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Mod Squad – July 24 2021 Meeting – Dresden Plate Challenge

Hi, All,

The Mod Squad met last Saturday at the bandstand on the Sturbridge Common.  It was a beautiful day only surpassed by the beauty of everyone’s quilts!  The challenge had been making something modern with the Dresden plate / wedge shape and the results were unique and interesting and very cool……  

Susan Detwiler, our web/facebook master, has already posted several wedgies on our facebook page:  www.facebook.com/cornerstonequilters.  Check them out and be inspired.  Thanks, Susan!   

Cornerstone Quilters Guild – Home | Facebook Cornerstone Quilters Guild, Charlton, Massachusetts. 732 likes · 1 talking about this. Cornerstone Quilters Guild is located in Charlton, Massachusetts with over 120 members. We meet the third… www.facebook.com

And, speaking of being inspired, I mentioned a website that has tons of free patterns and lots of inspiration.  If you get stuck, check out 

www.quiltinspiration.blogspot.com 

Quilt Inspiration Nancy James says, “Kim McLean’s designs always make me smile and I began this quilt top at a time when I needed a pop of positivity.I love the exuberant sprigs offset by the variety of stars.” The Stars and Sprigs pattern was inspired by an antique quilt made in the 1800s, made modern by Nancy’s use of bright contemporary fabrics. This quilt won First Place in the Scrap-Duet category at the … www.quiltinspiration.blogspot.com

After our show and tell of challenge quilts, we were treated to an array of completed quilts and works in progress.  All in all, a great way to spend a beautiful morning despite the craziness of the traffic.

And, now it’s on to our next challenge.  After much deliberation, we decided on another color challenge.  The Pantone Institute, which standardizes and sets trends for color and lifestyle, announced its color of the year for 2021 as Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.  Click on this link and read all about it and about Pantone:

https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2021

Pantone Color of the Year 2021 / Introduction | Pantone About Pantone Color Institute™ Pantone Color Institute is the business unit within Pantone that highlights the top seasonal runway colors, selects the Pantone Color of the Year, forecasts global color trends, and advises companies on color for product and brand visual identity. www.pantone.com

As for guidelines, we decided that there will be no size restrictions/guidelines, that the quilted item must read primarily gray and yellow, but that one additional color may be added.  This challenge is due at our October meeting, tentatively scheduled for October 23rd.  Once I have confirmed the date/time/location, I will forward that information and include it in the guild’s newsletter/website.

Our good friend, Becky Bachand informs me that Connecting Threads is featuring a new collection entitled Lemonade by Dan DiPaolo that is Gray and Yellow!  I guess that we are on trend for 2021……

Have a great rest of the summer.  Stay cool and safe.

Thanks,

Sue T

April 2021 MOD Squad Meeting

Hi, All,

Those who attended our Mod Squad meeting Saturday April 24th were treated to a great array of modern and not-so-modern quilts.  It was great fun not just for the show and tell but also for the in-person chat and laughter.  Welcome to Edna Dresser, Judy Bachand, Cindy Sumner, and Sally Lemay for joining us.

The Game of Clue challenge had been delayed from our original date of January and there were lots of great quilts and quilty items shared.  Check out www.facebook.com/cornerstonequilters for the eye candy.  Many thanks to Susan Detwiler who has posted photos to the guild’s website and facebook page.  And, many thanks to the participants – Susan Peterson, Susan Detwiler, Susan Burns, Monique Fontaine, Lynn Whitten, Joy Reece, Kathleen Lemansky, Becky Bachand, Ros Rock, and Sue Therriault – for showing and sharing their unique creations. 

The second round of show and tell included other-than-modern quilts, mostly traditional with a twist.  Lynn Whitten and Edna Dresser had completed temperature quilts – definitely on my list for 2021.  Kathleen Lemansky jumped into the Beth Helfter Accordion HST technique and created her own oversized martini complete with lime to commemorate Cinco de Mayo 2021!  Bridggette Fink treated us to her beautiful blue and yellow wedding quilt soon to be gifted.  Becky Bachand shared her very graphic snowflake and scrappy ombre triangle quilts.  And then there were the bags from Becky, Kathleen, and Joy.  So much to see and sew much inspiration!  

With time on our hands to explore the internet for quilty inspiration, several ideas surfaced.  Ros is interested in exploring transparency and, lo and behold, Joy has made one.  Looks like a discussion topic for next time.  If you want a color challenge and you want to use up some 2-1/2″ squares, then take a look at Debby Brown’s Scrap Quilt Along – www.debbybrownquilts.com.

