Sunday, September 30, 2012

October Meeting

Don't miss our October meeting!

Tuesday, October 2 @ 7pm
A Quilting Place
10841 Q Street

The front door will be locked so please park on the back (south side) of the building and enter through the door connected to the meeting room.  Thanks!

There will be a presentation on quilting and the internet/social media.  Come learn more about blogs, flickr, Pinterest and more.  Bring works in progress or completed projects to share.  If you've started working on your convergence challenge project, bring it along, too. We hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

AQS Quilt Show - Des Moines, Iowa

If you're looking for something to do next weekend, the American Quilter's Society Quilt Show will be in Des Moines, Iowa.

AQS Quilt Show
October 3 - 6, 2012
Iowa Events Center
Des Moines, Iowa

The registration deadline has been extended and you can register online.  There is a special exhibit of Japanese quilts, workshops, and a Merchant Mall where you will find the latest in quiltmaking supplies, new and antique quilts, and quilt-related gifts.

Friday, September 21, 2012

on-line fabric swaps

Looking for a way to build your fabric stash? Fabric swaps are a fun way to do just that. Most involve swapping 5 inch charm squares but others swap 10 inch squares, fat quarters, or any number of other sizes. After you find and join a swap that interests you, you purchase and cut the assigned amount of fabric (usually one yard) into the assigned size, and ship them and a pre-paid return envelope to the swap hostess. The hostess then sorts the fabric and mails it back to you.  If you're looking for a swap to join, there is a Fabric Swap Finder flickr group where people post swap ideas and links to sign-ups.  Some of the swaps that have occurred are polka dot, stripes, I spy, rainbow, neutrals, solids, Christmas, and modern designer fabrics.

I participated in my first fabric swap on flickr this past spring and I've been hooked every since.  We swapped 5 inch charms of polka dot fabrics.  I used mine to make this polka dot pinwheels quilt top.

(I've been working on it forever but I'm almost done quilting it.  My goal is to have it finished to share at the October meeting.)

If you don't find the swap you want, you can always host your own.  I was looking for an I spy swap but there were none going on, so I jumped in and hosted one in March.  There's some great instructions on how to host a swap here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September meeting recap

Okay, it's a little late, but how about a recap of our September meeting?  If you missed the meeting or want to review what we talked about, the minutes are here.

Some members brought projects to share:

Exec member Carey demonstrated convergence quilting:
You can find a link to Carey's handout here.

Members are challenged to make their own convergence quilt and bring it (or you work in progress) to the October or November meetings to share.  The October meeting will be about the internet and social media.  Come learn more about flickr, instagram, blogging, and more!