March 2018 Recap

Common Shapes, Complex Designs

March marked our first group-led program of 2018. Ann Hurley, Camille Miller and Martha Steele came armed with a slideshow, real-life examples, and an interactive activity to help us explore ways to use common shapes to create complex designs.

Tessellations

Have you ever tried to create a tessellating pattern? Martha insists it's easy, the secret is this: remove a section of a shape and transfer that piece to another area of the original shape to create an interlocking motif without any gaps or overlaps.

 Examples of tessallating patterns from the group's slideshow

Examples of tessallating patterns from the group's slideshow

One of the examples Martha passed around was a play on a bowtie pattern. She sewed the blocks together by hand, and they were a perfect fit. Plus, check out that adorable kitty!

 Tessellating quilt top by Martha Steele

Tessellating quilt top by Martha Steele

Members can see more examples of complex designs made with common shapes by visiting the Member Resources page.

Blocks for a New Habitat Quilt

After their presentation, the group led us through a hands-on activity. Using three colors of provided paper, we created blocks consisting of common shapes like squares and triangles.

That activity led to some homework: Turn that paper block into a fabric one using modern prints or solids that closely resemble the colored paper you selected. Blocks should measure 11" untrimmed. They're due back by our July 14 guild meeting and will be used to create a quilt for a future Habitat for Humanity homeowner.

Cozy Quilts Welcome Habitat Homeowners

Meanwhile, two completed quilts were donated to Habitat homeowners this month.

Shan Melvin and her family received the star quilt started by Audrey Workman last March during our program on foundation paper piecing. Individual members made the blocks, which were assembled during a sew-in last summer. Karen Sperry volunteered to do the quilting and binding, and Ann Hurley presented the quilt to the Melvins March 22. Check out the look on Shan's son's face as he admires the stars!

 Shan Melvin (right) receives our paper-pieced star quilt at the March 22 dedication ceremony. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.

Shan Melvin (right) receives our paper-pieced star quilt at the March 22 dedication ceremony. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.

And Sidney McDonald received a quilt pieced and quilted by Beverly Herron. Denise Ohlman bound it and presented it to Sidney March 3.

 Sidney McDonald (left) received a quilt and the keys to his new house March 3. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.

Sidney McDonald (left) received a quilt and the keys to his new house March 3. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.

Thanks to Ann and Denise for representing the guild at the dedication ceremonies, and to everyone who worked on these quilts!

Habitat Quilt Blocks Due May 12

Several more quilts are in the works for Habitat dedications scheduled later this year, including one with a Mardi Gras theme. If you took home a kit distributed at the March meeting, please return your blocks by May 12. They should be 13" square untrimmed.

Show and Tell, or Lack Thereof

Yours truly forgot to take photos during show-and-tell, so if you brought a quilt you want featured on the blog, please bring it back to the April 14 meeting.