Thursday, May 31, 2018

May 2018

Progress on our block of the month by Dianne.

Our guest speaker was Craig from Quilts Etc. "Quilting from a Man's Perspective" This is a handmade Lone Star quilt made by one of his relatives that inspired him to quilt.

Quilt Craig made for his grand daughter. He enlarged the animals, designed the border and quilted it on his long arm.

Quilt for his son. Craig sometimes uses Pinterest to get ideas for quilts.

Holiday Quilt

The back is a cuddly fleece

Floor quilt made for his grand daughter. Kissing Fish pattern

Craig does his quilting on a babylock Tiara

Flying geese quilt.

Used leftovers on back of quilt. Craigs tip: Plan your pieced backs to be off center. It is hard to center them for long arm machine quilting.

Another one of Craig's quilts. he likes to use 80/20 for batting and likes bamboo batting. He says the bamboo hangs nice on the bed and does not shrink.

The back is a houndstooth design

Last year's BOM

Halloween quilt

This WWI quilt was made as a block of the month in his men's quilting group

Each block represents some aspect of the war

The red poppy is England's flower of remembrance for WWI

World War 11 quilt Craig is working on. He told us many stories and facts about the World Wars.

This year's BOM.. Dream Vacations by Craig

Dianne's bags

Charity quilt by Dianne

Dianne finished last years BOM!

Lisa made the 2017 BOM for her grand daughter

Sandy is working on her red and white embroidery blocks

Tracy's modern quilt

A bit of the back

Peggy's Ricky Timm's convergence pattern.

Peggy's headboard quilts

Linda's Olaf quilt for Wyatt

Frozen Quilt


Finished Thimbleberries quilt - around 20 years old

Virginia's police project quilt - we are close to our goal of 50 quilts this year.

Pam wearing her pants from Bali and back of quilt she and her son quilted

Pam received blocks at Christmas from Lisa.. and used them to make this charity quilt

With the leftovers she made a pillowcase

Cathie's progress on the splendid sampler blocks

Finished challenge quilt from last year... when Jill was president

Barbara's quilt with lots of embellishments. She brought this to inspire everyone to do this year's challenge: a quilt with 3 or more embellishments.

Barbara's red and white quilt....she says it took a long time to do.

Marsha was gifted this applique quilt from the 40's from a friend in Moab... now she has to finish it!

Friday, April 20, 2018

April 2018

Block of the month for April demonstrated by Dianne

Members progress on BOM

New member Rolene shows her embellished block

Aprils meeting was sharing ideas for organizing your sewing room, projects and supplies. IKEA is a favorite place for Jill to get gadgets for organizing supplies

She uses cute jars from the dollar store to organize her buttons

Virgina generously gave 3 of these panels away to members. Her tip was to get metal trips foundd at Harbour Freight. You can hang your scissors up on it and they are easy to find that way.

Jill's red and white wall hanging

Pam made sacks to organize supplies and hangs them on a drapery rod

Pam made a quilt with cuddle fabric 

Fancy stitching shows up well on the back of the cuddle quilt

Dianne stores her binding strips on a hanger ready to go

How Dianne keeps her rulers organized

Dianne made these iron caddys... they open up and have an ironing surface on the inside

She makes these popular sewing caddies out of cans

Dianne's clear project bags

Quilt for charity

She made TWO quilts for charity

Mondo bags by Dianne
Finished "Peppermill" quilt from last years retreat

More bags

Tina's temple quilt

Top Tina made in Clothesline Club

Jan amazed everyone with her coordinated travel accessories for sewing supplies

Plenty of inside pockets for goodies and essentials

Pictures Jan took of how she covers or paints ugly funiture to spruce it up.

Home made board for coralling cutting boards. Made with foam core from home depot and grograin ribbon.

Shelley keeps a Quilting journal which includes all the details about quilts she has made. She includes notes on the inspiration for a quilt and a picture of the quilt, date finished, to whom she gave it etc.

Peggy was last month''s lucky winner of the UFO challenge!

Tracy told us about her trip to the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. The exhibit of Gee's Bend quilts was fabulous.

Rolene's tip was to put tiny hair scrunchies on bobbins to keep them from unwinding.

Barbara shared that she keeps a sub folder in photos on her computer for quilt ideas

Marsha found a way to keep her patterns organized and easy to flip through was to put them in binders in plastic protectors She also uses Sterlite chests to store fabric.  She has also alphabetized her list of quilt books.

Barbara's trendy t shirt says it all

If you have a lot of small scraps you can sort them by color in a see through shoe organizer. Or you could put tools in it and hang it on the back of your sewing room door.  This tip comes compliments of Cathie's mother!