April: Fifteen degrees of beauty

Dresden fan blocks presentation

Tonight’s featured program was presented by Vernett who explained how to use a 15 degree ruler to create Dresden Fan blocks (see related posts at bottom of linked post). Vernett provided written instructions for creating two width-of-fabric strip sets and encouraged everyone to come to the next meeting with those strips sewn.

At our May meeting, Vernett will bring rulers for us to purchase and provide instructions on cutting and sewing – bring a sewing machine if you want to sew your wedges at the meeting. She showed us two small mirror-image blocks Lisa had made at a class at Vernett’s shop, and everyone thought they were beautiful.

Other business

  • We made plans for our upcoming charity sewing day on Saturday from 10-4 at the church. Bring sewing machine, supplies, charity projects, and an item to contribute towards lunch – salads for example, though Miranda says some salads look suspiciously like brownies.
  • We welcomed two new members – Maria back after an absence and Terri-Lynne, as well as Ann’s friend Joanne.
  • Erma won the name tag drawing and took Vernett up on the offer of a free ruler at the next meeting as her prize.
  • We patted ourselves on the back for a successful first quilt show celebrating National Quilting Day on March 18.

Show and Tell

Lisa shared a chenille bunny and a charity quilt top she had pieced for the Blue Line Kids H.A.L.O.S. program that is part of the National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support (NALES). She also shared a beautiful quilt top she worked on at the retreat – her first “modern” quilt and asked for advice on how to quilt it.

Ann sharied her triple rail pieced top from her Quilter’s Academy course at Calla Lily, and Linda shared a couple of very cute mermaids.

Donations

Donated fabricBarbara brought and forgot to share (too busy taking photos of everyone else) fabric that was donated to the guild by Ann Taylor. In addition to smaller fabric pieces, there are two large panels that were lined curtains, so perhaps we can get creative with those on Saturday.

Lisa brought quilt-as-you-go blocks made by someone who is no longer able to attend and is looking for a volunteer to put them together. Vernett demonstrated how that’s done with folded strips joining the blocks. Here is a quick tutorial on joining quilt-as-you-go blocks.

Donated blocks

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