Friday, April 18, 2014

APRIL 2014

NEVER say no when receiving someone’s sewing stash – take what your want and pass it on!
Scrap quilts only breed more scraps.

Cactus Kilter Quilter got tipsy at the Pueblo West Quilters’ April meeting. CKQ still hasn’t recovered and doesn’t plan to. She loves being tipsy. Read further to see why…

The perfect companion beside your sewing machine is a pair of tweezers.
Change your needle OFTEN.

April Block of the Month is the Star of Stripes block. Sandy Strickland decided we need to remember the past by sewing Y-seams and this block is full of them! Also, she requested using the 1930’s prints. You know, small printed fabrics, generally with white in them.
On a solid white background, the chevron star will be made of red, yellow, and blue strips.
Finding a tutorial was a challenge. Cactus Kilter Quilter had to go back to the 1930’s to … well, no. but it felt like it until CKQ reminded me to break down the pattern. It’s an 8-pointed star block, with stripes. Here’s a picture of the block but the blue and red stripes are reversed. The picture shows the spinning going counter-clockwise and Sandy’s pattern has it going clockwise.
Hold on. I’ll see if I can track down the directions… talk amongst yourselves until I get back …
It’s taking longer than I imagined so here’s a link to making an 8-pointed star with Y-seams. Did I mention this tutorial is for hand-piecing left-handers?

4: 4.75” x 4.75” solid white fabric
2: 5.25” x 5.25” solid white fabric, then cut on the diagonal to make triangles for a total of 4 triangles from the 2 squares.
From the Blue, Yellow, and Red 1930’s fabrics, cut one 1.5” x 42” (WOF) strip for each color. Sew the strips together => 3.5” x 42”.
Cut into eight pieces using a 45 degree angle, 4.75” long. Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds. A CKQ’s best friend!
Use the links above to assemble the star.
This makes a 15” x 15” finished block so the quilt assembly will be fast! Not the block. Pesty Y-seams. But the block will have large seamless, negative spaces for quilting.

Rulers with thin lines have better accurate measurements than rulers with thick lines. Just saying
For a quick baby quilt, use the pages of a baby’s cloth book for the squares. Use a contrasting fabric sashing to unify the blocks.

Mystery Quilt Challenge, Part 3

Back by demanding CKQs, Becky gave us the next set of instructions. (See the attachment from the President’s newsletter for continuing instructions.)

Version 1:
Note that this is for a regular flying geese block. Becky had us using the half-triangle squares for the purple squares (dark triangle pointing inward.) to create two triangles in the corners.

Version 2:
Half-square Triangle Picture (Just in case you forgot last month’s instructions.)
Flying Geese Assembly Pictures
Caveat: Instead of using the gold batik fabric, replace with your half-square triangles, with the dark triangle pointing toward the center.
Trim to 3.25” x 6” rectangles.

Becky explained an easy way to trim the sides. Align the ruler at the 3” line with the center of the rectangle (This line bisects the large flying goose tip.)  
To trim the top by aligning the 3” center line and pulling the ruler down until the .25” line intersects at the goose’s tip.

Now for the very, very important tip of the month….
Don’t get confused with aligning the ruler at the 3” mark for the tip with it being the same measurement as the width.
The final split-flying geese rectangle size is 3.25” x 6”.

After you’ve align your ruler’s .25” with the large goose point and cut the first (top) edge; for the last step, be sure to measure 3.25” from the top edge and NOT 3”, when cutting the parallel bottom edge.
3.25” x 6” is your dimensions, not 3”x6”. Ask me how I know this. Just ask me.
And yes, it was in the morning, before work, so I was awake. The Cactus Kilter Quilter kept whispering Cut it, cut it, cut it. So I did, even after double-checking my lines.
CKQ is still laughing.
CKQ has some possible ideas about what the quilt block’s going to look like. Have you? Can’t wait until next month for the conclusion of the Mystery Quilt’s Instructions.

Love broccoli? Use the blue rubber band as a gripper. Wrap it around your sewing machine wheel, wrap it around your finger as a needle grabber, or – CKQ shook her head – use it as a tourniquet when the blood gushes…
Speaking of gushing blood, when you get your blood drawn, ask for the band they use to wrap around your arm. That’s a gripper too.

The PWQ Board presented the program – have you guessed it? Tips. What tips do you use and love? The Board entertained us with their fast-paced, assembly-lined tips and provided paper to capture them. Fortunately, they gave us take-home pizza boxes filled with the tips. And M & Ms.

Set up a towel bar next to your sewing machine. Hang your cut strips over it to prevent wrinkles and it’s handy to pull off one strip at a time.

Guess what? PWQ will be hosting CSC, Colorado Quilting Council, in October 2015. All hands on the quilting frame and a few others. The more the merrier. We’ll entertain quilters from all over the state as well as neighboring quilters so finish up those UFQs for the greatest Sew N Share ever. You have 17 months. CKQ thinks a few of you can start from scratch and create and finish 5 quilts in this time. If we can’t share our masterpieces at S-N-S, maybe a display of them can fill the halls and room…. Up for the challenge?

Not into make-up? Use make-up brushes to remove lint from the bobbin case in your machine.
After blow drying your hair, use the blow dryer to remove heat-removing marks from your quilt.

A nod to the Mystery Quilt Retreaters … A Cactus Kilter Quilter or two popped up at the event to encourage the two dozen quilters. CKQ spoke about waxing their cheese, sneaking men into the dorm rooms, and used Tired Old Ass Soak to ease her tense back muscles.

CKQ spoke on the phone, I do my best work at night.
Overhearing, CKQ’s date said, I can hardly wait.

Oh yes. The following indulgence is for adults only.
Rum Chatas Shots
4 oz. Instant Cheesecake Pudding
¾ c. milk
¾ c. Rum Chatas
Mix together. Fold in
8 oz. Cool Whip
Fill shot containers (1 oz. plastic containers with lids).
Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on top. Optional.
Freeze the shots.

Stop quilting for the day? Create a place marker with a contrasting fabric scrap attached to a safety pin and pin where you’ve stopped. Next quilting session, find the marker, remove it, and begin quilting.

Did you enjoy Pride City Quilt Guild’s Quilt show? Jean McDonald’s quilts were like having her life’s passion on display. CKQ took the time to read her plaques, learned about her life and what was happening in the world as Jean created these quilts. September 2001 is very poignant. History in the making on a personal level.
What about you? Have you taken the time to stroll through your quilts? I know – you haven’t had the opportunity to display all your quilts at one location. Or, you gave your quilts away as soon as the last stitch was knotted. Or, I don’t make showcase quilts. Or, --
CKQ is speaking about something more personal. Have you documented your work? Taken photographs? Chronicled about what’s happening in the world during the quilt’s creation? Saved scraps, patterns, and notes in a shoebox? Anything to bring back memories?
This is important! Do it now. Do it as you live. People want to know. Can you imagine having bits and pieces of your life in a museum? CKQ bets neither did the belongings of others who had their lives exposed at the museums. So make your life count. Record it the best way you know how.

Place LED flashlights around your studio. Focused lighting brings forth illumination.

Tipping is optional.
Cactus Kilter Quilter