I watched an episode on The Quilt Show about Mel Beach, quilt designer, who created a 100 Days of Dice Doodles challenge for herself where each day she rolls the dice and works within the parameters of color, shape, and design.  If you want to break out of your box, check out Mel’s website and / or sign up for her newsletter at www.melbeachquilts.com.

I also found another website – www.quiltinspiration.blogspot.com – that offers lots of free patterns and MORE inspiration.

Quilt Inspiration Megan writes, “This quilt is a wonderful opportunity to play with color interactions. I chose this name for the quilt because it’s electric – and it goes ’round !” www.quiltinspiration.blogspot.com

Finally, check out Karen Brown’s Just Get It Done Quilts.  Karen has added lots of new videos and interviews that are great fun – https://www.justgetitdonequilts.com.

Just Get It Done Quilts | Ontario | Free Quilt Patterns Welcome. Here we’ll explore quilts and quilt blocks to make them efficiently with colours that work for you. There are patterns to download. And fun to be had. Just Get it Done Quilts. www.justgetitdonequilts.com

So, what’s our next challenge?  The Dresden plate shape, i.e. a wedge.  With a nod to the past and an eye to the future, let’s see what we can create. It will be due at our next meeting, tentatively planned for Saturday, July 24th, and hopefully held outside.  Details to follow in early July.  All are welcome!

Have a great week!

Thanks,

Sue Therriault

April 2021 – The Search for Sunbonnet Sue

From Pinterest

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/378091331188046869/

She wasn’t hard to find.

The reason I went looking for her story is that I had seen a quilt recently made by a guild member and I wondered about the bonneted girl. I knew she had been around awhile – although she carries her age so very gracefully – but who actually invented her as a quilt block? She is a woman of mystery, it would seem.

https://www.emblibrary.com/EL/elprojects/

Sunbonnet Sue even has has her own web site:  https://www.sunbonnetsue.com/sunbonnet-sue-pattern-page/.

I found the history blog of  Sunbonnet Sue at https://blog.accuquilt.com/uncategorized/sunbonnet-sue-woman-with-a-past  was rather funny.   [There were other sites that summarized her history in brief.]

One thing it did mention was the ”love/hate dichotomy” quilters have with Sunbonnet Sue.  I can relate to that. I was not instantly enchanted by her as a possible quilt design in my future.  But then I looked at all the variations (that is an important word in quilting) and began to see her charm.

From Accuquilt I downloaded Sunbonnet Sue and Overalls Sam patterns. Because the boys need equal time, I suppose. [Note: to download these patterns you need to submit your email address – and that can lead to a flood of emails you do not necessarily want, but you can access the link without joining].

From there I ventured into the history of cotton flour sacks of the 1930’s which had come to my attention during Michelle Banton’s talk about the Dresden Plate – and that is when I saw the Sunbonnet Sue flour bag in one of the photos she shared.

https://littlethings.com/family-and-parenting/flour-sack-dresses

The Sunbonnet Sue flour mill in Kansas realized during the Depression that women were making flour sacks into clothes – out of pure necessity –  and began printing designs on the sacks. Photos in following link.

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/02/22/flour-sack-dresses/

So now that I have the patterns (which will be appliqued onto a background fabric), I think I will have a go at making a Sunbonnet Sue of my own. My mom had bonnets for me wear, and I had bonnets for my daughters, along with the required dresses for photo shoots, family visits, and church on Sunday. But only when they were very little.  [I keep in my bureau drawer a sunbonnet worn many moons ago by my now 25-year-old grand-daughter.]  So, in a way, I can revisit those days with fabrics that remind me of clothes I made for us all. I was not of an age to use flour sacks – I don’t imagine any of us are! – but I did use cotton. My grandmothers may have used flour sacks, as I do remember the treadle sewing machine one grandmother had; but she never mentioned and I did not know to ask.

Another link for Sunbonnet Sue: 

https://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/2008/05/sunbonnet-sue.html 

for a poem  (perhaps song?)  and photos. The site says ‘free patterns’ but SOME of the links no longer work.  Scroll down the page past Sun-Bonnet Babies poem and you will see free patterns for embroidery, crochet and quilting. The poem is from 1907, about the time that Sue was brought into the world.

From TheCalamityHouse (ETSY)


From Accuquilt

Get to know this little girl. She is quite versatile and an early participant in the recycling programs in which most of us participate today (LOL).

