May 17, 2017

We have some great weather ahead of us, get out and enjoy it!

We had our beginners sewing class on April 29th with 7 budding sewists participating. They learned how to thread, clean and oil a sewing machine plus sew 1/4" seam which is used by quilters. Each of them put a 9 patch together, backed it with batting and a backing and after stitching around the edges and leaving a small opening, how to turn it right side out and stitch the opening closed. It all went very well and they all agreed they would like to come again and learn more.








On May 3rd, a few of us traveled to Bellevue to attend the Huron Valley Quilt Guild meeting where the program on Quilts of Valor was presented. Quilts of Valor are presented to military veterans who have served with honor. Quilts can be requested through QOV for a veteran or if someone knows a veteran and wants to make a quilt for that person, they can do that also. For more information follow this link: http://www.qovf.org/ Here a pictures of a few examples of QOV's. They don't have to be red, white and blue, they can be any color but there are a few regulations.











After their program, they had a couple show and tells. This first one was for a guild member's neighbor. The different fabrics represent all the things her neighbor likes.


This next quilt is a quilted apron.



Our regular meeting on May 11th had a short business meeting.  Yvonne reported she delivered a check to the New London Public Library in  of Jean Gross-Mutnansky with the stipulation it was to be used for a quilting book.

At our May 27th workshop, some of us will be working on another wall hanging we would like to present to the church to thank them for letting us use the facilities. The rest of us will be working on plans for a quilting class on October 21st. Hopefully we will have as good a turnout that we did for the beginner's sewing class. Discussed was a jelly roll block or an easy block using Christmas fabrics for the class. These would then be finished into a wall hanging or table runner.

Upcoming schedule changes are no workshop's in July or August due to conflicts with the church's scheduling. We will still be having our regular meetings though, so mark your calendars!

Finally Karen was kind enough to show us a tutorial for an apron made out of a tea towel and coordinating fabric.




Pat and Karen being cut-ups!


Here we all are with our finished aprons. Thanks Karen!

See you at the workshop!

Chris



April 13, 2017

Time sure gets away from you doesn’t it? Sorry this blog update is so late, I really have no excuse except my laziness.

Our meeting started off with a sad note with the passing of our longtime member Jean Gross-Mutnansky. She will be missed by all of us. The members decided to make a donation in her name to the New London Public Library. We will ask if it can be used to purchase a quilt book.

Here is what we’ve decided for our sewing class April 29th. Yvonne will lead us off by going over the basics of a sewing machine, threading, winding the bobbin and cleaning. Next we'll have them practice sewing on scraps just to get used to how a sewing machine runs. After practice we’ll have them put their 9-patch block together. Squaring up fabric, cutting and pressing will follow.  The class runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We need to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to set up. Please bring your machines, tools, rotary cutters, rulers and mats. Brown bag lunch for guild members after the class ends to discuss how we think it went. There are 8 people signed up already and we have room for 2 more.

We have been invited to attend the Bellevue Quilt Guild's meeting on May 3rd. They are having a program on Quilts of Valor and the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. We will meet at the church at 6:00 p.m. This sounds like an interesting program and will give us a chance to see how other quilt guilds do their meetings.

For our May 11th meeting, Karen Ruggles will be showing us how to construct an apron using a tea towel. You will need 1 tea towel - approx. 18" x 27" and 1/2 yard coordinating fabric. Don’t forget your machine and any tools you may need. If you want to do some prep work you will need from your coordinating fabric - (3) 3" x WOF strips (for apron tie), (2) pieces 8"x16" (for the pocket).

We are in need of WOF strips for our Teen Challenge quilts. We have lots of scraps for the “bricks” which are 6 ½ by 2 ½. We need 4 WOF of same fabric for each set. There are 13 sets in each top. So if you have extra fabric that you can cut 4 WOF strips from, we can use them at the workshop in May. Marlene tells us there a quite a few graduating soon!

We've been talking about chartering a bus for the fall Amish Shop Hop which runs Nov. 1-4. We would advertise at the area quilt shops to see if we can get enough people signed up.

Yvonne demonstrated a ruler used to do flanged binding. It will make cutting strips for this a breeze!

