Wednesday, May 11, 2016

MAY Block of the Month

CSQ MAY - Block of the month
I think you were all surprised that our May block of the month is a fabric kit of three fabrics with no pattern! The fat quarters you have are the last of the Union Blues fabric by Barbara Brackman. We have made countless quilts out of that line of fabric and this will be our last. All of the quilts are given to veterans at the V.A. Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

Make your block anyway you like - your choice of pattern and you may want to add other fabrics to those in your kit. The finished size (sewn together) will be 12", so your block should measure 12 1/2" square. If you want to make your block smaller than 12", that's fine, just frame it with Union Blues fabrics to make it 12 1/2". Your block can be applique, pieced, pictorial, etc., there are no restrictions. You may want to make your favorite block - if it's possible to have just one favorite!

HEXATHON - Block of the week - (see links below)
At the meeting I mentioned that Barbara Brackman has started a new Block of the WEEK! It's a HEXATHON, instead of running 26 miles, we are sewing 26 blocks, and learning about William Morris in England. I invite you to come along with us as we tour England and sew blocks each week.

The blog just started May 7, so now is a good time to read along or sew along.
A new block and lesson will be offered every Saturday for 26 weeks.

Here's the link to the introduction:

and here is the first block:

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Meeting Notes for Tuesday

Our next meeting is coming up Tuesday. After all the rain we've had I'm looking forward to getting out and seeing all of you!

Our program is Carol Clark demonstrating a chenille technique.
Don't forget to bring your April blocks! I have 4 veterans quilts to return and 2 need volunteers for binding.

The June program is "Tools - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly". It's a show and tell of your favorite or not-so-favorite sewing tools. Be thinking about what you will bring to share.

Our next Friday/Saturday sewing days are May 13 and 14. Come enjoy sewing with friends!

Relay for Life Bingo is May 13 (after Friday Sewing) at the Montpelier Center.

Reminder - at the meeting you can buy a raffle ticket to win this quilt:

At the March meeting we decided to raffle this great little quilt within our members. Betsy pieced it from her extensive collection of repro fabrics and Vicki quilted it with a meandering leaf design. Tickets are $1 at our meetings. Drawing at July meeting. All proceeds will be used for purchasing supplies for donation quilts.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Quilt for Relay for Life Bingo

Nancy has been working on this machine paper-pieced quilt during Friday and Saturday Sewing days. She finished it and passed it to Terry who machine quilted it.

This will be a featured quilt at "Relay for Life Bingo" on May 13 at The Montpelier Center. It's a fun evening with friends and a lucky person will get to take this quilt home. Bingo games start at 7 p.m. - all proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society. Come join the fun!

 Midnight Stars
 12 blocks with sashing and border. Quilted with a beautiful swirling design.
Would make a striking accent hung on a wall, vertically or horizontally. 52" x 66"

Thank you, Nancy and Terry!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

10 Questions - Annette Young

The 10 Questions interviews are just a way for us to get to know each other a little better. We don't get to talk to everyone in the meetings so I started doing these interviews a couple of years ago. If you have missed them you can read all of the past interviews here.

I've been looking forward to interviewing Annette because she has very special pets!

1. If you live in Hanover (or the area), how many generations of your family have lived here and how did they come to settle here? If you moved here, where are you from and what brought you here?

I was born in Stuttgart, Germany and was only 3 months old when my American GI father told my German mother that they were just coming to America to visit his family and introduce her to them. She only agreed to marry him because he agreed to stay in Germany. Unbeknownst to my mother, he bought one way tickets. I was raised in Gloucester, MA until I moved to Richmond in 1984 with my then boyfriend for his job. We’ve been married now for 25 years. We moved to the west end at first and then to Bumpass in Louisa county in 1986.

2. When you were young what did you plan to be when you grew up and what happened with those plans?

I went from the usual princess, ballerina, Olympic figure skater, as a youngster to a secretary when I was in middle school after I had started taking typing classes. 
During high school I wanted to go to college to be an interpreter for the deaf. I was introduced to a girl who lost her hearing at the age 15 due to brain tumors by a lady who had 2 children that I would babysit for when she had to work evenings as an interpreter. She also introduced me to 2 sisters not much older than I, who I tried to teach a dirty song to in sign language. Not knowing how to sign but the alphabet, it got me in. They didn’t understand and went to their mom for help with what I was trying to say. I don’t remember their names, but I do remember the song! It starts with “old MacDonald sitting on a fence, beating his………

3. What are your favorite things to do in the area?

Going fishing on land or in our little boat on the river or in the ocean, not Lake Anna. Last time we were at the lake, 1 snake wrapped itself around our ladder and tried to get onto the boat (luckily not a poisonous one), but not 10 minutes later a water moccasin swam past us and that did me in. I’d rather take my chances with jaws than a snake.

