Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Welcome to our Fourteenth Member!

Judy Wedemeyer, who has been a follower of our blog practically from the beginning, has now officially joined the Material Mavens.  She is a friend of one of our original group of 12, which then expanded to 13, and now has 14 members.  She will soon be posting for us to tell us more about herself and her art quilting.

Meanwhile, for Judy W. primarily, but also as a reminder to all of us, here are the guidelines that the "steering committee" of Judy S., Rita S., and I came up with originally.  These are still in place:

1.  The quilts will be 12"x12" finished.
2.  They will be "quilts" in the sense of being sandwiched with top, batting, and backing.
3.  The quilt's edges will be finished, but the sky's the limit here.  You can bind them conventionally, turn the backing to the front, turn the front to the back, zig zag or otherwise decoratively stitch the edges, or even be as "far out" as one of the original 12x12ers were and bind with flexible metal!  Whatever you choose is fine, just so that the edges aren't left raw.

Oh, and the quilts will be truly "quilted"--but again, how and how much is up to you!  Some of us will machine quilt, some will hand-quilt, some will do a combination.  Anything goes here as well!  Some may choose to add embellishments, others may not ever do this.  All of this is up to the individual quilter!

4.  The quilts will be based on themes, which might be either abstract or concrete, again as did the original 12x12 group.
5.  We drew names for the order in which the themes will be chosen originally.  New members have been added to the end of the list as they have joined the group.
6.  We will have two months to complete our small quilts after the theme is announced.
7.  Quilts will be "due" on the 15th day of a month.  Our first quilt was due on September 15; the next one, on Nov. 15; and the third ones will be "revealed" on Jan. 15, 2012.
8.  On the day we "reveal" our quilts (by posting on The Material Mavens blog), the quilter's whose turn it is to choose the theme will announce the next theme.

Here's our schedule, with Judy W. added:

(4)  Judy S.: theme #4 on Jan. 15, 2012, for Mar. 15, 2012's quilt.
(5) Rita:  theme #5 on Mar. 15, 2012, for May 15, 2012's quilt.
(6)  Patti:  theme #6 on May 15, 2012, for Jul. 15, 2012's quilt.
(7) Andrea: theme #7 on July 15, 2012, for Sept. 15, 2012's quilt.
(8)  Alice: theme #8 on Sept. 15, 2012, for Nov. 15, 2012's quilt.
(9)  Petra: theme #9 on Nov. 15, 2012, for Jan. 15, 2013's quilt.
(10) Barbara:  theme #10 on Jan. 15, 2013, for Mar. 15, 2013's quilt.
(11)  Kathy: theme #11 on Mar. 15, 2013, for May 15, 2013's quilt.
(12)  Sara: theme #12 on May 15, 2013, for Jul. 15, 2013's quilt.
(13)  Nedra:  theme #13 on July 15, 2013, for Sept. 15, 2013's quilt.
(14) Judy W:  theme #14 on Sept. 15, 2013, for Nov.15,  2013's quilt 

Happy holidays, happy quilting, and we'll look forward to hearing from our second Judy, Judy W!


  1. Good to have a replay of everything. Thanks. And Welcome Judy/14th!

  2. I "second" Linda! Thank you Alice for the re-cap. I also want to welcome Judy!

  3. To my best friend, my soul-sistah, an incredible artist, and a true inspiration..... WELCOME ABOARD ! What a joy to have you with us :-) Much love to you in Anchorage, Alaska ! Kathy

  4. Hi Judy, I can see by looking at your personal blog that you will be a real asset to the MM. Welcome aboard!

  5. Thank you fellow Material Mavens for your delightfully warm, enthusiastic welcome! What an honor and privilege to become the 14th MM. I'll post my introduction this weekend and look forward to getting better acquainted soon. Bless your holidays!