And FYI – if you want a whole 60 pages on Sunbonnet Sue and Sunbonnet Babies, you can download from Annie’s e-Patterns Central at  e-patternscentral.com/ for $3.00. Sharing with you is prohibited, so you need to buy your own if you want lots of history, templates and instructions. Oh yes – and some ads!

Hers’s to Spring and all the good stuff that’s coming – finally!

March 31, 2021

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February and March 2021 – The Good, the Bad and the Quilted

February was a short month that felt long because we were full of cabin fever way before February ever arrived. And March seemed to pass quickly, with so many special days it was difficult to keep track:

March is National Quilt Month, so we were all busy with that occupation most of the month, as we are every month!  And it is Women’ History Month so many of us celebrated our pioneering ancestors and their accomplishments.  March 14 was PI Day [in math Pi is 3.14] and Daylight Savings Time began. Don’t you wish they could pass a resolution to pick one time – standard or daylight – and stick with it all year?

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day (3/1); The 20th was the Spring Equinox; Friday 26th was just for Becki Leavitt, our effervescent Newsletter editor – National Purple Day! The 27th was Passover and yesterday was Palm Sunday and Respect Your Cat Day (as if cat-loving quilters would do anything else!).  Altogether I think there are somewhere near 90 various occasions to celebrate – whether it be pets, food, religion, or just funny stuff like “National Goof Off Day” on the 22nd.  And that’s just in March!

We are all celebrating another milestone – getting vaccinations and having the state restrictions loosened for indoor and outdoor gatherings, although masks are still a good idea.

And for the time being we are still having guild meetings via Zoom. Check the Speakers page for what’s coming up this year.

If you, as a member,  were not able to join us in February, Beth Helfter was our speaker and talked about her Accordion HST’s (half square triangles). The guild is sponsoring a workshop with Beth and invitations and information are in your March Newsletter and will be in the April one as well.  The workshop is scheduled for the evening of May 5th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm to accommodate those who will be working. There is a 25 person limit, so don’t think too long!

Beth has a website if you would like to have a look at what she offers – evapaigequilts.com/.  The accordion method of making HST’s sounds like fun, and for those of you who have not yet enrolled, but would like to do, it will be via Zoom. Beth is delightful and very inventive – which makes learning from her something to appreciate. Further details are in the March and April newsletters.

The March meeting speaker was Michelle Blanton whose topic was “Looking Great, Dresden Plate”. Michelle took us through an informative history of the Dresden Plate quilt block from the earliest-known still existing use of the plate blades (petals) in a quilt made in 1785, to the effect of the Crash of 1929 on fabric prices and how manufacturers packed their flour and other dry goods in printed cotton bags, to the present, and included the method of creating the Dresden Plate design. (“It’s all in the math”).  Her visuals were: photos of Neighborhood designs, some photos of the cotton clothes of the 1930’s and many Dresden Plate variations, traditional and new. Michelle’s website is littlepupdesigns.com/home. The “neighborhoods” are as colorful and as varied as the quilter wants to make them. Those of us who attended had a memorable trip through the history of the evolution of the Dresden Plate quilt block.

Kim Lapacek, of Persimon Dreams, designed the Dresden Neighborhoods block, and Michelle teaches a course in making those. Visit Kim at kimlapacek.com/2017/12/dresden-neighborhood-sew-along-starting.html.     

Note: The Door Prize from Michelle Banton went to Sandra Holmes – a Dresden Plate pattern, of course!

March 28, 2021

January 2021 – Organization: Part 2

January 2021 – Organization: Part 2

I have had several quilting emails this past week – and they are all about organization, which I wrote about earlier this month.  In reading through them, I found a few more ideas – and a topic I had omitted, which is how to give your sewing machine a regular cleaning to start off the new year, and periodically throughout the year.

So here are a few more suggestions and follow-ups to Part 1.

DECLUTTER CHALLENGE

Karen Brown at Just Get It Done has a declutter challenge which started on the 11th, so you have time to still be on top of things if you like challenges.

