Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February Quild Meeting

I regret to inform you that I joined the meeting in progress.  If I get more details about the beginning events I will add them later.

Melanie's opening introduction featured this clever plaque.

Debbi invited a Quilts of Valor honoree at quilt guild.  It was to Richard Wosnik.  He served in Viet Nam and currently lives in HydePark with his wife Christa.


Back of Richard's jacket

Richard Wosnik
Quilts of Valor presentation
Richard with Christa

Laurie R. introduced the class for February.  February 24th at 10 a.m.  It will be taught by Melanie.  It is a portable work station using a wood folding tv tray.
The supply list is:  2/3 yard main fabric,  2/3 yard thermal am (fusible fleece),  2/3 yard silver heat resistant fabric,  You need a 19 X 24 inches so you can two out of one piece of fabric.
1/4 yard pocket background fabric,  1/4 pocket front, 1/4 yard pocket binding,  2 yards 3/8 inch elastic.  Optional ribbon and 4 buttons.  TV tray
You will probably need basic sewing and cutting supplies.  Sewing machine.

Lyn B. was the feature for Fav 5.  She is soft spoken and sweet.  She grew up in Colorado.  She has lived in Cache Vally for 11 years.  She has moved several times with her husband's employment but she embraces the opportunity to meet new people and make more friends.  She collects dolls, pin cushions, and creamware.  She loves chocolate.  Her favorite holiday is Christmas because she loves to make it magical.  She also has fun family activities for the 4th of July.  She had a backstage pass (by default) for an Oakridge Boys concert.
In guild Lyn is known for her amazing needlework and embroidery.  She has taught smocking and French Embroidery with Martha Pullen.
The favorite place that she has traveled is to Israel.
Her gift was representative of some of her favorite things.  Chocolate, fabric, and a pin cushion shaped like a chocolate that she made.  Please take the opportunity to get to know sweet Lyn.
Lyn passed the opportunity to Ann H.

Counted Cross stitch project

An example of her beautiful embroidery
and piecing

The adorable basket containing
her favorite things

Good news or bad news for the block of the month group.  All blocks should be completed for the next meeting.  Jolene H. will give some border tips.

Friendship quilt:  16 blocks should be completed to exchange at the April meeting.

Quilts of Valor for the next meeting.  A gentle reminder to please be accurate with your block sizes.  It takes extra time setting the quilt to together if they are not the correct size.
The next blocks are two different stars.  Use navy with off white that is tone on tone or small print.
If you do not have time to make blocks money donations are needed to pay for binding, batting, and backs.  (3 B's)
Debi showed two more quilts that are ready for presentation.
Four houses from Aunt Marg
plus some orphan blocks

a quilt donated for Quilts of Valor presentation

The Row quilts were exchanged one more time.  They are very creative and should be fun when they are completed.  Notice the smiles as the new row is revealed, but I heard that there is a lot of work and anxiety coming up with these creative additions.

Melanie shared some background information on 30's fabric.  Quild members brought some examples of quilts with 30's fabric.

Star pieced by grandma
finished by grand daughter

Next month will feature information on Dear Jane or Baby Jane quilts.  The demo after guild will be mitered corners.

Show and Share

Kathy K.
Eifel Tower fabric project

Shanna's UFQ

Carma W.'s
version of snow making
adorable snowmen

Judy M.

Marilyn D.

Dot L.'s adorable project

Lisa H.
Valentine appliqué pillow
from last month's class

Lisa H.
twin size quilt
yes, they are 1 inch squares!

Carol A.
Cathedral windows pillow
made on the sewing machine

Lisa G.
250 appliqué baskets that
she had "squirreled" away

Cheryl's Gypsy Kisses

Laura Lee's  birthday placemat
it has it all quilting, binding, etc.

a great bag

Ann H.  

Julie H.
Winter Wonky

Julie H.

Julie M.
Quilts of Valor project

Julie M.
Thanks for sharing your amazing creations.

Happy Valentine's Day

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January Guild meeting

The meeting began with a good laugh as Melanie shared "the month after Christmas".
The next guild workshop will be on January 27th at 10 a.m.  The class will be taught by Kris Andreason from Mormon Handicraft.  The pattern is free and the kit can be purchase for $56.95.  The quild classes are only $5 so they provide a great opportunity to learn new techniques.

