Saturday, August 30, 2014

What is coming up and what you missed in August

On September 18th, our speaker will be Martha Henrichs, an expert on hand quilting.  Martha will demonstrate the techniques of hand quilting and lead us through the steps.  If you ever wanted to add hand quilting to your projects don't miss this meeting.  All tools will be provided,   We will have some fabric and batting but if you remember, please bring a sample quilt sandwich to work on.

In August, we met at Stitch in the East Village and our speaker was Trina Kirkvold. Trina is a professional quilter extraordinaire and one of the owners of Woodside Quilting at 5360 NE 14th St. Des Moines. 

Trina shared a few of her favorite free motion quilting guides.  Trillium House has many guides with different designs.

Trina talked about thread choice.  She recommended picking up an accent color for black and white quilts.
On this quilt she used a delicious hot pink. 
She also talked about highlighting piecing and filling negative space.
What a wonderful night, thanks so much Trina and Stitch!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Reiman Gardens Quilt Show

Reiman Gardens is having their 5th annual garden themed quilt show in September.  They have a modern category for the first time.  This is a juried show, but there is still time to enter.  The deadline is August 21.  You can read all about the show and the categories,

Eva Marie

Monday, August 18, 2014

Reminder: Meeting THIS Thursday

Our August meeting will be THIS Thursday, August 21st at Stitch in Des Moines at 6:30 pm - Stitch is located in the East Village, 315 E 5th Street, Des Moines IA 50309, telephone 515-288-0655. 

TIP: You may want to come early to shop, as Tami has Cotton & Steel fabrics in stock! ;-)

The Program will be What To Quilt On This Quilt? with speaker, Trina Kirkvold.  Do you have a quilt top and don't know what to do? Please bring your quilt tops (quilt pattern also, if you have one) and we will discuss how to approach quilting decisions. Bring a sketch pad or notebook to work on quilting designs. Trina will also cover quilting density, thread and batting choices. Tons of information and inspiration!

PS: Don't forget to be working on and bring your completed Finish-It-Up Challenge projects!

If you participated in the Michael Miller MQG Challenge, bring your finished works for show and tell!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sewing Day - September 13th

Photo by Natalia Rosin via Flickr 
Mark your calendars and set your alarm clocks!  We will be having a Sewing Day on Saturday, September 13th from 9 am to 10 pm.  It will be at the Ankeny LDS Church, 721 E 1st St, Ankeny.  

We will have an ironing board and iron there, but bring your sewing machine, an extension cord and anything else you need to finish your projects.  (This would be a great chance to finish those Finish-It-Up projects.)

Can't wait to see you!

P.S.  Don't forget our next meeting will be August 21st at Stitch in Des Moines at 6:30 pm -  What To Quilt On This Quilt?