Saturday, July 26, 2014

JULY, 2014

“Life is a journey, not the destination.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
To paraphrase,
Quilting is a journey, and the destination.

Think about it. Quilters love the quilting process: designing, selecting fabrics, cutting and piecing, the assembled top, sandwiching the layers, quilting, labeling, binding, and snuggling under the finished quilt. Some steps are more appealing than other steps but quilters make quilts.

If this is true, why are there so many unfinished quilts stashed under beds, in closets, or in basements and attics? Could it be because quilters had difficulties with the pattern, fabric selections, or quilting? Is the top made but the quilting is daunting? Or what if there’s a wrong fabric choice that’s glaring when the pieces were put together? Maybe pieces were cut too short and there isn’t enough fabric to have a do-over and by now the store isn’t carrying that fabric. Oh the answers of why there’s UFQs are endless.

Cactus Kilter Quilter gives you permission to repurpose that UFQ into tote bags, mini quilts, LUV quilts, jackets, vests, or any other finished quilted project inspires you.


Cactus Kilter Quilter gives you permission to remove the UFQ from your home. Yes. All the pieces you want to get rid of. You can donate the UFQs to the Pueblo West Quilters or you can …


Throw it away.

That’s right, you read correctly. Toss the pieces with glee. Liberate yourself from the reasons why you don’t want to finish this particular UFQ and work on the quilting project you want to finish.

Life is too short to be worried about the could haves, should haves, and would haves.

Quilting is your relaxation sport. Enjoy every moment. Come to the meeting and show us what you’ve finished. Put up the photographs on FaceBook. What you finish inspires others.

CKQ is inspired to create a Labyrinth quilts because she saw another quilter create one for her grandson. Out of camouflage fabrics!

Of course CKQ can’t copy; and, of course, she had to use a stripe fabric …. Do you know how difficult it is to change the pattern to accommodate a stripe?!!! Matching the stripes is fine, sort of, but the recalculations to accommodate the width??? Oh boy! Hence, Labyrinth 1 will take time; so in the meantime, Labyrinth 2 is coming along nicely.

The meeting? You want to know what happened at July’s Social? We ate ice cream. Oh and you won’t believe this but quilts bring history alive! It’s true.

A couple important things happened.

First, the Board recommended that Lisa Mollenhaur, 2014 Board volunteer, become an official Board member by creating a 2nd Vice President position. A motion was made and passed.

Second, The Board recommended that future Board members’ dues are waived for the year they serve, contingent on available funds. This vote will occur at the August meeting.

Did you know the Pueblo County Fair was held? Did you know that several Pueblo West Quilters walked away with several ribbons on their quilts? So if you’ve missed this year’s opportunities, begin planning and executing for next year’s county fair. You too, can join the merriment.

July’s Block of the Month is the Dancing Mountains Quilt Block
Dimensions: 8.5” x 8.5” unfinished. (When squaring up, trim the large triangle to keep the points on the half-square triangles.)

Color choice: Use any colors that blend. This is going to be a scrappy quilt that’s going to be popular so make a couple blocks or more to up your odds for winning these blocks.

Pay attention. CKQ is talking about two different blocks.

Steps for making the Delectable Mountains block:

Notice that Dancing Mountains and Delectable Mountains are the same block except the Dancing Mountains block has one less half-square triangle per side. Assembling steps are similar. (CKQ couldn’t find Dancing Mountains anywhere except when she’s pulling an all-nighter and those mountains tend to dance as the sun rays hit them….)

For the Wounded Warrior Block:

Red (Chocolate) 3: 3” x 3” squares

White (Tan (Background)) 2: 3” x 3” squares; 1: 2.5” x 2.5” square; 1: 9.25” x 9.25” square

Blue (Brown) 1 5.372” x 5.375” square

Make 4 Red/White half-square triangles. Cut 1 Red square on the diagonal. Cut the Blue square on the diagonal and the 9.25” square on the diagonal. Assemble the block as shown above.

Remember, there’s only 2 HS triangles + 1 triangle for the top strip and 1 square + 2 HS triangles + 1 triangle for the left side strip.

For a similar pattern presented at the meeting, check out Dancing Mountain Quilt, made by Janice Graber, Freeman, SD and quilted by Monica Hofer, Freeman, SD

For a variation, here’s Four Seasons: Autumn Trail quilt pattern by Lori Smith

July’s the time of the year when jams and jellies are preserved and set upon the pantry shelves for those long winter days. Opening a jar of jam brings out the sunny memories to nip Jack Frost on the nose. Let’s not forget making the Chocolate Yule log during the holidays…
Turns out PWQ also loves preserving … with Jelly Rolls! No, these rolls are not edible. On July 19th PWQ will host a Sew Saturday at Pueblo West Baptist Church and to keep quilters alert and race their sewing machines, there’s going to be Jelly Roll Races! So bring your 2.5” strips and let the fun begin!
Thunderstorms got you down? Ruins your afternoon plans? Reverse your schedule and plan your outings in the mornings and quilt in the afternoon. Remember to pack up those UFQs….

Limbering the toes,

Cactus Kilter Quilter