August 2018

Our scheduled speaker, Roger Winchell, cancelled at the last minute, so a call was issued via email for members to bring their favorite tools to share and demonstrate. We attended to business items before having fun with tool sharing, show and tell and drawings, so this is a really long post. You can skim  the “business” which is here as a record of what we talked about and has some important information before you get to the fun stuff further down.

Taking care of business

  • Vernett asked if members would be interested in a workshop by Rosemary Summers who is a certified instructor with Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design. The planned workshop will use the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star ruler (participants need to purchase the ruler) and there will be a workshop fee of  $40 per person. Rosemary needs at least eight participants, and there was enough interest that Vernett will move forward with scheduling the workshop for Saturday, October 13.
  • Barbara let members know that next month the board will be proposing amendments to the guild bylaws that will make the boutique and raffle quilt committees standing committees since they are both committees that function on an ongoing basis. The current publicity committee would be eliminated from the bylaws as a standing committee since publicity is being handled through other means (website, Facebook, events). Watch for details in the September newsletter.
  • Barbara reminded members of the photo directory created to allow members to get to know one another. Barbara has put photos of most members in the directory, and many members have updated their blurbs. If you are a member and haven’t yet done that, contact Barbara if you need assistance.
  • As vice president, Debbie serves as chair of the nominating committee, and she asked for volunteers to serve with her to create a slate of officers and standing committee chairs that will be presented to members in October and November and voted on in November. Sylvia, Enola, and Terri-Lynne volunteered to serve with Debbie. If you are interested in serving as an officer or committee chair or have suggestions for next year, contact a member of the committee.
  • Amy reported on charity sewing and did a “Vanna White” tour of the room highlighting displayed donations available for members to take/use. These included donated quilt tops in need of finishing for charity donations, pieced blocks, books, fabric including lots of pet-related prints perfect for the upcoming Barks and Crafts Fair at Blessed Sacrament, panels and cheater prints, and holiday prints. Amy encouraged members to adopt UFOs and take home other materials to create items for boutique or charity.
  • Amy let members know that batting has been purchased and can be provided for charity quilts. Gail offered her long arm quilting services (Stitch Meisters) for donation quilts at no charge. Requirements include a squared-up top and both batting and backing that are 4″ wider than the quilt top on all sides. Our selected charity for 2018 is NALES – quilts donated to children who have lost a parent in law enforcement. A representative will attend our October meeting to accept donated quilts we have made including, but not limited to, those made through Sheila’s ugly fabric challenge. Amy distributed labels for members to attach to quilts that will be donated.
  • Amy suggested that members brainstorm ideas for charities for 2019 and that members be ready to pitch their ideas at the November meeting. Many have requested that we do something more local, so think about options.
  • Amy's Tree BlocksAmy also discussed the September block challenge – scrappy Christmas trees. She showed us her sewn blocks and provided fabrics and a printed pattern to cut from. Blocks should finish at 7 1/2″ wide – height can vary. You can see instructions online at Diary of a Quilter or download Amy’s pattern for cutting.
  • Terri-Lynne announced that her father lives at Alamance House in Burlington and the activity director there approached her about some of our members coming to sew with residents.
  • Enola reported on boutique status – inventory and upcoming events and the need for members to sew items to sell. Enola needs items intended for the September 8 Barks and Crafts Fair no later than Labor Day so she will have time to tag and price them. Contact Enola if you need to arrange pickup of items OR you can deliver them to any board member (officer or committee chair) before the August 28th, and they can be given to Enola at the board meeting that night.
  • There was sufficient interest in a sew day for Saturday, August 18. Come when you can and stay as long as you can between 10 and 4 at the church. You can enjoy sewing together with other members while you sew for charity or make items for boutique sales.
  • Teresa shared bowls she had made by zigzagging 3/16″ clothesline. She will donate these to the boutique sales and will assist anyone who wants to learn to make them at Saturday’s sew day – just purchase and bring your clothesline cord and plenty of thread. Sheila had also made some using donated strips from the guild stash.
  • Lisa R. reported on upcoming opportunities to display the raffle quilt and sell tickets including downtown Burlington’s 4th Friday event on August 24th. Members can volunteer to help Lisa sell tickets or to sew with children. Ann A, and Ilona will bring sewing machines. Lisa also had packets of tickets for members to take and encouraged everyone to sell to friends, family, co-workers, etc.
  • Teresa shared the design for the next raffle quilt – a design by Cathy Wessel called Geese at the Cabin which consists of flying geese and square-within-a-square sashing around log cabin blocks. Fabric has been purchased and Teresa shared sample log cabin blocks. Penny will be herding the geese. The goal is to have it finished by the time we give away the current raffle quilt at Uncle Eli’s in April of 2019.

