Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December Meeting - Holiday Mini Quilt Challenge

In addition to our pincushion swap, we also had a holiday mini quilt challenge at our December meeting.  The guidelines were simple, make a quilt no larger than 30" square and no smaller than 12" square.  The quilt was to have a winter or holiday theme, all religions welcome.  The winner of the challenge would walk away with a $50 gift certificate to Hawthorn Threads!

We had four members participate in the challenge, all with some fantastic quilts!!!  I mean it.  See for yourself.
See, they're all awesome! 

Everyone at the meeting was given a piece of paper and told to vote for one of the quilts.  After the tally, we had two ties.  Quilts 1 and 2 tied for first and quilts 3 and 4 tied.  Truly a testament to the awesomeness of the quilts.  Since there was a tie, everyone had to re-vote between quilts 1 and 2 in order to break the tie.
How do you pick between those two awesome quilts? 

After the tally again, quilts 1 and 2 tied again until we realized we were missing one vote.  That one vote broke the tie and determined the winner, which was quilt 2!

It was made by Jen from A Quilting Jewel and was made using the needle turn applique technique we learned in the November meeting. 

Here are some close-ups of some of the other fantastic quilts.

Join us for our next meeting on January 29th at the Arlington (MA) Public Library where we will have Sew Fresh Fabrics give us a trunk show and talk about what it's like to work in the quilting industry.

To join the NEMQG, visit our group on BigTent or come to a meeting.

Monday, December 13, 2010

December Meeting - Pincushion Swap

We had a a fun-filled December meeting filled with a pincushion swap, a holiday mini quilt challenge, a great show and tell, and got a chance to get some great fabrics as one member was de-stashing.  Because it was so fun-filled, I'll share all of the activities into a couple of posts.

Our pincushion swap was a great way to conclude the year.  It was a "bring a pincushion, get a pincushion" event.  Quite a few members participated.  We all put our pincushions on a table without a label and they were redistributed to those that brought a pincushion.

Here we are opening up our gifts.  We had a large gathering this month with four new ladies joining us for their first meeting. 

Here they all are.  Don't you just love the variety?  There are round ones, square ones, owl ones, and more! 
I wanted to take them all home with me.  Can you blame me?