Hammersmith Quilters Guild
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January 2017 Auction
Our annual auction was a blast as usual, with many treasures trading hands: quilts and tops; instant fabric stashes; tools
and notions; and other assorted goodies.  We raised $463- not a bad evening's work!  

Anne Smith was the lucky "winner" (oops! She was the
only bidder!) of the ancient and revered Auction Artifact, the
Junque.  This lovely and venerable piece has been in the possession of the guild since the days of our meetings in the
basement of the East Saugus United Methodist Church, when our auctions were not restricted to sewing and quilting
items.  In those days, the offerings were more like that of a yard sale and you never knew WHAT would show up!  One
year the Junque appeared, and it has been reappearing at our auction every year since.  The winner does not get to
keep this august piece of Hammersmith History but is merely the Caretaker of it for the year and must bring it back the
next year to give someone else the once-in-a-lifetime (or in the case of some of us, the five-or-six-times) opportunity to
guard this precious piece of history for the next year.  

As you can see, Anne has given the Junque a place of honor on a shelf with other Treasures.  It is truly heartwarming to
see how much she cares for this magnificent, one-of-a-kind handcrafted creation.  She really appreciates its intrinsic
value and realizes that such beauties are seldom seen outside of the finest museums!  (Remember, if
you are the lucky
high bidder at
next year's auction you, too, can enjoy displaying this lovely decorative item in your home for a year!)
Getaway 2017
The Getaway held at the Ramada Conference Center in Saco, Maine, on March 16-19 was a huge success!!  We
had a great time; the sewing room was wonderful with lots of natural lighting, the guest rooms were comfortable,
the staff was friendly and helpful, and the catered meals on Friday and Saturday night were superb!  Great job,
Irene!  We all want to go back next year!

Below are a few photos to give you a taste of the wonderful weekend.  Remember, you can click on the image to
see a larger version.
Pet quilts for the Small
Kennel Quilt Project
The Wearin' o' the Green on St. Patrick's Day!
A novel use for  Number 10
cans: table risers!!
Our bright and spacious sewing room!
(and this shows only 1/3 of it!)
Dottie's "Frozen" quilt
Kathy's Polaroid quilt-look at the
great border fabric she found at
Marden's!
Beginning sewer Cathy's
first quilt, a great Jelly
Roll Race quilt- super
job, Cathy!  (especially
since your sister wouldn't
help you AT ALL!)
Sisters Lynda and Cathy
Sally and her carrot quilt-as-you-go
table runner- hold on to that carrot,
Sally, or someone might steal it from
you!  LOL
Sally's slippers made for her by her "good"
friend, Louise- and yes, they ARE what you
THINK they are!
Quilts of Valor Blocks made at Getaway
Below are just 70 of the 98 blocks made for Quilts of Valor during the Getaway weekend!  (Only 70 would fit on my living room
rug!)  With the kits that folks took home to complete and return at the next guild meeting, we will have more than 100 blocks to
donate.  Great job, everyone!  And remember that Merle Gordon will take blocks anytime to deliver to QOV regional
coordinator Darlene Coit.
More sisters: camera-shy former
member Ann and her not-so-shy sister
Mary
Ann & the illuminated tree (not plugged
in for this photo) that kept her
company all weekend!
Knitting was happening at the
Getaway, too!  Anne made cute chicks
for the grandkids; each chick can hold
a Cadbury egg in its body.
Member Demos at the May 3, 2017 Meeting
We had a great time being informed and inspired by three of our own at the May meeting.  Bev McGrath showed how she makes
her miniature landscapes that we have all admired.  Margarita Blyumkina demonstrated her method of making amazing
kaleidoscopic designs combining elongated hexagons and applique.  And last but not least, Irene Dwyer showed us how she
uses up jelly roll strips to make Jelly Roll Race quilts with wide fabric strips inserted perpendicular to the jelly roll strips.  Linda
Anthony was going to explain and demonstrate how her almost-magical (really, just fabulous mathematics) formula can “expand”
that last bit of fabric to finish up a project, but she fell and injured her hand and couldn't drive to the meeting- we hope to
schedule her demo for another time.
Guild members gathered around Bev to see how she makes those wonderful
landscape pieces.
Now we see what Margarita
makes with all the scraps we
give her!  Stunning!
Irene inspired us to get out those jelly
rolls we are afraid to open and just
USE them!  (or cut up your stash into
strips and make your own jelly rolls!)
No, Jerry didn't do a demo on
his ties, but maybe he should
have!  A banana tie- how
unique and fun is that!
Show 'n' Tell at the June 7, 2017 Meeting
Because of speakers and activities, it had been several months since our last Show 'n' Tell.  Members took advantage of the
opportunity at the June meeting to "strut their stuff" and show off the quilts and other items they had made in the interim.
Donation quilt made for Camp Erin out
of Camp Erin tee shirts!