Thursday, March 25, 2010

Batting - What a decision to make??

There are so many choices of batting on the market, it's impossible to know everything; however, I do have my favorites. I've written an article about the types of batting I use, and why they work for me. If you'd like to read more. . .here is the link:

I hope you find my comments about batting useful. ~Quilter Ann~

Monday, March 22, 2010

A few little things...

The Mickey bags were not, technically, sewing, but I thought they were fun. I just bought the two for a dollar reusable bags from Dollar Tree. I covered up the small logo on the bottom corner of the bag with permanent black marker- easy peasy. Then I traced the Mickey shape on fusible craft bond (the super thick, non-sew type) and ironed on the fabric. (Important note: these bags are not made of fabric... if you don't cover the WHOLE thing with a pressing cloth your iron may end up covered with a thick gooey tar-like substance. Second important note: Faultless Hot Iron cleaner can remove thick gooey tar-like substances, as well as interfacing stuck directly to the iron.) Then I just ironed a strip of ribbon that matched the fabric to the top. Finally, I took some permanent ink and stamped my kids initials on the bags and outlined the letters with glitter glue. It was the perfect thing to fill with treats, coloring books, crayons, and MP3 players for our drive to Disneyland, and they cost under a dollar each to make.

This pink, green and brown quilt has gone to live with my cousin's new baby girl. I hope she likes it, because I really did. In fact, I kind of wanted to keep it. It is all flannel, and is backed with pink fuzzy minky and is SOOO soft. Shanda quilted it with darling little loops and flowers.

This sailboat quilt is for my other cousin's new baby boy. I pieced the back and the front. It took me a long time to draw a pattern for it that I liked, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

As far as I know, I only have two more cousins expecting, as well as one niece or nephew on the way, so I'll be done with baby sewing before I know it!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Here is a picture of the 1st beginner block. Good luck and happy sewing!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Block #1 Block of the Month

For those of you taking the intermediate block of the month class, here is what your first block should look like. Have fun sewing!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Quilt Batting link to Piece and Quilt

Some good info on quilt batting is on the Piece and Quilt blog so to read it click here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Quilt Batting Idea Share

Each month we will have a an idea share on a different topic.
This month the question is:
What kind of batting do you use in your quilts and why?Please leave a comment or a post telling what you know about this topic so that we can all learn from each other! I will also try to find a few links to help us learn even more. Everyone who participates will be entered to win a prize at the next quilt guild!! If you have any other ideas for idea share topics leave that in a comment too!

Humanitarian Sewing Projects

Every Thursday Leisa Sorensen is hosting Humanitarian Projects at her home.
You can go anytime from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to come and sew, or take a project to work on at home. There is plenty of room to work and store projects in her basement. Also, if you have any fabric, batting or other sewing supplies, donations are appreciated but not expected. You can come anytime, and there is usually a group of us working from 12:00-3:00. We are currently working on getting a couple of scrap quilts ready to tie. We also have fabric ready to make recieveing blankets, booties, wall hangings and school bags. Please tell us if you know of any other Humanitarian needs that we could make projects for. This would also be a great time to work on quilts for Haiti to donate to the Utah Quilt Guild. If you have questions call Carolyn.

March Quilt Guild

Marsha and MaryAnn from the Corn Wagon Quilt shop in Springville came to do our program this month. They showed us two different applique techniques. The first was a block from Penny Haren's Pieced Applique book. This pattern is also found in the Feb 2009 Quilting Classic Quilts Magazine. The website for her book publisher is The second demonstration was for a Shooting Star block.

After the demonstrations we were treated to a trunk show from their shop. Here are some of the great quilts they showed us.

Grocery Bag

Oh my Gosh quilt
Dear Jane Favorite Block Quilt
Pretzel Party
Dash of Traditions

25 Patch

Pineapple Shop Hop Quilt out of Wovens

Marsha's Winning Quilt

They also had some fun give aways won by: Julie, Ann, Connie, Sherida and Linda. Congrats ladies!
Thanks to Marsha and MaryAnn for putting on a great presentation! Be sure to check out their store in Springville and on their link on our side bar!

Next Months quilt guild will be a class on maintaining your featherweight machine. It will be taught by LuAnn Larsen. If you are a member of quilt guild the class is free. If you are not a member it will be $10. The class will start at 5:30 with our regular meeting starting at 8:00. Everyone is welcome to come to the Featherweight class even if you don't have a Featherweight!

Ann talked about Mini Quilts for the Utah Quilt Guild Quilt Festival.
This was her example of the Mini Quilts

Also, the service project from 2010 will be donating quilts to Helping Hands for Haiti. Ann has more info on all of the guidelines for these projects so call her if you need more info.

Block of the Month
This month's block is a T block. You can see the quilt at If you still want to do the block from last month you can bring both to the next meeting.

Show and Tell

Carol- Cute baby foot print tiny turning twenty
Maxine- Two quilts for Haiti

Sherida-Red, black and white turning twenty variation
Sherida also asked if anyone had scraps she could use for 2 1/2 inch blocks
Lisa- Cowboy baby quilt
Back of the quilt
Ann- Posie quilt
Ann- Cobble Stone
Linda- Valentine Pillow
Melissa- Car seat Cover
Shanda- 1/2 square Aviary
Carolyn Buggy Barn Heart
Hollie- Trucks and Tractors

Karen- Denim Purses

Karen- Carrot Table runners

Lynette- Fan Quilt