Fussy Cutting and English Paper Piecing

Join us for our May meeting as we take a look at fussy cutting and English paper piecing.

Saturday, May 9th
Quilt n Stitch, 6049 Cypress St, West Monroe, LA 71291
10:00 am – 12:00 noon

A couple months ago Stacy Lee and her daughter, Elizabeth Prine visited with us and fit right in!  They had some wonderful show n tell in many of the Cotton + Steel fabrics, but the project that really stole the show was their La Passacaglia medallions in progress.  The contrast and color scheme in their medallions were beautiful.

EPrine.LaPasacaglia IMG_5497IMG_5496

They have graciously agreed to talk with us at this May meeting about the tricks to fussy cutting fabrics and English paper piecing.   It should be good!

I love the look of fussy cutting specific designs for effect, but have always worried about wasting fabric.  I’m anxious to see if they have any tips for getting the most out of the fabrics.

Other Business:

At our last meeting we discussed the need for by-laws and officers of the guild.  At this meeting, we will take volunteers or nominations.  If you are interested in serving, please let me know or mention it at the meeting.

We’ve also discussed having another free-motion quilting session.  I will be taking a poll to see how many would like to have sew time for our June meeting.  Typically we start those sessions with a short meeting and the sew time extends to 2:00 or 3:00 o’clock for those wanting to stay that late.  If you will not be at the meeting, but would like to vote, just leave me a comment with your name and a method of contact (if I don’t have it already).

See you Saturday!



FMQ Workshop – Followup

In our previous post, we introduced the Free Motion Quilting Workshop and provided registration information. Quilters will have the option of bringing their own supplies or paying $10 for two quilt sandwiches (one cotton batting and one polyester batting), spools of Aurifil, So Fine, and Isocord.

OrphanBlockSamplerIt is highly likely you will fill these quilt sandwiches during quilt time. You might consider bringing extra sandwiches to have as backup. A good idea would be to use orphan blocks or simple pieced blocks so that you can see the difference between quilting on whole cloth and on pieced designs. I was surprised how difficult deciding quilting designs on pieced blocks is for me.  Working with pieced sandwiches can be very good practice.  To the left is a sample I’ve created with unused blocks, simple 2″ square blocks and blocks of solid. This one is approximately 36″ x 36″ and gives plenty of room to play. With the different shapes, I can also play with different quilting designs.

Since these are orphan blocks, I won’t be devastated if doesn’t turn out awesome, but I could be surprised and end with something I’m really proud of. At worst, it’ll make a great dog blanket! 😀

Be sure to check the supply list in the original post.  If you have any questions, let me know.  I’m looking forward to spending time with you next Saturday.  What a way to spend Valentines, huh?!

Free Motion Quilting Workshop

We will be hosting a free motion quilting (FMQ) workshop at our February meeting.   This is definitely a hands-on workshop. All participants are encouraged to bring their sewing machines and be prepared to play!

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Our meeting time has been extended
10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
(Finger sandwiches will be provided for lunch.)

Quilt n Stitch
6048 Cypress Street
West Monroe, LA 71291

So what will we cover?

  • Tools and Resources
  • Drawing Designs
  • Setting up Sewing Machine
  • Setting up Workspace

We will provide:

The majority of this workshop will be spent practicing different FMQ designs on quilt sandwiches. Since your quilting can be affected by fabric, batting and thread choices, we will be providing

  • two 18” x 22” quilt sandwiches (one with polyester batting and one with cotton batting),
  • one spool of So Fine thread and
  • one spool of Isocord thread (courtesy of Quilt n Stitch).
  • one small spool Aurifil (courtesy of Aurifil)
  • The cost of supplies is $10 each. You may elect to bring your own supplies if you prefer. Just be aware your results may differ based on materials.

What to bring:

  • Notebook or drawing paper, pens or pencils for practicing quilting designs. 8.5 x 11 is a good size.
  • Sewing machine
  • Extension table for your machine if you have one.
  • Darning foot or quilting foot
  • Needles (Quilting, Universal, Microtex, or Jean, size 80 or 90)
  • Bobbins filled with colored thread. (We will be sewing on natural colored fabric and want the thread to show.)
  • Snips / Thread Scissors
  • Supreme Slider (Optional)*
  • Machinger Gloves or similar (Optional)*

*The Supreme Slider is wonderful for allowing the quilt to move smoothly as you quilt. I don’t quilt without one. If you are buying, buy as large as appropriate for your machine. If you can cover crevices caused by table joints, that is a good thing.  (Link to the right shows the Queen Size at $48.  Good price.)

