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March 1 - Community Service -   On the first meeting in March everyone is encouraged to bring a sewing machine and all the needed sewing supplies to work on the community service flannel quilts for the UNM Pediatric Unit. 

Spring Retreat sewing is organized for April 19 after the regular meeting until 2 pm and April 26 from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm with no meeting that day.
Linda K is presenting the Square in Squares (Fast Fat Quarter Quilt) by permission. The original designer is Laurie J. Shifrin. Wendy Mathison simplified and made the procedure more fun. Linda says she then complicated matters with 2 more color/value options.

Here are three color combinations she presented at the Feb 1 meeting:

Fast Fat Quarter Quilt
for Spring Retreat Thimbleweeds 2018 taught by Linda Kamm

The inspiration for this quilt came from Laurie J. Shifrins book, Batik Beauties, 2001, Mar-tingale Company. The quilt is called "Native Rainbow” and is shown on page 37 with direc-tions on page 38 - 39. Wendy Mathison, fabulous San Diego quilt teacher, had a different, faster way of cutting and sewing the pieces. I, then, changed the format to square and changed the borders to include a triangle.

Rotary cutter with new blade
6 x 12 quilting ruler (an 8 1/2 x 24 is handy if cutting at the center)
Small cutting board, some pins, scissors or clipper, chocolate
Cotton thread to blend with your fabrics Sewing machine, cord and foot pedal

Fabric requirements
This is the perfect quilt pattern for getting rid of left overs in your stash. A great way to use those not so glamorous fabrics or “not enough to do anything with” fab-rics.

Starch your fabrics
If, for some reason you have an aversion to starch, you can do the whole quilt without it. Just to test this I did the smaller quilt without starch. Believe me, it is not nearly as much fun. But doable. I also cut some of the fabric from strips across grain rather than vertically with the grain of fat quarters. Again doable, but took more time with ironing and matching pieces. You're not saving any time or accuracy.

contrasting fabric (unless you are careful when arranging the blocks ). To keep your quilt from looking boring, make sure to vary the scale of the prints, i.e., some large-scale prints, some medium/textural, and some prints that look like solids from a few feet away. I started with the setting squares fabric and picked other fabrics to go with it.

The black/red sample is a example of 1 color and its shades, tints, and tones. The red contrast keeps it from getting boring.

The scrappy quilt is a free-for-all. I really push the limits on color theory on that one. Used up a lot of my old, old fabrics with flower or leaf motifs. (You never learn any-thing if you play it safe all the time!)

To get a look similar to the blue sample quilt, use fabrics in 2 to 3 related color families that are all pretty much the same. This means from light-medium to dark-medium. Avoid any high

LARGE SQUARE (blue/red-violet)


blocks 85 squares = 15 fat quarters (15 half blocks per qtr.)
setting triangles & 1 1/2 inner border (use to float the blocks) 3/4 yard
[24 (6 - 8 1/2”squares 2 - 4 1/2” squares) 6 strips 1 1/2”] outer border = 1 1/4 yard (8 strips 4 3/4” wide)
triangle design in outer border = 1 strip 4 3/4 your choice of fabric


41 squares = 7 fat quarters
(15 half blocks per quarter)
setting triangles & inner border & triangle design in outer border
1 yard [16 (4 - 8 1/2” squares
2 - 4 1/2” squares), 4 - 1 1/2“ strips, 1 strip 4 3/4” for 4 squares ]
outer border = 3/4 yard
(5 strips 4 3/4 wide, 4 border & 4 corner squares)


59 squares = 10 fat quarters
(12 half blocks per fat quarter) setting triangles & inner border
1 yard of fabric [20 (5 - 8 1/2” squares) & 5 - 2“ strips ]
accent border
1/4 yard (5 - 1 1/4”strips ) outer border 1 yard medium to dark
(6 - 5”strips)

Additional fabric will be needed for backing and binding.              


February 15 – Program TBD
March 1 – Community Service - assembling Flannel squares quilts for UNM Pediatric Unit
March 15 – Program TBD
April 5 – UFO/Free Sewing/possible Community Service
April 19 – Spring Retreat Part 1 – Linda Kamm, Easy Square in squares
   April 22 - Sunday Annual Outdoor Quilt Show
April 26 – Spring Retreat Part 2 – not a regular meeting
May 3 – Borders Revisited – Barbara Gary (by Request)
May 17 – Mother’s Day Tea
June 7 – Triangle Frenzy Swirl Table Runner – Carol Zibert (by Request)
June 21 – UFO/Free Sewing/possible Community Service
July 5 – Program TBD
July 19- Program TBD
August 2 – Program TBD
August 16 – Program TBD
September 6 – UFO/Free Sewing/possible Community Service
  September 14 – 16 – Hummingbird Fall Retreat
September 20 – Travel ‘Roll Up’ Blanket – Irene Ruggirello
October 4 - UFO/Free Sewing/possible Community Service
October 18 – Pocketed Project Basket – Yvonne Silvia
November 1 – Projects and Potatoes
November 15 - UFO/Free Sewing/possible Community Service

December 6 – Holiday Party Last Meeting of the Year

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