Tuesday, May 3, 2016

10 Questions - Annette Young

The 10 Questions interviews are just a way for us to get to know each other a little better. We don't get to talk to everyone in the meetings so I started doing these interviews a couple of years ago. If you have missed them you can read all of the past interviews here.

I've been looking forward to interviewing Annette because she has very special pets!

1. If you live in Hanover (or the area), how many generations of your family have lived here and how did they come to settle here? If you moved here, where are you from and what brought you here?

I was born in Stuttgart, Germany and was only 3 months old when my American GI father told my German mother that they were just coming to America to visit his family and introduce her to them. She only agreed to marry him because he agreed to stay in Germany. Unbeknownst to my mother, he bought one way tickets. I was raised in Gloucester, MA until I moved to Richmond in 1984 with my then boyfriend for his job. We’ve been married now for 25 years. We moved to the west end at first and then to Bumpass in Louisa county in 1986.

2. When you were young what did you plan to be when you grew up and what happened with those plans?

I went from the usual princess, ballerina, Olympic figure skater, as a youngster to a secretary when I was in middle school after I had started taking typing classes. 
During high school I wanted to go to college to be an interpreter for the deaf. I was introduced to a girl who lost her hearing at the age 15 due to brain tumors by a lady who had 2 children that I would babysit for when she had to work evenings as an interpreter. She also introduced me to 2 sisters not much older than I, who I tried to teach a dirty song to in sign language. Not knowing how to sign but the alphabet, it got me in. They didn’t understand and went to their mom for help with what I was trying to say. I don’t remember their names, but I do remember the song! It starts with “old MacDonald sitting on a fence, beating his………

3. What are your favorite things to do in the area?

Going fishing on land or in our little boat on the river or in the ocean, not Lake Anna. Last time we were at the lake, 1 snake wrapped itself around our ladder and tried to get onto the boat (luckily not a poisonous one), but not 10 minutes later a water moccasin swam past us and that did me in. I’d rather take my chances with jaws than a snake.

4. Tell us a little about your family.

I’m one of 5 kids. Our father was a Gloucester fisherman who drowned off of a boat when the oldest was 15 and the youngest was 6. My mother was a very strong willed woman who scared the crap out of most of our friends. Nobody ever wanted to come to our house for dinner because when they asked what we were having we responded with the German name for it because that’s what my mother called it. They were always afraid of what that might be, since my mother once grilled an eel on a hibachi grill out back that my brothers had caught in marsh behind our house, so they knew she ate some weird stuff. I have 2 brothers in Massachusetts still and 1 brother and my sister in Colorado Springs, Co. I’m the 2nd oldest of the 5. Everyone has children except my husband and I. Which was probably a good thing because they have never been able to seek revenge on us for the Christmas presents we used to send to their children. The nieces and nephews loved them, but their parents did not. Oh, we would make sure to send enough batteries to make them last for months.

5. What hobbies or activities do you do other than quilting? Where do you do them? How did you get involved with.

Apparently catching Ugly Toad fish is something I’m very good at because I seem to get them on a regular basis. I love to read. I like to crochet but haven’t done much of that since I learned to quilt about 5 years ago. We have 5 chickens, 3 roosters and a male and a female turkey who think that the gardening I like to do is completely for their benefit.

Annette's pets: Tom and Tiffany!

6. What’s your favorite vacation spot? Where do you want to go next?

Ocracoke Island is our favorite place to go every September. I’d like to go back to Germany again. I lived with my grandparents for the summer when I was 10 and then went back to live with them for a little over a year when I was 11 to attend 6th grade. I only came back because my parents made me. I would have stayed. I still stay in touch with a school friend and she and her husband have actual come here to visit us. That and I bootleg Harley motorcycle parts to him on a regular basis. It’s cheaper for me to buy them and ship them to him than it is for him to actually purchase them in Germany.

7. What saying best describes how you like to live your life?

It’s on my keychain – “If you don’t like my ATTITUDE quit talking to me!”

8. Show us a photo (or photos) of where you create.

9. Show us a photo of the quilt that’s on your bed right now.

I don’t have one on my bed. (What!!!!)

