Quentors: Applique and Boro scarves

Social Time

We began the evening by:

  • Visiting – each other and the refreshments and information tables – many thanks to the hospitality committee for their decorations and refreshments and to Debbie for setting up and stocking the information table.
  • Welcoming guests and new members
  • Enjoying mystery quilt blocks from the brave souls who are keeping up and remembering to bring their blocks
  • Admiring the lovely Carolina Lily raffle quilt and buying tickets from Carol with the Piedmont Quilter’s Guild. The hand pieced and hand quilted summer quilt (no batting) was made by a guild member’s ancestor in the 1890s in Berks County PA.


Debbie reminded folks to sign up using sheets on info table for upcoming opportunities and ways to help out and also to pick up pre-cut koozie kits and instructions to sew for boutique and cat pillow fabric to put scraps in. She also reminded everyone to attend Saturday’s sew day even if not participating in the ornament workshop and to peruse and use the fabric in our storage closet for charity and boutique sewing.

Barbara T. talked about the presentation of adoption quilts to families at Saturday’s Carolina Adoption Services Welcome Home event and shared that we were recruited to create a quilt for them to auction at their fall fundraiser, the Blue Jeans and Pearls Masquerade Gala. The quilt would incorporate the painted artwork children did on Saturday.

Miranda encouraged members to be flexible and creative and substitute alternative blocks for the mystery quilt. She also asked for a show of hands regarding interest in possible programs she hopes to line up for 2020.

Quentors present

What might you ask is a quentor? It’s a person who is a QUilting mENTOR, and two of our members stepped up at the meeting to share their knowledge and experience.

Appliqué tips

Applique suppliesFirst up was Sheila, the appliqué queen. Sheila shared many good tips on how to be successful at appliqué including:

  •  Using paper-backed fusible for raw edge appliqué
    • Scoring the fused paper with a pin for easy removal
    • Checking to see if pattern is already reversed or not
    • Cutting out centers of fusible on large pieces before fusing and only fusing edges, saving centers for smaller pieces later
  • Using lightweight fusible for turned under edges and using pinking shears for trimming seams on circular shapes instead of clipping seams
  • Using various types of glues and applicators and the importance of following instructions and sequencing pieces in correct order when building/gluing the design before stitching
  • Using a teflon sheet or silicone mat to protect iron from sticky substances
  • Creating a stitch sampler of decorative stitches that can be used and writing down settings used so that they can be reset if you take a break and return later
  • Using bias strip makers and other techniques for making narrow strips such as for stems
  • Various methods of using freezer paper to create appliqué pieces

Sheila walked us through a couple of websites. Tips for Machine Appliqué from All People Quilt shows right and wrong ways to pivot when sewing inside and outside corners and curves. How to make a bird from One Piece at a Time demonstrates how to build and glue the components of a bird with proper sequencing of pieces. Sheila also shared a few samples of her own work.

Boro scarves

Teresa's boro scarfNext up was Teresa who shared her experience creating a boro scarf. Teresa’s Boro Patchwork Scarf handout describes the techniques that can be used and recommendations for creating and decorating a piece.

Her beautiful scarf incorporated many types of fabrics including indigo and hand-dyed Shibori fabrics and and mementos including a portion of a vintage hankie and part of a tie she bought for her father in Scotland.

Teresa's boro scarfTeresa used many types of decorative stitches including Sashiko embroidery. She recommended only using beads on the ends of the scarf which could be either square or rounded and also discussed the option of only having patches on the scarf ends, but being sure to put them on both sides so they would be visible regardless of how the scarf hangs.

Show and Tell

It was a big night for show and tell – maybe because of so many recent retreats!

Lisa R. was excited to have finished two bags – one her Mondo bag that Ann A. helped her learn to do; it incorporated Shibori dyed fabrics as well. Her second bag was for her granddaughter Olivia whose name was embroidered by Ann  A. Lisa also shared a couple of panels Gail quilted that she will donate to CrossRoads.

Vernett shared two beautiful quilts, both she claims went together easily! Debbie shared her finished quilt resulting from a 2017 win of blocks made by members.

Maxine shared two quilts – one music themed and one UNC themed as Duke fan Lisa R. closed her eyes and turned up her nose. Amy shared an adorable quilt that began life as a panel that she cut up and re-pieced.

MJ has been practicing her appliqué and machine quilting with a wall hanging and placemats, and Ilona shared an adorable animal quilt.

Helen shared an Irish chain quilt that really shows off the elaborate quilting done by her son.

Ann L. shared two quilts, the second one using a quilt-as-you go technique.

New member Phyllis and Janet who are part of the art quilt group with Alamance Piecemakers, shared recently completed mini quilts mounted on painted canvas. Barbara B. shared a quilt featuring cardinals that Gail just finished quilting for her and also told us about the scarf she had made using “Sharpies.”

Barbara T. shared more of her completed UFOs that began their lives with member Frances. One was a frog quilt Frances had cut squares for that Barbara pieced and quilted; it will be given to Frances’s youngest great-grandson. Barbara also shared (with a little help from Sylvia’s granddaughter), five completed wall hangings for boutique using the last of the pumpkin blocks Frances won in a monthly drawing of blocks made by members.

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