Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sew Day!

I remembered to take a few shots this past sew day-- usually I am so excited by all of the fabric flying that I forget.  Kim rocked the machine hexagon piecing (that Nancy showed us last week)-- ROCKED it!  I am totally trying it next time, hand sewing is TIME CONSUMING!
Kim also whipped out last month's sample block-- a drunkard's path variation.
I managed to finish piecing 9 blocks for my welcome quilt AND appliquéing my June sample block.  I finished the embroidery the other night and it looks pretty great.
Denise was a blur of activity... I couldn't count the number of blocks she finished.  A bazillion Retro flower blocks AND the June sample block. One of the Retro Flower blocks is in front of her-- SEW CUTE!
Karen is working on a wedding gift for her daughter... Vintage Circus theme anyone?  GREAT color and such fun prints.  Nancy and I "helped" her, I hope that she forgives us one day soon. 
Geese were flying all over the place-- Kathleen made the sweetest paper pieced rows.
2 pics, I couldn't help myself they are so tiny!!  She even uses a wooden roller to roll down those seam allowances, what a good idea.
Lillian drafted some curvy geese for Kim's bee block, she made piecing the curves seem so easy
and Lillian is well on her way to a finish of her bee quilt and June isn't even over yet!
Where is everyone? This must be lunch time there was a mad dash for Thai and the deli...YUM!  What a fun day! Thanks everyone.

-Jessica
P.S.
the monthly wrap up is coming soon!

Friday, June 22, 2012

EMQG Sample Block- June 1012

Greetings!  Is it just me or is the 4th Saturday following IMMEDIATELY after the 3rd Wednesday an awful lot this year?!  Seems like there should be a week between or something... apparently 2012 just has a lot of weekends?  It doesn't feel like enough to me!  Anyway to get us on track... the Sample Block!!

I looked a bit and couldn't find a block that I wanted to snuggle up to so I made one for us.  It has a modern flair and a space for a little embroidery, if you desire to add it!


This block consists of 8 1.5" hexagons, appliquéd to a 12.5"x12.5" block.  The white hexagon in the corner is embroidered with a backstitch and the lettering can be done in chain stitch for a bolder look or in backstitch for an thinner line.  We can piece the block using Nancy's machine method from Wednesday's meeting or using the English paper piecing methods that we learned last year when Caroline (Trillium Design) came to visit.  If I have time tonight I will take pics and write up a more specific tutorial, most likely I will take pictures during the sew day tomorrow to post a tutorial.

Here are some great links to get you on the right path:

English Paper Piecing:

Snippets and Blabbery- Paper templates you can print out. A great tutorial for paperless assembly.

paperpiecing.com  - (Edited) templates that are precut for you to order and design worksheets you can print out. (they recommend 3.5" squares for 1.5" hexagons.) (the site is full of good stuff)

sew happy geek - great step by step visual for basting and hand sewing hexies together.

Katie's quilting - A way to make your own plastic templates

Badskirt amy - nice pdf, great graphics

I called The Quilt Patch and Piece by Piece and both carry the paper templates, but call ahead and check for sizes.

Machine Pieced-
So happy to sew - nice pictures, easy to follow

Tallgrass Prairie Studio - no marking with this method!!

--I better get my kids some lunch and get working on my block!

--Jessica



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Something Yellow.

1. Yellow mini corner, 2. Yellow Ladybug Purse, 3. Bright Yellow Daisy Rag Quilt Pincushion, 4. Scissor Holder yellow, 5. wall organizer, 6. yellow cushions, 7. Sewn bag-front, 8. Puzzle fabrics, 9. playing card holder, 10. Tie One On Yellow, 11. Mr Moose and Blocks, 12. yellow bow tie, 13. Double Sided Napkin, 14. Yellow Chevron Wallet, 15. Sunflower kanzashi, 16. Drawstring bag for x stitch project, 17. Yellow Clutch!, 18. Measure-Up Brooch, 19. Honey Jar Covers Kit - Yellow Gingham, 20. Monster Ninni, 21. 212/365, 22. Untitled, 23. Żółta pasiasta, 24. Sandpiper Apron, 25. Half Dresden Pillows Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Well, at least the tech issues are solved and blogger is working now!

Late, but still a helpful reminder (I hope), we are meeting tomorrow to swap "Something Yellow".  In addition to our swap Nancy is doing a demo of her Accuquilt Go! cutter and showing us how to machine sew hexagons... there is a trick, but Nancy's got it!

We also will be doing Show and Tell, so bring your wonderful quilts, tops, blocks and let us all share in the hard work you have been doing. (I did not finish my curves sample block from last month, but THIS SATURDAY IS A SEW DAY [kinda snuck up on me!] and I think that I can do both this month's and last!)

