Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Quilting in the Garage, Part 1

Yes, in a garage.  We really do quilt in a garage, even during our very cold winter months.  When did this quilting in the garage all start?  It was about 3 years ago when 5 ladies decided to get together in a garage and quilt.

Let me introduce you to the Garage Girls (we haven't come up with a better name and thus the name has stuck).

Meet Darlene (on the left) who is the owner of the garage.  She needed a bigger place to quilt and to hold family gatherings.  So, she built a garage, but not for vehicles, for quilting.  This garage is the perfect place to gather.  It is heated and well insulated.  Even though it is a garage, we still have our standards and dine in style!  LOL  Of the whole group, Darlene is the youngest and is still working.  The rest of us are retired and enjoying our leisure days.  Now Darlene is a go-getter.  She starts and finishes her quilts.  No grass growing under her feet.
Hello Karin.  Karin is like me.  She starts many projects and works away at them as she pleases.  Then she will go on a spurt and finish a few quilts at a time.
Claudia.  I have to laugh because Claudia always brings about 5 projects to work on during a garage day.  She will work on each project for about an hour and then pack that project up and then bring out the next one and so on.  The thing is, she gets a lot of quilts done and is constantly showing us her lovely quilts.
Jeanne.  She does the most amazing machine applique I have ever seen, but also does hand work as well.  Jeanne also has finished quite a number of quilts since I have known her.  Yep, no grass growing under her feet either.
Me with the garage dog, Coach.  If you have been reading my blog over the years, you will know that I have many tops and UFO's and grass does grow under my feet.  Oh well, I love what I do.  Mind you, these gals push me to finish my projects and I have produced a number of finished tops over the past few years.  They are also pushing me to get my tops quilted, either by myself or by a LAer.
From time-to-time, we have guests from out-of-town visit and if possible, we have a garage day.  The one stipulation is that if they want to sew in the garage, guests must bring a show and tell.

Meet Lynn (from Timmins on the right):
My friend, no blog Mary (standing on the right, from Toronto):
 Trudy (from North Bay):

When we gather, the drooling starts as each lady brings something different each time.  We each inspire each other to finish our projects and not leave them in a bin.  Therefore, we see progress from the start of a project to completion.  We are simply good for each other and egg everyone on to finish.
Projects in different stages of completion:

Then, the finished quilts.  These are by Darlene:

Since I took all these photos, there are no quilts of mine shown here.  Oh well, they are on my blog and if you are a regular reader, then you know what I've done.

So, this is Part 1 of quilting in the garage.  The story continues on my next post.

I'm linking to Needle and Thread Network.

Have a great day!


Raewyn said...

Looks like you have a great set up and some wonderful quilting friends. There are some real beauties amongst the show and tell quilts.

Jennifer said...

Hello to the Garage Quilters- what wonderful work! Thank you for letting us 'visit', it's been very enjoyable.

Chookyblue...... said...

its wonderful when you have a few friends and a great spot to meet up..........wonderful quilts...........

eloidastitches said...

This was a really fun post to read. Looks like a great group!!

Julie Fukuda said...

What a wonderful group! I am so in envy!!!!