Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fall Retreat Supply List and Homework!

Retreat is only 5 weeks away!  Twenty-two members have registered!  Two spots are still available!  Come and join the fun!  Jill recently sent supply lists and precutting assignments!  We are all so excited!

Trellis Supply List

  • Machine in good working order with thread
  • Basic quilting supplies: rotary cutter, rulers, seam ripper, scissors, etc.
  • Trellis pattern
  • Fabrics listed on pattern
  • Jillily Studio appli-Glue
  • Jillily Studio Poke-a-Dots
  • Clover brand tailor's awl
  • Clover brand 9 mm (3/8") bias tape maker
  • Freezer paper 18 x 24 inches
  • Paper cutting scissors
  • Spray starch
  • Small stencil brush size 1, 2 or 3.
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Thread to match appliqué fabrics
  • Creative Grids small square ruler for trimming blocks (optional)
Supplies are available at Forget-Me-Not Fabrics and directly from Jill's website.

Trellis Homework

We are expected to come to class with squares cut as listed in the pattern under Cutting and Quilt Center.  Some are 3 inch squares and others are 2 1/2 inch squares.  Do not cut any of the appliqué pieces!  Reminder:  The guild's Accu-Quilter has a 2 1/2 inch strip cutter to assist in cutting the 2 1/2 inch squares.

This pattern gives us the choice between using wool or cotton for the appliqué.
Overture General Supply List
  • Home Sweet Quilt book
  • Fabrics listed in book
Supplies for Wool Appliqué:
  • Freezer Paper
  • Embroidery floss to match wool
  • Size 7 embroidery needles
  • Size 11 applique needles
  • 20 seed beads
  • Thimble or Jillily Studio Poke-a-Dots
Supplies for Cotton Appliqué:
  • Freezer Paper
  • Jillily Studio Appli-Glue
  • Tailor's Awl
  • Spray starch
  • Stencil brush
  • Size 11 applique needles
  • Matching Thread
  • Thimble or Jillily Poke-a-Dots
Again, supplies are available from Forget-Me-Not Fabrics or Jill's website.  Call Diana at Forget-Me-Not Fabrics if you plan to purchase your supplies locally, as she has a limited supply and is taking names to reserve supplies as they arrive.  Wool appliqué supplies are available at The Net Loft and Dotty is giving retreat participants a 10% discount!
Jill's book that contains the Overture Pattern.
Overture Homework

We are expected to come to class with our pieces cut as described in the pattern on page 26, EXCEPT, do not cut the appliqué pieces in advance.

We're so thrilled to have an instructor of Jill Finley's "Quilt Rock Star" status travel to Cordova and teach guild members new skills and techniques!  So much to look forward to and prepare for!  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

August Time to Sew & Fall Retreat Update!

Our members are amazing!  Every month their projects are so diverse ... and sew inspiring!
Early in the day Barb was busy working on a stained glass creation!
She also shared this recently finished table topper!
Angela was busy starting a Lucky Star quilt with fabrics her daughter picked out!  Such fun!
Angela and Diane U. shared a recent finish!  Diane U. has gotten herself a long arm and this is her first custom quilting done for Angela's Lone Star!
They were both sew excited about their collaboration ... and we were all impressed!  Simply wonderful!
Diane was busy paper piecing!
The borders for her Glacier Pines quilt are in progress!  Her top will soon be finished!
Lila brought in a couple of finishes as well!  A Quiltworx top ...
... she worked on the binding all afternoon.
Another Quiltworx finish for Lila!
Debra worked on making mittens from recycled sweaters!  Such fun!
Later she made a lot of progress on her Popsicle quilt!
Sam was on a mission ...
... she is making pillow cases ...
... for the tenants in our local nursing home!
Darlene worked on a wedding quilt ... beautiful purples!
She also shared a Lucky Stars top she recently made that included many fabrics from Turkey.
Terry made great progress on Halloween themed wall quilts!  They are adorable!
Valerie finished the blocks for her black and white version of Bonnie Hunter's Blue Ridge Beauty!
We all helped her celebrate the quilt and her empty project box!  Whoot!  Whoot!

Fall Retreat is just over a month away!  Jill allowed us to extend the enrollment ... even with that addition there are only 2 spots left!  If you want to participate ... do not delay!  The blog will have an update later this week that will include a supply list along with some homework to be completed before class begins!

A cheerful poppy quilt that Barb also worked on Saturday!  Thanks Barb for organizing these monthly events!  

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sign Up Quick!

Just a quick post to let you know that only FOUR slots remain for Fall Retreat!  Use the on-line registration form to reserve your spot! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Name Tag Fun!