4. Tell us a little about your family.

I’m one of 5 kids. Our father was a Gloucester fisherman who drowned off of a boat when the oldest was 15 and the youngest was 6. My mother was a very strong willed woman who scared the crap out of most of our friends. Nobody ever wanted to come to our house for dinner because when they asked what we were having we responded with the German name for it because that’s what my mother called it. They were always afraid of what that might be, since my mother once grilled an eel on a hibachi grill out back that my brothers had caught in marsh behind our house, so they knew she ate some weird stuff. I have 2 brothers in Massachusetts still and 1 brother and my sister in Colorado Springs, Co. I’m the 2nd oldest of the 5. Everyone has children except my husband and I. Which was probably a good thing because they have never been able to seek revenge on us for the Christmas presents we used to send to their children. The nieces and nephews loved them, but their parents did not. Oh, we would make sure to send enough batteries to make them last for months.

5. What hobbies or activities do you do other than quilting? Where do you do them? How did you get involved with.

Apparently catching Ugly Toad fish is something I’m very good at because I seem to get them on a regular basis. I love to read. I like to crochet but haven’t done much of that since I learned to quilt about 5 years ago. We have 5 chickens, 3 roosters and a male and a female turkey who think that the gardening I like to do is completely for their benefit.

Annette's pets: Tom and Tiffany!

6. What’s your favorite vacation spot? Where do you want to go next?

Ocracoke Island is our favorite place to go every September. I’d like to go back to Germany again. I lived with my grandparents for the summer when I was 10 and then went back to live with them for a little over a year when I was 11 to attend 6th grade. I only came back because my parents made me. I would have stayed. I still stay in touch with a school friend and she and her husband have actual come here to visit us. That and I bootleg Harley motorcycle parts to him on a regular basis. It’s cheaper for me to buy them and ship them to him than it is for him to actually purchase them in Germany.

7. What saying best describes how you like to live your life?

It’s on my keychain – “If you don’t like my ATTITUDE quit talking to me!”

8. Show us a photo (or photos) of where you create.

9. Show us a photo of the quilt that’s on your bed right now.

I don’t have one on my bed. (What!!!!)

10. What is your all time favorite quilt and why?

This is hard to answer because I’ve made less than 20. I would have to say the  
very first that I made for my godchild’s first child. It’s a beginners quilt but I had always wanted to learn and her announcing she was pregnant made me seek out the quilting classes. I think it was called Chinese coins.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Local Quilt Show Info

The Shenandoah Valley Quilters Guild is pleased to announce their 15th 
Biennial Quilt Show, "The Threads that Bind Us," June 25 & 26, Turner 
Ashby High School, Bridgewater, VA (between Harrisonburg and Staunton).

“The Threads that Bind Us” Quilt Show

Shenandoah Delight

June 25 & 26, 2016

Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday Noon – 4 pm

Turner Ashby High School

800 North Main Street

(Route 42, south of Harrisonburg)

Bridgewater, VA 22812

Come see over 120 quilts, special exhibits, demos, boutique, silent auction and vendors.

Admission $5.00

The “Shenandoah Delight” Quilt (75” sq) will be raffled July 16.

Raffle Tickets $1 or 6/$5

Portion of raffle proceeds will benefit

the Virginia Quilt Museum

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Plaid Shirt Quilt

Isn't it fun when the mail truck comes up your driveway and you can't think of anything you ordered? Then it gets better when you see a box has traveled for 3,000 miles from Annie (our west coast CSQ member) and inside the small box is another carefully folded quilt top for a veteran. I had it out of the box and photographed within minutes. Annie had told me she was making a quilt from thrift store men's plaid shirts (not the flannel ones). She also said it was tricky sewing with plaids whose weaves (thread counts) are different than the quilting fabric we are used to sewing with.

Now, having said all that, I am in love with the look of this quilt. Anyone else want to start collecting and sharing plaids for veteran's quilts? 
Annie's Plaid Shirt Quilt
THANK YOU Annie for the gift of another veteran quilt
and all your inspiration!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Block

Thanks, Marcy, for suggesting our block this month. It is a design from - a pattern they call Danish Delights.

Kits are provided to you for making this block. We will be making it scrappy, using Union Blues fabrics so the fabrics in your kit may not look exactly like the picture. You choose the color placement.
Follow directions below, remember DARK SQUARES go in the center of the block, LIGHT SQUARES on the outer corners.
The blocks will be used for a quilt for a veteran. Please return your blocks at the next meeting.

FINISHED block size is 9" (each block should measure 9-1/2")

To make the block you will need:

A - Cut 4 -  3-1/2 x 3-1/2"
B - Cut 4 -  2 x 3-1/2"
C - Cut 4 -  2 x 5"

Sew 4 units like this - it should measure 5 x 5"

Piece the units in alphabetical order - make 4 units
Sew units together so the
DARK SQUARES are in the center
LIGHT SQUARES are in the outer corners

Happy Sewing!