Two of our guild members were in Danville this past week and shared the news that some of the Gee's Bend quilters will be at Threads and Beds/Threads of Time quilt center in Danville, IL on March 24, 2014.
Threads and Beds retreat center is already fully booked for the weekend, including Mon, March 24, but anyone interested in meeting the Gee's Bend quilters should contact the retreat center for details. It may be possible to find overnight accommodations nearby. The telephone number for the shop and center is (866) 431-9202.
You can see work by the Gee's Bend quilters at this website from Auburn University featuring a catalog of work: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/other/geesbend/explore/catalog/slideshow/
Date: Tuesday December 10th
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Contact email@example.com for details and directions if needed
If you have not previously signed up to bring a dish to share, please bring a savory appetizer -- we have plenty of sweets!
Don't forget your decorated brown paper bag with your four (4) fat quarters of fabric inside for our Christmas gift exchange. It should be a lunch sized plain brown paper bag, decorated however you choose. Include a notion or two as a little something extra. Be creative -- you can provide four similarly themed fabrics, a novelty fabric and three blenders, different values in the same color, whatever you like.
We'll also be doing the drawing for the raffle vintage quilt at this meeting, so if you have additional donations of checks or cash, don't forget to contact our treasurer or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know so that we can enter all the eligible donors into the drawing!
We finished the sashing for the Chicago Geese quilt at our work gathering yesterday. Everyone's blocks really came together to make an interesting quilt. Good job everyone!
The quilt will be completed by a long arm quilter and then it will be ready for donation to a family in the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project.
Peddler's Way Quilt Co. in Washington IL is seeking donation of quilts, pillowcases and new bed pillows for distribution to the victims of the recent tornados in Washington IL. They will be working with local churches and relief organizations to distribute the donations in the community. Please label your quilt so that the recipient will know who has made the generous gift and be able to thank you.
Ship donations to:
Peddler's Way Quilt Co.
127 Peddlers Way
Washington IL 61571
One of our members shares this list of tips that she found in one of the books in her sewing library:
*Clever Fabric Hideaways*
Many quiltmakers share this dilemma: Where do you hide fabric from anyone who doesn't understand why you need it all? Creative storage saves the day!
One of our ongoing programs is our "Blockmaster" effort. Each member of the guild creates as many blocks in the current theme as she wishes. The Chicago Geese blockmaster challenge is now complete (we're assembling it right now for donation to the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project). The current project is a Red and White block challenge -- any 12-1/2 inch block pattern or design, using only red and white fabrics. Coming in early 2014 is a return to a specific block pattern, but made in quilter's choice of batiks with background muslin fabric provided by the guild (more details on this coming soon.)
We currently have 20 red and white blocks stockpiled toward a goal of a minimum of 35 collected by early 2014. Be creative, try out a new block pattern or technique, or use an old favorite. Anything from the simplest block to advanced techniques work great with this simple color palette.
At our monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 12 we will be creating the arrangement, sashing and borders for the Chicago Geese quilt from our Blockmasters program. We'd also like to work on the assembly during the meeting if time allows. There will be at least one portable machine at the meeting, but if others bring their machines we can set up an assembly line for putting the blocks together. Also, bring thread nippers, seam ripper (ugh, but you know it might be needed), and grey thread. If you do not want to sew blocks together, we'll also need help in trimming threads, pressing seams, and removing paper foundations. Extra irons and ironing pads, as well as extension cords will be appreciated.
Work on the project will follow the business meeting.
Members (and any guests) are encouraged to bring fabrics from their stash for possible use in sashing and borders for our Chicago Geese blocks. We are considering blue, green, turquoise, teal - anything in the blue/green family for these projects, so please dig into those collections to see what you might have that could be donated to the cause! We'll be laying out blocks and hopefully working on the sashing on Tue, Oct 22 at 7 pm in the Cellar room at Treasure Island (55th and Lake Park)
You will also have an opportunity to go shopping for new fabric on Oct 22. Marilyn will be bringing a collection of donated fabrics for us to "buy" -- prices will be less than $1 and all proceeds will benefit the Lakeside Quilting Guild. So bring your pocket change and go home with some new inspiration.
All you need to know is on the Expo website:
Pre-registration pricing ends Nov.10 for admission and classes. There are variety of options to choose from, and classes will fill up fast, so do