2015 January Meeting off to a great start !!
First meeting of the year and over 15 members showed up early for Susie's Crazy Quilt demonstration at 6:00 pm for the embroidery minded quilter.
Susie brought in so many items to show what you could do from full size quilts, chatelaines, purses, to an itty bitty strawberry scissor fob.
If you are interested in the strawberry fob, google Martha Stewart strawberry pincushion. You can get step by step directions and the pattern.
Susie started out by telling us to forget all the "rules" we thought we needed - with crazy quilting you do just that - GO CRAZY!
You can start with a square and cut off one corner so that you have a 5 sided piece to start with; however, that is not a rule. Start with any amount of sides as you want, from a triangle to maybe a hexagon. For a printable sheet on Susie's directions - click here.
Don't you just love Susie's white featherweight?
Step by step Susie showed everyone how to make a crazy quilt square.
Juanita took Susie's invitation to try her own hand and did a wonderful job.
Susie brought in several books to show different embellishment ideas (click on the picture for a larger view). See the tape measure holder in the middle up there - the ladies saw one at a quilt event for $75. This one is Susie's version and a whole bunch less money involved.
For those in the embroidery group last year - remember the patterns of your first initial that you received.........Juanita got hers done and brought it in for show and tell. Looking forward to seeing how she uses it. Great job Juanita.
Susie also handed out a sheet of some combination stitches to help get everyone started on their embroidery for Crazy Quilting. Click here to print out your own copy.
For February's Embroidery meeting at 6:00 pm, the ladies are interested in practicing their stitches. Bring in your hoops, needles, fabric, stitch books and an idea of what you want to work on.
Maybe we will be seeing some crazy quilt patches ready to embellish.
Carol opened the meeting at 7:00 pm with her first suggestion of how to turn ugly things into beautiful objects this year. The wonderful necklace in her hand is made up of ribbons. Good job.
Carol B. handed out information to get us started on finishing some of our UFO's before the June 15th meeting - "UFO's Bring and Brag". You can print out a copy of this information by going to the left of this post, under "Forms and Info to Print out", you will see where you can print out the UFO Encouragement information sheet.
Starting out Show and Tell is a quilt that Lorraine brought by to get photographed before Christmas. This is one that she had to send out before our meeting.
The back really shows the quilting that Susie put into it.
Thank you Lorraine for letting us see your quilt.
Vevia made her husband John a throw for Christmas in the Log Cabin Rag style - darn, it needs to be another 12" long.
Please forgive the information break down - Ginny had a book of Kansas City newspaper blocks from the 1920's - 30's and showed us all a quilt block pattern that now has a very negative view. Do not remember what it was called then, now it is a swastaka. Very interesting to see all the patterns in her book.
Carol B. has been busy for a new baby in her family - several bibs that cover-all. The picture on the right shows you how the legs fit over the babies ankles.
Dixie's sister Sherry is still busy embroidering and Dixie is thrilled to put the blocks together. Wonderful cooperation quilt. The ladies are gorgeous.
Jane's husband got her a new sewing machine at a sale - the first picture was fuzzy, so if you follow the arrow - you can at least get a peek at it. Jane is always busy and brings in several quilts for us to see.
Deb M. is another one that is busy busy busy. Unfortunately - she is also very fast when she shows them to us. She finished more of Iowana's things - but our camera person is slow.
With so many left over fabrics - you can get some wonderful quilts made.
Ask Deb for the story on these. This one is a wonder to decipher.
Marsha held up her mother's quilt (Ruth) - surprise, surprise - it's got poppies on it. Ruth bought the kit and gave it to someone in her family and then she got the finished item back at Christmas. Sneaky Ruth - you go!
At one of our sew days, Juanita watched Deb M. make a block carrier and decided since she is doing a BOM in Belleville - she was going to make one for herself. Looking forward to seeing the blocks also.
Vevia presented the BOM for the year starting with January and February's designs.
There are several ways to print/trace, color, etc. the patterns for the Birthday Flowers of the Month. Go to the top left of our site and under "Forms and Info to print out", you will see a heading for the 2015 BOM - directions, the small bags that Vevia showed and the two patterns given out and shown finished below.
Carnations for January
Violets for February.
Each month, Vevia will have a board / display ready for you to hang your finished block for a show and view presentation. Remember at that time to write your name on a slip of paper that will be provided for the monthly drawing. You can only win if you enter and you can only enter if you bring in your block to show others what you are doing.
Please contact Vevia if you have any questions for this years BOM.