September Meeting and Pineapple Blocks

Hello everyone,

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Anita Grossman Solomon, included in Rotary Cutting Revolution

I hope you have had a wonderful summer and are gearing up for a great fall.  Our next meeting will be
Saturday, September 12th,
10:00 – 12:00 at Quilt n Stitch,
6049 Cypress St,
West Monroe, LA 71291.

I will be demonstrating some of the tips from Anita Grossman Solomon on creating Pineapple Blocks.  If you haven’t taken a look at her Craftsy class, now is the time to do it!  Today is the last day to get the class on sale for a fantastic price of $14.99.

I debated for months on buying this class because most of these blocks are classics and are available for free.  Let me tell you, some of her tips are SO WORTH the price of this class.  On top of that, Anita’s book Rotary Cutting Revolution is included as an e-book.  If I remember correctly, that’s just over 80 pages of goodness.

We have talked in the past about creating name tags for ourselves, so if you’ve done that be sure to wear them.  I can’t wait to see some of the fun ideas everyone has.

I have half a mind to stick around and sew after the meeting.  If anyone else would like to, let me know and we may make it a ‘sew what you want’ sit and sew.

I hope to see you Saturday!

Ramona

November meeting – Paper Piecing and Quilt as You Go Fun

Hello all,

It’s that time again!  Our meeting is this coming Saturday Nov 9th at Quilt n Stitch (6059 Cypress Street, West Monroe), from 10 – 12 noon.  Following the meeting any who would like may stay and sew…and I hope you will.  Carlie will demonstrate the quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) technique that is an awesome and versatile way to put scraps to good use.

As always, bring any modern projects you have been working on for show and tell.  We love to ‘ooh and aah’ over fun projects.  I will be doing a quick demonstration of paper piecing a block.  Mind you, this is not the English Paper Piecing (EPP) that many are doing which involves basting fabric to paper (think hexi’s) and handstitching pieces together.  The paper piecing I will be demonstrating involves laying fabric on printed block pattern and sewing through both paper and fabric.  You can really produce some interesting blocks this way.  And blocks involving intricate points are beautiful with this method.

Just a couple examples of what can be done are shown below.

 A beautiful star pattern by Anna of Six White Horses.  Pattern free at Craftsy.com.  This is what I will use during demonstration.

And some truly amazing animal pieced blocks…truly AMAZING…at Shape Moth blog.  You can see all the blocks in this QAL here.

If you would like to bring lunch and stay for the ‘sit and sew’, know that you are more than welcome.  The more, the merrier!  There are also a couple sandwich shops just a minute away if you want to break away for lunch and return to sew.

During a discussion at our October meeting the talk turned to making bags and how much Carlie and I liked the QAYG method.  Next thing you know, we had planned for a demonstration and bag making (optional) sew for this meeting.  I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to it.

Carlie has made the SuperTote from Noodlehead and the Weekender by Amy Butler.  Let’s see what she decides to work on at the meeting.  Fun, Fun!

I really want to make this Airplane bag by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness to use for my sewing machine.  There are also some fantastic simple zipper pouches if you want to start with a small project.  I’ve pinned a few tutorials on this Pinterest board if you would like some inspiration.

(And I just spotted a new project on Noodlehead that is awesome!  Its a cargo duffle created for Robert Kauffman fabrics.  PDF available at Robert Kaufman.)

Supplies needed for ‘sit and sew’ are backing (muslin, scrap fabric, etc), batting, and scraps.  Some tutorials I have seen for QAYG have shown scraps sewn onto batting without the fabric backing, so that might be an option.  Personally, I feel enough lint gets into my machine and think the fabric backing helps control that.  Just my personal preference.

So, there you have it!  I hope you can make this meeting.  It promises to be loads of fun.

Cheers!  Ramona