October 2013 Newsletter


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  • Name tag
  • Block party block
  • Show-and-Tell
  • Door prizes for names beginning with F, G, H


Pat Johnson … October 11
Shara Hill-Scheibner … October 17
Cathy Mullin … October 27
Christine Blanton … October 28


Wow! Fall is here. The weather may still not say so, but the calendar does. Soon we will have pecans falling from our tree. That means lots of squirrels scampering about and digging holes to store away food. I love to watch them. Gather and save, wonder if that is how we might describe quilters. I know I have gathered lots of fabric. I can’t get rid of any of it because I might need it. And there are times when I go pull out exactly what I need for a project. So maybe we are somewhat like those little guys. I know some of you are not fans of squirrels but maybe you can appreciate my analogy. (I know they are really just a tree rat!). But they are cute tree rats!

Happy quilting!

Jane Lamb


  • The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by Jane who welcomed everyone to the Labor Day meeting.
  • Birthdays for September……Lillie and Margaret
  • Remembrances….Shirley had foot surgery, pictures of Marty’s new great grand-daughter are available, Linda has a new grand-daughter, Pat has a new grandson and Art’s friend’s sister is recovering from major surgery.
  • The minutes for the August meeting were approved as written in the newsletter.
  • Debi stated there has been no change in our treasury balance of $1,245.71 and it will be filed for audit.
  • Michelle reported we had 22 members present. She had 6 door prizes to be given out and they were won by Lillie, Nancy Mills-Dickens, Pat, Barbara, Shara and Linda. She also reminded everyone the next retreat is scheduled for Oct. 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th. Ten ladies have signed up to go and she needs your deposit or $40.00 as soon as possible if you would like to go.
  • Elisabeth is planning the next workshop for Saturday, Nov. 16th, between 9 & 3. The instructions will be in the newsletter.
  • Janis had the instructions and colors to use for the October B-O-M…..Double Pinwheel Block. Lillie drew Janis to win the 9 B-O-M blocks for September.
  • Nancy Connor had the 8 blocks made for the 12×12 challenge displayed…the theme for September was “Purple Passion”. Tory chose “Free Form” as the November theme.
  • Jane informed the group that Children’s Medical Center is no longer accepting the fleece blankets we make to donate to them. Janis suggested & the motion was made to donate them to the Veteran’s Hospital instead, but the motion was tabled until it is closer to the time when we will be doing them. At that time we can decide which group may have a greater need.
  • Several of the ladies had items for show-&-tell…..Nancy C., Grace, Jane, Sue H., Christine, Pat, Barbara¸ Shara and Janis.
  • The October program will be ….How to prepare your quilt for professional quilting.
  • Everyone who is participating in the I-Spy project got to select their sets of 5×5 blocks for their own quilts.
  • Nancy presented a very interesting program…”Passing on the Love of Quilting Through Children’s Literature”. She had several books to show us and gave a short account of what happens in each book. She showed us the quilts she had made to represent each book. She also had a list of those books plus several more to give out to each of us.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:25.

Margaret Alsup


  • Our program for October 7th will be given by Nancy Conner and Janis Hill. They will tell us about getting our quilts ready for professional quilting.  There are several things we should all know if we plan to send our quilts out for quilting.


November 16 from 9 am to 3 pm, First Presbyterian Church
Sampler quilt (baby or wallhanging size)

You need to bring:

  • 1 yard of fabric for sashing and borders
  • 36 half-square triangles that measure 5.5 inches square.

You can make this with 3/4 of a yard of a neutral and roughly the same in a color print.

You can go scrappy with your colors, but I recommend just one neutral fabric. Neutral meaning that all the squares should have one color/small print in common, and the other half of the square can be either one color throughout, or scrappy. So, you could do all your HSTs white and pink, or you could have navy blue as your “neutral”, but the other half can be a mix of colors. For example, you need 36 HSTs, so you can have 12 navy-and-pink, 12 navy-and-lime, and 12 navy-and-yellow. Neutral just really means one common color.

One way to get your HSTs: Cut eighteen 6 1/2 inch squares, lay right-sides-together. Draw or press a line from one corner to the opposite. Sew down 1/4 of an inch on each side of the line. Cut on the line to create 2 HSTs. Continue until you have at least 36, and trim to 5.5 inches.

Notes on fabric: I don’t recommend a directional fabric, since we’re going to be cutting and resewing these. Also, a very large print is going to get cut up, so keep that in mind.
You’ll also need a cutting mat and rotary cutter, and a ruler wider than 2.5 inches. A piece of tape to mark a line on your ruler would be helpful.


Pattern in on page 3 of the newsletter.


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