Friday, December 11, 2009

Social Development Center Tour December 3rd

Thank you, Evelyn al-Misnad, for arranging this wonderful tour for the Qatar Quilters and their guests. In the photo below, QQ's and guests are watching Evelyn's sister-in-law demonstrate how wool is spun in the center, into yarn.

A demonstration of Gulf Sadu weaving, a cherished tradition in Qatar:

A view of the new Social Development Center, where the abandoned women, widows and homeless in Qatar can develop skills which will help provide a livelihood.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Qatar Quilters Christmas Lunch at La Cigale

A great time was had by all! Thank you, Roberta, Pat, Soraya, and everyone who contributed to making sure we all had a good time. The door prizes were wonderful, and it was a time of great quilting fellowship.

Monday, November 23, 2009

November Guild Meeting and Challenge

Another glorious meeting, with the unveiling of the Holiday Challenge, and a visit from Mala to provide us with our quilting needs - and things we didn't even know we need!

As the quilts arrive in their anonymous bags, Debbie and Sandy are busy setting them up for the vote.

Giving Qatar Quilters time to find everything they need from Mala's Magic Suitcases:

What did you find, Quilters?

The meeting starts, and Wendy wins the Licorice and Chocolate Fat Quarter Draw.

Who will be the lucky winners of the Focus Fabric blocks?

Belinda !

And Karen!

It's time to take a close look at the Challenge contestants, and to vote!

While the results are tallied, we have Show and Tell, starting with Wendy's Sampler Quilt:

Patricia shows a sample of the quilt we will work on at the meeting December 30th:

Patricia's raffle quilt:

Patricia's KaleidoStars baby quilt:

Carmen gives the Quilt-As-You-Go a whirl:

Carmen shows a new Christmas hanging:

Carmen's Cardinal quilt for her Mom:

Diane discusses her Butterfly Applique Quilt:
Molly shows us her finished Card Trick:
And her crenelated pillowcase:
Janet shows us her newest baby quilt, Kisses and Hugs -

With it's soft and textured back that any baby would love!

Mala shows us her Boxes quilt and what you can do with the right machine doing your quilting.

The Holiday Challenge is complete. Every single entrant was a winner - the entries were each fabulous. Voting was hard - and close.

In the end, six years of hard work paid off for Joy, who walks away with top honors. She said she spent months sewing on the embellishments that gives this quilt it's twinkle:

A very close second - Sandy's Adoration Quilt, with stars and camels and wise men:

A very close Third, Shirley's 12 Days of Christmas, which she says her husband calls the 12 Years of Christmas for the amount of time she has spent hand quilting the entire quilt with tiny fine quilting stitches:

Yoghini claims the Victorian Patchwork Stocking:

Wendy's entry is the Nativity Quilt:

Molly displays her Christmas Village, Santa and Reindeer Quilt:

Marya has a quilt of jolly witches:

Tammy has a three dimensional quilted piece, with hand embroidery:

Lisa displays her 12 Days of Christmas Quilt:

We won't be meeting up again as an entire Guild until after all the holidays - Thanksgiving, Eid, Christmas and New Years. See you at the next meeting, Wednesday, January 27, 2010! Happy Quilting!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Embroidery Tea/Coffee November 16th

Lora McCamey will be hosting a tea/coffee on Nov. 16th 9 am at 148 Riviera Gardens for those who are currently using or wanting embroidery machines. She will set up a yahoo group called "Embroidery Forum". Please contact her for more details.

Friday, October 30, 2009

October 28, 2009 Quilt Guild Meeting

Kaylene greets all the members and guests.

Yogini presents the doorprize to winner Denise. Every member who is in the door before 4:00 pm and signed up for the doorprize is eligible to win. :-)

Welcome back, Pat Kernahan, leader of Qatar Quilters back when we originally formed. Pat is now helping Roberta with Events and Programs.

Lora is helping Carmen with the monthly focus fabric draw:

The Focus Fabric project had enough blocks this month for two winners:

And the block winners are Wendy and Lora!

Nora wins the Whiter Shade of Pale monthly fat quarter draw, and is presented her winnings by Sue Ross.

Next month - Chocolate and Licorice! (think fudge candy browns and black black licorice colors!)

Not only did the Quillow Makers come up with 10 Quillows for the Think Pink project to provide for breast cancer patients at Hamad Hospital, they also had a great time making them.

The backsides are as much fun as the fronts!
Evelyn invites us to have a group tour of a Qatar charity site where traditional handicrafts are taught and encouraged, and those with no source of income can earn a living wage:

Another fantastic Show and Tell, led by new guild member Diane, who found all the fabrics used in her vibrant Pineapple quilt in Saudi Arabia:

Wilma WOWs us with her Kimono quilt:

And her Christmas wall hanging:

Jean shows us her arm caddy, for keeping stitching supplies organized and stray threads stashed!
Kelly is wild about Texas with her new quilt:

And also shows us the FROG she made!

Lora has finished the Christmas focus fabric quilt in time for Christmas!

Lisa got "oooohs" and "aahhhs" with her Chicken/Rooster applique quilt:
Mahiran demonstrates her Jeans quilt:

We all want to know how Marya, a new guild member, made this lovely Autumn Leaves quilt. She says it is easy. . . do you believe her? Workshop, please, Marya!

Marya also did a birdhouse quilt for her daughter:
Sandy did this really cool Tool quilt for her grandson:

Lisa and Sandy did a fast and colorful nine-patch baby quilt together:

Yoghini shows us the new baby quilt she has made in sweet pinks and pastels:

We finally coax Julie to come out from behind her new one-block blue quilt top!

And then, the program. Roberta inspires and encourages us. "It's not that hard!" she says. "You only have to quilt one block at a time."

And she proceeds to show us how it is done. She makes it look easy.

Workshop! Workshop, Roberta!

"In no time at all you can have a quilt like this!"

"Or a crazy quilt! And this is how!"

She takes us step by step through the process:

The meeting over, we had time to visit and exchange information.

Reminder! Next meeting is November 18! We will have the viewing of the November Challenge pieces, and Mala will be visiting to sell us all those goodies we so desperately need for our quilting! Wooo HOOO!

2009 November Quilt challenge

Just a reminder…

The theme for the November 2009 Quilt Challenge is a “Specific Holiday Item”.

In other words, your submission can be a wall hanging, table runner, bed quilt, jacket, vest, etc. but it MUST be associated with a specific holiday, and the holiday must be identifiable from the object itself.

Green and red would not be thought of as Christmas…but if Christmas 2009 were embroidered somewhere on quilt then that would qualify.

Remember too, that FALL is not a holiday; Fall is a season. A wall hanging with bats and ghosts would be considered Halloween, and would qualify because we would all understand bats and ghosts to be associated with Halloween!

All entries must be quilted,. Binding is not required if the items do not lend itself to binding.

Each item must be appropriately finished…no incomplete projects, please.

Any specific holiday is acceptable, such as Halloween, Christmas, Ramadan, Kwaanza, Qatar Independence day, Earth day, etc.

Any color print or pattern is allowed.

Item may be pieced or appliqued, but is not required.

Traditional batting is not required, however, the item must be quilted, either by hand or machine.

There is not a maximum or minimum size.

ONLY ONE entry per person will be accepted.

Looking forward to seeing all the creative entries at the November meeting on the 18th!!!! (Reminder! Note that the meeting date has been changed) Happy stitching!!!

Denise Brokmeyer, Challenges Chair,

Sandy Kieschnick, Co-Chair,