Sherrie Jaqua will be our speaker for January meeting. Sherrie is a quilt designer, teacher and quilt shop owner. Her lecture title is a phrase that has run through all our heads: “The fabric made me do it.” I am sure we will all take something home from this lecture. Sherrie will be at Lucky’s at 4:30PM for dinner. Please join us if you can!
This month's focus donation is an easy one. Dishtowels. You can find them at all kinds of stores at a great variety of prices. Maybe you got some as a gift that you haven't used because they are just not "you". Add a pretty potholder to your donation and brighten the day of someone who's been through a rough time and is starting over.
Charm Square Exchange: For all of you charmers, we will be starting the year with "Bloom". I thought this would be so fun to welcome spring. Any garden floral will be the first charm square exchange. The charm squares will be due at the March guild meeting. The signup sheet will be at the January meeting, but this note gives you a head start so that you can look for your fabric. Interested charmers will cut 6 1/2 inch squares out of three different fabrics for each person that signs up for the exchange. If there are 16 charmers, then you will get 39 different charm squares. These charming squares can be used for a variety of projects. Tote bags, table runners, purses to name a few. There are so many free patterns for these squares now. I am excited to take care of the charm square exchange this year and I welcome any ideas that you may have.
Feb 19th 10 am – 3 pm Project Linus sewing at Church of God, 1215 West Vienna Rd., Clio 1 mile east of N Saginaw in Clio. Go to the big New Life Center part of the church and look for the Project Linus sign on the door. Potluck or bring your own lunch. Gail will make a big pot of soup for lunch, so bring your drink, and something to share. Can bring own fabric to donate.
Details: This event is being arranged by Gail Goudy who participated in our 4 Corners meeting in November. She talked to us about the weighted blankets that she makes for autistic children. February is national Project Linus month, so last year Gail invited folks to come to the Church of God in Clio to sew for Project Linus. Last year they made a pile of quilts to be sent to the kids in Haiti. Project Linus HQ had asked the chapters to make quilts for Haiti – they had no batting inside so they assembled quickly. Gail also had some weighted blankets there that needed to be worked on. It was a lot of fun, and for a good cause, so she decided to do it again this year.
What to bring: If you want to sew, bring a machine and basic supplies. There will be fabric available, and some batting. The goal will be to make small simple quilts using the “envelope” method and tying. So it will be an assembly line situation, with sewing, cutting, ironing, and tying. Pam Braden, chapter coordinator for the Flushing Project Linus will be there with fabric. Or you can bring you own project. This is a good way to use up panels, odd leftover squares from previous projects, scraps, etc.
Gail will also have some weighted blankets to show and to work on. This is Gail’s “special calling” to make these blankets and if you missed her talk at the meeting, these blankets work wonders. They are used for children with autism to help calm them down or to help them get to sleep. The word is spreading that she makes these blankets: she currently has an order for 8 from a teacher in Grand Blanc, and she already made 11 for another teacher, plus she gets individual requests from parents. One family requested one because their child had been sleeping between the mattress and springs on his bed to get the sensation of weight that he needed. Gail made him the heaviest one to date, 28 lbs.
http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com Commemorate the 2011 Sesquicentennial with a block of the week from Barbara Brackman! For 2011, each week Barbara will provide a pattern for a civil war quilt block. Barbara is a Quilt Scholar and Author, and for years she traveled around the country teaching and lecturing. Her special focus is dating antique quilts and giving an accurate history of quilts associated with the Civil War and the Underground Railroad. She has designed reproduction fabric and is a fan of William Morris and his work. You can read more about Barbara on her website at http://www.barbarabrackman.com.