Our July 2015 meeting was spent doing work on guild projects. Several guild members selected, measured, and cut fabrics to assemble into baby quilt "kits." Others worked on assembling our pink and purple quilt blocks. With some folks pinning, others sewing, and still others pressing seams, the quilt went together in just over an hour! It was exciting to see how quickly we can create something so beautiful by working together.
Ten Lakeside Quilting Guild members spent a recent long June weekend on retreat at Threads and Beds in Danville, IL. Lots of progress was made on various projects, both old and new. We were all excited to see Nik-ki's batik quilt of more than 9,000 pieces (some only 1/2 inch square!) begin to take shape. Michelle did some marvelous thread painting on a beach scene taken from a photograph. In two different "block of the month" efforts, Paula mastered paper piecing and Kathleen learned new piecing techniques. Katherine used her pre-cut stash strips to speed piece two baby quilts and start a glorious log cabin quilt in bright colors. Camille repurposed a pair of shorts in a darling pink/brown plaid into an adorable baby quilt. Jackie is ahead of the game and working on a holiday table runner in Christmas-y red and green. Pat worked on finishing her round robin piece and got the guild's Churn Dash quilt ready for the long arm quilter. Merry Beth started designing an art quilt, which we all cannot wait to see! And I finally completed the batik New York Beauty inspired wall hanging and found a few non-rainy minutes to take a photo in Mae's Garden.
In addition to all the creativity, we had a lot of good fellowship, with each other and with the other quilters in Danville. Not to mention fed each other delicious meals. And cheered the Blackhawks to victory during game 5 of the playoffs!
Lakeside Quilting Guild hosted Kamau Foluke, quilter, historian and traveler at the Guild
meeting June 9. Mr. Foluke presented “African Fabrics and Quilting.” Many members of
Needles and Threads Quilt Guild, where Mr. Foulke is a member, along with Lakeside Quilting Guild members and guests from the community attended.
Featuring fabrics collected while living and teaching in Africa, Mr. Foluke arranged his
presentation in historical order. He began with the earliest examples of textile design in
Africa and progressed to the present day. His numerous examples of textiles
richly demonstrated the variety of design, materials, and construction techniques unique
to traditions in different countries and of different cultures in Africa. In addition Mr. Foluke displayed is own work -- recent quilts and wall hangings on contemporary themes. He had a selection of African beads and
accessories as well.
Lakeside Quilting Guild members and guests enjoyed Mr. Foluke’s presentation and
appreciate his willingness to share both his knowledge and his beautiful textiles.
The Lakeside Quilting Guild had a happy donation day this month by giving nine baby quilts to Jackson Park Hospital. These donated quilts will be gifts for new mothers to cuddle with their babies. Each quilt goes home with the mother and baby when they leave the hospital. Our guild creates quilts for these area families who may otherwise not have any homemade items or or have little family support when they have a new baby arriving. We enjoy giving the gift of a cozy handmade quilts to these special mothers, and celebrate our partnership with Jackson Park Hospital!
Many thanks to Gracemary Rosenthal (Baby Quilt Program Coordinator), Pat Harper and Jackie Lipscomb (committee members) of Lakeside Quilting Guild for organizing the donation.
Next Tuesday, May 12 we will meet at Treasure Island in the Cellar Room on the lower level. Socializing starts from 6:30 PM with the business meeting at 7 pm. Following the business meeting will be time to view the pink and purple guild quilt arrangement and finalize before assembly starts. We will hold the election for secretary during this meeting as well. Other topics on the agenda will be the Hyde Park Neighborhood Art Fair booth plans and sign up schedule, a look at programming during the summer months, a discussion about raffling off one of our guild quilts for a fundraising activity for the guild, and gathering feedback on the UCHP quilt show from members. We also hope to have a meet and greet with Quilter’s Trunk, a new store opening soon in Beverly neighborhood. A reminder to bring $20 for your dues renewal if you have not yet renewed for 2015-2016.
Finally, those who wish to participate in this year’s Round Robin need to bring their 10 1/2 inch square center block in a plain white pillowcase, along with any (optional) extra fabric, small notebook, etc. Each participant will take home another center block in trade and create the first round by placing the block “on point” using setting triangles. The next exchange will take place at our July meeting. The PDF file with detailed instructions may be downloaded by clicking on the link below:
The guild's latest output of baby quilts is on its way to babies! Jackson Park Hospital and University of Chicago Hospital received donations of 9 quilts each. Guild members are encouraged to keep making more baby blankets and quilts -- there are always more babies out there!
For photos of all the quilts, go to the Gallery and see them all!
The 25th annual quilt show took place on April 10 and 11 at United Church Hyde Park and drew a steady stream of visitors, quilters and non-quilters alike. There were more than 200 new and vintage quilts on display, tables from fabric arts vendors, a delicious spread of treats in the tearoom where visitors could relax and chat and snack, raffle drawings for gift baskets and quilts, and our own guild table to introduce ourselves to the community. The gallery of photos below is courtesy of Betsy Rubin, one of our Hyde Park neighbors who graciously allowed us to repost her work. Enjoy!
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