing over the summer.  I am sure there will be some new members to greet and make feel welcome to our group.

Be sure to bring along  the projects you have been working on through the summer break - should be a great show and tell.

Bring along some money to buy chances on the monthly door prize, also.  I'm sure the meeting will be chock full of news about coming projects and events.  See you there!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

JNKS Exhibit in Bay City

In the previous post, information in regard to the exhibit by the four members of Q2 who go by the name of JNKS, was posted.  This photo shows three of the four ladies at the opening evening reception.  Janna Getzin, Nancy Siebert, Kathy Mallory and Stephanie McCormick are the artists who had their work featured.  It will be at the Studio 23 Gallery in Bay City, Michigan, through the month of August.  Kathy wasn't able to make the opening night so was to see it for the first time today.  She asked me to come along with 3/4 of JNKS - this time Janna wasn't there - for lunch and the exhibit.  I jumped at the chance.  It was just beautiful - their work is awesome and it's alive with color, sparkle and a joy to see.   If you have a chance, take a road trip with some of your friends--go to lunch, the gallery and maybe hit a quilt shop or two or some of the fun stores in Bay City.   I am going to post some of the pictures I took - starting with NKS - J not being there today!

There are a lot more photos on Facebook.  If you are a Facebook fan, check them out.

Congratulations, JNKS, it is an awesome show. (Click on the photos to enlarge)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

An Exhibit by Four of our Talented Quilters

Starting Friday, July 27th, through Tuesday, August 31st, there will be an exhibit at The Arts Center, 901 North Water Street in Bay City, Michigan, that will feature the work of four of our very talented long time  members.
For quite a few years now, Janna Getzin, Nancy Siebert, Kathy Mallory and Stephanie McCormick have been challenging each other to interpret the same theme by making quilts on the same subject.   The result of this has been the formation of the group JNKS and they have given presentations and exhibited their beautiful work many times and at many places.   Make a notation on your calendar and maybe get a group up for a little road trip to Bay City - you can even include lunch and a stop at a quilt shop or two or three!!  
(Click to enlarge)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Congratulations to One of Our New Members

One of our new members, Joy Butler, has had a quilt juried in to the AQS show and contest at Grand Rapids in August.  The quilt is titled Rising of the Sidhe Moon- the Sidhe Moon being the 2nd dark moon in a month and is also called the Fairy Moon.  In Celtic tradition, it's the time when fairies cross from their world to ours and dance the night away!

Joy, how wonderful to be part of an AQS Quilt Show.  Congratulations from all of your fellow Q2 members.  Good luck!!  Your quilt is beautiful.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Leslie's Fun Hand Buttonhole Class

(I forgot to give credit to Stephanie for the great pictures she took at the class!  Thank you, Steph!!)

Last Wednesday, Leslie Peterson taught a class in hand buttonhole applique at the Chapel Lane  Presbyterian Church where we always meet for our Sit and Sew sessions.  What an enjoyable day with a great teacher, a good group of students and fun projects to work on.  Here is Leslie giving Earlene some pointers.
Bonnie and Janet getting ready to start the task at hand.  Leslie had made kits for all of us that contained the pattern, wool, needles and some floss.  The big bin on the table in the above picture was full of wonderful wool and some other fabric which she so graciously shared if you wanted a different color for your pattern.  Many different kinds of wonderful thread were passed around for all to see how much there is to choose from in the shops. 
Busy working on their buttonhole stitching - starting at center front and continuing clockwise around the table - Marlene, Helen, Kathy, Carol, Diane Bonnie Janet and Leslie.   Stephanie was taking the picture, I think you can see Earlene in the background by the window and I know Marsha and Melissa were there.  Don't forget that I am old - so leave a comment and add anyone that I forgot to mention.  If I did forget anyone, I am so sorry!
Here is one of the pieces that was a choice to make.  I am not sure who is making this one - so again, leave a comment.  It is so pretty.
Leslie holds up my little black wool wallhanging that I did several years ago.  It is machine buttonhole stitched.  She has used that and a little white one to show at another class she taught a few weeks ago.
I brought along some tapestry yarn that I used lots of years ago for needlepoint.  I thought it might be nice for wool applique, too.   Would you believe they laughed at the way I keep my yarn?  Really gave me a hard time, but I will probably continue to do just as I always have.  Hard to teach an old dog new tricks!  In this picture, you can see that Marsha is sitting next to Helen and Melissa is engrossed in her work. 
Helen and Marlene intent on  the task at hand.   Such a nice way to spend a day being with fellow quilters working on some really cute projects.
I chose the other pattern and here is a picture I took of my piece to use in a post on my blog.  It was hard to decide which one to choose.  I have done some more stitching on the vase now and am looking forward to fiinishing it.  Will be fun finding the fabric for the sashing and border.  

Thanks, Leslie, for the great job of preparing all the kits and making the class such an enjoyable occasion!!