Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Quilt Guild night really is the best night of the whole month, isn't it? A lot went on at the February meeting so grab your beverage of choice and get ready for a long blog post.
1. First off, thanks to everyone who made it to the meeting and welcome to our two newest members- Pat and Jentry. We're glad to have you, ladies.
2. I should have member directories with everyone's phone number, email address and birthday ready for the next meeting. If you know your information has changed and you haven't already updated it with me, please email your correct contact information to me (email@example.com).
3. Dues are due. It's $15 for membership for the year. Bring your money to the next meeting if you haven't already paid.
4. Nicke demonstrated some of her methods for piecing together a quilt top from different sized wonky blocks. Thanks so much, Nicke!
5. Next month Jenele will be teaching us how to paper-piece the amazingly popular economy block. Along with that, we'll be having a scrap scramble. So, bring along some of your scraps. We'll spread them all out, use them to make some economy blocks and you'll get to pick out some new and exciting scraps to take home.
6. Have you seen the amazing Sew Together Bags Heather has been making? No, well let me show you the one she made Saturday night-
Super cute and super useful. Well, the amazing Heather is willing to help you make one of your very own. She's be at the Quilt Barn at 4 pm before our next meeting (March 8th) to help anyone and everyone make this wonderful bag. You'll need to purchase your pattern from Craftsy ahead of time and have your pieces cut out. Even more good news, when you purchase your pattern you can get a $5 Quilt Barn Gift Certificate. It's really easy. Go to the Quilt Barn Website, click on the Craftsy button on the top right side, and search "sew together bag sewdemented". Next thing you know, you've got a $5 gift certificate and a cute place to corral some stuff.
7. Lori Holt from BeeInMyBonnet is coming back to the Quilt Barn the weekend of May 3rd. I've heard fantastic things about her classes last time. There will be special in-town pricing if you don't need to spend the night in the Hen House. More information will be available on the the Quilt Barn website soon.
8. Show and Tell!
Pat brought her amazing Civil War Sampler quilt. Look at how tiny those pieces are!
Heather brought some of the things she's working on- Union Jack blocks and a patchwork quilt top.
There's a Candy behind that Valentine's table runner.
Candy with the dresden plate table runner she made from a rescued vintage quilt top.
And, finally, a quilt she recently finished for a wedding gift.
Nicke's been making gifts for a knitter- a sock sack.
And a knitting needle case decorated with an amazing scrappy dresden plate.
Well, ladies. I think that's everything. How was your beverage?
See you next month!
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
It's that time again. Our monthly meeting will be this Saturday, February 8th starting at 6 pm at the Quilt Barn. Bring your $15 dues for the year if you have not already paid them. Also don't forget projects for show and tell, your nametag and maybe some treats to share. As always, we'll follow the meeting with a late night sew. So, bring your machine and some projects to work on.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Our next meeting is this Saturday, January 11th! Some things to remember-
1. We'll be having our potluck dinner that we didn't get to have in January. The guild will be providing the main course (either ham or lasagna depending on what I can find at the grocery store) and all the paper products. Bring whatever you want, no matter what you signed up for last time.
2. Bring your gift for the gift exchange if you have not already gifted it.
3.We'll be doing our final block exchange. Bring 6 granny square blocks if you would like to participate.
4. Dues for 2014 are $15. Please bring it this meeting or next.
5. Bring your machine and projects for our late night sew immediately following the meeting!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Emilee emailed me her fantastic last minute gift ideas. These are amazing and still completely do-able before the big day.
First up, an embroidered bow pendant.
How adorable is that? She found the tutorial in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
Next, for the new babies on your Christmas list- a car seat blanket.
Cute and highly useful. She used the tutorial from Running With Scissors.
Last up is pillow covers.
Emilee modified a tutorial she purchased from Etsy. There are tons of free pillow patterns online, as well. I swear every year I'm going to make this one from From the Blue Chair. There's still time this year, right?
Also, every year I try and make at least one new ornament for our tree. They also make great last minute gifts along with a plate of treats. Here's my long list of all the ones I am considering making this year-
Button Tree Ornament
Felt Nativity Ornament
Simple Quilted Stars
Scrappy Stocking Ornaments
Love Where You Live Ornament
Christmas Bird Ornament
Have a merry Christmas, everyone!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
This Saturday night is our Meeting, Late Night Sew and Holiday Party all rolled into one. If we tried to cram any more fun into this one night, it would actually explode! We'll be meeting at 6pm in the big, lovely Hen House located behind the The Quilt Barn.A few reminders-
Thursday, November 14, 2013
There's lots of good stuff in here (including information on our Holiday Party!) so pay attention...
