Monday, August 31, 2015

September Meeting

Fall is fast approaching - where did Summer go? Now is a good time to tidy up your sewing room and get rid of things you don't want.

Our September 8 meeting will be one you won't want to miss!

TWO things on the agenda:

1.  Carol Clark will be giving a program on "Pressing" - showing us some pressing methods to help improve our sewing and make it easier. Carol is a very prolific quilter so I know she will have some good tips to share.

2. Annual Silent Auction (bids written on paper). This is always a big hit because one person's trash can be another person's treasure. All items are donated to CSQ and the $ goes to CSQ.  Please mark an opening bid on your item, and from there others will bid up on it. In the past some very nice items have changed hands. Remember, it can be sewing related or a jar of jelly - all donations are welcome.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Veterans quilts - great news!

Many of you met Terry Muller at the last meeting. She and I met at the Innova new owners training last month. I talked her into visiting our happy group. She did and had a great time and has offered to help me quilt the veterans quilts!

So, you can now bring me any quilts that you have and, between us, we should be able to get them all quilted.
As a reminder, here are the rules:
  • The must be pressed and ready to quilt, we do not press the quilt tops before quilting
  • We only do veterans quilts and nothing larger than about 50 x 62
  • We get them done as soon as we can but we both have other obligations. So they get done when they get done.
  • We choose the backing, thread and pattern for quilting. It's, hopefully, a happy surprise for you!
  • In return we ask that someone apply the binding on any quilts that we make. So far this year I think that's been a grand total of 1 quilt. :)
I think you will be thrilled with Terry's quilting - she has automation and a huge library of patterns. She'll be using the veterans quilts as a way to stitch out samples for her customers.
PS - She also quilts for a business!
The end is in sight for the quilt that I've been working on for the past 3 months so I'll get back to veterans quilts in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fiber Art Class at the Montpelier Center!

We know that the Montpelier Center has art classes but did you know that they are offering a fibert art class this fall?

Leaves and Flowers in Stitches    Instructor:  Anne McCahill - 4 week class starting Saturday Sept. 5th,  9am - 1pm in the Art Studio.  This class is for beginning students who would like to learn the art of needle painting through embroidery. Students will work on individual and class assigned projects.  A suggested supply list will be available upon registration.
$270 members/$300 guests.  Call The Center at 883-7378 to register.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sewing Together

We are on the calendar with Hanover Parks & Recreation to sew Tuesday, August 25th.  It will be a nice day to sew and visit in the wonderful facility provided to CSQ by Hanover County - our tax dollars at work for us!  9 a.m. - until mid/late afternoon.

Just bring your sewing and your lunch. We have ironing boards, iron, cutting rulers and mats. If you need help on a project there is always lots of free advice. If you haven't been before, I can tell you this is a nice way to get to know others. The room is spacious and there are plenty of tables for laying out blocks or basting quilts. Hope to see some of our newer members there. 

If you can't come on Tuesday, plan ahead for September 11 & 12th, (Friday & Saturday).  Come sew one or both days, or stop by to visit.

Happy sewing!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sewing Days

Our next Sewing Days are
 Friday and Saturday, August 7 & 8,
9 a.m. until mid/late afternoon.
Bring your stuff to sew, or come by to visit. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Challenge fabrics are in!

At the June meeting we talked about having a challenge fabric project. We did this about 10 years ago and it made for a great exhibit. We wanted to do another in preparation for our exhibit at the Montpelier Center in September 2016.

Here's how it will work. You will receive 2 fabrics and you make a quilt project no larger than 80" in total perimeter (the total of all 4 side dimensions are 80" or less). There has to be a recognizable amount of both fabrics in your finished quilt.

That's all there is in the way of rules.

You can add any other fabrics, embellish any way you wish, make any pattern, use any technique. ANYTHING.

I decided to unveil the fabrics here on the blog in case you want to purchase any other fabrics from the same collection. The fabrics are Color Crush by Timeless Treasures and I got them at a great sale price from Hancock's of Paducah.

In selecting the fabrics I decided on 2 colorways. I know that we are sometimes more comfortable with warmer or cooler colors so you will get your choice (until supplies run out) of these sets.

Cool Fabrics

Warm Fabrics
I have 16 FQ sets of each.
If you feel strongly about which you want just leave a comment on this blog post and I'll reserve a set for you. Fabrics will be available at the August meeting and finished projects are due August 2016!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Quilts for Veterans on Display

Quilts made by Country School Quilt members to be given to

Veterans are on display at The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education.

Three quilts fill the wall in the library entrance.

Thank you to everyone for your continued interest and support in making quilts to be given to our veterans.