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Thursday, March 31, 2011

KNOTTY GIRLS MEETING AT ATTIC WINDOW

Knotty Girls met Wednesday evening at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I attended, not because I had stitching to do, although I always take some handwork, but because they are the nicest group of women and also very productive.  I knew I’d get lots of pictures to share with you, which I did, so I’ll only show part of them in this post.  The rest tomorrow.

Barb kept herself busy quilting this beautiful Baltimore Album quilt. Above is a close up of one of the blocks.
  Barb said she started this quilt in 1997 and just recently drug it out of her UFO pile, determined to finish it. What a prize this will be when it is finished!

Dee worked on this Sweet Sixteen block.  She is using wools for this lovely project.

Above is the project Sue worked on during the evening.  She said she purchased this quilt recently at an estate sale, just as you see it, sandwiched, pinned, and ready to quilt.  Isn’t it lovely?
What is this?  Marci brought these small pieces of wool to show us.  She had quite a bit of leftover wool from other projects and decided to dye them.  After doing research on the internet, she chose to use Kool Aid for the dye (sugar free, of course).   We were amazed at the brilliant colors.  Look at the orange pieces in front.  The small pieces next to them are samples of the original wool fabric before dyeing.  Note how vivid the colors are even when the original fabrics had a different color already in them.  Marci said that after she dyed and dried the pieces, she did some checking and found that when she re-washed the pieces the colors did not run or fade.  What a great idea!   
Designs By Jessie has a nice tutorial for a 2-square quilt.  She used a Jelly Roll but I’m thinking it can just as easily be made with scraps.  I like the way she has quilted it too.
Stay Positive!
Caroll  

6 comments:

Lynn said...

This is third or fourth mention of dying wool with Kool Aid I have read recently. Maybe this is a hint from the universe that I should try this. Hmmmm

Allie said...

Amazing quilts, truly! The dyed wool turned out brilliantly, that's got to be fun!

Barb said...

Enjoyed seeing the quilts and blocks....and why sugar free...HA!!

Linda said...

Beautiful Baltimore quilt!! Love the wool Sweet Sixteen block!!! Gorgeous wool!

Sandy said...

What gorgeous projects! And that estate find is a real gem...how lucky she was!

Mama Pea said...

That Baltimore album is great. I bought that Sweet Sixteen pattern back in December and really want to do it. I am thinking about wool, too, though batiks would also be fun! I love the kool aid dying. I think that would be fun to try. I am so surprised it's colorfast! Can you imagine if you spilled it on your carpet!?

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.