December Schedule Slim

        We celebrated the holiday season a week early for the general meeting with a potluck brunch of holiday treats and gift exchange.  We enjoyed fellowship and some Show and Tell; however, most did not come to the side for photos of their projects.  I have given up trying to take photos while they are talking and moving so I only have 2 photos to share.   This is Clara's canning quilt.  Now I believe she is collecting candy fabric for another jar quilt.

This is my lone star quilt.  I really enjoyed the quilting of a free-formed feather filler I learned from Angela Walters.  You can check out her photo tutorial at .

Comfort Quilts Sew Day or Quilt Mavens will not meet this month.

I hope you all enjoy a safe holiday and Merry Christmas! 

Bonnie’s Celtic Solstice Mystery

     I have been a faithful Bonnie Hunter follower and with her recent visit to our guild, I was motivated to try her new mystery quilt.  The new clues are introduced on Friday and now is step 2 so it is not too late to start if you want to jump in.  Check it out here.  If you are too busy at the holiday time, you can download the pdf file for later.

Step 2 has lots of  2” units which are not in my stash so I had a lot of cutting to do with still more to go.  This step was pretty time consuming for me with the additional time to mark the diagonal line on each of 400  2” squares ( 200 neutral and 200 yellow) and I need the line.  I have only completed a couple of dozen so far but I’ve got the rest of the week before the next clue.

This was my step 1.

Who's up for a mystery?  I would love to see the results from a group from our guild.
Elizabeth K

November General Meeting

     Our speakers for the November general meeting were representatives from Hannah’s House, Killingsworth Inc, Ronald McDonald House, and Palmetto Richland NICU. These groups are recipients of the comfort quilts and pillowcases we make.  Things the ladies shared gave a good feeling and appreciation for what our guild shares with them.

     November begins our new UFO challenge.  Competed challenge items and regular projects were shown during Show and Tell. Here are a few photos. 

 This is Carol's finished Day Bee Mystery quilt.
 Marilyn completed this UFO kaleidoscope quilt.
 Jane made this cat wall-hanging.
 Sandra entered this in the Fine Arts for the SC State Fair and also the one you can see a piece on the table.
 Teresa finished this landscape from a class.
 This was Teresa's quilt for the long-arm quilt group challenge. She did a lot of continuous line drawings from Laura Fritz for the quilting.
 Anne did fabulous custom quilting on this donation for Quilts of Valor.

Day Bee this month was hosted by Jean at her townhome in Irmo. 
Charlotte was knitting a baby cap, while Bev and Dorothy worked on hexies. 

 Carol showed off her mystery quilt...all finished.  Beautiful job, Carol!

Jane also brought a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt top that someone had given her.  The hexagons were made using a poly blend and had a delightful feel to it.  Jean gave a suggestion on how to finish by showing one of her hexie quilts.

A good time was had by all as we enjoyed yummy apple cake and were introduced to Bonney's young grandson.


Greater Columbia Quilt Guild along with Run Away Travels has put together a bus trip to the AQS Show in Paducah, KY for 2014.  The dates are Apr. 23-27 2014.  The bus will be leaving from Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church at 530 St. Andrews Rd, Columbia.  

The cost, based on double occupancy is $675 per person staying at Ken Lake State Park.  This includes 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners plus snacks and drinks on the bus.  The bus will provide transportation to and from the show each day , plus a one time stop at Hancocks of Paducah.  There will be a van service for any that have to go early to participate in a class.

The cost does not include lunches, entrance fee to the show or any classes. In January, AQS will list classes on their website where you can obtain tickets and register for classes.

A deposit of $100 will secure your spot with final payment due Jan. 21 2014.

This is going to be a very exciting trip.  If you have always wanted to go and felt you could not get lodging then this is for you.  And what is more fun than a road trip with a bunch of your quilting buddies?

Any questions, please email or call Clara Fisher at , 803-960-1375.  You may send your deposit check made out to Run Away Travels to Clara at 107 Clouser Dr. Irmo, Sc 29063.

Notification must be received:  60 days prior to event you receive a 100% refund, less your initial deposit.  Less than 60 days- 50%, 30 days or less- 0%.    

Bonnie Hunter

On Saturday, October 25, Bonnie Hunter taught us a Scrappy Around the World block class.  Below are some pictures taken during that time.

Also there was a Show and Tell with quilts made from some of Bonnie's other patterns.

