Monday, September 23, 2019

Jacob's Ladder Challenge

One of our challenges this year was to take the Jacob's Ladder quilt block and modernize it.
Here are the results.....

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September Meeting and Sew and Share

You can find the September meeting minutes here.

Here's our Sew and Share for the month....

Lois made this Jacob's Ladder quilt from a Bonnie Hunter Book which took her a few years to complete. She used her scraps and she calls this quilt, Blue Mountain.

She also made these storage bags/ pods. She found the pattern on Craftsy.

Cindy made this clam bag. She found the pattern on

 Debbie finished this UFO that she started in 2008 on the Western PA Shop Hop. It is hand appliqued, machine quilted using Bottom Line thread in the top and bottom. She used William Morris fabric.

Karen made this top using a ponte knit and cotton woven fabric from Smilespinners. The pattern is Simplicity 1316.
 Karen also took a workshop from Joyce Hughes on fabric painting. This is called Iris.

Cindy finished a UFO. She made this Tango quilt using a kit from the Saginaw Street Quilt Company.

 She also made this Block of the Month Sampler Quilt called Christmas Figs by Joanna Figueroa. The fabric is Fig Tree

Joan made this Desert Sky quilt by Judy Niemeyer.

 She also made this Pumpkin Season quilt using The Pattern Basket from the Fat Quarter Shop.

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September member Spotlight

Our member spotlight this month was Debbie Lohman, who has created over 1,000 projects in her quilting and crafting journey. She says she creates about 100-125 projects a year.  In 2012 she and her mother, Donna, had a joint quilt show at a museum in Mechanicsburg.
Debbie's mother taught quilting classes in local sewing shops when Debbie was growing up. She would help her mother with the classes but never took one. She says she was a "closest quilter" in those days, but that has changed. She has entered quilts in national shows and has won many ribbons. Here is a taste of the quilts she shared with us.

These were Debbie's firsts 2 quilts from the late 80's.

 And here is a tiny sampling of  her quilts since then.....

We were all amazed with Debbie's quilting and designs. She says she is always learning. However, she does admit that she likes fabric and tools more than she does quilting.  Debbie is helping to coordinate our charity quilt for QuiltCon this year.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

August Monthly Meeting

The August meeting minutes can be found here.

 Our member spotlight this month was Kathy.She told us a fascinating story of how she grew up with her grandma using treadle machine, but then didn’t keep sewing in her early adulthood.  

About 9 years ago feel and broke her knee and couldn’t walk for 4 months.  She put together this quilt top to exercise her knee using the treadle sewing machine, and then started sewing more for her grandkids. 

Later she found the American Sewing Guild and started making handbags. She loves upcycling and using scraps. She made bags and wallets from military uniforms and American Girl doll clothes with upcycled children’s clothing to sell at craft shows. She also "scavenged" bag hardware from Goodwill.  She also got into making t-shirt quilts for her family members. This summer she’s practicing piecing because until this point she hasn’t done much beyond squares. 

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Friday, July 19, 2019

July Member Spotlight

Our member spotlight this month was Gina Padilla.
She began quilting about 5 years ago, however she has been sewing for many years. Here are a few of her creations....

A replica of a Civil War dress

A quilt about Acadia National Park

A quilt using fabrics she inherited from her Grandmother

Several other quilts she designed.


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July Meeting and Sew and Share

July Meeting Minutes

July's Show and Tell....


Gay has a passion for chickens and this lead her to create this chicken quilt which she found on Pinterest. She used fabric from her stash. She also created this Flower Glass quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Company, It began as a challenge using a magazine page for inspiration.

The challenge came from the Stitch N Peace Quilt group in Gettysburg.

Amy took a little time away from quilting to finish this map of Japan Cross stitch which she started in 1990 and finally finished and framed it this month.

Sigrid made this Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt from a kit.


Sonja creates cards using fabric. She uses them for her own personal use and for gifts.  She made this baby quilt using a panel she got from Mooks in Lancaster.


Karen made this picnic quilt for a niece who was getting married in California. It is a Missouri Star quilt pattern. She made a matching tote , too. 


She also shared with us a design of hers that she created after taking a workshop at the Mancuso Quilt Show in Lancaster from Laura Wasilowski called Tiny Homes. She used fusible fabric applique and some improv techniques. Her granddaughter made one, too. It's on the left.

Karen shared her challenge quilt using Jacob's Ladder. 

Debby used a small part of a Charley Harper print to help use design this wall hanging.


Beth presented "Color Confidence", how to use both sides of the brain to understand colors as they relate to each other and how to give your quilts the story that you want it to tell. Here are a few samples of her quilts.



Thanks, Beth!

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