Thursday, April 26, 2012

April Meeting Recap

Hi all! We're getting closer to our next meeting (Tuesday, May 8) - but more about that in a little.

At our April 10th meeting, we first shared our favorite traditional quilt patterns. Unfortunately, I missed the beginning, but I'm sure there was a great variety mentioned. It's so interesting how traditional patterns can be warped (or not even so warped at all!) to be part of the modern movement. It all has the same roots!

  •  Please keep up with the Big Tent group and RSVP to meetings so we know how many people to expect!
  • If you would like to teach a 10-20 minute demo/lesson, please contact Jessica Levitt - you will get a $10 gift card to Pennington Quilt Works (our gracious hosts).
  • Denyse Schmidt is confirmed for speaking Friday, June 22 in Philly at 7pm, workshop is Sun. June 24, 11:00-4:00 in Pennington. Cost is approximately $150, deposit is $75. Email Jessica L. - though there may not be many spots left at this point.
  • If you have a blog suggestion, leave it in the comments!

The meeting:

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First, we had our half-square triangle swap - lots of participation! Hopefully those will be used to meet one of the challenges for May (we're getting there...)

Next, we had an applique demonstration with our very own Liz Hawkins of LizzieB Cr8ive. (Liz has a great website - check out her patterns to make some of the quilts below.)
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Liz wowed us with her applique quilts.

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Can you believe this quilt is all applique?

Then, we worked in pairs to applique flowers, using Liz's approach to the needleturn method. We used very small (and some, very hot) irons and lots of spray starch.
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Liz also showed us how she hand sews all of the layers together with nearly invisible thread. Amazing! I don't think I'm alone in saying that this was an enjoyable and very informative demonstration. Thanks, Liz!

Finally, we had show and tell...

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Gorgeous quilts/fabrics, as usual!

May Meeting:
Tuesday, May 8th at 7pm
Pennington Quilt Works, Ewing, NJ

Discussion: Bring your favorite sewing or quilting book

Challenges (there's 2!):
1. Use your 1/2 square triangles however you see fit
2. Make a mini quilt (less than 24" in any direction)
(potentially, you could make a HST mini quilt) :)

See you there!
Jess H.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Half-Square Triangle Inspiration

*April recap coming soon, with pictures!

The two challenges for our May meeting are:
1. Use you 1/2 square triangles however you see fit  2. Make a mini quilt (less than 24" in any direction)

You could, potentially, meet both challenges with a HST mini quilt!
Besides the inspiration pictures passed around at the meeting, here's a little inspiration mosaic:

1. Hullabaloo HST quilt, 2. HST Quilt - Soul Blossoms, 3. IMG_5259, 4. HST trip quilted, 5. Green HST Quilt, 6. Baby Dylan's HST Quilt

Jess H.

Monday, April 9, 2012

April Meeting TOMORROW!

Please join us for April's meeting! When: Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012, 7-9:30 pm
Where: Pennington Quilt Works
Pennington, NJ

At the meeting

-Demonstration of hand applique by Liz Hawkins
To bring if you can:
scraps for flowers and leaves,
small iron + portable ironing pad,
Mary Ellen's spray starch (or other spray starch),
straw needle (size 11),
Roxanne's baste-it glue
Some of this will be available at the shop and if you don't have these things, we'll share!

-Swap: half square triangle squares: each set of 4 identical 3 1/2" unfinished squares (modern fabrics with a darker and a lighter triangle) can be swapped for another set (questions? email Jessica Levitt.)

-Show and Tell

See you there (sorry, I meant to post this a couple of days ago :) )!
Jess H.