Wednesday, August 30, 2017

6.5 inch CHARM SQUARES -- slight change

12 members have signed up for the charm exchange !  
9-5-2017 updated 

We will be doing " I" Spy kid friendly charms for September.  We will be posting the number after I talk to Lillian so recheck this post in a couple of days.   These blocks will be ideal to make more blocks for the " I" Spy BLOTTO blocks.  Use quilt shop quality fabrics, please.  

Provide a 6.5 inch charm square for each participant of three different fabrics that follow the theme for the month.

From a half yard of fabric you can expect to get about 12 blocks with some extra scraps / strips of fabric. 

Please put a sticker, mailing label or some indication of which blocks are yours.  It will help sorting of the blocks easier for Lillian.  



AUGUST  ... BLACKS , WHITE or mixed black and white.
September ... Novelty or "I" SPY fabrics
October .... Fall colors ... rust / gold / brown etc
November ... Christmas 
December .....Batiks

 Lillian V said she is willing to add you to the charm square block exchange for the next week.  Her phone number is in the membership guide. ( We do not post it on line.)  
cc : Anna



Inside charm is 6.5 inches square .... Finished block is 10.5 inches square.

BLOTTO was a huge success for the August meeting.  We had 60 block entries.
Same rules for September  BLOTTO .... 3 chances to win, one chance for each block submitted.   Winner takes ALL.

When you turn in your blocks be sure to check in on  the sign in sheet.  It will be on the table where we will place our blocks.  
This helps to let the coordinator know who turned in their blocks.

Please label you blocks with your name ... it speed up the sorting.

While sewing up your framed charmed squares... cut extra "I- Spy" 6.5 inch blocks for the charmed square exchange. 


Center Block ... fussy cut a kid friendly novelty print
Block should measure 6.5 inches square.
Themes not limited to the following, these are just suggestions:

     Trains, tractors, cars, cute animals, ladybugs, fish, sports,      cute flowers, robots, dinosaurs,  butterflies, fruits, vegetables, food, stars, moon, spaceships ... fabric appropriate to young children. 

"I" spy fabric often has a good size design that can be centered in the square.  Multiple motifs scattered across the patch work well too. 

Sides : 
Color: Tone on Tone  or Medium to Dark  Solid

Boarder Strips:   2.5 inches x 6.5 inches ... sew to the side of the center block.  

Top and Bottom:  2.5 inches x 10.5 inches 

WORD of WARNING... be sure to sew scant to get the correct size block ! 
.... ask me how I know

Block should measure 10.5 inches unfinished.


 ( I will be posting a sample block picture in the future)

Octobers blotto block will be the fused car block.  Lillian will have pre-cut fused fabric applique patches to make the block that can be purchased for $1.00.  Pattern / templates for the block will be available so that you can use fabric from your stash.  Patterns are free for members.  Any other instructions will be given next month.  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Rossie Hutchinson comes to Evening Star Guild on August 30th


August 30, 2017
Dinner:  4pm at Lucky’s Restaurant
Meeting:  6 pm at the Senior Center, doors open
Meeting starts at 6:30 pm

Our guest speaker will be ROSSIE HUTCHINSON from Ann Arbor.  She is a member of the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild.  Rossie earliest memories was of her mother sewing clothes, but Rossie’s love of fabric drew her to quilting.  She has been quilting for over 15 years.  Rossie says she loves improvisational modern quilts styles but has gotten inspiration from traditional quilts and blocks. She said she feels inspiration for quilts comes from many places.  ROSSIE has designed patterns for modern quilts, many with a traditional flair you can see her quilts on her blog and web page.

When Rossie was learning to quilt she got most of her information and inspiration from on line Flicker groups, forums and blogs.   She is friends with many of modern quilters who are designing fabric, patterns and leading the modern quilt movement. Rossie is a professional quilting teacher who has taught on line, on PBS FRESH QUILTING show, at quilt guilds as well has her own guild and at Quilt Con.  She has authored many articles for quilting magazines and books.   Rossie is currently using a long arm for quilting, but has quilted on a domestic machine  and she also has had local quilters quilt her projects.

I personally am looking forward to her quilts and lecture as I want to make quilts for the “grands” and they like the MODERN style.  You can find more about Rossie and see her quilts if you use the links below.