Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The latest show and tell

April 2015 Meeting

My quilt group met at Cindy's this month. Thank you Cindy for hosting. Since we have finished our Pizza Box Exchange, we talked about some possibilities for projects as a group. A couple suggestions were to have one meeting where we all made "green" totes using some type of repurposed fabric, then bring them to the meeting and exchange them with each other. Nancy will look for patterns and head it up for our meeting next month. More info to come on that.
Another idea is to have sewing projects or "classes" within our own group where we can set up our machines, watch or listen to a tutorial and make a new quilt project together, making a big bag to carry our cutting boards, rulers, etc, making seasonal table runners. Please share any other ideas you might have with all of us so that we can have some "on purpose" sewing projects that take us out of our quilting comfort zones.
Darla won the door prize which was the pair of wool mittens shown in the demo by Cindy.
Here are our show and tells:

Kathi made this scrap quilt and put a little minky on the back also.

Cindy made this Ducky quilt. 
Cindy also made this Black and Bright quilt using flannel on the back.

This is a quilt Cindy started at Corrie's retreat from a purchased kit.

Cindy's daughter is getting ready to serve a full time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so Cindy made this cute pillowcase for her to take.

These are three sets of luggage tags Cindy made. One set is for her daughter and the other two are for her daughter's friends who are also getting ready for their missions.

Cindy made her daughter these slippers from Sherpa wool from Outdoor Wilderness Fabric in Caldwell.

This is a Peek-a-Boo pouch for first aid supplies that Cindy also made for her daughter.

Nancy made this zipper pouch and learned how to attach the zipper following a video tutorial from Missouri Star Quilts on Youtube.

Jeri made these Peek-a-Boo zipper pouches for her granddaughter to use to keep her dance clothes in.

Diane helped make this quilt for her niece as a graduation present. It is made using fabric from her niece's dad's shirts as a memory quilt honoring her dad who passed away a few years ago. It's going to be a surprise gift given at her graduation.

Jeanie made this "Books on Shelves" quilt using all scraps. Carolanna quilted it.

Jeanie also made this giraffe quilt and burp cloths for her 18th great grandchild.

Maurene made this baby girl quilt with pink minky on the back. It is quilted by Rachel.

This is the back of the baby girl quilt.

This is a close up of the back also.

Maurene also made this oversized fence rail pattern quilt.

Darla made several of these little wallets. These are just a few of them. They are made from a pattern by Valori Wells of the Stitchin Post.

Rachel made these wool candle mats.

Rachel also made this wool Shepherd boy wall hanging. She is going to frame it with barnwood.

This is a chicken wool mat made by Rachel.

Rachel made this baby quilt using Fig Tree Somerset fabric. The pattern is Paganini Schnibbles.

While in St. George visiting, Rachel was able to find lots of great fabric. At the Clover Patch Fabric Store she said fabric is still $7.99 a yard. The Ace Hardware also has a back room that carries lots of fabric. She was able to find this fun fabric/panels and made one Elk quilt for her husband and one for her husband's friend.

Cindy gave us a demo on making mittens made from repurposed wool sweaters. After purchasing several large sweaters, Cindy washes them in hot water, then dries them in the hot heat dryer. They shrink up and become very dense and perfect for making wool mittens.

The bottom of the sweater is cut off and can be used for the cuff around the top of the mitten.

The arm cuff (if large enough) can also be used as the cuff of the mitten.

One more example of a cuff.

Outer piece of mitten.

Inner lining of mitten which is made from fleece.

The finished mitten with the cuff attached and a button sewn on for embellishment. Cindy said they are very warm, soft and comfortable and very quick to sew. She sewed the matching pair to this mitten which we watched her. Here is a link to the LifeHacker tutorial.

This is what the pattern looks like.


Lynette made this bundt cake.

Cindy's infamous "Creamy Chicken Vegetable soup".
In a large pot add:
9 cups water
1 cup chopped onions
2 cups chopped potatoes
2 cups chopped or grated carrots
1 to 2 cups chopped celery
  cook until tender
add 12 chicken bouillon cubes
in a separate bowl 
melt 1 1/2 cubes of butter
whisk in 1 cup of flour
add butter/flour mix to vegetables
add large bottle of cheez whiz or 1/3 of a large brick of velveeta ( I use velveeta)
Add 2 cups of shredded pre-cooked chicken
Heat and Eat 
Cindy's home made bread.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pics from my group

My favorite quilt group met this past week, so here are some pics from our meeting!
Rachel has cleaned out her quilt room and is now finishing many of the UFOs she found. This is a bowtie table topper.

Rachel made these two penny rugs from wool.

These are four sheep blocks made with wools that Rachel made.

Rachel used bright batiks to make this quilt and used fleece on the back. It was a free pattern she got from Moda.

This one is called Spin Cycle from the Sidewalk fabric line.  Rachel called it her condemned quilt because so many things kept going wrong while working on it. She pieced the whole thing and realized she had forgotten to add the sashing between the blocks so she unpicked the whole thing. Then she had troubles finding more fabric for the border and then found out her red minky backing was too short while trying to put it on the quilting machine and last of all she found out that same red minky backing showed through on the front with every machine quilting stitch. We thought it turned out beautiful, but Rachel doesn't look at it with loving eyes.

Jeri made this quilt for her husband's office. He loves puffy quilts so she's going to tie it.

Holly used a charm pack for this quilt and then offset the squares and sashing to give it a unique and fun look. She calls it her chemo quilt because she helped her mom with it while her mom was going through chemo.

Holly also put this together using a top her mom had sewn.

Holly also made this mini stars and blocks wall hanging. In the corners of the center piece she attached magnets on the back so that she can change out the themes for each month. Below are a couple of the center squares. The center squares are made with wool and also have magnets attached to them.

Lenette made 20 squares like this and will piece them in a pattern of her choosing to make a humanitarian quilt. 
Cindy made this quilt which be a humanitarian quilt.

Cindy also made this cute kittens in a block quilt. She appliqued the faces and used a kitten flannel for the back.

Sherry shared a quilt that was made using her grandma's blocks.

Diane had stitched a pillow for a friends years ago (left) and noticed how faded and worn it was looking, so she made her a brand new one (right).

Diane also made this Love pillow using wool letters. She used a red print for the back.

Nancy F. made this hat and scarf from fleece and will be making several more for humanitarian.


Emily is demonstraing using the ruler from Missouri Star Quilt Co. on a layer cake. In the foreground she has pieced a strip using the pieces made using the smaller ruler.