Monday, December 12, 2011

Mod Conn Quilters [Part 2 of 2]

   Hello again!
I have switched to the Hubby's desktop computer, and the photos and technical issues seem to be resolved now.  I like when the solution is that easy!
   Yesterday, I left off at Heather.  [Here's a link to yesterday's post, Part 1]  Heather shared a beautiful quilt, and also purchased this "find" at the local Salvation Army thrift store for all of $2!!
   The members present estimated that it probably dates from the 1940s.  If you look closely, you can see that it was a collaborative effort and that the contributors signed their names to their churn dash blocks.  The condition is somewhat tattered and worn along the edges, but Heather plans to hang this on display in her home.  
   Heide was also present at the meeting, and she shared this creation:

   Heide created this as a memorial quilt for a friend's [teenage/college-age] son who tragically died in the last year.  The pattern is from the Across the Sea quilt-along (although she didn't formally/strictly follow the group's deadlines).  She used a variety of Denyse Schmidt fabrics for the crosses.
   [FYI:  Heide is the one who informed me that DS lives in CT and that she attended DS's studio Open House.]
   Group members who were not able to make the last meeting brought their 12 1/2" blue pieced blocks (and accompanying "apple green" "solid" print blocks:
Cheree's blue block
I think this block is really cool
assorted "apple green" non-pieced block contributions,
to coordinate with the blue blocks
Bottom:  Heather's blue pieced block
   Sunday's Mod Conn Quilter's meeting was held at Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby, CT.  
   Just down the path from the nature center is the Osborne Homestead, which is beautifully decorated especially for Christmas this time of year.

    Towards the end of our meeting, I was able to have a quick look as part of the last tour of the day.  No flash photography was permitted, but here are a few quick shots I took.

   Various town Garden Clubs are assigned different areas or rooms of the house, and each has a theme.  This year, the themes were based on classic holiday movies like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, etc.  All of the rooms were amazing.  If you live in this area, I highly recommend checking it out.  
   Sue Q., our host for the meeting, works at Kellogg, and she contributed a wonderful throw quilt with three reindeer silhouettes [the photo I have is from our last meeting, and is not in the photo library on this computer-- I will have to edit it in later today].  Her quilt looked wonderful in the context of the holiday decorated bedroom, but it I was unable to get a photo of it during the tour.  She also made a lovely yo-yo garland for the house tour. (Again, sorry no photo).
   I, too, had a bunch of my home-made goodies to share, but I will save that for another post (I'm thinking a Work-In-Progress Wednesday post may be in order-- I'm waiting for the binding fabrics to arrive for a bunch of my mug rugs), but here's a teaser/sneak peak of my stuff:
There are mug rugs hanging on the right and two ziploc bags
 filled with fabric-covered notebooks and tissue cozies.
Stay tuned...
   Although I have been very quiet and not posting much, I have been sewing daily.  I've learned a lot through trial and error and I'm happy to say that my skills are improving.   But I could not do it all without my trusty Seam Ripper-- Hail to my Friend (with a capital "F"), the seam ripper!!
See ya soon!


Sarah said...

Looks like you've had a great time!

Linda Coleman said...

Nice post. Looking forward to your next post showing all the wonderful sewing you've been doing

Archie the wonder dog said...

Looks like a wonderful time, thanks for the tour! Oh, and I love how organised all your projects are!

Judith, Belfast said...

Sounds like a really lovely day, and what a beautiful house! So glad your creative juices are flowing - looking forward to seeing your finished items! Jxo