Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2018 . . . Charm Squares and BLOTTO


2018  Charm Square Exchange


·                     Sign up on guild night to participate in the exchange The number of participants will be announced in the newsletter, in Facebook group and on this blog.  Please do not sign up unless you plan to comply.

·                     Three charms cut to 6-1/2 inches squares for each participant.  The charms should all be different in your collection.   The fabric must quilt shop quality, if there is any question of the quality of the fabric please do not donate the fabric.  

·                     A theme for the fabrics will be announced in the newsletter and on this blog in advance (SEE BELOW.) 

·                     Label your fabrics with your name, in some way to indicate you have turned in your charms.  This will make it easier for the coordinator to sort thru them for pick up.  I put my charms into a plastic baggy and write my name on it, but you can also just pin the charms together with a paper label on the charms.  

·                     Pick up your charms at the end of the evening.  Show off the quilt you made from your haul in a future show and tell.

JANUARY    …. Red, pink, rose

February …..  greens

March …..  brights and jewel tones

April …..  birds and butterflies

May ….  FLORAL

June ….  Red, White and Blue

July ….  Dots, strips and plaids

August ….  I spy …. Kid prints

September  ….  FALL … orange, gold, brown, and rust

OCTOBER ….. LANDSCAPE … sky, trees, etc.


December ….. Transportation  …  cars, boats, and planes


BLOTTO is a block lottery.  A pattern is posted by coordinator for the block month in advance.  The pattern will be posted in the newsletter, on this blog and on Facebook.  

·                     Those that participate can get a chance in the drawing to win all the blocks that have been made.  There is a three chance limit ... but you can make more blocks to submit.
·                     There is a SIGN UP SHEET at the Blotto table.  When you drop off your blocks fill a numbered line and there will be a drawing at the end session after the speaker.  ( If you win and you are not there we will get the blocks to you some how.)  Numbers drawn until we get a winner.  We are using the same numbers as for the door prizes. 
·                     WINNER TAKE ALL .... Our goal is to have the winner be able to assemble and entire quilt from the blocks that they win.... so come gals let make some blocks.

The first six -month themes are:


FEBRUARY ….   Pieced Hearts 

March  ….  To be determined

April …..   Bowtie with black background

May ….. GO CUTTER FLOWER … raw edge applique ( Lillian will supply the die cut flowers for a nominal cost which covers the purchase of the fusible and the fabrics used for the applique. )

June …. Strip pieced crazy block 


Friday, December 8, 2017




16 members including phone ins, have signed up for the DECEMBER Charm Square Exchange. 

Charm squares are THREE DIFFERENT FABRICS cut to 6.5 inches.  Quilt shop quality fabric only please. 

I did some figuring and out of 2/3rds of a yard you can get 18 squares ... with a strip left over.     ( Most quilt shops will not cut funky measurements and you  have to have enough fabric to square up accurately.) 

 As we are all so busy during the holidays ... there will be no BLOTTO blocks for December.

 We wish you a happy, healthy and fun holiday season with your family and friends.




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

January Silent Auction to support Project Linus . . .

Our local chapter of Project Linus has been given a lot items that are intended to be used for Project Linus, but that we cannot turn into quilts.  Or if we could, the quilts would not be kid-friendly or too big or too costly for Project Linus to have quilted.  Project Linus wishes to sell off quilted donations that are not kid friendly.  Money raised will be used to support the Project Linus missions.

We will be setting up a silent auction of donation of quilts and items.   Items will have pre- set prices and we will be able bid on the items. Other guilds and groups will be invited to attend.

The 17 items are: 

A beautiful hand appliqued flannel quilt top
A simple 20" x 30" double wedding ring pattern  appliqued on a white background, but the pieces in the rings are 30s and 40s fabric.
A queen size quilt top, floral spools pattern
A queen size quilt top, Garden Lattice, pink, green and white
A quilted jacket
A "Quilt Ladies" panel throw top

A gold and purple impeccable pieced center medallion for a large quilt
A batik bargello quilt top
A Fairy Frost fabric center star medallion for a quilt
A Christmas-y table runner ready to quilt with batting and backing
A 3-D appliqued block of violets
A fused applique block, 16" x 24", of birds on a fence
A sort of bargello heart made with floral material of 1 1/2" squares, center medallion for a quilt
A sparkly blue and white table topper, finished, could easily be turned into a tree skirt
A purple and gold, stack & whack method table runner
A fall color table-runner, top only, made of 3 pieced blocks
A large black, green and red pieced quilt top

The board saw the items and they were special.   Many of these items are samples that have been donated by quilt shops.
Money raised will be used by Project Linus to help support their quilting mission.

Project Linus Mission: 
Quilts equal hugs; donations are given to:
Hospitals / Pediatric Units
Ronald Mc Donald Houses   
Old Newsboys  
Cancer Camps
Grief Camps
Sparrow Hospital
Children of Armed Forces prior to deployment
Schools after a tragic event (death of student)
Other Child related charities where ever needed

Opportunity to Participate in PROJECT LINUS
Takes knitted and crochet as well as quilted items as long as they are kid friendly.
Need more information:

9:30 am   Show and Tell then discussions 

Loose  Senior Center,  Linden, MI  ( new group)
  … 4th Wednesday of the Month
Day time  10 am to 12 noon
  Address: 707 N Bridge St, Linden, MI 48451
Phone: (810) 735-9406




This information was sent to the guild to share with our members.