Tuesday, August 31, 2010

John L. Lewis Festival

The staff of Quilt With Us store in Lucas announce that
the Lucas Sew and Sews Quilt Guild is sponsoring
"Stitches on Fire" quilt show at the
Lucas Fire Station in Lucas, Iowa on Saturday, September 4th
from 10am to 4 pm.
The Southern Hills Longarm Guild will also have a display
"Quilting Makes the Quilt."
There is no admission charge but donations are accepted to be
used for projects to benefit the Women's Shelter. Tickets are available for a raffle quilt. The Quilt With Us store will be open for shopping

The town is having the John L. Lewis Festival. Activities include a parade at 11am, Lucas Co. quilt barns, coal mining museum and a delicious lunch at noon in the Community Center.
Fun for all ages!

Sewing for Christmas

Congratulations to Colleen for three blue ribbons and a red ribbon at the Iowa State Fair. Outstanding job!!
The club quilt and the row quilt were both a group effort by guild members. The quilts were displayed but did not recieve a ribbon.

The next meeting will be held at the Christway Church in Osceola- Monday, Sept. 13 at 7 pm.

Volunteers are needed for a service committee that will help organize sewing efforts for a good cause.

Save the Date.
I am busy preparing supply lists and cutting instructions for the "Sewing for Christmas" weekend sew-a-thon that is scheduled for October 22 and 23 at the REC.
Come for all the classes or come for one.
Free for members. $20.00 for guests.
Sign up now - space is limited.

Friday, October 22 5:30pm quilted journal cover
6:30pm Christmas tree wall quilt
Saturday, October 23 8:30 Casserole Cover
10:00 Table Runner
12:00 Lunch break
1:00 Mini Microwave Mitts
2:00 Paper Pieced ornament
3:00 Christmas Stocking
4:00 Tissue Box cover
5:00 - ? Free sewing time to finish projects
Open until the last quilter goes home.

RSVP - Reserve your space for the classes you want to take. Suuplies
and pre-cutting instructions will be available.

*Sewing machines may be kept set up for both days.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

News from Quilt with Us

Mary at Quilt with Us in Lucas announces the beginning of a new BLOCK OF THE MONTH.
The start up cost is $10 to receive the first block to make.
Return this block on Wed. Sept. 15 or Sat. Sept. 18. The blocks will be made using black and white fabrics. The best part is that the cutting is done for you-all the pieces are cut and ready to go. You may enroll in the BOM anytime until Sept. 15.

For the construction equipment lover in your family, new fabric is in with the big machines they love. Check it out!

The deadline for the bus trip in Sept. has been extended. Spaces still available to go. It would be a great girlfriend getaway. Call Mary if you want to go.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Clarke Co. Fair -Part 10

"Starry Night"
This quilt is a Marti Mitchell design made by Joann J. who does alot of her quilt designs. This quilt was a block of the month. Joann says "I wish I would have made two. Both my sons would like to have it. They will have to decide after I am gone, who gets the quilt."

When the quilt guild had a two color quilt challenge, members drew the color of the quilt they were going to make from a basket that had 48 colors in it. NO peeking! Joann J's color was mauve. The pattern she chose to make was 3-D Stars from a 3-D pattern. This quilt has stars in it. Do you see them all. The stars are made 3-D by folding fabric squares in half diagonal and sewing the seams into the seams. It was easy to find fabrics this color and even the backing is a mauve print. Machine quilted by Betty M.

Quilt members helping with the program "Every Quilt Tells a Story" at the Clarke County Fair. Linda B. moderator, Joan C. and Sharon W. quilt handlers.

Carol J. recieved a blue ribbon on this quilt "The Color of Purple" It also was selected as the best of show at the Clarke County Fair. Excellent workmanship and use of color. Congratulations Carol!

The Clarke County Fairgrounds was the recipient of the funds raised by the raffle quilt. Participating members designed and completed a block from the selection of fabric chosen with the option of adding one additional fabric. The quilt was put together by Colleen with an outstanding design. Machine quilter Sharon W.completed the quilt with her special talents. This quilt was won by Vickie M. and she promises to give it a good home.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Save the Date

Clarke Co. Piecemakers are planning a fun sewing weekend at the REC on Friday, October 22 at 5:30pm and continuing on Saturday, October 23 until the last sewer goes home.
Projects have been chosen to help you get ready for Christmas.
Friday-5:30 quilted journal cover
6:30 Christmas tree wall quilt
Saturday-8:30 Casserole Cover
10:00 Charm square table topper
12:00 Lunch break
1:00 Mini Microwave Mitts
2:00 Paper Pieced ornament
3:00 Christmas Stocking
4:00 Tissue Box cover
5:00 Free sewing time to finish projects

RSVP - Reserve your space for the classes you want to take. Suuplies and pre-cutting instructions will be available.
No charge for memebers. $20.00 for non-members/guests.
Sewing machines may be kept set up for both days.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

August Quilt Meeting

Monday, August 9th at 7:00 pm is the next meeting at REC.
* Sharon W. will present a program on Putting A Label On Your Quilts
* Sewing for Christmas - dates and projects to be announced
* We are currently looking at a location for the meeting in September- Murray?
* Bring show and share.
* The Winner of the Fair Quilt raffle was Vickie M. from Murray. $$ raised???
* Discussion of the Clarke Co. Fair bed turning quilt show.


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Clarke Co. Fair- Part 9

The Un-Wanted Quilt by Darlene H. - When Darlene’s 97 year old mother in law had to give up her home and possessions to enter a health care facility, her two daughters began to sort and distribute her treasures among the relatives. When it came my turn to choose a quilt, this top appeared in the bottom of a storage box. It was just a top, unfinished, no identification of who or when. No one in the family ever remembered seeing it before. Why? We wondered? Grandma had shown her quilts to many of us, many times. Was it not important because it wasn’t a completed quilt.? Was it not finished because they thought it insignificant to not be pieced or quilted? But -- it did intrique me! I asked if I could have it since on other had wished to claim it. I became the owner of the “un-wanted” quilt top. I admired it for a couple of years just as it was. Sometimes I folded it, displayed it on my wall quilt rack.
I believe (in my heart) the top was made by my husband’s grandmother. She died in 1965 when she was 68 years old. The top had to be made prior to her death. She loved to crochet, embroider and quilt. There was a Workbasket booklet full of patterns and ideas and recipes. I recall the book having embroidery patterns stapled in the centerfold. The flower designs embroidered on this quilt were part of an “on-going series” There is no proof of this. Just a memorable intuitive feeling of what I remember about her. Her granddaughters(who are my sister- in laws) agree with the assessment of this “un-wanted” quilt top.
Sometimes later, I decided to finish the top with quilting.
I purchased muslin for the back in keeping with the embroidered blocks. Some of the green blocks aren’t exact square….and that means some of the others probably aren’t either. The setting of the blocks with the middle row of flowers appearing straight up and down while 3 rows on each side are turned sideways, to appear upright when displayed on the bed. This was the traditional method of setting quilt blocks used in yesteryear or vintage quilt making. The top was quilted in 2006 by my friends of the Bethel Community church. The un-wanted quilt is now a very cherished quilt.