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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

SMALL BLOCK SISTERS MEET


Monday I happened to stop in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and found a group of women stitching away. They are members of the Small Block Sisters Quilting Bee from the West Michigan Quilter’s Guild. They said that they thank the Attic Window for letting them meet there the first Monday of every month. They sew all day and enjoy a pot luck for lunch. Most of the women were working on different small block projects.

Above are the blocks that Cindy Petersen is working on. They are called Dutch Treat. She makes these in reverse appliqué. Each block is 5 ½ inches square. There are 196 blocks in the pattern and she is going to try to make them all.

This is a close up of one of the blocks. Sorry about the fuzzy picture, but I wanted you to get a look at the small pieces she has to work with. Remember these blocks are only 5 1/2 inches square. I’ll show more pictures of what some of the other women are working on at next post but speaking of WMQG reminds me that I have to tell you that ----

Carol Taylor, Quilt Artist, recently gave a presentation at the West Michigan Quilter’s Guild. She makes art quilts and has made over 500 quilts since she started quilting in1993. She said that she finishes everything she starts (Oh, so that's what you're supposed to do...finish one before you start something else.) Her studio is the envy of every stitcher. She added 1500 sq feet to her house and now has a quilting area (bigger than my house) with lots of big windows letting in the natural light. She has large design walls (yes, more than one) and a built in light table. She said that she uses Aurifil thread (which you can now purchase at the Attic Window) as it makes her seams lay flatter and there is much less lint. She said she used to sort her fabrics by color but now sorts by value. She has an interesting way of doing her binding, too. Get one of her books and see how she does that. You can see some of her quilts displayed that evening by going to the West Michigan Quilter’s Guild or to Carol Taylor’s website. You will be awed by her beautiful quilts. You can see pictures of her new quilting room too.
Until Next Time: Happy Quilting
Caroll


2 comments:

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Oh, my gosh! When I first looked at those blocks, I thought they were painted. They're APPLIQUED! And so perfectly at that. Thanks for sharing the pictures of these. They're wonderful!

kimquiltz said...

Amazing blocks!

I'm jealous of your visit by Carol Taylor! She and Ruth McDowell are my quilting heros. Wow!

Quilting Teachers at the shop.

Quilting Teachers at the shop.
Chris, Marilyn, Jill, Lee Anne, Sue, Vickie

Quilts For Wheels

Quilts For Wheels
Many thanks and much appreciation goes to the women who work diligently each month to make quilts for those in wheel chairs. Kudos go to: Yvonne, Mary T., Fran, Joan, Mary Ellen, Barb, Lee Ann, Nancy, Mary.

Quilting for Kids With Cancer

Quilting for Kids With Cancer
Generosity has no bounds. Above are the women in the Quilts For Kids group at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Left to right, Henrietta, Phyllis, Nancy, Carol, Karen. These women donate their time, fabric, money once a month to make quilts for kids who have cancer.