A lively group of over thirty members gathered Saturday morning at the Harvest Assembly, despite the wind and rain. Business included news about the Quilt Show, the two raffle quilts, updates on opportunities for Quilts of Valor quilting and the Library Challenge that is ongoing. Lot's of wonderful Show and Tell's where displayed by members, a few projects from prior programs of the Saturday Guild. Once all that was complete, Heather gave a program on making quilted postcards. Many stayed until late in the afternoon to work on various projects. A creativity inspiring day was had by all!
Lot's of good stuff going on at the Guild meetings in April!
The Saturday Chapter will meet on April 7 with a program on Quilted Post Cards. Supply list includes:
For all Chapter members, don't forget to check out the library for a book to start your Library Challenge quilt. You still have 4 months to participate. See the April Newsletter for details on participation.
Spring Fling was a big success! It reminded me of what a great group of people belong to the guild. The classes were outstanding and the camaraderie was even better.
We still have our quilt show in August and the AQS Show in October to anticipate. The library book challenge is started and we had over 40 books checked out. The deadline is in July; so, we are hoping to have many of them in our show. I saw somewhere that an AQS show was like Mancuso on steroids but since the Virginia Beach Convention Center is about the size of the Hampton Convention Center, I imagine they will be comparable to each other. I love all the shows--big, small and in between. It will be nice to actually be close to something (I live near Strawbridge) but the drive through the tunnel was well worth it for the Mancuso Show. Each year I see things I have never seen before. I especially liked the irony/wrinkly one. It makes me laugh thinking about it.
As many of you know, I broke my foot again. Of course, it is the right foot which means I can’t drive. I thank all of you for your kind thoughts, prayers and offers of help. I am pretty frustrated with myself but am doing fine with the help of friends and family.
The slate of officers for the next year is posted later in this newsletter. We will vote in May and they will assume their offices in June. Memberships will expire in August.
On Saturday March 17, the annual TQGVA Spring Fling was held at the Bethel Baptist Church in Chesapeake. Quilters poured into the building many sporting St. Patrick's Day green, to a hearty breakfast of oatmeal. Once they were fueled up with enthusiasm and carbs, they set up in their respective classrooms for a day of stitching. All manner of classes were offered from hand work, to machine with many new techniques being tried, and some even mastered! Thanks to the Spring Fling Committee who worked diligently to provide such a pleasant day for all!
There are roughly 177 days in front of us before the TQG 2018 quilt show. Your busy “bees” are working hard to produce another successful show. An e-mail just for the quilt show has been established to receive any communication from anyone about the quilt show. The email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to share this email with your friends, family, other guilds, etc.
Cindy Hutton has very few kits for the quilt show challenge and can be purchased at the 3 chapter meetings. Once the kits have been sold there will not be any more available for purchase.
Silent Auction donations are still being taken. If you are cleaning out your “stash”, please be mindful of the size of your fabric donation to be at least a fat quarter size or greater. We have a need for notions & tools, such as thread, sewing needles, buttons, straight pins, thimbles, needle threaders, rotary cutters and replacement blades, marking tools, scissors, machine needles, rulers, etc. The Silent Auction committee contacts are Rosemary Rooney; Lyn McCandlish or Angela Cartwright. They are ready to receive your generous donations!
ADVERTISING! We are seeking members and businesses to consider placing an advertisement in the TQG 2018 Quilt Show Program. If you have a business (quilt related or not), work full time or know of a business, please help us in gleaning advertisements. The advertisements help to cover the expense of printing the program. An advertising form is provided for your use. I will also have them available on the website and at Chapter meetings
The next meeting is on March 6, 2018 at 6:30pm. We meet at the Community United Methodist Church, 1072 Old Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (where Night Chapter meets) in the conference room.
Should you have any questions, contact Karan Fisher at email@example.com .
This is definitely a banner year---three quilt shows! We just attended the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show by Mancuso. We were worried when the January chapter meetings were canceled that we would have problems getting the volunteers needed to sell raffle tickets and white glove at the event. In true fashion, once Darlene Price put out the word, you stepped up and filled up her schedule. She was even able to establish a waiting list in case one of the volunteers fell ill. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and thank you to Darlene for her work in
setting up the working on the quilt and setting it up.
