Tuesday, November 11, 2014


This month we are stepping way out of the traditional quilt block box and will be making CRUMB BLOCKS. 

1. A small piece broken or fallen from cake, bread, or other baked goods.
2. A small fragment of scrap - (that's us!)
We usually throw away our smallest scraps of fabric, but Vicki shared some of hers with me and they are just perfect for this project, so let's try making an ART QUILT and see what happens, okay? 
There aren't many rules for making these blocks; just take a pile of fabric crumbs and sew them together until they are the desired size, in this case the trim size is 6 1/2". Don't worry about the width of your seams and any thread color is fine. Just have fun sewing fabrics together. 
I have made a Crumb Kit for each of you, using Vicki's beautiful hand dyed fabrics along with a few others I've thrown in. If you need or want to, just add a fabric of your own to the block you are making. (batiks would be a good choice)
The directions are pretty simple.
1. Sew two pieces of fabric together and press open (pick a light and dark).
2. Trim one side (any side) so it is straight.
3. Sew a fabric to the side you just trimmed and press open.
4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until the block is slightly bigger than a 6 1/2" square.
Here are step by step pictures:
 A pile of fabric crumbs
 Sew 2 pieces together - light & dark
 Trim one side
Add piece 3 to the side you just trimmed
 Trim a straight line (it could be on any side)
Sew another crumb to the side you just trimmed
 Trim to make a straight edge
Sew another piece (here I sewed two blue crumbs together)
Sewn and ready to cut a straight edge 
 Here I made a unit of crumbs to attach to the first section
 Keep sewing crumb pieces together until the desired size
 The blocks will be trimmed using a 6 1/2" square
 Ready to trim
 Finished block trimmed to 6 1/2"

 Doesn't it look good with black sashing - wonky, of course!
I'm hoping we can make an ART QUILT with our CRUMB BLOCKS.
Perhaps it can be a fundraiser quilt for The Virginia Quilt Museum. 
Please, return the blocks at our December meeting.
You do not have to trim the blocks - I'll be glad to do that when I add the sashing.
NOTE: We will not have a Block of the Month for December.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tuesday Meeting and batting

The Tuesday meeting is going to be a demo of screen printing. I'm going to bring a few basic inks and some screens and will have some fabrics you can screen print and take home with you.

Don't forget that we now have a roll of batting to be used for charity projects. If you need me (Vicki Welsh) to bring you fabric please call or email me by Monday evening and let me know what size you need. I don't want to put my number on the web but it's listed in the white pages if you don't have it.

We will also be discussing how/when we want to deliver quilts to McGuire.

Looking forward to seeing you Tuesday night!

Taco Soup

Friday and Saturday were our usual fun days of sewing together. Lots of sewing progress and just as much visiting.

Nancy brought soup for our lunch on Saturday, and boy, was it good. Here's her recipe:
(Rosemary is Nancy's cousin, and a former CSQ member, before she got too busy to sew!)


1 pound hamburger brown & drain
1 onion
2 16 oz. cans pinto beans
2 16 oz white corn
l large can diced tomatoes
1 pkg original buttermilk ranch dry mix
1 pkg taco seasoning dry mix

I cooked the onion and hamburger together and then added the seasoning mix to the hamburger.

I found you can taste the taco seasoning better when added to meat.

Do not drain the beans, corn or tomatoes. 

I cooked mine on the stove top in a Dutch oven.  You can also use a Crockpot.

Combine everything together and cook until you feel all ingredients have blended together.

Sour cream and shredded cheese on top can be added or anything you like. 


Monday, November 3, 2014


Sewing is THIS Friday and Saturday. 9 a.m. - until 3 or 4.
Come to sew and visit one or both days and bring your lunch or go to Subway, or Domino's which are nearby.

I'll bring my laptop to give a Triangulations demo.

Hope we have a roomful of sewers!

