We are currently meeting each month via Zoom. As well as our usual show and tell we are inspiring each other to try different techniques.
In April Carol showed us how to insert a zip using the Butler method. She was a mine of information about places to source fabrics and zips. Her favourites are here, just follow this link. At the bottom of the page there is a link to Amy Lynne's YouTube demonstration of how to make a zipped bag using the Butler method. Thanks Carol, a lovely evening..
In March we all shared our favourite sewing tools - apart from our stitch ripper. There were some really good ideas for treats when we can finally get out and about. Won't it be lovely to visit a Quilting Show again? Irene gave us a Presidents Challenge for the next meeting. Make a Postcard Quilt to any design. It should be either 4" x 6" or 5" x 7" but should be two-sided and capable of being sent as a postcard. Julie found a tutorial online which you might find useful and pinterest has lots of ideas. http://saroy.net/2020/06/fabric-postcard-tutorial/
In February, Irene showed us how to make a Stack, Slash and Shuffle quilt.
In January, we learnt how to make a magic square quilt. There are some instructions on this page.
Our next is on 25th May 2021 at 6pm. We are hoping to make this a 'Picninc on a Quilt' meeting, obeying all COVID 19 regulations and weather permitting. Bring your favourite quilt to wrap up in or sit on and your Presidents Challenge from the March meeting as well as a picnic to munch while we natter.
Details will be sent to members in the week before. If the weather dosn't play ball we'll Zoom as usual at 7.30pm.
March 2021 Zoom Meeting. OUr Favourite Things
A Quilters Magic Wand - this can add a 1/4" seam allowance, particularly useful for Foundation Piecing work
Open ended needles - invaluable when sewing in all those ends
Pin cushion and quilters companion bag - great for keeping everything together and somewhere to put all the bits of thread you snip off.
Magnetic pin holder - no more scrabbling around on the floor.
1/4" needle guide - put your needle through the little hole and you can see exactly which line on your machine you need to follow to get an accurate 1/4" seam.
Curved seam maker and marker
Blunt ended scissors - great for pulling out ends of threads after you've used the seam ripper.
Shear snips instead of traditional scissors
Hedgehog clip storage - so much easier and tidier than a box
Embellishing machine for the serious embroiderer
Stack, Slash and Shuffle (or Whack and Stack) Technique
Irene used 6 x 10 inch squares. A layer cake is ideal for this. Remember, the number of cuts you make should be one less than the pieces of fabric and should leave you with, in this case, 6 shapes to shuffle.
Draw on your top square where you want to make your cuts. Everyone will be different and unique. Think how you can do this so you don't end up with awkard joins. when you reconstrust the square. See photo 1.
Make your cuts - also photo 1
Now stack. Leave pile 1 alone. On pile 2, move the top piece to the bottom. On pile 3 move the top 2 to the bottom,. Pile 4 - the top 3 to the bottom. Pile 5 - the top 4 to the bottom and on Pile 6 it's the top 5 to the bottom. Label these!! You now have 6 piles with a different fabric on top. Photo 2
Now sew it all back together. Your finished block will be smaller than 10 inches. See Photo 3.
Now square it up and arrange as you like. Photo 4
If you want to make more than 6 blocks, making a pattern first is a good idea. Freezer paper can be useful here.
Photos 5 and 6 show a couple of quilts, made using this technique.