10. What is your all time favorite quilt and why?

This is hard to answer because I’ve made less than 20. I would have to say the  
very first that I made for my godchild’s first child. It’s a beginners quilt but I had always wanted to learn and her announcing she was pregnant made me seek out the quilting classes. I think it was called Chinese coins.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Local Quilt Show Info

The Shenandoah Valley Quilters Guild is pleased to announce their 15th 
Biennial Quilt Show, "The Threads that Bind Us," June 25 & 26, Turner 
Ashby High School, Bridgewater, VA (between Harrisonburg and Staunton).

“The Threads that Bind Us” Quilt Show

Shenandoah Delight

June 25 & 26, 2016

Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday Noon – 4 pm

Turner Ashby High School

800 North Main Street

(Route 42, south of Harrisonburg)

Bridgewater, VA 22812

Come see over 120 quilts, special exhibits, demos, boutique, silent auction and vendors.

Admission $5.00

The “Shenandoah Delight” Quilt (75” sq) will be raffled July 16.

Raffle Tickets $1 or 6/$5

Portion of raffle proceeds will benefit

the Virginia Quilt Museum

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Plaid Shirt Quilt

Isn't it fun when the mail truck comes up your driveway and you can't think of anything you ordered? Then it gets better when you see a box has traveled for 3,000 miles from Annie (our west coast CSQ member) and inside the small box is another carefully folded quilt top for a veteran. I had it out of the box and photographed within minutes. Annie had told me she was making a quilt from thrift store men's plaid shirts (not the flannel ones). She also said it was tricky sewing with plaids whose weaves (thread counts) are different than the quilting fabric we are used to sewing with.

Now, having said all that, I am in love with the look of this quilt. Anyone else want to start collecting and sharing plaids for veteran's quilts? 
Annie's Plaid Shirt Quilt
THANK YOU Annie for the gift of another veteran quilt
and all your inspiration!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Block

Thanks, Marcy, for suggesting our block this month. It is a design from LittleLouiseDesigns.com - a pattern they call Danish Delights.

Kits are provided to you for making this block. We will be making it scrappy, using Union Blues fabrics so the fabrics in your kit may not look exactly like the picture. You choose the color placement.
Follow directions below, remember DARK SQUARES go in the center of the block, LIGHT SQUARES on the outer corners.
The blocks will be used for a quilt for a veteran. Please return your blocks at the next meeting.

FINISHED block size is 9" (each block should measure 9-1/2")

To make the block you will need:

A - Cut 4 -  3-1/2 x 3-1/2"
B - Cut 4 -  2 x 3-1/2"
C - Cut 4 -  2 x 5"

Sew 4 units like this - it should measure 5 x 5"

Piece the units in alphabetical order - make 4 units
Sew units together so the
DARK SQUARES are in the center
LIGHT SQUARES are in the outer corners

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

10 Questions - Judy Shortt

This month we are meeting Judy Shortt. As one of the veteran's quilt quilters I know Judy mostly through her perfectly pieced quilt tops! But I wanted to know more and she agreed to be interviewed for this month.

Judy with her minime Granddaughter

1. If you live in Hanover (or the area), how many generations of your family have lived here and how did they come to settle here? If you moved here, where are you from and what brought you here?

 My family moved to Hanover in 1954 and I (along with my 6 siblings) were enrolled in Rockville School
which was at that time, grades 1 thru 11 (no 8th grade).   Prior to Rockville, (Our address is Montpelier by the way) we lived on  Curles Neck Farm in the Varina area.  It was about a 2000 acre farm on the James River and most of the milk products supplied to the Richmond area came from there.  Mom insisted that in order for us to have a better life, my Dad would have to do something different.
So...my Dad went to work for Overnite Transportation and they bought 30 acres and a house here in the Rockville area, where my Mom called home until about 6 months ago when she went to her eternal home.  Three of my siblings and I built homes on the property and we are a pretty close family.

2. When you were young what did you plan to be when you grew up and what happened with those plans?
I remember sewing when I was 10 or younger.  ...making doll clothes from discarded clothes and using just a needle and thread (no patterns).  I never dreamed I would sit at a sewing machine as much as I have in my lifetime.
In High School I thought I wanted to be a nurse.  Instead, I went to work after high school and got married a year later and forgot the nursing. 
When we had children, I loved being a stay-at-home Mom.

3. Tell us a little about your family.
I think I have told you a lot already but my husband, Hubert has been retired for 12 years.  We have two children.  Tammy was an Elementary School Teacher but gave it up after her 3rd child, and now does books for her husband's business. She lives about 1/2 mile from us.  Kevin lives in Greensboro with his family  and is an Engineering Consultant.  We have 5 grandchildren.

