Monday, January 15, 2018


When my (Becky's) sister-in-law, Heidi, came to visit this summer, she joined our alphabet challenge and drew the letter "O" - she went home to Connecticut and was inspired to design an owl. In August she attended a Mancuso Quilt Show in New Hampshire and took a class to dye her background fabric. She created the owl, fox, chipmunks, etc and sewed them all in place while she and her husband were visiting us for the holidays. Now she's added borders and is finishing it up. I thought you'd like to see what she was inspired to create, because of Marcy's Alphabet Challenge. 

Heidi is a recently retired middle school art teacher and
 I think she's on her way to designing many more quilts.
After the borders are on I'll get her to send a picture so we can see it finished.
So proud of how she jumped in and joined our challenge.
Nicely done, Heidi!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

For Tues., Jan. 9

Debbie Quitiquit will have us actively engaged in folded log cabin making.
She recommends bringing a thimble and some scissors! Hope to see you &
your postcard!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Postcard Challenge - MAIL!!!

Quick Reminder - Get your postcards mailed, so that next Tuesday, we can share them!!

Monday, December 18, 2017

2018 Preview - Programs & Challenges

December's Potluck and the many gifts that Julie lined up for us certainly gave us a first crack at the holiday season's many blessings! Thanks to all for great food and drink, and the merry laughter that accompanied the go-round of some of the gifts..... 

On January 9th, Debbie Quitiquit will show us a "Folding Log Cabin" technique. Anyone else that has a related log cabin technique or interest, please let me know, and maybe this could be the start of a log cabin 2018?! (I know I have always wanted to do a Georgia Bonesteel Log Cabin Spin from her 1995 Easy Does It Quilts.) For those participating in the Postcard Challenge, please bring your postcards that you should have received through the mail for show & tell! 

For January & February, we will have a new challenge: "Embellish the Fabric". In order to participate, use any fabric - commercial or hand-dyed and make the fabric your own by overdying, painting, stripping, embroidering, beading, couching, doing collage, etc etc. Whatever you can think of will have us all enthralled. Sign up at the the January meeting, or call or email me if you want to join us in this new challenge. Quilt & finish the piece by March (no size constraints, but hopefully, a wall quilt, not a bed quilt, for this one.)

CSQ’s February 13th program will be QUILT BINGO, complete with prizes. Each player will register by bringing a block for a new veteran’s quilt. In keeping with our Red/White/Blue fabric theme, make a simple square in a box. The variety of sizes of the square in the center will make this a fun quilt to assemble, and if you can make more than 1 block, go for it….we will have some extra cards to play with! The basic construction is to add strips to a square so that the finished block measures 10”. To get some ideas for how different the block can look, check the November Block of the Month 2016 (Note: that was a 9" block).

If you feel like it, bring buttons to mark your BINGO card; we will also have candy markers if you can keep from munching on them! 

March 13th, Becky Brown has agreed to show us some of her hand applique techniques! Given her mastery of the art, we will all want to be there, I am sure. Several of us indicated an interest in learning about techniques for hand applique, and Becky will most likely have some wonderful tips to make all of us more successful at using this in our quilting.

Hope you enjoy this preview of the fun coming our way. In the meantime, enjoy your family and friends, and have safe travels. See ya next year!! 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

WHEAT Food Drive for the December Meeting

WHEAT Food Drive: Each year we donate a car load full of food to WHEAT.  They operate a bi-monthly food pantry in coordination with several area churches and serve about 80 families each month. Everything they do is to help people in need in our own community. If you want to support WHEAT you can bring items from the following list or a donation check/cash to give to Cathy Williams at the meeting Tuesday.

WHEAT Needs:

  • Cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix w/syrup, sugar free also needed
  • 1 lb bags of dried beans, rice or noodles. They can break down very large bags if you want to buy in bulk
  • Small jars of peanut butter and jelly
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned soups or mixes
  • Canned meats: tuna, chicken, potted meat, sardines
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit, including low sugar and sugar free
  • Canned beans, any kind
  • Coffee and tea
  • One-dish meals - Brunswick stew, hamburger helper, etc
  • Boxes of mac and cheese
  • Pouches of dried milk
  • Hygiene products: soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bandaids, razors, wash cloths, hand towels, combs, deodorant
  • MONEY to buy perishable foods
  • Gift cards to grocery stores
If you belong to another organization that wants to also have a food drive please talk to Cathy Williams at the meeting or get her number off of the membership list. She is the Open Pantry Coordinator.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

4th Tuesday sewing?

Anyone planning on getting some sewing done at Montpelier
Parks & Recreation? Please respond, so that we can determine
if we have enough interest to help those at a greater distance
to make the trip.... Thanks