Tuesday, April 30, 2013

CSQ honored

CSQ has been invited by the Hanover Veterans Committee to lay the wreath at the Vet. Memorial at Hanover Wayside Park!  What an honor!
We need 3 more people to volunteer to do this. Anyone interested please leave a comment so saying and the first 3 to respond will be chosen.  I will need to let them know the names of the presenters by May7.    Of course everyone is welcomed & encouraged to attend the event and CSQ will have reserved seats if I can let them know approx. how many will attend (also by May7).
We would need to be at Hanover Wayside Park ( on Rt. 301 about 5 mi. east of Hanover Courthouse)
on Monday May 27, (Memorial Day) by 9:20 a.m.  
If you want more info give me a call.
I think this is a great honor and hope many CSQ members will attend.
Be sure to leave a comment if you'd like to be one of the presenters.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Veteran's Mystery Quilt

Two things have occupied my thoughts lately. The first thing is this blog and how to get members interested in using it. I think it can be a great tool for is to keep in touch between meetings and to get to know each other better. The second thing on my mind is what to do for my next veteran's and QOV quilts. I work on one veteran's quilt and one QOV at the same time and I finished the last pair at Saturday Sewing. I've been working on several design ideas in Electric Quilt and it hit me that I could combine both goals in one activity.

I've developed my next veteran's quilt design and decided to offer it here on the blog as a mystery quilt. I hope some of you will join me and make it.

Basic information about the quilt:
It's designed as a veteran's quilt so it's 48" x 60" finished. I'll offer instructions to add borders for a Quilt of Valor that will be 65 x 81. You can make this quilt for any purpose you want. It doesn't have to be a veteran's quilt or QOV. It can be a quilt for yourself or gift or another charity. It's simply a fun project and I hope you'll join in.

The quilt is all squares and half square triangles. No curved seams and no applique. The smallest cut piece is 2.5". Blocks finish at 8" square.

I'll post clues monthly on the blog around the 20th of the month and the quilt top will be completed with the September clue.

Fabric requirements:

The quilt uses 4 colors. As an example, I'll give the fabric requirements for a red, white and blue quilt.

Fabric 1 (red): 1 1/4 yards
Fabric 2 (dark blue): 1 3/4 yards PLUS 1/2 yard for binding
Fabric 3 (light blue): 1/2 yard
Fabric 4 (white): 1 3/4 yards

If you are making the QOV version you will also need the following fabrics for borders:
Border 1 (recommend Fabric 2): 5/8 yard
Border 2 (a coordinating print or Fabric 1 or 3): 1.5 yards
Border 3 (Fabric 2 or 3) and binding: 1 3/4 yards

Red, white and blue isn't required, of course, so I wanted to show a few other color palettes that would work great for this quilt. I chose all "manly" palettes because I'm making it as a veteran's quilt but you can use any palette you wish. Here are a few ideas.

This is the palette that I am using and I'm doing it scrappy.

Here are my fabrics. The veteran's quilt is on the left and the QOV on the right. The fern print is in the back will be one of the borders for the QOV version. Printed fabrics are a great resource for color palettes and this is the fabric that I used to pick the palette for these quilts. I am trying to use up my huge stash of commercial fabrics so I limited myself to my stash. I'm using charm squares, fat quarters and half yards.....anything that fit the palette of the quilt.

Blue and brown is a good combo for a man's quilt too.

This one reminds me of a fishing cabin in the woods.

A good choice for a vegetable gardener.

Black, white and red for Betsy.

A beachy look.

For the UVA fans.

For the Hokies.

What do you think? Will you join in? Leave a comment and let me know what colors you will use for your quilt.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Wool Workshop in Charlottesville

Elsa sent out this information on a workshop in Charlottesville:

Subject: Wool Workshop in Charlottesville to Benefit VQM
Come and learn all about wool appliqué from Del  Horan!

Date: April 20, 2013
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Place: Olivet Presbyterian Church 2575 Garth Road

You will need to bring a small black pocketbook - hard sided is best. Second hand stores and consignments shops are a good source for inexpensive purses. A small or medium sized wooden box could also be used. These are available at Michael's or JoAnn's. You will cover your item with wool and learn to appliqué a design of your choice appropriate for the size of your project.