Last spring at our general membership meeting ...
... President Sara introduced a wonderful idea!  Guild name tags!  Many members have chosen to participate.  Sara has made it extra fun by adding a "Secret Sister" element to it.  Here are the details:

*  Each participant filled out a card with general information about themselves.
*  Cards were exchanged.
*  The identity of the member you received must be kept secret!
*  Name tags must be larger than 2"x3" and smaller than 4"x6".
*  Tags can be any shape.
*  Use any technique you want.
*  Tags may be pin backed or lanyard style.

Finished name tags will be distributed to their owners at the beginning of our Jillily retreat!

Here are some ideas that Sara found on line!  There is still time to participate ... call Sara @ 5787 for further details!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fall Retreat - Jillily Studios

Exciting things are on the agenda for our annual Fall Retreat!
Jillily Studio is coming to Cordova!  Jill is a "Quilt Rock Star" in multiple ways ... she creates patterns, designs fabric, plans events and teaches quilters everywhere!  She was recently featured in American and Patchwork magazine!  You will not want to miss the fun, learning and inspiration that Jill Finley will be sharing with us!

The fun will begin on Friday, September 26th with a guild "Meet and Greet" Potluck in the Home Ec room at 6:00 pm!  Jill will present her trunk show at 7:00 ... the public is invited!

Earlier this spring, members voted for the patterns Jill will be using to teach us her piecing and quilting techniques.  We will begin with the Trellis on Saturday, September 27th at 9:30 am in the Home Ec room.
On Sunday at 12:30 we continue learning Jill's techniques with the Overture design from her book, Home Sweet Quilts.  What a fun packed weekend!

Immediate To Do List
1.  Register for the class using the link on the right side bar!  Don't delay as class size is limited to 20 participants
2.  Deliver payment by mail or bring to Valerie to reserve your spot!  Only $65 for members and $85 for non members includes two days of instruction!  Make checks to Cordova Northwind Quilters Guild.
3.  Purchase both the pattern and book from either Forget-Me-Not Fabrics or order online at http://www.jillilystudio.com.

Retreat Schedule
All weekend events will be held in the High School Home Economics room.

Friday, September 26th 
6:00 pm  -  Meet and Greet Potluck, members only
7:00 pm -  Jillily Studio's Trunk Show, open to the public

Saturday, September 27th
9:00 am  -  Room open and available.
9:30 am  -  Instruction begins using the Trellis pattern.
Lunch and dinner on your own
11:00 pm - Room access ends

Sunday, September 29th
9:00 am  -  Room open and available.
12:30 pm  -  Instruction begins using the Overture pattern.
4:00 pm  -  Clean up and door prizes (must be present to win)

More details will be posted as they develop!  Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Inspirational Members!

Our members are AMAZING!  What they create is SEW inspirational ... such talent!
Member Shannon began the day making log cabin blocks!
Before we could blink ... she had it laid out!
And by early afternoon it was pieced together!  She hasn't decided on borders, so it was set aside.
Next she brought out this jelly roll quilt that she machine quilted herself.
We were all impressed with the border design she had added.  She cut binding and applied it by machine!  Yes ... she finished it!
Next ... she pulled out this top.  Also a jelly roll pattern.  She shared with us her plans for the borders and began working on them before the day was done!  We were all inspired by her talent and energy!
Sam was busy working on a scrappy binding ...
... for this beautiful quilt that she just received back from a one of our local long arm quilters!  This quilt just sings happiness!  Perfect for the wedding gift it is destined to be!
This fun and scrappy binding will be just like the frosting on a wedding cake!  Gorgeous!
Diane stopped by for a few hours and made progress on the border for her Quiltworx quilt.
Valerie came with a mission ... to quilt her Thimbleberries table topper!
Not only did she accomplish that ... she also cut and applied the bias binding!  Beautiful workmanship!
Terry hosted the event this month ... and we were amazed with what she'd accomplished this past month!
This is the quilt top she was working on today!  So cheerful!
She recently made a few adjustments on the first quilt she made ... Minnesota Hot Dish ... in a Beginning Quilting class in the late 1990's.  So fun to have her bring it in ...
... sew we could compare it to her most recent finish!
Her "Feathered Star" by Quiltworx literally knocked our socks off!  What an accomplishment!  It is stunning!
She ended the day by piecing this top and planning borders!  Such talent ... so inspiring!

Special thanks to Terry for organizing our June "Time to Sew" event!  We all ended the day inspired by the talents of our members!  Just a reminder ... we will not be meeting in July.  Our next event will be August 16th!  Enjoy your summer!