Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 19 Meeting Reminder

This month we're having a Quilt as You Go tutorial being lead by member Marcia Reel. Here's what Marcia has explained thus far:

 Preparation for March: pictured below is an example of a pillow panel we will be doing utilizing a very simple "quilt as you go" method. Choose the size pillow you want to make, and bring a piece of batting (cotton works great) cut about an inch or two bigger on each side. I will be doing a 16" square, so my batting will be 18". I will bring lots of colorful scraps you can utilize for your pillow or you can bring your own. If you would like to completely finish your pillow at the meeting, bring a piece of fabric cut the size of your pillow and an invisible zipper at least the width of your pillow. I can show you how to insert. Make sure you throw in your zipper foot! Can't wait to see what all you creative people make!

You'll need your sewing machine, scrap fabric, batting about 2 inches bigger than you want your pillow to finish, if you're going to finish your pillow off also bring a zipper (as noted, the width of your pillow) and your zipper foot, as well as a piece of fabric cut to the size of your pillow.

 I know I'm excited to learn this method! Thank you Marcia for volunteering to teach all of us! Look forward to seeing everyone this month!

ALSO!  Don't forget to bring some show and tell if you've got it! :)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Paris Landing Retreat Recap

This month our guild went on our first sewing retreat!  I'd be lying if I didn't say that we were all very excited for a weekend away to just sew to our heart's delight!

We all took different travels from around Middle Tennessee and ended up in Paris, TN on Friday afternoon, and a lot of us just dove right in and started setting up and getting out sew on!  A lot of us stayed up and sewed well into the night!  I was personally tickled that everyone made my birthday special for me, thanks ladies! <3

Saturday everyone was back at it!  There were tons of projects going on, from binding quilts, to a LOT of Elizabeth Hartman patterns, to quilting and piecing, every step of a project was in full swing!  We all had a great time listening to some sew jams and drinking some sew juice (aka a variety of adult beverages) and really took advantage of a weekend with no pending errands, no family interruptions and all the free time you could want!  We also had really nice weather, so some of us took a little walk around the park, too.

Sunday we were all leaving, but that didn't mean there wasn't any sewing.  We all wrapped up a variety of sewing projects, winded down the weekend and all headed back to our homes.  Everyone was so wrapped up in our projects we didn't get a group picture in front of the Eiffel Tower, but I think we all had a great time anyway!  Hopefully we can make this an annual event!