Best Use of Color” won by Bev Hendricks and “Fan Favorite” won by Becky Moore
The deadline for payment of your $45 for the retreat is June 11th. If you haven’t paid yet, please bring a check to the June meeting. If you are paying cash, please bring it in an envelope with your name on it. If you are not planning to attend the June meeting, please send a check to Alice Whitaker. We won’t be able to hold spaces for people who haven’t paid by the deadline. Fifty people have signed
Alice Whitaker asks everyone who is bringing their finished challenge quilt to hang it using a skirt hanger. If you can put your crayon in a small baggie attached to the corner of the quilt, that would be great. When you sign in, you will receive a number to enter your quilt officially in the challenge. We will use the clothesline along the wall, and if needed the coat rack area, to display all entries. The entire guild will vote on the
Our guest speaker for the June meeting will be Gloria (Glo) Stahlhut, who is a member of the Mudsock and Indianapolis Quilt Guilds and who is President of the Common Threads Quilt Guild in Greenfield.
Glo just returned from the Spring Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon. Join us as she shares what fabrics, patterns, books, and tools were new at the Spring Market. Glo will have a selection of her stock with her, so
Well, do you think it is ever going to be spring? That is how I started last month’s letter. I’m still waiting for spring since we skipped it completely and jumped straight to summer. I guess we take what we get and try to make the best of it. Thank goodness for furnaces and air conditioners!!!
The meeting this month will be back at Fishers United Methodist in the Fellowship Hall. Please remember to bring food pantry items as a thank you for
Well, do you think it is ever going to be spring? I have been getting a lot done in my sewing room because it has been too cold to go outside. My friends from Michigan have been keeping me busy quilting all the quilts they made during the winter. Now I need to get some of my own projects done!
The meeting this month will again be at Cornerstone Lutheran Church at 13450 E. 116th
Meet our May speaker, Claudia Nash of Presto Avenue Designs. She’ll present a trunk show and lecture. After the meeting there will be an opportunity to shop from Presto Avenue Design’s offerings.
I have lived in Speedway, Indiana most of my life. I began teaching in the elementary grades in the early 1970’s I really loved teaching and learning. Although there were no quilters in my family, for some reason I decided I wanted to make a quilt. My first quilt
This simple quilt block called “Antique Tiles” is so easy to make that beginners and advanced quilters will find it fun to piece and quick to assemble. For the best contrast, choose a dark, medium, and light fabric…or go completely random for a scrappy look.
The secret to this cute quilt block is strip piecing. First you’ll make your nine-patch, then you’ll cut it up, and reassemble. Voila!
Click here for PDF
Are you still thinking about attending our Inaugural Fall Retreat? Here’s the latest news…
· If you haven’t signed up, there is still time. We have about 15 spaces left.
· If you have a roommate, then go ahead and make your reservation directly with the Farmstead Inn & Conference Center.
· If you need a roommate, contact Alice Whitaker who has a current list of who is going on the retreat.
Have you ever tried hand applique? This finishing method gives your quilt an added dimension and pop. There are two or three methods in the sewing community for attaching appliques like flowers, animals, and birds to your quilts:
- needle-turned & fusible web
- starch & freezer paper
- raw edges & fusible web
Purl Bee’s simple applique method will give you a beautiful clean finish that doesn’t fray or come undone. The finished edges look like you
Note that we won’t be at Fishers UMC like usual! We will be at Cornerstone Lutheran Church which is located at 13450 E 116th St, Fishers, IN 46037. This is just a few miles east of where we normally meet, on the north side of the road. If you get to Olio Rd, you have gone too far! We are meeting in the sanctuary which is just inside the main door on the right. They support a variety of food pantries, so we can bring our
Another month has flown by, but something happened with the weather! It got colder, and my poor flowers from last month are getting eaten by rabbits! I guess I’ll have to make some block of the month flowers instead.
We had fun last month at the after-meeting workshop making envelope purses. If you participated and your purse is at least mostly done, please bring it for show and tell in April. We also had a fantastic workshop with Alice Ridge, so bring any of
Alice Whitaker has organized a group sewing session at Always in Stitches to make “Little Dresses for Africa,” a non-profit organization started in 2008 by Rachel O’Neill after a trip to Africa where she saw the need for young girls to have something as simple as a dress to provide dignity, and the ability to attend school. While dresses are shipped to Africa on a weekly basis, there are also sent out with many on mission trips all over the world.
The easy to make dress
I hope everyone has had the opportunity to get outside on the sunny warm days we have had lately. I’m already starting to see my daffodils and tulips peaking up through the dirt! The sun coming in my sewing room windows is so uplifting. I’m inspired to make some bright, springy project.
