In September we will start a Mystery Block of the Month! Here are a few details for those that missed the announcement.
Every month, from September 2015 through September 2016, you will receive instructions for a specific block in a specific size. Not all blocks will be the same size, the maximum size block will be 12”finished. If the block that month is smaller, you may need to make more than one of them.
The majority of this quilt is pieced, there is a small amount of applique that can be done either by hand, or by machine, as the curves are gentle. Instructions for each block will be available at that month’s guild meeting and a link will be put on the blog to an instruction file.
The overall finished size of the quilt is designed to be approximately 56 x 60 and the instructions will be given to you in grayscale.
You will work on your own quilt, in either a scrappy color scheme, or a controlled scheme of five colors. Mine is done scrappy theme of purples, greens and blues. If you choose scrappy, I suggest one background fabric, or background fabrics such as White on White or Cream on Cream that will recede in the design. I do not recommend a printed fabric for the background.
If you choose a controlled color scheme, you will need the following amounts of fabric:
Light (background) 2 yards
Medium Light ¼ yard
Medium 1 ½ yards
Medium Dark 1 ½ yards
Dark 1 ½ yards (includes border)
In September 2016, you will receive a “suggested” layout that will accommodate all the blocks you’ve made, but you are encouraged to use your own layout if you prefer. We will discuss the “math” to set different sized blocks together for those that prefer.
While not “required” to show your blocks that you’ve made each month, it is definitely encouraged to share with guild members the progress of your blocks.
In December 2016, at the annual Christmas dinner, a drawing will be held among participants who COMPLETED THEIR QUILT TOP for prizes.
Lake Norman Quilters Quilt Show
August 14th and 15th 2015
9 AM to 5 PM
Talbert Recreation Center
210 Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117
Less than 2 miles from I-77 Exit 36 Near lots of shopping & restaurants!
200 plus quilts on display
Personal appearances by Featured artist Lyric Kinard
The guild policy is that if the schools are closed, our meeting is cancelled. Due to today’s snowfall, all schools in the area are closed, and therefore our meeting is cancelled.
Another project that the guild does on a regular basis is the “Block in a Box” exchange. Each participant chooses their fabrics and the block they want to make early in the year (typically January), then they make that block out of their fabrics. All the while keeping their choice of block secret from others. Once their block is made, they put their fabrics into a box and pass it to the next person in the lineup and receive a box of fabrics from the person before them in the lineup. Each month you pass and receive from the same person, but work on a different member’s fabrics, making your choice of block. Yes, for this project the block you choose to make should be one you’ll enjoy making multiple times during the year.
At the end of the year the boxes are all passed back to their original owners, and at the same meeting the blocks are distributed to their owners. You go home with blocks to make a sampler (or other style) quilt, all done in your fabrics by multiple guild members!
This year we had quite a collection of blocks, and as our project chairman said…..”the bar has been raised for next year on block choices”!
One of our service projects for 2013 was a Habitat for Humanity Tablerunner project. In this project, the table runners are made by guild members and donated to our local Habitat for Humanity. This is one of my favorite projects for the guild to participate in!
One of the guild charities this year was “My Sister’s House”, a women’s shelter here in Iredell County.
This is guild member Dolores Fobare presenting the quilts to Melissa Davis at My Sisters House:
A few pics from the quilt show that members have sent to me. I hope to add more as they are received.
First up, an arial view of the show from the balcony:
And a view of one of our service project tables. This one is from the Linus table: