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Monday, September 26, 2016

September Sisters of the Cloth

Sister's of the Cloth meets three times a year - - - third Saturday in July, September and November. We gather to share quilt stories of the past generations and enjoy vintage quilts. There is always a program and, of course, refreshments along with pattern hand outs, prize drawing and sewing supplies for some optional hand work. 

There is just one class left this year and you are welcome to join us November 19 for a class fee of $15. Please call to pre-register.

Every gathering of quilters includes show and tell. Here are the quilts we appreciated at our September meeting.

A Six Pointed Star/Tumbling Block quilt made by Diane W's mother. The Six Pointed Star is the block we have been making in this class.

We provide the supplies for those who want to do a little hand work while enjoying our program. This year, our project is the Six Pointed Star block using diamond shape templates. Members also bring 3 1/2" squares of Civil War era fabric to exchange so they can have even more variety in their blocks.

Pat S. shared this family heirloom.

Kay C. showed this quilt top. It formerly had a back and had been tied. That has been removed and it is just a quilt top now. A cousin gave this to Pat, thinking she knew who made it but she does not. It's a different kind of mystery quilt.

LaRue S. showed us this sheet. Someone has embroidered nursery rhyme characters on it, much of which has faded.

Carol P. bought counted cross-stitch patterns from our July speaker featuring Barn Quilts and she has them all stitched up. Aren't these cute?

Nancy K. shared this contemporary quilt she made. This pattern can be found at Missouri Star quilts. The machine quilting on this one was really nice. 

Nancy also shared this whole cloth quilt she made using an automated quilt machine program. Still a lot of work to design, set up and align. Very pretty. 
Isn't this a pretty old quilt? Shown by Sue Denny, this is a Double Irish Chain handed down to her.
 After a snack break, we re-grouped to listen to a program presented by Jeanette Harms. Jeanette's mother passed two years ago so some of the family decided it was time to clean out the attic of the home that had been in the family for several generations.

Guess what they found in the attic? Jeannette does not think her mother even knew these quilts were there. They found them rolled up and stashed inside feedsacks. What a treasure!

They also found this wedding gown. When Jeanette first pulled it out, she thought it was going to be drapes. She has a picture of the Great Grandmother that wore this dress.

For her program, Jeanette also shared quilts made more recently by her family. This Grandmother's Flower Garden and Attic Window was made by her mother. The following 5 quilts were made by Jeanette.

This quilt was made as part of a group exchange. Each quilter in the group made a row, one for self and one for each of the other members.

This treasure is a Baltimore Album made for Jeanette by her secret sister. Each month, she would receive a block. At the end of the exchange her secret sister (Carylon Magnani) finished it up for her. 

The take away from this class was the importance of labeling our quilts. These quilts found in the attic were all well documented with labels. Here are a few.

It was another very fun gathering and I am already looking forward to our November class. Now I am off to start making some labels!

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