A big thanks and a round of applause go to Darlene Price, Paula Harr, Marie-Louise LaFond, Hiromi Brown, Betsy Kessler, and Angela Cartwright. These ladies met for a year and a half to hand quilt our Grandmother’s
Flower Garden raffle quilt. They did a beautiful job. If you have not had the opportunity to see it up close, be sure to do so.
Our Spring Fling committee is also very busy getting ready for our annual event on March 17. As of the publication date for the newsletter, they had some opening left for the classes. Contact Pat Carney if you
haven’t had a chance to sign up. More detailed information is later in this newsletter.
Our show is in August and these preparations are also keeping us busy. Karan Fisher is keeping us all on track and I am expecting an outstanding show. I have also sent in a registration for one of my quilts and am still deciding on the other two. The sooner you can enter your quilts, the calmer your committee members will become! Let’s help them out.
We have established a nominating committee for the upcoming year and are looking for a number of positions. The job descriptions are on the web site or I can email you copies if you are interested in a particular position. We need you. Don’t wait to be asked, come forward and enjoy yourself. We always have a good group of
women and it’s great to get to know them a little better.
Keep Calm, Quilt On and send in your registration forms for Spring Fling and the TQG Quilt Show.
Quilts Represent the Threads of Life – Tidewater Quilters’ Guild Exhibit at the Mancuso Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival
Pieces of cotton, squares and scraps,
Measured and cut, for perfection-
Is not always a snap!
Selected for beauty, color and tone.
We sew together, in groups,
And almost never alone!
Sew and sew, sometimes with strife.
Stories and tales, and gifts of love.
Created in our “Threads of Life.”
The 2018 raffle quilt "Honoring Grandma" has been debuted at all of the February meetings and ticket sales have started, as well as ticket sign-outs. Look for "Grandma" at TQGVA monthly meetings throughout the year.
The unfinished quilt was donated by the Tanner Family, whose grandma pieced this flower garden from feed sacks and other fabrics from the 30's and 40's. The Raffle Quilt Committee hand quilted and bound the quilt to prepare it for raffle.
Raffle tickets will be available at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival next week and thereafter at Guild meetings. Proceeds from the raffle are one of the main financial supports for Guild activities....so buy generously!!
Darlene Price is the Raffle Quilt Chairperson.
Everything is coming up GREEN this Spring. Put March 17, on your calendar for our TQG Spring Fling day of quilting fun!
Start with breakfast, quilt and learn new techniques with a break for lunch and end with Show and Tell and drawings for just $30.
What: Twelve quilting class choices plus Sit and Sew
When: March 17, 2018, 7:45am doors open/breakfast, classes 9am – 4:00pm
Where: Bethel Baptist Church, 1382 Elbow Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23320
We will be raffling an Accuquilt GO! (pictured below) fabric cutter combined with the Ohio Star block cutting die!
Our fabric raffle will be jelly rolls. There will also be a basket or two of sewing goodies.
Buy fabric kits at our guild meetings and make a block or two for a chance to win “Buzz Saw” quilt blocks. Each block you submit gives you a chance to win.
Get your scissors sharpened (knives, pruners, etc.) with Max the Knife.
Class Details (Click on class name for photo):
1. Hawaiian Hibiscus with Joy Duke: Fusible appliqué and simple embroidery stitches make this a quick project that is fun to work on wherever you may be. This project may be finished as a wall hanging, table decoration, or pillow if you like. Buy the pattern from the instructor or a local quilt shop.
2. Flying Geese Log Cabin with Lin DiGiosaffatte:
Combine two quilting favorites into one beautiful quilt.
A quick quilt that lets you use your 2 ½” strips in a unique way. Buy the pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company
or prepay the instructor for the pattern.
