May - That's a Wrap

Despite a little confusion and a quick change of venue for our May 10th meeting  and sew-day, ECMQG had a full house.

Kelly's last minute discovery of a key that wouldn't open any doors at our usual location, Crestview Baptist Church, sent us down the road to her church, Grace Redeemer.  A big thank you for the use of the space!    

Business matters, including a reminder from our President, Marcy Gallagher, about our latest charity project, were discussed.  

Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Inc. will be the recipient of our quilt for their upcoming silent auction, which takes place Friday, September 19, 2014. 

You can learn more about our local Fisher House here.  

We are using the beautiful sea colored and uber-modern Sphere collection from designer Brigette Heitland for Moda as it compliments so well, our aesthetic, and the colors of the Gulf Coast. 

All of the May birthday girls celebrated in style by choosing their fabric lollipop, which I think is certainly one of the best kinds!  Totally beautiful and non-fattening, right?

ECMQG had a terrific group of gals representing us at Stash Bash just outside of Atlanta the last weekend in April.  Kira, Wendi, KaSandra, Marcy, and Kim had a mini-reunion with Leslie who drove up from Jacksonville.

From the pictures posted to Instagram, and from the highlights recounted by Kira, KaSandra, Kim, and Wendi, ECMQG is overdue in hosting a sewing retreat.  Hmmm...  Sounds like we need some volunteers. 

Sadly, we have no pictures of Kelly's demonstration and short program on QAYG.  

Finally, May was our Make a Bag, Make a Friend swap of which these colorful little Friendship Bags stuffed with goodies - notions, fabric, chocolate! - were given and received.     

Because a picture is worth a thousand words, here are the quilts and projects from Show and Tell.

KaSandra's Relay for Life t-shirt quilt (above) and a snippet of Diane's latest improv creation (below).

One of our newest members and our first Junior Member, presented several of his original quilting creations.

ECMQG has some fantastically talented ladies - and gents - who practice many styles of quilting and needle arts, as is plainly evidenced in the following photos.

This is but a small bit of the creative talents within our guild.  I would love to be able to share more details, so please, leave a comment or send us an Email and we'll give credit where credit is due.

A sailboat and water quilt Carol is working on.  The genesis for this began with Diane's improv curved piecing demonstration.

Cricket showed her completed intertwined quilt.  This is an original design we saw come together over several sew-days.  

Kira, with a couple of her quilts.  The one above belongs to her son.  The one below is from her Fresh Flowers QAL.

If you belong to our Facebook group, then you saw the progress on this "quilted" stitchery project.  It was designed and quilted by Kathy, who has the online shop Needle Delights

This quilt was whipped up after Diane's presentation and workshop on improv curved piecing.  

The next two photos are of a quilt gift to a special friend.  Gina made this for Karol and presented it to her upon her retirement from the USAF.  

Consider this your PSA and friendly reminder to ALWAYS LABEL YOUR QUILTS.

Part of the fun of swapping is learning new skills.  This is a little dumpling pouch from Michelle Patterns Cindy made as practice for an Instagram swap.  

Stash Bash afforded Wendi quality time to finish several longstanding WiPs.  We saw this bee block quilt top first.  

The second was Piece of Cake III by Camille Roskelly from her Craftsy class Playful Piecing.

A nearly completed Shiny Brite quilt top designed by Wendi's daughter, Amanda was the third quilt top.  Amanda is also the owner of Westwood Acres, one of our favorite independent online modern fabric shops.

The fourth beauty Wendi shared was this Single Girl quilt top (pattern by Denyse Schmidt).  

Elaine shared this medallion quilt top.

And here is another version, same pattern, but different fabrics, shared by (please let me know).  Both are equally beautiful, but so different!

That was May.  So glad you joined us or stopped by.

Cindy Marvel, ECMQG Secretary and Wendi Mihalik, ECMQG Treasurer

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