She has a ‘Before We Begin’ blog which is brief and will give you an idea of how she is going about the challenge.  Karen gives some ideas for those profound and mind-boggling questions such as:  Where will it go? Trash? To some other person? In a different storage container? In another room? Do I love it? Do I hate it? Will I ever use it? I am guilty of using my sewing room as the space where holiday tubs hang out until I am ready to pack away all the decorations until next year. And the tubs are still there! I am having a difficult time letting go of the holiday décor this year, as there is really not too much. And it makes me happy to look at what I did put up. [Packing it away is Karen’s Day Two of the 21 Day Journey to Organization; I am a bit behind.]

https://www.justgetitdonequilts.com/post/before-we-begin

https://www.justgetitdonequilts.com/post/declutter-challenge-day-1-garbage

If that sounds like a good time to you, then you can read more about her challenge via the links below:

https://www.justgetitdonequilts.com/blog

https://www.justgetitdonequilts.com/blog/categories/declutter-challenge-2021

Karen also has other links to blogs and tutorials on her site:  https://www.justgetitdonequilts.com/          

THREADS AND NEEDLES

No Holds Barred – Thread Storage

The Bernina ‘We All Sew’ email had a link to a thread holder system.  However, if you are a bargain hunter and re-user of all things possible (as I am) save small plastic containers, such as the ones prescriptions come in, or cat treats, or small jelly and garnish jars (although I must say the plastic is much easier to handle. One dropped jar and you may have a broken-glass-hazmat situation.) 

I put thread and matching bobbin in a plastic container and then into a pouch on my sewing table, because when I am sewing quilts, pouches, and other projects I may need to switch colours three or four times in one afternoon. Prescription labels are easy to remove, and the containers are the perfect size, most of the time, to hold one spool of thread and one bobbin. One drawback – you will need to label what colour is in the container, as the gold-orange medication bottle colour can make it difficult to distinguish darker shades of purple, blue, green, and grey.  I spent a lot of time opening all the bottles until I found the right colour.  Now I am armed with a permanent marker for future labeling needs!

This is only one possible solution for thread that can be useful for “in progress” projects  and it works for me.  If you have a method that you would like to share, please message us through the Guild Facebook page or email a description and photo if possible. We are always glad to share tips, photos and ideas from our guild members. Email address for submitting something to FB is in the monthly newsletter.

Finding a Needle . . .In or Out of a Haystack

https://weallsew.com/finding-a-needle-in-or-out-of-a-haystack/ 

We All Sew (Bernina) has a very helpful post that is “All About Sewing Machine Needles”.  It has lots of large graphics and descriptions on what and when to use what size needle and what size thread. I bookmarked this site as the information is handy and there is even a simple test  you can do with needle and thread to be sure they are a “good fit”.

https://weallsew.com/all-about-sewing-machine-needles/

SEWING MACHINE CLEANING

I am including a couple tutorials, since machines are different, but what you need to do to them as far as regular cleaning maintenance is basically the same, though everyone has preferences for how they learn; many of you can probably read your manual and clean the machine without having someone else show you how to do it. And take your machine to a professional for a regular thorough cleaning.

 A word of caution from all of these tutorials:   DO NOT USE CANNED AIR ON YOUR MACHINE!   It can force dust and lint into places that you never knew existed in your machine, possibly ending in total destruction. 

We All Sew – Tips on Removing Lint

https://weallsew.com/sewing-machine-cleaning-tip/

Man Sewing – Cleaning Your Machine

Leah Day – Quilter – Cleaning Your Machine

When your machine is lint free and humming along, make it a new cover:

https://www.favecrafts.com/Home-Decor/7-Free-Sewing-Patterns-for-Machine-Covers

A FINAL WORD ABOUT STASH BUSTERS – POUCHES

We All Sew                                         https://weallsew.com/holiday-cosmetic-pouch 

Suzy Quilts                                        https://suzyquilts.com/zipper-pouch-tutorial     

Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehdNBYnFsAw       

Here are a couple photos of the more than 40 pouches I made last year as gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and “just because”. Jenny Doan of Missouri Start Quilt was right in my case – making the pouches can be rather addictive! I added the wristlet and bead to the original design. I made mine the same size – more or less – but they can be as large or as small as you want to make them.

I hope you all got some useful ideas this month. Next blog will be sew much more fun!

1/15/2021

JANUARY 2021 – Organization: Part 1

January is the month of fresh beginnings, good intentions, organization, cleaning and  making new year resolutions – and in everyone’s case this year – hopes for the New Year to bring goodness and health to all.

Traditionally, when I was growing up, the 12th Day of Christmas – which is January 6th – was the day we would have our tree down and set in the front yard for the town to pick up. The trees would be taken to an area near the warming house on the lake and me, my parents, brothers, friends, and neighbors would ice skate after dark while the trees blazed.  When we got cold, we went into the warming house to drink – or attempt to drink – possibly the worst cup of cocoa any of us has ever had.  We mostly held the scalding hot cup in mittened hands and let it warm us up that way rather than actually consuming it. I can still remember to this day how it tasted.

