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.

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

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.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January Speaker

It's a fresh new year.  Great turnout for our speaker Sara Lawson from

Sara gave a great presentation on making bags of all sorts, from diaper bags, totes, carry alls and clutches with special attention to the types of interfacing used.  She brought a variety of bags to explain why she used different interfacings depending on the bag and her own personal preference.

Make sure you check out her blog for patterns, her book Big City Bags,  etc.   Knowing that we love to see quilts  Sara even brought one of her own to show us.  The text fabric was awesome.  Thanks Sara, for sharing your love of bags, samples and answering all our questions.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Sara Lawson is coming!!

Happy New Year!  Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!

Sara Lawson of is coming to our January 9th meeting! Sara’s focus is on bag patterns. They are quite popular and very stylish. You may have seen Sara’s patterns or book, Big-City Bags, at your local quilt store. She will be teaching us about bag interfacing. 

Each attendee will receive a charm pack of 10 interfacings that she commonly uses when making her bags.

Come to meet Sara and learn more about Bag making.  She will also have patterns and her book to sell so you can pick up some great projects while you’re here.

Bring a friend or even two!

 $5 guest fee and members are free.  See you on Jan 9th.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

November Project + December Party

Just in time for the holidays we will be making table runners. These are a great addition to your holiday d├ęcor or a great gift. Your table runner can be any size you want and any themed fabric.

Below I made some recommendations but feel free to change your size. Just make sure your strips of fabric are at least the size of your backing.

These strips are suppose to be scrappy and a wide range of widths. 

To make 30x10” table runner you’ll need:

40x15” backing fabric
 40x15” batting piece
20-40 strips of coordinating  fabric ranging from 1.5 – 3” wide by 15”.  
See you on Thursday - Rachel.
December is our holiday party.  if you choose to participate in our holiday exchange - make 1 quilted pot holder and bring a recipe.  Wrap and if you bring one you will get one.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hello Autumn

I love fall!
The fall colors, crisp cool air, soup & hockey season and of course snuggling under quilts (although that can happen anytime). Life has just flown by the last 2 months and fitting in all the outdoor summer fun, traveling and just everyday life have kept me busy.   We are now on our way towards the holiday season.

Our November meeting will be a demo/project on quilt-as-you-go by Rachel.  She will be sending out info of what you can bring if you would like to make the table runner project. 

I haven't blogged as much as I should have due to some computer/camera issues, so a bit of recap of what we have been doing is in order.  At the Aug meeting, Celia demonstrated some free motion quilting patterns so we could all practice.  Seems a key tip is to draw out your design first so that you can get the feel of how your continuous line of quilting should go.  We especially liked the orange slice pattern that she has on her summer challenge quilt.
Once the demo was given and we got the visual it seemed much easier to create the design.  Of course practice, practice, practice is what is truly needed to make it even easier.

August was also the reveal of our mini summer challenge quilts themed "It's a Mod Mod Summer".  the guidelines were to make any design 18 x 24 with a mod theme.  The results were great as each quilter challenged herself to try something new.

Top Row L to R: Christine, Marie, Pauline.  Bottom Row L to R: Cathy, Celia, Caren

September & October were free quilt sessions and those who attended worked on a variety of projects.

Show and Tell has also been a big part of our meetings.  Some recently finished projects of our members.