Thursday, June 21, 2012

My first Guild Meeting

Tonight I took that next step in my skill building. That was to get over the fear of joining/going to a quilting guild meeting.  I and in Salt Lake City, UT and the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild meeting according to my GPS was only 8 minutes from my house.  The GPS lied, it only took me about 5 minutes to get there (I have a lead foot).  When I got there the front door to the building they meet in was locked (its a condo) and the lady behind the glass did not look so eager to let a guy in.  I think the look on her face when I told her I was there for the meeting was priceless.

The meeting went well they had a show and tell section (No I did not bring any thing, I hate to look stupid and did not know what they would think of me). Next meeting I will bring something, maybe one of my Batik quilts I am making.  I did get a toy though from the meeting.


As it seems the quilt guild this last month has been doing a Dresden Quilt blog hop.  I have avoided it like the plague in the past. Dresden's seem to imply, not straight line quilting and I have been afraid of that.  I am going to have to suck up and try it because I can't show these girls how soft I am.  So my goal is to think up and then do a project using this ruler (or the much bigger one I bought months ago when I was living dangerous). Please tell me how easy they are or suggest a great beginner project with them.


What fun would be a guild meeting with out getting home work.  I tend to be shy in groups (you might wonder how that could be when I keep spilling my life out here), but I am.  It took me some working up the nerve to ask what the huge pile of material in the basket was.  It turns out that they are doing a charity quilt and as it seems I can help.  I asked what to do and they said grab a hand full and make some string blocks using a tutorial (that I could not find, sigh go figure) any way here is my home work in the not complete stage.


The block looks easy enough, but before I start I need to figure out what size I am making.  Once I get that figured out, expect to see something made out of this tangle of material.


To finish up my night I did get all of the rows sewn together for the blue and yellow batik top.  I have all of the sashing rows sewn together.  I figured its 11 pm and 6am (work) comes too early so I did not get the top sewn together, but I would guess I should be able to get it done some time this weekend.  I have I think enough sashings cut out for the border around the out side.  It should be easy to get this done soon or at least to the basting stage.  Tanya has been pestering me to get my Soldier Star quilt done, so may not touch this Friday and work on that as I need her help basting it (all I need to do is figure out the back I think I need to cut and sew it together to make it wide enough.




12 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Good for you! And getting involved with participation is a huge step. I love the 'handful' of wonders you grabbed - deliscious! If you look at some of the blogs that have been sharing on that dresdan hop - there were a lot of tutorials or google search. Or watch some You Tube tutorials. The most important thing I think is once you made your blades - start attaching them in twos - always start at the tops and stitch toward the skinny part of the blade. Then your outer portion will be even - any uneveness in the center will be covered with a circle. Simple pattern - make one dresdan plate pillow. Pillows are great small projects to try a new technique - and faster to finish.

Diane-crewe said...

Dresden plate... easy AND addictive...(esp so with the many rulers that are out there x)you have been WARNED!! lol x

Gene Black said...

FYI, the dresden plate looks scary to me too.

Mhairi said...

I know others have said to make a dresden plate but why not go with something different and create a snake or a caterpillar. Have you read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" I am sure that Julia would love a caterpillar quilt to roll around on.
To hide the uneven ends you could frame the 'pillar with a black line and this would hide the legs too.
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

beaquilter said...

I just read the book CIRCLE of quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini and one chapter was about a guy quilter showing up at a guild meeting and getting the cold shoulder at first, later on he became famous and wrote his own book etc.... good for you to go to a meeting! the guy in the book, found "better" friends online btw.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Wow!! That was brave of you Richard. good for you...I love the fabric and can't wait to see what you do with it.

bunbear said...

check out bonnie hunter's website quiltville.com for a string tutorial. very easy and very addicting! your quilting is really coming along nicely!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I did a dresden plate block years ago with Eleanor Burns Egg Money quilts. Taught myself to hand applique with that block. Loved it. Now I want to find time to make a whole quilt. They aren't hard. Check out Amy's blog. She makes lots of Dresden plate quilts. http://www.aquiltingsheep.com/

Elisa said...

So glad you joined us at guild last night! You can find all of the details of the EZDresden QuiltChallenge on the SLMQG site www.slmqg.com and also I will be putting up the tutorial on how to do the striking blocks soon (hopefully this weekend) on the guild page.

Fancy me finding your blog from Sarah's page. It seems we have a friend in common already!

Can't wait to see some of your quilts. See you at sewing Saturday. Details on the guild page.

Cheers
Elisa

Joyce Carter said...

Way to go, Richard! You will love doing the Dresden Plate block. It is very addictive. You can't just stop with one!

Cathy (aka CrafteeCC) said...

good luck with the Dresden Plate block ;-) I have just made my very first one this week using a paper template and have now ordered the ruler as I think I have been bitten by the Dresden bug ;-)

cq4fun said...

You have a lot of fun ahead of you. For the string blocks, you really can't make it wrong. Did you see what they are making? Are they diagonally pieced? Does each one have the same color down the center?

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