Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fabric Baskets: perfect for holiday giving

The mystery project at the Choo Choo Quilters September meeting was a fabric basket. Three fabrics in quarter yard cuts (or 3 fat quarters) is all that is needed for this quick project. And, it's perfect for holiday gifts, hostess gifts, table centerpieces or other occasions. This one was filled with fat quarters, chocolate and other muchies that any quilter would enjoy.
Mystery project: a Fabric Basket.
If you have an orphan quilt block, it could be quickly made into a basket and filled with home-made cookies, jellies or other edibles. This example snuggled nicely around a plastic tupperware container, but with larger or smaller quilt blocks, these baskets can be adjusted to fit other containers if desired.
Fabric basket made from one quilt block. 
More Cuddle Quilts were turned in at the guild meeting. And judging from the evening's Show and Tell, guild members have been quite busy making and finishing personal quilts as well as community service projects. Here are highlights.
Dawn's first quilt is a big one. She incorporated the label into an extra quilt block.
A family find! Dawn uncovered this unique appliqu├ęd quilt top that was
tucked away among her father's things. She plans to get it framed.
Left: Rhonda's I-spy cuddle quilt.
Right: Delores used lime green center squares to give a lot of punch to this barn raising setting.
Beverly's raffle quilt was made from Bear Paw blocks.
Kim showed her finished red, white and blue Little Twister quilt.
Veronica did the quilting and used feathers and small swirls in the border.
Janet's quilt is based on the Fibonacci sequence. 
Janet made the front of this bed-sized quilt based on the Fibonacci sequence. Searching for motifs for the free-motion quilting, she put on her headset and listened to her favorite tunes from her iPod. The song lyrics, along with abbreviations of the 50 states, numbers and various doodles found their way into the quilting. "Baby, we were born to run..."
Free-motion quilting... song lyrics. Why not??

At next month's guild meeting, we'll have the big Brown Bag Reveal of this year's Guild Challenge. Stay tuned!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Mystery with a Quarter Yard

The program for the September Choo Choo Quilters guild meeting, September 16, will be presented by Team Pam, and a mystery is involved.  Everyone is to bring:

A quarter yard each (fat quarter or regular quarter yard) of a light, a medium, and a dark fabric.

The fabrics will all be mixed with everyone else's fabrics, and we'll have a blind drawing.  Then you'll have your fabric for a project that will be fast, easy AND functional!

Also, bring your Brown Bag Quilts for our last rotation, and any show and tell so we can all admire your work!

See you Monday night at 6:30!