Del will provide black wool to cover your purse or box and a variety of pieces of colored wool for your appliqué. Threads such as embroidery floss, crewel yarns and perle cotton will also be provided.   Needles and other notions will be part of the kit.  There will be a $10.00 fee to cover the cost of supplies.
No sewing machine required.
Supply List - thimble, glue stick, stapler, small sharp scissors, sharpie, pencil,   and applique patterns of your choice.

Workshop is limited to 20 people.
To enroll email Janetsaulsbury@gmail.com
Call Del @ 297-3311 with questions

Donations will benefit VIRGINIA QUILT MUSEUM
Suggested Donation $25.00 - Check made payable to the VQM

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Saturday Sewing

We had another great sewing day Saturday. Dot, Linda and Sandy joined us. Here are some of the highlights.
Betsy taught Sandy and Linda how to make a hexagon quilt.

Linda took it all very seriously.

Becky finished putting together the blocks that everyone brought to the April meeting.

Betsy brought the yo-yo quilt that Peggy gave her at the meeting. This old UFO is now done!

Julie finished this veteran's quilt top.

Dot was knitting away.

Estelle finished quilting her veteran's quilt.

Vicki finished this Quilt of Valor top.

Finally, Carol brought this finished veteran's quilt Friday to add to Betsy's stash of veteran's quilts.

It was a great day!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Welcome Country School Quilt Members!

Welcome to the new blog!

I hope that we will find the blog to be fun and useful to us going forward with our new organization. If you are not a regular blog reader you may like to have the new posts sent to you automatically by email. Just enter your email in the subscription box on the right side. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to click. Once you do that you will receive an email any time there is a new post.

We hope to use the blog going forward for all announcements and information to share so please either subscribe to the email feed or add the CSQ blog to your reader.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sewing Friday

We had a great turnout for Sewing Friday today. It was one of the largest groups in a while. Becky, Karen and Estelle spent most of the morning clearing out the storage cupboards and we "adopted" the 2 abandoned sewing machines. Both of them work! We now have more space and even the Ruritans have been reorganized and cleaned out. Everyone is happy.

Then everyone got down to sewing.

Betsy is working on a beautiful black, red and white quilt. She reported that she has finished assembling the yo-yo UFO quilt that she took home from the Tuesday meeting!

Becky is working on putting together all of the 9-patch and snowball blocks that members brought to the Tuesday meeting.

Here's the quilt in process. Once finished it will be donated to Quilt Bingo.

Carolyn was working on her May framed 9-patch blocks.

Estelle is quilting a veteran's quilt.

Julie is working on a new quilt.

Karen is working on a veteran's quilt using 30's repro fabrics.

Kitty is making 600 half-square triangle blocks for a queen sized quilt.

Nancy spent the day cutting out 2 new quilt kits.

Vicki brought her friend, Laura (from England) and made her sort through fabric for the next veteran's quilt. 

This is the veteran's quilt top that Vicki finished today. She's started a Quilt of Valor using the same fabrics.

More fun tomorrow!

April 2013 photos

Here's the slideshow of photos from the April meeting. You can also look at them on Flickr here.

CSQ Organization Notes

This post documents the beginning of the Country School Quilters after the group has resigned from the Richmond Quilters Guild. We are now simply a club sponsored by Hanover County Parks and Rec. Our first meeting as a "new" club was Tuesday, April 9.

We made the following decisions:

Annual dues will be $15 and we will follow a calendar year with dues payable in January. For the remainder of 2012, dues will be $10

We will have the following positions. All are voluntary and position holders can serve as long as they want. They can give notice at any time if they want step down and we will seek another volunteer for the position.
Facilitator: Peg Shealy
Treasurer: Carol Clark
Programs: Becky Brown, Betsy Scott
History: Kitty Bates
News/Blog: Vicki Welsh

Meetings will continue the second Tuesday 6:30 social/7:00 meeting
We will not use Robert's Rules
We will keep the library and evaluate again in 6 months
We will stop the birthday basket
We will continue door prizes and members are encouraged to donate prizes
We will have refreshments at each meeting and a volunteer sheet was passed around

The next meeting is May 14