What We've Learned

During our meetings, there are things we learn that we would like to share.  This is where you'll find those pieces of information.

In November, 2009, our program was mini-workshops.  We had four different stations, each one teaching a different topic:  Applique techniques; hand quilting; finishing your quilt; and cleaning your sewing machine.

Here are the directions for the applique technique:

Cut out a template of the leaf or circle or shape that you want to use. Remember that it must be a convex shape and have no concave areas in it.  Cut a piece of dental floss sufficient in length to go round the template plus about ten inches. Mark on the right side of the fabric all round the template using a water removable marking pen. Cut this out leaving a 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam.
Using your regular machine foot, a regular thread in the bobbin and needle set your machine to a zig zag stitch. at about 2.0 length and 3.0 wide.  Starting on one side of the right side of the  cut out shape and in the seam allowance, couch (enclose ) the dental floss onto the fabric.   Place the cut out shape in the center of the wrong side of the fabric and pull up the dental floss until it is snug around the shape. At this point you can tie a single knot to hold it but not a double knot. Press the shape well with a steam iron on both sides. (The markings may disappear at this point and if not can be removed with a spray after you have completely appliquéd it on). When the pressed piece has cooled, carefully remove the card board shape and tighten the dental floss to the original shape and then tie the dental floss into a firm knot.  press again and when you are ready to appliqué the piece trim the ends but you leave the knotted dental floss in place . This can be either hand or machine appliquéd. 
In February, 2010, at our meeting, we discussed some non-traditional items that are used for quilting.  Below is the list, compiled by Jeanette Hebert.  (Thanks, Jeanette!)

Glue Stick
Ruby Tuesday (Red Plastic for seeing values)
Mary Ellen’s Spray starch
Magnet for picking up pins ($1.00 store)
Pizza box for storing quilting pieces and projects
Take a picture of your design and any flaws will show up more clearly
Fabric softener takes wonder under off
Woodworking stores (Lee Value)
 Quick corner
 Centring ruler
 Gardening gloves
Press and Seal paper
Parchment paper
Vinyl from $1.00 store
Plastic covers for use as a template
Q-tips for dabbing glue
Carpenters chalk for marking diagonal lines
Office rubber thumb (for machine quilting to hold the fabric)
Basting spoon
Home made thing a jig
Taylor’s clapper
Lazy Susan from stationery store
Stedler Mechanical pencil (use a soft HB lead for marking lightly)
White soap for marking dark fabric (can put in freezer)
Tooth pick for turning appliqué
Masking tape -use as a guide for sewing straight lines
Rubber tubing - cover in facing for wall hangings
“            “ to hold bobbin spools
Recipe card to use as a guide for ¼” seam
Electrician’s tool box for carrying supplies to workshops or for storing materials
Frig magnet to hold needles
Square of fleece for sewing machine
CD’s - perfect 6” templates
Small containers for small articles
Big clips for keeping quilt batting together or keeping patterns together
Old tooth brush - to splatter paint or remove threads
For designs - use children’s chalk
Surgical scissors
Dentist pick
Mesh window screening - cover with fabric for flowers, etc
Salad green containers
Eye glass case makes a portable sewing kit
Soft bristle brush for sewing machine
Porcupine Quill
Snap it barrettes to clip
Mug or glass of wine
Cut coils off calendars to keep bobbins on
Fly tying scissors
Metal trap for pins
Rubber door stops under machine for machine quilting
Cardboard from pantyhose of making crisp seams
Old pill bottles or film containers for keeping needles to be discarded
Toothpicks for glue
Masking tape for making notes on needles, etc.
Toilet paper roll and string to use when applying binding
Address labels - use on you books
Door peephole for looking at designs
Drywall square for squaring up 
½ square triangles - sandpaper so your material doesn’t slip


At our April, 2010, meeting, our program involved our members bringing their favorite quilting book or magazine.  They were then asked to discuss why their choice was their favorite.  Here, then, is a list of the books chosen by our ladies:

The Quilter’s Ultimate Visual Guide edited by Ellen Pahl Isbn 87596-710-8

Quilters Newsletter ( magazine)

Pieced Flowers by Ruth B Mc Dowell

Quilter’s Complete Guide by Fons and Porter

Quilt Life by Ricky Timms and Alex Anderson (magazine)

Welsh Quilting Patterns and Designs by Marjorie Horton

Picture Perfect by Cynthia Ingram

Applique. Applique, Applique by Laureen Sinema

Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting

Quilting Arts Magazine

Quilting Arts by Patricia Bolton

Textile Artistry by Valerie Campbell Harding

Exploring Textile Arts Kathryn Tilton et al

Stitch by Valerie Campbell Harding

Grandmother’s quilts

Australia quilting magazine

Better homes and Gardens 101 Full size quilt blocks and borders

Quilting for Christmas magazine

Singer Quilting by Machine Book

Bible of Quilting by Singer