Saturday, September 28, 2013

Does It Really Matter . . .

if you don't make that QOV block each month??  Ya know, it only take a few minutes to make one block and here is why it REALLY does matter ~

On Monday, September 2, 2013, Roger Lemons was honored by the Lewiston, ID. Marine Corps League.  Roger is now in Hospice care. He is a Vietnam Veteran who served with the Marine Corps. Six members of the League, in dress uniform, escorted Sharon Ledbetter, to his home to award his Quilt of Valor.  Sharon shared that "he was tickled to learn the pattern of his quilt is 'Step Up to Freedom'.  He said it was a most fitting pattern for him.  He asked me (Sharon) to convey his thanks to everyone who works honoring and comforting those who serve.  I, of course, shared a BIG hug with him from all of you.  LOL - I gave him another when we left. I told him it was his 'lucky day'.  Truth be told it was 'MY' lucky day!

Only a week or so later, Roger Lemons took his final "Step Up to Freedom".  Sharon shared that, "she thought it fitting to share the display from his memorial service.  His salute is forever burned in my mind.  May he rest in peace."

Sharon Ledbetter is the Director of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (A volunteer position) and Debi Weston, our very own QOV Director for our Guild informed me that Sharon is an angel in her own right!!  So, my question, does it really matter is answered simply by saying it REALLY mattered to Roger Lemons just days before he left this world as a Marine, a soldier, a veteran and an honorable man who served his country to keep us free!!

So, please, take a few minutes before Guild on October 8th and make just one block for a soldier - or more if your heart so desires!!

Here is the block and the instructions~

Quilts of Valor 10th Anniversary Block

Fabrics: Red, White or cream, Blue. Use in any position. IE: black polkadot = blue, white swirls = white, pindot = red
Cutting: 4 – 2 1⁄2” squares “black polkadot” 2 – 3” squares “black polkadot” 2 – 3” squares “white swirl” 4 – 2 1⁄2” X 4 1⁄2” rectangles “pindot”

Assembly Assume 1⁄4” seam allowance. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the 2 “white swirl” squares. Place “white swirl” and “black pindot” squares right sides together and stitch 1⁄4” on either side of the line. Cut on the line. Press open. Repeat for second set of squares. Square up to 2 1⁄2”.

Sew the HST just made to the remaining “black polkadot” squares. Watch the layout. Sew this unit to the “pindot” rectangle. Press towards the “pindot”. Make 4.

Assemble these units using the block picture at the top of the page. Your unfinished block will be 8 1⁄2”. The block shown above does not show the 1⁄4” seam allowance (it is shown 8” square) so there will be fabric beyond the star points.

Guildelines for 10th Anniversary blocks
1. All blocks must be Red, White or Cream, and blue. You may mix these colors up in any position. 2. Sign each block with your first name and state. 
3. Do not trim your blocks. 
4. Unfinished (as you make them) blocks must be no smaller than 8 1⁄2” square. Adjust your seam
allowances as necessary. 
5. Blocks received by July 1 will be distributed at the National Leadership Conference. 
6. We would like all blocks received and distributed by our 10th Anniversary in November. 

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
The Quilts of Valor foundation is a non-profit organization established and operated in accordance with section 501©3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Enjoy making these blocks and let's see how many we 
can present to Debi in October!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

First Workshop is Right Around the Corner!!

The Workshop for September is Tuesday, the 24th in the Quilt Guild Room at the Hyde Park City Center 10:00 a.m. 

Annette Rose is coming to give a hands on service to our sewing machines.  She will teach us how to clean, oil, check for problems, trouble shooting, and repair minor things.

Any brand of machine is welcome ~

And it doesn't matter what condition your machine is in ~

Below is the list for what you will need to bring to the class.  It should be a lot of good information. 

What to Bring ~ 
- your sewing machine

- “standard” presser foot (foot with a flat bottom that can do all the stitches — not an embroidery foot)

- little screw driver, L-wrench and/or star wrench from your accessory case

- lint brush (or stiff paint brush)

- sewing machine oil

- 2 medium screw drivers — flat and phillips

- 2 spools good quality thread (Metler or Guterman or Aurifil) light color for bobbin and medium/dark color for top thread

- eye glasses and battery light source if you need them

- old towel that can get greasy (to put under your machine as you work on it)

- 2 cleaning rags- extension cord (just in case)

This sounds like a great learning experience that can save you lots of $$$

The "What to Check Before You Bring Your Machine to the Shop," sheet will be available for $3.50.

See Ya There!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

A New Year & Instructions for the Mystery Quilt!!

Oh, goody, goody, Quilt Guild today!!

 A huge crowd gathers!!

 And more just keep coming!!

 The bosses - armed and ready!!

 And who does this little basket belong to?

 Why it belongs to ___________________??

Let the games, errr quilts begin!!

And here are the instructions for the Mystery Quilt ~

Needles and Friends Quilt Guild 
Mystery Quilt 2013-2014 
Sue Baddley 
213-6618 or 

This month we will be gathering our fabrics and cutting out our material as follows: 

1 . yard background print (white, cream, tan, light gray, etc.) 

Background prints can be solid, have a simple pattern or a two color pattern design. Your choice.  

If you want to get out of the box and do something with a darker background, please be sure to have your assorted colors either brighter 

(more intense) or lighter or omit black and brown in your color selections so you’ll be able to see the contrast of your colored scraps) 

5 – FQs assorted green prints 

21 – FQs assorted prints in pink, orange, purple, red, blue, brown and black 


SCRAPS to total 5 . yards 

This quilt is PERFECT to use up all your scraps so you don’t have to go out and buy more fabric! 

Don’t be afraid to grab any range of colors! The more color the better! 

⅝ yard binding 

(A scrap binding could be awesome if you want to keep the scrappiness going!) 
4 yards backing 

From the background print cut
4 – 9 . x 27 . rectangles (label as bag “A” and put into a plastic baggie) 
4 – 9 .” squares (add to bag “A”) 
10 – 4 .” squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 20 SMALL triangles total (label as “Small” in plastic baggie) 
20 – 3 .” squares (label as “B” and put in plastic baggie) 
From the assorted prints
8 – 9 .” squares (add to bag “A”) 
88 – 6 .” squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 176 LARGE triangles total (label as “Large” in plastic baggie) 
16 – 5 .” squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 32 MEDIUM triangles total (label as “Medium” in plastic baggie) 
10 – 4 .” squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 20 SMALL triangles total (add to your “Small” baggie) 
5 – 3 .” squares (add to bag “B”) 

That’ll do it for September.  
Stay tuned for October and get ready for the magic to begin! 

The Quilt measures 65" x 65".

Leave a comment telling us who the little basket belongs to and you will be eligible for a prize at the October Quild meeting!!