Thursday, May 30, 2013

Playing Poker...Spinner Style

Last fall, the spinners were given the challenge: To Play Fiber Poker.  Hmmm, doesn't  sound much like a spinner's activity, but perhaps times were desperate. It was a really long winter.

Fiber Polka is played with cards, but these are not ordinary cards. There are five categories, fiber, color, texture, add-in and use. Each spinner draws one card from each category, this becomes her\his poker hand. Thus, the challenge is: "Just what do you do with your hand". For example, Julianna drew cotton, red, knitted, tassel, jewelry.  How do you think she did...

Julianna...cotton, red, knitted, tassel, jewelry

 Check out some of the others.

Melissa...Angora, blue, bumpy, ribbon, mittens

Stephanie...Angora, green, soft, beads, needlework

Linda...Angora, white, knitted, Angora, Scarf

Jeanne...fine wool, gray, fuzzy, mohair, rug
Wendy...Llama, purple, firm, beads, doily
Lucy...cotton, green, crochet, beads,  socks
Betty...Silk, white, woven, tassel, socks
Terry's Hand...Silk, white, crochet, ribbon, vest

Grace...fine wool, purple, smooth, beads, shawl

And there were a couple that although unique, my camera choose not to save them.  The missing hands were Wanda's mohair, purple, woven, tassel and doily/rug; Anna's mohair, red, firm, buttons, bag/purse (an I-pad sleeve).  It never ceases to amaze me...the depth of the creativity and insight when given a challenge...Well done, challenge met.
Jill's Hand...Coarse wool, green, knitted, angora, Mittens
Jackie's hand...mohair, yellow, soft, mohair,  mittens

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Faux Piping Binding

Last week the quilters met to share their sense of fabric. Sounds so corny, but did you ever meet a quilter who didn't want to "touch", to "feel", to "view" any quilt we see. Maybe we just get a cotton dust high, but it is so rewarding.  I think that's why we appreciate "show and tell."
Pam's paper piecing

Pam's applique runner

Nancy's mystery quilt

After show and tell, Mary taught a class in faux piping binding. It's an easy way to bind a quilt that just needs a little extra something without the extra work. Piping when applied to a quilt can be the splash of color that turns a ho-hum quilt into an striking wonder. In the past, piping was a two or three step process that was rather time-consuming. This quick technique allows you to bind and add piping to a queen size quilt in about three hours...yeap, I did say 3 hours.

Amazing what we learn from each other. And Thanks to Inspirations Quilt Shop in Hills who again allowed us to use their incredible classroom.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Quilter's Show and Tell

Nancy's charity quilt
Spring seems to be dilly-dallying and winter just keeps hanging on, and yet...
To get through the doldrums, we quilt. To ignite our passions, we quilt. Because we breathe, we quilt.

Last month, we journeyed out into the coutnry to share a morning, to share out passion with out know, those folks who are just as excited as you are about fabric.

Marilyn's applique

This was show and tell

As one of our quilters was going through the boxes of a deceased family member,  this partially completed yo-yo quilt was discovered. How exciting, trying to recoup the time, energy and beauty of a quilt begun many, many years ago.

And another ran across this really fun pattern to
produce blocks of vegetables...Can you just imagine the interesting quilt this will make-- Vegetable Soup.

As I post this, we have had our first real taste of Spring,  and now these vegies will grow in our gardens,

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Weaving with Fabric Strips

In historical times, folks took old clothes, curtains, sheets and cut them into strips to make rugs with what they had. Over time, the practice of salvaging fabric has changed a little. Today, a weaver decides the structure and the design before looking for their fabric strips. Sometimes, they don't have enough of any one color for the design they have in mind.  There are several ways to remedy that problem. 1. Have a great quilter friend with a stash who's willing to share. 2. Go to Good Will or Crowded Closet. 3. Check all those boxes you inherited from your Mother, your Auntie, your Grandma, there might be fabric or old stuff to cut up. 4. Dye anything you have. We have been known to dye a half a dozen of Auntie's old sheets. Lastly, only after you exhausted all salvaging methods... off you go to the fabric store.

Now you have the fabric and the idea...just how do you cut, join, weave, bind, or hem these strips into this new masterpiece. At the last weavers' meeting, Cathy and Linda presented a program explaining the tools needed for cutting/tearing the fabric strips for weaving with fabric strips, the techniques for weaving with fabric and the resources available from the guild library.  I must admit I was blown away by the examples provided.
Runners and Placemats
There was such a vast array of items, all woven with fabric strips as your weft.

The complicated patterns that are produced were spectacular.

Upper Left...Runner, Lower Right...Rug