I have hit a bit of a dry spell in my quilting life. I have not sewn any quilt blocks for about two weeks. I did spend a lot of that time going through old quilt magazines and tearing out patterns I want to keep. Some of the magazines are from 2005 and newer. Most of them were Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, Quiltmaker, and McCall’s Quick Quilts.
One of the patterns that I found in a McCall’s Quilting magazine is the mystery quilt by Robert Callahan in 2005. Each issue in 2005 had another pattern for a row in the quilt. Piecemakers quilt group has been talking about making another group row quilt and this is the one we chose to do this year.
I have now finished looking at all the old magazines and my cutting table is cleared and ready to cut quilt blocks. I plan to make the new Quilty Barn Along block and the May and June “Hello Moon” blocks soon. Stop in at the blog to see the finished blocks in the near future.
Each year my small quilt group, Piecemakers, makes a baby quilt for the first baby born in the new year at CMH (Community Memorial Hospital). We decided we wanted to get started early this year so there is not a rush at the end of the year to get it quilted. I appreciate this since I am usually the person doing the quilting.
Carol and I went to a quilt shop in Roanoke, IN the last week in December, 2010, and found a nice panel to use for the center of the quilt. We decided to make a border of four-patch blocks using the colors found in the panel. The quilt group looked through our stash at the church and found colors to match. I cut the fabric into strips and they were taken home by several members.
Last Thursday the group arranged the four-patches around the panel and Kris and I sewed them into borders at the meeting. I brought them home and added them to the panel today.
As soon as I find fabric for the backing, I will load it on my quilt frame and do the quilting.
At the Appleseed Guild meeting in January, the program was a garage sale. About ten people rented tables and sold unwanted quilting supplies. There was a nice variety of items available for purchase. My “find” was this lunch box filled with ‘Funky Monkey’ fabrics. I measured it when I got home and found I have over five yards of fabric. One piece has one square cut out but all the other pieces are uncut. I plan to make a quilt and maybe include a sock monkey in the lunch box for a baby gift.
Thursday night my quilt group met for a pot luck dinner, games, and gift exchange. The meal was delicious and the fellowship was wonderful. We each brought 2 fat quarters for prizes for Christmas Bingo and a gift. For the exchange we could chose a gift from under the tree or could take a gift that someone had opened. The first gift I opened was taken and I got to choose another gift. The gift I brought home was hand made. It is a wooden waste basket with a quilt block painted on it. The basket holds a plastic grocery bag by slipping the handle opening over the handles on the basket. I also received two mini-bolts of green fabric. They are the same shades of green as the two fat quarters that I won playing Bingo!
Edyta Sitar was the featured artist at the Appleseed Quilt Show at the Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana last week. She taught a workshop called Hannah’s Sugar Baskets which I attended. The cost of the class included a kit of fabric. She gave us enough fabric to make the 12 baskets plus extra, triangle paper for 700 HSTs, recipe cards with the patterns, a folder with quilt layout sheets, and her 2011 calendar that includes 3 patterns. The fabric for the class was cut into strips and ready to make half square triangles using the triangle paper.
She had each of us (21 students) sew five sheets of HST (half square triangles), cut them apart and share with the class. We kept 7 HSTs from each sheet and put the rest into 21 piles. When everyone was finished sewing and cutting, we each received one of the piles of HSTs. This created a very nice variety of fabrics and colors that all coordinated.
After lunch we removed the paper from the HSTs and trimmed the ‘dog ears’ from the squares. She then demonstrated how the basket blocks were assembled, giving us hints on color placement. She also gave us tips on choosing fabric patterns. She told us to choose five prints,small, medium, and large size, dots, and stripes. We then assembled blocks until the end of the class.
During the class, Edyta displayed many of her finished quilts, showing them as she taught the class.
I attended this class with two of my very good friends, Cheryl and Kris. During the two hour lunch break, we visited the vendors and viewed some of the quilts displayed in the quilt show.
I returned to the Coliseum the next day to meet another good quilting friend,Sharon. I met her on an online quilting forum a few years ago.
Below are the baskets I made with the HSTs from the class.
I had a tri-fold display board that I had covered with flannel several years ago when I taught a class. All I had to do was add the curtain rods. In the second picture you can see how the curtain rods are attached with the binder clips.
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I made this portable design wall from instructions given at the Appleseed Quilters Guild meeting in April. Items needed are a dressmaker’s cardboard cutting board, two metal curtain rods (72″ white rods that curve at the ends), a piece of flannel or felt 44″ X 80″, 10 large binder clips, and painter’s tape or double sided carpet tape. To make a smaller design wall, a tri-fold display board can be used.
