Wednesday, April 6, 2016

March Meeting Recap

Habitat Quilt Update

We worked on blocks for two more Habitat for Humanity quilts at our February sew-in. Volunteers took blocks home to sew together into tops, and one of the tops has already been quilted.

For this quilt, we made blocks that are half string, half gray. A white strip was sewn down the diagonal, then skinny strips of scraps were added outward from that. Finally, a dark piece was added to the striped corner to increase contrast and drama. 

 This next one was pieced with strips from a Jelly Roll. 
"Jelly Roll" is the name for pre-cut strips of fabric, 2-1/2" wide x about 42" long, that are packaged together, usually as a coordinated fabric collection. We sewed the colorful strips together and cut them on the 45-degree bias, adding triangles of gray to each end to make blocks. These were pieced together and long thin strips of gray were added to give a bit of separation. 

Our Program: Working with Strips

Mary Keasler showed us how she uses strips of solid fabric to create her own striped fabric. She cuts her strips free-hand rather than using a straight edge. You can see how the effect is quite different from the straight-cut strips in the Habitat quilts, above.

All work above by Mary Ramsey Keasler

Show and Tell

Top Row: Vista Mahan, Bethany Barnes, Susan Monk (back), Susan Monk (front)
Second Row: Michele Leonard, Stephanie Quesinberry, Theresa Kitchell, Jackie Cory
Third Row: Stephanie Quesinberry, Stephanie Quesinberry, Ann Hurley, Michele Leonard
Fourth Row: Shirley Prince