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Monday, April 16, 2012

Jelly Roll Race Quilt Workshop

Hi all!

I'm back with another blog post a few weeks in advance of next month's meeting because I want everyone to have plenty of time to gather their materials and do the prep work before we show up on May 2nd ready for the Jelly Roll Race!  If  you don't know what I'm talking about... then you need to come out and partake in the fun.  We are all going to be making an entire quilt top next meeting!

If you don't believe me I encourage you to come take the challenge for yourself!

We will be making a nice lap sized quilt top like this one that Jean Rosell showed us at her trunk show in January. You can add borders like she did or leave it as is.  The finished quilt top will finish ~ 48” x 64”. 

So, are you up for the challenge? 
Great! Here's what you gotta bring....

           - extension cord
           - working sewing machine with at least 4-5 bobbins already wound
           - 1 Jelly Roll or 40-42 strips of fabric that measure 2.5" x width of fabric sewn together into one
             continuous strip that emasures approx. 1600 inches! (read below for directions)
           - Pins
           - Drinks or snacks- you may get hungry!

We are having you sew all your strips together before the meeting because that's the part that takes the most.  We want everyone to leave the meeting with a finished quilt to!

To sew your individual strips together you have two different options. Click HERE to watch a quickie  video for two ways to do sew your strips together:
Once you've sewn a suuuuuper long strip made up of all your jelly roll or scrap strips, drop 'em in a baggie and bring them with your sewing machine to the next meeting. Can't wait to see everyone there.
Now all you need to do is start looking for the perfect Jelly Roll or jump into your scrap stash and pull out some strips!

...and here are some pics from this month's meeting. Thanks to everyone who came out.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Guild name tags!

At this week's meeting let's get together with some fabric and batting scraps and make our guild name tags! Some of you have been requesting this for a while and you're right! It is about time we made some cute & fun name tags to wear at our monthly meetings.

There are no real rules so feel free to be as creative as you want with your name tag.  Let's keep the measurements somewhere between  3.5″ x 5.5" - 4.5″ x 6.5″. You can choose to make it a necklace or pin name tag, etc.

Just bring the following:
- fabric scraps
- batting scraps
- embellishments of your choice (buttons, ribbon, paint, trims, beads, etc. )
- safety pin or ribbon/yarn or other method of wearing your finished tag

I'll bring a black micron pen (permanent on fabric) for you to write your names on the finished tags or you can get creative and do your own thing.

Can't wait to see what we all come up with! If you don't know what to make... here is some inspiration I found on the web. Hope these get your creative juices flowing! Aren't they cute?!

If you missed last month's meeting here are some pics! See you on Wednesday night, 7pm at Milhopper Library- Meeting Room A.

Remember to bring stuff for show-n-tell! We love to see what everyone is working on. It's an unfinished project?.... bring it anyway!