Monday, November 23, 2015

Portable Ironing Table

Debbie brought her ironing table to Friday/Saturday sewing this month. Isn't this a clever idea for having a small ironing board right beside your sewing machine or anywhere you need to sit and iron.

It is a TV tray table covered with several layers of batting and fabric - just staple the fabric onto the underside of the table. Easy as can be to make and can be folded and put away when not needed.

A friend of Debbie's made this for her - a great gift for a quilter!

Debbie used the CSQ design wall to create this very patriotic quilt for a veteran. She used blocks leftover from a recent CSQ BOM and the center panel was found in a box of donated fabric that someone brought that morning. The light fabric with little flags was also donated to CSQ! Nice job, Debbie! 
 Notice her iron and table in the lower left.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Quilts for Veterans

Sewing on Friday and Saturday was a fun time visiting and sewing and especially nice that some of our newer members joined us. These quilts for veterans are all a result of group efforts - cutting, sewing, pressing together and discussing fabric choices, etc.  A couple of them still need borders, but we ran out of time!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Meeting photos

If you missed the meeting this month you missed a fun program about using men's ties in quilts. Elsa and Estelle showed us how to prepare ties to use in a quilt (or other project) and gave us lots of great ideas. Then we had a  fabulous show-and-tell.

Carol took the photos and you can see what you missed (or revisit any of the quilts) in our Flickr file:

WHEAT Food Drive at the December meeting

The next meeting will be our annual holiday pot luck. Bring your favorite dish to share and consider also bringing something for the WHEAT pantry. Cathy Williams sent along this note to let us know what they need. Money, of course, is always helpful! They purchase perishables every time they have the pantry so any funds raised would go to that.

We continue to assist with several bags of fresh and staple groceries to approximately 80 families residing in Western Hanover County. 

Following is a list of items that will assist us in assisting our community's needy and food insecure:

any type of canned vegetable or fruit
6 ounce cans of tuna
spaghetti sauce to feed a family of 4
boxes of mac 'n cheese
8 ounce boxes of spaghetti noodles
cereal or oatmeal
pancake mix and syrup
dish detergent to hand-wash dishes
clothes detergent
bar soap
toilet paper
paper towels
small jars of jelly
pouches of dried milk
boxes of dried mashed potatoes
boxes of dressing
hamburger helper
$ to offset the cost of fresh foods purchased the day of the pantry (Make checks payable to WHEAT and include your address. Yo will receive a tax receipt.)
Also, if you are doing your holiday shopping at Amazon please consider using It's the same Amazon but you also pick a charity (WHEAT is one and so is the Virginia Quilt Museum). A percentage of the sale goes to the charity you choose. It's a small percentage but it all adds up!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Bring any finished Veterans quilts to the November meeting

We are going to try to do a delivery to the VA this month.  Please bring any completed Veterans quilts to our meeting tomorrow.  We're hoping to have 20- 25 quilts this time around.  Thanks!  Susan should be there and we can discuss scheduling the delivery.


Karen started our year off with "Back to Basics" and we are going to re-visit making 4-patch blocks again this month. All those 4-patches we made during Karen's program turned into quite a few 4-patch quilts for veteran's. 

Our block this month is a traditional 4-patch block - pieced blocks set with solid blocks.

4-Patch - 12"
Kits have been made that include:
2 strips of fabric, a light and dark
2 6-1/2" squares. 
Sew the strips together, press towards the dark, and cut into 3 1/2" segments
Sew into 4-patch blocks
Sew the blocks together, positioning the DARK fabric to the center - See block above.
Please note: The kits contain various strips of fabric for the pieced 4-patch blocks, so yours may not look exactly like the sample block. Just remember to place the dark fabric towards the center. 
REMEMBER, we are having a SEW-ATHON dedicated to making quilts for veterans on Friday & Saturday, which are our regular second Friday/Saturday sewing days. Karen and Betsy have already prepared several quilts so sewing, ironing and assembly can begin right away. There will be lots of fabric and we will keep cutting and sewing and see just how many quilt tops we can make in 2 days.
Please  join us - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.