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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June Show and Tell

Sorry I have been so slow in posting - June always seems to be a busy month and when you throw grad into the mix....

Pat made these "Detour" place mats and table runner as a wedding gift.  Lucky bride and groom, they are stunning.



This is Reneta's Pedal to the Metal quilt that she made as a grad gift.  Fun bold colors!


Reneta was able to make the baby quilt from her leftovers. Reneta can't throw anything away and is getting really good about using things up right away and not putting it away for "someday".  Way to go.


Amy made this beautiful Carpenter's star quilt and did some great quilting on it.


This is also from Amy and it was a Craftsy block of the month pattern.  Amy bought the companion quiltin class and tried lots of fun ideas.


This is Amy's partially quilted Pineapple block quilt.  Super fun.

Happy summer and don't forget to use all those rainy days to finish all those projects for our quilt show!





Friday, June 17, 2016

Hi Everyone.

Just wanted to let you know I am busy preparing for the Stack N Whack class for fall.  We have set the dates for Nov 4th and 5th which is a Friday evening and Saturday all day.  Times will be set later. The cost will be $50.00 which will included printed out instructions so you can finish at home or make another one if you wish.  If there are more than 10 people registered we may run a second class in January.   Below is a list of the fabric requirements.

Fabric:

Main Fabric  (should be medium to large scale print)  Need 6  full repeats    Most clerks in fabric stores will know how to find a repeat and will be able to assist you with this.  If your repeat is large (18 – 27 inches) expect to need about 5 ½   meters.  Smaller repeats will need less but still must have 6 full repeats.  If you want the same fabric for the outer border as used for blocks please purchase at least 4 meters for repeat of 6 – 10 inches.  If using a different fabric for borders then 2 – 2 ½ meters should be enough with the smaller repeat.

Fabrics with medium to large prints that have good contrast and curving features (such as vines, leaves, flowers, paisley designs, swirls, etc.) make good fabrics.  Novelty prints make some really interesting blocks. Prints with less contrast will make quieter blocks.  Batiks are not usual good choices because the design repeats are not as regular as on commercial printed fabric.  Using two mirrors hinged together with tape is a good way to audition fabric.  Set mirrors on fabric and standing directly in front of them open or close them (widen or narrow the front) until you can see 6 triangular shapes.  Pull mirrors slowly towards you and magically the different blocks that are possible will appear.

Background Fabric (should be a subtle print that is non-directional) 1 ½ meters (You may want to wait to choose this until after blocks are made as it really changes the look or “color feel” of the fabric once they are made into kaleidoscope hexagons)

Accent or Star Point Fabric:  About 1 meter for throw size. (Should be a more solid, tone on tone or mottled fabric that shows up/coordinates with the main fabric )

Supplies:
Sewing machine
Flat flower head pins ( Must have)
Seam ripper
Rotary cutter with NEW blade
Cutting mat
6 or 6 ½ inch X 24 inch ruler with 60 degree or 30 degree line
Iron
(usual sewing supplies such as neutral thread, seam ripper, etc. )



Please DO NOT PREWASH your fabric!

See you in the fall!  Happy Quilting and shopping for fabric!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May Show and Tell

In addition to the Challenges from our last post, we also had some great show and tell at the May Meeting.












Sunday, May 8, 2016

Challenges Revealed

Our annual challenge reveal evening is very anticipated and a lot of fun.  These are fabrics everyone started out with.


Last year's winner was Brenda, and part of her prize was selecting this fabric. There aren't a lot of rules with our challenges.  You can add as many or as few fabrics as you like, but at least one piece of each of the three fabrics must be used on the top.  The items must be quilted and the maximum size is 100" in perimeter to allow them to be easily hung at our annual display at the library. Everyone in attendance at the meeting gets a ballot to vote for their favorite.  Here are the results.


Brenda



Pat



Reneta



Sandra



Genny


Sherry


Nina
This one was made by Marion, but she was not in attendance at the meeting.


Karen was also unable to attend the meeting, but this was her project.




Joan


Mary



Cindy



Dawn



Gloria B



Gloria N



Jacquie



Beth



Karen



Winne



Amy



Leana

And last but not least was the winner of the viewer's choice.


Lori
  
That's me!  The prize is $25 and the honour of selecting the fabric and rules for next year's challenge.  Guess it's time to get shopping!



A couple of members used the fabric to make other things for special little people in their lives.  So cute!