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!



Quilting Retreat Set For July!


[ **UPDATE 6/22/2015 – Retreat is being rescheduled and is cancelled for July.** ]

Friday, July 24, 2015, 3:00 pm Sunday, July 26, 2015, 11:00 am

Hodges Gardens State Park 1000 Hodges Loop Florien, LA 71429

HodgesGardens.GroupCampLayout We’re getting together for a fun, relaxing weekend of sewing, quilting and laughing. Sew time will be unstructured, so bring your favorite project(s) and join us.

We have reserved a group camp that can house over 50 people, so there is plenty of room.  Living conditions are dormitory style with bunk beds and shower stalls. See the website for more details.

$100 covers weekend lodging and meals (2 dinner, 2 breakfast and 1 lunch). $50 deposit required to reserve your spot. $50 balance is due by June 15th.

What you need to bring: Sewing machine, fabrics, sewing tools, etc. Your favorite drinks and snacks. If you do not have a table for your sewing machine, let us know.

We have plenty of room, so feel free to invite a friend. With two dormitories available, male and female are welcome.  (Note:  Concern has been raised regarding space in the common room.  We may limit this to 20 attendees.  We will know more soon.)

REGISTRATION FORM may be found hereNote: This will open as a Word document and will act as a download.  I have tested it and it is a safe download.

If you have any questions, you may leave a comment below or contact Ramona Putnam at 396-4743 or nelamqg@outlook.com.

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!


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,



MQG / Michael Miller Challenge

I just received notice that the Modern Quilt Guild has a new fabric challenge.  It appears they are pairing with Michael Miller Fabrics.  Below are the details from a recent email I’ve received.  The prizes on this one is pretty awesome.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to participate.  The challenge runs from March to June and we need to turn in a count by February 28th.  You may leave a comment on this post or you may email me at nelamqg@outlook.com.

Are you ready?

It’s time for another fabric challenge!

We are so excited to announce Michael Miller Fabrics as our sponsor of the 4th annual MQG members fabric challenge.

The fabric we will be using is a brand new collection called Petal Pinwheels. A fun graphic collection that will cut up so well.


  • The challenge runs from March 2014-June 23, 2014.
  • Winners announced July 8, 2014.
  • Members may make anything they want as long as it is quilted!
  • Add in any solid or Michael Miller printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site here.
  • MQGs can create guild specific challenges, as long as the other guidelines are upheld.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Fabric sign ups end Feb 28th, 2014.
  • Individual members and Guild Leaders please sign up here.
  • If you belong to a guild you DO NOT need to fill out the form your guild leaders will do that for you.

A note from Michael Miller:

This year we will pick 3 winners. Each one will receive a posting on our blog and “A year of Free Fabric”.  Every month for a year we will send you a “Goody Box”  filled with fabric from our newest collections.

Okay read that one again. A whole year of fabric! How fantastic is that!


Charity Quilt for August

NELA MQG met this past Saturday and had a good time getting back together after our brief hiatus.  We took loads of photos that we will be sharing in the near future.  Kristi and Sherry were back with us.  Kristi looked awesome following her treatment.  Keep her in your prayers for continued good news.  My niece, Johnna, also attended as a guest.  We had a lot of show and tell and did a lot of talking.  I think everyone had a great time.

During our meeting we talked about a couple things.  One was the idea of doing swaps or a traveling quilt bee that would allow members and other Louisiana quilters a chance to connect online and by mail.  A few of us were interested in the traveling quilt bee and I will be making inquiries regarding interest from other guilds and quilters.  We will focus on Louisiana quilters, but of course all quilters are welcome.

DrunkardCurveOne project everyone was in agreement on was our next charity quilt.  It was decided we would be using what I’m calling the Giant Drunken Curve.  I think it needs a new name, so if anyone has a suggestion, I’m open.  It almost appears like a compass to me, so that’s a thought.

Instructions for cutting and sewing the individual blocks can be found in this Giant Drunkard Curve file.  Because these are cut and sewn without a seam allowance, they are rarely square after sewing together.  For that reason we decided to sew the individual blocks together and to bring to our next meeting as is.  We will cut all blocks at the meeting and assemble into quilt tops.

Fabrics should be white (as shown in photo above), bright solids, and one print.

Using the .pdf instructions, you will create five (5) drunken curve blocks instead of the four (4) needed to complete the panel shown above.

If for some reason you will not be attending the August meeting and would like to participate, you may mail blocks to me and I will take to the meeting for you.

So, two questions:

  1. Would you like to participate in the Drunken Curve charity quilt?
  2. Are you interested in participating in the Traveling Quilt Bee?

That’s it for now.  More on the meeting will be posted this week.

Have a great week,


Nela MQG July Meeting

Hello there,

I just wanted to remind you that our next meeting is
Saturday, July 13th, 10 am – 12 pm,
Quilt n Stitch, 6049 Cypress St, West Monroe, LA.

Since we’ve been out a couple months now, feel free to bring some of your latest projects to show off.  You’ve got an excellent chance to brag a little as well as to be inspired.  Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

DSC_0103_195At our last meeting, Marty and I put together this quilt for a CASA teen.  I still haven’t bound it, so that may be my project for this meeting!






As our part of the BAM BOM, we put together a tutorial for the Geese Gone Wild pictured here.  We will also post a tutorial for the chevron block soon.  I’m still working through the tutorial.  If anyone would like to test it for me, I will be glad to send you a copy.  I would love to get your feedback.

I have a couple block ideas for the next CASA (or other charity) quilt.  If you have another idea, feel free to share at the meeting (or online).  Most popular wins!

Block Block2There’s this one that was introduced in our Simply Solids BeeTutorial is by Robin Waggoner and can be found on her blog, Woodland Cottage Designs.  This block can be created in a variety of sizes.

Another is a Drunkard’s Path block I was playing with and blogged about here.  With this version, these 4 blocks create approximately a 33″ block.  DrunkardCurve

I hope to see you at the meeting.  If you can’t make it and would like to submit ideas for fall activities for the group, please feel free to leave a comment here.  Ideas can be for our face to face meetings, or they could be for online/mail swaps.  I have seen some interesting traveling quilts out on the ‘blogosphere,’ and swaps are always fun.  Anything you might find fun and feel could bring our group closer together.

Talk to you soon,