July 7, 2018



Here's what's coming up for our group.  Our regular meeting is July 12th. Roll call will be your choice of either/or both 4 WOF strips, can be all the same fabric or 2 of 2 different fabrics or 13 – 14, 6 ½ in. x 2 ½ in. strips or bricks to be constructed into Teen Challenge quilts. We have 2 completed quilts ready to go and 4 tops waiting to be quilted. So far, they are good on quilts right now. We will be finalizing plans for the Batik Demo, who's bringing what, how do we want to set up the room, do we need tables and chairs or just chairs? Yvonne will also be doing a applique demonstration at the meeting. This is a great refresher demo or if you don't do much or any applique it's a great time to learn. 

July 28th is the Batik Demo by Lunn Fabrics. We need to be at the church by 8:30 a.m. to begin setup. Bring anything you were assigned to bring at this time. The demonstrator will be here at 9:30 to do her setup, meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. Hope we have a good turnout. I know a few that are interested in coming and I know some of you know of some that said they want to come also.

August regular meeting is on the 13th. If anyone wants to do a demo, please let me know. Workshop is on August 25th and Racheana is going to show us how to make a tote using

5” charm squares. Here is a supply list of what you will need:


1 charm pack or 42 - 5” squares or 5 fat quarters will yield 1 large tote and 2 small tote or you can use 42 - 5” scrap squares. Your choice. 

1 ½ yds. to 2 yds. of contrast fabric for the top & bottom of the bag, lining and straps. You can also have a pocket inside. 

1 piece of Soft & Stable 29 in. x 45 in. 

Thread to match for construction 

Thread of your choice for the quilting 

Button if you want to make a loop or Velcro if you want a closure

             Any questions call Rachenea at 419-962-4349


September regular meeting will be on September 13th. Anyone with a demo idea let me know. Start thinking about what you will be doing for Hometown Holidays if you haven’t already. The workshop for September will be September 22nd. Please note September has 5 Saturdays, the 22nd is the fourth Saturday and that’s when we meet. If possible, bring your Hometown Holidays project(s) to work on. If you already have them done, you can either bring your own project to work on or there is always fabric to cut up or sew together for Teen Challenge quilts available.



The above pictures are the totes Rachenea will be demoing on August 25th.



Some of the Teen Challenge quilt tops done by Yvonne, Pat and Marcia T.




Upper 3 quilts are by Marcella, great job!




      

A while ago we made bags with reversible outer shell. The one above is Racheana's. If you look at the picture directly above you will see a picture of her husband on the right side. How clever!



      

The bag above is also made by Racheana for her grandson.

All great projects!



I will be gone until July 16th, but you can always call me with any questions.



Chris


April 21, 2018

On Saturday, April 21, 2018 we had our quilt show at the New London Alliance Church. We had 100 entries by our members. Here are a few pics. If you would like to see more, visit our facebook page.












Our next meeting is May 10th. We will be discussing what we will be doing for our workshops for the rest of the year. Workshops are the fourth Saturday of the month starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending around 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. If you have a demonstration you would like to do for us, please let me know for either the meeting or workshop, please let me know. Same goes for our June 14th meeting and June 23rd workshop.

July workshop is on the 28th. For the workshop we will be having a batik demonstration by Anne Cornejo from Lunn Fabrics Shop in Lancaster, Ohio. We are planning on inviting local quilt guilds to join us at 10:00 for this program. I’ll need contact info for the other guilds, so if anyone has that, please let me know. We can include Uniontown, Bellevue, Shelby, Wellington and any others you can think of. There’s no guild in Norwalk that I know of. We can also put up a couple flyers in the area quilt shops. If possible we’d like a head count so we can have enough chairs set up. We are also talking about offering doughnuts, coffee and water. We will need to get a price from Millers so if anyone wants to volunteer to do this please let me know asap. We can get bottles of water, cups, napkins, coffee, sugar and creamers from Wal-Mart. I’m sure the church will let us use a large coffee maker, if not I have one.

That’s all we have planned so far for this year.

See you at the next meeting,

Chris










March 7, 2018

Hello! I took a little winter break from the blog so I thought I better catch everyone up on what’s going on for this year.

Our next workshop in on March 24th from 9 - ? We will be cutting strips for a Teen Challenge quilt. Bring your mats, rotary cutters and rulers. These strips will be used at our quilt show for a demonstration. If there is anything else someone would like to do for a demo, please let me know. We will need to set up a couple tables either in the sanctuary or nearby.

