What an amazing presentation Ginger Maddox gave to us at our guild meeting last week. We learned so much more about Quilts of Valor and I think we were all moved by her
Presentation and pictures of our military receiving their quilts. Thank you to all who have participated!
Our Round Robin Blocks were beautiful and again, thank you to all who are participating. It is not too late to jump in with a 12” block, add a 3.5 “ border and proceed with this months directions which are included next.
Round Robin Block, Round 2
Make sure your block measures 18” and let out a seam or trim some off if necessary, stretch it into submission (Karen Fisher said this), or ease the excess in.
- Cut two strips 18 by ¾” and two strips 18.5 by ¾” of an accent fabric and sew around on either side and top and bottom of your block. Finished block should now measure 18.5”
- Cut 24 3.5” squares of contrasting colors and 4 cornerstones of 3.5”. Sew 6 of the 3.5” squares together x 4 times.
- Sew the 6 squares sewn together to the sides of your block.
- Sew a cornerstone to each end of the remaining two strips and then sew them to the top and bottom of your square! Voila, you are done! And Fun!
Programs Chair Kerry Kastl introduced Ginger Maddox, who spoke to us about Quilts of Valor.
Ginger said there will be a Sit & Sew at the Flying Needles retreat (9am-4pm on 28 February & 1 March) with more workshops on 27 March and 24 April. If you make a top, include your name and town and the pattern designer’s name; donations of fabric (1-5 yards) and money always welcome. Include a presentation case (basically a pillowcase to hold the quilt). Sizes: Minimum 55×65, average 60×80, maximum 72×87, ideal locally is about 60×72. Journal can accompany it – who made it and why, how it was made, how to care for it. The next Returning Warrior Workshop will be in May in New Orleans, expecting to distribute about 100 quilts. Send any donations to Flying Needles Quilt Guild, P O Box 1652, Niceville FL 32588.
Raffle drawing by Pam Martin.
The Guild has 59 paid members with 50 present during meeting.
Two birthdays this month.
Quilters Newsletter block-of-the-month displayed by Karen, Linda, and Carol.
Charity – Edith Bullock and Christine Alber.
We’ll have a sit & sew on 15 March at Moose Lodge, 9am-2pm. Will use fabric we already have but also need light colored fabrics if you can bring some. Additionally, they brought in non-cotton yardage and asked members to help themselves.
Programs Chair Kerry Kastl discussed 2014 Challenge: a 9 patch. Must have 14 fabrics (for 2014!) and be at least 44×55.
Minimum size of challenge is 44 x 63 inches(lap size) One category
Example of 9 patch quilts
Vice President Linda Frick announced May 3 workshop at Moose Lodge, sit & sew, 9am-2pm, lunch will be available. Possibly a zigzag quilt pattern to be taught by Karen, will show sample in March.
President Carol Stearns displayed the next instructions – round 3 – for President’s Challenge block: add a coping strip (cut ¾ inch, finishes ¼ inch) then add 3 ½ inch squares the whole way around. Those who are swapping out the Round Robin were then called by name to go select a block for Round 3.
Show & Tell:
The following members showed off their quilts:
Carol Stearns—Courthouse Steps blocks and Smith Mountain Morning made from Bonnie Hunter class in Mobile.
Cindy Ringleb & Shirley Ringleb – green floral (magnolia?), black & white jackets, and a table runner in browns made with strip tube ruler.
Angel Schauer – set of 6 placements in nautical theme, charity quilt in pink and brown, and her first quilt, a pinwheel in browns
Sandy Sterman – 2 charity quilts, both 9-patch quilts with dog prints.
Karen Fisher – Crown Royal Irish chain quilt (using 132 bags!)
Carolyn Tilburg – scrappy mystery quilt top at Lynn’s – in cream, green, and brown
Lynda Richardson – McKenna Ryan “Beach Walk”
Veleta Ehrlich – small pouch from a pattern
Lynn Salsman – “Joy” quilt and McKenna Ryan “Seabreeze”
Rebekah Hedstrom – AFSOC group quilt for wounded
Marie Roof – her first quilt, a baby quilt, a disappearing 9-patch
Carol Stearns – dancing 9-patch (free pattern from Bonnie Hunter’s website)
Laura Gamble announced upcoming shows:
Quilt show, Panama City, Fri/Sat Feb 14-15
Embroidery show, Fort Walton Beach, Sat/Sun Feb 15-16
Quilt show, DeFuniak Springs, Fri/Sat Feb 21-22
Quilt show, Pensacola, Fri/Sat Apr 11-12
Next Month: Nana Girl Quilts Trunk Show, Pensacola.
Meeting adjourned 7:56 PM.
(Blog Newsletter done by PJ Kobos, contact at firstname.lastname@example.org)