November Meeting Playing Bingo!

We met on Veterans Day, November 11, and heard an inspiring tribute by Julie Radavich to those who have served and are serving to keep our country free. This includes one of our own members, Betty Moore. Paula Jones led us in singing “God Bless America.”Bingo1 Bingo2




Prize winners

Last month we were introduced to Fons & Porter’s plan for Quilters Bingo. We made our playing cards and paid $1.00 into the CQ fund to play. Instead of hearing B 13, G 55, N 40, Paula called out Red Paisley, Blue Batik, Yellow Dot, etc. We marked our cards with buttons or coins, and the cards will be made into quilts for Children’s Quilts. Prizes were given for Bingo winners. We had about 116 blocks/cards at the meeting, so these will make quite a few CQs.

Shapely Challenge: Dianne McLendon introduced the fifth and last step in our Shapely Challenge: each block must be made up of squares and concave and convex curves (such as in Drunkard’s Path and Orange Peel), pieced and not appliqued. We have four months to finish our project and show it at our March meeting for voting by the guild. “Finished” means sewing the top, adding batting and backing, quilting, finishing edges, adding label. If you plan to hang it, you will need to add the sleeve. (You do plan to hang it in our show October 7-8-9, don’t you??!!) See Step 5 of the Shapely Challenge on the Guild Activities tab for Dianne’s examples of the squares/Drunkard’s Path. The 2016-17 Challenge will begin in April of 2016.

Dianne also reminded us of the Mug Rug exchange for December. Definition of a mug rug is “an oversized coaster.” If you want to participate, make your mug rug(s) any size between 5″ x 5″ and  8″ x 8″–square, round, rectangular–any quilting technique.

The friendship blocks (Christmas Package) are due in December.

Donna Burges invited us to the VanCleve Quilt Bees show this weekend, Nov. 13-14, at the Library in VanCleve on Highway 57. Friday 9-5; Saturday 9-3.

Linda Basden showed simple stocking patterns for any who want to make stockings for DAFS. We traditionally give stockings and children’s toys and mothers’ personal items at the December meeting.

Charitable Activities: We received today 18 walker totes, 6 catheter bag covers, 55 pillows, 9 preemie blankets, and 17 mother’s scent pads.

Children’s Quilts: We will be giving our finished children’s quilts to several agencies next month; Mary Nell had quilt kits containing tops, batting, and backing for us to take home to complete for that meeting.

Joe Bingham has made two quilts, one from fabric left by Frances Graham, a former long-time member and excellent quilter, and another with fabric donated by Mary Ann Scruggs. These will be offered for sale by silent auction at the December meeting.

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Snippets: Ellen Cox shared some bad news from Frixion pens. The manufacturer, Pilot, says they are not suitable to use on fabric because the ink will continue to reappear. The company has promised they are working on a reliable marking pen. Meanwhile, she offered this help: to remove stains, use Amodex; to remove graphite, use Lift Off 3. For members who want more basic instruction, Ellen recommended a book she recently bought, All Things Quilting, by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. She also highly recommended subscribing to their online program The Quilt Show for ongoing tips and information.

We voted to have a catered lunch for December rather than carry-in potluck. Several people will be asked to bring desserts. We had the fat quarter drawing, door prizes, and show-and-tell.

Sue Cleveland workshop: We have a full class of 20 for the Sue Cleveland workshop tomorrow.

It is important to get your dues paid by the December meeting so the membership booklet can be prepared. A membership form is on the Membership tab under Guild Activities–mail to Ellen Hall. See you next month.