Thursday, March 21, 2013

Quilt Group March

Another fun meeting with my Material Girls Idaho. Here's what was shown and what we learned:
  Nancy made this Montesorri child's apron. It's easy for a child to put on using the elastic neck and the velcro strap around the waist.
 It's also reversible.
  Sherry showed us a scarf that was given to her as a gift from her 93 yr old friend, Edythe. Sherry asked her friend how she learned how to make this particular scarf and Edythe told her she just looked it up online!
 Cindy made this quilt from scraps given to her by her mother.

 Cindy made this 3-dimensional quilt. The bees all have 3-dimensional wings
 Lynette made another peek-a-boo bag using the Boise State fabric. She added a jean pocket on the back.

 Lynette also learned how to knit just recently from her daughter. The first thing she made was the square washcloth, then she made the burp cloth. She affectionately calls it the "20-hour burp cloth".
 Lynette also made this purse and was able to use these handles she had purchased a while back.
 Rachel was able to make this wool penny rug while on a recent vacation. Most the wool came from her own hand-dyed wool collection.
 Susan showed us her finished lampshade quilt complete with fun embellishments.
 Susan also showed her schnibbles flannel quilt.

Once we finished show and tell, Cindy and Nancy showed us a shortcut for making scrappy trip around the world quilts.
 First cut 2 1/2" by 16" strips

Then sew six strips together and iron the seam allowances as shown. Then sew the strip-set into a tube by joining the end strips to each other.
Once it is a tube, cut 2 1/2" strips from the tube.  Then unpick one stitching line from each cut strip. However, you must unpick a different stitching line from each strip so that when opened as shown below, the squares will be in a different order. 
 Lay out your strips in whatever order you desire.
 Sew the strips together to form a 6x6 square

Above there are 6 sets of 6x6 squares laid out next to each other. Once you have your 6x6 squares all made, lay them out and form any pattern you desire for your finished quilt. Sew the 6x6 units together for a great "Scrappy Trip Along" quilt.

 Corrie then explained our next quilt block exchange which is going to be a Polaroid quilt. Anyone that wants to participate can. Here's what we are doing:
1. Corrie will purchase the white fabric for us to use around the little squares. Look for more info about how much that will be, then bring a check to our next meeting. The white fabric is used to make a        1 1/2" border around each 4" square.
2. Start looking for fabric that is juvenile, colorful and has objects that can be fussy-cut into 4" squares (as seen below) You must use at least two separate lines of fabric.
3. Cut 32-four inch squares and bring them to our May meeting to exchange.

Here are some examples of Polaroid quilts. Once you get all your exchanged Polaroid quilt squares, you can make it into any style quilt you wish. It's very much like an "I Spy" quilt and will be fun for a child. Here and here and here are also some links to Polaroid Quilts.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Feb. Meeting

Here are the quilts that were shown at my group this past month. If you don't belong to a quilt group, you're really missing out. I look forward to the meeting each month and it's so motivating seeing all the show and tells. We get tons of ideas from each other. Just put the word out in your city, maybe on something like craigslist or a flyer at the library, that you'd like to start a small quilt group that meets once a month. You'll be surprised how many quilters live right around you and would love to join.

Here's a Twister quilt that Jeanie made. It's nice and cozy with a flannel back. The made one for each of her girls.

Corrie also made this vintage baby quilt out of some Riley Blake fabric
Here's a purse that Corrie's sister made for her

Corrie made this superhero quilt for her 6 year old. She's going to add borders onto this. The same designer is now coming out with a ninja theme, so she may have to make another one soon.

Lynette made this fabric runner using Fandango cream pack.

Lynette's humanitarian quilt. She and Cindy got this fabric from Tuesday Morning.

Lynette made these peek-a-boo bags, in fact she made ten of them and has given most of them away. She made one for her grandson out of jeans and another one she made larger with pink and purple fabric for her granddaughter's Barbie collection.

This humanitarian quilt was made using small flannel squares

 Cindy's humanitarian quilt. Cindy was part of a women's stake conference at the LDS church where humanitarian work was emphasized. She put the call out to all the women involved to make donation quilts using their stash. On the night of the meeting, they had 90 donated quilts all displayed around the gym. These will be wonderful and beautiful quilts for families in need in our community.
Another humanitarian quilt by Cindy.

Humanitarian quilt made by Cindy.

Rachel's daughter-in-law came to quilt group today and showed us her first quilt. This is by Abbey Lane. She's going to back it with minky fabric. Great job on a first quilt!
Rachel made this quilt while in St. George for her son. It is the Camelback Road pattern. 
Below is the back of the quilt.

Here's another quilt Rachel made. She found the pattern in a store in Utah and then found the perfect bike pattern fabric for the border in Idaho.
Rachel took the donation squares last month and made this quilt from them. She showed us her technique for making these pinwheel squares. (below)

Take two squares of fabric and set them right sides together.

 Then sew a 1/4" seam along the outside edge all the way around
Then cut diagonally both ways. You will then have four half-square triangle squares which can be pieced together to look like the pinwheel square in the blue quilt above.

Monica's completed quilt

Pink and grey stripe quilt with pink ruffles for Monica's daughter Holly

Monica made this quilt for her nieces using the line Marmelade

Sherry's grey and yellow quilt top using the same Abbey Lane pattern that Rachel's daughter-in-law used.
These are dishtowels that Sherry said she finally finished

Susan also made some lampshade squares. 

Here's another beautiful wool quilt by Susan. She's known in our group for her wool work.
Susan made some Valentine's Day cones

Here's the quilt that I showed. It's actually larger than what is showing because I have it hanging in my family room. I loved using greys and yellows. The picture doesn't do it justice because it's much more vibrant than what is showing. The pattern is called Yummy by Jaybird Quilts.