Granny Square Block

moda fabricsMaybe your first encounter with granny squares was when you were a little girl who learned to crochet these cute little designs.  Well, now you can also quilt them; this block is a great scrapbuster!

Who doesn’t love a colorful granny square quilt?  This is a great beginner block made entirely out of 3.5″ squares.  Erika has the focus fabric if you’d like to join in. Ready to start?

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Christmas in July

Joanne Fishburn’s Christmas in July workshop was a raving success!

Download Handout

Helpful Hint:  save the file electronically so all you have to do is click the link (the blue part) to go right to the video or pattern. If the link does not work (a hand will show if it is working), copy the link (Ctrl C), go to a new tab in your browser and paste the link (Ctrl V). That will save typing time.

Charitable Donations – Children/Baby Quilts

At the June Guild meeting, we voted on charities and made our selection of the ones we wanted to donate to.  We will collect the items at each Guild meeting in a special container labeled for the appropriate charity. 


Damar serves mostly boys age 6-18 with autism.

We will donate all of our pillowcases (standard size pilllows) to brighten up their personal space.  Laura Anderson will be your point of contact should you have any questions. 

Hands of Hope

Hands of Hope in Noblesville read more

September Workshop

Applique, Circles, Stems and More!

This workshop is presented by Doris Goins, our September speaker, at 1:00 on Sept 10th. The sign-up at last month’s meeting was a success and the workshop is full. Bring your $15 in cash or check to the July meeting or mail it to April Sterling at 7835 Tufton St, Fishers, IN 46038. In the future, we will be asking for payment for all workshops at the time you sign up. Those who are attending should have received a supply list by email.

Latest News about Fall Retreat

We have 14 spaces left. After the July meeting, we will make any available spaces open to non-Mudsock members, in an attempt to reach our maximum number of 60. At the August meeting, we will have a quick discussion to confirm everyone is set with transportation to and from Shipshewana. We will also share current information about several quilt shops you might want to visit on the way to Shipshewana.


From the President’s Desk – JULY

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So many things are happening at the guild! We are growing and extending our talents into many new endeavors. I think everyone has noticed that the meetings are getting busier and there are many fun ways to get involved in guild activities.

It was amazing to see all the submissions for our Inaugural Quilt Challenge at our meeting in June. We had about 20 small quilts inspired by a random crayon color. read more

Retreat update

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 read more

Challenge Quilt Judging at the June meeting

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 read more

Meet June Speaker, Gloria Stahlhut

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 read more

June Greetings from Sandy Metzger

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 read more

From the President’s Desk – MAY

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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 read more

Meet Our May Speaker, Claudia Lash

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
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Antique Tiles Block-of-Month

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!

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Fall Retreat UPDATE

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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.

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The Secret to Neat & Easy Hand Applique

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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 read more

Little Dresses for Africa

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.

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Dear Stella’s “Meadow II” Quilt Pattern is Free

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 read more

Meet Master Quilter, Terri Degenkolb

terri degenkolb quiltWow!  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 read more

Sew a Baby Quilt for Project LINUS

baby quilt by Diane Lockman

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 read more

Improv Curved Piecing Workshop

Courtesy of TRC Leiden

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 read more

Make a Cute Envelope Purse

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
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Come Play With Us @ Fall Retreat

Time for a quilting getaway with your buddies at our first Fall Retreat!


Friday–Sunday, September 7–9, 2018


Farmstead Inn &  Conference Center
Shipshewana, Indiana


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 ).

How Much?

The estimated cost for the retreat is $45; includes continental breakfast read more

Inaugural Challenge Quilt

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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.

Quilt Requirements

  • 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 read more

Charity “Bricks” Quilt Pattern

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

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Download FREE Quarter Log Cabin Pattern

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.”

Get your free pattern

Now quilting a quarter log cabin is easier than ever because Craftsy read more

How to Make a “Ribbon Star” Block

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 read more

6 Steps to Easy Half-Square Triangles

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 read more

Missouri Star Quilt – Bus Trip

Mudsock Quilt Guild with Jenny Doan

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 read more

June Block of Month “Truffles”

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 read more

243 Keepsakes Donated To Riley Children’s Hospital

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 read more

12 Quilting Tips from Karen Burkett

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 read more

Quilt Block Tags

(c) Nova @ A Cuppa and a Catch Up

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

Mudsock Annual Tag Sale

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 read more

Community North Quilting Bee

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.

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