April 2015 Newsletter

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I think we are in a race, it’s almost April.  Man I better get my running shoes on.

Was glad to see you at our March’s meeting as well as those who came to participate in our Charity Sit and Sew.  We had about 14 members there and had lots of fun.  Thank you Edith and her team for putting this all together.  Fabulous job as always.

Aprils’ speaker will be Margie from Margie’s Sew Much Fun.

And of course we will continue our Block of the Month and Round Robin.

Edith and her team would like you all to participate in charity quilts this year.  She would like to be able for us to give away more quilts than we did last year.  One way you can participate is by joining us for a sit and sews.  Watch the Blog to see a future Sit and Sew.

Another way to help is make as many 9 Patch blocks as you would like, bring them to the meeting and then they will have someone put the quilt together, or volunteer to put the 9 patches together.

Remember that April 11th is our workshop.  So be on the lookout for more details.

Happy quilting and send me any suggestions you may have.

Pam

Treasures Report for March

Beginning Balance:  $1,931.13

Deposits:

$72.00 (membership)

$77.00 (raffle)

Expenses:

– $20.00 (Speaker)

Ending Balance:  $2,060.13

Contributors for April’s door prize are:

Edith Bullock

Christene Alber

Pat Nieber

Karen Fisher

Please bring two gifts, sewing related and a value of $10.00 each.

March 2015 — Block of the Month Instructions

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Here is a link to the instructions if you want to print them:  Guild2015BOM

A little assistance on partial seams:  How to Sew a Block Using the Partial Seam Method

March Block

 

Cutting Instructions

Fabric One(off white in illustration)

  1. Sixteen 2 1/2” squares-outer border and block
  2. Four 1 1/2” x 8 1/2” rectangles-inner border

Fabric Two(green in the illustration)

  1. Nine 2 1/2” squares-outer border and block
  2. Four 1 1/2” x 6 1/2” rectangles

Fabric Three(red in illustration)

  1. Eight 2 1/2” squares-outer border
  2. Four 1 1/2” squares-inner border
  3. Four 1 1/2” x 6 1/2” rectangles
  4. Two 1 1/2” x 4 1/2” rectangles
  5. Two 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” rectangles

Sewing Instructions

Center Block

Sew one E piece of fabric three to opposite sides of one of the A pieces of fabric two. Then sew one of the D pieces to the remaining sides. Set aside.

March Example 1

Sew one B piece of fabric two and one C piece of fabric three together. Repeat three more times for a total of four units.

March Example 2

 

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side eight of the A pieces of fabric one. Place on the units made in the previous step as shown. Make sure the colors are all in the right place and sew on the line and trim.

March Example 3

Press the triangles back to form a rectangular unit

March Example 4

Using the Partial Seam Method add the four units to the center unit paying careful attention to matching the triangle points.

March Example 5

First Border

Sew one of the B pieces of fabric one to opposite sides of the center block. Sew a piece B of fabric three to each end of two of B pieces of fabric one and sew these units to the remaining sides of the center block. Your blocks should now measure 10 1/2” square.

March Example 6

Second Border

Sew the A pieces of fabrics one, two, and three together to form four borders as shown in illustration. You will have two shorter borders with five squares each and two longer borders with seven squares each. Sew the shorter borders to opposite sides of the block. Then sew the longer borders to the remaining sides of the block. Your block should now measure 14 1/2” square.

March Example 7

Pictures from 12 March Meeting

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Here is the Sew News for March….

EPSON MFP image

Our March Birthdays…

© CJ Alber 2015, All Rights Reserved Marie Roberts, Shelia Patton, Edith Bullock, Carol Sterns, Danna Rodriguez

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Shelia Patton, Marie Roberts, Danna Rodriguez, Edith Bullock, Carol Sterns

Here are Carol’s instructions for the third row of STQG Round Robin

You will need 1/3 yd of background fabric plus scraps for flying geese

Background fabric Cuts

Cut 4 3.5 inch strips by WOF

Cut 8 ( 3.5 inch squares)

32 2.5 inch squares for geese

Scraps

16 2.5 by 4 inch rectangles

Make flying geese by sewing a Background square onto each end of scrap rectangle.

(Correction added 16 March):  After making your geese, square up to 2” by 3.5, making sure you leave ¼” of fabric from the point up to keep your points.  If your points don’t come out, it is not a problem.

There are numerous videos online for easy flying geese and other techniques.  Use your favorite

Measure your Round Robin Square width

— Sew 4 Flying Geese together points facing same direction.

— Sew 1 3.5 inch square to end of flying geese strip with points facing the square.

— Sew a length of background strip to the other end of flying geese strip. (make 4)

You will have 1 square, 4 flying geese, and longer strip of background.  Cut this sewn strip to the length of your round robin side and sew onto top.  Sew another strip onto bottom of Round Robin Square.

