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I have wonderful exciting news to share! Our mountain quilt was accepted into this year’s Road to California quilt show!

IMG_2283The Road to California Quilt Show will be January 22-25 in Ontario, California. Time to make travel plans!

10615982_10152505978488387_6138535904460096095_nWe were excited when our quilt won Best of Show at our local county fair. Now the excitement keeps on coming!

Here’s what the judge at our county fair said about the quilt: “Open spaces and mountain range clearly defined. Perspective well handled and attended to. Appliqued textures and beading add a sense of realism to overall piece. Quilting motifs are appropriate and natural to the piece. Facing is appropriate for art composition. Fits Fair Theme.”

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Our Out of the Box (OOB) group is at it again! You may have followed along for our mountain quilt last year. This year, or to start this year off, we are sewing a quilt to donate to the Mono Basin Historical Society for them to use as a fundraiser.

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We chose to use a stain glass applique technique, each of us choosing a theme from the Mono Basin. Here is our preliminary sketch on layout and size.

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I volunteered to do the museum square. Here’s a picture Penny took for me to use as inspiration! Thanks Penny! I like that she caught the tree in fall colors, will be fun to add a pop to the square. And I’m ruminating on ideas on how to do the museum, with the red trim … Fun! The building that is now the museum was originally Mono Lake’s school house.

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We met today to start working on our blocks. Our guild provided the same black for all of us to use. Nela started the morning explaining her stain glass technique. To loosely sum it up, it is applique leaving space between each piece letting the black show through. Here, Nela has her block already completed! She did the tufa at Mono Lake which is going to be the central block of the design.

IMG_8926Cathy is going to do brine shrimp. Here she selects fabric – yay for artistic license!

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Margaret chose to do an image of the boardwalk out to the tufa.

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We sketched, cut, ironed, and sewed all morning long!

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Here’s my sketch, and the beginning of my pieces. We all brought fabric, and did some swapping, so a few colors would be similar to the other blocks. I think this and all of us using the same black will help unify the quilt! I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s blocks when we meet again in January.

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