Alpine Quilt Group part 1 - Show-n-Tell

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I belong to a really fabulous group of women in my town/area. We meet together on the last Tuesday of every month in a room of one of the church buildings in town. There is usually 40-50 women that attend month to month and the faces aren't always the same but there is a core group and peripherals that evolve and revolve. Some of the women have met for 20+ years. They are all amazing quilters and the quality of quilts that are produced here in town is nothing short of amazing. So here is my report from our last meeting.

This cute cartoon greeted us on the wall. I hope you can read it. Is truer than we'd like to all believe I think.
You can't see everyone in this shot but it gives you a general idea. The room is fairly packed. Up first every week is group show-n-tell. And its great. I'm always so impressed and I enjoy the differences we each bring to the collective. In between "oohs and ahhs" we usually stitch or take pictures.
These 3 quilts were made by Dixie Andersen. They were all really nice quilts. And she machine quilts them, too, on her long arm.

This is Flora. Flora and Paula share the responsibility of organizing and having a presentation every month. Paula calls Flora the sheriff. Flora is my great pal. And she "gets me". Everyone needs friends that understand them and I think we really "get" each other. I don't know what I'd do without her. This is a recently finished cowboy themed quilt Flora made.
And she happened to finish another cowboy themed quilt as well to show. Both of them are darling.This is Paula peeking out from her Utah snowflake quilt she just completed. The reason Paula calls Flora the sheriff is that then she gets to be the deputy (and not the sheriff). But they really share the job very well. Without them there would not be a group such as it is. Truthfully I think neither of them love to be in charge so they squabble about who is going to be sheriff and deputy. And its funny. This is a quilt by Laurel. You can see her in the far right. She's an exceptional quilter and teacher. I took my freezer paper applique class from her and it was great.This is an attic windows quilt that is 2 sided. Its one of those quilt as you go and turn under the edges quilts. It was quite heavy and quite pretty. Her quilting lines were really straight.

This is the other side. It is a very nice quilt but I'm not sure I'm game enough to try that process.
This is Paula's daughter Clair's first quilt. She's a cutie and I think it turned out so well. If you look behind Clair you can see the quilts stacked for the trunk show that followed show-n-tell. But more of that tomorrow. I seem to have gotten the back of Sherry in nearly every picture. Sorry Sherry.
Her is Laurel helping Janice (far left) hold up her quilt top she just finished. The quilt is Birds of a Father. Janice is a legend in needle turn applique. She's fantastic. She orders the fabric for Broadbent's, a local quilt shop, and she and Laurel both teach there. Their work is fantastic.


Amazing, isn't it. I can't wait to see it quilted.

This is the famous Bonnie Miles. Bonnie teaches everywhere and takes groups to Lancaster County on quilt tours. This is one of her latest lovelies I think she made it with a Jelly Roll. I can just picture how pretty that would be on the top of a bed.
This quilt was a block of the month for each building. It is just darling and done so well.
I think this is another from the same quilter. You can see Flora turning around to tell me that next time I need to get there early and sit up front so I can take better pictures! Save Laura and a seat next time Flora!


These two shots are from Judy Spears' quilt. She combined 2 years of block exachanges to make this huge quilt. I'm sure she probably still has blocks. One year was the albumn cross and one year was the 9 patch. They go together so well.
It really was a great show and tell and I didn't get all the pics from every quilt. My camera is slow and by the time some of them were shown and then folded I was finally ready to take a picture. It was a fun night. Next post will be the quilts from the trunk show. - nanette
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29 comments

Erin said...

Love the Comic Strip! How hilarious and it can be applied to all types of hobbies/crafts! That's adorable! I like the "show 'n tell" - I especially loved the pink and green quilt at the top. Those are my favorite colors! Very nice!

purple and paisley said...

wow - gorgeous quilts! the two-sided one is amazing...so much work! thank you for sharing...=)

Silver Scissor Quilts said...

I found your blog from a friends! It's always fun to find more about local quilters. In fact, I just got back from Broadbent's a few minutes ago! Laural and Janice are always so helpful whenever I go. It's fun to see them in your post. I also just finished that pink and green quilt with the frayed edge flowers. It's fun to see it in different fabrics! Thanks for sharing about your quilt guild.

eileen said...

I am still picking my chin up off the floor.

Kim said...

What a great night. I'm sorry I missed it! I especially loved the last two pictures. I still have some nine-patch blocks left from that year but I missed out on the x-blocks. I look forward to seeing the trunk show pictures.

Oiyi said...

The cartoon is hilarious! I loved seeing all those beautiful quilts.

happy zombie said...

Comic strip cracked me up!

How fun to be sitting here in my jammies and enjoying your guild's show-n-tell. It's like as if I was there - but no one was shooshing me or telling me to keep it down (ie, I spare you all).

Elizabeth said...

Is there anything better than a good show and tell? What wonderful quilts!

Wendy said...

Oh, I love that first pink and green quilt with the 9 patch and flower appliques! So me.

janet clare said...

what a treat of an evening! Hard to pick a favourite from such a wonderful selection

Joanna said...

Looks sooo wonderful! Do you think I could sneak in to a meeting while I am in Am Fork?! I'll be there June 17-July 29th! I'll even bring something to show and tell!

Kathie said...

thank you so much for sharing all these pictures.
What a great quilt guild you belong to.
Nice variety of quilts for show and tell
Kathie

Neil said...

I love your blog. Thanks for the quilt show. Can't wait until tomorrow and we have the trunk show. I'd like to visit your quilt group sometime. Looks like lots of great quilters and ideas to share. Lola's MUM in Liberia

May Britt said...

Thanks for showing all this beautiful quilts. Love the pink one in the beginning and the last one. And the comic strip is soooooo funny.

sarahmurray said...

Wow, what a talented group! Those quilts were so inspiring, thanks Nanette!

Jacquie said...

Thanks for the mini quilt show. I loved looking at each one. What a great group. I love that folks are stitching!

yellowfarmhouse said...

WOW WOW WOW - what beautiful show and tell. I really love the album cross and nine patch - but they are all wonderful. Talented group - thanks for taking us along :)

Karen

Stephanie said...

Beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

erica e said...

how fun! this made me miss living in utah and being able to shop at broadbents. what a wonderful guild you belong to! thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

I think that was my husband in the comic strip -- I know he thinks I need help! What an amazing group of quilters. Each and everyone of those quilts are wonderful. I think for me one of the best parts of quilting is the community of people it brings together and all the amazing talent. Tonight I get to sew with my little group and I can't wait!

Anonymous said...

happys birthday dear Nanette! Happy happy birthday to you (Sunday!!!)

Des said...

THAT was an awesome report. Maybe I should go back to my little quilt group. That was inspiring. I love cute little Clair's first quilt. You sew girl!

tmmkitten said...

i gotta find me a sewing machine...
so cute!

Ginger Patches said...

WOW!!! What am amazing group of women. Those quilts were all beautiful...thanks so much Nanette for sharing those with us!!

Kim said...

lots of great eye candy, thanks for sharing

Kathi said...

Wow-what a fun group. Are you a guild and how do you come up with ideas for each month? Your show and tells must be the highlight each month. Wish I lived closer.

Darlene said...

Love the comic strip. LOL

Wow, wow, wow so much talented represented in all those quilts. I'd love to belong to a group like that. :-)

SuperMomPreneur said...

Any chance you know how to get ahold of a pattern for that double-sided window pane quilt?

Jennifer said...

I wish there was something like this around where I live. Any suggestions? It looks like so much fun!