Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April News

Having 2 meetings canceled this Winter means that we have a lot of catching up to do so here's a quick reminder of things happening this month.

Sewing Days are this weekend. We will be at the Montpelier Community Center (that's what Hanover Parks and Rec is now calling our  meeting building) all day Friday and Saturday. Come sew with us one or both days.

The April meeting is Tuesday the 11th:

- the program is a trunk show by Margaret Griffiths
- membership dues are due
- there are several quilted veterans quilts in the cabinet that need volunteers to bind and label
- bring back your finished house blocks
- There's still time to consider participating in the challenge. Requirements for the first challenge are:

  1. Piece a background and place an image (not abstract) on the background using any technique
  2. Size to be no smaller than 8" x 8" and no larger than 24" x 36"
  3. Deadline is the May meeting. More challenges on the way and you can jump in and out at any time.
  4. As an incentive,, Marcy spoke to the Montpelier Center for the Arts about the idea of a "Fiber Arts Show" next year where our challenges could be displayed. They were very enthusiastic!
See you Tuesday night.....or Friday or Saturday!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Irons

Last May I took a brand new Shark iron out of the box. It heated up fine, but once it went into auto shut-off mode, the only way to get it to heat up again, was to unplug it and plug it in again. I contacted customer service and they immediately sent me a replacement iron.

That Shark iron lasted until last month. After reading on-line reviews I ordered a Black & Decker iron which was delivered on March 18. I wanted to like that iron, I really did, but it just wasn't for me. It didn't get hot enough and it didn't put out much steam. I don't always use steam, but when I do I want it to give a good amount of steam - this one didn't, so I am returning it.  

CSQ recently replaced one of our irons with a Rowenta so I read reviews about Rowenta's and decided to get the Rowenta Model #5197. 

Pictured below are the two irons: The Black & Decker on the left and the Rowenta on the right.

 
The next picture shows why the B&D didn't put out much steam.
When I compared the irons, I knew why the B&D didn't put out much steam - it only has 18 actual holes, all those other places on the bottom of the iron are dimples, that do nothing!  The Rowenta clearly stated that it has 400 holes and delivers lots of steam. (It is favored by the Fashion Industry because of the high amount of steam). The thing that will really make a difference, (I'm hoping) is the Rowenta does NOT have auto shut-off.
 
 
COMPARISON OF BLACK & DECKER and ROWENTA:
 
1500 watts                                  1725 watts
18 steam holes                            400 steam holes
Made in China                             Made in Germany
Two-year warranty                       Two-year warranty
3-way-auto shutoff                       No auto shutoff
10 ft cord                                     8 ft cord
Price $24.96                                Price $59.95 (on sale)
 
I am going to follow the manufacturer's directions and fill the water tank BEFORE plugging it in, and try to always empty it at the end of the day. (I use an iron 2-4 hours each day).
 
The Rowenta says it heats up in one minute and the Black & Decker seemed to take forever, and then it shuts off in 8 minutes!
 
One of the biggest problems with steam irons seems to be leaking - we all know about leakers. I think the leaking occurs because the iron goes into auto shut-off mode, and starts to cool down just about the time we went to press with it, and the water isn't hot enough for steam, so it dribbles out and makes us very unhappy.
 
I hope one year from now I am still using this iron and loving it.
 
Please leave your comments below, especially if you have an iron you really recommend or have additional thoughts on this topic.
 
Thanks for listening to me, now I'm going to plug that iron in and take it for a test drive. Becky 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sewing Together

Since our March meeting was canceled due to weather, I'm feeling a need to get together for an extra sewing day. Who wants to sew next Tuesday, March 28. 9 a.m. - 3ish?
 
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A note from Ellen Kuzenchak:

The Stitchers have three 10 foot long hand quilting frames to give to anyone who wants them.  Please call Ellen for more information.  Her number is on the membership list. They need to be picked up on Thursday, March 16.  Call to make sure someone will be here (Stitchers are not meeting that day).

Saturday, March 11, 2017

March 14 Meeting

Program: Back by popular demand, Estelle & Vicki will be doing a program on how to make fabric postcards. They did this about 7 or 8 years ago (time flies) and it was a huge hit - you don't want to miss it!

Reminders:
1. $15 membership dues for 2017
2. Fill out Hanover County form if you haven't already done this
3. Return your house blocks
4. See previous post about joining quilt challenge
5. Bring lots of show & tell
6. Snow in the forecast. CSQ policy is: Hanover County Schools closed, our meeting is canceled. Let's hope that doesn't happen!

Spring one day - Winter the next
I'm ready for Spring!!!
 
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Challenge Group Report

For those who may be interested in joining a challenge group, a few of us have had one meeting and have come up with our first ideas:

1. Anyone is free to join in at any time, and ideas for future challenges will be welcome.
2. Our first challenge runs till the May meeting of quilt club, at which time we hope all who participated will show and tell about their pieces and the processes they used. (It's not too late to join in the fun!)
3. The first challenge parameters are:
Make a pieced background (using whatever piecing method you like), and place a pictorial image on the background (nothing abstract). Size minimum: 8" x 8"; maximum size is "wall hanging" 24" x 36".
4. To give you an idea of where this adventure might head, future challenge ideas might include:
     A.Cutting up a "treasured piece" you've never used
     B. Creating texture
     C. Doing a "slice" quilt
     D. Theme a quilt based on a randomly assigned letter of the alphabet (example: "V" could be velvet fabric or a word that starts with v like vacation or victory or valor)
     E. An architectural theme
     F. A favorite vacation spot
    G. Something whimsical or comical
    H. Create your own fabric (using any technique you want to)

If this sounds fun for you, please let Marcy George know. You can talk to her at the meeting or contact her using the membership list that Pokey Childress sent out last week.


Marcy George

Friday, March 3, 2017

Need 3 blocks

Remember this block?
 
It was our October B.O.M. and we are 3 blocks short of making a veteran's quilt. If you have a block please get it to me, (Becky) as I want to sew this top together at
March Friday & Saturday Sewing, March 10  & 11.

 If you would like to make a block, here is the link. Please leave a comment if you can make a block - we only need 3 more.

Thank you!