Thursday, June 29, 2017

MS Virginia and April are coming to the guild, July 26th

NEXT MEETING is July 26, 2017

Speakers:   Virginia Anderson and April Yorks  Trunk Show

Dinner at Lucky's before the meeting at 4pm 

Virginia and April have been long time members of this guild and are known by many of us.  Virginia and April are a founding member of the guild along with Audrey Derscha.  She also was friends with Mary Schafer and they use to get together often to sew.  Virginia said they started quilting in 1976 to honor the bicentennial.  She makes all kinds of quilts by hand and machine but applique is her favorite.  

They have traveled extensively and took classes from many national teachers, she mentioned Anita Shackelford and Pat Campbell but said there were too many to list.  Virginia currently sews several times a month in a hand stitching group thru Genesse Stars.   They are very knowledgeable and Virginia is a quilt appraiser.  She owns over 200 quilts in her collection.

 They will be bringing two large suitcases of quilts from Virginia's collections of quilts, and the quilts she made based on her collection.   (We are going to need a lot of holders for this meeting, they will have the delight of close up examination of the quilts.)   

I saw Virginia’s quilts at the Genesee Star day guild and we are in for a treat. 

MS VIRGINIA at the Genessee Stars Quilt Guild Quilt Show

Our President's Challenge for Show and Tell  
Christmas in July 

Quilt for a Veteran Challenge .... July, August and September

Under construction ... more pictures to be posted

RED, WHITE AND BLUE                  


Block size: 7.5 inches / 7 INCH FINISHED   …. 
12 BLOCKS ACROSS AND DOWN = 86 x 86 inches -  

 (144 blocks but you can make smaller quilts.)     

Go into your stash and pull out any white, white on white ... no prints/ shirting.  Please.  (Any brand Bright white, Snow, off white, white on white prints are okay.)  

Any fabric that READS red or blue (medium to dark blues)  will work for the colored portion of the block. Patriotic colors will work best but I will work with what I am given.  

Make a 3 inch finished triangle (3.5 inch unfinished patch) using any method you like.  Use a dark color for one side of the triangle and your white for the other.  
3 inch finished / 3-1/2 inch unfinished half square triangle

From your yardage of colored fabric and white cut 2.5 inch strips. 
(See the block lay out pictures.) 

 For each block you will need 14 inches of the color fabric.  Try to keep the strips matching the Half Sq. Triangles.  The white strips should be about 10 inches in length before you sub cut them.

Sub cutting the patches works best .... ask me how I know.
I am using fat quarters. I cut my 2.5 inch strips from length   ( 18”) side of a fat quarter.  In one strip I have enough for the 7.5in and 5.5 in. of the sub cut units.  A length wise strip gives a more stable block.   But use what you have and cut the way you want.   

Sub- cut the 2.5 strips: 

For each block you are making,  sub cut white.

3.5 inches x 2.5 inches …. Sew to the right of your half sq. triangle.

5.5 inches x 2.5 …. Sew across the top of your half sq. triangle patch.

For each block you are making, sub cut your dark strip    ( red or blue) 

5.5 inch x 2.5 inch patches….. Sew to the bottom of your half square triangle unit.

7.5 x 2.5 inch colored  patches … Sew to the left side of your half square triangle unit.

I will have sample blocks displayed at the guild meeting and pictures on the blog along with these instructions. 

LAY OUT of the patches  

  ( Confession of a bad piecer.  I sew my patches to the long strip then cut off and square up my block after each strip is sewn on…. What can I say it works for me and I dislike sub-cutting cause I always get my strips cut to the wrong size.  This only works if you are using a consistent background fabric.    When using assorted back grounds it is best to sub cut your patches as you go along.  My small scraps are put together in a MAKE YOUR OWN FABRIC / Improv / String blocks for a different project.) 
Patch lay out

I am sure you have been piecing quilt blocks longer than I have so you can figure out my poor instructions.  As long as the blocks are squared to 7.5 inches they will fit in the quilt.  I will  work with whatever blocks I am given my goal is a large throw at least 70 inches x 70 inches... 10 blocks by 10 blocks.

This type of quilt block can be set into any LIGHT / DARK high contrast setting style and look great.   I have some print outs of different light dark settings.  I also have a picture of the inspirational quilt. Even if you use red, white or blue scraps, left-overs from other projects it would be an interesting quilt as long as the contrast is good.   I will be posting more pictures / step outs of the process as I make more blocks.   So check back again.   

If you have any questions send an email to  ..... put VETERAN  blocks in the subject line.... 

I will be posting EQ7 photos of different settings for light /dark quilts.   The size and settings of the quilts made will depend on how many blocks I get or make.  Hoping for a lot of blocks to make a couple of throws and maybe some wheelchair lap quilts.  

MIRACLE QUILTS is the veteran's group I plan to donate the quilts to.  They will have a planned distribution next summer after their quilt exhibit.   You can read all the veteran organizations where they have donated in the past.  They also sponsor the VFW National Home for Children, Eaton Rapids, Michigan  
VFW National Home for Children
QUILTS of Valor is another organization that accepts quilts for donation, but they have requirements.  Here is their link, if you wish to make a quilt for them you will find information here.

QUILT of VALOR Requirements  

CC:  Anna