Helen Thomas was featured as our member quilter this month. She has been quilting since 1990. Among the many quilts she had to show us was this colorful sunflower fabric quilt that she hand-pieced and is in the process of hand-quilting. She’s not sure she’ll finish quilting this.
The quilt laying on top of the sunflower quilt is one she made from her winnings at one of the MPS “Strip Poker” game nights. Helen has also participated in many of the MPS Quilt Show Challenges and had several of those quilts to show us. So interesting!
Did you know…..
- that there will be 22 quilters attending the Spring Retreat at Alton Collins this coming weekend of April 3-6? Have fun, sewists, and may you accomplish at least half of what you have planned!
- that we now have a nominating committee formed who will soon begin the process of finding new officers and committee chairs to serve MPS for the upcoming year of 2014-2015? Please consider whether or not you would be willing to serve the guild in some capacity.
- that the Vicky Arnold Memorial Program Fund actually made $2010 last month through the Silent Auction and donations? WooHoo!!
Wendy Miller had several quilts to show us. She sews quilts for children in Rawanda. She had heard of a grandmother who is caring for three grandchildren. Wendy thought it was high time the grandmother was given a quilt, so she stitched this yellow and blue quilt for her. Her brightly colored quilts will be given to children and the blue quilt is intended for a young man who is currently in boarding school in Rawanda. What a great way to share one’s abilities! Wendy likes to make table runners just for fun, and here’s her latest creation.
Betty Miller (no relation to Wendy) brought a wall-hanging and jacket for us to enjoy. Her jacket is a beauty made from batiks and anyone would be proud to wear it. The wall-hanging, called “China Cabinet”, was made for her kitchen and features material that matches her curtains. Really charming!
Helene Knott was our speaker for the evening and she presented a very informative talk about color and how it relates to quilting. We were given a lesson in Color Theory that started with the basics and continued into the more complex usage of color. She talked about “triad” colors, “split complimentary” colors, and “bent complimentary” colors. She also talked about how colors relate to one another, how to find the absolute value of a color, and how to find it’s “subjective” value. In fact, she talked at length about the value of “value”, and shared this quote with us: “Value does all the work and color gets all the glory”. If you think about that for a minute, you find that it’s true.
She finished her talk by showing us several of her quilts and explaining how she used her knowledge of color theory in creating them. There were too many to show here, but I wanted to be sure to include this beautiful award-winning quilt. Breathtaking!!
Helene taught a two-day workshop called “Form and Color” on the Fridays following this meeting. There will be more about that workshop in an upcoming blog.