Thursday, June 30, 2016


NEIGHBORS is the name of another quilt top Annie has made for our veterans. She is our cyber friend and a member of Country School Quilts. Annie jumped right in making quilts for our veterans and I've lost track of the many, many veteran quilts she's made since 2011. Thank you, Annie!

NEIGHBORS 48" x 60"
A quilt for a veteran
by Annie Miksch

She sent this message along with the quilt top:

"This one was made from leftovers of a Miniature Gatherings fat quarter pack and is a bit subdued in color, but appropriate for a guy.  Pattern is from a free pattern called “Neighbors,” part of the Moda pattern of the week:   I modified it to fit our sizing.  I think it would be dramatic made as a two-color solid quilt.
There are some nice, simple patterns among this group, and I think others might enjoy them.  Was amazed at how fast this one went together.  I cut a light and a dark F/Q together, stacked Right Side Up, just using the directions for the fat quarters, since they are mirror images of each other.  The pattern assumes the same background fabric throughout."   
Some of you may remember me saying I think it would be fun to make a raffle quilt for W.H.E.A.T. (Western Hanover Emergency Action Team) based on a house design. If you are interested in doing so, please leave a comment.
Thanks again, Annie for the quilt and the link!
Happy sewing
to our
West Coast Neighbor
from your East Coast quilting friends.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Our newest member

Happy news!  Jennifer Raymond had her baby, Rebecca Belle Raymond, on June 1st, at 5:52 pm.

She was 7 lbs 0 oz, and a very healthy baby!

Both baby and mother are tired but doing well.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June Meeting Notes

For starters this Friday and Saturday are our sewing days at the Hanover Parks and Rec building (where we meet). You can bring your sewing machine and leave it overnight Friday night. Someone is usually there by 9 am and you can stay as late as you want.

The next meeting is Tuesday June 14. The program is "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly". It's a show-and-tell program. Please bring a quilting tool to share. This can be your favorite quilting tool, a tool you purchased that turned out to be a waste of money, a tool from the kitchen or garage that has become a favorite quilting tool or a tool that has sentimental value. Bring your tool and story to share!

Bring your May BOM block and your show and tell.

The July meeting is our annual Pot Luck dinner. That meeting will start at 6:30.

Monday, June 6, 2016

10 Questions for Nancy Philips

I'm pretty sure that Nancy has been a member of Country School Quilter longer than I have (almost 16 years). She's pretty quiet in meetings but if you want to get to know her you should come to Friday and Saturday sewing. I never knew her well until I started going.

1. If you live in Hanover (or the area), how many generations of your family have lived here and how did they come to settle here? If you moved here, where are you from and what brought you here? I was born in the city of Richmond at the old Johnston Willis Hospital. My family moved to Henrico County when I was in the second grade and I still live in Henrico Co. My dad is from King and Queen Co and mom from West Virginia.

2. When you were young what did you plan to be when you grew up and what happened with those plans? When I was in high school all I wanted to do was get a job, get married and have kids. I got a job and worked for the Richmond Times Dispatch for 46 years. I never got married and never had kids but I’m ok with that. I’ve had a great life.

3. What are your favorite things to do in the area? One of my favorite things to do and I don’t think it would be considered in this area, but it is not far, is to go Williamsburg and spend a couple of days.   

4. What’s your favorite meal? My favorite meal is prime rib, baked potato with just butter and salt and pepper and grilled asparagus.

5. What hobbies or activities do you do other than quilting? Where do you do them? How did you get involved with them? I have done most of the crafts and needlework but when I began quilting, it took up all of my time. I do exercise three time a week but I can’t see that it is a favorite of mine.

6. What’s your favorite vacation spot? Where do you want to go next? I usually spend one week in Nags Head and one in Holden Beach. In June I am going to South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Utah.

7. What saying best describes how you like to live your life? Live each day as it may be you last and if you don’t want to do something don’t do it. Life is too short to do something you don’t want to do.

8. Show us a photo (or photos) of where you create. My space is so small. I have my sewing machine set up in my bedroom in front of two windows that face the front of my townhouse. My fabric is in a closet in my smallest bedroom that is used as a TV room and I have stuff in corners everywhere I can find.

9. Show us a photo of the quilt that’s on your bed right now.

10. What is your all time favorite quilt and why? I have a queen size applique quilt that I hand quilted that took me a few years of my life to finish and I haven’t had the nerve to put it on a bed and the wall hanging I made from pictures that I took while I was in Alaska are two of my favorites.

Here's Nancy's applique quilt

This is a quilt that Nancy shared at a meeting a few years ago