Tuesday, June 5, 2018

May 2018 Material Girls Idaho meeting held at Darla Birch's home.  Darla showed us many organizing tips and ideas for our sewing rooms and projects. These tidying and organizing tips were very inspirational. Thank you, Darla.

~~ organize patterns in binders in page protectors--put small patterns on a ring  ~~fold fabric over a ruler--this helps you know the dimensions of the piece along with a very good fold   ~~take a picture of your quilts,  print and label them in a photo album, this is a great method for documentation and remembering! Darla has taken a picture of every quilt she has made.  ~~use see thru plastic containers for thread keeping  ~~ *see more organizing tips below.

This squares quilt was made using the grid/iron on product that makes for accurate piecing without pinning. Iron the cut fabric squares on the "grided white interfacing stuff", then sew the seams. After sewing, all of the seams need to be cut. Put the quilt together as normal. When washed the white stuff dissolves and the quilt comes out soft.

This wool project was created by Rachel Lamm. It is a pattern by Buttermilk Basin: "by the month vintage truck stitchery".  The tin tray was purchased at Walmart $10 It can go on the wall or on a table. A few people expressed interest in getting a kit to make this project!
The above small quilt is one completed using the grid method that Darla showed several months ago and in the above yellow and blue quilt.
"Apron Strings" was made by Darla as a graduation quilt. It calls for 2 1/2 inch strips. She had it quilted with orange thread!
"Animal Selfies" was made by Darla!
We decided this quilt made by Darla should be called Darla's Starla's. The reds and grays in  this quilt bled. We advised Darla to wash it with 3 color catchers.
This baby quilt made by Diane Spackman is a kit from Connecting Threads, made with fabric from Crazy Mom Quilts: Mrytle and Emma.
"Pink Quick Brick" is a baby quilt made by Diane, also. The binding was made bringing backing fabric folded, to the front and stitched down. An expectant mother purchased this quilt for her baby girl.
This 3rd baby quilt is entitled "Tiny Fours" for the little 4 patches that make up this quilt. It was made by Diane from her scrap baskets. This quilt will be shipped to the Netherlands for a baby girl.
The above quilt is a graduation quilt made of the graduate's deceased dad's shirts. Diane and her sister, Karen made this quilt. The backing is flannel, which was folded and brought to the front for the binding also.
Jean Hancock made this Blue and Yellow scalloped edge quilt. The pattern is a free one called Sunshine garden by Robert Kaufman.

Jean also made this "Fidget" quilt to donate to an assisted living center. She used items purchased at the dollar store and from craft warehouse, which include beads, zippers, velcro, buckles, a cleaning mitt and a squishy corn on the cob toy.
This bag was made by Jean's friend.
Nancy Christensen made this bag for her neighbor. It is a "Missouri Star"
Nancy made this black, gray and turquoise quilt using the Go Cutter to cut the triangles.
This is the back of the triangle quilt.
Detail ~~
Jeanie Farnworth made this "Fidget" quilt.

Jeanie made these two scrappy "Tumbler" quilts using the Go Cutter. They are both backed with cuddle fabric.

Jeanie said applying the zigzag edge binding went well and was not difficult. These quilts are for Twins!

Jeri Moore made this Happy Flower bright quilt with a a red and white polka dot backing and binding.
This "Fidget" quilt was made by Cindy Anderson. Many different ideas.
Monica Campbell used a purchased cuddle blanket to back this Square In A Square quilt. It is a little heavier, but oh so soft and snuggly. Perfect for cold winter nights!
This courthouse steps quilt was made by Monica. She used red, gray, white and black Christmas fabrics from Robert Kaufman. The back is a gray flannel.
Darla is pictured here with a stack of over 20 quilts! She has been sewing A LOT! and plans to donate almost all of these quilts!

*More organizing tips:
~~use the thread holders that attached to the wall with pegs, placing spools of thread on each peg.
~~can made a ruler holder by using a piece of wood and cutting slits to make slots to hold the rulers
~~can attach a strip to the wall that has hooks on it to keep scissors, etc tools
~~make fabric baskets, each a different color, keep small scraps is each color coordinating basket. There are many ideas for making these baskets on pinterest, including free tutorials on how to construct them.
~~a label maker can be a game changer...use it for labeling all plastic containers, boxes, tins and baskets.
~~Wool storage in plastic bins with handles is a must...the shorter height, long bins can be stored under tables or a bed.