Last month, the weeks before Christmas were crammed with quarantine quality quilting time (QQQT!) –  finishing up gifts for family and friends and getting them delivered [in what we termed the “Ring and Run” method of gift delivery];  doing some house cleaning after ignoring it for several weeks due to the fact that I knew no one would be here for the traditional holiday celebration; baking – even though I knew no one would be here and two of us would have to eat all the goodies by ourselves (so tragic! haha);  AND trying to get some family papers organized (11 file boxes filled with documents and photos that I volunteered to go through] – well, all that activity for the past month has left me with a  bit of post-holiday blues this past few days. I am feeling the isolation of not being able to be  with family and friends, although we all talk at least once a week and text often, sharing news and laughing about this or that. So, I am very much looking forward to whatever the guild can accomplish to keep us in touch.

My daughter shared the following pun she heard on a show:

Q:  What do you call a group of quilters gathering online?

A:  A block party

This year January will be bringing us together via the internet – possibly for another 5 to 6 months. If we can meet in person earlier, so much the better.

Meanwhile, I am still trying to follow up on the one resolution I  made, which is to organize what I want to keep, what to donate or sell, and what to toss into the “throw out” trash bin. I tend to think “oh, someone can use this…” and of course no one ever can.

My sewing area is the one place I have seen progress – lots of drawers, plastic tubs, pouches, and a small attic space that is right off the closet of the room and makes it easy to access. All tubs go there to live in the dark. Years ago, women had small sewing boxes that held whatever they needed. I have one that sits on the floor and opens accordion-style.  It is full of mostly thread.

If any of you have theories or suggestions about organization, special ways to store your quilting items, and tricks you have stumbled on or read about that make your quilting/sewing room work for you and life easier – please share!

For those of  you still looking for ways to be more organized, links are provided below.

The following are from Karen Brown at Just Get It Done Quilts at https://www.justgetitdonequilts.com/

  1. Tools and Hacks from the Dollar Store  – Part One https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xak5IMBSUZA&feature=youtu.be
  2. Tools and Hacks from the Dollar Store – Part Two:
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plrfj39iHeU
  4. Sewing Room Organization Hack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5xwfNdInQg&feature=youtu.be

From Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter: https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/ https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/quilting-organization-inspiration-tips https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2018/01/quilting-and-fabric-organization.html

Top 10 Sewing Room Organization Tips by Andy Knowlton at A Bright Corner:   https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2018/02/organize-your-sewing-room.html

From Emily Dennis at Quilty Love: https://www.quiltylove.com/ 

https://www.quiltylove.com/quilting-working-small-space/

In our house we love pillows – never seem to have enough! I also love pillow shams and made a couple after Christmas to match – more or less –  a quilt  I had done for Christmas 2019. And because I do not want this be just about organization – I found a couple great stash-buster ideas to share.

Pillow shams: from Sherri at https://www.aquiltinglife.com/       

https://www.aquiltinglife.com/2018/06/quilting-with-simple-patchwork.html/

Sherri also has a challenge for this  month if you would like to see what she is up to:

https://www.aquiltinglife.com/2021/01/quilting-life-january-challenge-project-scraps.html/

Karen at Just Get it Done also has tutorials and patterns at her site for busting your stash:

https://www.justgetitdonequilts.com/

So take the organizational bull by the horns, jump in with both feet and dare to go where no one has gone before – not to mix metaphors or anything! You’ve got this.

1/5/2021

December 2020 Redux

NOTE: The following was posted last month and is being re-posted here for easy access.

December brings to mind a variety of images – fir trees, decorating for the holidays, Christmas carolers, the aroma of cookies baking, a cat or dog sleeping by a window in a spot of winter sun, shopping or making gifts to give at the holiday, the December full moon, which goes by many names: Full Cold Moon, Long Nights Moon and Oak Moon; and of course, all the traditions of the Yuletide that we celebrate with our families.

Some put up their tree immediately after Thanksgiving; I like to wait until December before I even think about decorating – although this year, I must admit, knowing that no family will be here for the holidays to see my handiwork (what there is of it!) means I will just have to take photos and send them via email to family members. I am a minimalist when doing up the house – a wreath on the door, my Christmas Village display, lots of candles and holiday-themed floral arrangements and plants, and some old-fashioned hand-crafted Santas, and angels who pretty much hang around all year. Literally. On walls, doorknobs, music chimes.

