Shop Happenings this weekend!


Haven’t time for Sew News yet but I wanted to let you know that Sherry at The Sewing Center has her annual Christmas sale Dec 2 and 3.  Today and Saturday.  Lots of discounts available. Christmas fabric is 25% off.  When you go in, you’ll get a list of what’s on sale. In addition, all of her accuquilt dies are on sale.  She does’t have many but they are 40% off.  And one Go Baby I think.  Very festive in the shop.

On Sunday, Dec 4, Stitcher’s Quest has their Christmas open house from 1:00 to 4:00.  15% off fabrics and some demos on different crafty type items.  Angel and I will demo and Carolyn Tilburg.  Come by on Sunday.

Lynda Richardson at Unlimited Embroidery is open from 10:00 to 5:00.  She has a storewide sale of 50% off all fabrics excluding P&B Textiles.  35% off accuquilt.  Lynda is open Tuesday through Thursday but if you want to come out any other time, please call  936-9678 to make sure she is in.

I’ll post more happenings as I get them.  Lots of machines on sale at Margie’s, Sewing Center and Stitcher’s Quest.




YEP it’s December. November has gone and the year is coming to an end, with many projects piling up. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.
Welcome to the clubs new board members: Celeste Driskill- Pres, Linda Frick- Vice Pres, Laura Gamble- Secretary, and myself as Treasurer. Celeste has already selected a few people for her committees and she would like to have more volunteers to step up and help make this an AWESOME 2017. If you are interested in helping please contact her. Thus far, she has recruited Patty Roof to continue as membership, Margaret Kota for programs and Angel Schauer to do the Facebook page.
This month we will have our Christmas party. Remember to bring your Fabric gift box full of candy and a nice fat quarter. The instruction are on this website I used 12 inch blocks and made my sides sews 2 ½ inches. Bring in a bag so no one can see yours.
Remember to bring your pot luck dish also.  The meeting is next week, December 8, 2016!

This is my last month of being your president I wanted to thank you for the opportunity.

November Meeting Minutes


Silver Threads Quilt Guild – Meeting minutes, 10 Nov 2016

6:30 P.M.  Meeting conducted by Pam Martin, president.

Pam handed out ballots for the challenge entries and everyone voted.

Pam led the pledge of allegiance.

Membership Chair Patty Roof did birthdays.

Carol S. briefed the Sew News handout.  .

Pam distributed door prizes from the shops:  Patty R. and Kathy W. won gift certificates from Sewing Corner; Edith B. won some threads from Stitcher’s Quest; and Doris B. won a gift certificate from Quilter’s Place.

Block Swap.  Carolyn U. won the block drawing.  Pam displayed the December blog – instructions will be on the blog.

Charity.  Lyndell not present but Sharon S. will take donations to her.

Nominations.  Pam asked for further nominations and distributed ballots for the 2017 year.

Bee.  Celeste reported only 6 people signed up – not enough interest for more than one bee.  If anyone is still interested, see Celeste tonight.

Pam announced December is our Christmas party.  For gift exchange, make an easy little box-shaped bag.  Instructions on facebook and the blog.  Put in a fat quarter and candy, wrap in a gift bag.  Also there’ll be a potluck that night.

Election results.  Next year:  President is Celeste Driskell.  Vice President is Linda Frick.  Secretary is Laura Gamble.  Treasurer is Pam Martin.  All other positions are appointed.

All who participated in the challenge got a gift.  Winners:

Category 1:  #1 Kathy Weathers, #2 Kathy Robinson

Category 2:  tie Carol Stearns and Angel Schauer

Category 3:  #1 Margaret Kota, #2 Patty Roof

A guest (Gina) distributed fliers for the Modern Quilt Guild’s retreat in Destin in January.

Opportunity drawing.

Show & Tell.

Laura Gamble, 8:15PM

Fabric Gift Box


Fabric Box Tutorial

 I hope you enjoy this little fabric box tutorial as much as I do. It is simple enough to complete in about an hour, which makes it perfect for a last minute hostess gift. Fill it with candy and you are ready to go!

