This year National Quilting Day falls on a Uhuru Guild meeting day and we are excited to host a demonstration. Stay tuned for details, but please take a moment to check out the National Quilting Day website to learn the history of this day, free patterns and ideas for the day.
Uhuru will be sewing along in 2016...More info will be given at this month's meeting! But there's a big hint below!
Earn your Ph.D. in Creative Arts by December 2016!
1) Dive into your stack of unfinished projects and make a list of 11 that you would like to finish or make progress on this year. In the second column describe the current status of your project. Is it a top, a set of blocks, yardage waiting to be cut? In the third column describe briefly the progress you have made on it by Uhuru's next meeting. Did you add borders and quilt it? Did you piece the top? Did you cut the yardage into usable pieces?
At January's meeting, we made our lists and randomly chose to work on #6 this month.
2) At February' s meeting, you must show evidence of progress made. You will earn a ticket to win prizes in the Challenge raffle to be held during the Christmas party in December 2016. There will be opportunities each month to earn bonus tickets. The more progress you make, the more chances to win. Then we'll randomly draw the number for the next month's project.
If you would rather focus on one project, then make a work plan for that one project. Ignore the monthly drawing of a project number. You will earn tickets for the number of steps completed in your plan.
Questions? Contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's not too late to start!
Finished IS Better!
Many of you have made the pilgrimage to the "mother of all quilt shows" the International Quilt Festival Houston. I've been to Quilt Market, the show for shop owners and buyers (thanks Nadine), but this will be my first Quilt Fest. I want you to join me. If you've been before, please leave a comment about what is not to be missed. If you've never made the trip and want to know all the happenings, leave a comment; tell me what you want to know. Let's go together. And, if you're heading that way, let me know so we can meet up.
I'll make every effort to write a blog post every night and post to my twitter feed so be sure to follow along @lisysykes and @uhuruquilters.
Where did the summer go? As I write this it feels like fall outside, the kids go back to school in the coming weeks, and the grill is out of propane. There are at least three quilts on my “to make” list this summer, but sadly, I only have half of one on my design wall. I shall not despair, I won’t count summer over until it’s meteorological end on September 22nd. I’ll strive to have a few quilt tops to show at our September meeting...I’m not so ambitious as to think I’ll have them quilted too.
Deb’s ugly fabric challenge is still alive and well, so if you have a piece of that “ugly” fabric, don’t forget we can’t wait to see what you've done with it, we know it will be beautiful. As we head into autumn how about a new challenge? This year we acknowledge three significant civil rights anniversaries, the Birmingham bombings, the March on Washington and the Lunch Counter sit-ins. So in the spirit of quilters and Uhuru, let's acknowledge these events through quilting. We challenge all of our members to interpret any or all of these events through a quilt. This quilt can be any size, postcard to king size, it can be embellished however you choose, made in any style or colors of your choice. There is only one requirement; if the quilt you submit is larger than a postcard it MUST have a hanging sleeve. This challenge quilt should be submitted at our January 2014 meeting. I hope you will see this as an opportunity to try something new, highlight a challenging technique, and most of all, express your view of our country's civil rights history.
Enjoy these last few weeks of summer, be safe, do good.
Imagine my surprise when I sat down Sunday morning to read the latest Quilter’s Newsletter and saw our former member, Valerie White, profiled in their “Meeting Place” feature. The first line of the article reads “It was the support and friendship of members of the Uhuru Quilting Guild of Fort Washington, Maryland that provided her encouragement.” She spoke specifically of our wonderful, Jennifer Morris. If you haven’t read your issue yet, or don’t have a copy, please make sure to pick up a copy of the August/September Quilter's Newsletter and read more about how Valerie has developed as a quilter and artist.
Two of Valerie’s words really struck me: “support and friendship." For almost twenty years the ladies of Uhuru have given each other, and our community, “support and friendship.” Valerie’s memory of us finds me proud to be a member of Uhuru and especially honored to be your Coordinator. Many of us have close friends in the guild; others may only see or talk to one another once a month when we meet. However, when we meet, we all share the “support and friendship” Valerie speaks of and that is truly wonderful. When I put on my coordinator’s mantle and think about how to better serve you, I brainstorm many thoughts and ideas. I realize today, however, that if we each come away with “support and friendship,” we are all well served.
Cheers to Valerie and all present and former Uhuru Members,
Practice, Challenge, Improvement
Have you noticed a theme yet in my monthly messages? Certainly not my intent, just what I hope is a happy evolution. I find myself repeating the advice my dad gave me to my nine year old almost weekly... Practice, Practice, Practice, the classmate who aces the quiz or the opponent who defeats you only did so because they practiced more than you. It was really unpleasant to hear then, as I’m sure it is for my son today, but I wish I could hear those words again from my dad. My free motion quilting is absolutely awful and I know the only thing that is going to matter now is practice. And more practice. And still more practice.
For example, I've seen Bernadett's long arm quilting improve over the last year or so and I’d bet a yard of fabric, she’d say that it is because she is quilting more and trying new things. I think that is the second step in improving your skills; challenging yourself. The Guild’s March Challenge, to take on a difficult block, one you have avoided in the past or wouldn't even dare to try, is a challenge to practice, to improve. I hope that you've attempted this month's challenge and learned something new...a new technique or discovered something new in you.
Happy 19th Birthday Uhuru! Happy National Quilting Day! Here's to a year of practice and improvement.
I’ve finally finished my 2013 Quilts to Make list and this list leaves me thinking about “inspiration”. As I poured over the project bags, boxes, books, bookmarked magazines, I pondered my criteria. Why did three wonderfully modern quilts, one really complex hand applique and several hand embroidery quilts make this year’s list? Where did this eclectic mix originate? Thus, my “inspiration” question.
Do you scan Pinterest for hours? Do you clip from quilting magazines? Bookmark blogs and websites? Do you have the latest quilting book published? Are you fascinated by a favorite technique? Do you have a favorite instructor or famous quilter you are inspired by? Leave a comment, let me know.
Of all these resources, I can say without hesitation or doubt my greatest inspiration, month after month, is our Show and Tell. I see the work of “My Ladies,” (my affectionate term for my fellow guild members), and I’m moved to create, repeat, try, start, or just do something with fabric. There are months when I only enter my quilt room to iron a shirt, yet I’m suddenly there on the third Saturday after a guild meeting, trying to get my bearings or start yet another new project. With all the books, blogs and and quilting magazines overwhelming my senses without fail, “my ladies” shine above as inspiration and for that I’m ever grateful.
Over the last few years the Washington area has lost several quilt shops, so it is up to us, as quilters, to support the quilt shops that remain. Several shops are participating in the events of the day with sales and special happenings. Think of the small business owner when considering a fabric or quilting purchase.
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