*Machinger Gloves are a specific glove brand, but there are many others. I recently heard someone mention buying cheap gardening gloves instead. Rubber tips on fingers, think surgical gloves, are an option. I find Machinger gloves to be very comfortable to work with and do not cause my hands to get warm.

Be sure to check with your local quilt stores for any supplies you may need.

Space is limited, so be sure to sign up for a spot.  Also indicate if you would like us to provide supplies as indicated above.

January Meeting and Half Square Rectangles

Hello All,

I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas and that you are looking forward to a happy New Year.  As for myself, as I approach the New Year, I seem to be in full planning mode!

Our next meeting will be Saturday, January 10th, 10:00 – 12:00 at The Quilt N Stitch.

Marty sent me a fun resource for half rectangle triangles she thought you would enjoy.  So I will be doing a short demo on the difference in sewing half square triangles (HST) and half rectangle triangles (HRT).  If you want to skip ahead to see what will be covered, visit the following photo links:

A Quilter’s Table


MQG Tutorial .. half square rectangles.


Ooohhh!  Just found another version for this quilt.  Oldie, but way Goodie!

by Lily’s Quilts : Harlequin Quilt … Just beautiful.


Plans for 2015

During the meting we will also discuss program ideas for the coming year.  If you have any suggestions, we would love to hear them.  Maybe something you’ve wanted to learn or play with.  Maybe an old favorite.  All ideas are welcome.  Can be program ideas for meetings, longer projects, challenges, charities, etc.

Free Motion Quilting

Spending a day honing our Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) skills has been mentioned in the past.  If that is something you are interested in, please let me know in the comments below.  This would be an all day workshop.  If there is a month that would be good (or bad) for you, again, let me know in the comments.  I will set this program based on interest.


We have been working on another retreat and have the dates and place set.  Reservations are set for Hodges Gardens State Park for July 24 – 26 (Fri-Sun).  We are booking the group lodge which will allow us to easily accept more quilters to retreat.  If anything, we will have too much room!!  Nice problem.  😀

Flyers and registrations sheets are being prepared now so watch for them to appear on the blog shortly.  Just a few details…(1) we are not limiting this to Nela MQG guild members, so feel free to invite friends or pass the info to other quilters if you think it may be of interest, and (2) the cost will be $100 for the weekend and will include dinner Friday, all meals Saturday, and breakfast Sunday.  $50 Deposits will be required to hold your spot.

Again, watch for more details to appear on this blog within the next week.

I hope to see you at the January meeting and be sure to bring any new creations for show and tell.  Until then, have a safe and happy New Year!


November Meeting and a Sneek Peek to a New Year’s Challenge

It’s November already!  Thanksgiving!  How can that be??  It will be Christmas before I know it and, I can admit it, I’m not ready!!  And since I need some inspiration, I thought it would be fun to share some of our Christmas ideas at our November meeting.  Speaking of which, our next meeting time and place ….

Saturday November 15th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Quilt n Stitch, 6049 Cypress St, West Monroe, LA 71291

 I love those folks who are ready for Christmas by the end of October…. or even by Thanksgiving.  They have everything planned and executed.  I just can’t imagine.  So I’m jotting down ideas for quick presents and a few not-so-quick presents.

If you have made or are making Christmas presents, we would love for you to bring for show and tell.  If they aren’t made, but you have patterns or ideas, feel free to share those.  Perhaps by the end of the meeting we will have all our shopping done… if only in our own minds.  ;-D

We sometimes stay after and sew.  That depends on who or how many want to do that.  If it’s something you are interested in, leave a comment on this post.  We can get a conversation going that way.

New Year’s Challenge

On another note, I’m throwing out a challenge for the New Year.  Speaking for myself, my fabric stash is getting out of hand.  I look at all the new fabric and (almost) refuse to buy because I definitely don’t NEED any more fabric.