Sew Days consist of us showing up at OUR SEWING ROOM between 10-5 and working on our own projects.  Sometime (usually noonish) we do a little demo where we work on the sample block together.  We usually finish in good time because we get hungry.  There are some good places to eat in near OUR SEWING ROOM, so some of us get take out and some bring lunch from home, and then eat in the lovely kitchen area.  I hope that you will join us, it is a nice time to chat, but also to cut out a big project, baste a quilt, or finish something you have just been wanting to get some work done on.

--Jessica

Monday, June 11, 2012

Is it "Modern" or is it a mess? Recap of May's meeting


MAY 16---whoa that was a LOOOOOOng time ago.  Don't know what to say about that... except I have been quilting and I hope you have been too!

On to the recap!

(Wanda was our wonderful recorder so the quotes are from her ;)

"Jessica noted that the reverse side of the night’s signup sheet listed some jobs seeking volunteers.  Among the jobs listed and volunteers were:  Photographer—Lillian; Meeting Notes—Wanda and Deanna"

<3 Wanda <3
<3 Lillian <3 
Thanks you guys!!  You are an awesome help!

"Jessica led us in a lively discussion of setting blocks.  We used two ‘design walls’ and the blocks we made during a recent [Habitat]challenge. 

"Modern Twist"
Working with the blocks and considering scale and value we came up with a design on point.  We critiqued the arrangement of blocks and made changes.  Amazing how a few changes in blocks changes the look."
More Traditional Twist

Is it Modern or is it a Mess?
"On the second design wall we worked with the other blocks, many of which were different sizes.  We critiqued and rearranged the blocks until we were satisfied with the results.We discussed colors for the sashings on both projects.  Jessica asked if guild members had solid color fabrics to donate.  Wanda volunteered she had black as well as white fabrics." Denise is putting together the "On Pointe" quilt.
The second one is still looking for a volunteer.

Jessica here-- I want to thank everyone for participating in arranging the blocks and being willing to ask questions of each other about "What is a more Modern setting vs. a more Traditional setting?"  I thought that our meeting really challenged each of us to express what "Modern" means to us individually and as a group.  The discussion can/will continue and I am thrilled that we can interpret this "new" moniker in OUR own way.

The April Bee blocks were a fun mix of improv and pattern-- Denise, you are a lucky woman!

"Folks were in pink spirits tonight!  Even many of the bag wrappings were decorated in pink!  As you can see, the array of items was gorgeous."  

A few of our April Sample blocks... single wedding star.  I (Jessica) still have some copies of the templates that I made, if anyone has a hankering to make one. 
Look I finished one! My seams even matched up pretty well!  I contend that the paper-pieced "square in a square" corners were more satisfying than the ones I pieced as a modified snowball block.  I could get addicted to those crisp corners!!
I began the Show and Tell portion by sharing my EMQG Bee 2011 quilt.  It was such a good finish for me, it really felt like I could move on to the next great project (FINALLY!)  Thanks to everyone who made a block or multiple blocks!  I would love it if you would sign the label.  I think this will be a fun Fair entry for us!
Lillian brought in a beautiful diamond garden quilt. (I can't remember the name of the pattern! Yikes!)  She ended up figuring out the math, so that there weren't any partial diamonds, the effect is beautiful!
Nelda has gotten RIGHT down to work on a quilt to donate to "Donate Life" for a raffle.  She started this after she met up with us at the sew day in Feb (?) and we made Granny Square sample blocks.  I think that she is moving directly towards a beautiful finish.
Kira's wonderful chevron setting of railfence blocks shows how a simple block can be elevated by using bold colors.
She used a beautiful large scale print on the back and effectively made a 2-sided quilt!  Nice Work!
Agnes worked with a restrained palette to make a pretty baby quilt that even the most "Mod" parent will adore!  Love that yellow!
Anne shared a wonderful quilt that is an effective value study of dark and light, if I remember correctly this one is a favorite napping quilt of her husbands.  What a pretty quilt to nap under!
Leela was inspired by an earlier show and tell quilt of Kelly's--- to make this fantastic scrappy quilt.  What a great way to use a bunch of scraps, I love how the yellow pieces in here made the quilt sparkle.
Judy shared a fun quilt with a beautiful arrangement of reds on a gentle grey background.  I love the effect the black 4-patches give on pointe.

Of course Virginia was so excited about the pink theme this month-- she made a quilt-as-you-go table runner, similar to the one Denise showed us in April.  I love that "Go-get-em" spirit!

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

*Wednesday, June 20, EMQG Meeting at EWEB Building, 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  The swap color is yellow.  Nancy said that she would love to come and show us the GO! fabric cutter and some slick tips on sewing hexies together with a machine! (I gotta see this!)  Bring your show and tell-- and your theories on Modern quilting!  See you soon!

*Saturday, June 23 10-5 Sew Day @ OUR SEWING ROOM

--Jessica