Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Ins and Outs of T-Shirt Quilts


Our program this coming Monday, June 19, will be presented by Joanna Lienti and the Team Blue.  Joanna will share her learned wisdom about making t-shirt quilts.  Someone you know would love to have a quilt made of their favorite racing t-shirts, high school t-shirts, or travel t-shirts, and you will know the tricks about stabilizing the shirts, arranging the blocks, and quilting difference types of fabrics.

We will also be handing out our final border design for the Challenge quilt.  If you haven't started, it's not too late to join in the fun.  The finished projects are not due until November 20, which is YEARS away!

So come join us this Monday, June 19, 6:30 at Valleybrook Presbyterian Church.   See you there!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Using Vintage Fabric in Modern-Style Quilts

Need ideas for using old or vintage fabrics in new quilts? 
After hearing Mary Kerr's "Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist" lecture last month, or seeing the wonderful pieces resulting from Mary's "A Wonky Star" workshop that our guild members presented at Show and Tell, have you finally decided to take the plunge and cut into your coveted vintage/old fabrics?

But, do you feel the only way to show off those vintage textiles or do justice to them is to use a traditional quilt block or pattern? Well, have no fear, the Quilt Police are on vacation and we'll show you how to take advantage of their absence!

At the next Choo Choo Quilters guild meeting, our hope is to help you see fabric in different ways. You don't need to use "modern prints" or "modern colors" to make a modern quilt. If anyone wants to bring some "old" or vintage fabrics to the meeting, we can play around with building a palette for a modern pattern.

Join us on Monday, May 15 at 6:30 pm. Let's get those old fabrics out of the closet and elevate them by making something new.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Techniques for enhancing your quilts

Beads, synthetic fibers and other embellishments
can enhance the surface of a quilt.
Our next meeting will be this coming Monday, April 17, at Valleybrook Presbyterian Church at 6:30. Team Yellow will be presenting the program on "Enhancing Your Quilts."

You have admired those quilt enhanced with beads, embroidery, paint, crystals, photography, buttons, charms and such. We want to explore those embellishments to add that extra sparkle to our quilts. Please bring your quilts for a guild-wide trunk show and discussion of all the options for enhancing your quilts.

We'll also have another border pattern to add to your Medallion Challenge Quilt. And if you attended the "Wonky Star" workshop with Mary Kerr, bring your project for Show and Tell. We'd love to see what you did in class.

We hope to see everyone on Monday!