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Brookfield, Wisconsin, United States
I am passionate about quilting and teaching others to quilt!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Block of the Month

The Block of the month quilt is almost done. It just needs the binding!

Unfortunately my brother passed away this week, unexpectedly and I have been spending everyday with his wife and 4 boys. I hope you all will understand if things are a little behind for the next few days

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I spent the day preparing for a lecture for the Wandering Foot Quilt Guild in Oak Creek. I did my Fat Quarter Fiesta lecture. I had a little trouble finding the quilts in the basement abyss with unresolved things from the whole house remodel. But I found the suitcase with all of the quilts and did some cleaning in the process!

I had such a great time visiting that guild. What a fun audience to talk with!

Tomorrow I hope to get going on the Beyond The Basics Quilt for WCTC, which is the Christmas Quilt from Elmcreek Quilts. Here is the pattern if you want to look at it. http://www.redroosterfabrics.com/content1175.html

Saturday, January 17, 2009

How nice that the weather has warmed up a tad. It was nice to be able to take the dog out for a walk. Today I helped take down Christmas decorations at church, then went to one of my favorite places...St Mary's Thrift shop. I bought some ric rac...never pass up packages of ric rac...some day I will have the perfect project for them! I also bought a bag of lavendar and a hat. (thus the walk with the dog...I had to try out the hat!) Then it was on to Joanne Fabrics. What a zoo. When I was walking around looking at stuff, there was hardly a line...but then when I was ready...Yikes! I bought some new books with money I was given for Christmas. Later in the day Tori had 5 friends over after a movie. Nothing fills a house like 6 giggling 13 year olds! I want that energy and Joi de Vie. Now on to some more sewing!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cold Day

What is a girl to do on a cold day....Sew!!! I worked on the Basic Plus quilt for the spring semester last night and am looking forward to some good progress on it today. I love it. It is so simple. There are still spots open in the day and night class. It is in March on the first 2 Tuesdays.
I still need 3 people in my day Basic Quilting Class and 6 in the night class if you know anyone who wants to start quilting! It is on three tTuesdays, starting Feb 3. Tell them to sign up fast as the classes will be cancelled on Monday if they are not full! We are making a simple star table runner.
You can register for the WCTC classes and see pictures, by going to wctc.edu and then click on class search. Put quilt in the subject field. Seniors get to take the classes for half price!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Explanation of the BOM 2009-2010

BOM 2009-2010 at Frank’s Sewing Center
The name of the new Block of the Month is, A Quilt of Blessings. It was designed by Wendy Rieves for Frank’s Sewing Center. This is the fifth block of the month she had done at Frank’s.
The block of the month meeting lasts about 45 min to 1 hour. The meeting starts with show and tell, by members. Wendy then shows new things that are in the store. The meeting usually concludes with an explanation of how the block goes together. A recipe is included in the Block of the Month color hand out and samples of the recipe are served. During the year there are other little project instructions that are given out as well as fabric exchanges between members. Frank’s Sewing Center offers a 20% discount to members for the day of the club.
The new Block of the Month at Frank’s Sewing Center will begin in February. Participants can choose to come on the second Tuesday of the month at 1 PM or the second Friday of the month at 6PM. The first meeting for the Tuesday group will be Feb 10th and for the Friday group it will be Friday the 13th.
This quilt consists of 14, 12” blocks, two of which are the same block, with a center larger medallion square.Each month a different block will be given out. Wendy’s tries to have a different aspect of quilting taught through each block. In A Quilt of Blessings, there will explanations on how to use an Easy Angle ruler, strip piecing, half square triangles, quarter square triangle, curved piecing, paperless paper piecing, Tri Rex blocks and so much more.
Participants can choose to get the block patterns and use their own fabric for a cost of $50 for the 14 months or pick up fabric from Wendy for the blocks for a fee of $90. You can also pay $7 a month (the month of the medallion block will be $10). Setting triangles, sashing and borders are not included in the cost.
Members will also be required to own an Easy Angle Ruler and a Companion Angle Ruler. Quilters who are buying pre cut fabric from Wendy will provide 1 yard of their own gold background fabric and 1 yd of black (Kaufman, Kona Black is recommended, purchase 2 ½ yds if a black border and binding are desired) This way if a mistake is made in piecing or when weird pieces are needed for paper piecing, this fabric can be used. Members will also be asked to put some of this gold and black in some of the pieced blocks. If all this is confusing, don’t worry, it will all be explained at the first meetings.
Quilters can do anything they want with the blocks. There is no requirement to make it as it is shown. Creativity is encouraged. In the past, people have made table runners, window valences, baby quilts, and wall hangings from their blocks. Directions for completing A Quilt of Blessings, as made by Wendy will be available at the conclusion of the project.
In April we will do a fabric exchange of 3” strips so people can border their blocks as in Wendy’s quilt.
If you are interested in joining this Block of the Month, email Wendy at wrieves@aol.com. Indicate to her if you plan on using your own fabric or purchasing blocks. Fees will be collected at the first meeting. Last time there were 70 people who joined in the Block of the Month fun! Space is limited so sign up soon.
The Tuesday Block of the Month group met today as they were snowed out of their last meeting. There was some really nice show and tell. I wish I had my camera with me today! We talked about the last quilt, viewed the new quilt, did the gift lecture and had a fabric exchange!

We are all looking forward to the new BLock of the month. It turned out really pretty.

Email me if you are interested in signing up for it.
Be Creative!