Friday, December 2, 2016

Hearthside Quilters November meeting was held at The Quilted Ewe with guest speaker from Shannon who spoke on Cuddle Fabric. This soft luscious fabric works into the most cuddly blankets, scarfs and wraps for all sizes. Several door prizes were given out and one larger blanket kit was won by Roberta Stoddard. Stop up to The Quilted Ewe if you want to check out this gorgeous fabric. Show and tell was enjoyed by all as well as some great fall snacks. 

Our December meeting is being held once again at The Quilted Ewe on December 15 at 6:30. Floor renovations are being done at the Harwinton Senior Center so we needed to find a different spot. Mary from The Ewe graciously offered her classroom for our appetizer and dessert party and monthly meeting. We will start earlier in December and plan to start at 6:30. Come early and remember you can shop while at The Ewe. Bring a wrapped handmade grab bag if you want to participate in the fun and don't forget a dish to share. And there's always show and tell so bring those Christmas projects to show us. Let's enjoy the company of each other and take the time to relax before the last minute crunch is upon us. See you there!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

October Meeting - Donna Bruno's Park Place Quilt

This is Donna Bruno's Park Place quilt. She made it recently while recovering from knee replacements. She started it at a Hearthside workshop last spring held at the Quilted Ewe in New Hartford. The pattern is by Karen Griska. The beautiful longarm machine quilting was done by Sandy West.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

First Meeting of the New Season!

The meeting was led by our new President Karen Kiely. We received our new handbooks and heard about all the exciting activities planned for the coming year. 

Karen Kiely purchased this pristine antique hand-quilted feathered star quilt at the Bethlehem Fair for 50 cents!! 

A Christmas group quilt.

Baby quilt by Pam Walonoski for one of her grand-babies.

Three quilts by Lynn Shuhi.

Beautiful quilt by Ellen Wilson (above).

Two quilts by Rosanne Tullock.

A mystery quilt by Rosanne (above).

Two one-patch quilts show the difference between using light sashing and darker sashing.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

End of the year meeting June 16, 2016

Our our last meeting of the season was held on June 16, 2016. Our year long project of making quilts for Parkinson's patients came to a productive end. We were able to give Sue Pelchat, who runs the Parkinson's Support Group here in Torrington 25 quilts. The first quilt our group made was given to the husband of Betty Ann Poll, Hearthside member. She was the one who brought the idea forward to making quilts for this charity. We had a wide variety of quilts made by our members and the effort was very successful. Also happening at the meeting was the Block of the Month challenge. The two winners were Betty Ann Poll and Jackie Howe. There were several beautiful quilts made by members all making them with their own colors and style. Another fun challenge for the group. 

Quilts below are some of the Parkinson's Quilts. Sue Pelchat came to accept the quilts we made for the group to distribute to patients. She is pictured below. 

More Parkinson's Quilts below too

Saturday, May 21, 2016

At our meeting on May 19th we had a Gee's Bend Look Alike Challenge. Below are some of the quilts that were made by our members. We had 14 quilts on display. At the same meeting we had a Tea Cup Auction to add proceeds to our treasury so we have more money for speakers for next year. It was a great night! Thanks goes to Karen Griska and Roberta Stoddard for organizing this challenge. Next month our block of the month quilt tops will be on display for voting as well. Come and join our guild!
Karen Bertoli made a hexagon Gee's Bend

Dixie Travis made this lovely quilt top

Dixie's quilt top from Karen Griska's workshop
 We had a terrific Tea Cup auction to make money for our treasury.

Tea Cup Auction

Pat showed a lovely contemporary wall hanging

Joyce showed her wonderful Walk About Quilt she made for herself!

Ruth made a crazy quilt lamp shade that was a big hit

Ruth also made a red, white and blue quilt for Quilts of Valor

Some of the Gee's Bend Quilts on display. The #2 quilt was the winner Viewer's Choice.

Roberta Peron won Viewer's Choice.

This is the front of Kathleen Connor's Gee's Bend Quilt. She won for Best Gee's Bend Look Alike!

However, Kathleen showed the back of her quilt for the challenge and won!

Donna Bruno made this Gee's Bend Quilt

Karen Griska shows her Gee's Bend Quilt

Linda Ronalter made this quilt out of some old clothing

Judy Galvagni and her quilt

Enid Silva's interpretation and picture she copied for the challenge

Karen Griska's second quilt for the challenge

Karen Kiley did a great job with her Gee's Bend Quilt

Love Roberta Stoddard's version of Gee's Bend

Linda's holding her big Gee's Bend Quilt

Enid Silva is holding her Gee's Bend Quilt

Some of the challenge quilts