Monday, April 21, 2014

April Meeting This Thursday

A quick reminder that our April meeting is this Thursday.


Amanda Murphy and Elizabeth Busscher will lead our program about binding quilts both by machine and hand.

Date:  Thursday, April 24
Time:  6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location:  Dowd YMCA - 7th Floor Conference Room

Swap reminders from Xandi:

1) Block-in-a-Bag swappers bring the bags they have now to pass along to the next person.

2) Sewing Room Swap due (pin cushion-thread catcher, sewing machine cover or scrap basket set).  You will then get to select from any of the items turned in for swapping.

3) Bring in WIPs for the next swap, extras if you have them.

Details of April Swaps - HERE

Information on April BOM - HERE

Here is a sneak peek at part of my WIP ready for swapping.  Rescuer needed!!!!


Hope to see everyone on Thursday,
Karen E.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Save the date - ALL DAY sew-in!!

Save the date for a fun DAY of sewing.  More information to come at the April meeting but we wanted everyone to have plenty of notice.

Saturday, May 10
Carmel Presbyterian - Ligon Hall
8 am - 8 pm

This is a great facility behind the church where we can park and roll our supplies right in the door.  It has lots of sunlight, a kitchenette and tons of room.  We hope everyone can join us for all or part of this fun event!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dear Stella & Timeless Treasures Challenge

Just a quick FYI about a fun challenge being sponsored by Dear Stella & Timeless Treasures - The Modern Traditional Mini Quilt Challenge.

The winner gets a massive 60-piece half yard custom selection of two Dear Stella and Timeless favorites – Mini Confetti Dots and Sketch.  Now THAT'S a stash builder!  The deadline is April 30.  Go check it out at the link below:

LINK for Dear Stella & Timeless Treasures Challenge

Friday, April 4, 2014

Upcoming officers & April meeting


Our April meeting will be Thursday, April 24.  Amanda Murphy and Elizabeth Busscher will lead our program about binding quilts both by machine and hand.

Date:  Thursday, April 24
Time:  6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location:  Dowd YMCA - 7th Floor Conference Room

Information on April BOM - HERE

Information on April Swaps - HERE


Thank you thank you to everyone that volunteered for the 2014-2015 board and committees.  It looks like it will be a GREAT year!  This new board will start with the June meeting.

Co Presidents:  Kelleigh Bland and Xandi Hamilton
Vice President:  Elizabeth Busscher
Secretary/Blog:  Kim Thomasson
Treasurer:  Liz Harris
Block of the Month:  Jenn Thurston & Vicky Tolzmann
Swap Captain:  Cindi Woody
Library:  Elaine Novak

Have a great weekend! 
Karen E.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April BOM

April's Block-of-the-Month is fresh like spring and is BIG.  If we get 9 blocks turned in it would make a nice size quilt.  For each block turned in you get a chance to win all the blocks.  Good luck!

Block:  Radiant Splendor
Tutorial: Fresh Lemons Blog  Tutorial Link Here
Background: Solid White
Star:  Yellow & Purple Prints or Solids (Modern fabrics)
Size:  20 1/2"

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts
From Fresh Lemons Quilts

Friday, March 28, 2014


There were some amazing journals in our swap this week and thirteen people played along!!  Xandi has 2 great swaps coming up and complete details are below.  Key dates to note:

Sewing Room Swap - Bring completed item to the April meeting for our swap.

WIP Swap - Bring your WIP to the April meeting.  We will then have 2 months to turn them into completed projects.

Here are the complete details from Xandi...

CLT MQG Sewing Room Swap
Due April 24th – choose ONE (you're welcome to sew more than one! For each item you sew you get to take an item home.)

For this swap, please focus on using MODERN, QUILT-SHOP QUALITY fabrics. Don't stress too much about that, though! If you’re unsure, solids (not batiks or blenders) are always a safe go-to.

Pincushion and Thread Catcher - Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson!

Sewing Machine Cover – Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilts
(Any design you want, sewing machine not required!)

Scrap Basket Set – Christina from Sometimes Crafter

and for the WIP project:
At our next meeting on April 24th, we will start a swap that involves your WIPs. These are "Works in Progress", those bits of things you have lying around that you don't think you will ever get to finishing. I have a million. They can be in any state - maybe you bought a pattern and some fabric, maybe you cut out a bunch of fabric and lost the urge to do anything, or maybe you have a stack of bee blocks that you have no idea what to do with. Don't worry that the WIP is not good enough or modern enough or anything like that. The fun challenge of this swap will be that the recipient of your WIP will think creatively to turn it into something they love for themselves. These do not have to start or end as quilts - tote bags, mug rugs, pin cushions - anything goes.

Please bring a WIP with you to the April meeting for the swap. If you have more than one to give, or if you don't have time for a swap but have a WIP(s) you can donate, please bring them. Although the concept is foreign to me, I hear we have members that actually finish the things they start. Shocking ;-). These extra WIPs will be added to the pile so that these other more diligent sewists can play along!

Monday, March 24, 2014

March Meeting Madness!!!

Don't miss our March meeting coming up this Thursday.  We will have a little "hoop" March madness of our own and some fun sharing of our specialty ruler "champions".

On the agenda:

1.  Your Favorite Specialty Ruler/Template
Please bring one of your favorite specialty rulers or templates (and a project or pattern using the tool, if possible).  We can all share some of our favorites with the group, and if you participate in the journal swap (see below) you might win the new ruler giveaway.

2.  Fabric Journal Swap
This month we will be swapping fabric journals.  If you participate in the swap, your name will be in the drawing for a new specialty ruler.  I have my journal supplies so I better get sewing!

3.  2014-2015 Officers & Committees
We will discuss the slate of nominees and officially vote them into office.  Hooray and thanks to all of those that have volunteered!  It looks like it is shaping up to be a great year.

4.  March BOM & Block In A Bag
If you would like to play along with the March BOM then bring your block(s) in to maybe win them all. Also, if you are in the Block In A Bag program don't forget to bring in your bags to pass to the next person.

5.  Sew-N-Tell
Let's see what fun things you are working on.

6.  Fat Quarter Hoops
How are your hoop skills?  We will have a fun round of Fat Quarter Hoops to see who will be crowned the Fat Quarter Champion.

Date:  Thursday, March 27
Time:  6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location:  Dowd YMCA - 7th Floor Conference Room