January Quilt Mavens Bee

    We had a fun time at Janet's for Quilt Mavens last night.  Here is some show and tell from the meeting.
Joan shared a couple of tops that will be given away when finished.

 Mary has been making more things for an expected great-grand baby.  Here is the diaper bag and bunny changing pad.

 Sallie was finishing the binding on this gift for a Gamecock fan.

Someone donated this quilt which be given to the VA.

Here is my scrappy squares quilt.

We would love for more to join us.  Next month will meet at my home.

Comfort Quilts Sew Day

    The 4th Tuesday of each months is GCQs Comfort Quilts Sew Day.  This month a lot was accomplished by the hard working group of ladies plus some who work behind the scene to piece tops.  Labels were sewn onto a pile of adult and children's finished quilts - 6 children and 7 adult quilts.

Eighteen small quilts for the NICU were also finished.

A couple of ladies worked to cut batting and ready backing for a group of tops.

A couple of ladies worked on cutting fabric for children's kits.

After working, many of the group shared lunch.  This month Joan made lasagna for the main dish and others brought side items.
Thanks to all the ladies who piece or quilt at home and to those who come to work with the group.

Deb Karasik Workshop

      Here a few photos from the all day workshop taught by Deb Karasik for her paper-pieced quilt "Inner Light".  Linda and Jean have their first inner arcs pieced.
 Deb also has her inner arc pieced and she is working on the outer arc.

After Lari pieced her outer and inner arcs, Deb Karasik used her pieces to demo curve piecing the solid shapes to the paper-pieced units.  She shared wonderful tips. She used a glue stick to baste the long black curved piece and made the sewing look really easy.

You can find out more from her website at http://debkarasik.com/index.php

January General Meeting

We were honored to welcome fiber artist, quilter, and teacher Deb Karasik to our January meeting. She brought a stunning trunk show, and along with her husband Jeff, entertained us immensely. They are hilariously funny and we laughed until we couldn't breathe.

Before Deb showed us her beautiful quilts, we had some show and tell of our own. Here are a few of the lovely quilts made by our members.

We want to thank Deb Karasik for sharing her beautiful quilts with us. The piecing and quilting are amazing.
Wayward Geese by Deb Karasik

Dreamcatcher by Deb Karasik

Audrey III by Deb Karasik

Ribbons of Hope by Deb Karasik

Illuminata by Deb Karasik

Napa at Sunset by Deb Karasik

Check out Deb's website to see more of her work!

Mug Rugs

     Have you ever made a mug rug?  Quilting Gallery is hosting a mug rug swap 

with a subscription fee of $5 but for that you receive two mug rug patterns by Amanda, pattern designer from The Patchsmith.  Whether you are interested in signing up for the swap or not, The Patchsmith has great information on mug rugs, uses and making them.  

Here is part of the interesting info I gathered from Amanda's site: 

What is a mug rug?
A mug rug differs fundamentally from a coaster.   A coaster seats a cup and nothing more whereas a mug rug usually accommodates a mug and a cake or cookies.  A mug rug is a mini quilt varying in size from 4” x 7” to as large as 12” x 8”.  A quilter can fit more detail onto a mug rug and have more fun creating them.

What are mug rugs used for?
Mugs rugs can be used for many more things than just mugs and cookies.  They can be used to protect your table or furniture against plant pots, serving bowls, condiments and much more.  A pretty mug rug added to a dressing table is the perfect place for your perfume bottles or brush and comb set.  They can adorn coffee tables, desks and worktables.  They look good on the breakfast table holding the marmalade and honey pots or on the hall console table as the resting place for the car keys.  Children may like one on their bedside table to hold their supper drink. Indeed, every room in the house can find a space for these functional little quilts.

Why make a mug rug?
First – frugality.  A mug rug is a great way to use your scraps – and a quilter always has scraps!  Due to their size mug rugs use only small pieces of fabric.  Thus you can make a gift or decorative item for little or no cost.

Second– preparedness.  Every quilter loves to play with patterns and colors – a mug rug is the perfect thing to test out fabrics you are thinking of using in a larger item.  

Third – skill building.  You can try new techniques without wasting too much fabric or time. The mug rug allows you to practice your free-style quilting, matching your seams, strip patchwork to create a patchwork block, or other techniques without any danger of ruining the mug rug.  
Fourth – gift giving.  Mug rugs make perfect gifts and, due to their size, you will not be imposing your style and tastes upon another person as you would with a larger handmade item.   The recipient will not feel burdened at all by the effort and time you have expended, although expect them to think you have spent far more time than you actually have.  You can roll a mug rug up into a mug and hey-presto – a unique and perfect gift.  Add a plant and you have a great mother’s day gift. They are also light to send through the postal system either within your country or abroad.  

Fifth – versatility.  Mug rugs are so versatile as they can be used for many things as mentioned at the beginning – why not brighten up the dinner table by placing the salt and sauce bottles on a mug rug.  You can add a border to a mug rug and turn it into a placemat.  As gifts they can serve as: a “thank-you” to a teacher, friend, nurse or workmate, or a hostess gift.  That is just a few ideas.

    If you don't sign up with the Quilting Gallery, maybe a small group from guild or bee would like to have a mug rug swap. 
It sounds like fun.

January's Day Bee Meeting

   We had a great crowd at Jean's this morning where we enjoyed her delicious rhubarb bread.  For show and tell Clara showed a child's quilt and matching bag.

Anita  showed a wall-hanging she made for her dad.  She used 3 blocks from our guild exchange a few years back.  It was a great exchange.

January 2013 Schedule of Events

January 8th   9:30 AM                          Day Bee                   2nd Tuesday  
Meets at the home of Jean M

January 15th   9:30 AM                         Regular Meeting
 At Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church                                  3rd Tuesday
 530 St. Andrews Rd, Columbia
 FELLOWSHIP HALL                  Deb Karasik  Trunk Show

January 16th   9 AM to 4 PM       Deb Karasik  Workshop
At Pieces and Patches in Lexington
January 22nd  9:30 AM           Comfort Quilts Sew Day        4th Tuesday
At Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church   in SS classroom

January 28th   7:00 PM                         Quilt Mavens             4th Monday
Meets at the home of Janet S

January  29th                        Fifth Wheels                             5th Tuesday
Leave at 8:30 AM from church to carpool to Mary Jo’s Fabric Store

January  31st   7:00 PM                          Knight Bee
Meets at the home of Joyce G                        Last Thursday of the Month

      Many special guests are scheduled for this year so check back for more info.  This month we are looking forward to having Deb Karasik and learn more about paper-piecing.