My very greatest apologies for not posting the February meeting recap in time. That’s a first for me, and hopefully a last!
Helen opened the meeting shortly after 7 pm.
Community and Challenge quilts – Jean
Jean updated us on the progress of the Canada birthday quilts. She later had a photo taken of the several completed quilts. She also let us know that 30 house blocks had been sent to Montreal. It seems as though many Guild members are frantically completing UFO’s as the deadline is approaching. There were several completions show in Show and Tell. Jean also showed a sample of the Polaroid block for the upcoming Block Lotto. Details have been posted on our Facebook page.
Barb announced that we had 38 members in attendance and two new members had joined.
Jean reminded us of the upcoming Paul Krampitz wedge ruler workshop on May 13th. There was a reminder that you must have a 10 degree wedge ruler, but that if you let us know, you can purchase one from him. He will also be doing a Trunk show on May 11th. Again further details are on our Facebook page.
Two weeks to go! Courtney collected quilts for the challenge and display.
It was a FANTASTIC show! Great job, everyone!
Jean’s Tips and Tricks
* Ensuring accuracy for your 1/4 inch foot. To test you should sew three 2″ strips together vertically, press well and measure horizontally. If your measurement is exactly 5 inches, then your foot is accurate. If it is short, then your seam allowance is too big and vice versa. To solve your problem, you need to move your needle.
* She also demonstrated the importance of using the same weight of thread in a project. It was also pointed out that you must be consistent in a project with either pressing your seams open or to one side.
* She talked about cutting straight up and down with your rotary cutter and to stand directly in front of your fabric and to line up your cutter with your hip. It is also important to sit directly in front of your sewing machine and to line up your nose with your needle.
* She demonstrated how to add 8 layers of Washi tape along the diagonal of your square ruler to make your own BlocLoc ruler. Washi tape is widely available.
* Jean demonstrated how to square up and block a quilt. Lots of interest was shown for laser levels to use to cut finished tops ready for binding.
* Lots of questions were asked and answered. The importance of maintaining good habits for accuracy was the message we were treated to.
Meeting closed at 8:45