But mostly I am busy – as are most quilters  – finishing up gifts for family and friends.

I have also been searching for some small projects to round off my gifting for the year.

The projects below were all posted on FaceBook in December on the Cornerstone page;  I put them all here for easy access, if there is something you want to do later.

“Christmas is coming, The goose is getting fat, Please to put a penny in an old man’s hat . . . “

We all know this rhyme from childhood, and if you are in the mood to make a quilted Christmas goose using the flying goose pattern, check out the link below:

https://jacquelynnesteves.com/…/ComingHomeQuiltFreePatt…

Advent Calendar

Yesterday I opened Day One of my desktop Advent Calendar and it was a fun way to start the day. Music, animation and surprises around every corner. The theme is Nordic and the graphics are beautifully done.

So I thought I would give you a couple advent calendars to look at and possibly make for next year – unless, like some people I know – you work well and quickly under pressure and time constraints!

The calendar using lots of Christmas fabrics is from Bubbles Before Bathtime:

https://bubblesbeforebathtime.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/advent-calander-pattern

There are several quilted calendars on the Love Sewing Mag site:

https://www.lovesewingmag.co.uk/…/free-advent-calendar…/

So count down to Christmas with us – or make a block each day that you can sew up together to use for next year! If they have pockets, you can insert candies or tiny gifts for each day. Whatever you choose to do – or not to do – may this month bring joy to you everyday.

And if you do make a calendar – or have made one in the past – please share with us so we can post it. If I haven’t mentioned it – we love getting photos of guild members’ creations!

Christmas Tree Napkins

I found instructions for a really cute Christmas Tree dinner napkin and may have to make a few. This pattern uses metallic thread, which I love and have used on a couple other projects. You can always enhance the simplicity by using fabric scraps you have pieced together. Here are the links to pattern and video instructions:

Folded Christmas Tree Napkin from Shabby Fabrics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wcQ0bFQ7Zw

Shabby Fabrics free downloads (location of Christmas Tree Napkin pattern) has lots of free Christmas patterns and tutorials:

https://www.shabbyfabrics.com/Free-Downloads.aspx

O Tannebaum Pincushion

Recently several guild members participated in a pincushion exchange. We received a couple photos of the cushions which we posted before Thanksgiving. But if you are still in the mood to do one – or more! – pincushions, you may find the O Tannenbaum pattern to your liking. These would even look great in different sizes and fabrics arranged on a side table or mantel for the holidays. And then you can spirit them away to your sewing room!

https://www.allpeoplequilt.com/…/o-tannenbaum-pincushions

Christmas Gnome

My desktop Nordic Advent Calendar has a little gnome hiding somewhere in it each day. When I click on the gnome, he pops away to the part of the calendar that is my “chalet” (which I was able to decorate for the holidays by clicking on various icons) and sits on a shelf with the other gnomes I have found. I will have 25 by Christmas.

I recently learned that both of my grand-daughters have become obsessed with gnomes. they are not little girls anymore, but – hey – I wanted a cuddly toy puppy when I was 13 because we didn’t have a real dog. And my parents gave me one. So I thought I might make one or two gnomes to set on a shelf as Christmas decorations. On the site https://www.sewcanshe.com/ I found a free pattern and instructions for a very cute little gnome.

If you know a child of any age who is particularly fond of gnomes, this is for you.

https://www.sewcanshe.com/…/christmas-gnome-free-sewing…

The printable pattern is at https://static1.squarespace.com/…/Christmas+Gnome…

Table Topper

“Winter Seeds Table Topper” for Christmas and after, from the Crafty Quilter:

https://thecraftyquilter.com/…/christmas-once-a-month…/

Snuggle Snowmen Quilt

From Natalia Bonner – a Piece and Quilt Snuggle Snowmen tutorial:

https://www.pieceandquilt.com/…/snuggle-snowmen…

Swedish Dala Horse Quilt Block

https://my.modafabrics.com/2018/12/dec-14-dala-horse.html

Printable Instructions at:

