May 12, 2021

May guild business

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. 1) We finally finished and posted our first guild quilt showcase. Have you visited our guild YouTube channel to see it? We’ve had around 100 views to date, which is more than the number of members we have. Not exactly going viral, but encouraging. 2) We’re having issues with notifications not being sent for blog postings. You must have come around another way to read this today. Our web host is working with the software designer to try to resolve the problem(s). It will be obvious when it’s fixed, because you’ll get an e-mail notification. Please keep visiting us via our guild web page, choosing blog in the drop down menu. 3) How’s your guild challenge project coming? Judging is next week at our guild meeting. Read Betty L’s article in the monthly newsletter for details. It’s a beautiful May morning today, going out to […]
May 8, 2021

details of the AQG quilt showcase #1

Hello all, I hope you enjoyed our showcase of quilts-some new and some seen before. There will be a second showcase early in 2022 to show more of the talent our guild members have. The details of the quilts in our first showcase are in the pdf attached here. The showcase will premiere on our guild’s YouTube page on Saturday May 8, 2021. quilt showcase 1 commentary
April 30, 2021

our quilt showcase, 2nd try

We’re having trouble with this posting. Please let me know if you receive this, or if you had also received the first attempt.   Hello all, Mary Ellen here. How does your garden grow? I think Mother Nature is a bit confused as to the correct weather for the month of April. I’ve been working on weeds more than anything else so far. I’ve been tempted a few times by the annuals I see some of my neighbors putting out, but I think I’ll wait on those. I’ve been fooled before. I’ve also been working on the quilt showcase that has been put off a few times because of Covid restrictions. My sister, who was to be our techie tutor, is immune compromised and did not want to get together to work on the project until things settled down. We have done some things on the phone but that only […]
April 15, 2021

road trips

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.So…have you gone on any road trips lately? Now that I am fully vaccinated, I’m feeling a bit braver and am venturing further afield. (Don’t you hate it that nearly everyone starts their sentences with the word “so” these days?) Last weekend a friend and I drove out to the Iroquois Wildlife Preserve (Alabama swamps) to eagle watch. We were quite lucky to see about 5 bald eagles and 2 nesting sites. There are having “eagle watches” at the Cayuga overlook each Saturday through April. Volunteers have spotting scopes out and are very friendly in answering questions. Nice relaxing day. Another nice road trip for some of you might be a drive to the Material Rewards quilt shop outside of Dansville NY. I used to pass by it on the way to visit my mom. And since I was going right by it, of course I […]
April 2, 2021

remembering Jackie

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.There was a very nice article about our beloved Jackie Groszkowski in yesterday’s Buffalo News (Thursday, April 1, 2021). She contributed so much to the community–she will be missed by so many. Perhaps since she was our community service shepherd we could all remember her by contributing a block or two to the community service block lotto this month. Here is this month’s pattern. While you’re stitching think about one of your happy memories of Jackie. Perhaps you could share one of those memories in the comments after this post.
March 26, 2021

very sad news

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.I have terribly sad news to share today. Our much beloved Jackie Groszkowski, past president of our guild, died last evening from COVID. She had been in the hospital for a bit. I do not have any details to share; will do so as I learn any. I’m sure all of us who knew her have memories of her caring ways, her hearty laugh, and will greatly miss her. Send up a prayer for Jackie and her family. We have lost a precious soul.  
March 20, 2021

National Quilting Day

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. It’s our holiday today! And it’s the first day of spring! What a great coincidence. Are you doing something quilty or springy to celebrate? In the discussion at our guild meeting on Thursday night questions came up about using old thread. Several ladies mentioned being given loads of thread by friends who are cleaning out houses or closets. I too have been the recipient of lots of old thread. I have a lamp that has a base which can be filled with whatever you wish. I put a bunch of the spools, completely randomly, into the base. It sits near my favorite reading spot. (Bought the lamp at HomeGoods.) I hate to throw away things that I could use down the road for “something”. I’m sure if you enjoy crafting you also know that feeling of not throwing things away because “I could use that […]
March 17, 2021

springtime sewing

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Before I get to the sewing bits, a reminder for the past winners of blog prizes. If you have not yet picked up your prize, I will have them at tomorrow night’s guild meeting. If you do not plan to attend in person tomorrow, perhaps a friend of yours could pick up your prize for you. Shh! Don’t jinx it but I think spring is approaching. In the sunnier parts of the yard the tulips and daffodils are starting to show. That always puts me in the mood to sew something bright and cute. I found a few freebie patterns from Lazy Girl designs that fit the bill. Maybe you’d like to try one of these. I think my favorite is the candy wrapper key chain. See what you think.  Click here. And here are 18 free bunny patterns: click here. comment prompt: Who taught […]
March 4, 2021

fashion statement followup

Hello all, Mary Ellen back again. Linda H. shared this photo of the latest quilted fashion from Paris Fashion Week. How much do you think is the cost of this designer dress? I won’t be running out to buy this–how about you?  
March 3, 2021

a fashion statement

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Getting out my green quilts for St. Paddy’s Day. I found the pieced shamrock that I made last year and only got to enjoy for a short time. I’m thinking about making another runner or square to use up the left over green scraps from last year’s project. I think this is the pattern I will use, but I’m going to make just one or two shamrocks instead of the whole runner. Click here if you’re interested. (Here’s the link to last year’s shamrock block. click here.) Now let’s take a stroll down memory lane. If you’ve been quilting for a while you may remember when quilted clothing was the rage among quilters. Many of our quilt shows featured a Saturday afternoon fashion show with quite a few of us parading our projects to warm applause. Some of those creations now turn up at ugly […]