A friend gave me the pattern* a couple of years ago, but after I made the first sample, I lost the pattern! Luckily, I remembered what to do, and wrote up my own instructions. There was no indication of who had designed it, so if you know whose pattern this is, please do let me know. I haven’t seen anything else like it online.

*The original was a one page, hand drawn pattern that looked like it had been photocopied a number of times. I interpreted the pattern in a completely different way from my friend.

Let’s get started!
You will need:
 (2) squares of fabric, between 8″ and 12″. My sample was made with 10″ squares.
A piece of batting the same size as the fabric (or a little bigger).
(4) coordinating buttons, optional.
A walking foot, if you have one.
Step 1: Layer the fabric, right sides together, on top of the batting.
Step 2:  Stitch 1/4″ seam around perimeter, leaving an opening of about 4″ on one side.
Step 3: Trim away the batting from the seam allowances to reduce bulk. Trim as close to the stitching line as you can without clipping into it!
Step 4: Turn right side out and press.
Step 5: Top stitch close to the edge, closing the opening as you go.
Step 6: Quilt as desired. I just kept going around and stitched concentric squares…
… until my bobbin ran out!
Step 7: Fold the quilted square in half, right side in. Mark a 2″ triangle in the corners.
(If you started with a different size square, you may want to alter this dimension.)
Stitch the 2 bottom corners, back-tacking at the beginning and end. Since I had used a Frixion pen for marking, I just needed to hit it with an iron to erase the line!
Step 8: Open it up and fold it in the other direction, marking and stitching the remaining 2 corners.
Step 9: Turn the box right side out.
 Step 10: I like mine with the points folded down…
 … and the inside flaps tacked down.
If you would like to eliminate the inside flaps, try Connie’s modification with French Seams!
Step 11: Stitch on some cute buttons, if desired.
(I bought these buttons at Walmart. I think I need to go back and get more in every color!)
Starting with 10″ squares, the boxes finish at about 4″ x 4″ x 3″ high.
My original sample was made with Meadowsweet leftovers. I still love that collection so much!
And this is the one I made last weekend for Barbara. This one started with a 12″ square, so I made the sides a little higher (2.5″ corners in step 7).

Have fun with the tutorial and let me know if you make one!

Edit 4/13/14: I am not affiliated in any way with the pattern being sold on Craftsy for $6.

Edit 5/22/14 for clarification: The pattern I was given did not include any authorship information, or I would have given credit from the start. There were just a few hand drawn diagrams and cryptic text open for interpretation. It was not a copy of the pattern being sold on Craftsy. I wish there was a name on the original drawing, but there was not. I struggled with offering it online, but I felt my finished product was more detailed and my instructions were much clearer. I added the quilting and the buttons that were not included in the original.

The pattern on Craftsy was not offered until after I had posted my free tutorial. I believe the designer used the ideas that I had fleshed out. If she used her own photos and text, there is no copyright infringement. I haven’t purchased it, so I don’t know that to be true. She claims there are design differences, but her sample in the Craftsy listing looks just like mine. It is even quilted the same way. I don’t believe she is the designer of the pattern I was given many years ago.

Because the basis for this fabric box was not my original idea, I struggled with offering the tutorial at all. I did not feel it was right to profit from it by selling the pattern. Again, I wish the person who drew the original diagrams by hand had signed her work.

It is in the spirit of sharing that I offer this free tutorial. They look great filled with candy or a small potted plant. You may use it as a guild or sewing bee project. You may make them to sell for charity fundraisers. If you make them to sell for personal gain, please drop me an email.

Visit my Pinterst board to see how other sewists are interpreting this project.




Please make a fabric gift box from the tutorial above.  Use a 12″ square to make your box.  Fill it will a nice fat quarter and candy for our gift exchange at the December meeting.  Potluck as well so bring your favorite dish!