November meeting highlights

At our Nov. 16 meeting, members of Lake Norman Quilters showed off the table runners they made for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity families who moved into their new homes this year. LNQ has been making these runners for Habitat families for many years. Our Towns Habitat serves the Mooresville, Davidson, Huntersville and Cornelius communities, working as a partner to provide decent, affordable housing to families who provide much of the sweat equity in building their own homes, and then go on to help build their neighbors’ homes.

Here are some more of the beautiful runners LNQ members made for Habitat:

Deanna collected the runners to deliver them to Habitat:

Members who participated in this year’s Block-in-the-Box program got to see all the blocks that had been made for them:

If we have enough interested members, we will do Block-in-the-Box again next year. Basically, here’s how it works: Each participant places fabrics of their choice in a small plastic box, with brief instructions (for example: “use black fabric for backgrounds”). Each month, the box gets passed to someone else who is participating, and each person makes one block, using a design they have chosen, and doing the same block design each time (but with a different person’s fabrics each time.)

Susan Brubaker Knapp gave the presentation (“Yes, you can do needleturn appliqué!”), and several people requested information about the tools she recommended for doing needleturn applique. Here they are:

  • Thread: Aurifil 50 Cotton Mako, YLI silk, or #60 cotton machine embroidery thread
  • Appliqué pins: Clover
  • Thread Heaven (thread conditioner)
  • Pressing bars or bias bars
  • Magic Sizing (for making circles)
  • Perfect Circles by Karen Kay Buckley
  • Quilter’s sand board (for tracing around templates)
  • Repositionable laminating sheets or rolls (for laminating paper patterns to make templates)
  • Mechanical chalk markers by Sewline or Bohin
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