Next regular meeting is April 12th. We will be making the final decisions on how we are setting up for the quilt show. Also we will be deciding on who will be driving for the Quilt and Cuisine Shop Hop on April 14th. We have 9 people going. We will be meeting in the church parking lot so we can leave by 8:00 a.m. so please be early. The shop hop is an all day event with 5 shops participating from 8:30 to 3:00 with a quilt show and food sampling at 3:00 p.m. The daily drawings for prizes will be at 4:00 and we don’t expect to be home until 6:00 p.m. or after.

The quilt show is on Saturday, April 21st from 10 – 2 at the New London Alliance Church. Set up times are on Friday, April 20th from 4 – 6. We will need to move chairs and set up a table(s) for demonstrations. Bring your quilts at this time. Please get your quilt forms in to me as soon as possible. So far we have 34 quilts to be displayed. Bring as many as you want, we need to fill up the sanctuary. Arrival time for us on Saturday is 9:00 a.m. to do any final preparations. We will also be presenting the wall hanging to the church that morning. If you need a lunch or snack, please feel free to bring it. The youth will not be doing their coffee shop this year.

Since we are doing the quilt show in April, there will be no workshop that month.

There is nothing planned for our May 10th meeting or our May 26th workshop. If you have a demonstration you would like to do for us, please let me know.

Same goes for our June 14th meeting and June 23rd workshop.

July workshop is on the 28th. For the workshop we will be having a batik demonstration by Anne Cornejo from Lunn Fabrics Shop in Lancaster, Ohio. We are planning on inviting local quilt guilds to join us at 10:00 for this program. I’ll need contact info for the other guilds, so if anyone has that, please let me know. We can include Uniontown, Bellevue, Shelby, Wellington and any others you can think of. There’s no guild in Norwalk that I know of. We can also put up a couple flyers in the area quilt shops. If possible we’d like a head count so we can have enough chairs set up. We are also talking about offering doughnuts, coffee and water. We will need to get a price from Millers so if anyone wants to volunteer to do this please let me know asap. We can get bottles of water, cups, napkins, coffee, sugar and creamers from Wal-Mart. I’m sure the church will let us use a large coffee maker, if not I have one.

That’s all we have planned so far for this year.

We had one show and tell from Pat.


Pat quilted this cute busy bee quilt. It's just adorable!

See you at the workshop!

Chris









November 9, 2017

The year is winding down and so are our meetings. There will be no workshops in November or December because of the holidays. The last meeting of the year will be on December 14th. This is our Christmas party where we will exchange our signature blocks we've all been working on since the first of the year. Instead of our regular potluck, each member is asked to bring their favorite holiday snack to share We will start at our regular time of 7:00 p.m.

But before our last meeting of the year we have the Hometown Holidays on December 2nd. Set up is in the ambulance building again this year. If you are planning on helping set up, you will need to be there at 8:00 a.m. If you have any items to donate and you haven't brought them to a meeting, please bring them in so we can add them to the table. Please have a price in mind so we can get them priced before the door opens at 9:00 a.m. Also have your items for the raffle basket there early enough so they can be added to the basket. This will be raffled off at the end of Hometown Holidays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the table for .25 each or 5 for $1.00 with tickets given out with every purchase.

Our first meeting of 2018 will be on January 11th with the new officers presiding. Officers elected at our November 9th meeting are as follows:  Co-Charimen - Yvonne Westover & Chris Porter, Secretary - Pat Cole, Treasurer - Yvonne Westover. Workshop meeting for this month will be January 27th. This workshop may become our finishing class for the beginning quilters, work on quilts for Teen Challenge or start working on another project. You can always bring your own project to work on if you wish.

Our quilt show is this year on April 21, 2018. We have set that date with the church. Set up will be Friday, April 20th from 4:00 - 6:00. So get your quilts ready and if you know in advance what quilt you will be showing, get the information to me so I can get labels ready ahead of time. We need quilt name, pattern by, pieced by, quilted by, quilt method, owned by, year quilted. You can show any size and any number of quilts you like. These will be displayed in the church sanctuary. Times will be announced later.

Remember if we have snow days I will put it up on facebook, send an e-mail and we have people assigned to call members. I will also text everyone. I think everyone has a cell phone with texting, if you don't, let me know. Cancellation will be by 5:00 the evening of the meeting or the night before for workshops. Or you can call me if you're not sure. We don't want anyone to feel obligated to come if they feel the roads are too dangerous.

Here are the show and tells for this week:


The above quilt was done by Sandy as a donation to the Flying Horse Farm for children with serious illnesses. She also did the I Spy quilt pictured below.


Below is Pat's finished One Block Wonder quilt. She did a great job!


Martha did this Star Spangled Liberty patriotic quilt you see below.



