Friday, May 29, 2015

Hello my talented beauties,

We just received this information and I am asked to share it with the guild members:

The Birmingham Quilters Guild is hosting its Biennial Quilt Show on June 19-20, 2015.  They are inviting our guild members to join them at this event as they share their love of quilts and quilting. If anyone is up for a road trip, below is all the information you will need, enjoy!šŸ˜ƒ


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

SSQG Meeting minutes - 5/21/15

SSQG Meeting Minutes
May 21, 2015
Minutes taken by Valerie V.
  1. President/Call to order (Pam T.) –       6:37pm
  2. Sign In, Welcome to Members and Guests – 11 members attended.
  3. Reading of the minutes and motion to accept –
a)    Motion made by: Renee H
b)    Motion seconded by:  Betty B
c)    Accepted by membership? - yes
  1. Reports of officers and committees
a)    Treasurer’s report (Elsie H was absent, report given by Pam T.) –
                             i.     Beginning Balance:  $1,143.07
                            ii.     Deposits:  no deposits
                           iii.     Expenditures:  $25.00
                          iv.     Ending Balance:  $1,118.07
                           v.     Motion to accept:
1.     Motion made by:  Marilyn H
2.     Motion seconded by:  Betty B
3.     Accepted by membership? - yes
b)    VP/Programming (Sharon H was absent, report given by Pam T.) –
                           i.       Reviewed upcoming year programs (Cherry Guidry confirmed, Gayle Soileau on rug hooking confirmed, Sharon H. Christmas ornaments.  Trying to book Mary Felder). Programs for the remainder of the year is almost filled.
c)    Secretary/Blog site (Valerie V.) – minutes are added to site within a week of meeting, along with any additional information that is sent.  Marilyn H continues to add links for photos.
d)    Historian (Marilyn H.) – SSQG pictures are uploaded to a storage site and the link to the site is posted on the SSQG Blogspot site.  Marilyn also presented another inspiration for the storybook quilts.
e)    Unfinished Projects (UFOs – Kathy S was absent, Pam T asked for UFOs to be presented.) – Valerie V. presented a completed quilt in a box piece and chose a charm pack from the Treasure Box.
f)     Tabs (Betty B.) – Bonnie M turned over a huge bag of tabs.  Pam T added her collections.
g)    Door Prizes (Renee H.) –Winners of this weeks door prizes were Betty B who chose the “Stitch by Stich” bag, Becky Fr (Thru the Seasons), Bonnie M. (Rainbows), and Pam T (Country Living).
h)    Just Do It (Pam T.) –
                             i.       New Just Do It challenge – KRAZY QUILTS!  Any size from a block to a quilt, or any project you have in mind. Instructional links have been posted on the blog site.  A soiree was held on Saturday, May 16 at Pam T’s place.  Pam showed some string quilt krazy quilt blocks.
                            ii.       Roadtrip to All Stitched Up in Slidell LA – June 6th . We’ll meet at the Target on Millerville at 9am.  Drive is 1.25 hours and we plan on the shop visit, lunch in Slidell, then drive back.
i)      Quilt Show (SSQG membership) – No volunteers to become chairperson so the show this year will be a group activity and organized by the entire membership.
                           i.       No discussion was held this month.
j)      Charity Quilts/Projects (Merlene L. & Cheryl A.) –
                         i.         It was decided that the already completed117 bears will be turned over to Our Lady of the Lake now as they have an ongoing need for them; at least 110 more bears are available to be stuffed at the Quilt Show in August.  Merlene L. asks the membership to continue to make more bears.
                        ii.         Several quilts that were made from the fabric from Wasted Women were displayed. 
                       iii.         Merlene L brought in a 30 yd roll of cotton batting that was paid for by Sharon H.  This roll is to be used in the charity quilts.  The membership decided to hold off purchasing any additional batting until this roll is almost gone..
  1. Unfinished Business –
a)    Mynan G continues to make quilt tops from the Inverted Star blocks that the membership made..  Any additional blocks collected will be made into an additional top.  These will be added to the charity quilts for donation.
  1. New business
a)  No new business at this time.
  1. Program Report – Betty B presented a program on Wool Applique/Embroidery:
a)    Betty loves handwork and finds wool applique very relaxing as wool does not need to have the edges turned under and 100% wood does not fray making it easy to work with.
