Friday, November 17, 2017

Postcard and Pillowcase Tutorials

What a great meeting Tuesday! I loved seeing how everyone responded to the paint chip challenge but now it's time to move onto the postcard challenge. For anyone who wants to make postcards but needs a little help here are some tutorial links:
Here's a card that I made a couple of weeks ago with scrap fabrics.

This one is a good basic link:

On my blog I have tutorials for several different postcard designs:

Jessi makes hers with glue stick instead of fusible web:

This site has a ton of postcard tutorials:

Need ideas?
Just Google "fabric postcards" or search on Pinterest. You will find hundreds!

Pillowcases! People LOVE getting custom pillowcases for gifts. Karen gave us a great demo on how to make pillowcases. If you need a little refresher here's a tutorial that I posted a while ago on how I make them. Mine aren't finished with a French seam on the inside but I think the rest of the steps are the same.

(From Vicki)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Program & Calendar Update. What an evening!

So, as the days are darker, I look for every which way to find "light"! Last night, Hanover Parks & Rec center was THE PLACE, as participants in the CSQ paint chip challenge shared their ups and downs with the challenge and showed their results. There were some audible "aha" moments from the group, and I just wanted to share a big THANKS to all. (I do hope I will be able to find a way to get the pictures to Margaret to load to our FLKR site; that's going to be my technical challenge.) Now, we will look forward to the Postcard Challenge, and it's not too late to join. Go ahead and start your postcards now, and we will draw from the hat for a buddy's address. Postcards should be in the mail for buddies to receive before our January 8th meeting. (If anyone needs 4" x 6" Timtex, let me know.)

Also, a big thank you to Karen Arbaugh for showing us some easy but subtle pointers to make pillowcases! Jennifer Raymond, you expressed exactly how I felt when you gleefully unrolled Karen's pillow!!

For those, who can make it, Tuesday, November 28th, is another day we can use our space. For people who are unable to join us for evening meetings, this is really a great way to visit and get our projects worked on. Please consider putting this on your calendar.

Meanwhile, for December, we will have our Holiday Potluck Dec. 12th, and will meet at 6:30 pm rather than our usual time. Make a note to self about the time; make a dish to feed us; and come prepared with any show and tell in addition to having the opportunity to visit with quilting friends.

Enjoy Thanksgiving with your families and friends. I know I am so grateful to be in this generous group of artists and caring quilters.

Marcy George

Saturday, November 11, 2017

4th Tuesday in Nov.- sewing day

Quick reminder: Country School Quilters has another sewing day in our meeting space. For those who are available, meet us on Tuesday, 11/28. Let’s get those quick or almost-done projects checked off our to-do lists, and have a few laughs (and groans) together! Hope to see y’all 11/14 and 11/28!


6 more veteran quilts have been machine quilted and are ready for bindings. Hope you can come to the meeting Nov 14 and claim your quilt to do the binding, or be a volunteer to bind one of these quilts!
Happy Veteran's Day!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Holiday shopping to benefit WHEAT

Vicki here.
I try not to be too in-your-face with my business so if you ever want to know what's going on in the fabric dyeing business you have to either follow me on Facebook, sign up for the weekly newsletter or follow the blog. But today I'm breaking my rule because this post has nothing to do with fabric.

It's about glass.

Some of you know that I also have a little glass hobby. I sell some of the pieces simply because I don't need them and it puts a little dent in the cost of electricity, the kiln and supplies. I also seem to have a lot of friends who drink a lot for the sole purpose of giving me bags of empty bottles. Since the weather cooled I have been slumping some of those bottles.

I'm telling you about them today because I just listed a lot of them and you can get 10% off with the coupon code GLASS10. But the best part is that I am donating $5 of ever sale to WHEAT. I'm looking forward to giving Kathy a check for WHEAT at the December meeting. That check is already over $125! 

These bottle trays make great gifts and if any CSQ members order them I'll refund the shipping and bring the bottles to you at the November meeting. 

Shop for them here:
Just put a note on your order that you want the bottles brought to the meeting and I'll immediately refund the shipping.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Challenge & Program updates

Hoping that all who decided to try our "Paint Chip" Challenge are having a good time with it. If you did choose to participate, PLEASE bring your challenge to our November meeting. Part of our program will be for us to talk about where we got to, what worked, what didn't. As for our Nov/Dec challenge, it's a "Postcard" Challenge with only 2 requirements: (1)Make a postcard during November & December & (2)Mail a postcard to another participant in the challenge in time for our January meeting, 1/8/18! [We will collect all participants' names and addresses in November (and maybe, December, too, for those that can't be there in November), so that they can be drawn out of a hat.] For those who didn't get a Timtex piece when Estelle and Vicki presented recently, I will bring some, if you are interested.
In other program news, I have offered to work on Programs, and Julie is kindly helping to get me on course with how we do it here. She & I have discussed a couple of ideas, but we need everyone's help, so plan to bring a MINIMUM of 1 idea for a program you would like us to try. We'll have cards and pens to let you write them down and submit them during our meeting so that we can get 2018 off to a good start.
Hope to see everyone soon. Our sewing days precede our meeting this month, so we can certainly discuss any of these ideas there, too. 11/10 & 11/11 are our Fri/Sat sewing days, and our meeting is 11/14.
Regards & Happy Quilting,
Marcy George

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Veteran's Quilt

It's always fun when the maillady delivers a package - this one from Annie.

Annie is our west coast CSQ member and a constant contributor to our Veteran's Quilt Project.  Thank you Annie, for another quilt top.

For this quilt she used the directions shared here.

I don't think you can beat this design for a simple 2-color quilt. It has a very comforting look to it. Annie sent binding made from the dark green fabric - a perfect finish for it.  Sorry my picture doesn't do it justice.
Thank you, Annie!

Veteran quilt - 42" x 59" by Annie