Vice President, Linda filling in for President Carol, who is on family vacation
Pam Martin worked with members renewing membership (and new members joining). Laura Gamble conducted raffle in absence of Marie Robert.
Membership – Pam Martin. From all who renewed by this time, she drew a name from the bowl for a $10 gift certificate from Lynn’s. (Vickie forgot to bring the gift certificate, so wrote an IOU.) Danna Rodriguez won.
“Happy Birthday” to January birthdays
Pam then displayed this year’s birthday gifts (thread and scissors) and we wished the January birthday ladies “Happy birthday.”
KID COMFORT PROGRAM
Thank you quilters for all your efforts on behalf of the Armed Services YMCA of America Kid Comfort Program. Silver Threads provided the batting and with the efforts of seventeen quilters, (Lyndell Simmon, Valerie Valade, Chris Maher, Lynn Salsman, Ruth Christensen, Sharon Starkis, Linda Halverson, Jessie Gaskins, Jackie Hugli, Edith Bullock, Sharon Murphy, Sherry Painter, Karen Fisher, Linda Frick, Carol Stearns and Linda Scoggins) we completed 67 quilts and 11 pillows to bring smiles to children of deployed troops. Thank you also to those who donated “happy fabrics” for our use. If you would like to help in this worthwhile project, please talk to me at guild meeting or call 651-4441. Many hands make light work! Happy New Year.
Chris Maher, who discussed this year’s Flying Needles retreat and displayed class samples. It will be Feb 28 and Mar 1 at the NWFSC campus. She also had printouts of the classes and registration forms and provided the website for use to find the information ourselves. There is a $20 daily registration fee for participants, including those who only do the sit-and-sew. Classes are as follows:
- Tool Box – three different kits include fabric, pattern, and tool, varying prices from $45-$70.
- Chevron Braid $20 using scraps or jelly roll.
- Hooded cape is $28 for class and pattern. Requires meeting with teacher on Feb 20 for fitting.
- Mystery quilt – “Spring time in the garden” $25.
- Woolen Housewife (portable sewing kit) – $10 for class, $30 for the kit of wool. Chris explained how we can get our own wool instead of buying the kit.
- Jelly Roll Race Plus More Fun. $18.95 for class and pattern. All day class, will do one in the morning and either of two others in the afternoon. Not a race, but using the same patterns.
- Friday lunch will be in school cafeteria, Saturday lunch is $12 catered. No outside food allowed (if you bring your own, eat outside or in car).
- Sit & Sew – three options: (a) anything of your own, (b) QOV blocks, or (c) Ostrich challenge, starting with a center square any size and adding borders, must bring several fabrics that coordinate with the center.
- There will be no vendors this year.
Then Linda introduced Carolyn Tilburg, new member and former quilt shop owner, who discussed the importance of a quarter-inch seam.
Various methods to get a quarter-inch seam include quarter-inch foot, sticky notes, a stick of gum, or marking and handsewing. Discussed testing with specific size of cut, sew seam, then measure. Her walking foot has a small mark that is a quarter-inch line – she marked it with a bright pen so it’s easy to see. Then she discussed smaller blocks requiring a scant quarter inch and also using certain threads, like Aurifil, which take up less bulk, especially in small blocks or blocks with lots of pieces.
Round Robin Blocks Instructions
The Round Robin Blocks are going to be a fun quilting adventure. All you have to do is take one of the 12-inch blocks presented at the January guild meeting, pick some pretty fabric to go with it and do the following:
- Cut (2) 3.5” by 12” strips and sew one on each side of the block.
- Then cut (2) 3.5” by 18” strips and sew one on the top and bottom of your block.
- Bring the block back to the February meeting where we will exchange our block with someone else and get instructions for a new border to go around it.
These blocks will turn into quilts for charity!
President’s Challenge 2014
The President’s Challenge for 2014 will the Block of the Month posted on the Quilter’s Newsletter at this web site: http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/articles/Free_Block_Pattern__Ooh_Rah_Block_1. There are three ways to participate (or not):
- You can do the blocks for yourself and make a quilt.
- Make a Quilt of Valor or scrappy quilt for charity.
- Choose not to participate.
The benefit of participating is that there will be door prizes for those who do as your name will be put into a quarterly drawing. For example, in March, we will draw for $25. All names of those who participated will remain in the box through the year and each quarter we will draw for $25. Only finished charity quilt is eligible, but we do want to continue to make pillowcases—at least 2 per member would be nice.
Show and Tell
Linda showed a charity quilt that came in after our distribution in November (purple sashing).
Carolyn T. displayed an apron, a tessellation quilt, a blue & yellow broken dishes quilt, and a strippy baby quilt.
Pam displayed fabric she’s working on for valences for a friend’s baby’s room (orange chevron).
Maria showed a quilt she’s currently binding – “Sweet chirps” quilt as you go, her 7th of this pattern (this one with bugs, pawprints, and various green fabrics).
Lynda R. showed new fabrics she has from market, then a Take 5 quilt with monkeys, a bright-color Strip Tubing quilt, and gorgeous dark color quilt with large flower panels that she isn’t happy with but we all LOVED.
Addie showed a no-longer-UFO she made for her husband – taupes and blues.
Laura turned in three baby charity quilts (2 identical).
Shirley showed a strip tube quilt in bright neon green, white, and black.
Door prize winners
The following is important dates and links……………..
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Calendar Link: http://www.sewingexpo.com/Calendar.aspx
Pensacola quilt show is April 11-12,
Friday/Saturday, at the fairgrounds. Admission $7 for one day, $10 for both
You can contact me by email at email@example.com
Thanks and have fun quilting…….