Take the remaining two strips of square, flying geese and background cut to length.  Sew a 3.5 inch square onto each end.  Make two.

Sew onto sides of Round Robin.

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We had an outstanding presentation by Melanie & Earnest Nettles about paper-piecing.

A few of the books they brought with them…

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Some tools that may come in handy if you are planning to give this a try:  ruler, cutting board, glue, stay sticker, & stiletto. They also brought up that you can use many different types of paper as well. Computer printer paper, tracing paper, masking paper (available at paint stores), even unused newsprint will all work.

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Just a few examples of their talent…

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On top of all that we still had time for some show and tell.

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Don’t forget we have two events coming up at the Moose Lodge.  The address is 226 Green Acres Rd., Ft. Walton Bch., FL 32547.

On 21 March, come sew with the guild on National Quilting Day from 9:00 till 2:00. Lunch will be provided.

On 11 April we have a workshop scheduled for this beautiful quilt from 9:00 till 3.00. There are a few things you will need to bring for this project.

If you are planning to do a 4-color quilt like the one pictured you will need at least 1 yard of each color and 2 yards for the background fabric.

Another option is to bring 1 – 40 count jelly roll and 2 yards for the background fabric. The cost for this workshop is $10 for guild members or $15 for non-guild members.  The fee includes lunch.

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It was a busy meeting, hope everyone enjoyed themselves and maybe learned something too…

2015 STQG Challenge — Playing Card Quilt

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Finished size of your quilt must be 18″ X 24″
(Complete with batting/binding & quilted)

Card symbol and number/letter must be incorporated into the quilt.

Bring your quilt to the October meeting in a brown paper bag for judging.

I did a Google Images search for “Playing Card Quilt” and have attached some pictures to give an idea of what we are looking for.

USE YOUR CREATIVITY!!!

Image from: http://canarycreated.com/deck-of-card-quilts-at-mmqg-quilt-show/http://canarycreated.com/deck-of-card-quilts-at-mmqg-quilt-show/http://www.iamnota.demon.co.uk/mary/quilts.htmlhttp://justquilts-funoldhag.blogspot.com/2010/08/challenge-quilts-for-guild.htmlhttp://www.rainbowhare.com/2012_05_01_archive.html

March 2015 Newsletter

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I hope all of you had a great time at our February meeting, March’s meeting will be a busy meeting as well.

This month’s speaker will be the Nettles talking about paper piecing.

And of course we will continue our Block of the Month and Round Robin.

Edith and her team would like you all to participate in charity quilts this year.  She would like to be able for us to give away more quilts than we did last year.  One way you can participate is by joining us on March 21st for a sit and sew.  Another way is to make as many 9-patch blocks as you would like and bring.  They will have someone put the quilt together.  Or volunteer to put the 9 patches together.

Remember that April 11th is our workshop.  So be on the lookout for more details.

If you didn’t get a card last month for the Challenge I will have them at our meeting.

Happy quilting and send me any suggestions you may have.

Pam

Treasurers Report for February

Beginning Balance:  $1,820.28

Deposits:

108.00     (membership)

80.00     (raffle)

Expenses:

– 19.92    (Cards & tickets)

– 57.23   (paper & color ink for Queens table program)

Ending Balance:  $1,931.13

Door Prize for March Meeting

Please bring two sewing related gifts, at a value of $10.00 each.

Marie Robert

Carolyn Urquhart

Valerie Valade

Addie Lowery

 

 

Just for Fun — Free Patterns Using 2 1/2″ Strips

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Here is a free pattern from Craftsy using 2.5” strips!

Windmills-at-Night-Quilt

Windmills-at-Night-Quilt

 

Wonky Stripes Baby Quilt

http://mleknits.blogspot.com/2015/02/wonky-stripes-baby-quilt-tutorial.html

Wonky Stripes

This video shows how to use up some leftover fabrics, 2 1/2″ and 5″ squares, to make a Floating 4-patch block that measures 7″ and finishes at 6 1/2″ square. This makes a delicious scrappy quilt!

 

Come sew with us on National Quilting Day (21 March)!!!

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Mark your calendars!!!  We’re having a Sit-n-Sew at the Moose Lodge (226 Green Acres Road, FWB) on 21 March from 9:00 until 2:00 …

You can come work an a charity project or bring one of your own projects to work on.  Lunch will be provided by the guild.

If you want to do 9-patches, we will be teaching both of these patterns (follow the links for instructions):

The Dancing Nine Patch found at:  http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2013/06/dancing-nines-pattern-time.html

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Starring baby quilt from Wedding dress blue (yellow stars) found at:  https://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/tutorial-starring-baby-quilt/

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Here’s a couple more 9-patch ideas.

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As usual bring your machine, scissors, pins, rotary cutter, etc.  Anything you think you might need to create quilts!

It’s National Quilting Day so come on out and join us.  Looking forward to a fabulously fun day of quilting…