Friday, September 12, 2014

September Guild Meeting

Vintage sewing needle book from the 1950's

Advice from a 1949 Singer sewing machine manual
Prepare yourself mentally for sewing.  Think about what you are going to do … Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically.  Good results are difficult when indifference predominates. 

Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade.  When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.   When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put-on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals.  Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on if you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home, and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing.

With these guidelines let the new year of Needles and Friends begin!
The meeting included the introduction of the projects for the year.  More meeting information can be found on the previous post.

Fave 5 was introduced by Annette.  She brought 5 of her favorite quilt projects and answered 5 questions about herself.  She then passed the opportunity on to another guild member next month. Here are her Fave 5 quilts






The Block of the Month was introduced by Jolene.



Jessica introduced the Challenge Quilt,  It is to create a quilt that is based on a photograph.



Cheryl filled in for Judy to introduce The Row Robin.  It  will be a row quilt.  The following are two examples.  Those who wish to participate choose a theme and provide fabrics.   Each member of the group completes a row.






The Friendship Blocks were introduced by Julie.  It is a wool appliqué on a "black" cotton background.  Each participant will make the same block for the number of participants and then swap them in April.


Lisa introduced the UFQ contract.  It is a contract to complete FOUR Unfinished Quilts.  The due date for the quilts would November, January, March and April guild meetings.  The contract must be signed and the projects listed.  It also requires a witness signature by a fellow quilter.  

Angela will present Tips and Tricks each month.  One tip was to use the "Magic Eraser" to clean the iron sole plate.  Also  techniques to condition a rotary cutter mat.  It involved cool water, vinegar, the bath tub, and Ivory dish soap.  I am sorry but I am not sure about the details after all I am busy trying to make everyone look great!
The other tip was using a gum eraser to clean the "fabric fuzzies" off of your mat.


Debbie discussed the December Christmas Social.  This year will include a workshop to make this winter pillow before lunch.  More details will be provided in the future.


It is a good thing that this pillow looks great sideways!
(I keep rotating it but it reverts back)
Geraldine is the returning librarian.  She has thinned out the library and brought  several examples of the books that available for loan within the guild.


Judy shared her experience presenting a Quilts of Valor this summer.  She related a very touching story from a WW II veteran.  The project will continue this year, below are photos of the blocks for this month and instructions.

A completed quilt
Examples of the blocks for this month



Laurie gave a preview of the classes for the upcoming year.  The classes are held on the fourth tuesday of the month.  

SEPTEMBER – Amy McClellan from American Quilting in Orem is teaching us how to make the quilt “Calliope” from her book,  It’s a Circus. 
September Workshop Quilt

Book and Ruler for the Sept. project

 OCTOBER – Sandra Workman from Pine Needles in West Jordan is teaching us how to make the “Winter Wonky” wall hanging.

Winter Wonky Quilt for October

NOVEMBER – Our very own Debbie will be teaching us how to make a fun, wool and linen table topper with a pattern she designed.


November table runner project


New this year Quilt skills workshops will be available after each guild meeting.  They will highlight some basic tips.  In October the workshop will be on creating a continuous bias binding.  If you want to learn by doing you should bring:  sewing machine, fabric that is at least 18" wide (1/2 yard) , rotary cuter and mat, and a "shorter ruler" with 45' line.  Jolene will be teaching this workshop.  She assured us that the third time is the charm.  Create the bias binding three times and you will remember it forever!



Show and Share

Melanie

Kathy's Gypsy Kisses

She who shall not be named

Ruth Ann

Ruth Ann's Wool project from Winterfest class taught by Leisa


Ruth Ann

Where in the world is Carma?


Jill

Marsha showing Karen's quilt that
Mary (Thoughtful) completed
for her as a surprise.


Jill's wedding gift for a new daughter-in-law

Deborah

Deborah

Shanna's baby quilt

Lisa shows a beautiful framed wool project


Lori's basket quilt
A quilt worth smiling about!




It is great to begin a new year of quilt guild.  See the previous post for contact numbers if you need more information on the projects.