September Guild Recap

The local guild that I’m a member of met last night.

We’re in between big projects right now, so the meeting was pretty short, and we got to get right to my favorite part: Show & Tell.

Meredith showed a table runner and two little mats she had done from scraps. She said that she’s trying to use up all her scraps, and when she got done with these, all she had left was a “little handful” and she wasn’t going to feel guilty throwing those away. I wanted to talk to her and ask her if this now means she doesn’t have ANY fabric left, or just that she doesn’t have any little scrap pieces left. How can she quilt without fabric? Yikes! I couldn’t live like that . . .

Here’s Kathy hiding behind her little Bow Tie quilt that she made from a kit:

And here’s Kathy’s Halloween wall hanging that she made as a Block-of-the-Month. It’s got embroidery and a little bit of applique, set with pieced blocks. Very cute!

Next up was Kay, who I just talked about the other day here, and she actually showed the little quilt that was featured in Deb Rowden’s article.

If you read Deb’s article, she talks about the quilts on Aunt Irese’s ceiling, and we also got to see one of those. Can you imagine? This and other quilts like it were all over the ceiling of Aunt Irese’s basement!

Kay also showed a quilt she made to donate to a benefit auction for a young girl recently diagnosed with leukemia.

Susan showed her Family Crossword quilt. She entered this quilt in a local quilt show last weekend, and it took a blue ribbon. She used a free application that generates crossword puzzles to make her design and get it just how she wanted it with all the names of her family members. If you Google “crossword puzzle maker”, you’ll find lots of programs that can help you create your own. Another guild member of ours, Paula, has made a crossword puzzle quilt for each of her children with the names of their family members on it. They’re also a great way to use up scraps.

Barb showed us a baby quilt that she created from a panel. If you turn it one way, the sun is shining, flip it upside down and the moon is out. Adorable!

Alice showed us this very large and wonderful quilt that she made as a wedding gift — lucky couple! I hope they appreciate it. It is certainly beautiful. The pattern is called Summer Romance. Alice is a huge fan of working with batiks, and does beautiful machine quilting on all her creations.

Joan showed us this customer quilt while asking for help with ideas on how to quilt it. We all agreed that Hawaiian quilts are mostly echo quilted, so if that’s what she ends up doing, she’ll have her work cut out for her with this one! This Hawaiian quilt is a bit unusual, in that it’s reverse appliqued. The white part was placed on top of the big red solid piece and turned under to expose the red. I’ve usually seen it done the other way around . . .

And that’s it for last night’s Show & Tell. Afterwards, Rose Marie gave a demonstration on how to do a 10-Minute Table Runner that actually takes 30 minutes to make (don’t they always), and she wants me to make special note that her demonstration only took 6 minutes.

Then I was asked to talk about my web site and explain all the parts and pieces to it. I told them all to come read the blog, cuz they just might see themselves on here!

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  1. Good job Shelly. I really like the Hawaiian quilt. Can’t wait to see it quilted, hopefully Joan will bring it back. :0)

  2. The crossword puzzle quilt would be a great one to make and raffle off at a family reunion — or for a second marriage showing the kids and grandkids. How were the letters created?

    • Here is the first one I made–a prototype,so to speak.

      1. Decide what size you want (king, queen, full, twin, etc.), and what size block you want. This was has 4″ finished blocks. Others like it have 2″ finished blocks, to determine how many across and down rows you will need. Make a drawing on graph paper or a hand-drawn grid.
      2. This one has my first and middle names; my husband’s first/middle names; our three kids’ first/middle names; their spouses’ first/middle names, and all 8 grandchildren’s first/middle names (some people share names, but there is only one of that name).

      3. Go to
      Type one name per line. (I included “Presley” and “Family.”) Press “create puzzle.”

      4. To see a layout of your words, press “solution.” If you’d like a different layout, you can suggest how wide/long you want the puzzle.

      At this point, I write the layout onto the graph paper grid to calculate how many total squares for the entire quilt.

      5. To make templates for each letter of the alphabet: In your Word program, choose your type style. Arial or something that is very plain works best. For this quilt I chose a type size that would be about 3.25 inches tall. Print the letters on card stock weight paper, then cut them out. (For 2″ squares, use letters about 1.5″ in. tall.)

      6. Count how many letters you will need altogether (so many A’s, so many B’s, etc.). Trace these onto fusible web (Wonder Under, Heat n Bond, etc.). Be sure to trace the letters backwards.

      7. After tracing the letters, iron the sheet of fusible web onto the cotton fabric you’ve selected for the letters, usually something dark. Make sure it adheres well. After it cools, cut out each letter.

      8 Iron the letters onto plain 4″ squares. Then applique them. I used zig-zag satin stitch. Hand applique would work too.

      9. After all the letter squares are made, cut out the squares for the remainder of the quilt. These can be random fabrics from your stash, or you might choose coordinated colors. One of mine was all black and white; another was mostly gold/brown. Another was from Shelly’s Nickels & Dimes charm packs.

      10 Follow your grid layout, making 4-patch or strips or whatever assembly technique you like best.

      11. Use borders, batting, backing, binding to suit yourself. No two of mine are alike and probably no two of Susan’s are alike.

      If you’d like to see pictures of other ones I’ve made, just email me.

      • Thanks for the information. My brain obviously wasn’t working because I’ve used my word processing programs for letters before.

  3. I love it when you have your show and tell, but I’m worried about Merideth using up all her scraps. Do people really DO that?! I can not imagine! I would feel incomplete! You left out your show and tell. I know you must be awfully close to finishing that fabulous baby quilt! That Scrabble quilt is fun!

  4. Wow. I have seen a crossword puzzle quilt before, but not one this extravagant. Neat. I didn’t know about Google puzzlemaker. Cool. I never think I am into Halloween that much, but I love Halloween quilts and decorations for some reason. I really like that embroidered one. Super cute.

  5. Love your guild members — they are the greatest! I always enjoy hearing about what they are doing.

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