Sunday, February 18, 2018

Tacoma - February 14, 2018

We missed our meeting at the beginning of February because of bad weather, so we met on Valentine's Day instead. There was plenty of business to discuss, alongside of our regular agenda items, including Mini Raffle, collection for our backpack programs, and Block of the Month.

At our second meeting in January we worked as a group making foley bags, and more were made and brought in to Wednesday's meeting. Last count was 129--that's excellent. Brenda now has the names of two facilities that are interested in having these, so it will be an ongoing project along with the NICU quilts. More items were also donated for the warming center in Augusta. Quilters are a generous bunch. 

We ARE having a quilt show in October, the 13th and 14th, at the Carrie Ricker school in Litchfield. Our raffle quilt is now finished, and tickets will be printed shortly. The raffle quilt is from one of Bonnie Hunter's patterns (used with permission), "Scrap Crystals", and is approximately 75" x 90". It was donated by one of our members, Koleen Painchaud, who passed away last summer.

We also discussed moving to another location because of the ongoing plumbing issue, but a show of hands indicated most of the members present at Wednesday's meeting prefer to remain at the Lodge.

After the business meeting, Barbara demonstrated several ways to make Cathedral Windows. Great demonstration!

Our next meeting will be a Stack and Whack workshop, taught by Barbara Acord.

From our foley bag workshop last month, SallyC and SueC working on bags.

Rae and Brenda

SandiJ cutting out a foley bag

Several completed foley bags

We also had lots of show and tell at the Feb 14 meeting. First up was the finished raffle quilt for Tacoma's quilt show in October. It was pieced by Koleen Painchaud and quilted by AnnW.

BettyLam's Quarter Log Cabin, designed by Amista Baker of Hilltop Custom Designs
BettyLam's Jelly Roll Strip Quilt, from Oh Sew Tempting blog
BettyLam's Triple Star, from Kim Brackett's book Scrap Basket Beauties
BettyLam's Falling Charms, designed by Missouri Star Quilt Co
Bea's Christmas hat, made by LoriL
BetsyL's little wallhanging
BettyL's quilt Heritage, designed by Lynn Wilder of Sew”n Wild Oaks

CarolT's teddy bear quilt
CarolT's quilt
CarolT made a cover for her daughter's hope chest. She found the pattern in a magazine.
CarolT's flying geese quilt

KathyB's original half square triangles design
Another triangle design from KathyB using charm squares
KathyB's string quilt to fit her twin bed

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tacoma Lakes Challenge 2018 - Bee Sew Inspired!

Tacoma Lakes Quilters will do a challenge again this year, and the theme is "Bee Sew Inspired", which is also the theme for Maine Quilts 2018. KathyB is coordinating this event. Guidelines for members are as follows.

-- The perimeter of your quilt must be 96" or larger. At this size, quilts can be hung individually instead of pinned to a backing sheet.

-- Any technique may be used -- have fun!

-- Use shades and tints of white, yellow and black. For example, your colors could include cream, grey or brown. Think of the darkest and lightest shades of each of these 3 colors. One extra color is allowed -- this is your choice.

-- Must have a hexagon somewhere on the quilt. This could include the shape of the quilt, one hexagon pieced or appliqued, or even the label in the shape of a hexagon.

-- Embellishments are allowed so long as they comply with the show rules.

-- To enter our challenge quilts in Maine Quilts 2018, paperwork must be submitted NLT May 15. (We'll verify that date once the show booklet is published.) This does not mean the quilt must be completed.

-- The REVEAL will be at our summer picnic July 18, and challenge quilts will be collected that day. Each quilt must have a label with the maker's name, address, phone number, and title of the quilt. The same information also needs to be on the outside of a bag or pillowcase the quilt is transported in. If you are unable to attend the picnic, please contact Kathy so another arrangement can be made.

-- Pinterest is a great source of inspiration, but if you are not comfortable with the internet, there is always the traditional honeybee block. Keep your eyes open for ideas--there are lots out there! We have plenty of time to work on this. We are a talented and productive group, so let's make a good showing!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

January 3, 2018 Tacoma

Tacoma Lakes Quilters first meeting of the New Year was very cold day, but the sun was shining so it made the heart warmer. 
We are a busy chapter ...we collected items for the warming center in Augusta last month. Our charity for NICU has yielded about 100 quilts.

 We are working on a block a month of different sizes that will be a workshop. There was a request to learn 'how to' put together different size blocks. It will be demonstrated at the May meeting.
Demo's after our business meeting the lst meeting of the month are popular.  Today members shared their favorite tool, pattern, book or gift they received for Christmas. One gal bought herself a new long arm machine...WOW!! we were all excited for her.
What fun we filled the room.

Betty (BJ) 'Square in a Square
NICU donation
 Betty (BJ) 
 Betty (BJ) "Trees"
Sue K - 'Table runner" 
Learned at a Bargello class we had 
 Brenda P and Rae M
Jackets....cutest giraffe's
Sharon R
'Table runner"
Quick quilts - for all seasons 
 Betty L - Animals Wall hanging.
Kathy B  
Kathy B 
Kathy B - 
'Scrappy Mountain Majesties'
Bonnie Hunter 

 Donna M
Children's Aprons

 6" blocks for block of the month

Stay Warm...Until next time!!

Friday, December 22, 2017


Today was our annual Christmas party. Lots of food....lots of presents....lots of games....lots of baskets and Christmas fat quarters to the winners of several drawings.....also cute decorated hair finery!!! IT WAS A GREAT DAY AND ENJOYED BY ALL. 

 We also brought warm clothes and anything that can used by the homeless. They were contributed to the warming center in Augusta.

I am posting pictures and trusting I did not forget anyone.. some are just candid shots.  Most of them came out good except for Jona....our coffee gal....'I think I told her to smile' she was not in any other pic so I used it....Love you Jona. You can check back in some of the other blogs to see her smiling face. 

Donna M  and Sandi H (below) were the hostesses who put this all together. They did and outstanding job.


Kathy B
Brenda P

Sue K and Sandy K
Bea and Bev
Sue B .....Janet C ....Pam 
Sandi C ..Judy R..
Sherry F...Janice C
Kat P
Sue B and Pam M
Rae...Lori...Barbara L..Brenda P
Kathy B and Barb D
Betty (BJ) ...Anne T....Lori L
Donna W...Sandi J...Judy L....Helen G
Sally..Sue C
Friends - Ann T and Donna M

 Sweet Jona
Betty L ...Andrea N. ...Ann W
Sue R
Donna W and Margo

Until our next meeting January 3 2018