Thursday, January 19, 2017

January Meeting - Off to a Great Year!

GCQ met January 18 at the Blanding Arts and Events Center and the room was full!  So exciting to have new faces! Twenty nine lovely ladies showed up and many were first time attendees.  We hope it won't be their last.  The presidency of Kathy, Marcia and Deb explained the events and expectations of the year.  Regular meetings will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month beginning at 6 p.m. Every other month (usually) there will be a "sew weekend" with the regular meeting on the Friday of that weekend at 6 p.m.  These weekends will be used to work on the hospital baby blankets, which will be our charity project this year; one of the special quilts that were presented at the meeting; or any project that needs worked on.  The presidency hopes that members will choose one of the three quilt patterns to make so that we have a good showing at the July 4th Quilt Show.  It is a way to show how one pattern can look so different by the choice of fabric used.  A short video was presented to show how to make the self binding receiving blankets.  Kits for these blankets were distributed for members to make.
Round Table of Quilters
Deb shows her "Gypsy Girl" quilt

Tawna Larson (our new area rep for UQG) talks about upcoming projects for the Utah Quilt Guild

Sylvia's Packers Quilt

Our next meeting will be a  "sew weekend" on February 10 & 11.  Please feel free to join our guild - just call Kathy, Marcia or Deb.  Membership dues are $20.  Remember - we LOVE new faces and the opportunity to teach the craft of making quilts to anyone interested.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Note from Our President

Want to learn to quilt?

Well, you're in luck, because we want to teach you!  Grayson Country Quilters has a fun and productive 2017 planned, and we'd like to start the year with a class for beginning quilters.  It's free! You provide the sewing machine and supplies, and we'll provide teachers and enthusiasm.  If you'd like to know more, come to our first meeting on Wednesday, January 18, at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Arts and Events Center in Blanding. Or call me at 678-3305 (Kathy Hurst) for details.

If you decide to join, dues are $20 per year, and we meet on the third Wednesday of most months. (Sometimes we do sew weekends)  Our meetings generally consist of lots of visiting, door prizes, birthday gifts, demonstrations, show and tell, quilting trips and refreshments.

This year we have fun plans that include classes for beginners, weekend sew-in's, a youth quilt camp, the July 4th quilt show, a summer luncheon, a 3 day quilting retreat in a beautiful cabin, and a Christmas dinner and party.  There will be demonstrations and visiting experts and a year-long charity project.  Quilters of all levels of expertise and ages are welcome and needed.

We'd love for you to join us and bring a friend.  Mark your calendars for January 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Arts and Events Center.  Visit our Facebook page also!

Kathy Hurst
2017 GCQ President

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2017 Join Us!!

A great holiday party was held at Laura's house last week.  Excellent food and company.  We played games and had show and tell as well as talking about the new year and plans for our meetings and service projects.  It was a small group - 16 of us - but it was tons of fun!  Our new president - Kathy Hurst - gave us a brief rundown of what is to come.  We will be making baby blankets for the hospital as they are in need.  Our new location this year will be at the Arts and Events Center and meetings will start at 6 p.m. each 3rd Wednesday of the month.  There will be some "sew weekends" (TBD) throughout the year as well.

Pictures of the party (sorry my camera was being weird - the quality isn't too great)

Baby blankets we finished in November

Made by Devin Hancock

Gayle Shumway

Kathy Hurst

Laura's tee shirt quilt

Getting ready to stuff our faces!

President Kathy telling us about plans for 2017

Sylvia Roberts
Anyone interested in joining our guild should come to the January 18th meeting and get started - it will be an eventful year!!!  Beginners welcome!  (as well as accomplished sewers) We would love to get some "new blood" in our group.  The yearly dues are $20.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact one of us!!!  Kathy Hurst, President; Deb Bayles, Vice; Marcia Johnson, Treasurer

Monday, October 24, 2016

October Meeting

All of our hard work making quilts, receiving blankets, aprons, doll clothes, place mats - just to name a few - were displayed.  WOW - were we ever busy!!  These items will be donated to the Primary Children's Hospital Festival of Trees event.  Our group really enjoyed making the items as we know they will be going to an extremely worthy cause.

Christmas items and show and tell 

Members brought items they were making for Christmas and many brought finished quilts that they started at the retreat and earlier.  We also are pleased to announce that Kathy Hurst has agreed to head our 2017 quilters!!!  Thank you President Hurst!!!  Members all agreed to help her as needed.
Marcia shows a cute Christmas wall hanging made by LaRue
Christmas Wreath by Deb

Christmas Trees

Warm flannel quilt by Deb

Cathy's wreath

Patch work Dresden - complicated?? Not for Cathy!

UFO's finished

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Cute Halloween hanging - just look at it on your side (I couldn't make it turn!!)

Christmas pillow cover

Gayle Shumway's granddaughter made this!!

Evelyn has been busy!!


Gayle Marian's projects for FOT

Finished another rug

Sydnee's quilt

Kathy's quilts

Marcia's finished Rhombus cube
See you at the November meeting - held at the library beginning at 5 pm

Friday, October 7, 2016

September Retreat 2016

Another wonderful time at the Canyonlands Lodge on the Blue Mountains.  It was a smaller crowd this year, but a great time was had by all that attended.  Many quilts and projects were completed over the 4 days of stay.  Cathy Cosby taught the rhombus cube method and many completed this easy and quick quilt.
 Our beautiful Lodge!
 Gail works on weaving a rug in the early morning sun.
 Laura shows off her beautiful work
 DeAnn - The rug expert
 Deb and her baby quilt using the rhombus template
 Laura finished one too
 LaRue demonstrated this strip method piece along with cute bags to sew
 Laura and her quick strip throw
 Kathy, busy as usual completing LOTS of quilts

 Debbie made this for the "Save the Bears Ears - No Monument" event
 These cuties came to visit each morning
 What a site!!
 Debbie completes her rhombus quilt
 Here is Cathy's
 More from Kathy
 Marcia and her rhombus cube quilt
 Adorable trucks from Nicole Ivins
 Carol finished this beautiful quilt
Marcia's Snowball

As always there was wonderful food, good visiting and lots of sewing.  We will be looking for a new retreat place next year as the owners will be moving into the lodge.  It has been a wonderful place for us for the past 6 years - it will be missed!!  Hopefully we can find another place just as wonderful!  Our October meeting will be held at the library.