Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Recap of 03/15/13 Meeting

OK – they might look a little spooky, but those are the big quilty hugs and kisses to our supporters that gave us  wonderful donations this month.

Our hearts were much gratified during this meeting when we received a large monetary donation to Quilts of Valor from Dee & David Finn of Highlands, NC and a matching donation from Maria and Michael Mattia from FL and NC.

We are sending you all our best hugs and kisses.  We think you will be pleased when you see the fabulous fabrics we will buy with your contributions and the quilts that will go to comfort many soldiers and military personnel touched by war.  You have our heartfelt thank you.

It was another fun meeting and a little different this time.  We had some fabric donations – aren’t these perfect?!  Keep ‘em coming – you all have excellent taste in patriotic fabrics …
Then we received a few tops and quilts that volunteers had finished at home:
Debbie - American Top

American rows detail

Debbie - Nine Patches of Valor

Quilt made by Debbie - Finished by Suzanne

The tops were whisked off to the quilters and the quilts were quickly labeled (no grass growing under our feet here ...):

Hand sewing on labels
We completed some of our regular work, including preparing backings, sewing on bindings, making kits, cutting blocks, etc:
Matching pillowcase presentation packages
 with quilts and counting blocks for tops

Sewing bindings and borders

Making kits for volunteer sewing at home

Hand sewing and sewing bindings

Cutting fabric for kits
And it was time for lunch and a special demonstration from our Leader, Pat N., on a quick and easy Quilt-As-You-Go technique.  This QAYG process is suitable not only for making Quilts of Valor, but also for making everything from that “gotta make it quick” kid’s or baby gifts to table runners or table toppers.  Pat was well prepared with her serger and demo board that made learning the process easy for both the visual and tactile learners among us!
Pat (R) begins her presentation

Pat (R) giving details and Maria (L) with hands on

Pat's demo board with examples
Several wanted to try their hand at the serger:
We all were discussing our favorite techniques:
And even Elizabeth from the Crafty Threads Quilt Shop (where we meet) came in to see what was up.  Elizabeth is the Queen of the Serger Club, also held there, and she had a few hints for us on how to care for and use your serger.  Thank you, Elizabeth!
And last – we had a Show and Tell.  Pat received a quilt that was hand appliquéd and hand quilted, but not quite completed before its owner passed away.  She is in the process of completing it for the family and let us see this fabulous work of art.  Just a little inspiration for all of you quilters out there that don’t have enough on your Bucket List already!
What a beauty!

Block Detail
 Next meeting:
Friday, April 19th, from 10 – 2:00
Hope to see YOU there!

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