Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Old Red Coolers and Family Trees

My "Family Reunion"applique club was on Tuesday of this week. This is the one that I teach at Quilts Etc. in Sandy. We are into the club four months and everyone is having a great quilty time and all are coming along very well.This is a center tree block almost complete, just the leaves are left to applique. Each leaf has the name of a family member on it.
This months kit is an old red cooler and the word "generations" along with a small stitchery;
"we are who we are, because they were who they were".

Here are appliques for the cooler traced onto freezer paper and then onto fabric, marked around the edges of the paper and cut out ready to baste onto the background for applique.
She's working on the letters now.
Someone else has traced their layout for the generation block. The layout is see-thru and allows her to baste her letters in the correct position onto the background fabric before she appliques them on. Now she's tracing the letters onto the freezer paper.
She has cut the freezer paper letters out and is pressing them onto the right side of the fabric.
Next she will mark her turning line and cut out the letters leaving about 1/4" seam allowance past the freezer paper. She will remove the paper after the letters are glue-basted onto the background ready for applique.
There are about 40 students in this club. Some members come every month and some live too far away to come so the shop sends their kits monthly. Some members just come and pick up the kit and do it on their own.
Everyone stays busy preparing the blocks so that they can try to applique them throughout the month before the next months meeting.
Even though everyone stays busy, we get alot of visiting and catching up in!
We talk alot about the names that we have put on our trees and about family history. Some have shared memories of past family reunions or even reunions they are planning.
We enjoy each others company and also enjoy getting to know those who are new to the club.
The shop has a very nice large classroom with very friendly and helpful staff. I love teaching there and they always have lots of quilts hanging to inspire another project or two.
Well- back to work on block #5!


Cindy said...

Hi Lori - I found your blog via Kim from "Bitty Bits and Pieces Blog". I was browsing through her past posts and saw your "Quilter's Life" as a photo during her Shop Hop in 2008. I enlarged the photo because it was absolutely a pattern that I LOVED.

I ordered it, along with The Apron Pattern from "the Material Girls Quilting" link you have on your blog. I should have them next week sometime.

And - today - I see your photos are taken at the Quilt in Sandy, Utah. Believe or not, when hubby and I were visiting Salt Lake City, Christmastime of 2007, he drove me to THAT quilt shop. Needless to say, my wallet came out emptier than when I entered the shop.

I LOVE your patterns, I LOVE your newly established blog and I look forward to reading it daily (or whenever a new post is written.)

I hope to purchase your current "Comforts of Home" when it is available in May. And, many more - in the future.

You're such a talented woman. I admire all I've recently found of yours.

Hugs and blessings.

Lauri said...

Oh, I love this project! I think I'm going to have to try my hand at quilting...gulp!

Karen said...

Wonderful blog. Wonderful patterns. :)

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Love your blog!! Thanks for stopping by mine too.
Your class looks like fun and all those women are pretty busy. They are doing some serious sewing.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I've been wanting to make a quilt with words on it. I might try a different method but that is something I've been wanting to do, word applique.

Cathy said...

Oh how I wish I had been a part of this club!! I have seen Cynthia's completed applique quilts and they are Darling!!

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