Happy Spring The sun is shining, birds are singing and flowers are blooming. I think winter is finally over.
Did you make it to the Webster Quilt Guild show? We had so much fun meeting new people and vendors. Vanetta and I made the first Tupperware purchase, lol. If you were at the show, did you see the beautiful wool kits from Charlie’s Daughter? The little birds are so cute. We brought in a few of her kits, so if you didn’t get a chance to purchase from her, stop in and see the kits we have for sale.
Thank you everyone who participated in our 2nd annual Fat Quarter Challenge. We had over 300 votes! The winning entries are posted on the home page at our Website.
May’s theme is portability. We all go to classes, retreats or sew alongs. Many of us like to bring small hand projects when we travel. It’s hard at times to decide how to pack our projects and keep everything together in one place. All month Michelle will be showing you tips and tricks on portability. As an added bonus many of the items will be on sale. Keep an eye out for the videos.
Our May spotlight quilter is Judi Gent
Tell me a little bit about yourself?
Hi, I’m Judi Gent, I grew up in Webster and was the youngest of 8 children. I had 4 brothers and 3 sisters, who sadly have all passed away. My husband and I moved to Lyons in 1965. I divorced in 1980’s and remarried in 2005. I have 5 sons, 7 stepchildren, 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. It makes a large Christmas gift list. I love having a big close family.
How long have you been quilting? Who taught you to quilt?
I began quilting in 2003, learning by joining a table runner of the month club at Heart and Hand in Ontario. I enjoyed it so much I told my children; I am going to be a quilter when I retire. I have taken many quilting classes at The Village Quilt Shoppe and Jackie Lynn’s and have enjoyed every minute of it.
What do you like best about quilting?
One of the best things I like about quilting are the retreats. You always meet so many nice people who are willing to help and share their knowledge. Until the Covid Pandemic I vended at craft sales. I miss that and hope to start doing them again this year.
What’s your quilting advice /mantra?
My quilting advice is to enjoy the learning process. Your teachers may vary in their training methods since there are different techniques and ways to quilt. No one “way” is best. Try different variations and broaden your horizons.
Here are some pictures of some of her beautiful work:
Save the date:
Genesee Valley Quiltfest
May 20th - 22nd
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Gordon Field House
We are so proud of The Village Quilt Shoppe and look forward to sharing the dream with you.
Vanetta & Monique
Kim Diehl / Scrap club Do you have scraps? Debbie Lester will be helping you use them on with our Kim Diehl / Scrap club on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The projects will come from Kim Diehl's Whats Not book. One of the great things about the patterns in this book is that the pieces look good in any fabric. No need to sign-up for every month, you can sign-up based on the project of the month.
Tabel Runner Tuesday - Desert Star- This month we are making Desert Stars. This easy table runner was inspired by the twinkling stars in the desert sky - our shop sample was done in patriotic colors!
Braided Twisted Tabel Runner -AA unique technique for making tablerunners, the Braided Twist. No quilting, no hand sewing, no binding.
Spring Garden- A great class for beginners! Spring Garden is a beautiful star quilt, you will learn how to make 6 different star blocks. The quilt can be made in two different sizes quilt (51 1/2 x 66 1/2) or wall hanging (27 1/2 x 34 1/2). There are lots of options for fabric placement in the designs, bl0cks can be made with one. two or a variety of prints to create a scrappier feel.
Each week you will learn two stars, there is a week between the 3rd and 4th week to give you time to complete all your blocks. The 4th week you will be adding the sashing to complete the quilt top.
t-Shirt/Memory Quilt -Have you ever wanted to make a memory quilt out of yours or someone's favorite t-shirts/clothing? In this 2 part class, Debbie will teach you the process of prepping the clothing, making the blocks and putting them together using the BQ pattern.
Beetle Bag - This bag is your personalized traveling bag. It can be used to store sewing tools, beads, flosses, make-up or jewelry. Great for all kinds of uses.
Learn to quilt series -Have you always wanted to learn to quilt? Or, are you still new to quilting and do not yet have the confidence in your understanding of the basic principles? Our Basic Learn to Quilt class is the class for you! The class will be five weeks, students will learn the basics such as understanding quilting vocabulary, cutting fabric, piecing, ironing and finishing a quilt with binding. Students will complete a small quilt top from start to finish in the five-week class.
Versatile Wave 2 -Ruthann’s best selling purse pattern has so much to offer! Create a purse base, and then reversible covers to match different outfits or occasions. Interchange them without having to empty your purse!! Be creative with varying the straps, handles, piping or trim. Make matching zipper pulls with beads or repurposed earrings or charms. Pattern includes Checkbook Clutch pattern too!
Citrus Slices - Paper Piecing -The perfect modern quilt project to freshen up your home, Citrus Slices pairs nicely with prints, blends, solids or a combination and is fat quarter friendly. Layout instructions and fabric requirements are provided to make a Mini, Runner, Wall or Throw quilt. Each foundation paper pieced block makes half of a fruit slice, making it a flexible design to customize your own quilting project.