4. What are your favorite things to do in the area?
At this stage in our life, we do not go much.  but I love family picnics and gatherings,
reunions and being around my grandchildren.  In the area, I guess I could say I really enjoy riding through the area and seeing all the changes and new homes.  We used
to have to drive about 45 min. to a grocery store...now Walmart is 10 minutes away. 
 But really, we are pretty much homebodies.

5. What’s your favorite meal?
My very favorite meal is bean soup and cornbread on a snowy or cold rainy day!
You can have the steak!

6. What hobbies or activities do you do other than quilting? Where do you do them? How did you get involved with them?
Drawing: I took lessons at the Montpelier Center about the time I retired;
Crossword puzzles;  Reading: Currently reading the "Bregdan Chronicles".
At one time I made all the clothes that my daughter and I wore, but only do quilting now.
I do window treatments when asked by friends, but not my favorite thing to do.
I have done lots of cross stitch in the past. I am currently making cross stitch Crismons for our Church Christmas Tree.  I don't know how to knit or crochet or
anything about electricity, but I have tried everything else, and still like a challenge.

7. What’s your favorite vacation spot? Where do you want to go next?

Emerald Isle, NC.....a very quiet beach, but lots to do if you are interested or
a quiet campground with my children and grandchildren.....either is very relaxing.
I would love to go to Australia and New Zealand.  It will never happen but has always been a dream.

8. What saying best describes how you like to live your life?
Little things give the greatest pleasure!  Give God all the credit.  It all belongs to Him anyway!

9. Tell us about your sewing space and please give us some photos. My sewing space is a small bedroom converted to a sewing/art/office/TV room. Yes, it gets pretty cramped when I set the ironing board up.  When I am not in there, my husband claims it as his man-cave because he can go in there and watch whatever on TV, hitting those remote control buttons as much as he wants.

This is my sewing space, along with a couple of my pieces of art work(grandchildren) on the wall.  ...and my little quilt for the show.  The bar bells are for when I have been sitting here far too long.

This is my office space.
 This is where my husband roosts with his remote control when I vacate the room.

And just for fun, one of my pieces of art from when I was doing classes at the Montpelier Center.  It is color pencil.
As you can imagine, All of this in a 12' X 12' room has to be kept neat or I would be crazy, crazy!

10. Show us a photo of the quilt that’s on your bed right now.

The above is currently on my bed.  After 10 years I am ready to do something different.

11. What is your all time favorite quilt and why? Do you have a photo of it?

Above is my favorite only because it was my first.  I did not know what I was doing.  However,
I used it on my bed for years and it has now been in the closet for about 25 years.
It needs to be cleaned, but I did not do enough quilting and am afraid of washing it.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

April Meeting Notes

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00

Margaret Griffiths and Ellen Kuzemchak will be teaching us Prairie Points.

Don't forget to bring your March blocks!

Friday and Saturday Sewing are this weekend so come and join us for sewing together!

Program note: We need a program for May. If you have an idea of something you can share we would all love to see it. If each member would commit to providing one program we would be booked for almost 3 years! It doesn't need to be anything big or involved.

We would love to hear about another craft that you explore or maybe you've explored designs from a particular pattern designer that you would like to share. Presenting a program is a great way for us to get to know our member better so please considering volunteering to present a program. See Julie to get on the schedule.

At the March meeting we decided to raffle this great little quilt within our members. Betsy pieced it from her extensive collection of repro fabrics and Vicki quilted it with a meandering leaf design. Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5 at our meetings. Drawing at July meeting. All proceeds will be used for purchasing supplies for donation quilts.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Sewing supplies for Guatemala

From Carol Clark:

A gentleman in my church asked if I knew anyone who could help with sewing supplies for his summer mission trip to Guatemala.  Do I ever...

He has been helping with ladies that have recently had their vision corrected.  They want to make craft articles to sell to help support their families.  They need thread, needles, pins, small scissors, rotary cutters.  

I wanted to ask for your help during the next 2 months to help meet this need.  Doesn't have to be "top of the line" supplies.  They have nothing right now and what ever we supply will be greatly appreciated.


If you'd like to donate, please bring the supplies to Carol at our April or May meeting.  Contact Carol with any questions.