April 7, 2014

Charity Quilts -- HST Examples

Hey TMQG ladies -- I hope everyone enjoyed the examples post I did a few months back on easy square and strip quilts. This time I want to focus on the HST (half square triangle), it's a very versatile block and there are so many ways to make them and even more ways to make a great impact with them. 72 blocks (or quilt tops) made using HST's -- If you made the blocks all the HST's starting with just 4 -- 14 or 15 inch blocks using the method below, the finished block is large enough for a charity quilt. 

Another great tip I came across recently was sewing all 4 sides of the square and then cutting across the middle in both directions yields 4 HST units and you didn't have to do any marking the middles.  (be sure to starch your fabrics or it can get stretchy) 
Demo of how to cut half square triangle blocks by sewing around all the edges of a larger square and then cutting into fourths on the diagonal. Yields 4 HST blocks. This site has a chart that you can use as a quick reference to calculate how big the square needs to be to yield the size HST blocks you need.
Here is a size chart when using this method 
Cutting measurements for half square triangles using Missouri Star Quilt Companys (video on u-tube) ingenious method of assembling a HST for  most HST projects by taking two squares of fabric (usually a print and a solid), place them right sides together and sew around all four edges with a 1/4鈥?seam allowance. Then you cut the square on both diagonals and you end up with four pieces.
Pretty examples for some inspiration -- Images and Links can be found here, all images below are from Pinterest. 
offset diamond baby quilt - easy, basic tutorial/instructions given, lovely!  Pieced back too! Love the colors!
Scrappy star - so cute!
Chicopee Giant Star Quilt
HST (Half square triangles)
Black and White HST

Welcome to Nunaka baby quilt | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Lava Meets Sea Quilt Top - I love the colors! If I could quilt then I know what I'd be working on!
Live, Laugh, Love... Sew: WIP Wednesday
Friday Night Brights

Hope everyone is inspired and feels eager to give some of these ideas a try, either for themselves or as part of a charity quilt. 

March 31, 2014

March meeting recap

-- April meeting: Guild Garage Sale! Bring a bucket to collect money, your items to sell pre-priced, and labeled with your name. These items can be any crafting item. 50% of profits go to you and 50% go to the guild. Only guild members can sell, but anyone can buy!
    - we have booked the pavilion if it is nice weather!
-- Retreat: May 2-5th at Lee Monroe's mountain house. If you would like to sign up or receive more information you can contact Lee or sign up at the April meeting. 
--Raleigh shop hop is to be determined
--Quilt Con: Austin, TX Feb. 19-26th, 2015
--Forsyth Piecers and Quilters are holding there Quilt Show in May 2014
-- Carolyn Friedlander will be in the Greensboro/ Winston-Salem area August 15-16th, 2014. She will be holding two workshops, August 15- Sew Original, August 16-Studio Stitch. Prices: 1 workshop ($110), both workshops ($200).
--Upcoming Speakers: May- Kelly Wood, speaking about quilting threads
June- Tessa (the Sewing Chick)
July- Dana Bolyard (Old Red Barn Co.) she will also host a workshop the following Wed. On curved piecing from the cover of her book. ( This meeting will be the 5th Tues. of July)
August- Karen Gray
September- Sara Lawson (Sew Sweetness) She will be hosting a workshop which includes her book. Prices are $90 for non-members, $80 for members.

We would like to thank our March Speaker, Stephen Fraser, the cofounder of Spoonflower.

March 27, 2014

The Lunchbag Swap

Our guild is having a handmade quilted and insulated Lunch Bag Swap.  If you haven't already signed up, contact Teri immediately to do so!

If you have signed up, your partner will be arriving in your email inbox about the same time as this email.

We will exchange lunch bags at our April meeting on Tuesday, April 22 (make note, April has 5 Tuesdays so don't get confused.)

FYI, Insul-brite is the thermal insulated batting that you will use to line your lunch bag.  It is available at most quilt shops, online at fabric.com and other sites.  The packaging gives directions on how to use it.

Here's some pics and links to help you creative mojo.

Fat Quarter Lunch Bag Tutorial from Ayumi Mills

Then, I hit the jackpot: 50 Lunch Totes And Bags With Tutorials  If these 52 aren't enough, there's plenty more on Pinterest.  Happy sewing!

March 1, 2014

February 2014 Meeting Recap


--We joined the National Modern Quilt Guild!
--Due: if you have paid dues you should have received an email- if not let us know. If you have not paid and would like to join dues are $25 and you can contact Kim Johnson
-- Quilt Con: it has been announced it will be Feb 19-26, 2015 in Austin,TX
--Meeting Sign Up Sheets: there will be sign up sheets each meeting for bringing snacks, and volunteering to make gifts for our speakers.
--Guild Quilt Retreat: May 2-5 Lee Monroe's mountain house. Please contact Lee if you are interested in going.
-- March meeting: the speaker will be a Spoonflower Representative. 
-- Sew In: March 30th, 1-6pm, at Sewingly Yours
--Swap: the next swap will be to make a luch bag. Sign ups will be at the March meeting, and exchange will be at the April meeting. If you would like to participate contact Teri.
-- Upcoming Speakers: July meeting speaker is Dana Bolyard, she will be speaking on the 5th Tues of the month. Sept speaker will be Sara Lawson (bag pattern designer), there will also be a workshop she will be hosting the Wed. Following the Tues. night guild meeting.
-- Raleigh Trip: planning a trip to visit the quilt shops in Raleigh. Dates to come soon.
-- Garage Sale: moved from the Feb. meeting to the April meeting. If you would like to participate pre price your items. Can include fabric, tools, notions, etc. Also bring a bucket with your name on it and cash/change. 50% earnings go to you, 50% earnings go to the guild.
-- Charity: there is fabric bundled if you would like to take some to make a quilt for our charity Senior Services.Contact Katie if you are interested.
-- Carolyn Friedlander- coming to Greensboro/Winston-Salem on August 15-16.
-- Forsyth Piecers and Quilters: they are having their quilt show in May. 

A special thanks to our February speaker, Rebecca Allen who spoke about pressed feet and their different uses.