Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Scrappy Sampler Quilt

Lately I've been thinking about quilts like this:

And this:

And this:

And how I absolutely love them. And I think I've come up with a way for each of us to have a wonderful, scrappy, everything and anything sort of quilt by the end of the year. This is how it's going to go. Every other month, I'll introduce a classic sort of quilt block. I'll give a brief tutorial. I'll write a blog post with a whole list of tutorials. I'll throw in a whole heck of a lot of inspirational pins. Then, if you'd like to participate, you soak in all that inspiration, grab your scraps and make six blocks. However you'd like. Make them exact. Make them wonky. Make them big. Make them little. Make them yours. (Maybe make a couple of extra to keep). Bring your six blocks to the next meeting. We'll pass them around and you'll go home with six blocks made by others. The next month, I'll introduce another block. Next month, another block exchange. On and on. Until, by the end of the year, you'll have 36 wonderful, unique, scrappy, fantastic blocks to make into a quilt. Add any extra blocks you made and any orphan blocks you have lying around. Can you tell how excited I am about this?

Without further ado, January's block is the classic, timeless Sawtooth Star!

Basic Tutorials-
Sew Mama Sew
The Purl Bee
Thought and Found (Look at her tutorials for a ton of Sawtooth Star variations.)


Source: via Trina on Pinterest

And my personal favorite-

Source: via Trina on Pinterest

There, that should keep you busy for a while. Let me know if you have any questions! Otherwise, see you February 9th with your blocks in hand.

January Meeting Recap

So, I meant to get this up so much earlier in the week. But, I have fallen prey to the cough that will not die. Seriously. I'm on day #11. But, I feel like I've finally turned the corner. Maybe. At least I'm feeling enough better to get a couple of blog posts written.

Can I just start by saying that you all are wonderful? Quilt guild is the highlight of my month. I love seeing you all. I also love knowing that I am not the only fabric-loving, quilting when I should be cleaning, crazy woman out there!

Alright, on to the important stuff from our meeting.

1. 2013 dues are due. $15 buys you a years membership into our guild. This is the money we use for publicity, charity quilts, paper products, giveaways, etc.

2. Everyone seemed so excited about our combined meeting and sewing night that we discussed keeping it. Pretty much everyone was in favor. So, from now on we will be meeting once a month on the second Saturday of the month. We'll officially meet at 6, get the business out of the way and then sew until they kick us out. If nothing else is going on in the classroom, we might have 4-6 available to sew as well. The meeting will always take place at 6, though so whoever is working at The Quilt Barn can attend. That means our next meeting is Saturday, February 9th. Be there!

3. We brainstormed a long list of ways to attract new members. I think we're going to start with the cheap methods of fliers and handouts. We'll post them at local fabric stores and around the community. Plus we'll have some business cards with meeting info for our members to hand out whenever they're telling someone about us. I'm also going to see about creating a public facebook page.

5. A couple of people have asked me knitting questions lately, so I'm holding a little knitting afternoon at my house. Saturday, February 2nd at 1 pm. 1240 Tara St in Twin Falls. Kids and any sort of handwork project are welcome. I might even make a cake.

6. I introduced our 2013 sampler quilt project as well as the first block- a Sawtooth Star. But, that's going to get a blog entry all it's own later tonight.

So, that's it. If you have any questions, email me at Otherwise, see you the 2nd or the 9th!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Meeting cancellation

No meeting tonight, crafty ladies. The roads are icy. Several of us are sick. We'll try again for next Thursday.