Sunday, January 24, 2010

Guild Challenges for 2010

UFO Challenge - It’s time to clean out that closet again! Make a list of those unfinished projects that are hanging over your head. Clear your conscious of those purchases you just had to have and haven’t gotten around to yet because you found something else to make. Join us for the 1st UFO Challenge.

How it works: Bring a list of unfinished projects with your name and phone number to the January or February meeting. -For each item on your list, bring a Batik fat quarter to put in the drawing. - Finish your project (s) by November 2010 meeting. -Bring each finished project to the Challenge table to be checked off your list. (Finished means quilted and bound) Show it off in Show ‘n Tell. (not a requirement). -Fill out a ticket for each finished project and put in basket. -Drawing will be held at the November meeting. Five bundles of fat quarters will be given as prizes. The more you finish, the better your chances are to win Batik fat quarters.

View from a Window
- You are invited to develop a piece from a view. The “view” could be determined in one of several ways: a real view window or a totally imaginary view from an imaginary window. Picture examples will be available at meetings.

How it works:
The only ‘rule’ is that the piece has to look like a “window” in some way.

Round Robin – American Medallion Friendship

How it works: Bring a completed center block to our next meeting (February). The center block is the design of your choice. It may be any size between 12 inches and 18 inches square. (The center block, all borders, cornerstones, or whatever should be carefully squared each step of the project.)

Put your block in a box or bag with any fabrics that you want included in the borders. (If you do not include fabrics, the person adding the border will select and supply fabric of her choice.) Include a disposable flash camera if you want a record of each step in the creation of your top. The quilt top belongs to the person who made the center. You will need to choose your own group for this Round Robin and will need 4 quilters.

Borders should be between 3 inches and 6 inches wide. Exchanges follow:
1.(February) Center block – owner of quilt
2. (April) Round 1 – pieced border, triangles
3. (June) Round 2 – appliquéd border
4. (August) Round 3 – pieced border, rectangles
5. (October) Round 4 – embellishment or border of your choice

What is a Round Robin Quilt Exchange?
You design the starter block for your quilt. This establishes the color choice and theme of your quilt. You send your block to another person in the group. They work on your quilt while you work on a border for another member of this group. Each person in the group is working on someone’s quilt. At a pre-set timeline, you exchange the quilt you were working on to the next person in the Round Robin Quilt Exchange. You then receive a new quilt to work on the next border. Please consider: The skill level of the Quilters. It is more rewarding to be with other quilter of your similar skill level. Of course, everyone’s skill level is based on his or her own judgment. You will need to choose your own group for this Round Robin and will need 4 quilters. You must commit to completing each round on time! Your delay in exchanging the quilt on time will impact others in the group.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Quilt Memory Book Supply List for February Meeting

1.Photo Album or 3-ring binder
2.28 inches (approximately) for fabric for album cover (measure our book add 2 inches to turn to th inside of the book)
3.Extra piece will be used for inside front and back cover, if you want a frame on the front, you will need 9 inches of material
4.1 yard of lace trim (for front frame on book). I bought 3 yards of lace to go around the outside of the book
5.2 ribbons to tie book together when finished. I bought 2 yards of 1 inch ribbon in different colors
6.Batting for binder. Measure your book front and inside of book on both sides to see how much you need.
7.2 large sheets of poster board.
8.Glue gun and sticks and tacky glue (I used both)
9.Optional ribbon for frame on front of book or appliqué to add to corners of frame for decoration

This class will be on February 11, 2010. There will be no show n tell for this meeting. We will have the business meeting, break and then work on this project.
Any questions, call Jo Ann at 630-0735

Here is a link to a page that will give you ideas of what to include on the pages of your quilt memory book.

Here is another page with ideas for your quilt journal.

Friday, January 15, 2010

January Meeting Pictures

Click on the picture above and you will be taken to our Flickr site. The first sets of pictures are from the January Meeting. When you get to the Flickr site, click on each thumbnail (small preview picture) to see the whole set.

