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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!