  1. Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter has 16 small projects and tutorials: https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2012/12/27-gift-tutorial-ideas.html           
  2. Quilting Digest Archives has an abundance of small projects- but you need to buy some of the patterns, while others can be downloaded for free.  http://quiltingdigest.com/category/quilted-gift-ideas/
  3. Retro Drawstring Bag: http://quiltingdigest.com/sweet-drawstring-bags-make-lovely-gifts/
  4. Tea Bag Wallet:           http://threadbarecreations.blogspot.com/2014/05/free-pattern-tea-bag-wallet.html     
  5. Fabric Roll-Ups for Crafting Tools: http://quiltingdigest.com/store-sewing-tools-and-more-with-fabric-roll-ups/           
  6. Eyeglass Case: http://tulip-patch.blogspot.com/2011/05/tutorial-quilted-eyeglasssunglasses.html           
  7. Fabric Storage Baskets, Instructions from Bernina: https://blog.bernina.com/en/2015/09/sewing-instructions-for-quick/           
  8. The Quilted Sham Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics: https://artgalleryfabrics.typepad.com/weblog/2012/07/hi-im-maureen-from-maureen-cracknell-handmade-and-im-so-excited-to-be-sharing-my-very-first-fat-quarter-gang-project-with.html    

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

October 2020 – Mod Squad Meeting

For those of you who don’t know, Sue T has dubbed the Modern Quilt Group “the Mod Squad” which many of you may remember was a TV show some years back. CQG Modern Quilt Group was a mouthful. Sue shares the following from the “safe-distancing, mask-wearing meeting” held middle of the month.

Hi, All,

We had a great time on Saturday afternoon showing and sharing our October half-yard exchange challenge.  Some were very creative (Susan Jorritsma’s art object, Kathleen Lemansky’s hexagon pillow, Joy Reece’s fussy cut attic window, Lin Bourie’s leaves and table topper), some tried something new (Lynn Whitten’s spiral machine quilting, Sue Therriault’s ice cream cone knitting bag), and some were very modern (Becky Bachand’s modern mini, Susan Burns’ colorful pieced quilt).  All agreed that it was a fun challenge and made us stretch out of our comfort zones.  If you’d like your quilt on the guild’s facebook page, please forward a picture to Susan Detwiler.  Marcia Kilpatrick was unable to attend but sent along her Churn Dash challenge.  Great job, Marcia!

We then turned our attention to talking about various podcasts and/or videos that have helped us as we navigate the pandemic.  Here are a few ideas if you have some time and want to be inspired:

This discussion led into talking about a few free Quilt Alongs available on the internet (i.e. Sewcialites offered by Moda and the Fat Quarter Shop, Stitch Pink 2020 offered by the Fat Quarter Shop) and free patterns (Jordan Fabrics, Fat Quarter Shop, Temecula Quilt Shop), which led into retreats and sewcations (https://stitching-with-gina.myshopify.com/collections/sewcations), and websites (UK quilters united).  So many ideas, too little time.  And, oh yah, a quilting calc app from Robert Kaufman available on your phone,  My head is spinning!   

And, before we called it a day, we decided on our next challenge:  Most people have played the game of Clue or seen the movie.  There are six characters:  Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Mrs. Peacock, Rev. Mr. Green, Colonel Mustard, and Mrs. White.  The challenge is to pick two of the following colours: Plum, Scarlet, Peacock, Green, and Mustard.  Add an optional third color (white is definitely an option), and make something modern.  

We will plan to meet sometime in January or early February.  The date and venue will be determined in late December/early January.   I will send an email reminder when we finally move into 2021!

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay connected to the guild and/or the Mod Squad…..and keep on sewin’!

Thanks,

Sue T

October 2020 – Apple Picking Season

Perhaps it’s because my (4th great) grandparents started in Massachusetts apple country and went “Westward-Ho” to Michigan to plant an apple orchard that I am about all things apple:  pies, cakes, sauce, jelly, salads, cider, canning them and quilting them and feeding them to horses. Growing up we spent summers at what – at the time – was the “ancestral” home, as  my grandparents had retired there.  Although the orchard had been sold by then, there were still plenty of apple trees on the property around the house, and a horse willing to eat them.

Pomona – in ancient Roman religion and mythology – is the goddess of “fruitful abundance”. Her name is from the Latin pomum, meaning fruit – specifically orchard fruit. In French, pomme is the word for apple.  Centuries ago, the apple became a symbol of the season.  If you would like to know more about Pomona:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomona_(mythology).     

I am looking forward to a visit to the local orchard in a couple weeks so I can make my applesauce and can apple slices for pies for Thanksgiving. [There will most likely be pumpkins canned also for pies and bread.]

I had done a couple pillows – many years ago – with applique apples.  This time, however, I thought I would find an apple block pattern and go through my stash for Macintosh reds, Granny Smith greens and Golden Delicious colours to make an apple throw for the coming winter.