b)    Betty described the various types of wool fabric used in applique:
                             i.         Wool felt – compressed wool fibers which may need some soft fuse applied to prevent edge fraying.  This is good for very small pieces of applique
                            ii.         Woven wool -100% wool that has been felted.  Yardage of this type is somewhat expensive.
                           iii.         You can felt your own woven wool  by taking 100% wool fabric, either purchased or from old clothing, which can be found in thrift stores.  Skirts and pants are the easiest to work with.  All seams, interfacing and hardware must be removed, and keep salvaged fabric pieces as large as possible.
                          iv.         To felt the wool, wash in very hot water along with towels or jeans with a little mild detergent, rinse in cold water.  Used a color catcher if bleeding might be problem.  Small pieces should be placed in a mesh bag..  Dry at the hottest setting available and check the lint filter frequently.  Repeat..
c)    Many patterns and books are available in stores or online.  Traditional applique patterns and shapes can be used in wool applique and seam allowances do not have to be added.
                             i.         Since wool yardage is expensive, Cotton, flannel or wool can be used for backgrounds.
                            ii.         Pattern pieces can be traced on freezer paper, pressed on the wool square, then cut out.
                           iii.         Pattern pieces can be layered, either stapled or glued, then blanket stitched together prior to adding to the background.
d)    Projects can be embellished with embroidery, beads, buttons, etc.
e)    Betty described the various threads to be used in wool applique. 
f)     Betty also described how to make felted wool dryer balls which are a 100% replacement for dyer sheets or softeners.
                             i.       100% wool yarn (not superwash) in a neutral color is used.  Betty recommended Lion Brand Fisherman’s wool.  Approximately 4 balls can be made from one skein.
                            ii.       Wrap the yarn around itself until you have a ball the size of a baseball, then cut the yarn leaving a long tail.  Using a tapestry needle, weave the tail back and forth thru the ball several times.
                           iii.       Place the balls in the leg of old pantyhose and tie a know between each ball.  Knot the ends of the pantyhose as well..
                          iv.       Wash the yarn balls with a load of towels using very hot water, then place in dryer with the towels and dry on high heat.  Repeat wash and dry process to felt the balls.
                           v.       Remove the balls from the pantyhose and place in your dryer.  There is no need to use fabric softeners of any type when using yarn balls.
g)    For additional information of wook dryer balls go to this link:
  1. Show and Tell – members showed off projects, both old and new.
a)    Renee H displayed some of the Quilts of Valor pieces.
b)    Pam T. showed off a coloring book with pictures that could potentially be used for quilting patterns..
  1. Announcements –..
a)    Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 18th

  1. Adjournment – 8:15pm

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SSQG meeting - May 21, 2015

Hello my talented beauties,

   I hope everyone has had time to listen to the hum of their sewing machines & enjoy the passion of quilting lately!  We have our Sassi Strippers meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ 6:30pm at the Jones Creek Library.  We have so much going on in our guild that I hope you are enjoying being a Sassi Stripper member!  When I accepted this position as President, my goal was very clear to me.  I wanted an atmosphere that would inspire creativity, passion & love for quilting.  To promote education & have a variety of arts because you never know what may create a spark for an idea.  The most important goal for me is fun, laughter & fellowship at every meeting!  As usual, we have another full night planned!  We will be making some more decisions.  Betty Braud will present a program on wool appliquĆ©/embroidery. Please bring any tabs or inverted star blocks to be turned in.  Please bring any kind of project for show-n-tell that has appliquĆ© or embroidery in it & any other type of project you would like to share.  So with that being said, come on down for another night of fun, creativity & fellowship!!!

Humbly yours,

Pam Tennyson