Members Workshop


Thank you Erika for organizing the May 26th and 27th workshops on “Orphan Blocks” and “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”.  It was a fun-filled, laugh-filled and creative 2 days spent with fellow quilters Erika, Laurrie, Wendy, Shelagh, Margarita, Sheila and Lois.  Erika demystified orphan blocks and the good, the bad and the ugly showing us various ways to transform them into works of art and beautiful quilt tops.  Then we were turned loose on fabric from our own stash and fabric from Erika’s own stash. With Erika’s keen eye and assistance just look at what we were able to accomplish in 2 days.

Wonder what to do with 500+ vibrant half square triangles – well here is the first quilt top.  Only 4 or 5 or more to go Wendy!

Wendy Day 2 (2)

Margarita finally was able to corral that “moose on the loose”.  We got a peek at options for additional rows to ensure that moose stays put – can’t wait to see what you decide.

Margarita Day 2










Look at Sheila’s use of purples and greens to create a pretty floral quilt.  Love the use of the orphan block baskets. What a transformation from day 1 to day 2!  

Sheila Day 1


Sheila Day 2

Every time I looked at Lois’s design wall there was a new project in the works.  I now appreciate how she is able to have so many quilts at show and tell. Here are just a couple of her design ideas.

Lois Day 1


Lois Day 2


Shelagh started off with her orphan – a foundation paper pieced block; added a pieced border then sashing and now is working on flying geese.  Can’t wait to see what will be next Shelagh!

Shelagh Day 1


Shelagh Day 2

Laurrie is working on an African themed quilt top.  If I had known I would have brought in my fabric but of course I would have to find it first!  

Laurrie Day 1


Laurrie Day 2

And then me. I came with orphans and scraps determined to find a way to use them rather than stuffing for a dog bed.  The contribution of hand appliqued floral blocks from Lezley Zwaal started the adventure. I continually asked myself what am I doing but as I watched it come together with Erika’s assistance I think I finally got it.  This will be lovingly donated to the Good Sam.

Bonnie Day 1


Bonnie Day 2flip

Note from Erika:  

This was an opportunity to share ideas and laughter with like-minded people.  There is nothing like a group of dedicated quilters working on their projects to inspire each other and keep things going.  I got ideas for at least two new quilts - one for my shirting orphan blocks and one for my "difficult" fabrics.    Watching Lois Miller putting up design project after design project but still having time to help others in the room with advice and design ideas demonstrated best what the guild strives to be. 

Our potluck was a success, and Shelagh was correct her potato salad is a winner, and the "other" Sheila made a wonderful cold soup from vegetables that had me eating fresh veggies. 

We hope to do this all again in late September.  The venue was the best with wonderful space for design wall. Thanks Laurrie for making the arrangements for the venue.  And Bonnie can't wait to see your quilt at show and tell!



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