Our meeting in February was very busy with lots of changes for the new year to catch up on. Thanks to everyone for being so understanding about waiting for this month to bring show
Stacey Day of Stacy in Stitches designed this cute quilt using eighteen 12″x12″ star blocks. Quilting techniques include the four-patch, flying geese (or half-square triangles if you prefer), and basic sashing. The finished quilt is 58″x77″ and requires nine different fabrics plus 3.75 yds of backing fabric and batting. Hawthorne Threads asked Dear Stella Designs to share it with their email list; be sure to sign up
Wow! What a terrific time we had last Monday feasting our eyes on Terri Degenkolb’s fabric designs and gorgeous quilts! Terri is a fabric designer with Windham Fabrics, and we learned all about the process from artistic conception to printing fabric runs to retail distribution. She was a fascinating guest speaker, and we enjoyed every minute of her presentation.
Terri grew up in a rural Midwest town surrounded by corn fields, animals and nature. Combining her rural upbringing
If you don’t have time to make a full-size charity quilt for Community North Hospital, why not make a new handmade baby quilt for Project Linus? This nonprofit relies on loving volunteers to make homemade baby quilts and blankets for at-risk children that first responders like police officers, firemen, and nurses can have on hand to comfort a scared or needy child (birth to 18 years).
Materials must be new, unused, washable, and free of contaminants such as mold, mildew and smoke. They
How good are you at piecing curves? Well, now you can finally overcome your hesitation and learn from quilting expert, Alice Ridge of the Quilters Hall of Fame.
When: March 16th from 10-4pm. Doors will be open at 9:00.
Where: In the Community Room at the Community Health Pavilion at 9699 E. 146th St., Noblesville
Cost: $30 if we fill the class. $35 if we have between 10-14 participants. Workshop won’t go if we don’t have 10 sign up. Reserve your space by signing
Plan to stay after our next Guild meeting, and learn how to make this envelope purse from Sandy Metzger.
Before the Workshop
Quilt and bind a square piece of fabric measuring 18″-26,” depending on how large you want your purse to be.
Bring your sewing machine, thread, scissors, & the following materials.
- quilted and bound square measuring 18″-26″
- 2 3/4″ wide
Friday–Sunday, September 7–9, 2018
Farmstead Inn & Conference Center
Bring a project and spend time sewing, shopping, and making lasting friendships!
Limited to 60 participants. We’ve reserved a block of 30 hotel rooms, each with two queen beds. Total per-person room cost for the two nights is $122.08 (if sharing ).
The estimated cost for the retreat is $45; includes continental breakfast
Join in on the fun as we host our very first “Inaugural Challenge Quilt.”
Each participant will select a crayon. The color of that crayon will need to comprise at least 1/3 of the finished project. The theme of the quilt must relate to a star. Participants are encouraged to create a quilt design as literal or as abstract as they choose.
- Quilts must be of an original design
- Quilts must be no smaller than a 20” square and no larger than a 30”
To qualify for judging, a quilt must be pieced, quilted, and bound.
Quilts will be judged by member vote at the June 11th Guild meeting. We will award
Want to join in the quilting fun for Community North Hospital, but wonder what quilt pattern to tackle? Why not try the popular “bricks” pattern. You can whip one up in no time with these instructions.
Finished Size 41″ x 50″ ✂
Here’s what you’ll need to get started…
- 1 yard focus fabric (for borders and quilt center, and for binding if desired)
- ¼ yd each of 7 assorted fabrics (6 inch wide strips x WOF for quilt center, with extra 3” strips for cutting binding if desired)
- 1 ½ yds. backing fabric (1 ¾ yds if using backing fabric as one of the 7 assorted fabrics)
Cut one 6 inch by WOF strip from each of the 8 fabrics.
Trim off selvage edges
Measure and cut 21 ¼ inch width of each 6 inch strip (8 strips of 6” x 21 ¼”).
Make 1st Set of Strips
Sew 8 assorted strips of fabric
I’m having Mudsock withdrawal! I wasn’t able to attend the December meeting, and we had to cancel the January meeting due to weather. I can’t wait until our next meeting to see what everyone has been doing. Since the weather has been so cold, I know I have been able to finish some projects. My sewing room is on my second floor and it is nice and toasty warm up there. Gives me an even better excuse to spend more time there!
We did have a board meeting last
If you’ve been sewing for any length of time, you’ve probably made the “log cabin” quilt, but have you ever tried a QUARTER log cabin? Seven inch blocks are set on point with sashing in between to keep it all from looking wonky. This free quilt pattern works great with precuts, too, which makes your job as a seamstress even easier! The finished quilt is 51″ x 70.”