Thank You, Darla and Caren Beal for a yummy lunch of salads and homemade rolls!
See you all next month, Wednesday, June 27. Caren Beal is hosting with helper: Nancy F.
Upcoming Schedule: July 25th...hosting: Monica Campbell with helper: Diane S.
                                   August 29th...hosting: Jeanie Farnworth with helper: Lenette P.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

April 2018

We enjoyed a beautiful spring day for our April meeting. Thank you Maurene for hosting and Darla for helping with the food!  
On May 30th we will be meeting at Darla's home and Caren is helping with the food.
Jeanie was asked by our local library to help make some "fidget quilts" for people with alzheimer's. If you would like to help her make those, please contact her and she'll arrange a date to get together and sew.
Also, a tip that was given for making T-shirt quilts--the best thing to use on the back of the T-shirts is Pellon fusible woven interfacing SF101.


Darla made this using a Villa Rosa Design pattern. She used shark material for one of her grandsons.
This is also a quilt Darla made for another grandson. He likes tractors.
This is the pattern Darla used for the quilt below.

This is the pattern Darla used for the quilt below using all batiks.

Using a birds and hearts panel fabric, Darla made this quilt and used the two leftover panels to make placemats.
Diane made both of these quilts (top and bottom) for baby girls. These are made using scraps. The top quilt is a brick pattern and the bottom quilt is small 4-patches.

Jeri used French fabrics for the this quilt she made for her daughter. She made up her own pattern for this.
Rachel made this wool bird wall hanging using her own hand-dyed wool fabric.
Close of up wool wall hanging
Nancy made this cross body Bali bag.
Darla made this duffle bag
Maurene made this diamonds quilt for her 49th great granddaughter. She also quilted it by hand.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

March 2018

Lenette and Cindy hosted in March and we had a great turn out, beautiful quilts, a fun demo and delicious lunch. Enjoy the photos below!

Cindy made this quilt to give to a couple who will be leaving soon to serve a 3 year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They will be serving as president over an entire area and will get to work with lots of young missionaries who will also be coming to that same area. 

Cindy also made this camping quilt. She used clip art for this quilt and also the mission quilt above.

Another quilt made by Cindy for Christmas.
Nancy C. made this quiet book

Cindy made this sewing bag from fabric given to her by her sister.

Jeri made this row by row quilt top.

Susan made this quilt for one of her beds. It's called the Double Square Star from Missouri Star Quilts. It was quilted by Terri Hair.

Rachel made this Christmas quilt. She and Susan both made the same quilt (below is Susan's).

Susan's Christmas quilt. It's called Holiday Forest

Rachel made this Hawaiian quilt for a friend at her husband's work. Each block has meaning and a little history from Hawaiian quilt makers. She even did echo quilting which is traditional Hawaiian method for quilting.

Caren made this pillow using a ruching technique for the flowers.

Jean made this bag using a linen blend fabric.

Jean also made this bargello quilt from a Cozy Quilt Design pattern.

This is a flannel heart quilt made by Jean. It's called Patchwork Hearts.

Monica made this quilt using one charm quilt and added some of her own fabrics.

Nancy made this flying geese quilt using vintage sheets. It was quilted by her husband, Gary. He used a bamboo batting which made it very soft and supple.

Cindy showed us a quick and easy way to make the card trick quilt block using only rectangles and squares instead of the traditional half square triangles. She used 4 yards for the background fabric and one jelly roll. Missouri Star has a great tutorial for this method.
One thing Cindy suggests however is to trim the card trick square before you add the setting triangles so that the points will be closer to the seam.

Card trick square. Sew the last two top and bottom seams to form the card trick square.

Trim this square before you add the corner triangles.

Lenette made this rope basket to hold her sweet smelling bunny gifts that she gave to each of us.
For a link on how to make these rope baskets, go to the post on this blog from January 2017.