Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Home Sweet Home

Our next group project will be a house quilt for W.H.E.A.T. to be raffled to help those in our community. We don't have a complete plan, but are going to make house blocks and then let the blocks tell us how they want to be put together, sashing, border, etc.

The plan is to have fun making blocks - your choice of design. Your house can be any style: victorian, colonial, cabin, farm house, rancher, 2-story, split-level, etc., or maybe you want to make a barn, school or church - any building style representative of our community.

Your block can be pieced or appliqued - again, your choice. We have 2 back ground fabrics for the blocks, slightly different in color, to add another design element to the quilt. Each person can take one of each.

Make your house not larger than 7"  by 7" (we need space around each block).

Background blocks are 10-1/2" - sew your house into the center of the square, do NOT trim the block.

Colors - your choice but don't get too wild or you might get evicted from the neighborhood.

It's fine to machine applique or hand applique your house to the background, your choice! 

The quilt will be machine quilted in an overall design, so please do not add any embellishments. I know, it can be tempting to add a cute little button, some lace in a window, rick-rack, etc., but those things are a nightmare when it comes to machine quilting.

At Friday/Saturday sewing, we've had a lot of fun discussions about the various styles of houses we'll have in our quilt - so having said all that, here are some samples from Julie's fancy houses to a cottage and a cabin by Becky. You can see the slight difference in the background fabrics.

Some design ideas:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Two veteran quilts

A few days days ago I posted this picture of a group of 4 quilts for veterans.

I didn't have full pictures of the two quilts on the right made with Moda "Union Blues" fabrics by Barbara Brackman. Vicki did a beautiful job of quilting them and has posted full pictures of them on her blog, along with close-ups to show the quilting. To see them click here,  while you're there you'll probably want to check out her blog - just look at all the categories of wonderful things to discover on her blog. Happy stitching!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Vicki has quilted 4 more veteran quilts and they are ready for binding and labels. Becky will bring them to Friday & Saturday Sewing.

 Click here for more information about our sewing days in February.

The two quilts on the left have green hand dyed fabrics on the back. See pictures below. The blue and brown quilts may be the last of many, many veteran quilts made from the "Moda Union Blues" fabric by Barbara Brackman. The binding for those two quilts is in the CSQ cabinet in our meeting room.  

As always, thank you to each of you for all your help in making quilts for our Veterans!!!


Monday, January 23, 2017

Volunteers Needed at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

As everyone knows, Elsa Brooks coordinates our volunteer efforts with the Virginia Quilt Museum. Following is a note from her regarding volunteering at the VQM table to sell raffle tickets and white glove service in the exhibit during the quilt show. Please contact Elsa (see your membership list) if you can help out.

Here is her message. I cannot attach the form but volunteer shifts are basically 2 hours each and she needs volunteers all 3 days.

Country School Members,

I had planned to discuss Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the January meeting, but the weather didn't cooperate.

Are you planning or need a excuse to attend the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, February 23 - 26, 2017?  Don't have time to volunteer at the VQM in Harrisonburg?  Could you volunteer to white glove on Thursday or sell tickets at the museum's table at the show?  No money required.  Just volunteer for a two hour shift.

This year, as coordinator of the raffle table, several previous volunteers are not able to help because of other commitments.  Can you help?  I've attached the current volunteer schedule.  I am in desperate need for white glove volunteers on Thursday.  If you don't have white gloves, not to worry, we will have some at the raffle table which is located outside of the show in the main hallway.  I need a total of 10 volunteers for white gloving.  If we have four folks that want to volunteer for the same 2 hour shift, that's OK.  Show management staff will assign an area for you to white glove.  If you want, you can shift with other volunteers so that you won't have to look at the same quilts.  This gives you a chance to see the show while helping the museum. 

Never volunteered to sell raffle tickets?  This year's raffle quilt is hand appliqued and hand quilted by the Charlottesville Area Quilt Guild.  We will provide information about the quilt and also have 2017 museum bookmarks for distribution.  MAQF is the largest quilt festival on the eastern seaboard, and it's a perfect opportunity for folks to learn about the museum.  Also, it is usually the largest ticket sales for the quilt.

If you want to help but don't want to drive up alone, Annette Young and Carolyn Mills will be coming Thursday.  They meet at the Food Lion and Annette drives to Hampton for the day.  Contact Annette if you need a ride.  Her email is removed from the message. Please see the member ship list or contact another member for her information.

Four chapter members have already volunteered to help in addition to myself.  I hope you will volunteer to help and let me know by Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

As I need to get the white glove list to the show management in February, I couldn't wait for the meeting to as for help.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming sewing events:

January 24. 4th Tuesday Sewing. We have reserved our building for sewing days on the 4th Tuesday each month during 2017. Thank you Karen, for scheduling all our meeting and sewing days throughout the year with Hanover County Parks & Recreation.

FEBRUARY 10 & 11. Friday and Saturday sewing together. Always a fun time to sew, visit, inspire each other and have some good laughs. Please note: on Saturday we will need to be out of the building by 2 p.m.

FEBRUARY 14. Our regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Since our January meeting was canceled due to snow, we will pay our $15 annual membership dues at our February meeting.

You won't want to miss this meeting because we will have the drawing for the raffle quilt made by Betsy and quilted by Terry. Raffle tickets were sold last May/June for a drawing to be held in July. Sadly, Betsy's quilt was lost and she so very graciously made ANOTHER one. It's a beauty, using her extensive collection of reproduction fabrics to make 2 1/2" hour glass blocks. Terry's quilting flows across the blocks. All money from this quilt will go towards supplies for veteran quilts - our on-going project. See Carolyn at the meeting if you want to purchase a ticket - $1 each.  See pictures of this lap size quilt at the end of this post.

February 28. 4th Tuesday Sewing.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January Sewing

Hanover County Schools are closed today and our meeting has been canceled. The back roads are still snow covered/icy. After days of single digit night temperatures and daytime highs of around 20, we welcome a big warm-up this afternoon.

The snow should be gone by Friday and Saturday for our sewing days. Hope to see everyone for a fun time sewing and visiting together.

Sunday, January 8, 2017


Country School Quilters follows Hanover County School policy for canceling meetings.

Check the news - if Hanover County Schools are closed on Tuesday we will not have a meeting.
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