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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bee Season

It's bee season!

Quilting bees are a fun way to learn new techniques. Many of you have probably participated in online quilting bees, and now you will have a chance to do one with people you actually know! We are going to try a couple of different bee types this year. Sign ups will occur throughout May (at our Monthly Meeting and Saturday Sew). The first round of Bees will kick off in June. Depending on the interest level, we may start a second round in July (with sign ups at the June meetings, dates TBA)

If you would like to participate, please carefully review the rules and evaluate the time commitment required.

Monthly Block Swap
Participants: Anyone who attends monthly meetings or Saturday Sew.

Rules: Make 2 blocks in the style and/or color scheme chosen for the month and bring one to the meeting. Swap with other participants.

Commitment: All you have to do is make 2 blocks! This will be an ongoing swap and participants can join or opt out at any time.

x2 Bee
Participants: 6 quilters over 6 months

Rules: Each quilter provides fabric and instructions to make blocks of her choice. All quilters exchange fabric during month 1 and have 6 months to complete 2 blocks for each member (plus 2 blocks for you). One bee member will act as facilitator (Bee Keeper). At the end of the bee, each member will have 12 completed blocks, which she can sew together to make a completed quilt top.

Commitment: You will provide fabric for 10 blocks and you will need to make 10 total blocks (plus the two you'll make for yourself) for the other members over a 6-month period.

Round Robin
Participants: 6 maximum, lasts as many months as we have members, i.e. 6 members = 6 months

Rules: Each quilter makes her own center block during month 1. During months 2 to 6, the center blocks rotate among the bee members who will add borders to the center block. One bee member will act as facilitator (Bee Keeper). At the end of the Round Robin, each member will have a completed quilt top.

Commitment: Fabric to be provided or members can use fabric from their stash. You will need to complete your border on time each month so that you don't slow down the pace of the bee for the other members.

If you are a new quilter or new to bees, don't be afraid to join! It's going to be a lot of fun.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Personal Ironing Stand

Hey guys! With our second Saturday Sew coming up this weekend, I thought I would show you a quick tutorial on making a personal ironing stand! I've seen this around on the web several places, but I cannot remember exactly where (if you know, please let me know in the comments). I also saw it done during a demonstration at the Garland Quilt Guild. I think it's really quick and easy, and should help cut down on the lines at the ironing board on Saturday!

First, you need this little fella.

I got this TV tray for $9 at Target.

You will also need some extra batting, fabric, scissors and a staple gun. I used leftover batting and some cheap muslin laying around in my stash. You can use any type of fabric you want, just make sure you have a large enough piece to cover the top of the TV tray plus a few inches extra. If you are using a colored fabric, I would recommend washing it first, especially if it is dark. I'm not sure if this helps, but better safe than sorry!

I laid out my muslin (doubled because it is cheap and thin) and then laid my batting on top of it. I doubled it because I don't have high loft batting, so it was pretty thin as well. Then I placed my tray upside-down on top of the batting, making sure there were a few inches showing on each side.
Then trim your fabric/batting to the desired length!

I obviously had to trim mine so it stopped short of the pieces of wood sticking out of the bottom. I then started to staple!

Woo hoo! I love to staple things!

I used at least 3 staples on each side.

Once you have the first side stapled, I recommend stapling the opposite side next, instead of the next one. This helps keep things nice and straight. You will want to pull the second side as tight as possible while stapling.

Then do the third and fourth sides. The corners required additional staples, but I just folded them over and stapled them down. Those staple guns are pretty handy!

Flip it over, and there you have it! A 5 minute project for under $10 . . . who could resist!

I'll bring mine for Saturday Sew this weekend, in case you have any questions.

Also, this is my first tutorial, so any comments you have would be greatly appreciated!

See ya!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Call for Chairs

Good morning everyone!  I have a small request from City Craft.....if you have a spare folding chair lying around, can you throw it in your car and bring it to the meeting tonight.  She is busy moving things around in the shop to make room for us, but as we saw last meeting, we may need a few additional chairs.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April Meeting

I hope everyone is planning to come to the April meeting of the Guild tomorrow night!  We are going to be talking about future happenings with the Guild and introducing the officers.  We will also be collecting dues ($20), and there will be Show & Tell!  Bring your projects and share with us all!  We would LOVE to see them! The meeting starts at 7:00 at City Craft.  You can get directions here.  Hope to see everyone!