And here is what Clara was working on.

November Events

Nov. 5th  10:00 AM                   Board Meeting
at Creative Sewing Machine Center                                      1st Tuesday

Nov. 12th   9:30 AM                          Day Bee                         2nd Tuesday  
Meets at the home of Jean M

Nov. 19th   9:30 AM               Regular Meeting
at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church                                    3rd Tuesday
530 St. Andrews Rd, Columbia
FELLOWSHIP HALL                    
       This month our speakers are representatives from Killingsworth Inc, Ronald McDonald House, and Palmetto Richland NICU. These groups are recipients of the comfort quilts and pillowcases we make.    

After-After  November 19  (following the General Meeting)   Don't miss the November after-after where Teresa Coolidge will teach us to make a Hobo bag using 2 1/2 strips and batting.  You should have received a supply and equipment list when you signed up. Please test your machine to make sure it can zigzag through multiple layers without skipping stitches.  Teresa has the patterns which will be handed out at the workshop.  Please contact Teresa C with any questions. 
Nov. 21st 7:00 PM                             Knight Bee                 3rd  Thursday
Meets at the home of Margaret C        A WEEK EARLY DUE TO THANKSGIVING

NO MEETING THIS MONTH       Quilt Mavens                      

NO MEETING THIS MONTH       Comfort Quilts Sew Day  
      Thanks to all those who pieced, quilted by regular machine and long arm, and those who bound. We had another great year.
Totals for year   2013
Quilts:               141
Pillow cases:      89
Hats for NICU:    52
Little bags:            5   (given to Hannah's House)

October Quilt Mavens

      Quilt Mavens meets the 4th Monday and for October met at Janet's home.  Here is some show and tell.  Jan was sewing the binding on a baby quilt.

Vickie was working on her English paper pieced hexagons.  She joked that this quilt would be her one month old granddaughter's wedding quilt.

 Jean was working on her smaller hexagons.  
Because of holidays in November and December, Quilt Mavens will not meet again until January.

Private Quilt Tour Opportunity

Lillian L. shared this upcoming opportunity of The American Sewing Guild :  
Moonlight Stitchers neighborhood group

    A private quilt tour at the Lexington County Museum (on HWY 378 in Lexington) will be given to our group beginning at 4:00 on Monday, Nov 18th.    The tour will last about 1 1/2 hours. Admission is free (in return for publicity for the museum !!!!   PLEASE BRING any friends or family that are not ASG members.   After the tour we will have dinner at Stephano's Italian Restaurant.

Bonnie Hunter Weekend

     Friday night was a fabulous special meeting of GCQ for guest Bonnie Hunter.
  We had a great crowd with about 41 visitors.
  Bonnie gave a trunk show with many of her quilts from her String Fling book.  She used the quilt behind her to explain her scrap user system.
This is the "Scrappy Trips" quilt for the workshop on Saturday.  You can get her free pattern from her blog at .

From the chatting I think she inspired many to try more scrap quilts.  She creates such beautiful ones.

October Show and Tell

     October’s general meeting program was a special Show and Tell by members.  We were asked to show our first or an early quilt and also a current project.  We laughed at some of our learning experiences and enjoyed how far we have come.   I am posting some of the photos I took but I want to apologize for the quality.  Sorry for the mic in the middle of some.  I took photos from my seat.  We had so many participating and many were large and needed extra hands for showing so no one took the time to come to the side for better photos.  I missed many beautiful ones because my camera is slow and quilts were displayed in motion or too quickly.  With that said, I hope you enjoy these for the color and design even though not great photos. 

This is a recent quilt of Lari's.
Early from Ann A
 Recent from Ann A

The hand quilting on some early quilts was amazing like this one was from Annette P. 

 Betty K took 15 years to finish this special quilt 

Charlotte shared this bright tied poly/cotton early quilt.

This is one of Clara's in progress.

This early quilt from Dee is traditonal.

while this recent quilt is more expressive. 

Here is an early quilt from Francis

and here is a recent original design for her son. 

Bev B shared this unusual English paper-pieced quilt.

This was Lynne' first.

She has learned a lot in 6 years and now loves paper-piecing like this.

This is an early quilt from Wilma.

Kathy Y shared this early quilt 

 and this quilt in progress.

I don't remember who shared these next quilts.  If you know or if I have one identified wrong,  email me and I can correctly identify them.  

Thanks, Linda S. identified this last quilt as hers.