There is a huge range of patterns to choose from. There are as many patterns and designs as there are types of apples.  I have linked a couple of the more colorful ones – although I have also linked a couple quick and easy ones too,  in case you are pressed for time. [Even this year, with its challenges and isolation, it seems time is not inexhaustible].

From Apple Avenue Quilts 2011 BOTM:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3efAaeeEo4eYXhfTlJ5YmFlbHM/view

If you love apples and red and white accents for your home (or red and white everything, like my aunt) you will love the apple picking quilt from Jedi Craft Girl:

jedicraftgirl.com/2016/08/apple-picking-quilt-tutorial.html

And if you have memories of bobbing for apples at Halloween parties when you were a kid, the Bobbing for Apples quilt, 50” x 50”, free pattern by Cheryl Haynes for Benartex, (below) may bring back memories:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HMzAdynTYQogobjvA6k965p42zfbRGqJ/view

And for a brief history of bobbing for apples:  https://www.history.com/news/what-is-bobbing-for-apples.    

From Molly Kohler at Lovely Threads Machine Quilting there is this apple quilt with lots of swirling quilting and large apple blocks:

mollykohler.com/2020/05/22/sweet-apple-quilt-block-free-pattern/

For a patchwork mini quilt go to:

https://sassafras-lane.com/blogs/news/free-patchwork-apple-mini-quilt-pattern

And for a simple but dynamic apple from Quilting Jet Girl and Aurifil – just do strips!

Whatever you choose, the apple is a symbol of the All Hallow’s Eve celebration.

And as the old saying goes:  An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

Be well, stay safe and sew on! And eat those apples anyway you love them.

And a bonus for you apple lovers:

REMEMBER TO USE A VARIETY OF APPLES WHEN BAKING AND QUILTING!

September 2020 – Autumn is Almost Here

This year the first day of Autumn is September 22nd. And the season always gets us in the mood for rich, deeply-hued fall colors. The themes are plentiful: what with Halloween and Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day and Columbus Day (or Indigenous People’s Day, as about a dozen states now call it), there is no shortage of ideas to give you inspiration for quilts, place-mats, table runners and other projects to decorate your home, donate or give as gifts at this time of the year.

For a story on Quilts of Valor, given to the Veterans in honor of their service to our country in combat, please go to https://www.army.mil/article/137994/quilts_given_to_veterans_represent_thanks to read more about this project. A local contact for these tributes is The Charlton Sewing Center; Cathy can give you more information. There is also a monthly Quilts of Valor Foundation newsletter entitled “threads”:  https://d2r0txsugik6oi.cloudfront.net/neon/resource/qovf/files/QOVNewsletter_Dec2018_FIN.pdf

Boise Basin Quilts of Valor

If you love CATS, you can find ideas and tutorials at these links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd09yfUWsAo       Make an Easy Pins and Paws Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co.

The above is a combination of the Snail Trail and Cat Block. It goes by several names:  Twisted Cat Tails; Tesselated Tails; Psycho Cats;  and below is a link to Kool Kats Kwilt with instructions.

https://stoffogstrikk.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/koolkatskwilt_1.pdf  by Patti Carey

Psycho Cats Quilt Pattern is available thru Etsy.

And if you are in the mood for other kinds of cat patterns, check out:

Floppy Ear Cat Quilt        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdXFubowjeg         

Cat’s Cradle Quilt Block  https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/cats-cradle-quilt-block.html            

Cat Weave Mini Quilt      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/315814992604756397/?nic_v2=1a5Rz155H for a modern take on our feline friends (below):

And of course we cannot forget the favorite squash of the season: the pumpkin / jack-o-lantern / candle-holder!

The above design is from Cluck Cluck Sew.

The above design is from https://cluckclucksew.com/2016/09/pumpkins.html

The above pumpkin is a true stash-buster.  So get out your ingredients and bake up some pumpkin quilt blocks! https://www.craftsy.com/post/pumpkin-quilt-block/     

For a variety of free pumpkin quilting ideas check out https://www.quiltfabrication.com/2019/09/more-free-pumpkin-quilt-projects.html      

And to add a little witchcraft to your celebrations:  https://www.polkadotchair.com/haberdashery-halloween-quilt-pattern/              

We each have our favourite “go-to” site for inspiration and patterns. If you have a favourite, let us know on facebook. There are many good sites out there in the stratosphere and we cannot check them all out no matter how much we may want to do.

Let this fall season be a promise of better things to come in the year ahead. Celebrate the season with bright fabrics and rich colours and designs that make you happy.

Be safe, be well.

9/12/2020