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Our September block of the month was so simple and fun. Thanks to everyone who made a set of blocks. In case you missed it the directions are as easy as covering an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of paper with strips of fabric of various widths and angles. We each used bright strips and made two blocks - one vertically and another one horizontally. Sew with a small stitch (press as you go) and when the paper is covered you're done sewing. Trim block to paper size then remove papers. We used bright fabrics with black/white prints to give it some zip!

Before and after trimming. 

We received a nice stack of blocks at our October meeting, so it appears most everyone enjoyed making these blocks and I had fun sewing them together. The rectangular shape is rather interesting to work with and alternating blocks like this made a nice size for a veteran.

I thought all this wildness needed taming so I added a border. After auditioning several fabrics decided on a dark fabric that reads like a solid, so it doesn't complete with the activity going on within the blocks.
Close-up showing 3"  border
Now with the borders added it looks like this:
 Veteran Quilt approx. 48"- 63"
We have 16 blocks that were not used in this quilt, and they are begging to be joined with more blocks, so if you made blocks and didn't get them to the meeting, or didn't make blocks, there's still time.
The blocks for the second quilt have a lot of PINK in them, so you might want to keep that in mind as you make more blocks. 
Stacks of leftover blocks (16) 
Happy sewing everyone!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Batting for charity quilts

In our meeting this week we had a long discussion about the batting that we buy for the veteran's quilts and whether we wanted to use that batting for other charity quilt projects. After discussion we decided that we would keep the king size rolls of batting specifically for veteran's quilts and would purchase a queen size roll (30 yards) to use for other charity quilts. We will see how it goes with one roll and make decisions about purchasing more batting as needed.

I was authorized to go to Virginia Longarm to purchase a roll of batting and did that today. They were out of stock of the queen rolls but when I told them what it was for they offered us an "irregular" roll for FREE! I don't know what's wrong with it. It might have some holes or some thin areas but I'm sure there's plenty of good sections for us to get a lot of charity quilts!

If you need batting for charity quilts just send me a message before a meeting (like at least a day before) and I'll cut the batting and bring it to the meeting for you.

If you happen to be at Virginia Longarm to drop off or pick up a quilt please thank them for their generous donation and support!

About quilting. I will continue to quilt the veteran's quilts that are withing the 48 x 60 size range. I'm not able to quilt any other quilts. I'll start taking veteran's quilts again in January so if you are working on quilt tops please hold them until the January meeting!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014


·                   2 cups sugar
·                   1 cup shortening
·                   2 eggs
·                   2 cups applesauce
·                   4 cups flour
·                   2 tsp. baking soda
·                   2 tsp. baking powder
·                   1 tsp. cinnamon
·                   ½ tsp. cloves
·                   6 Tbsp. butter
·                   ½ cup heavy cream
·                   1 cup packed brown sugar
·                   2 tsp. vanilla
·                   2 cups powdered sugar
1.          Preheat oven to 375 F
2.          In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
3.          Cream sugar and shortening together.
4.          Add eggs and applesauce and mix well.
5.          Add in dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
6.          Drop small spoonfuls of batter on greased cookie sheet.
7.          Bake at 375 F for 8-10 minutes.
8.          While cookies are cooling, prepare frosting.
Caramel Frosting
1.          In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, heavy cream and brown sugar.
2.          Cook, stirring occasionally until mixture just begins to boil; remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool, then stir in the powdered sugar.
3.          Spread frosting over cookies

Makes about 90 cookies, dropped by full teaspoon.
In my stove, the cookies needed to be baked the full 10 minutes (need to start to brown, since they are so soft).
I cut the ingredients for the Caramel Frosting in half. That was enough to frost all but a few. I didn’t have “heavy cream”, so I used coffee creamer.

I washed & cored mixed kinds of apples (do not peel) and cooked overnight in crook pot. NO INGREDIENTS ADDED. (This is what I now call “fried apples” Husband is diabetic & loves them)
To make the applesauce, I blended “fried apples” until peelings were completely cut