April 21st - Sew Day with Demo
Sew Days are always so fun. Getting together with like minds is always a blessing.
And seeing the neat stuff they have is fun too. These scissor cases belong to Winnie. They were so cute. Loved all the beading.
With the large tables - everyone has room to spread out and to spread out their quilts and take a gander at how they want to finish them.
And of course the design wall is so helpful. You don't always see what is what until you can stand back and really look at it.
Love to see what everyone is working on.
Jan set up her demo area, getting ready to show us her Quick Curve Ruler.
Whether it was twilling, or machine work.....
there was room for everyone.
Jan gathered us all together for her demo.
Did not realize that she had two sizes of rulers. And she even had two patterns for us to look at.
And of course the best part was the mini trunk show that we got, showing us possibilities. This quilt came out kind of modern looking with the bright solids in use.
This is the quilt that Jan got from one of the ladies in her group. Everyone made their own take on the quick curve and then gave them to someone else in the group.
I know we saw this at guild, but it is so stunning that it is worth seeing over and over. Jan's ruler - wow!!!!!
And Jan's quilter sure did it justice with the fantastic quilting.
From little beginnings - that look difficult at first
however, with the directions, come together quickly.
Look at the variations you can get. And then with your "left overs"...
you get another look.
We all told Jan that these looked like cathedral window designs.
Jan brought pictures of the other quilts that her group had done so that we could see some of the different ways the quick curve ruler can be used.
I think I loved this "left over" quilt the best.
This is what the original goal looked like. The picture above is what Jan made from the opposite cuts that did not go into this one.
By adding sashings, the look changes so much.
Cutting was pretty simple and straight forward, even with a larger rotary cutter.
If you are interested, Jan said she would be glad to loan out her rulers, or you can obtain your own at quilt shops or on line. They are from "Sew Kind of Wonderful". Click to go to their web site and see what they have to offer.
The sewing was a little different then what most of us are used to with curves. No pins, no cuts and start hanging out a little on the concave side.
And it works. Just so simple - Well with Jan's doing it - it looked simple.
Press it and square it up
And then have plenty of fun turning them this way and that.
The first set that Jan showed us was with charm squares. Make the fabric a little bigger and.....
you come up with a different look on your cuts.
Talk about ideas running like crazy in our heads. It was a little difficult to get back to our own projects after that.
Eventually everyone did.
Almost snagged this gorgeous pin cushion. Winnie had some seriously great doo dads.
And she was working on a gorgeous swirvey design too. Looking forward to seeing how this quilt turns out.
Jane finished another twilling block. Forgot how many more she has to do. Love her variegated blue thread. It really is going to make her quilt radiate.
Seemed that everyone had a good day. We all had a good laugh on the ladies that drew the names for the door prizes of the day - they all drew their own names. How many times does that happen?
If you were unable to attend this time, hope you can make the next Sew Day. Some of our ladies would like to have one every month. What you think? Let us know, Susie said she can check out the room if we come up with a plan.