If anyone has a particular technique you would like to demo at one of our meetings let me know.

See you on April 29th!

Chris

March 9, 2017

Mother Nature is a fickle entity isn't she? Warm, cold, warm, cold, wind (lots of wind) warm, cold with snow thrown in. I'm ready for nice spring weather, who's with me?

Nice turnout for the last meeting.Our next get together is the March 25th workshop. Plan on working on quilts for Teen Challenge or your own project. Brown bag for lunch. Start at 9:00 a.m., come when you can and we will dismiss between 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

On a local note, the spring shop hop for the Shiloh area runs March 21-25. They have 7 shops participating this year. 

At our April 13th meeting Yvonne will be demonstrating a new ruler she discovered.  Also final details for our beginners sewing class in April will be made.

We've come up with a plan for our sewing class April 29th. We'll start off by going over the basics of a sewing machine, threading, winding the bobbin and cleaning. Next we'll have them practice sewing on scraps just to get used to how a sewing machine runs then we'll have them put their 9-patch block together. After that we will show them how to press their seams and square up fabric, cut squares and let them put these together also.  The class runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We need to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to set up. Please bring your machines, tools, rotary cutters, rulers and mats. Brown bag lunch for guild members after the class ends to discuss how we think it went. There are 4 people signed up already and we have room for 6 more. We'll get an announcement in the local papers soon.

We have been invited to attend the Bellevue Quilt Guild's meeting on May 3rd. They are having a program on Quilts of Valor and the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. We will meet at the church at 6:00 p.m. This sounds like an interesting program and will give us a chance to see how other quilt guilds do their meetings.

For our May 11th meeting, Karen Ruggles will be showing us how to construct an apron using 2 of the large tea towels. You will be getting an e-mail with a list of supplies needed. 

We've been talking about chartering a bus for the fall Amish Shop Hop which runs Nov. 1-4. We would advertise at the area quilt shops to see if we can get enough people signed up.

If you would like to do a demonstration for any of the meetings, please let me know.

We did have a couple show and tells.


This quilt was a shop hop quilt done by Marcella. The colors are just gorgeous.



These little storage pouches were done by Rachenea. The black and yellow are bumble bees. The larger one holds the smaller ones. The medium size is a pin cushion and the small one holds a thimble. The blue and pink mouse pair were her favorites.


She even stitched the strips on the fabric for the body of the bee. 

See you at the next workshop!

Chris









February 9, 2017

The weather wasn’t the greatest for our last meeting but we had a few venture out.

Due to a scheduling conflict with the church there will be no workshop for the month of February.

At our next meeting on March 9th, we need to start to lock down details for our sewing class on April 29th. We have had some interest from people who want to attend. If you know of someone who is interested, please try to get them to commit so we can get an accurate count. I would hate to have to turn people away. If we can get them to commit, we may not need to advertise it in the paper. April 13th regular meeting we will make final decisions.

For the beginners sewing class on April 29th the class will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We will need to be there for set up by 8:30 a.m.  We will need to decide what we will do for lunch for ourselves and maybe we can have a discussion as to how we think the class went. Marcella is in charge of the groundwork for the class and she is being helped by Rachenea. I'm sure if you have any ideas for them they will be grateful. Class size is limited to 10 with ages from 10 and up. Sign up is required.

I talked to Bob James from the New Haven Methodist Church and he still wants to do a quilt show. I will keep in contact with him for more details.

Pat passed out our February BOM and it is Valentine’s day themed. What the members have completed so far are really turning out nice. If  you want to participate you will need to attend the meeting or workshop to get the next month's block.

Some members have passed out their fabrics for the paper pieced signature block for our Christmas exchange for 2017. This is a friendship signature block. Each member will provide enough fabric in their color choice to complete this block. You will need to place this fabric in a ziploc baggie and write your name on the outside. Each member will provide a baggie for each member that is participating. For example if there are 5 members participating, including yourself, you would need to provide 4 bags (you wouldn't need one for yourself).

We had a couple show and tells for the evening.


Doesn't Martha's table runner look like a garden?


The back is just as pretty.


Another quilt by Martha. This one has a scalloped edge.


Pat was cleaning out her stash with this one.


