Wednesday, December 3, 2014

No - Sewing Party!

There will be NO meeting at the bank for Dec. just Holiday Fun
Our holiday party has been changed to a private residence.  You will need to email me if you are not a member or haven't attended lately at neimqg@gmail.com for further details.

Members were sent a separate email with details.

If you plan to attend you will need to RSVP and bring an appetizer or dessert.

If you want to participate in our pincushion swap you need to make one to get one.

Also bring any Christmas/ winter themed quilts -big or small - for show & tell.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!  See you in 2015 at our Jan 8 meeting.

Friday, October 10, 2014

It's October! Already!

I can't believe we are almost halfway through October.  How time is flying by.

November 13 will be a free sew meeting.  Bring your own project to work on.

December 11 is our holiday party.  We will volunteer to bring appetizers or desserts.
Our swap will be a pincushion you made.  If you bring one you will get one.  Be Creative!

Thanks to member Rachel for giving us a demo on an Easy Turn Potholder at our October meeting.  http://www.favequilts.com/For-the-Kitchen/Easy-Turn-Pot-Holders


The magic is in the layering all the squares. 


 Turn and turn again made it quick work for all of us to get to the finished product.



 

SHOW AND TELL








Monday, September 8, 2014

Goodbye Summer ! Hello Quilt Season !


Just as the kids get back into school, it's time for us quilters to get back into our meeting schedule.

SEPTEMBER 11TH  MEETING 6:30 PM.  Bring your machines & projects.  Hopefully, Donna and her mobile fabric truck will be there, and maybe some demos.  Looking forward to seeing you!  As always bring a friend.

It's been a busy summer at my house and for most of us I'm sure.  Haven't blogged during the summer since it was too much fun to travel, spend time outdoors, work in the garden, bbq on the patio, family weddings etc etc!

In June,  member Fiona spoke on quilting ergonomics to help us all feel better while quilting.
Information can be found on this link   http://www.pinterest.com/loopyc/sewing-room-ergonomics/



 Celia organized a mystery modern scrap bag swap for August and everyone worked on creating something from the mixture of fabrics.  After adding our fabric to the bags, we randomly choose pieces and using the provided pattern made scrappy blocks.  Hopefully we can finish these up soon.



SHOW & TELL

 

 
 





Quilt Activity to preserve your quilt portfolio:

While visiting my daughter this summer she had a list of places around town she wanted to photograph her quilts.  She wanted something more interesting than just placing the quilt on a bed.  We spent 2 afternoons running around town taking pictures of her  quilts in all kinds of locations. Such fun!
So when she came to visit me we took our quilts to the beach where we started them on retreat.  It's great fun to have an album of a bit more interesting quilt photos.

So grab a friend to help and make a list of cool places : the beach, bridge, parks, over a brick wall, statues, benches etc.  






Monday, May 5, 2014

Let's Count the Ways

 Let's count the ways to make our piecing easier & fun by using a trick!

Caren will demo a cool way to get a square on point.   For Caren's demo bring some scrap fabric squares - 4 in & 5 in for a small version or a 8 in & 9 in for a larger version to try.  Bring extra 9 in fabric squares for other demos.  (I have a couple in mind & will practice again to show)

If you have a great way to make 1/2 square triangles or some other trick please bring to share & demo     to the group.  Don't be shy about showing a trick you learned.

Remainder of the meeting will be free sew for your personal project so bring your machine, cutting board etc.

* If you have not paid your $25 dues remember to bring them.

** If you finished your paper piecing project from our demo back in Feb. or a project of your own choosing.

*** As always, bring along a friend.


We had a free sew at our April meeting with several Spring Show/Tell showings from members.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Pillowcases for Charity



Last month we met and sewed 7 pillowcases to donate to the One Million Pillow Case Challenge.  It was quite easy to do and fun to see the coordinating fabrics.  I went home and made another!  So check out the link and when you have a few minutes maybe you will make a few more for this cause.

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/

They have 541,133 + our 8!






From Caren - who was kind enough to drop them off:

Quilt Play and Quilters Destination are collecting pillowcases for the Million Pillowcase Challenge. There is a contact who stops by the shop regularly to pick them up. Our contribution was enthusiastically received! They were all so cheerful and I'm sure they will put a smile on the face of those who receive them!

After finishing our pillowcases we played a game with our fabric squares of gray fabric and the guild provided a variety of radiant orchid squares.  

Everyone won some fabric and are challenged to make something with their winnings.


Left, Center, Right Dice Game with a Twist!

See you on Thursday April 10 for a free sew meeting.

Bring your machine and projects you are working on.








Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March into Fabric

At our March meeting in honor of National Quilt Day March 15 - we will be making charity pillowcases and playing a game with fabric.  Bring your machines and the following.

1. For the pillow case you will need:

 3/4 yard of main fabric - either modern or kid friendly
1/4 yd of coordinating fabric for cuff
2 in strip of contrast fabric for trim.

If you haven't made this easy "burrito" style before you can find it on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrYWCma9wgM

2.  For our game bring 8 -  eight inch squares of gray fabric - these can be all the same  or several different  fabrics.  We will provide squares of the Pantone Color of the Year - Radiant Orchid.
Once everyone wins some fabric we will challenge ourselves to make something small with their squares.  Be prepared to laugh & trade fabric for a fun evening.  Everyone wins!

See you Thursday March 13 @ 6:30






Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Moving Forward

From Program Director Rachel - Feb meeting activity:
For this month's meeting we are going to learn foundation paper piecing. We will be making the Friendship circle block. For supplies you'll need:
16 - 3x3" squares of background fabric
8 - 6x4" of background fabric
8 - 6X3" of color #1
8 - 6x4" of color #2
4 - print outs of the template below. Cut the triangles out at the furthest line.  
Hints for printing out the template. Make sure you printer isn't scaling the image. Un-click "fit to page" or turn scaling to 100%
For templates click on  the following link

See you all on Feb 13.