Tuesday, May 10, 2011

At the April 20 meeting, past president Deb Bayles did a workshop on how to make tubular table runners.  They went together quickly, and many ladies come home and made many more. (See attached photo).  Two tourists from Vancouver British Columbia came to our meeting at the invitation of Norma Madden, who works in the Visitors Center.  They participated in show and tell, with projects they had brought.

PHotos:  Deb's tubular table runners, 
Sallee and Norma's Table Runners brought to Show and Tell:

Upcoming Events for Grayson Country Quilters in Blanding

 May 18 – Quilt guild—Ila Starks will teach us how to make a small raw edge appliqué; Kits are made up, and we'll create a small project at the meeting.

 May 19-20  County Farm Days at Lyman Farm.  Guild volunteers will help teach and demonstrate quilting to county school children.

June 1-2  (Wed-Thurs) 4-H/ Guild Quilt Camp for kids 10 and up. This will be done in cooperation with the USU Extension 4-H program.  We'll furnish the teachers with each working with 2 students.  Gayle Marian is chairman of this project.  We hope to engender interest in quilting among the youth of the community. 

 July 4--Annual Quilt Show as part of the 4th of July Celebration.  To be held at the new Blanding Wellness Center.  This is the 5th and(we hope) final location of the quilt show.  The City of Blanding has also allowed us to store our quilt frames at the center, which will simplify set up for us.

More news from Blanding

New technique shared

Though Ila Sparks is not one to put all her eggs in one basket, she's not hesitant about putting all her chickens in one coop.  Many beautiful quilts were shown at the last Grayson Country quilt guild meeting Feb. 16, but this quilt drew lots of ooh's and ah's.  Ila usually uses McKenna Ryan patterns for raw edge applique quilts she makes and her brilliant rooster quilt was especially colorful.  She has only been quilting for three years, but is the local expert on this technique. She explained, "I was taught to quilt by Cindy Foote and Amy Smouse at Quiltin' Chicks in Cortez, Colorado."
   For more information about Blanding Quilters and the guild visit their blog: http://graysoncountryquilters.blogspot.com/
   At February's meeting. the guild completed labeling and tying humanitarian baby quilts which are being given to the two county hospitals.  They also discussed various ways to label quilts, and members were encouraged to keep a photographic journal of the history of the quilts they make.  Members shared various ways of doing this: commerical journals, three ring binders, and published books using on-line templates.
    Ada Rigby and Debbie Bayles showed "first quilts" they had made.  Ada's was made in 1947 when she was in high school. Her brother, who was nine at the time, helped her cut the squares and make the quilt.  It was still in good condition.  (See attached photo.)
Debbie's was made 10 years ago in an afterschool class taught by Rosalie Payne.   Bonnie Meyer shared a story of a beautiful pieced and hand quilted quilt that was damaged by over-washing, (See attached photo)
     The guild encourages anyone receiving a one-of-a-kind hand-made quilt to lovingly hand wash the quilt, or use a gentle cycle.  Many quilts have hundreds of hours of painstaking work in them and are heirloom quality.  They need TLC when it comes to use and care.


Grayson Country Quilters

Continuing with their ongoing humanitarian outreach projects, The Grayson Country Quilters of Blanding, recently donated baby quilts to the Blue Mountain Hospital in Blanding. They hope to give one quilt to each new baby for the next six months.  They have also donated quilts to the San Juan County Hospital in Monticello.  Pictured with recent donations are business manager Kim Mayne and nurse Kendra Bradford.