February and March 2021 – The Good, the Bad and the Quilted

February was a short month that felt long because we were full of cabin fever way before February ever arrived. And March seemed to pass quickly, with so many special days it was difficult to keep track:

March is National Quilt Month, so we were all busy with that occupation most of the month, as we are every month!  And it is Women’ History Month so many of us celebrated our pioneering ancestors and their accomplishments.  March 14 was PI Day [in math Pi is 3.14] and Daylight Savings Time began. Don’t you wish they could pass a resolution to pick one time – standard or daylight – and stick with it all year?

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day (3/1); The 20th was the Spring Equinox; Friday 26th was just for Becki Leavitt, our effervescent Newsletter editor – National Purple Day! The 27th was Passover and yesterday was Palm Sunday and Respect Your Cat Day (as if cat-loving quilters would do anything else!).  Altogether I think there are somewhere near 90 various occasions to celebrate – whether it be pets, food, religion, or just funny stuff like “National Goof Off Day” on the 22nd.  And that’s just in March!

We are all celebrating another milestone – getting vaccinations and having the state restrictions loosened for indoor and outdoor gatherings, although masks are still a good idea.

And for the time being we are still having guild meetings via Zoom. Check the Speakers page for what’s coming up this year.

If you, as a member,  were not able to join us in February, Beth Helfter was our speaker and talked about her Accordion HST’s (half square triangles). The guild is sponsoring a workshop with Beth and invitations and information are in your March Newsletter and will be in the April one as well.  The workshop is scheduled for the evening of May 5th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm to accommodate those who will be working. There is a 25 person limit, so don’t think too long!

Beth has a website if you would like to have a look at what she offers – evapaigequilts.com/.  The accordion method of making HST’s sounds like fun, and for those of you who have not yet enrolled, but would like to do, it will be via Zoom. Beth is delightful and very inventive – which makes learning from her something to appreciate. Further details are in the March and April newsletters.

The March meeting speaker was Michelle Blanton whose topic was “Looking Great, Dresden Plate”. Michelle took us through an informative history of the Dresden Plate quilt block from the earliest-known still existing use of the plate blades (petals) in a quilt made in 1785, to the effect of the Crash of 1929 on fabric prices and how manufacturers packed their flour and other dry goods in printed cotton bags, to the present, and included the method of creating the Dresden Plate design. (“It’s all in the math”).  Her visuals were: photos of Neighborhood designs, some photos of the cotton clothes of the 1930’s and many Dresden Plate variations, traditional and new. Michelle’s website is littlepupdesigns.com/home. The “neighborhoods” are as colorful and as varied as the quilter wants to make them. Those of us who attended had a memorable trip through the history of the evolution of the Dresden Plate quilt block.

Kim Lapacek, of Persimon Dreams, designed the Dresden Neighborhoods block, and Michelle teaches a course in making those. Visit Kim at kimlapacek.com/2017/12/dresden-neighborhood-sew-along-starting.html.     

Note: The Door Prize from Michelle Banton went to Sandra Holmes – a Dresden Plate pattern, of course!

March 28, 2021