For our January meeting, we met in a new location. I’ll admit, it wasn’t the easiest to locate, so I will be working on that. A huge apology to any who didn’t find us! I will be sending an email to all those on my member/visitor list so that you have my phone number. If that happens again, please call and I will talk you through the directions.
We now have what I call two levels of membership. We will continue to have non-paying ‘members’. These are those who like to visit and sew with us but do not want to also be a part of the Modern Quilt Guild. For those wanting to take advantage of the benefits, our paying members are included in the Modern Quilt Guild membership. Dues are $25 annually and our year runs January through December. Memberships are being taken now, so if you are interested, let me know.
We will have an informational booth at the Northeast Louisiana Quilt Guild Quilt Show February 26 and 27. If you would like to volunteer an hour or two, let me know and I can add you to the schedule. Duties will be light as we are just sharing with other quilters what Modern Quilting is about. We will have brochures and information from the Modern Quilt Guild and have some examples of the Modern Quilt style to display.
For the next three meetings, we will have a paper piecing demo, ‘graffiti’ quilting, and a scrap session.
We will start with a Scrap Session in February. As we start the new year many of us are purging and cleaning. As you look through your fabrics, pull those you may not want or no longer plan to use. Cut them in strips or squares. We will pool our fabric cuts at the meeting and have some fun sewing.
Just to give you an idea of possibilities, check out Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville page showcasing some of her scrap blocks published in Quiltmaker. Or you may just want to wing it and try some improve piecing.
In another post, Bonnie talks about the most usable cut sizes:
“I sort my strips in sizes of 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″, 3″ and 3.5″. I’ve pretty much STOPPED doing the 3″ strips because they don’t seem to work with other strips in any combination. (They don’t play nicely with others! :cD) The 1.5″ and 2″ and 2.5″ can combine with each other in different combinations and then go with the 3.5″, but there are not a lot of combinations that work with the 3″ strips! (not a lot adds up to 2.5″ finished) ….”
So based on Bonnie’s tips, I would suggest we cut a combination of 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″, and 3.5″ strips. This is only a suggestion! But it will make it a little easier for us to mix and match our stash.
So join us February, bring your machines and plan to spend a few hours sewing with friends. We will set up at 9:00 am (an hour earlier than our normal time) and sew through the afternoon.
Saturday, February 13, 9:00 – 3:00 (approximately), 1925 Hwy 80 E, Calhoun, LA
Once the other programs are set, I will let you know which programs are on which months. Programs planned so far will be sewing programs. We will have a quick meeting and then set up to sew through the afternoon. If you do not want to sew or have other obligations, you are welcome to join only for the meeting and leave when you need.
Next meetings will be:
Saturday, March 12th, and Saturday, April 23rd
(April is not our normal weekend. Please let me know if this is a conflict.)