Tuesday, September 25, 2012

???  Mystery Quilt Information  ???

     In November we will be starting a mystery quilt designed by Debbie Caffrey, who has written several quilting books, including the Noodle Soup series.  When you are taking part in a mystery quilt, you will be given a list of fabrics that are needed, along with specific cutting and sewing directions, but here's the mystery...you will not know what the completed quilt looks like until the final clue is handed out!
     Sign up will be from the September Guild Meeting until our October Guild Meeting.  The cost will be $6.00 per participant.  There is no limit to the number of people who can participate...but you must sign up and pay your money by October 29th so the patterns can be ordered.  
     In November, we will hand out the initial set of clues which includes the supply list, specifics about fabric choice and amounts, and the first set of cutting instructions.  Choices will be available for lap, twin, and larger-sized quilts.  Don't worry, we are giving you time to complete all your holiday projects, for the Mystery Quilt steps can be done in January.  Then, at the January meeting, you will receive the second set of clues.  Complete these and receive the next set at our February meeting.  You will continue receiving mystery clues again in March and in April.
     In May, we will have "The Big Reveal!"...  a Mini-Quilt Show of how our mystery quilts turned out.  At that time, we would like the participants to bring in their pieced quilt tops, or their finished quilts, for an awesome show-and-tell!
     We hope that this Mystery Quilt Activity will be one that's fun and gives you lots of joy!
 Suzi Walker and Carol Waudby  (posted Sept. 25, 2012)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Summer Time Fun


Monday, August 27 started out raining so it was a perfert day to go to Hankerd Inn for a workshop with Anita Shackleford - Focus on Fabric.  Anita showed us how to take a simple shape to cut out pieces from our focus fabric and then to create a background using a porportional guide throughout the piece.

That evening at the Guild Meeting Anita gave a presentation showing her collection of older quilts that she had purchased and the flaws that had keep them from getting finished.  With her eye for detail, she took them apart and put them back together with great care. 

Our guest speaker July 30th was Jennifer Burg of Jennifer's Quilt Shop in Pinckney, Mi.  Jennifer's love of 30's fabric shown throughout her trunk show.  She also carries Civil War Reproduction Fabrics.  I think I see many road trips being planned to Pinckney.

Jason Novak from Gall Sewing in Lansing, Michigan spoke at our June Guild Meeting with loads of great information on the proper care of our sewing machine along with tips on the proper thread and needles to use.