Saturday, August 25, 2018

An Interesting Quilting Summer.

Quilters meet this week with some interesting summer work. Although this first piece wasn't created by our members but by a sister-in-law's grandmother and her great aunties who made this for her mother's birth. Her mother recently died at 104.  It's probably 100 or more years old. It is a little on the thin side but overall in excellent condition. 
Hand pieced and quilted for the babe. 
Each square hand embroidered.

 We often make quilts to fund-raising auctions. Check out Linda's contribution for the Aviation Club.

Dynamic color scheme.

Colorful and Interesting Back

As a group we are always talking about using our stash, not wasting the leftovers and other ideas. The next three photos are excellent examples of scrap quilting and reconstructing cloth using those scraps. 
scraps jelly roll 

These stars are made from reconstructed fabric. 

Another scrap quilt 
I must say it's been an interesting summer. These last three were made by one of our quilters who had had shoulder surgery and was bored. Oh, please let me be this good when I'm bored.  

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

CGIC rocks the Iowa State Fair of 2018

Each August, Deb strongly encourages the rest of us at the Craft Guild to participate in the Fibers and Threads exhibit at the Iowa State Fair. We do this for several reasons, it's fun, others get to see and appreciate our handiwork. Folk see examples of what we do on a day to day basis reminding everyone that the fiber crafts have not gone the way of the dinosaur.

Handwoven Rugs

Our guild was clearly well represented in the Fiber and Threads Division. Vicki Tardy won Best of Show honors in the weaving division of Fabric and Threads. Deb Zeitler claimed the Sweepstakes honor in weaving. Ribbons for weaving Rugs went to Cathy Willoughby, Deb Zeitler, and Lucy Hansen. Ribbons for weaving with handspun were awarded Vicki Tardy and Deb Zeitler. Deb Zeitler also recieved a blue ribbon for her woven Afghan.

In Weaving -Towels category, Lois Lembke, Vicki Tardy, Bev Pennell and Linda Bergquist received ribbons. While the household linens category ribbons were awarded Vicki Tardy, Deb Zeitler, Bev Pennell, and Lucy Hansen. Wall Hangings category ribbons went to Deb Zeitler, Cathy Willoughby, and Lucy Hansen. Vicky Tardy and Deb Zeitler were awarded ribbons for their handwoven apparel. And Terry Jones, Lois Lembke, Rebecca Roush, Vicky Tardy, and Deb Zeitler received ribbons for their shawls/scarfs.
Handwoven Dishtowels, Throw &, baby blanket

Knitted cowl
In Knitting, Terry Jones won 7 ribbons and Rebecca Roush won 5 ribbons in various knitting categories.
Skeins of handspun yarn. 
Rebecca Roush won best of show honors in spinning and a blue in lace weight spinning. Terry Jones won 7 ribbons and Vicki Tardy won 4 ribbons in other spinning categories.
Handspun knitted cowl
In addition to all the fiber entries, Deb Zeitler received a ribbon for her ply-split piece seen in the Fine Arts Division. As another year of the Fair has come to a close, the incredible work of our CGIC lives on in its splendor. Come to our open house September 9, from 1-4pm for another opportunity to see their work.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Name Draft Challenge Results

In December,  I shared the challenge made to our weavers to design and weave a name draft item and a promise to share those that rose to the task. The first photo shows several weavings, each commerating a special time or event. Anniversarys, Wedding, first Grandson, A mother-in-law, an ancestral family name.
Commerating a special moment or person
Terry's home of many year.
They are spectacular orginal designs.  Come see them on display in the rotunda at the Coralville Library until August 31, 2018.
Deb's first grandson