Saturday, May 17, 2014

May Curves

Well I hope after today, there is some sort of curve that interests you to try someday at home. I felt inspired by the techniques shown that I haven't tried, and I loved hearing more tips and tricks from all of you! 

JoyLyn shared a few examples of using QuiltSmart's printed interfacing. Maybe that will cure my terrible rounded edges! QuiltSmart has so many different pattern options, and the store carries a lot of them.

JoyLyn and Anna both shared their favorite new ruler, the Quick Curve Ruler, by Sew Kind of Wonderful. There are several free patterns on her site and Craftsy, as well as some for purchase to download. And I highly suggest following Jenny on Instagram. She is a world class machine quilter as well. 

These rulers are on order for those who asked for them specifically, plus some extras for the store, in case you were quietly eyeing one for yourself. I know I was!

Anna showed a Cathedral Window that is outta sight, from Moda Bake Shop. How does she make it all look so easy?

Anna and I gave some of our thoughts on the beautiful Steampunk quilt by Jenn Kingwell. There are 2 kits left (including the pattern/template/fabric for 42 blocks) and one pattern, should you want to make it your own stash buster. 

I walked through Log Cabin curves inspired by Badskirt's flickr feed on her take, and her blog post . Anna also found a great explanation from Moda, and Mary Fons also has a useful video, too. The official Log Cabin ruler will be in the shop soon.

I gave Rita's at Red Pepper Quilts free-hand curves tutorial a shot. I plan to keep making sections and design some kind of quilt top, who knows. I would also add to her great tips, to make sure when cutting that your fabric doesn't travel, and that your curve is not too wavy as you enter and exit the fabric. Save the drama for the center of the strip.

As always Show and Tell was mind-blowing, and it can be viewed on flickr. 

There are only 3 spots left in Anna's June 21 paper-piecing class, so sign up if you want to learn from the best. We try to have at least one of her classes per session, so if this one doesn't work for you, look for another one this fall. There will also be kits for purchase to class members, or anyone else who is already a paper piecing pro and just wants to make these darling tulips.

Open Sew will be June 28, 11am until 3pm. There were 6 spots left when I saw the sign-ups last. (And I will be there. Just sayin'.)

Pamela announced the beautiful new look for QuiltBliss online, and will be releasing fun information all summer long. The official guest speakers and teachers will be announced at the beginning of July, with registration opening a few weeks after that for UCMQG members exclusively, and the general public at the end of the month. Please try to join us!

Next month is the final month to bring your 2.5" fabric strips if you signed up for the exchange. I loved Andy's nine-patch she showed today (and the quilting was awesome too!). It would be a fun way to use the rainbow strips. Your traded strips will be returned to you at July's meeting.  

July is also the time to bring a friend to our meeting for free. We love meeting new people, whatever their experience in quilting has been. And August will be the start of Session 7, if you can believe it. We are busy making fun plans and quilts, and gathering really wonderful things to give away. 

Which reminds me: June, July and August's meetings will be on the lawn behind the store, and both classes will be combined to meet at 930am. This is my favorite time of UCMQG, because it's so picturesque under that huge shade tree and we can all be together. There is so much warmth in fifty women sharing their creations in nature.

Until next month!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Anna's Paper Piecing

Anna will be teaching another great paper piecing class next month. Sign ups will start on Saturday, space is limited to 10 quilters. She will be teaching these beautiful Spring Tulips, from Craftsy, on June 21st from 11am until 1pm. This is an outdoor UCMQG meeting day, so her class will begin inside immediately following. Admission is $10 for group members, and $15 for your friends. Kits will most likely be available for purchase, if you would like one.