Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

We started the new year off with our Christmas Tea, which was delayed because of severe weather in December.  While the snow is still on the ground, we had chinook winds which brought the temperatures up to near 50 degrees for our January 9th meeting.  This was very welcome after two weeks of below zero weather in the area.

Thirteen members and two guests were present and all brought delicious treats and a wide variety of teas to taste.  The gift exchange included many tea related and hand-made items.  The talent of this group continues to amaze.  Each gift is a treasure (the photos don't do them justice).

There were also some beautiful items displayed for Show & Tell.

Jeanne reminded us of our 2016 challenge "A Place in Someone's Heart" due at our March meeting.  See the link to the challenge descriptions on the right of this blog. The 2017 challenge is Wild West and it is due August 7th, in time to display at the Yellowstone Quilt Fest (YQF). Both are to be 18" x 24" in either portrait or landscape orientation.

Our TAGY group has been invited to show our work at the Big Sky Quilt Retreat in Billings, MT, which is held March 8-11th.  We have the entire stage to showcase our textile art, so we hope everyone will participate and fill that area. This Retreat and Quilt Show is held every 2 years, so we can show everything we made since the last show (or that wasn't shown there before).  This includes our monthly learning challenges as well as large quilts and wall hangings. In addition to the quilt show, this retreat offers many interesting classes. Click here for more info.

Another opportunity to show our work is at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, CO.  They are having a "Quilting the Wild West/Wild Bill Cody" challenge.  Since our group meets in Cody, I am hoping some of our members will participate in this challenge. Some of our past challenges are the correct size to enter into this juried show, but they want items made after January 1, 2015.  Photos must be submitted by February 28th.  For more info click here.

Thank you ladies for a fun Tea Time!


Monday, November 7, 2016

November 2016

Flower-pounding card by Carol Kimble.
September TAGY program.
Ten members met on November 7th and discussed our calendar for 2017.  This is published at the right of the blog.

It was decided to have Monthly Learning Challenges as follows:
January - April: Architecture  (anything from a door-knob to buildings, etc)
May - August: Microscopic
September - December: My Back Yard
There are no restrictions on sizes.

The theme for our 2017 Art Quilt Challenge is: Wild West
Interpret "Wild" however you wish.
Size: 18" x 24", or 24" x 18" (either orientation).

We all enjoyed Show and Tell items, and discussed what to bring to Big Sky Quilt Retreat in Billings in March.  The bi-annual quilt show and retreat will be held at the Shriners' Auditorium on March 8-11.  We will hang our art quilts on their stage.  Marybeth said we can buy the black sheets that were used at the spring tea fundraiser in Powell.  They will make good back-ground sheets for hanging our art quilts at shows.

We plan to hang the quilts from the 2016 Challenge: "A Place in Someone's Heart", which are due at the March 6th TAGY meeting.  Remember to include a hanging sleeve and a label.  More information is coming on this.

The photo was sent in by Carol Kimble, the regional SAQA rep from Montana, who came to our September meeting.  She said she would love to come visit again and thinks we have a very special group.  I agree!

Show & Tell items made for the Animal Shelter Fund Raiser





Chicken sweaters and a pillow