Martha is also taking a class at a local quilt shop and is playing with her decorative stitches on her machine. Can't wait to see the blocks pictured below added to the others she's completed.


Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving and we'll see you in December!

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Chris




October 12, 2017

Our October regular meeting and workshop have come and gone. Just like our warm days of summer/fall. With the cooler weather upon us maybe we can all find time to get some quilting done! I know on these dreary days nothing cheers me up better than quilting and a warm beverage.

We had our beginners quilt workshop on Saturday the 21st with 9 students, 3 were young girls and we were glad to see them! Great turnout! I think everyone learned some things they will find useful. We're thinking of offering a finishing class after the first of the year to those students who don't get their blocks assembled and quilted. Guild members, keep in touch with those you brought to the class to see if they are needing any help.

November 9th regular meeting is our election of officers. If you would like to have an office please speak up. It's not a very demanding job. We will also finalize the basket for HH and set up a work schedule for that day. We already have a mug and packages of hot chocolate for the basket. Please think of something different. We don't need everyone to donate the same thing. I will also have the form you need to fill out for any quilts you will be displaying at the quilt show in April.

No workshop meeting in November because of Thanksgiving.

December 2nd is Hometown Holidays. We will again be set up in the ambulance building like last year. Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. with the raffle at that time. We should plan on being there when they open so we can set up our tables. I think we were there at 8:00 a.m. last year.If you have items you have been making, please bring them at this time or to any of the meetings or workshops prior. Have a price in mind, remember this is a donation and keep your price suggestion low. We are planning on selling raffle tickets at that time only. Tickets will be .25 ea or 5 for $1 with a free ticket with every purchase.

December 14th our regular meeting will be our Christmas potluck. This year it will start at 7:00 and it will be bring your favorite holiday snack instead of a potluck meal. We will also exchange our signature blocks at this time. If you haven't received a block "kit" from those who are participating, be sure to ask. This is the last meeting for 2017 with the holidays at the end of the month, there will be no workshop.

Our first meeting of 2018 will be on January 11th with the new officers presiding. Workshop meeting for this month will be January 27th. This workshop may become our finishing class for the beginning quilters.

Our quilt show is this year on April 21, 2018. We have set that date with the church. So get your quilts ready and if you know in advance what quilt you will be showing, get the information to me so I can get labels ready ahead of time. We need quilt name, pattern by, pieced by, quilted by, quilt method, owned by, year quilted. You can show any size and any number of quilts you like. These will be displayed in the church sanctuary. Times will be announced later.

Remember if we have snow days I will put it up on facebook, send an e-mail and we have people assigned to call members. I will also text everyone. I think everyone has a cell phone with texting, if you don't, let me know. Cancellation will be by 5:00 the evening of the meeting or the night before for workshops. Or you can call me if you're not sure. We don't want anyone to feel obligated to come if they feel the roads are too dangerous.

Pat brought in her one block wonder and is still deciding what the perfect outside border will be:


Here are some pictures from our beginning quilters workshop:











See you at the November 9th meeting!

Chris

September 14, 2017

Hi all!

Happy National Sewing Month! September is National Sewing Month so let's get busy!

It seems like we've taken a vacation from the blog this summer. Hopefully we'll get back into the swing of things.

We didn't have a lot going on the last few months. Instead of our regular meetings we had workshops on those nights. This was due to a scheduling conflict, but we'll be back on schedule for the rest of the year,

Speaking of which our next workshop is on September 30th from 9:00 a.m. - appr. 1:00 p.m. Bring a sack lunch or snack if you're planning on staying the whole time. We will be going through our items we have for Hometown Holidays. The plan is to make up a raffle basket to be given away at the end of the event. If you have a suitable container we can use as a "basket" that you don't want or need, please bring it along and we'll see what we can come up with. If you like we can work on more Teen Challenge quilts, your own project or we can talk about another project for the Piggy Back Foundation in Norwalk. This group helps family members of individuals who have a serious illness to help them have a normal life. They have a shop in downtown Norwalk that every item is donated and sold to raise funds.If you have a chance to stop in to see them do so. They have some very unique items and reasonably priced too. The workers are all volunteers that take donated items and refurbish them if need be for resale. Their shop is called "When Pigs Fly" and is on the north side of East Main Street in the second block.

October 12th is regular meeting night. At September's meeting I passed out Ohio Star block patterns for members to practice on for our beginners quilt class at the workshop on October 21st. Please let me know how this went and show us your blocks. If you didn't get a pattern and want to practice before the beginners class, let me know at September's workshop, I'll have extra copies.