Pat used a mystery quilt pattern for this Dot to Dot pattern.

So that's it for this meeting. See you all on March 9th.

Chris


January 12, 2017

New year, new officers, well a couple changes anyway.  President - Chris Porter, V. Pres. - Marcia Letterly, - Sec. - Martha Hecock, Treas. - Yvonne Westover, Media Coordinator - Malrene Stevens, Facebook and blogger - Chris Porter.

A few things were discussed as we start the new year. Since we have funds to run us for the next year, we decided to take off this year from doing a raffle quilt. We can still work on quilts for Teen Challenge and we also decided to make a variety of sizes of quilt to have on hand in case there is a family in need. These we can work on at the workshops or if you want to work on them on your own, feel free to do this. I know we all have an abundance of scraps just waiting for that scrappy quilt that has been rattling around in the back of your minds.

The signature block paper pieced pattern was passed out at the meeting. So far we have 7 that are participating. If you weren't able to attend and still want to participate, let us know and we'll have extra patterns available at the next workshop on the 28th and at the next regular meeting on
February 9th. These will be exchanged at the Christmas meeting in December. You need to have enough fabrics to complete the block in a plastic baggie with your name on the outside. Since we have 7 people participating, you need 6 baggies, one for each member not including yourself. If we add people to the project you will have to make up a baggie for them also. I myself made up a couple extra just in case. Don't forget to put your name, date and New London Quilt Guild in the blank spaces provided on the block. Here's a picture of the one I completed minus my signature.




You may want to label your fabrics as to the position you want them to be in. Here's how I did mine. I wrote the number of the piece on a sticker and put it on the back of the fabric.



The BOM that Pat has been working on was also passed out at the meeting. These are to be made and presented at the next month's gathering. Each month is seasonal according to month. We have January and here is Pat's version.


You can do this anyway you want, embroidered, applique. We will have patterns available at the workshop on the 28th. February's will be passed out at the meeting on the 9th.

For the workshops starting on January 28th we will be sorting fabric for the April workshop beginners sewing class. We will need to cut pieces for a nine patch block that will be our project and coordinating fabrics. Or you can bring your machine to work on a Teen Challenge quilt or a scrappy quilt to have on hand for emergencies as stated previously. This will be the plan for the subsequent workshops until after April. Lunch for the January workshop is brown bag.

We had discussed doing a quilt show at the New Haven Methodist church with their pastor and art director. We are unable to get a definite answer for now but I will check again in February. They didn't seem to think we would be able to do one this spring. 

We have a conflict of dates for the February 25th workshop. The church is having a seminar for 5 weeks and will be using the fellowship hall and kitchen for February. We will need to decide if we want to cancel or move the meeting to March 1st, the church will be available that Saturday.

For the beginners sewing class on April 29th the class will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We will need to be there for set up by 8:30 a.m. We need to develop a plan of what we will be teaching and who will lead us. We will need to decide what we will do for lunch for ourselves and maybe we can have a discussion as to how we think the class went. Marcella is in charge of the groundwork for the class and she is being helped by Rachenea. I'm sure if you have any ideas for them they will be grateful. Class size is limited to 10 with ages from 10 and up. Sign up is required.

We had a couple show and tells:



Martha presented this beauty. The colors are just stunning.


Martha also showed this kitty wall hanging.




Chris P. took the pockets off pairs of her husbands worn out jeans and embroidered
these Christmas designs on them. 

See you at the next workshop and meeting!

Chris











December 8, 2016

Sorry this is later than usual. Since the last post we've had Hometown Holidays and our Christmas party happenings. At the Hometown Holidays, we had a good turnout.




We were at the Firelands Ambulance building this year and the crowd was a good one. We did in total $175.00 in sales and for our quilt raffle proceeds for the year were $389.00 total. That's without any deductions for batting, sashing material, backing and quilting. Our quilt raffle winner was Monica Davidson, she was quite excited.


At our Christmas party/meeting we discussed a few ideas for next year. We've decided to take a year off for quilt raffles as we have funds to see us through the next year. Each year we give the church a monetary donation for letting us use their fellowship hall for our meetings plus these funds are used for any projects we may do as a service project. One thing that was discussed was to have a variety of quilt sizes on hand in case there is a family in need.