 This is the quilt block that will be taught at the January class.  The fabric shown is a Riley Blake line.  Supply list for the class:  basic sewing kit, rotary cutter, ruler and mat, thread for piecing and appliqué, sewing machine (after appliqué is completed).  Applique needle.
Fabric 5 X 5 squares, 1 yd. cream fabric,

This cute portable work station will the February class.  It uses a folding table with an pad on the top for ironing a great organizer.  If you want to make this you will need to purchase the table and bring your own materials to the February class.

Angela shared  Tips and Tricks
A new year - a new clean space.  Donate or give away things you won't ever use.  Sort through scraps and determine what size you want to keep and get rid of the rest.  Have tools organized near where you work.  Store like items together so you don't waste time looking multiple for lost items.  

Just a sampling of her recommendations:  Transparent first aid tape on a ruler will make it a ruler non-slip.  Use toe separators to keep bobbins in.  Turn you cutting mat over for a new surface and the other side will self-heal.  

100 Things Every Quilter Should Do Before She Dies
1  Visit a quilt shop.
2   Make a Nine Patch.
3   Make a Log Cabin.
4   Label a quilt.
5   Figure yardage for a quilt.
6   Learn about warp and weft.
7   Use a rotary cutter.
8   Use templates.
9   Paper piece a quilt block.
10           Hand applique a quilt block.
11           Make a yo-yo.
12           Embellish a quilt.
13           Try free motion quilting.
14           Stitch in the ditch.
15           Try hand quilting.
16           Bind a quilt.
17           Miter the corners of quilt binding.
18           Join the ends of quilt binding.
19           Sew diagonal seams.
20           Use a walking foot.
21           Attend a guild meeting.
22           Visit Houston for International Quilt Festival.
23           Have a quilt appraised.
24           Visit a quilt museum.
25           Go on a quilt retreat.
26           Try curved piecing.
27           Miter the borders.
28           Learn to do blanket stitch by hand.
29           See a local quilt show.
30           Put your quilt in a local quilt show.
31           Sell raffle tickets on a quilt.
32           Take a road trip with quilt friends.
33           Create a Pinterest board with quilt images.
34           Make a 3-D quilt block.
35           Donate a quilt to a good cause.
36           Make a sampler quilt.
37           Make an art quilt.
38           Try bobbin work.
39           Learn to maintain your sewing machine.
40           Add rickrack to a quilt.
41           Design a quilt. (Remember, you don’t necessarily have to make the quilt.)
42           Change/tweak/alter a pattern to make it your own.
43           Make a color wheel with fabric swatches.
44           Chat about quilting with a stranger.
45           Talk about quilting with your family.
46           Give a quilt as a wedding/graduation/retirement gift.
47           Visit Paducah during the AQS Show.
48           Take a class with a nationally known teacher.
49           Use some fabric you dislike.
50           Participate in Show & Tell.
51           Volunteer for a job in a quilt group.
52           Use a color you detest.
53           Make a quilt inspired by nature.
54           Get up early or stay up late to quilt.
55           Make a scrap quilt.
56           Make a tote bag.
57           Make a postcard quilt.
58           Make a baby quilt and gift it to a newborn.
59           Understand the basics of caring for quilts.
60           Borrow a quilting book from the public library.
61           Teach someone else to quilt.
62           Creatively piece a backing for one of your quilts.
63           Apply a piped binding, or some variation of it.
64           Post quilt pics to Facebook.
65           Install quilty wallpaper on your computer.
66           Put a quilty bumper sticker on your car.
67           Cuss mildly when you realize you've been sewing air (because you ran out of bobbin thread).
68           Read your sewing machine manual cover to cover.
69           Learn to thread baste.
70           Learn to pin baste.
71           Use basting spray.
72           Help a friend make a quilt.
73           Make a quilt for a special child.
74           Make a quilt for a spouse or partner.
75           Make a quilt for a friend.
76           Include your quilts in your last will and testament.
77           Determine your favorite thread for piecing.
78           Understand the concept of value.
79           Understand the mathematics of quilt blocks.
80           Apply a bias binding.
81           Take a guild speaker to dinner.
82           Comment on a quilt-related blog post.
83           Make a mystery quilt.
84           Take part in a block exchange.
85           Write how-to instructions for making a quilt block.
86           Watch a quilting video.
87           Know the difference between lengthwise and crosswise grain.
88           Know the parts of a sewing machine needle and why they matter.
89           Organize your stash.
90           Know the names of hand sewing needles used for different tasks.
91           Finish a UFO.
92           Purchase fabric on impulse.
93           Try sewing with precuts.
94           Trade fabrics with quilt friends.
95           Identify your ancestors who quilted.
96           Visit a quilt shop while on vacation.
97           Sew on a treadle for old time's sake.
98           Subscribe to a quilting magazine.
99           Become a regular reader of a quilting blog.