Now quilting a quarter log cabin is easier than ever because Craftsy
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemon Quilts has put together a helpful tutorial (with photos) for making an adorable 12″ square “Ribbon Star” block using half-square triangles. You’ll need four primary fabrics along with your white background.
Go to the quilt block tutorial for measurements and cutting instructions.
And if you like this block, you’ll want to sew the other four blocks from her “Solstice
Half-square triangle units (also known as HSTs) can be daunting for a beginning quilter, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making them all the time from your stash scraps. Pieced together, they make some very beautiful patchwork quilts; you’ll love rotating them around until you find the exact look you want.
So what are HSTs? They’re fabric squares made up of two 90 degree triangles. But don’t get ahead of this lesson by cutting two triangles
Happy New Year to all! We are off to a new year of quilting! Hopefully we will have lots of fun projects, activities and new things to learn throughout 2018.
Just think of all the patterns, fabrics, and gadgets you have already. Choose one (or more) and get started. Even if you can only find an hour each week, just think of what you can accomplish over the next few months.
I received a package from my brother for Christmas with 20 different 1-yard pieces of batik fabric. It is all so beautiful
Well it is official we did out first bus trip. We had so much fun. There were 45 women on our trip, from our guild and from Michigan, Colorado, Arizona, and Richmond, Frankton, Lapel, Noblesville, Anderson, In., as well as ladies from Common Threads Guild in McCordsville, In.
We stopped in Hannibal, Mo and spent 2 hours for lunch and shopping at a lovely quilt store “Hickorystick Quilts and Gifts”.
Next big stop was in Hamilton, Mo. at Missouri Star Quilt Stores, what a thrill
The BOM, provided by Nancy Frye is called Truffles. There is a focus fabric (see photo), but if you didn’t get a piece of fabric then just do your best to coordinate with the fabric provided. Use the focus fabric for either the hour glass or the half square triangle. Even if you have the focus fabric your block will look a bit different since we only had enough fabric for A or B, not both. Remember, we are making a 12 inch block and you are welcome to make up to five different
On Friday, February 17th we donated an astounding 243 keepsake items to Riley Children’s Hospital Cheer Guild! The breakdown of the donations are as follows: 118 quilts and crocheted/knitted blankets; 51 pillowcases; 54 knitted hats; 9 pairs of booties; 8 scarves; one apron set for a girl and her doll: and 2 child activity books.
Each month I am overwhelmed with the donations and support you ladies continue to give this charity which is now in its 5th year. The quilts and other
Focus fabric and directions for the April block were handed out at the March meeting. It was such a hit that at our April meeting, 23 blocks were turned in! Look at our happy winners!
See below for the May Block of the Month instructions.
These tips and tricks are from Karen Burkett, who passed away recently. She was such a talented artist and we will really miss her.
1 – When you are having trouble threading a needle turn it over and thread from the other side. The whole is punched in the needle and it is easier to thread from one side than it is from the other.
2 – To help the thread not twist while sewing, put the knot in the end that is cut from the spool. This is the direction the thread
Thank you to Diane Peterson for all her hard work in organizing this project. These quilts will be distributed to those patients at Community Hospital North who cannot be home for Christmas. This group of quilters from our Guild have made 151 quilts to donate. Good job to all who participated.
Do you have a system when you lay out a quilt, shuffling blocks before deciding on the final cut? If you don’t have one that works for you, this tip could come in handy. Let me introduce you to my Quilt Block Tags.
Learn more about these helpful little labels from Nova at A Cuppa and a Catch Up.
Originally shared by Pat Adams on June 29, 2016
Each month members donate fabric, sewing supplies, patterns, yarn and miscellaneous sewing and quilting tools. At the regular monthly meeting members are given the opportunity to buy these items at a greatly reduced price. The items that are not purchased go into storage. Members are asked to price their items with suggested prices of $4.00 per yard of fabric, $1.00 for fat quarters and other items at 25% of the original price.
All the items in storage are displayed on tables and arranged
Quilts will be distributed to patients in Community North Hospital on Christmas day.
Donated fabrics are used for table tops and funds are available from the Women’s Auxiliary at the hospital for batting and backs. Just turn in your completed quilt with your receipts with your name on both.
Community North Quilting Bee, meets on the third Monday each month 9:30 – 3:00, new location and week for meeting, Community Room at Community Health Pavilion, 9699 E. 146th St., Noblesville.
If Hamilton Southeastern Schools are CLOSED due to weather, then there will be NO MQG Meeting. If Hamilton Southeastern Schools are on a 2 Hour Delay, then we will hold our meeting as scheduled.
The quilts are distributed to patients who remain in the hospital over Christmas. The quilt pattern is Bricks Quilt and instructions are following. We have added pictures of these quilts for your reference.
For complete instructions and materials for the Bricks Quilt, click here.