In January we will be  a starting a BOM. Pat Cole is in charge of this project. You will need to attend meetings to get the next month's block to be completed and shown at the next month's meeting. The blocks will be themed according to month presented. We will also pass out the paper piece block pattern for our signature block exchange in December 2017. You will need to prepare scraps of fabric of your color choice for each person who is participating. Come to the meetings to get more details.

 We will also be contacting the New Haven Methodist Church to see when would be a good date to have a small quilt show. Details later.

The meeting was short so we could enjoy the good food that we all brought. There was only
one show and tell and that was by Rachenea.


This is a coloring book Rachenea had as a little girl and she did a couple wall hangings
depicting the cover for her girls.




She is one talented lady!


See you in January!

Chris








November 10, 2016

Happy November quilters! This was our last regular meeting for 2016. There are no more workshops scheduled for this year. Workshops will start again on January 28, 2017. At this last meeting we covered many events coming up.

First up we have the Hometown Holidays on December 3rd. We will start setting up at 8:00 a.m. at the New London Ambulance building. The show runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you have any additional items to be sold, bring them at this time. The work schedule is as follows:

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.            Pat & Chris P.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.    Martha & Rachenea
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.              Marlene & Jean
Pack up                           Yvonne & Marcia

If you need to change your times, please let me know.

Our Christmas potluck will be on December 8th starting at 6:00 p.m. at the church. So far we have the following food coming: beef stroganoff, cheese ball, cheese tray, dessert, pasta salad, vegetable tray. If you plan on coming and haven't signed up for a dish, let me know what you are bringing so we don't have any duplicates. Or course no workshop in December because of the holidays.

New officers will take over at the first meeting of 2017 on January 12th. Elected were Pres. Chris Porter, V. Pres. Marcia Letterly, Secretary Martha Hecock, Treasurer Marcia Letterly & Yvonne Westover, facebook/blog coordinator Chris Porter, media coordinator Marlene Stevens. We will be having a demonstration on embellishing our projects by Marcella. She will be providing supplies but you may need to bring needles, thread or other notions. Stay tuned here for an updated list.  I will also send out an e-mail with the list. We will also pass out the paper piece block for our Christmas exchange for 2017. This is a friendship signature block. Each member will provide enough fabric in their color choice to complete this block. You will need to place this fabric in a ziploc baggie and write your name on the outside. Each member will provide enough for each member that is participating. For example if there are 5 members participating, including yourself, you would need to provide 4 bags (you wouldn't need one for yourself). There will also be a BOM pattern passed out at each meeting during the year. Pat is working on this project. You will have to attend meetings to receive your block for that month.

At the first workshop on January 28th we will begin to prepare packets of fabric for the beginner's sewing class in April. We are still working on Teen Challenge quilts too.

We need demonstrations for our February and March meetings. If you have a particular technique that you like to do, please share it with us at one of these meetings. It can even be just a refresher course or maybe you know of a better way to cut or piece. At the workshops for these months we will be working on coordinating fabrics and getting things lined up for the beginners sewing class on April 29th. We will be teaching a basic 9 patch from cutting fabrics to piecing them together. Also basic machine care. We already have some interest shown in attending.

In May we were planning on having a quilt show at the New Haven Methodist church. I will contact them to see if they are still interested.

We had one show and tell and it was special:

This quilt, called "Sprial Geese", was a pattern from a friend Marlene met in Alaska. The friend was making this quilt with her group and sent the pattern to Marlene. Marlene wanted to make it from her scraps, but wanted to make it different from her friend. So in the sashing. she embroidered this poem by Rachel Lyman Fields that spoke what Marlene was thinking. She also added embroidered leaves, sun and other fall motifs along with the poem. It was just gorgeous. 

'Something told the wild geese it was time to go, 
Though the fields lay golden something whispered, snow.
Leaves were green and stirring, berries luster-glossed, but beneath warm feathers something cautioned - frost.
All the sagging orchards steamed with amber spice but each wild breast stiffened at remembered ice.
Something told the wild geese it was time to fly. 
Summer sun was on their wings, winter in their cry.'





Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Chris