The Narragansett Bay Quilters’ Association meets in East Greenwich, RI.
This 250 member guild brings together people from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond to share, teach, learn and promote the art of quilting.
It’s been almost a year since we were all together face to face and hand to hand. I never thought this “virus” would have lasted so long and affected all of us in so many ways. From Easter and the 4th of July, to Thanksgiving and Christmas, things were low key with our family and friends. We are relying on “zoom” for personal contact. This new way of communication has allowed our guild to have new life. From our monthly meetings, to board meetings and workshops and “sip and sew”, it has been a joy to “see” everyone’s faces, homes, works of art and even their PJ’s!
My board and committee chairs have worked so hard at keeping this guild running for the last 3 years. Now it’s time to “pass the torch”. We are looking for some “new blood” to carry this great guild forward in our 45th year. As I have been saying throughout my years as President, YOU make our guild great. So if you are interested in any of the board positions or committee chairs, please contact me or the current board.
We have had so many great projects and events as a group, even with this “pandemic “lurking around us. We will be working on our 2022 Quilt show soon, so we hope to see a lot of quilts made during the pandemic. Spring is almost in the air. I hear the birds singing as they try to find their new homes. I can’t wait. I’m sure we are all looking forward to the spring. It has been a long Winter.
On a personal note, my older sister Eileen, from Hilton Head Island, SC., had been staying with me since the beginning of December It was getting a little lonely down there, so she decided to stay for a bit. She had been great company and a comfort during the quarantine. I have gotten her into quilting, and she has been helping me with my rebus puzzles for you all. I hope this pause has opened the door to some new experiences in your life.
Please continue to stay safe and keep on quilting. It keeps us sane during all these times. We are in this together.
See you on “Zoom”
Friends are flowers in the garden of life
Meeting Details:Karen Echmeier from the Quilted Lizard Fiber Arts Studio presenting Wiggles and Waves (her most recent book) and a trunk show.
Karen Echmeier will be teaching a 3-hour class on Color Twists and Leaves. Karen has also donated and signed four of her books that will be giving out as prizes during the workshop.
Weave a Quilt with Me…no sewing machine needed!
From Elly’s website
NO SEWING MACHINES needed, only a spirit of adventure! In this playful workshop, you’ll weave with fabric strips and ribbons, to make a Skinny quilt/table runner, wall hanging or art quilt, album cover, pillow top, Christmas stocking, or project of any size. I’ll share lots of ways to combine weavings, quilt, and finish the edges of your fabulous, original piece after the class ends.!
Class Supply List:
First, choose a color palette for your creation to match the décor where it will go. Make sure you have similar and complementary colors in light, medium, and dark values. Then collect:
*Scraps and/or fat eighths or fat quarters of fabrics in your chosen colors—at least 8 different ones
*Various ribbons, lace, rickrack, and/or braided trims in colors to match and contrast; satin ribbons are lovely for shine, grosgrain gives great texture, and metallics such as gold and silver are great for zing!
*2 yards of any old fabric for a padded work surface (this could become your backing)
*1 yard of paper-backed, heavy-duty fusible web, 17” wide (I recommend heavy-duty Wonder-Under–avoid sticky types like Steam-a-Seam)
*Basic rotary cutting supplies
*Pins and pincushion
Optional during class: Iron and ironing surface. Big Boards are terrific for this technique, but a table with padding will do