Thank you for the great turnout this past Saturday. We met some new faces and were very excited to see everyone’s projects and learn the quilt as you go method. Hopefully, everyone has been staying warm and safe this week. It was perfect quilting weather!
First, during our show and tell, Cheryl showed us two quilts, which were made with her patterns, one made with Scrumptious fabrics and the other made with Maritime. Both quilts were lovely, and several of us are jealous of the recipients! Brenda showed us a mini that she will be displaying at the Foothills Quilt Show, which will be March 28-29 at the Pelham Road Baptist Church. Several of our visitors even brought some quilts to share. One visitor shared two, one of which was an “eat, sleep, play, repeat” baby quilt, and the other was a mini made with a Sew Wonderful ruler. Our other visitor showed us a modern rose quilt, which is unique in style and we may learn this technique a little later in the year.
When show and tell was finished, Brooke demonstrated the Quilt as You Go method. She layered her backing fabric, batting, and spray basted those, and then sewed strip of varying lengths and widths right sides together and then trimmed and sewed them down. It looked like a modern log cabin and with no pinning or ironing, it was a very free, liberating technique! Some people were able to practice after the method was shown. A walking foot is definitely suggested when working on your own quilt as you go projects. There are many great blogs and tutorials out there for this method. Brooke had suggested this blog as a very good resource: http://www.thequiltingedge.com/
We were all in agreement that putting the blocks together seemed a little difficult and a few of us did not like the look of joining the blocks with a zigzag stitch. Brenda showed us a brilliant way to connect the blocks, using a 1 1/2 ” strip of batting sandwiched between a folded fabric strip. She also showed us a quilt that she is working on with the blocks joined using her method and it is a very seamless, finished look.
Hopefully, everyone that was there has had a chance to practice a little on the quilt as you go method. There are many other projects besides quilting that use this method. For instance, Christa will be teaching about totes in the March meeting, and one of the totes will be made with the quilt as you go method, too!
Congratulations to Debbie West for having her Dresden plate tip on the Fons and Porter show!
Our March meeting will be Saturday, March 8th, from 2-4 p.m. at Bernina Sewing Center. We will be having our pincushion swap at the March meeting, so if you bring a pincushion to swap, you will leave with a pincushion. See you in a few weeks!