100      Go on a Shop Hop.

As I scanned the list many of the 100 could be checked off by participating in Needles and Friends guild.  HINT HINT accept a position or assignment!!!

Angie brought her sparkling personality to whip the crowd to a fever pitch in anticipation of Shop Hop 2015.  It will be March 18th.  The cost is $85 which includes food, transportation, and prizes.  The bus will depart from My Girl Friends Quilt Shop in Logan at 6:30 am.  The shops will offer discounts to shop hoppers.  The shops will be Corn Wagon quilts in Springville, American Quilting in Orem, Thimbles and Threads Draper, Pine Needles Sandy, Quilts Etc. Sandy, Elaine's Salt  Lake City, Quilters Attic Bountiful.  Dinner will be in The Lodge at Maddox.
Your payment guarantees you a seat on the bus.

The representative for the Utah Quilt Guild shared the challenge for the year.  Sorry I didn't get the info but I am sure you can get it on the State guild website.

Fav Five with one of my favorite people Alice Cowley.  She isn't really a collector because she says she has a short attention span.  She prefers to collect experiences, stories, memories and hugs.  She just started a collection (2) trolls for her Norwegian heritage.  She loves Christmas but has a special affection for the the 4th of July.  She grew up in SLC area and the 4th was a big deal for her family.  
She said she hadn't really met anyone famous then she pulls out an autographed dinner napkin with many of the Disney stars on it.  She attended a Disney event for theatre owners with a friend in California and got the autographs.  Her Uncle Jerry was a Tabernacle choir director.
Her favorite things are quilting, dejunking, eating and travel.
She passed along a cute basket with a small sketch pad with squares, potted paperwhite bulbs, pralines from New Orleans, and organizer for bobbins and stuff.
The next Fav 5 will be Lyn Blake.

Alice's Troll collection

Her Autographed dinner napkin
Helen Reddy, Kurt Russell and more

Her cute oranizer

The great basket that she made
An editors comment about Alice.  She volunteers to machine quilt many projects for quilts of valor or other causes.  She is always willing to share her skills and casually mentions her great ideas.  She stapled the wool snow flake down to hold it in place while she stitched.  Genius!

Alice's wool aplique project from December
with another creative Alice adaptation
 Row Quilt exchange
The Row Quilt participants were delighted to see the latest addition to their quilt.  Emily said it would be fine to go ahead and sew the rows together for her.  

Lisa Garlick presided as judge for the UFQ Challenge.  There were 25 who reported not guilty and had completed a UFQ.  There were a couple who substituted the project that they completed.  Lisa Hopkins won the prize drawing from the group that completed their quilts.

Quilts of Valor  A friend fills in for Debi, that is what good friends do.  Thanks

Completed quilt
quilted by Alice

blocks for next month
It was decided that the background should be white with red or blue.  The pattern is the Hearth and Home block from the quilts of valor foundation block drive.  I think that you can go online and find the pattern if you did not get one.

The featured block was Drunkards Path.  Quilts were made to raise funds by the Women's Tempereance Union in the 1920's.
Next month will be quilts with 30's fabrics.

Show and Share

Sue is that you?



Kathy show her quilt with the help of her sister Jayne



I think this is Shanna

Laurie R.

Lisa H.

Emily's Wonky

Emily's postcard quilt

Judy C.

Angie P.
 Maple Leaf Rag
Cheryl's bike quilt
for her husband's land mark birthday

Carol A. applique front . . .

and back

Marsha B.

D'Ann,  Maise Daisy

A memory quilt made by Lisa Firth

Memory quilt for the parents
of a son who passed away

Joyce A.

Holly's quilt
that is not a log cabin


New member
Brenda Brunello

Utah State Aggies all the way!

Judy Brown

Lisa F.

Christine H.

Christine H.

A great beginning to 2015.