Monday, October 16, 2017

October 2017 Row Effects & 2018 Group Challenge

Row Effects:

Saturday we shared some thoughts about Row Effects. Think of these as one sided medallions. You may not be sure where your project will end, and that's the artistry of it. Look at your fabric stash to for a color or two that are overflowing your cupboards and use those. Find a focus fabric to finally work with. Keep the blocks simple and focus on fabrics, or use smaller pieces to create design. Let yourself try a row of that block you've been meaning to get to, or explore beads, embroidery, or stitch drawing.

Here are just a few patterns to get you started:

Rachel Hauser's Cascade Quilt

Dear Gunta by Carrie Strine

Blake by Carolyn Friedlander

Simple Twist by Janice Ryan

Hot House Quilt by Anna Maria Horner (second row on left)

Garden Path by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Mayan Mosaic by Suzy Quilts

Vicki's Socks by Kathleen Quilts

Explore Seminole Quilts on Pinterest!

Fabric Exchange:

Also remember to bring your exchange fabric month #2 in November. Please let Anna know if you signed up for this and no longer want to participate.

Group Challenge:

Kristen Perschon rolled out our Group Challenge for the next 6 months:

What Does Quilting Mean to You?

Make a quilt based on what quilting means to you. Follow your inspiration and be creative. It could be a technique, a person who inspires you, a favorite block, etc. This challenge is meant to show what inspires you. It does not have to be original, but if using a pattern, make it your own. Each quilt must be at least 24x24" or as large as you want to take it. Finished projects will be shown at our April 2018 meeting.

Coming up:

For the next 2 months we will be meeting without sewing, so just grab a chair! November we will review Our Favorite Things. Please bring a gift idea that you either love to make and give or have received, a favorite apron or bag pattern, or something online you've been meaning to try. Now's your chance! Share it with the group and we will compile a list of sources for gift ideas for everyone.

Christmas Swap:

December we will be having a cookie exchange and small project swap. Bring your favorite cookie or bar and the recipe, plus an extra plate to take your new goodies home on, and share in the Christmas creative spirit to close out 2017 with us.

The project is a Thread Catcher by Laura at Kittens & Threads, with a small notion & treat of your choice, wrapped. You do not need to sign up for the swap, just bring your gift if you would like to participate.

It's been a great year, and we are so happy with our group's new space and the energy and friendship felt when sewing together. Thank you to all of you for bringing your soft, generous hearts and energy. For looking for new friends and wanting to learn more from each other.

We love you all!

Monday, October 9, 2017

October Meeting Reminder


DATE:  Saturday, October 14th
(We are holding our meeting a week early because of Fall Break.)

TIME:  11:00-2:00

WHERE:  Highland City Community Center
5378 West 10400 North

October meeting we are talking about our theme: Row Effects.

It will be an Open Sew Day.

Swaps are closed: 
Reminder if you signed up for the swaps you must bring the first month of swap items. If nothing is brought the first month, your name will be dropped from the exchange list.
This only applies to the fabric exchange.  House blocks are due at February meeting.

If you have any questions, please let us know!  
We are excited to see you all on the 14th!

JoyLyn, Kristin, Anna, Pamela & Sydney

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fabric & Tula Pink House Swap Info

Sign ups for the 3 month fabric swap are now closed. 

Here are the rules for those who joined it:

  • Cut 5" x WOF strips (8 strips of each color/month - red, pink, low volume). This a little more than one yard of fabric for each color/month. 
  • Low Volume fabric for this swap will be very soft and light and can include colors, just no dramatic or sharp colors.
  • Bring Red fabric in October, Pink fabric in November, and Low Volume fabric in December, labeled in a bag with your name on it.
  • You must bring fabric each month OR you may turn in all three fabrics in October. If nothing is received from you in October, your name will be removed from the swap.
  • Beautiful swapped fabric will be returned in January.