I made mine from items that I had on hand except for the cutting board and curtain rods. I owned a dressmaker’s cutting board but it disappeared long ago. My friend Liz gave me her old cutting board. I purchased the curtain rods at Dollar General for $3.50 each. I had a box of large binder clips, painter’s tape, and a nice piece of white flannel.
Cover the cutting board with the flannel and tape it to the back of the board. Open the curtain rods and fasten to the long sides of the board with the large binder clips. Stand the board against a wall or bookcase to use. I put mine in front of a cabinet in my sewing room.
It went together very quickly. When finished using it, it can be folded up and stored.
My next project will be to make a small board from a tri-fold display board. I already have one covered with felt. All I need to do is to add the curtain rods. It will be a nice size to set up near my sewing machine for smaller projects.
I won six Bridal Path blocks at the Appleseed Quilters Guild meeting on June 1. I bought white fabric with black polka dots to use as plain blocks between the pieced blocks and I purchased black with mini dots to use for binding. When I got home I realized I didn’t have enough of the white to make four 12 1/2 inch squares. Not wanting to wait until I could go shopping again, I decided to use the fabric I had and made four pieced (9 to 4) blocks instead of the plain squares. By cutting the binding a bit smaller than usual, I had just enough to make the binding.
I made two blocks for the block of the month at the Appleseed Quilters Guild meeting on June 1. This block is called Bridal Path with one change. The center 9 patch is changed to 9 solid squares rather then pieced squares in the corners. Here are the blocks I made.
The colors we were asked to use were black and white with jewel tone colors for the star points. These were fabrics from my stash.
An update: I took the blocks to quilt guild last night and won the Block of the Month blocks.The blocks below are the four that I won in addition to my two blocks shown above.
I plan to use five of the blocks to make a table topper.
This quilt was made by the Piecemakers Quilt Group for Relay for Life 2010. We worked together at our weekly meetings to make the blocks. The block pattern is Road to California. Colleen Richter finished the top and I quilted it. Colleen put the binding on it.
I made this label on my embroidery machine . Colleen framed it with the dark purple fabric and sewed it to the back of the quilt.
Every year since 2006, Piecemaker Quilt Group members have made a group quilt for Relay for Life. The team from St. John’s Lutheran Church raffles it as one of their fund raisers. Colleen co0rdinates the project and provides the fabric. Each member of Piecemakers makes one or more blocks and Colleen puts the quilt top together. I quilt it and embroider a label and Colleen puts the binding and label on it. This year the quilt top contains thirty-six 12 inch blocks plus a three inch border around the outside edge. We used three purple fabrics and the Road to California pattern.
On Friday, I went to the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. Elsie, Carol, and I met in the church parking lot at 6:00 AM to travel together to Fort Wayne. There we met friends and members of the Appleseed Quilters Guild and boarded a chartered bus to Chicago. We left Fort Wayne at 7:30 AM and arrived at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont about four hours later.
There was a large crowd at the festival. The aisles were very crowded and some of the vendor booths were very congested. I bought several quilting items. I purchased a quilting novel,” The Lover’s Knot”, from the author, Clare O’Donohue, and had her autograph it. She told me she is a quilter also.
My largest purchase was a pack of 21 batik fat quarters in the booth of Edyta Sitar. Edyta will be teaching classes at the Appleseed Quilt show in August. I have signed up for one of her classes, Hannah’s Sugar Basket.
I also bought two small wall hanging kits, a special square up ruler for rectangles, and a quilt ruler connector.
This is the pack of batik fat quarters.
These are the other items that I purchased.
Last night Pat Speth was the guest speaker at the Appleseed Quilters Guild meeting. She presented a very interesting program, showing many quilts made from five inch squares of fabric. She has had several books and patterns published with her quilt designs. Pat donated some of her quilt patterns to the guild for door prizes and I was one of the lucky winners.
I purchased a raffle ticket for the monthly mini, as I do each month, and was the winner of a very colorful wall quilt made by Mary Ann Skinner. I used the new quilt hangers that Jen and Tristan gave me for Christmas to hang it near the back entrance of my home.
We have a small group of quilters who meet weekly at Grace United Methodist Church. We make quilts for Relay for Life, the first baby born at the local hospital, and quilts for special causes and occasions.
This year, 2010, we gave a quilt to the hospital for the New Year’s baby as our first project. The next project was to make a special quilt for a special quilter in our group. Elsie and Frank are celebrating their 50th anniversary in February and we wanted to surprise them with a small quilt.
We purchased a panel with Bible verses that could be cut into 3 1/2 inch squares. We used the squares for the centers in 15 square in a square blocks. The 16th block had an embroidered square with their names and anniversary date.
We presented Elsie with the quilt at our Thursday evening meeting on February 11.
Our quilt group that meets at Grace United Methodist Church made this quilt in 2009. Each row was made by a member of the group. I pieced the fence and the row of houses. This is the second row quilt we have done.
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