So the challenge is this:  Make items strictly from your stash.  They can be quilts, wall hangings, sewing machine covers, bags or basically anything you can think to make.  The catch is they can ONLY be made from your stash.  Anything bought after November 1, 2014 (yes, that date has come and gone), cannot be included to be counted in the challenge.  As an example, a quilt would be considered as long as the quilt top, the quilt back and the binding are all from your stash.  If any one of the three are fabric bought after November 1st, the quilt doesn’t count.  Same with bags etc.  Everything has to be fabric you own before November 1st.  Notice, battings, interfacings, etc, can be purchased as needed.

My thought is this challenge would run through March (so technically, it’s a 1st quarter challenge!), and we would be able to start submitting items in December (for those of you using stash for Christmas presents).

We will discuss this more at our November meeting.  If everyone is game for this challenge, I thought we could each put one or two items into a goody bag for the winner(s).   Winners to be announced in March (or possibly April).

More info to come following the November meeting!

July Meeting…Ready to sew?

A last minute reminder of tomorrow’s meeting!

When:  July 19, 2014  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
(or later if we’re having fun sewing)
Location:  Quilt n Stitch, 6049 Cypress St, West Monroe, LA 71291

We’ll be returning ‘Back to the Basics’ for a few months.  This month we’ll be demonstrating proper cutting, sewing accurate 1/4″ seams and matching seams.  Nine patch blocks are a great and simple block to demonstrate all three.  If you want to sew with us, bring your machine and fabric.  All you need is a fat quarter or so, or you can bring scraps to cut 2.5″ squares.  (And of course you can adapt the size of squares you cut.)

We’ll talk briefly about the House Quilt Project.

Annie of Annie’s Musings

I’ll bring some house block patterns and talk about many resources I’ve found.  If you have made house blocks as an example or for show and tell, please bring to meeting.

by Retro Mama

The great thing about this project is it can be whatever you want it to be.  It can be traditional or modern, planned or improvisational.

And lastly, if you plan to attend the retreat in October, remember to bring a $40 deposit.  This is a fun and relaxing weekend retreat.  You can expect to spend less than $100 for lodging.  We shared meal planning last time around, and it was cost effective and very tasty.  If you have any questions about the retreat, please send me an email at nelamqg@outlook.com.

Hope to see you at the meeting,



Starting the year off right!

We had a wonderful meeting Saturday.  It felt like we talked our heads off but everyone seemed to enjoy getting back together after our December break.  Our challenge for this meeting was to come in with some accomplishments and new skills learned in 2013 and new goals for 2014.  The list ran the gamut.

  • The biggest accomplishment may have been a job restructure.  Less stress and more time.  That’s a win!
  • Having the courage to speak to other guilds about Modern quilting…and doing a wonderful job from what I hear.
  • Some skills included quilt-as-you-go, hand piecing, and curves.
  • Some ideas for next year were working with Japenese style work in indigo fabrics, Polaroid quilts (there were some interesting versions of this idea), wholecloth quilts, and the majority was interested in working with improv.

Those are just a few things we talked about!  We really had a blast trading ideas.

We agreed we enjoyed the education segments followed by ‘sit-and-sews’.  So for the next few months, our schedule looks like this:

  • FEB  –  Marty will share how she connected quilt-as-you-go blocks with binding strips.  (Her Skill Builder quilt (Pile o Fabrics 2013 BOM) was beautifully put together!)
  • MAR  –  Carly will demonstrate English Paper Piecing
  • APR  –  Marie will demonstrate hand quilting.  (She was able to take a hand quilting class while at the Houston Int’l Quilt Festival recently.  Lucky girl!)
  • MAY –   Ramona will demonstrate hand piecing.  (Sounds like we’re turning into a traditional guild.  LOL  We’ll have to use some really modern fabrics on this one.  :-D)
  • June  –  Marty will spend some time teaching her improvisational methods.  This may include curves.  It’s teacher’s choice, so you’ll have to wait and see.  Knowing Marty, it will be too much fun.

We pretty much agreed we would like to arrange a weekend retreat for one of the meeting weekends, so stay tuned!!!  More details will be forthcoming.

We had so much fun, I wish you could have been there!  Maybe next time.

Thanks for spending a minute with us,