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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Open Sew Progress

It was another pleasant couple days at Open Sew this week.

We stitched in the conference room while the Adel Library celebrated it's 10th anniversary in the new building.

Part of the celebration includes an exhibit of local artist, on display throughout the library and includes several quilts by Quilt Circle member, Janet Volz.

On to our Open Sew progress show and tell. You may recall, this past 12 months or so, Quilt Circle of Friends has been exchanging snowball quilt blocks. The exchange is now complete and it's on to creating quilts with our blocks.

 Celia set her snowball blocks together with out any fancy accouterments. She just let the variety of colors, collected from a variety of quilters, speak for themselves. Celia likes to use a fleece blanket for her backing to make quilts that are both pretty and snugly.
Marti set her snowball blocks together, alternating with Irish chain blocks, to create this wonderful secondary design. She finished up the binding at Open Sew.

Watch for more of our Snowball Block Exchange quilts. They will be featured here and at our outdoor quilt show in June.
Sherry got a jump on Christmas 2016, whipping up this little dimensional pinwheel runner.

I recently bought an inexpensive little Brother to take to quilting events like this. It has some stitches my good Pfaff does not so, I practiced doing the machine applique on hand towels, featuring several designs from The Wooden Bear.

Nancy made a Jelly Roll Race quilt for a granddaughter. Rather than use pre-cut 2 1/2" strips, though, she cut strips 3 1/2" from her personal stash.

After finishing her snowball quilt, Celia moved on to this little Valentine runner. Really sweet.

Here is a close up. The hearts are two-sided with fusible web. Then they are top-stitched down the center to the quilt. 

Janet worked on this quilt. She calls it her Open Sew quilt. This week marked the 4th Open Sew she has brought this project to work on. Her consistency paid off as the center is in one piece now. Beautiful!

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