Sunday, March 12, 2017

March Donation Quilt Tops, and Emergency Program Idea

The program plan for our March meeting was to have a sewing bee to stitch up a bunch of donation quilt tops.  The process started back in January when I bribed a guild friend with supper and wine.  She came over and helped me put together kits for quilt tops, using the blocks that have been collected over the years.  Here is one of them laid out on my workroom table.  I took a photo of the layout and enclosed it in the Ziploc baggie with all the 'parts'.

Our guild president squared up all the half-squares and stitched the top together.
We got started on sewing EARLY in the afternoon.  By 5 pm it was apparent that there would be nothing left to do when our meeting started at 7 pm.
The program lady in charge (me!) said a few bad words and searched around pleading for help.  Lots of "sure I'll help you - whatever you need" but no "here's an idea for tonight...."


We started with a show 'n tell of the completed tops.
Three completed tops from the half-squares that were collected during a few years worth of swaps.  There is still ONE MORE that needs another hour of sewing.
A sampler from the 'sample' blocks that are required when someone presents Block of the Month.
Somebody won the Block of the Month but donated the blocks back to the guild.

Some of the members enjoying the impromptu quilt show.
EMERGENCY PROGRAM IDEA
Steal... I mean BORROW a flip chart from the church.  Have the members discuss and doodle ideas for quilting some of the tops.  We had some wonderful ideas and some pretty good doodles.
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APRIL MEETING INFO:
Cynthia and Bill from Cherished Pieces Quilt Shop will be attending with a demo/lesson and product for sale.  Bring cash. 😁

Monday, February 13, 2017

February - pattern link & donation quilt

Last week's meeting was a small trunk show by two members, with demonstrations on how to make a few quilt blocks using either 2 1/2" strips or 5" squares.  Many of the members wanted instructions for the Disappearing 4Patch, so here is a LINK to the video by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  If you prefer a written tutorial, HERE is one by Material Girl Quilts.

Here is a pic of the block from Quiltingboard.com, and some suggestions for rearranging the bits after you've cut the 4patch apart.

Next month on Wednesday March 8th we will be stitching on donation quilts.  There are eight kits all ready to go.  Sewers, cutters, pressers, and quality control will all be required. 😉 This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to have more exposure to sewing quilt blocks together.

DONATION QUILT

This was a Block of the Month that one of our members won, but had no use for.  The blocks were assembled into a quilt top by a generous member.  Then another generous member volunteered to quilt it, and yet another completed the binding.  This is going to the Quilts of Valour organization.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January goings-on

We were HAND QUILTING.

Well, I should say we were learning.

Three of our members who do a lot of hand quilting were generous enough to bring in the necessary items to teach us how to get started, how to continue on, and how to end off.  As usual, I got wrapped up in what was going on and didn't get proper photos until everyone was packing up.

IN FEBRUARY:
We will be having a small trunk show with lessons and demos on how to use the fabrics we've been swapping over the past couple of years.  Our focus will be Charm Squares and 2.5" strips.

Details:
February 8th

  • sewing on your own projects from 9:30 until 5:30 ($5 cost for those who wish to attend)
  • dinner catered by the Church Ladies 6 pm.  You must be pre-registered for this, $15 cost.
  • meeting 7 pm - 9 pm.  Non-members are quite welcome to attend, we have a $5 visitor fee charged at the door.  You should arrive at least 5 minutes before start time.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

November & Upcoming

We had a great meeting last week, with a presentation by Meerkat Trading.  She packed up and left afterwards with much less fabric than she came in with.  :-)

December 14th will be our Christmas Dinner.  We are changing things up a bit this year.  Normally we have a pot luck supper but instead, we are having the Church Ladies cater a turkey dinner for us.  

  • Make sure you respond to Gail's email (around December 9th?) and get on the list.  The cost for dinner is $15.00 per person.
  • We will eat at 6 pm and follow that with a meeting and a little hand project.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Join us on November 9th...

Meerkat Trading (LINK) will be our guest speaker, talking about the African Fabrics they carry.  I suspect they will have some for purchase, too.


Meeting starts at 7 pm, visitor fee is $5.00.

Members - don't forget to bring your Mystery Quilt block for a little prize.  AND bring your Block of the Month if you took one.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Cutting Up a Quilt Panel to Make a Quilt

Laura Coia from Sew Very Easy was our guest speaker in October.  She knows we are doing a Panel Challenge this year, so she made a video for us!  Thanks Laura - this is a great idea.

If you're looking for a guest speaker she can be reached at sewveryeasy @ gmail.com (take out the spaces).

Monday, September 26, 2016

And a new season begins...

We had our introductory meeting for the new season on Sept. 14th.

Our 'fun' monthly activities are:
2 1/2" Strip Swap 
Swapping 2 1/2" strips.  Marg will tell you how many strips you need to bring to each meeting for the swap, and what the colour selection is each month. You will get a different strip from everyone in the group.  .

Mystery Quilt
You will be making a Queen or King size quilt for yourself.  Shirley will provide a new set of instructions every month.  Participants should bring in their completed work every month to get a prize.  Woo hoo!!

Our 'special' challenges include:
The Panel Challenge
In October you must bring in a fabric panel.  If you're like me, you have several of these that have been languishing in your basement for a few years.  These will be swapped between the members of the group.  You must make a quilt with it by the June meeting.  There is no size requirement.These quilts will be donated to a charity, most likely for children.  **Batting will be provided by the guild.

Canada's 150th Celebration Challenge - 
To celebrate our country you are invited to make a quilt - this will be for yourself and you do NOT have to sign up.  The minimum size should be 160" perimeter, so 40 x 40 or 20 x 60, etc.  Bring the completed quilt to the June meeting and we will be awarding Viewer's Choice prizes.  

At our next meeting on October 12th we are hosting Laura Coia from Sew Very Easy.  Link HERE.  You are welcome to join us - there is a visitor fee of $5 if you are not a paid member.