Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Guild Birthday Party

Suzanne wanted me to post this notice for our upcoming Guild Birthday Party. Come join us as we turn 5. See ya then.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

February 19, 2009 Guild Meeting

Our monthly meeting for February was held at the Newtonia Community Building on the 19th. Our meeting was opened by Rebecca and the business dealt with. Among that business was the appointment of a nominating committee to come up with the two people to fill the Vice President and Treasury vacancies next month. I cannot believe another birthday of the Newtonia Battlefield Quilters Guild is upon us. I believe we will be 5.
Anyway, the meeting was fun. Coralee introduced our new BOM block. It is a "Kite". It is to be made with a soft blue background, bright colors for the kite and a cute tail made by "couching" a ribbon.
This darling quilt can be made with 15 Kite blocks or even with just 13.

We learned what "Couching" is and how to do it in our program part of the evening where we had "Thread play" by Suzanne. She told us a little bit about what types of thread pertained to what type of project we were working on. She covered silks, mono-filament, and heavier metalic to name a few. Needles were also discussed before she went to her machine to show us "Bobbin work".This is a process where you wind the heavy thread loosely on the bobbin. The top thread is of normal sewing weight. Then you sew your pattern on the wrong side of the fabric so that your bobbin thread shows on the right side of the fabric. It really makes a striking design.
"Couching" is made when you place a narrow piece of ribbon on your project and zigzag across it to hold it in place.
Vea showed us how to free hand quilt on our sewing machines using the darning foot. Tips on how to use special tools such as fingertip grips and or gloves to maneuver the fabric while moving it through the machine, were given.

Thanks to Suzanne and Vea for a fun and informative night.
Mary won our "Pink Dogwood" blocks, 30 quilts were turned in for Project Linus and a delightful snack was served and enjoyed by all.
Next month is our Guild Birthday Party. "Geometric" design 2 1/2" strips are for our fabric exchange and we will learn what our last BOM block for the year will be. Dues of $12.00 are due and after payment is received, each member will receive their new membership cards. New officers and committee members will take over in April. See you in March.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

February Guild Meeting Update

Our February Meeting will be held on February 19 @ 6:30 pm. We will meet at the Newtonia Community Center.
Join us for a night of "thread" play. If you would like to try "bobbin work" or practice "Machine Quilting", you may want to bring your sewing machines. This is not a requirement, only a suggestion if you want to do "Hands On". You will learn new things either way.
**If you want to practice bobbin work, you will need:
Tear-Away Stabilizer
68 mm Metalic Thread (thick)
Coordinating or same color regular weight thread for top
Open toe or darning foot for your machine
Sample fabrics
**If you want to practice machine quilting, bring your quilt "sandwich" (top, batting, backing) that you want to practice on. This can be a pattern quilt design or free motion.
Please come and join us. See you there.