Despite a fast-approaching storm, we gathered together last Thursday night for some quilty fun and fellowship. No storm will deter our enthusiastic band of quilters from our mission.
Thanks to Pam’s hard work, we now have new membership booklets. Please let Pam know if there are any errors in your entry.
Five guests attended the April meeting, one of whom became a member.
Happy Birthday to our beautiful girls of March!
Carolyn reports there are 25 workshop signees. Saturday, April 20, is our scheduled Spring Workshop where we’ll learn to make a Projects-to-Go Bag. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 215 Green Acres Road in Fort Walton Beach. Our fee includes the pattern and lunch.
Please cut all pieces and try to do the interfacing prep work before attending the workshop in order to save time. Preparation instructions may found here.
Linda reports that our charity efforts have netted 22 quilts, 11 bags, 2 pillowcases, and 1 stuffed animal. Six kits are available for anyone wishing to adopt one. As yet, a specific charity has yet to be identified to receive our offerings.
On Thursday, April 18, members are invited to help sort fabrics for charity quilts at First Christian Church. Linda Richardson graciously offered to help cut strips for everyone.
As of the guild meeting, we had 43 followers. June encouraged all members to sign up via the Follow Me link on the bottom right-hand column of our guild blog—doing so helps keep you informed of upcoming guild activities and membership information.
The deadline for getting information to June for each month’s newsletter is end-of-day on the 25th of each month (naturally, that date will be adjusted for Christmas). General postings shall be done on Mondays unless there is something absolutely vital that needs to be announced in the interim.
A question was raised during our meeting about how members are notified of a last-minute cancellation of a guild meeting. The answer is that an email shall be fired off to all members informing them of the cancellation or any other urgent situation. This is especially important to note considering we’ll find ourselves in the midst of hurricane season in the next two months.
This month’s program was about making our own chenille using flannel fabric. The program was presented by Carmen who wore a beautiful coat made of our chenille she crafted herself.
Making chenille is a time-intensive effort, Carmen reports. You decide on your first-layer of fabric and then you stack 3 or more layers of flannel on top—least-expensive flannel blooms the best.
When you’re choosing the colors and effects you want, it is helpful to make a sample set first. In this photo, Carmen has stacked her fabrics in different ways to see how the colors evolve in the process which will help determine in which color order to place the fabrics.
The basic process is outlined in the following steps:
Step 1: Make your first layer with wrong sides together.
Step 2: Sew a gazillion seams on the bias, approximately 3/8-inches apart.
Step 3: Make a small cut with your scissors between the seams and then finish cutting the seams with a chenille cutter—but do not cut the bottom two layers (base layers). The cutter should not be smaller than the seam you are cutting.
Step 4: Binding.
Step 5: Wash and dry.
Here is a close view of a bound piece of work ready for washing and drying.
Here is the finished quilt with its chenille back after completing all the steps in the process.
The February President’s Challenge netted 34 blocks while April’s meeting rendered 18 shamrock blocks. The blocks go towards making charity quilts—a little bit of love from all contributing members.
April’s challenge is a Tulips Block. Carol provides the following tutorial on how to make the block. A printable copy of the tutorial may be found here.
Show and Tell
This portion of our meeting was a wowzer as the following photos will attest. Grab a cup of coffee or some other beverage and feast your eyes on the amazing works we enjoyed.
Diane’s amazing wheeled traveling quilt creation.
She won First Prize in the Other Techniques category at the Florida Emerald Coast Quilt Retreat & Show for this project. Congratulations, Diane!
Linda Richardson’s bag was made from an Amy Butler pattern—the Field Bag and Tote.
Mama Jean Mauldin and her beautiful quilt make for a picture-perfect ending to our wonderful evening.
A chenille-making video
Another chenille video
Hand-cut chenille baby blanket
How to make chenille video
Make your own faux chenille
Sewing heirloom-cut chenille baby blanket
Using a chenille cutter video