Friday, May 14, 2010
We just finished tying a full size quilt that we pieced from a bunch of left-over fabric. It was fun to watch the kids get involved in the project. I loved it when they would help each other above and below the quilt!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Linda Bringhurst taught us how to do an invisible Machine applique technique. She started by showing us some quilts that have used this method.
• Freezer paper
• Invisible thread
• Thread to match background
• Glue stick (clear/non-acid/non-permanent)
• zig zag
• blind hem
Set your sewing machine to a close stitch length and have the stitch width set to just barely catch the fabric of your appliqué piece.
1. Trace appliqué pattern onto freezer paper and cut freezer paper pattern out on cutting line.
2. Iron freezer paper template onto the wrong side of your appliqué fabric.
3. Cut out your fabric appliqué with a 1/8 inch seam allowance to turn under.
4. Turn under the seam allowance and glue to freezer paper. (be careful to make smooth edges)
5. Stitch around the edge of your appliqué (pay close attention to points and valleys)
6. After your appliqué is completed, trim background fabric away leaving your 1/4 inch seam allowance.
7. Gently remove your freezer paper template from the back of the appliqué. On very small appliqué pieces (dots) leave the paper in.
8. Press your appliqué from the wrong side of quilt.
One hint that she added was to tighten the tension on your bobbin thread a little bit.
Pam also shared with us a tool that she learned about in an applique class. The black area is sand paper so that your applique piece will stay in place while you are working with it. It can be ordered from Piper's Quilts.
Be sure to check out our newly redesigned website at pieceinthevalleyquiltguild.com Everyone should have received a user name and password on your email to log into the website as a member.
Show and Tell
Pauline- Finished table runner made with doilies that were her mothers.
Pauline- Quilt top from a class taught at Snow Goose this year
Shanda- Birdie Baby Quilt
Shanda- Jelly Roll Quilt
Shanda- Roman Holiday. This quilt was quilted by Jan as the prize for winning the UFO contest last year.
Jan's quilting on the back
Shanda- Bag from Frolic
Melissa - Summer Dress
Car seat cover
Dress for her daughter's Ice Cream Birthday Party
Holly- Black white and lime green bedspread, pillow and case for her daughter's bedroom (seriously I am going to move in with Holly if she will make me this darling bedding!)
Linda- Flower Pot Quilt
Jane- Minky Quilt
Pink Jelly Roll Quilt
Pleated log cabin ( this picture really didn't do justice to the amazing look of the pleats on every block!)
Hollie made these twice as nice blocks from the demonstration that we had last month!
Finished truck quilt!
Pam -Pink, black and white baby quilt. (I loved this done with the Pink boarder!)
Ann- Bear quilt and bunny quilt
This mini quilt was made with her sister
Pillow case made during a free make and take at the Machine Quilting Show
Peggy showed this cute jacket that she made. She plans to have the pattern in her store in the Fall.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
We have emailed all paying members a username and password to access newsletters, guild swap info and the guild membership list on the web site; as well as access to post new classified ads. Every member log-in should be working now; however if you have any problems or questions, please visit the "contact us" page at www.pieceinthevalleyquiltguild.com
New updates have been added to the website: Calendar of Events, Service Projects, Guild Classifieds and Resource Links. As a guild member, if you have any info you'd like to add, visit the "contact us" page.
If you haven't received your login info, contact Linda K to verify or update your guild membership status.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
My disclaimer: I did not remember to take pictures of both star blocks. I'm sorry! I'll go in later this week and take a picture of the other one. Shanda and Carolyn are really both much better organized than I am and if they hadn't gone off on a fabulous quilty weekend adventure, there would be better pictures...
And here's the beginner block. The finished one wasn't there, so this is the sample laid out so that you can see the colors.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
but I'm posting these darling quilts Joleen made. They are for her sister-in-laws twin baby girls who will arrive any day now. The print is pink and purple lady bugs. Joleen pieced and quilted these herself! Way to go!
If you haven't posted your favorite quilting tip on the blog post below, you really should do it before next quilt guild meeting. Carolyn wasn't kidding when she said there would be fabulous prizes!