Our May meeting was so fun! Kathleen Barnett showed us how to piece string blocks during our pre-meeting education. We discussed all of our open board positions (interested in running?) And Emily Blackmer gave an amazing show and tell of some of her beautiful free motion quilting work. Want to catch up on everything? See the meeting minutes here.
Join us for our monthly meeting! Kathleen will be demoing string blocks from 6:30-7 (for our June Block Swap!) We will also have a presentation on Free Motion Quilting by Emily Blackmer, in anticipation of her upcoming FMQ workshop!
*Modern Pineapple BOM
*A donation for the birthday basket if you're a May baby
*Sew and Tell Items
As always, social time is from 6:30-7!
UPDATE: REGISTRATION FOR THE JUNE 1ST CLASS IS NOW CLOSED, BUT WE HAVE ADDED A SECOND DATE: JULY 13TH. REGISTER BELOW! Join us for a fun, three-hour workshop on Free Motion Quilting with Emily Blackmer! Learn to free motion quilt your quilt tops on your very own home sewing machine! In this class we will talk about the quilting process from beginning to end, from basting to burying! It's easier than you might think. We'll stitch stipples and loops, flowers and lines, and even a few feathers. It's the most fun you could possibly have with your sewing machine!
Emily is a professional longarm quilter and teacher who specializes in detailed hand-guided and improvised quilting. She has been quilting for the past 9 years, longarm quilting for the past 4 years, and instructing students in various quilting techniques for the past 7 years. She especially enjoys dense and complex free motion quilting that becomes a focus of the quilt and looks for new opportunities to challenge and grow her own skills. You can find Emily on her blog: Inner Child Designs.
-Free-motion quilting foot, also known as a hopping or darning foot.
-Several different brands of thread: Gutermann, Mettler, Aurifil, work best on my machine but every machine is different so it's good to have options.
-Quilt sandwich (or 2) made of muslin or “ugly” fabric and low loft batting, approximately 18"x22" (basted in your preferred way). I like using muslin so I can see what I am doing.
-Marking tool: Erasable Pen, Disappearing Pen, Chalk, Sewing Pencil etc.
-Ruler or straight edge
-Standard notions: scissors, pins, extra needles, etc. I use a lot of 80/20 universal needles but 90/10 and quilting needles work well too)
-Notebook and pen/pencil
-Recommended - sewing machine manual: If you have a newer computerized machine it might be helpful to bring the manual in order to set up your machine for free motion quilting. If you have an older machine you might need a darning plate to cover your feed dogs.
We will be holding a Block Swap at our June meeting! To participate, create as many string blocks as you would like. You will be able to swap for as many blocks as you put in. For example, if you bring three, you’ll leave with three new blocks.
The tutorial from Film and the Fridge can be found here.
The blocks will finish at 7” (do not trim.)
Whit stripe down the center.
All surrounding stripes should be bright and cheerful!
Use copy paper or something similar on the back, and DO NOT remove it