1. Members in Attendance- 8. The rest of you all better have really good excuses or doctor's notes.
2. Birthdays this month- KZ, Mary and Kim. Happy Birthday ladies!
3. Much wedding and new baby talk.
4. Our Annual Holiday Party is Saturday, December 7th at 6 pm. As always, it promises to be a fantastic time. Some things to know-
a. Guild funds are providing a ham and all the paper products. The rest of dinner will be potluck. So far, people have signed up to bring a pie, side salad, dessert, funeral potatoes and a sweet potato casserole. Consider that when deciding what you would like to bring. Then email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know.
b. We drew names for the gift exchange. Gifts can be handmade or store-bought, new or from stash, crafty or whatever. Just try and keep it under a $10 value. It's not too late if you'd like to participate. Just email me and I'll send you back the name of your giftee. Just please, don't sign up unless you're going to be at the party or can otherwise deliver your gift.
c. We're going to try something a little crazy for the demonstration at the meeting. I'm calling it the Quilt Guild Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide. How it works is this, everyone who can brings a quick and easy project to show off along with the information on where to find the tutorial or pattern. It can be something you've made in years past or what you're making this year. We'll go around the table, share our projects and by the end of the evening we should all have some great ideas for last minute gifts.
5. Giveaway- Pattern for Rudy the Reindeer by Melly & Me. Congratulations, Nicke!
6. We took a quick vote on whether to leave meetings and sewing night connected or separate them into two different nights next year. Leaving them connected won. I should hopefully (fingers crossed) have next year's meeting schedule for everyone by the December meeting. I would also like to have a member information list for everyone at that time. So, let me know if your contact information has changed lately.
7. Demonstration- Granny Square Blocks. I've collected some inspiration and tutorials on a Pinterest Board. If you'd like to participate in the (final!) block swap, bring six completed granny square blocks to the December meeting. I know, I know...that's a lot for the December meeting. But, you can do it!
8. Show and Tell. Wow, we are a talented group!
Emily's third completed quilt. She's a rock star. The pattern can be found here.
Plus, she's finished three beautiful Geranium dresses, one with matching doll dress.
Nikke showed off her Noodlehead Super Tote modified into a backpack and her super sweet doll Moses basket with pillow and quilt.
I showed the Miss Mary dress I made for my daughter and a finished Noodlehead Open Wide Zippered Pouch. There was a lot of love this month for little girly things and Noodlehead, it seems.
Jenele showed off her new improvisational project. We're pretty much all in awe.
Mary showed off two finished quilt tops. The second was a lovely tribute to her mother.
Emily showed off a lovely quilt she is making for her mother and her own new little baby, Lydia. I know water bottle in the way. I never got a picture of the baby, but Nicke got a fantastic one.
Well, I think that's everything. Let me know if you have any questions. I'm looking forward to our holiday party and hope to see everyone there!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Let's just all pretend that I wrote this blog post three weeks ago, shall we?
1. Welcome to our newest member- Kim Almon! We're so excited to have you in our little group.
2. Our next meeting is November 9th. We'll be drawing names for our Holiday Party Gift Swap. If you'd like to participate either be at the meeting or let me know (email@example.com) so I can draw a name for you. Please, please, please don't draw a name unless you can be there for the holiday party.
3. Mark your calendars now- our Holiday Party is December 7th, 6 pm at the Quilt Barn. As in years past, the guild will be providing a delicious ham and we'll be potlucking the rest of the meal.
4. Demonstration- Review of Quilting On the Go by Jessica Alexandrakis. Including the showing off of my finished English Paper Pieced quilt top.
5. Show and Tell
Kim's Amazing Quilts
Jenele's fantastic quilt. There were others, I'm sure. But I was too busy trying to keep my kids from breaking something that these were the only pictures I managed.
So, that's it. Great meeting everyone. And, speaking of meetings, since I took so long to write this blog post- it's also serving as your meeting reminder. Meeting this Saturday, October 9th. 6 pm at The Quilt Barn. As usual, we'll stay after the meeting for a late night sew. Bring your nametag. Bring some snacks to share. Bring some projects for show and tell. Bring your machines and some projects to work on. Bring friends. Bring your beautiful selves. Hope to see everyone there!