Thursday, January 28, 2016

January Guild

Happy Birthday to Laurie ! Today was Laurie R. the guild president's birthday.  She endured a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday from the guild.  She provided delicious chocolate cake for everyone to enjoy during the meeting.  We certainly hope she had a great day.


Happy Birthday to you!
Quilts of Valor  Alice and Debi showed the blocks to finish the rest of the year.  I have previously posted the instructions but the graphics were uncooperative.  I will post photos of the blocks here and on the previous posts.

January Block
finished size 10.5"

February Block
finished block 9.5"

March Block
finished block 6.5"
April block
Bring 5 1/2 " red, white and blue squares.  Variety is the key.

February workshop  will be Cobblestones - Under the Garden Moon.  It will be taught by Amy from American Quilting.  The pattern includes a template to assemble the 9 patch blocks.  The class will be February 22nd.




The mini class after guild was tips on machine binding taught by Melanie L.
February will be aprons from men's shirts by Marilyn G.

Challenge  projects will be shown in April with prizes awarded.

Tips and Tricks
Sue showed a thread keeper that she uses when traveling.  She also had a zipper pouch will tools that she likes.  She shared some information about thread that she likes.
She uses an Egyptian Cotton made by Aurifil, which has a smaller weight.  The smaller weight allows more thread to go on the bobbin and especially useful for quilting projects.


Binding  Sue shared information on binding widths.  She likes to adjust the binding width to the project.  On a wall hang in she cuts the binding 2 inch width and sews it with a 1/4 inch seam.
You can also cut it a 2 1/2 inches and use a 3/8 inch seam.

Block of the Month All 8 of the small appliqué blocks should be completed and sewn together with 1 inch strips between for the next guild meeting.


Fav 5 Colette M. was featured today.  This is her first year in the Needles and Friends Guild.  She recently retired from teaching school and is enjoying sewing and quilting.  She grew up in Fillmore, Utah and attended Utah State.  She had 5 children in 7 years.  She learned to sew as a young mother sewing clothing for her children.  She now has 20 grandchildren.
She shared quilts that had special meaning to her.


Quilt blocks pieced
by her grandmother
which she set together

A crazy patch quilt
made by her mother
She made one for each of her grand-children 

Center embroidery for each quilt
by Colette 


















Collette loves to read.  She makes lists and crosses off completed tasks.  She likes chocolate.  She collects quotes and saying.  Her pet peeve is running out of bobbin thread!  Welcome Colette.  Next month will be Karen P.

T-shirts for each family member
to celebrate surviving
very difficult challenges


Diane Wilkinson from Utah Quilt Guild shared a lot of information on projects.  Visit their website for more information.  I would probably just confuse you if I tried to relay all of it.


Quild Retreat This year the guild will have a retreat instead of a shop hop.  It will be at Thimbles and Threads in Draper, on March 23 -24.  The cost will be $150 which will include two days and 1 night lodging and meals.  There will be a trunk show.  The list was passed around to get a count of those interested.


Please remember to wear your Name Tag
Joan M.
draws the name of the
prize winner
Nearly Insane  They maybe nearly insane for participating in this paper piecing challenge but still look happy.  Pictures can be found on Jolene Hill's page on Pinterest.

















The blocks for next month.
Block #16


Block #17

Block #18

Block #20
Due to technical difficulties or an attitude, Block #19 will not stay with the other blocks and is found at the end of the blog post.

Show and Share

Ruth Ann 

Ruth Ann

Kathryn G.

Kathryn G.
Melanie L.
great sewing machine
wheeled carry-on

Cheryl C.

Carma W.

Lori J
snowman pillow sham

Sue B.

Angela F.

Angela F.
Yeah, I finished it!

Shanna G.

Jayne S.

Maria L.

Lisa H.
Wool applique
















Kathryn G.

Kathryn G.

Kathryn G.














Block #19
(I have no idea why it will not stay with the other blocks!)


Happy Winter Quilting to you!



















Monday, January 11, 2016

Quilts of Valor April Block

April  Block




APRIL  We are almost done!  Take it easy this month.  All that is needed is  5 ½” red, white and blue squares.  Again,
variety is the key!  If you are desperate to sew, we will accept a volunteer or two to make the stars.    Fabric and pattern
provided. Please return blocks by May guild meeting

Quilts of Valor March Block



March Block


MARCH  (140 blocks needed) Cut (3) 2 ½” strips of red, white, & blue.
The white (or tan)  may have small red or white designs like the photo shows.
Sew them together (red-white-blue).  Cross cut them into 6 ½” squares. The
amount of squares you have depends on the strip length.
So easy! Make more!!   Please return blocks by April guild meeting.








Quilts of Valor February Block

February

FEBRUARY  (30 blocks needed)  Please take a red and a blue square provided and cut 6 additional red, white prints,
or blue 3 ½” squares.  Variety makes the block!  (see photo) Cut (1) 3 ½” white square and (8) 2” white squares. 
To make the star “points”, lay one 2” white square on a corner of a colored square.  Sew a diagonal seam from
 corner to corner.  Fold over and press.  Do the same on a parallel corner.  Follow this procedure on 3 other squares.  Assemble the final block. When you finish your block it should measure 9 ½” square.  Please return block by March guild meeting.