Friday, June 24, 2022

July Swap block and Picnic information


The instructions for this month’s block- a simple double 4 patch-  include several different ways to lay out these blocks- so much fun!  The pdf can be found here:





PLEASE NOTE:  We are using the measurements for an 8 inch block.  So for each block you need:

2: 2½” x 5½” rectangle of Fabric 1- your lightest value fabric

1: 2½” x 5½” rectangle and

1: 4½” square from each of the other two fabrics.  There should be strong contrast between Fabric 1 and the other two.

These measurements are on page 3 of the instructions.  As always, you may submit more than one block, but may only enter the drawing once.  


(PS_ for those with bins of Scrap Therapy squares- my test block above was made with them- the sizes are perfect for matching 2 inch and 3½ inch squares!)


Location: Dewitt Park, Cedar St, Batavia  (Maps are coming in the July newsletter)

·        Please bring your own place setting and beverage, and remember Dewitt is a CARRY-IN, CARRY- OUT park.  This means if you bring disposables, you will be responsible for taking it back home to throw it away. 

·        For your dish to pass- as we have been doing since returning to in-person meetings- please make sure it is presented either in single servings, or that you bring proper utensil to ensure no one needs to touch the food.  (For example, NO bowls of chips or snack mix, and cookies and brownies should be served with tongs).  Sanitizer will be provided at the food table, and all should use it before and after serving their food. 

·        There is very limited access to electricity, so please don’t bring crockpots, etc. 

·        Each group of friends may wish to bring a tablecloth and clips to cover the picnic table.  (I will have a limited supply)

For an added activity, I’d like everyone to bring their favorite summer themed quilt (or two) for a bonus show and tell.   If it comes with a story, that’s even better!  Any questions?  Call/ text/ email me!


Saturday, June 18, 2022

Demo Day!

 Several people mentioned to me that demo day is their favorite!    I wish we could do  it more often myself!

We had a few show and tell items before we got to the demos today.

                               Nancy Ellers made these house blocks as part of a group project.

                                                 When Nancy can't sleep, she crochets baby blankets!

Mary Kozub is trying to use up a pile of 3/4 inch strips she found in her sewing room. Project #1 was this pretty table topper (sorry the colors are dull- it's really very pretty!)

                               Project #2 is this beautiful woven rug- made on Mary's rigid heddle loom.

Patty Baxter finished a UFO!  This is an old one, made when she was learning to quilt!

Donna Tomski finally finished this pineapple quilt- a wall hanging she will keep.  Several people remembered seeing these blocks at retreats.  The blocks are 4-1/2"- and were NOT paper pieced.  Mary Lowe quilted it for Donna.  

Elaine Lemley picked the pattern for this gift for her grandson up off the free table.  She took it on a retreat, determined to get it finished before the weekend was over.  The appliqué gave her some trouble, but she made it!  The pattern is available again if anyone wants it.  


Alex Hammon showed us a sweet bag she made at a class (sorry I didn't get a picture!!)

Alex also sent in a picture of the rollater  bag installed for her mom to use! (we saw it in progress last month)

THANKS to the members who did our demos!

Unfortunately Val Schultz was unable to make it  to do her demo.  However, she did provide us with some instructions! (thanks, Val!)  Val's wonky Log Cabin demo was inspired by a quilt she shared with us earlier this year. 

Sue Chiddy shared some tips on English paper piecing - for anyone who was inspired to try it after last month's program!

Mary Ellen Ames and Elaine Ross gave us some tips on registering and preparing our quilts for the quilt show!  (If you aren't sure when you register, please contact one of them!)

Martha Shared how to make "Opulent Ornaments" using instructions by Paula Nadelstern.

Ami Simms has also done these, and offered some nice tips and links to supplies she used, including Cartwright Sequins- a place where going overboard seems way too easy.     Martha had prepared a slideshow with pictures f the ornaments she has on display at her home.  Several people asked that it be shared here, so here you go.

There was some interest in a workshop as well.  I am considering it, and will let you all know soon if and when.

Details coming soon for the picnic in July.