January Schedule of Guild Events

January 3rd   10:00 AM                           Board Meeting
at Creative Sewing Machine Center                                     1st Tuesday

January 10th   9:30 AM                            Day Bee                 2nd Tuesday
Meets at the home of  Jean M

January 17th   9:30 AM                           Regular Meeting
 at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church                                   3rd Tuesday
FELLOWSHIP HALL                The Fringe Sisters

January 23rd   7:00 PM                        Quilt Mavens             4th Monday
Meets at the home of Elizabeth K

January 24th   9:30 AM                        Charity Quilts
 at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church                                   4th Tuesday
meeting in a classroom     
 January 26th   7:00                              Knight Bee
Meets at the home of Joyce G                   Last Thursday of the Month

Monthly Challenge for January

This month's theme for the monthly challenge is... Apron.

   Make an apron!  For example, a Utility Apron (a regular apron that has pockets for measuring cups and spoon, loops for spatulas, wooden spoons and a pocket for an ipod!), a designer apron, or a funny apron – Use your imagination  !   

(   This site has directions for a quilt block apron –

 Due at the General Meeting in January 2012. 

          You have two options:
1.      Easy - make a block that has a kitchen theme or use fabric from your aprons. 
2.   Advanced - make an apron or an entire kitchen themed quilt.   Any size is acceptable.

Our Holiday Meeting

     After the business and show-and-tell, members enjoyed a wonderful array of food for our potluck brunch.  After enjoying everything from fruit to breakfast casseroles to salads, as expected, we also enjoyed a wide selection of tasty desserts. Then about half the members chose to participate in the Gift Stealing Game directed by Lynne.

Things got interesting after this lovely table runner made by Deb was unwrapped.

                         It was stolen …

                             again …

                         and again …

                         and again …

                            and again …

                                 and again ...

                                  and again.
      There were many other lovely handmade gifts such as these angels made by Charlotte.

                   and a couple of wrapped cording bowls.
    I hope all our guild members enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. 

Are You Working on the December Challenge?

    This morning I started the coffee pot and had an epiphany.  I would make a mug rug for the December guild challenge.  I had been toying with a different idea but could not get motivated.  We are supposed to use colors that begin with our initials so I was working with Eggplant, Vanilla and Kelly Green    or Emerald, Violet and Khaki   … or Ecru, Violet and Kelly Green. 
    A few months ago I saw the Hybrid Tea Rose block on “15 Minutes Play Blog”.  You can check it out here.  www.15minutesplay.com/2011/07hybrid-tea-rose-block.html   I have been wanting to try the block so I pulled out my green fabric crumbs, chose ones that I thought could pass for emerald for Kelly green and started piecing green fabric that would become the leaves.  

      I found a big chunk of neutral for the Ecru, Vanilla, light Khaki background.
I pulled out my purple fabric crumbs ( thinking Violet and Eggplant ) and pieced the rose.  I really wanted the lady bug.

      At first I squared up to 4.5” and then decided that was too large for the mug rug.  I wanted it to finish about 6 by 8” so I trimmed the half-square triangle units to 3.5” and made another leaf.  Then I ended with a 6.5 by 9.5” mug rug. 
      Recently on “Sewing with Nancy” on my ETV station she used fusible tape to hold a small quilt sandwich together so I pulled out my roll of ½ inch wide Stitch Witchery and used small pieces to make my sandwich.  I free-motion quilted leaves and curls and a center for the flower.  I found the gold in my box of leftover binding and a couple of hours later I have a cute mug rug finished.  
       I hope many of you have taken on the challenge and I look forward to seeing the results next Tuesday at our meeting.

November Show and Tell

      Here is a sampling of the show and tell from our November general meeting.  These are a few items from the monthly challenge with the theme "International".

   Here are a few of the quilts and other items.