Block of the Quarter

Click on the picture above to get a larger picture. You can then print it and follow the directions. This is an original pattern by our Block of the Quarter Moderator, Wendy Riggs. If you want to download the pdf file, click on this link.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Board Minutes 1-7-10

In attendance:
Barb Czarnieki , Bonnie Thurman, Ann Seymoure, Jo Ann Anderson, Mary Hattick, Cindy Pring, Laural Hoppes, Debbie Korrell

Barb called the meeting to order at 6:00

Debbie Korrell volunteered to be in charge of raffle tickets for 2010. Many more tickets were printed than were sold in 2009, so only half the number will be printed and distributed this year.

Barb got an announcement from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum of their new location of 1213 Washington Ave. (one block south of the prior location). She also received some items from them that she will put in a monthly raffle basket for the guild. She also mentioned an opportunity for making charity quilts. If you want to make quilts for kids go to You can request a quilt kit--fabric, pattern and backing. They will send it to you and ask that you sew the top together, add your own batting and quilt it. Then return it to them to be donated to hospitalized children as comfort quilts. You can also find free, easy patterns for charity quilts on their website.

Cindy Pring announced that Martha Johnson and she are in the process of transferring all accounts to Cindy so she can take over the treasurer's duties.

Laural reminded us that if members do not pay their dues by the February meeting (as stated in the by-laws) they will be removed from the member roster and will be considered guests and be expected to pay the $5 guest fee at each meeting they attend. Laural also announced positions on committees that still need members or chairperson:
  • Nominating Committee
  • Raffle Tickets (Debbie Korrell volunteered)
  • Hospitality (Susan Reed-Throckmorton volunteered via her membership application)
  • Historian (Becky Straup volunteered via her membership application)
  • Christmas Party needs a chairperson--has two members already
  • July Birthday Party needs a chairperson--has two members already
  • Monthly Raffle needs a chairperson--has a member already
  • October Auction needs members--has a chairperson

Barb purchased 300 bookmarks to be placed at local fabric shops to advertise the guild. They will be placed at Ruth's Stitchery, High Country Fabrics, Mill Outlet, Ladybug Hill Quilts, Nala's, Hancock Fabrics and Nuts and Bolts. Barb will have more printed for members.

Jo Ann Anderson will present the program at the February meeting--a Quilt Memory Book. It will be a make and take program. She will bring a sample to the January meeting so members can see it to know what it will look like when done. She also received information about a possible program for 2012. A company makes pre-cut quilt kits and would like to come and show the kits and do a trunk show.

In February, there will be no Show and Tell to give more time to complete the Quilt Memory Books. As a result of budget cuts and changes in policy at the Senior Center, we have to be out of the room (with all clean-up completed) by 9:00.

Cindy Pring and Jeanie Brooks have volunteered to make the guild raffle quilt for 2011. They already have the pattern picked out and plan to use bright batiks for the fabrics. They plan to bring the pattern and sample fabrics to the January meeting and ask folks to look through their stashes to donate fabrics for the quilt.

Ann Seymoure expressed concern that we are not as active in making charity quilts as in previous years. She suggested that we could ask someone from the organizations we donate quilts to come and tell us about how the quilts affect those who receive them. We could do this at the Christmas party, so we include giving as well as receiving during the party. If we had more connection to the organizations, and understood how valuable they are we might be encouraged to make more quilts. It was also suggested that we might set a number goal for donated quilts and keep track using a large thermometer graphic to see how close we are to the goal.

Laural suggested that we might consider making our own quilt stands for use by the guild. We might then be able to have a guild quilt show. Someone suggested we might contact other guilds in the area to "rent" their stands instead of making them and having to store them all year.

Barb suggested we reinstate the quarterly drawing for a prize for members who participate in show and tell. Each time they participate they will be entered in the drawing for a prize. Mary suggested we could do the same thing for those who bring in charity quilts.

As a result of budget cuts and changes in policy at the Senior Center, we will not have as much time or as much staff to help us with set up and tear down. We are going to set up only the first couple of rows of chairs, and when members come in they will be asked to grab a chair and add it to those already set up. We also need more members helping with clean-up after meetings. Please be sure to take your chair and put it away. Also look around your area and pick up anything left on the floor.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:10

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

December Photos

Click on the picture above to see photos from the December meeting.

January Newsletter

Here is the link to the January Newsletter

Pattern for Comfort Quilts

You can find the pattern we are using to make blocks for comfort quilts at the Quilter's Cache website. It is the friendship star and can be found at