October 21st is our beginners quilt class. We will be showing them how to cut and piece a Ohio Star block in their fabric choices. If you have someone you know is coming I have a supply list for them. Please see me at September's workshop or October's regular meeting. The class will run from 9:00 until whenever they get done. We may need to schedule another evening, maybe our November meeting, to show them how to quilt and finish their block. They can do 1 or they can do more than 1. The supply list has enough fabric allowance to do 3 blocks so they can assemble them into a table runner if they so desire.

November 9th regular meeting is our election of officers. If you would like to have an office please speak up. It's not a very demanding job. We will also finalize the basket for HH and set up a work schedule for that day.

No workshop meeting in November because of Thanksgiving.

December 2nd is Hometown Holidays. We will again be set up in the ambulance building like last year. Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. with the raffle at that time. We should plan on being there when they open so we can set up our tables. I think we were there at 8:00 a.m. last year.If you have items you have been making, please bring them at this time or to any of the meetings or workshops prior. Have a price in mind, remember this is a donation and keep your price suggestion low. We are planning on selling raffle tickets at that time only. Tickets will be .25 ea or 5 for $1 with a free ticket with every purchase.

December 14th our regular meeting will be our Christmas potluck. This year it will start at 7:00 and it will be bring your favorite holiday snack instead of a potluck meal. We will also exchange our signature blocks at this time. This is the last meeting for 2017 with the holidays at the end of the month, there will be no workshop.

Our first meeting of 2018 will be on January 11th with the new officers presiding. Workshop meeting for this month will be January 27th.

Our quilt show is this year on April 21, 2018. We have set that date with the church. So get your quilts ready and if you know in advance what quilt you will be showing, get the information to me so I can get labels ready ahead of time. We need quilt name, pattern by, pieced by, quilted by, quilt method, owned by, year quilted. You can show any size and any number of quilts you like. These will be displayed in the church sanctuary. Times will be announced later.

Remember if we have snow days I will put it up on facebook, send an e-mail and we have people assigned to call members. I will also text everyone. I think everyone has a cell phone with texting, if you don't, let me know. Cancellation will be by 5:00 the evening of the meeting or the night before for workshops. Or you can call me if you're not sure. We don't want anyone to feel obligated to come if they feel the roads are too dangerous.

We had some really great show and tells:



This one was done by Marlene. It is a Missouri Star Quilt Company
pattern called "Grand Adventures". These were all scraps from her stash.


Marlene showing her July and August BOM.


These are BOM's that Martha is doing at Sewing Connections.
Love the purples.


This is Pat, presenting our September BOM. She's done a great job of
challenging us with her blocks!


This antique quilt was hand pieced by Chris P's, husbands grandmother.
She never had it quilted before. This is a treasure that will be passed down to family.

Hope you get a lot of sewing done. See you all at the workshop on September 30th













June 24, 2016

We had a small turnout for our workshop today. But thanks to those who came we were able to start another Teen Challenge quilt and got quite a bit of fabric cut up to continue piecing it together.

Don't forget the next meeting on July 13th. We will be breaking up into a couple of groups.

One group will be planning our October 21st (note the date change please) workshop which will be the beginner's quilt class. We already have interest from some of the ladies that attended our beginner's sewing class. This group will decide which block we will be using as a starting point, how much fabric will be needed, if we have the fabric in our stash or if they will need to bring their own and a lesson plan.

The second group will be working on the wall hanging we have been planning to give to the church for letting us use their facilities. You will be  preparing the appliques, cutting them out along with other pieces of the wall hanging and assembling the top. This wall hanging can be done one of two ways, either as one unit or as three separate units.

Another project I would like us to do if we have enough members show up is to go through our sale items for Hometown Holidays. We need to sort out what hasn't sold in the last 2-3 years we have been doing this show. Last year we set up two tables and kind of took over the corner we were in. I feel we need to cut down our collection and concentrate it into one table only. Also we decided to have a "basket" raffle for that day and we can use items from this stash for this. Any other ideas for a "basket" would be appreciated.

And we can always use people to work on the Teen Challenge quilts. I know they have quite a few graduating soon and will need quilts for their stash. You can work on these on your own too. If you're like me, you have plenty of 2 1/2" strips to work with. If you need a reminder of how these are constructed, e-mail me and I will send the instructions to you.

So we will basically be dividing into three groups. Come prepared! Bring you sewing machines and tools needed because you don't know which group you will be divided into.

Marcella brought a row by row quilt she had been working on. She commented she enjoyed this one so much, she hated to be finished with it but also had that rewarded feeling when it was done. Great job Marcella!


Remember no workshops in July or August! We will still have our regular meetings on July 13th and August 10th.

See you on July 13th!

Chris