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

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Veterans quilt update

I (Vicki) have a few veterans quilts quilted and ready to return at the meeting. Two of them are below and I also have one of Peg's sampler quilts and a light blue/white Hunter's Star.

I will not be at the Tuesday meeting so please do not bring any tops for quilting. Save them until November or bring them to Friday/Saturday sewing.  I have at least 10 more to keep me busy for now anyway!

Friday, October 6, 2017

October Meeting

You won't want to miss the Silent Auction Meeting on October 10, 7 p.m. This is a nice chance to donate something and let someone else take it home. Each item will have a piece of paper near it for you to write your bid and your name - don't hesitate bidding up on an item because all the money goes into our treasury for purchasing supplies for our Veteran Quilt Project  (batting and backing fabric).

Here's a peek into my trunk of donations given by Marcy & Vicki:
We aren't limited to fabric and books -
Look what came out of Vicki's kiln and into our auction!

We will start setting up the tables with the items at 6:30.
Can't wait to see what everyone has to donate this year!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Easy 9-patch Quilt

I recently made 2 quilts inspired by this quilt made by my grandmother in the 1950's.

This has long been one of my favorite family quilts, maybe because I was with my grandmother when she bought these two fabrics at the Ben Franklin dime store in Frankfort, Kansas. I was just tall enough to see over the wooden counter as the fabric was pulled from the bolt and measured. This is the only quilt she made that wasn't sewn from her collection of fabric pieces, which included cut-a-ways from a local apron factory. She used a heavy flannel sheet instead of a cotton batting and the backing fabric is the same solid blue as the front. Originally, the blue fabric on the back was turned to the front for the binding, but a dog chewed one side of the quilt and I repaired it by cutting off the damaged row and rebinding the quilt. The quilt now measures 54" x 80". My mother gave the quilt to me in the late 1970's.
I can't help but favor this block where the bird is fussy cut; never something my grandmother would have done intentionally - she was all about doing things efficiently and quickly. 
This versatile simple pattern is great for scraps as well as 2-color quilts. I used plaids to make a veteran's quilt. I cut the quilt out to bring to August Friday & Saturday Sewing, made a test block, and then another, and somehow it was finished before our sewing days!
Then I made another 2-fabric quilt, and used blue for the binding.
So today I have cut out another quilt for a veteran and I will sew it on October 13 & 14, and not let myself finish it before then, but it's always a good idea to make one test block.
I updated my grandmother's quilt to make it fast and easy to cut and sew. (cut multiple layers at a time)
You will need 1-1/2 yards of two fabrics (allow extra for the binding)
Cut 18 squares of each fabric:  6-1/2" x 6-1/2" (1 won't be used)
Cut 13 strips of each fabric:  2" x width of fabric
Sew light and dark strips together to make strip-sets.
From the strip-sets cut:
58 rectangles 6-1/2" x 3-1/2"
Make 24 4-patches, 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
Piece it in rows, then join rows together. See below.
Finished size is 42" x 60"
The End
Happy Sewing

Friday, September 8, 2017

Quilts at The Montpelier Center

The entry hallway at The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education has an area where we display two veteran's quilts. 

Earlier this summer we hung these two quilts where the Marine quilt received lots of attention and compliments.
We changed the quilts today and now the hallway looks like this:
The frame hanging between the quilts tells about our group and our on-going project making quilts especially for our veterans.
Thanks everyone - keep the quilts coming!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Friday & Saturday Sewing

Please come join us for sewing on Friday & Saturday (Sept. 8 & 9).  Bring your sewing and your lunch, or just stop by to say hello!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Horn Sewing Cabinet for sale

A local quilter contacted me today. She's selling this Horn sewing cabinet for $200 OBO. She says it will take a couple of strong people to move it. If anyone is interested you can contact Laura at swellwright at gmail dot com