Monthly Archives: October 2013

October Meeting Highlights

We had a great time at our October meeting!

Before we begin this month’s meeting highlights, we’d like to give a special congratulations to our very own Candi Lennox, who’s quilt “Stratospheres” won Honorable Mention at the 2013 Jacksonville Quiltfest.

Candi's winning quilt

Kudos to Candi!

Now, on to show-and-tell.

Leah Samman showed us the quilt she made for her son.

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Lisa Kelly showed off her strip quilt.

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Mary Jane Cardwell, ever the multi-tasker, enjoyed the show while working on her hexie pincushions.

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Lisa also showed us the friendship quilt top she is making for a friend’s going away present.

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Jinny Vockarelli is admiring  Lisa’s work up close.

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Jinny also brought one of her quilts for show-and-tell with embroidered squares.

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The show-and-tell is always a meeting highlight. Thanks ladies for bringing in your wonderful projects!

“Fold It – Snip It – Rip It – Drop It – Pass It” Challenge

After the show-and-tell was done, we decided that for next month’s challenge we’d have the One Yard Fabric Exchange a/k/a the “Fold It – Snip It – Rip It – Drop It – Pass It” Challenge.  If you haven’t heard of this challenge, Heirloom Creations has a great video on this (http://www.heirloomcreations.net/sewing-tips/one-yard-fabric-exchange-and-challenge/).

Here’s how it works:

  1. Everyone is to bring one yard of fabric. For your fabric choices, we’ve made a couple of rules: (a) the fabric must be a modern fabric (no flowery fabrics); and (b) if necessary, prewash and iron your fabric.
  2. Have the group sit or stand in a circle.
  3. Start by opening up the one yard of fabric with the selvage edge at the top and bottom.
  4. Fold the fabric in half, make a small cut at the center fold and then rip the fabric down the center.
  5. Keep one 1/2 yard and pass the other 1/2 yard to the person on the right.
  6. You will now have one new 1/2 yard of fabric.
  7. From here on out, always hold the fabric in your two hands with the longest side across the top.
  8. Repeat “Fold It – Snip It – Rip It – Drop It – Pass It”.
  9. Repeat until the sixth piece is ripped into about a 4” x 5” rectangle.
  10. Pass the seventh piece and now you are done!

Once done you will have the following fabrics:

  • 1/2 yard (your original fabric)
  • 1 – 18” x 22”
  • 1 – 11” x 18”
  • 1 – 9” x 11”
  • 1 – 5.5” x 9
  • 2 – 4.5” x 5.5”

Now for the “Challenge” part.  You must make a project using the fabric received from the swap.  You can make anything you like and there are no size limitations but you must use all of the fabrics received. You can supplement your fabric stash with additional solid color fabrics of your choosing, but again, only solid colors are allowed.  Then bring your finished project to our December meeting to show ups your completed projects.

Sew-In Saturday:

Lynn graciously made her shop available for a sew-in day at Country Crossroads on Saturday, October 26th where all were invited to drop in for a bit of quilting.  We had a great turn-out and between all the laughter, conversation and good times, we even managed to get a little quilting done!

Thanks to everyone for making it a fun day!

November Meeting:

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Country Crossroads Quilt Shop. Don’t forget to bring your yard of fabric for our challenge. We hope to see you there!

October’s Minutes have now been uploaded and are available for viewing.