Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Block instructions from the December meeting

At the December meeting Karen started a new series for our meetings called Back to Basics. With each meeting she will go over some basic quilting skills and have a block pattern. If you missed the December meeting here are the instructions for the block to construct for January.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Veteran's Quilt Delivery

A car full of quilts!

Last Thursday Susan Ryan and Cathy Williams delivered about 40 veteran's quilts to the hemodialysis unit and the oncology floor at McGuire VA Medical Center. Most of the patients in these units are outpatient and come back on a regular schedule for treatment. Dialysis patients can come 2 - 3 times weekly for years. They handed out all of the quilts and the patients were very grateful and appreciative that we took the time to make something for them.

Cathy Williams with the cart of quilts ready to go!

Cathy and Susan said that the patients and nurses were grateful for the quilts and most said that they would bring them back every time they came for treatment.

Susan told me one particularly touching story. The chemo nurse asked for 2 quilts for patients that were to arrive after them left. She called Susan later to tell the story of one of them.

When this particular patient came in for treatment he was very depressed and sad. His wife was in tears. They had been for all of his appointments that morning and had been told nothing but bad news. The nurse gave him the quilt telling him a little about it and out group. As he was getting his treatment he was studying the quilt and reading the card and suddenly realized that it was hand made. He started crying and said he was so grateful that someone cared enough to make a quilt for him. It was the one thing that turned his day around.

It's stories like that that make it all worth while. I asked Susan about the make up of the patients and some indication of the  quilts that they liked best. She said that there were less than 5 female patients (as we expected) but that the guys did not shy away from floral fabrics. Many of the recipients were able to pick their quilts and several picked floral quilts. Every quilt, no matter the color or design went to a grateful recipient.

This patient insisted that his photo be taken with the quilt he selected. As you can tell, he was THIRLLED with Peg's bright tropical Allegiance quilt. I'll be taking this patient photo off the blog in a few days but wanted everyone to see his smiling face.
So let's get busy and make more quilts! I've started taking tops for quilting again. I will miss the January - March meetings but Becky has agreed to take tops for me and I'll pick them up from her.
Thank you to Susan and Cathy for delivering the quilts!
Vicki Welsh

Sewing Friday and Saturday

We had a nice group for Sewing this weekend. There's always room for more people though so please consider joining us at the next Sewing Friday and Saturday, January 9 & 10. It's a great opportunity to put some tables together to baste a quilt. You can come for an hour or for both days.  For inspiration here are some of the projects that we worked on this weekend.

Miriam A. is making a quilt with these red and cream Ohio Star blocks.

Becky B. put together tis top from blocks collected at the December meeting. This is going to be an awesome veteran's quilt.

Nancy P. is making this disappearing 9-patch for herself.

Julie is working on a wool applique quilt.

Estelle P. finished the 3rd (and last) veteran's quilt from donated blocks. She's officially over these blocks and was excited to start cutting fabrics for an apple core quilt made with homespun plaids.

Sandy A. made these blocks that will be used to make a Christmas table runner.

Carol C. started a quilt for her grandson. It's a flannel quilt that is constructed on the serger.

I've been making these blocks all year at Friday and Saturday sewing and I finally got the top together!
Mark your calendars for January 9 & 10 and join us at out usual meeting place!

Friday, December 12, 2014

CSQ helps WHEAT!

We love getting together for our annual Christmas pot luck and CSQ members once again showed that they never forget our community. We donated bags and bags of groceries for WHEAT.

Cathy Williams is our WHEAT coordinator and was thrilled to see the back of her van completely filled with donated food from CSQ members.
Thank you CSQ members for your continued support of WHEAT and many other community service projects!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

December Meeting Info - Our Annual Holiday Pot Luck!

Our December meeting is our annual pot luck and collection for WHEAT. The meeting is December 9 and we will start at 6:30. Bring your favorite dish to share along with show-and-tell.

We will also collect food for WHEAT again this year. Here's a list from Cathy Williams of items that WHEAT needs. She also said that they will take large sacks of rice or beans as they repackage those into smaller bags.

The following items are needed for WHEAT's twice monthly Open Pantry. We fill bags with very basic items to promote wellness and help families be less food insecure in Western Hanover County. We currently are assisting 140 households and welcome your partnership:

1 lb. boxes of noodles
spaghetti sauce
cans of tuna or chicken
cans of vegetables
bags of  dried beans
cans of fruit, some low sugar or sugar free
boxes of breakfast cereal, oats or pancake mix (please include syrup, some sugar free)
boxes or envelopes of stuffing or instant potatoes
envelopes of dried milk
boxes of mac 'n cheese
small jars of jam or jelly
gift cards to any area grocery store
quart storage zip bags (Carolyn, please give me your snack bags)
prayer for us and your neighbors

Blessings To You, 
Cathy Williams, WHEAT's Open Pantry Coordinator
WHEAT    P.O. Box 171, Beaverdam, VA 23015

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!