Thursday, October 15, 2015

Eleanor Burns templates and Log Cabin quilts

The program for the October Choo Choo Quilters guild meeting will be presented by Team Blue and Ginny Csiszko. It will feature an Eleanor Burns template that makes a modified version of a Log Cabin block. Ginny requests that we bring any log cabin quilts we have made, either traditional or more funkified, including any with the "wonky" log cabin technique.

For anyone who wants to try out the Eleanor Burn template technique, you will need to make a basic log cabin block to bring to the meeting.

Log Cabin block using 2.5" strips.
6.5" (unfinished size) 
To make the block (see photo), in traditional log cabin quilt fashion:
  • Start with a 2-1/2" square of your accent color [the pink square in the sample].
  • Add a 2-1/2" square of your light color.
  • Add a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" strip of your darker color
  • Add a 2 1/2" x 4-1/2" strip of your darker color
  • Add a final strip of 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" of your lighter color.  Your unfinished block (the size before it is sewn into a quilt top) should be 6 1/2" square.
As always, bring your projects for Show and Tell, bring any completed Cuddle Quilts, and come spend some time with your friends and quilts—it really doesn't get much better than that!

Our meeting will be on Monday, October 19 starting at 6:30 pm.  

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Prairie Points program and AQS QuiltWeek experiences

Dawn showed quilts incorporating Prairie Points.
At the September guild meeting, the Choo Choo Quilters enjoyed a program on Easy Prairie Points. Dawn provided step-by-step directions so guild members could follow along with a make-and-take example.

In the afterglow of AQS QuiltWeek Chattanooga, the meeting also included Show and Tell about new techniques learned in classes, class projects, can't-live-without purchases found at the vendor mall, and the beautiful quilts that were on display.

Step-by-step display for making a continuous strip of Prairie Points.
The guild's collection of Cuddle Quilts is also growing. JoAnn, the Cuddle Quilt Coordinator, said 16 were turned it at the meeting with several more to come. The total completed so far is 33. Way to go, Choo Choo Quilters!
Ginny made this quilt inspired by a previous guild program.
Disappearing 9-patch Cuddle Quilts.
More Cuddle Quilts.
Dawn made a dog bed filled with fabric and batting scraps. It was suggested to incorporate batting scraps into these beds so when they are washed, they will dry.
Dog bed stuffed with fabric and batting scraps.
A few guild members finished quilt tops from the guild program on Sudoku quilts.
Sudoku quilts.
Tales from QuiltWeek
From classes with Dianne Hire.
Techniques from classes with Dianne Hire.
Veronica's quilt was pictured on banners hanging in the show exhibit hall as well as on AQS attendee name badges.
Veronica's quilt featured on the show floor banner.
Lots of really cool fabrics found several new homes with our guild members. Imagine that!?!
"Take me home! Take me home, pleeeease!"
Sherry adds these beauties to her stash.

Show and Tell