Sunday, April 19, 2015

Quilt Show Recognition

Ladies,
What a fun day we had today.  Just wanted to send out some thank yous and acknowledgements:

To all of you who were on the weather committee...The best weather ever!

To Kathy Lyon and her husband and all of you who baked or brought something....we had so many yummy treats for our visitors.  We were also able to make up a nice plate of cookies as a thank you to the guys who set up the park and beautified it just for us!

To Irene and her team of terrific ticket sellers.  It looked like we made some serious money on our raffle quilt.

To Bob's, Busy Bee and ThreadBear, our spiffy vendors.  I hope you all found something you couldn't live without!

To Pat's band...you guys really drew a crowd...and that lively music had people tapping their feet and dancing through the show.  Thanks!

To Barbara and Suzi, thanks for delivering water bottles to thirsty Tweeders and for staying to help at the end of the show!

To the Konetznis...thanks for help with set up and take down and for inviting your Iris Society buddies!

To Kathy Sublett who did a lot of the publicity work, so we had a crowd of visitors!!

To my sweet husband, who is just so handy and helpful, for bringing his old timey music to liven up the back side of the show!

And to all of you, more than 30 of you, who brought more than 250 quilts to show off...I am truly appreciative.  

You are all part of what makes Thimbleweeds a special group!

Wow, that was a lot of exclamation points...my journalist daughter would be aghast!!

Donna

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Class on May 7, 2015 Supplies needed

At our May 7, 2015 meeting Judy A. will be presenting a class on constructing the Fat Quarter Gypsy Bag. Here is the supply list and parts to prepare: This list also appears under the Upcoming Classes Tab:

YOU WILL NEED
FOR THE TOP (outside)
6 fat quarters YOU WILL NOT BE USING THE FULL FAT QUARTER – from each fat quarter (doesn’t have to be a fat quarter either) cut one rectangle   17 ½  x 19 1/2 inches  YOU WILL NEED  6  (when you sew them together you should have a piece of fabric  38 ½  x 51 ½ " )   
                                                Fat Quarter Gypsy Bag 
OR
ONE SOLID or PIECED OF ANY  FABRIC (you can also use a ufo, do diagonal strips,  make a scrappy patchwork – anything you want as long as it is the same size as your lining- 38 ½ x51 ½
- if you are going to use directional fabric  you will need to cut it in half – turn one side upside down and sew back together -  cut it wide enough to allow for the extra seam ( if you are using a half inch seam you will need to add 1" so your fabric will start out 39 ½  x 51 ½ " ). 

FOR THE LINING
A  PIECE OF FABRIC 38 ½  x 51 ½"   (THERE IS NO BATTING)

PLEASE CUT/SEW YOUR TOP AND CUT OUT YOUR LINING BEFORE CLASS

FOR THE HANDLES – you will be making two handles - ~ 1" WIDE x 40 - 72" LONG.
1/3 yd.  Coordinating fabric
thin batting or flannel for handles – aprox 2” wide and desired length
22" of 1" wide non-roll elastic cut into two 11” pieces
Couple of BIG safety pins   ( I WILL SUPPLY THE ELASTIC AND PINS)

WE WILL BE MAKING THE HANDLES IN CLASS
HANDLES - This pattern calls for cutting 2  2 ½ " x 40" of fabric and one of batt or flannel sandwiching and sewing down both sides – this requires turning – if you want to do it this way you will need a turning tool.

ALTERNATE METHOD -  cut 2 strips  4x as wide as you want your finished handle  - I use 5"  and as long as you want your handle (44" is good )  
Cut your  batt or flannel  TWICE  the finished width ( ~ two inches) x desired length
FOLD YOUR FABRIC IN HALF LENGTHWISE AND THEN FOLD EACH SIDE TOWARDS THE CENTER – PRESS – OPEN (you will have four sections)   PLACE YOUR BATTING IN THE CENTER (over the middle two sections) –  FOLD THE TWO SIDES IN AND FOLD IN HALF.  You should have no raw edges and a handle about 1" wide – SEW THE OPEN SIDE WITH A STRAIGHT OR ZIG ZAG STITCH  (can sew both sides for  esthetics or use decorative stitches – whatever you like)

YOU WILL ALSO NEED

Your sewing machine with accessories and coordinating thread (throw in your zipper and walking foot)
Sewing scissors
A ruler
A fabric marker – if you don’t have one – don’t buy one – we will be marking two lines – you can borrow or use a piece of masking tape
A rotary cutter and mat to cut the handles  (you can certainly use a pair of scissors instead )
An iron – I will be setting up the thimbleweeds irons but some like to bring their own
pins