The Tula Pink block swap rules:

  • Must use the pattern 'The Hood' from the Quilt with Tula and Angela book.  If you don't own the book, borrow it from another group member or check your local library. Please no making photocopies.
  • House fabrics:  Tula Pink fabric is the focus (at least one large section of the house), with modern coordinating prints for any other parts of the house. The TP print should be one of her large, main flowers or animals from any collection.
  • Background fabrics:  Low volume fabrics in white, cream, or black & white print.  You can also use a white or cream solid. These backgrounds should be very soft and light and can include colors, just no dramatic or sharp colors.
  • Turn in (10) house blocks (each should measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2") and (10) 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" low volume strips. Additional groups of 10 can be signed up for if you are committed.
  • Due by February 2018 UCMQG meeting.
  • You'll receive back a fun assortment of houses in March.

Monday, September 18, 2017

September Meeting in Review

Hopefully after Saturday you're thinking of how you can use a Jelly Roll, or something like it, in your quilting. I saw lots of fun projects beginning, and some ending quickly! Sewing with strips can be fast. Here are the links to a few things mentioned by Kristen Perschon and others in class.

Kristen's Pinterest Board: Jelly Rolls

Jennifer Barclay's project: Midnight Quilt Show

Anna & Jessica's project: Three Dudes

Great job bringing surge protectors/cords everyone! I'm glad to see some of you come for Show and Tell and some feel like staying. We added three new faces, so make sure to look out for Charity, Hilary and Georgia and say hi next time. Also a reminder that both swaps are now closed, but you can still join us in December for the project swap and cookie exchange. Anna will send out more details next month.

And speaking of next time, in October we will get our Row Effect groove on. It will be another Sew Day, so bring your traveling sewing kit, too!

Enjoy all of the inspiration that beautiful Fall brings.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September Meeting Reminder

Wow! So many things going on already in September. 
Widespread hardship & tragedy with natural disasters, fires, 
and yet another anniversary to remember the events of September 11th.

Quilters are amazing people, there are so many opportunities
to heal through quilting.  
You can give the healing touch or even be the recipient of it.

So as you go about doing good, 
don't miss the opportunity to take some time,

Saturday, September 16th  11:00-2:00
and meet together to
Celebrate National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

Need a Quick quilt to comfort someone....Sew a Jelly Roll Race quilt

Have you made anything with a Jelly Roll? 
Share it for Show & Tell
(or anything else you have been working on)

Check out the Facebook page for links on great projects
Kristen Perschon has started a pinterest page
with other ideas for Jelly Roll sewing.

Fabric Strip Exchange:
Bring 20 strips ...2.5"x width of fabric
Any combination of Dots, Stripes and Solids
(optional exchange, no need to sign up)

Remember***you must have a 
1,000+joules SERGE PROTECTOR STRIP to sew. 
It is required!
 This is an open sew meeting, bring something to work on.

Membership Renewal:
Cash payment is not longer available, Card payments online are always available, request an invoice by contacting JoyLyn
via email:

This is the last month to sign up for Exchanges:
Tula Pink Houses
Valentine Fabric

Take Care and keep doing good!
See you soon
JoyLyn, Kristin, Anna, Pamela & Sydney

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September Jelly Roll Strip Exchange

Saturday, September 16th
As part of our participation in the
Moda Project Jelly Roll event

We will be having a 2.5" Strip exchange
Build your own Jelly Roll!!


There will be NO sign up for this exchange

BRING:  20 ... 2.5" x (WOF width of fabric) Strips

They can be a variety of Stripes, Polka Dots & Solids
(They do NOT need to be 20 strips all the same)
Please use current quilt shop quality fabric.

Turn in your strips at the beginning of meeting and they will 
be shuffled with the other participants & returned at the
end of meeting.

You may participate with as many groups of 20 as you like!!

Questions???? email

Sunday, August 27, 2017

September National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

Join us in September as we celebrate 
Project Jelly Roll & National sew a jelly roll day.
This is a new, yearly event, 
& the brainchild of Moda Fabrics.

So save the date to come & sew a jelly roll with us at our September Meeting.

More information coming about what we will specifically do to celebrate.  Until then, here are some links you might find interesting.