3. X Block Basics – Twinkle Toes with Paula Bass:
This quilting technique is back and better than ever. Use your
X Blocks BasiX ruler and 2 ½” strips to create this quilt. A great way to use up your stash. X Block ruler and pattern can be ordered through the instructor.
4. Going Around in Circles with Joan Bryan:
Let’s do Circles! Learn to cut accurately and learn to make circles on your machine. We will do decorative stitches on your circles and do machine appliqué, all on your machine. You are stitching and inserting circles, making them perfectly with all these new techniques.
5. Advanced English Paper Piecing Millefiore Rosette #1 with Carole Harris: This project from The New Hexagon by, Katja Marek is a delight for the eye. Perfect your “fussy cutting” and EPP skills. Currently one of the most popular quilting techniques, this advanced class will take you to a new level.
6. It’s a MYSTERY with Karan Fisher: You will get some clues to start the puzzle. Your quilt will be revealed as you sew. Your experienced teacher has selected a special quilt that will delight. You will be given a supply list for this sewing machine project. Surprise!!!
7. Kaleidoscope Sampler with Christie Prenger:
Improve your piecing techniques with this showy project. No special tools or pattern. Just bring your basic sewing supplies and sewing machine, fabric, cutting mat and rotary cutter to complete the quilt.
8. Disappearing 4 Patch with Karin McElvein:
Two charm packs plus border fabric, a sewing machine and basic quilting supplies and you can make this “charming” quilt. This pattern makes an ample baby quilt or small lap quilt.
9. Pennies All Around with Abby Geddes: This wool project is available in several colors in a complete kit required for the class for $15, available from the teacher. A perfect candle mat or small table topper. Students will learn how to assemble stacked circles of wool with the Blanket Stitch and then attach them together without a backing. Students should bring pins and small scissors for snipping thread.
10. From My Window with Carole Dull: This charming quilt sews together quickly creating a wonderful gift for the new baby. Use the pattern created by Carole with fusible appliqué and 2 ½” strips or fat quarters. Learn techniques to adapt the appliqué to the baby. Adorable!
11. Sashiko with Millie Johnson: Master this Japanese hand quilting technique. This workshop will demonstrate how to transfer Sashiko design to fabric & how to stitch a Sashiko block. Millie will cover traditional Japanese designs & contemporary designs.
12. Hand Quilting with Linda Gower: Learn how to quilt by hand with the Viewers’ Choice winner from the 2016 TQG Quilt Show.
13. Sit and Sew: Give yourself the gift of time to work on a special project while enjoying socializing with other quilters. Finish a project – that quilt you want to enter in the 2018 TQG Quilt Show, perhaps. As a special bonus, we will be available to help you get a sleeve on your quilt, so it will be ready for the show. Always a popular class choice.
Signup with the form in the newsletter or click this link "SignUpSheet." We will be available with samples and forms at guild meetings February.
Greetings Quilters, We missed January Meeting due to snow and ice. I am glad we made a smart choice to cancel, but that being said I have so much to update for all of you. Our next meeting is February 3rd, meet and greet starts at 9:30 and meeting starts at 10am. We have the space till 4pm so feel free to pack your lunch and spend the day with us.
Program: Prairie Point Heart Wall Hanging
Supplies- 1 yard for the points that form the heart and 1 yard for the strips for the background, ( please don’t precut) thread to match and of course your machine and scissors. If you have a mini iron and travel ironing board that would really make things easier for yourself.
REVEAL OF THE “BIRD QUILT!! “
I will be showing the completed quilt, I will also be drawing the winner of our beautiful Bird quilt.
Block of the Month - January block to bring in LOG CABIN, red center and beige, Browns and creams for the logs As always blocks need to be 12.5 inches you can make 2
Our Library opens up this month and the guild has a great challenge to be announced at the meeting.
I think that is all the business parts to help keep us on track. We will have Show n Tell, I am guessing we have a lot to show after being snowed in for almost a week. Open sewing till 4pm, bring your machine or hand work and lets get creative. I look forward to seeing all of you again!
Blessings Heather Hancsak Saturday Chapter Coordinator