Saturday, February 23, 2019

FIRIDIPI One Yard Challenge announced

Sherry instructs guild members on the 2019 Challenge.
What can a group of quilters do with a yard of fabric?

They can fold it, rip it, drop it and pass it.

When it comes back around, it will be in 7 pieces of varying size, color and pattern and will be used to make an entry for the 2019 Choo Choo Guild Challenge.

Under the direction of Sherry Baldwin and Team 4, the requirements for this year's Guild Challenge were divulged at the February guild meeting.

Guild members had a ripping good time preparing a "fabric collection" for their Challenge project.

Guild members rip and exchange batik fabric pieces with their groups.

Here are three fabric collections that resulted from the FIRIDIPI [fold it, rip it, drop it and pass it] exercise:
Seven batiks for the guild Challenge.
Groups of seven exchanged fabrics.
Seven batiks for the guild Challenge.
Each person in the the group received the same fabrics but in different sized pieces.
Seven batiks for the guild Challenge.
Challenge entries are due at the beginning of the November guild meeting.

March Cuddle Quilt Block
Examples of 4 scrappy Summer Camp blocks.
Instructions for the March Cuddle Quilt block were distributed. This block is called Summer Camp and our quilt will be scrappy. This video provides instructions for assembling the block.

Color scheme
For these quilt blocks, use red and white for the HST [half square triangles]; and shades of gray or black for the 2.5" strips.

These red/white HST units should be 4-1/2" [unfinished]. Take note of the orientation of the red triangle before sewing on the strips in a log cabin style. Make sure the gray/black strips are all darker than the HST units.

Bring completed blocks to the March guild meeting. We'll need a bunch of them to make a bed size quilt!

Friday, February 15, 2019

2019 Guild Challenge unveiling at February meeting

Examples of batik fabrics
At the February 18 guild meeting, the Choo Choo Quilters 2019 Challenge will be unveiled. If you want to participate in the Challenge, a little pre-meeting planning is in order.

Here's what to bring to the meeting:

  • One yard of good quality BATIK fabric in a blue/green/purple color,
  • A pair of fabric scissors.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and want to participate in the Challenge, please send your fabric with a friend! A Challenge kit will be made for you.

Also at the meeting, we'll get the next Cuddle Quilt block pattern and hear about the Cuddle Quilt delivery to Chambliss Center.

Be sure to bring your completed Town Square block(s) and your latest finish or WIP [work in progress] for Show and Tell. See you next Monday at 6:30 pm at Valleybrook Presbyterian in Hixson.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Choo Choo Quilters start 2019 with "big" Cuddle Quilt goal

First 2019 bed-size quilt top: Cristy Clark (left) and Veronica Hofman-Ortega
show a bed-size quilt top (72" x 90") that Veronica designed and pieced.
If the amazing, generous and talented Choo Choo Quilters can make over 50 baby and lap size quilts in about 12 months, it's a mere stretch of guild members' quilting know-how to accomplish a goal of several bed quilts for the Chambliss Center for Children group home and its Transitional Living Program. Right???

In 2010, with a plea for larger quilts in the late summer, our guild members pieced and finished 9 bed-size quilts for delivery in December of that same year. Read the blog post here. "It's been a few years since we made our charity quilts to benefit the older children...," said Cuddle Quilt Co-Chair, Ginny Minninger. "Wouldn't it be wonderful to provide them with quilts [again]?"

To respond to this need, our guild will be focusing on making larger bed quilts—approximately 72" x 90" and 80" x 90"—for our community service project this year. Cuddle Quilt Co-Chairs, Sherry Reed and Ginny Minninger, have sourced several easy block patterns and will be providing patterns and "quilty incentives" for participation in and contribution to this endeavor in upcoming meetings.

"Town Square" block. Pattern distributed with permission.
View a tutorial here.
The first block pattern, Town Square, was distributed at the January meeting. Packets of the focus fabric (black squares) and inner (light grey) strips were also given to meeting attendees.

To view an on-line YouTube tutorial for the Town Square block, see this video.

If you'd like to make and contribute a block (or 2, or 5...), here is the requested color placement: use a black fabric for the squares and a light (cream, white, or light grey) for the inner strip. All other fabric strips can be scrappy.

Turn in completed blocks at the February meeting for a chance to win a prize. Or turn in blocks, quilt tops or even finished bed-size quilts and your reward will be the appreciation of a youth at Chambliss.

So, Choo Choo Quilters... are we up for this challenge? Be thinking about our Cuddle Quilt Workshop in July (TBA) and the group basting session which is always so efficient and productive.

If you don't have space to baste a larger quilt top, get the top assembled and take advantage of the group spray basting session! Batting and backing fabrics will be provided by the guild.