Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Genea-Quilters 2011 Block Challenge

 Support the 2012 Scholarship Fund for
The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree

We need your help to make at least one quilt block in this super-quick, high-profile block challenge.

Deadline: 15 April 2011 (revised!)

We're going to raffle a quilt at the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree on Saturday, 11 June 2011 at the Marriott Burbank Conference Center. Proceeds will be donated to the Society's scholarship fund for the 2012 Jamboree.

Genea-Quilters is sponsoring the block challenge, with the Glendale Quilting Guild's able assistance. All quilters are encouraged to participate by providing blocks. The Glendale Quilting Guild will piece the quilt, safety pin, install binding, then set the quilt up on a frame for tying during the first two days of the 2011 Jamboree.  Genea-Quilter Myrt will make individual postings at the Genea-Quilters Blog out of your photos and write-ups. Genea-Quilter Tami will create a .PDF doc, and Genea-Quilter Genea will have the resulting book printed out in full color at her local copy office. The book about the quilt will be given to the winner of the quilt raffle.

The Southern California Genealogical Society will administer the funds, reporting to Genea-Quilters by July 15th about the amount our quilt raised for the scholarship. A panel of both Southern California and Genea-Quilters will review applications for the 2012 Jamboree Scholarship received by 15 October 2011. More information on this process to follow. Scholarship winner will be announced on 1 January 2012.


A. Post a comment to this blog entry indicating your participation in this quilting challenge, including the number of blocks you will complete.

B. Choose a quilt block design that reflects your heritage in some way, perhaps the design, or maybe the name of the block itself (i.e., Ohio Star, Road to California, etc).

C. Quilt fabric choices can be from your stash or from new fabrics as you choose. We are going for a muted US Civil War era color scheme, with either dark brown or black for sashes, backing and binding. For color inspiration see:

D. Quilters may submit multiple quilt blocks. However, EACH block submitted  must include:
  1. One 8" finished quilt block
  2. Name of quilter and name of quilt block design
  3. Photograph of quilter holding the completed block
  4. Photograph of the quilt block (closeup)
  5. Quilter's small signature in a discrete corner or side of the block. This may be embroidered or written with a thin permanent marker.
  6. A writeup about how your block was chosen and how it relates to your heritage or family history.If you include an ancestral photo of an individual, his home, or a quilt, so much the better.

DEADLINE: The quilt blocks, with accompanying photos and write-ups must be in Gena's hands no later than 15 April 2011. No exceptions. See Gena's contact info below.

__ Submit a digital copy of your photo with the block(s) to Myrt.

__ Submit a digital closeup photos of your quilt block to Myrt.

__ Submit a digital writeup of your Name, email address and the writeup about your block(s) to Myrt.

__ Submit a digital copy of any related ancestral photos.

__ Contact Gena Ortega personally for her street address. She is collecting the blocks, and working with Paula Hinkel and the Glendale Quilting Guild to produce the quilt.

__ Print out a copy of the 2 photos and your writeup, to include with your block(s) when you send them to Gena.

__ Make a comment at the Genea-Quilters Blog indicating your block(s) are on their way to Gena.

Quilters will receive one "free registration" raffle ticket for each quilt block submitted -- to receive free registration at the 2012 Jamboree! AWESOME!

WI: Norwegian Quilt Lecture

Looks like Mr. Myrt is on the "quilting" wavelength, as he sends the following information from  one of his Norwegian genealogy research journals, the Vesterheim Current 23 February 2011.

"Peggy Derrick, Curator at the La Crosse County Historical Society in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Linda McShannock, Collections Curator at the Minnesota Historical Society, will present Two Norwegian Silk Quilts in America at Vesterheim on Sunday, March 13, at 2:00 p.m. in the Gathering Room of the museum's Amdal-Odland Heritage Center at 523 W. Water Street. The program is free and is the final presentation offered in conjunction with Vesterheim's exhibition Pieces of Self: Identity and Norwegian-American Quilts, which is on view through March 20."

For more information about the program, including the family history angle, see:

Now I should go make Mr. Myrt some of his favorite cookies!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Tina receives a gem from WraggedyPatches' Candice

Who says it is better to give than receive? :::giggle:::

Tina Sansone  is the lucky recipient of this gorgeous quilt. She wrote "I did some family history for my son-in-law's grandparents. His grandmother makes AWESOME Quilts, even has a blog for it. She made me an AWESOME Beautiful Quilt and I received it today. Was so excited and I knew this group would appreciate my happiness. My first Quilt...Thank you Candice Wragg. LOVE IT!" Thanks for posting the picture of this gem on the Genea-Quilters Facebook page.

Another quilt blog? I did a Google Search using "Candice Wragg +quilt" (without quote marks) and found Candice's Wraggedy Patches quilt blog! LOVE that name! The February 16th posting involves getting ORGANIZED. This gal has quite a stash. When you visit Candice's blog, be sure to spot her treasured Featherweight on the top of one of her shelves.

Thanks for sharing the quilt, Tina, so we could learn more about this creative quilter!

Cheryl's firey-hot new quilt

Looks like Cheryl Fleming Palmer doesn't have too much more work to do on this screaming hot quilt for the Harley enthusiast in her family. Notice the prre-printed rectangles are bordered by wacky shapes, and off-center corner fabrics. Cheryl posted a close-up of her piecing technique:

And speaking of fabrics, Mary Hartmann-Bowden says "I really like that sashing fabric, this is going to be so cool!! Or should I say hot!"

YUP, firey hot! Curling up with Cheryl's "hot new quilt" on one of our a long, cold winter days here in the norther hemisphere is just the ticket for keeping warm. 

What have other genea-quilting friends got on the fire? We'd love to have you join us at the Genea-Quilters Facebook page.

Loving Twist on Sunbonnet Sue design

Patricia Smith takes Sunbonnet Sue to a whole new level with this contribution to the 2011 Monthly Wall Quilt Project Challenge. Don't you think that is the cutiest little swirly Valentine in Sue's hands? I love the tiny red on white background fabric, as it puts color there without competing with Sunbonnet Sue for attention on this quilt.

AWESOME, and very inspiring, Patricia. Thanks for posting this the Genea-Quilters Facebook page.

February Quilt Project - Way to Go Diane!


Diane Gianini has completed a MARVELOUS rendition of the February wall hanging from the  2011 Monthly Wall Quilt Project Challenge. Posted on Diane's Facebook wall, the striking use of printed fabric for the center hearts really jumps out. That fabric is killer, Diane. I've been with you on the shop hop in Knoxville, and think your alternative choice of colors and modified design are marvelous. I just now noticed the lazy heart stippling in the lower right portion of the white field. AWESOME.

Note the "Snoopy" bits of whimsy in the corners.  ;)

Darling white on white backing fabric & detail of border stitching.

Diane got really creative. Her machine has some fancy stitches, used to letter the sentimental "Be My Valentine" and the tiny hearts on the border. I am wondering if the silk organza was slippery when doing the machine applique. This quilted wall hanging is a testament to Diane's skill at adapting a design, using color and patterns to create a delightful reminder of the year's most beLOVEd holiday.