Machine Embroidery

    Mary shared these with me so I decided to pass it along.  This is not quilting; but if you have an embroidery machine ( I know several of you do ), you might be interested in these free ( from "Creative Machine Embroidery" magazine )

 cute Halloween bags that are created in the embroidery hoop.  

I hope to try a few out for my granddaughters. 

September's Guild meeting was a great success with a silent auction and refreshments provided by the board.
 The purple paisley handbag was a much fought over item which Marti won in the end.
 Handbags, neck pillows, tea cozy with teapot and an ironing caddy.
  While the bids were being counted we had Show and Tell.  Here is just a sample of some of the great items our members have been working on:
Jan has completed another top that will be a wedding gift for a lucky couple.

Mary showed a cute naptime mat with pillow and blanket attached that she has made for her granddaughter, Zoie, to take to daycare.  Many wanted the pattern which can be found in book "Curiosities & Mischief" by Nancy Halvorson athe website

Zohra shared with us how she recycles threads and lampshades as well as her handbag she made from a much loved jacket that she had done using decorative stitches on her machine.

September Day Bee Meeting

         The September Day Bee was hosted by Lynne.  We had a large group who enjoyed visiting and sharing. Guest Judy is making a scrappy version of a quilt from Quilter’s World magazine. 

Deb was making a wool needle case to be donated for the guild auction.

Lynne showed this cute holiday project of paper-pieced blocks. 

She also showed this princess quilt in progress to get suggestions for the border.

Lynne had downloaded most of the paper-piecing patterns free from the Fandom website:
Elizabeth shared a lap quilt in progress to show how she begins trapunto work.  

She also showed a small sample pine burr block. 

You can find more information on Pine Burr quilt blocks:
 Here is a good link to see an antique Pine Burr quilt :
or check out this modern version made by Nifty Quilts 

Sandra was handstitching to embellish a crazy quilt block. 

October Day Bee will be hosted by Deb.  See you next month. 

Sue Nickels Workshop Review

Sue Nickels  presented 2 workshops for GCQ in August -  “Fabulous Feathers and Fillers” and “Folk Garden Borders: Machine Appliqué Techniques.

After having taken the ”Fabulous Feathers and Fillers” workshop from Sue Nickels, I had more confidence to make my feathers look more interesting using fillers.  Isn’t it usually the case that breaking down the process like she did makes it simpler or more manageable?

Using the techniques I learned from the machine appliqué workshop, my appliqué projects show much improvement.  I still want to do a little hand appliqué but using Sue Nickels technique makes for a faster finish.  And don’t we all want to get those projects finished so we can move on to the next one?

For anyone who missed the workshops, Sue Nickels’ books “Fabulous Feathers & Fillers” and “Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué” are two good books that explain her techniques in detail.

Linda S.

Here are some more photos from the workshops shared by Lari.

Bonnie Hunter in October

Friday, October 25th, 7:30 p.m. 
Special Night, Special Guest -- Welcome Back Bonnie 
Past member Bonnie Hunter will present her lecture/trunk show "Scraps & Shirttails," also incorporating quilts from her new book, "String Fling--Scrappy, Happy and Loving It." Guests are welcome and encouraged to join us for this event, but $5 will be collected at the door to recoup some of our expenses. This event will be at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church.

Bonnie Hunter is passionate about quilting, focusing mainly on scrap quilts with the simple feeling of “making do.” She started her love affair with quilting in a home economics class her senior year of high school in 1980 and has never looked back. She has been machine quilting for 19 years and has been featured in magazines both for her quilt patterns and articles she has written on scrap management and using that stash to its full potential. Bonnie is dedicated to continuing the traditions of quilting. She enjoys meeting with quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds all over the USA, challenging quilters to break the rules, think outside the box, and find what brings them joy. Catch up with Bonnie’s doings through her extensive website at You will find tips and tricks, technique tutorials and a long list of free quilt patterns to help you dig into your scraps. From there, head over to for Bonnie’s (almost) daily blog,Quiltville’s Quips & Snips. Her email list, has become a hot spot for mystery quilters with focus on using scraps and stash.

Upcoming September Events

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

September 10th   9:30 AM                          Day Bee             2nd Tuesday  
Meets at the home of Lynne S

September 17th   9:30 AM                  Regular Meeting
 at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church                                   3rd Tuesday
 530 St. Andrews Rd, Columbia
 FELLOWSHIP HALL    Silent Auction -- Make It, Bake It, Sew It, Grow It   

September 23rd   7:00 PM                         Quilt Mavens          4th Monday
Meets at the home of  Beverly A

September 24th  9:30 AM           Comfort Quilts Sew Day      4th Tuesday
at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church   in SS classroom

September 26th   7:00 PM                             Knight Bee
Meets at the home of Denise S                          Last Thursday of month