Wednesday, September 25, 2019

KATHI CARTER SWEET ... TRUNK SHOW at Evening Star Quilt GuilI

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Kathi Carter Sweet has been a quilter / sewer for over 40 years.    She has been a winner in several AQS and other quilt events.  She became certified as a  Quiltworx instructor for the past eight years.  She has made many of the quilts from Judy's patterns and tonight she showed her collection.  I must say we were in awe of what she showed us.  She was an interesting and entertaining speaker, talking about her quilts and her family.   I took over 60 pictures of just the quilts .  Kathi was an interesting teacher discussing some of the techniques she used to bring her quilts up to a higher level.... She teaches at Creative Passions twice a year and many of the guild members were talking about signing up for her next teaching session.

Tonight we also had the pleasure of having representatives from CREATIVE PASSIONS RETREAT CENTER at the guild to explain what facilities are available.  They have four venues available for groups of quilters from just a few quilters in the small house to over 30 in the large .  Sewing areas available with some sewing machines available with advance request.  Meals are catered in,  massages and pedicures can be obtained and they even have boy scouts available to handle your luggage.   I have been told by guild members who have been there that this was one of the best retreats they had ever been to.  

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QUILTWORX . COM

Creative Passions Crop & Quilt Retreat

Address: 203 Pearl St, Chesaning, MI 48616





Thursday, August 1, 2019

A blast was had by all

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At tonight's meeting we worked as a group on  paper collage.  We got to be little kids again and cut up magazine pictures to compose our own collages.  This is an inexpensive method to practice making collages before you cut into expensive fabrics.  I enjoyed  collaboration with other guild members .... We then voted on the results and won some cute prizes.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Ann Marie Rowland .... a wonderful night of song and quilts.

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 Ann Marie Rowland .... a MUSICAL TRUNK SHOW. 
 

Tonight our guild had  the pleasure of a musical trunk show by Ann Marie Rowland and her sister Diane.  If you ever get the chance to book these ladies to your guild .... do so.  We had a wonderful time listening to her quilts songs.  They were funny and also poignant.  Everyone laughed til we were almost falling out of our chairs.   The quilts displayed were antiques some from her family and some were purchased along the way.  All the quilts had a story to tell and Ann Marie told the stories  beautifully.  To be honest I do not think that Ann Marie and her sister ever saw an antique quilt that they did not want to bring home.  I am posting just a couple of my favorite quilts.



Ann Marie quilts with the quilters at Delphine's Quilt shop in Gaylord, MI


Mystery block.... no one in the guild knows the name of this block











I am going to repeat myself ... if your guild wants an entertaining evening of music and laughter ... these are the ladies for you.


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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

May 29th brings us QUILTING FUN

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Pam C and the guild board have been busy planning what should be a fun event.


Mary V is having everyone who participated in the MICHIGAN B.O.M.   bring in their blocks and quilts regardless of where they are in the process.  This should be a fun show and tell.

Mary V will present the new challenge ... it is really different and I thought interesting.

Pam C will present us with a cute hand sewing project that  we can work on during the meeting.  All you need to bring is a simple hand sewing kit / needle /  neutral thread.

Last but not least ....


And these are the quilts ....







See you there or be a NON QUILTER ....



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Saturday, April 6, 2019

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April 24,  2019:  
 Beth DonaldsonCurator, from Michigan State University Quilt Museum
 
                                http://bethdonaldson.blogspot.com

Lecture will be DETROIT NEWS QUILTS.  Beth asks us to bring in any antique quilts that we may have.  
 
You can find more information here:
 
 
 
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Quilts and Human Rights 
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

4 corners: TULIP BLOCK

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TULIP PATTERN ….


I contact Missouri Star Quilt Co to be able to use the patterns from their videos with our 6.5 inch charm squares  ... They said go for it but I need to write my own instructions... so here goes .



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I believe in using what you have… so I just used our 6.5 inch charms from our exchanges. I chose charms appropriate for tulip colors, but you can you any fabric you like.




Leaves : 

  Make 4 half square triangles using green and white 6.5 inch  charms using any technique you know.   I like the mark the diagonal and sew 1/4 inch to each side of the diagonal. 
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Sew a quarter inch from the diagonal and split apart to form your half square triangles.







  
Square to 6 inches
 I then squared up my block to 6 inches.  Assemble your patches to form a leaf.  Sew two of the half square triangles top to bottom.  A 1-1/2 inch strip will be sewn between the blocks to form a stem.


 
Sew the half square triangle top and bottom to form leaf


Sew a 1-1/2 inch strip to form a stem of one inch

 The assembled leaf block should measure 12 inches wide and 11 inches in length





Flowers: 
 To make the snowballs divide a white background  6.5 inch charms in quarters.  Mark the back of the 3-1/4 patch and sew across the diagonal.  Trim out the excess from the back. ( You can get  bonus half square triangles if you sew a half inch away from your diagonals.






 
Assemble your patches to make a tulip, sew together like a four patch.



 Assemble your patches to look like a tulip in any color way you like.. the more flower pedals you have the better mix of flowers you can make.  Flower head should measure 12.5  inches wide by 12.5 inches in length ( un- assembled)

 Sew the flower block on to the leaf block. 











 
 Square up the blocks so they are all the same size… If you have slightly different size blocks you can trim them to a slightly smaller size …
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Add coping / sashing strips around the block then square up.   



Finished block will be about …12 inch wide x 22-24 inches tall…. Then you frame them, square them up to the same size and assemble them into a quilt. The discrepancy in size will be the results of your decisions along the way.


PRE- SASHED BLOCK ( 3 inches)


You will note the leaf blocks are smaller then the flower head ( these blocks were made from orphan half square triangles of 5-1/2 inches ) ... I added coping strips on each side of the leaves before sewing them to the flower head block.) 


Finished block will be about …12 inch wide x 22-24 inches tall…. Then you frame them, square them up to the same size and assemble them into a quilt. The discrepancy in size will be the results of your decisions along the way.

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