Sharing  Favorite Tools

  • Teresa shared her “Turn it All” tool that had been purchased long ago, buried in a drawer, and rediscovered recently as her new best friend for turning tubes right side out. Check out the YouTube video on how Turn-it-all works.
  • Miranda demonstrated her preferred method for creating half square triangles using a Strip Tube Ruler from Cozy Quilt. Two pieces of fabric are sewn together on BOTH edges, and then ruler is aligned with one sewn seam line at half inch smaller marking than completed block size.
  • Miranda also likes the Quilters Select rulers by Alex Anderson due to their unique nonslip coating that prevents the ruler from moving on fabric while cutting. You can find them at Red Rock Threads or Sue’s Creating Cottage.
  • Penny shared and did a demo with an Adjustable Quilt Strip Ruler that cuts strips from 1/2″ to 6″ wide and up to 23 1/2″ long. The ruler valued at $50 was donated to our guild by the vendor, PM Quilting who was across from our booth at the Raleigh Sewing Expo. The ruler will be available in our storage room at the church.

And the winner is…

The plaid shoofly blocks were a big hit with 24 blocks contributed. Gail and Amy were the lucky winners taking home 12 blocks each. Check out photos from all of our monthly challenge blocks including items winners have made from blocks they took home. Linda won the name tag drawing and took home a spool rack.

Show and tell

With no show and tell last month due to our Christmas in July party and silent auction, we had a lot to show this month.

Teresa shared two baby quilts she made for a friend whose grandchild died shortly after birth. Her friend is collecting quilts to donate to the hospital for parents to take home with them.

Ann L. shared a quilt top she made from the Angela Walters’ All Roads Quilt member-made challenge blocks she won in February (plus additional blocks she made to supplement and complete the top). She also shared a quilt she made to donate; it even glows in the dark!

Ann A. shared several projects including an appliqued pillow even though she’s not a fan of applique, an embroidered bag with clear plastic “bottles,” a butterfly UFO, a wreath wall hanging, and another UFO – one of the first quilts she started at a class at Vernett’s shop. The backing uses a dog print to help it fit into the room where her dogs hang out and she plans to use the quilt.

Terri-Lynne shared a 9-patch quilt she made using fabric from the guild stash and a nurse’s bag she made from a kit she bought at the Sewing Expo in Raleigh.

Ilona shared (and modeled) an adult apron and a child’s apron she made for boutique.

Debbie shared a beautiful quilt she made from member-made blocks she won through the monthly block challenge in June, and Maxine showed us a hand appliqued piece displaying various trees.

Amy was pleased with her hearts quilt made from charm squares and yet another quilt she made from fabric found in the guild stash and acquired from Midstate.

Gail shared a quilt made from Van Gogh prints and a second one that a friend made and Gail quilted – it came off the quilting frame shortly before she left for the meeting.

Barbara described finding 48 random string-pieced blocks in the guild stash and arranging them into three table runners for boutique sales.

Vernett shared a quilt she made for her granddaughter’s bedroom using polka dot fabrics and also shared a holiday table runner.

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