Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Time to get backing fabric

Yesterday I did an inventory of out backing fabric for veteran's quilts. I have enough for the quilts I have here and 3 more. I'm pretty sure you have more than 3 ready to go!

What we had before was a combination of one bolt of dark blue print, one of a gold tonal and 2 bolts of fabric to be dyed. Actually it was 4 bolts of fabric to be dyed because I donated 2. I didn't like the quality of fabric to sell to my customers and it was a super bargain so I've been using it for veteran's quilts. So, since whenever we last bought backing fabric we've gone through 6 bolts. I think that's been about 2 years.

Bolts average 15 yards and I get 14 quilts out of that. If I can quilt 40 quilts this year I think we will need at least 2 more bolts of fabric. Here are some of the options I've found:

Thousands of Bolts have a LOT of options in the $10 - $11 range. I haven't bought from them so I don't know if they ever offer sales. But we could probably get a blue and a beige and that would work with most of the quilts that come through.

JoAnn has lots of options and we know that they always have sales. They also have this dyeable muslin that works out to about $8/yard. I have no problem dyeing the backing. It gives me a way to use up older/expired dyes (that are still good) and to better match the tops.

I don't know what our money situation is but let's discuss this at the Apirl meeting.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tuesday Sewing

We are on the Hanover County Parks and Recreation calendar
for the FOURTH TUESDAY each month!
Mark your calendars to plan ahead and come sew and visit with us on
March 24 - 9 a.m. until 3 or 4 p.m. 
Bring your lunch or get something at Subway or Dominos. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

4-Patch Quilts

4-patch quilts are quick and fun to make. A lot of team effort went into making 4-patch blocks and sewing together on March 10 (meeting) and March 13 & 14, our regular Friday and Saturday sewing days.

Karen got everyone sewing 4-patches and we finished 4 veteran quilt tops (48" x 60"). We probably have enough blocks to make another quilt. If you didn't get a chance to make blocks, it's not too late, just bring them to the next meeting. You can refer back to this post

In no special order, here are our 4-patch quilt tops - notice the various ways you can set these blocks - really so many possibilities when you think about design and fabrics.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Look what we got yesterday!

I had a fun trip to Lancaster with my Mom. We arrived home yesterday to some fun mail.

One of my blog readers, Pam Avara, has been working on clearing out UFOs and we are the beneficiaries! I thought she was sending me one quilt top, instead we got 5! If you are so inclined please go to her blog and leave a thank you message and then think about which of these you might be willing to bind after I get them quilted. I think this brings my current backlog up to 9 quilts to be quilted.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

March Block - Falling Triangles

Linda and Sandy came to Friday Sewing and made their Falling Triangles Quilt blocks while watching the video on Linda's iPad. 

Place light and dark 10" squares right sides together, sew 1/4" on outside edges
Cut apart on the diagonal
Press seams towards dark
Add 2-1/2" light strips to dark sides of triangles.
Quick and easy and finished!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sewing March 13 & 14

It's that time of month - Friday and Saturday sewing together. Pack up your sewing stuff, your lunch and come join us for as long as you like. We'll start at 9 a.m. and sew until mid/late afternoon. Sewing both days is nice because we can leave our machines, etc., overnight. No need to bring your iron or cutting mats, we have those. If you can't come sew, just stop by to visit.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March Block of the Month

The Missouri Star Quilt Company offers great tutorials and for our block this month we will follow their video to make a FALLING TRIANGLES QUILT.
Here's the link:  http://land.missouriquiltco.com/falling-triangles/

You will need:

1 10" light square - CSQ provides (get your square at the meeting tonight)

1 10" dark square - from your stash

2-1/2" light strips - from your stash (watch video for sewing directions)
Watch the video and have fun sewing - you'll end up with 4 small blocks.

Do NOT sew them together as we will mix up all our blocks and sew them into a veteran quilt. This should make a nice, very scrappy quilt. 

Please bring your blocks to the April meeting.

Happy Sewing.