Today was our first Quilt for Pulse sew day at the guild and what a success! We finished laying out one whole quilt top (and began piecing it together) and even got started on laying out the majority of a second top. Thanks to all who came to pitch in and help today! And thank you to all our members who couldn’t make it to the sew day but donated blocks! We will definitely be hitting our two quilt goal in no time and might even be on our way to making a third with any additional blocks that you would like to donate this Thursday at our guild meeting or at our second Quilts for Pulse sew day coming up soon. (Date still TBD).
Here is our first full quilt top laid out on the design wall:
If you’re looking to contribute blocks for our second quilt top, we are in need of some of the warmer toned hearts like reds, oranges and yellows! Here’s the hearts we have started for our second quilt top:
Additionally, if you have any large pieces of fabric that could potentially be used for backing either of these two quilts that you’d like to donate, please bring it in. And thank you again to all who have donated fabric, blocks, and time to making these quilts!
This month we welcomed Latifah Saafir to our guild to teach us a thing or two about curves. On June 11th we got together and learned how to make Latifah’s Molehills quilt. She taught us all we needed to know about how to cut, iron and piece curves to make molehills of our own. Many of us worked cutting and sewing single arches into lovely molehill fans and a few of us even dared to paper piece our arches. Every molehill made in class was one of a kind and so much fun to explore with each other throughout the day. Here’s a round up of our adventures that day.
Eileen showing off cutting arches using templates.
Kristine pressing her purple and pink arches.
Michelle-Nicholle stitching some curves on the machine.
Michelle-Nicholle’s arches laid out on the design wall with some full fans thrown in as well. (We love!)
Liz built a plethora of lovely yellow arches during class.
Tricialyn played around with layout of her colorful arches on the design wall.
Sarah pieced the day away using the paper piecing templates.
Rochelle finished a full fun pieced pink fan in class. (We love the fussy cut mermaids!)
Sarah shows off one whole pieced fan at the end of class.
Our design wall with a least one completed fan from every member in class. What a lovely bunch of molehills. We wanted to sew them up into a colorful quilt right then and there!
We had so much fun sewing the day away with Latifah Saafir! She had so much knowledge to offer on how to make this beautiful quilt. Lots of tips and tricks on how to be comfortable sewing curves on a machine and creating these awesome blocks. This technique might look a little daunting but we all agreed this was a great quilt to ease into learning curves. We highly recommend Latifah to other guilds and groups alike! She’s a great teacher and an all-around awesome person. We can’t thank her enough for spending a day with us at the Silicon Valley MQG.
As I’m sure many of you have seen, there has been a wonderful movement in the quilting community to blanket Orlando in love, and we would love to have our guild participate and send at least two completed quilts that are made as a group effort. Anything you want to make on your own is icing on the cake!
We are highly encouraged by the MQG and the Orlando MQG to send completed quilts, or at the least completed tops. I’ll be coordinating the contribution from our guild and I would prefer not to send lone blocks but to send either completed quilts or completed tops to limit the amount of work the Orlando guild has to do. If you will not be making a whole quilt top or completed quilt yourself we would love to have you contribute heart blocks to put together into the two tops. We have several sew days planned where we can work on these blocks together and get the tops pieced. If you cannot make it to sew days please send your completed blocks to the Intrepid Thread or give them to us at the July meeting. You can also arrange to drop them off at The Intrepid Thread but please arrange it with Julie first. In order to expedite getting these things pieced together please use the Cluck Cluck Sew 10″ heart block tutorial that the Orlando guild shared. If you are contributing single blocks please have them to us by the sew days noted below so that they may be incorporated into tops.
I would like to send a minimum of two completed group quilts that are a minimum of 60”x60” (which allows for the rainbow of R, O, Y, G, B, P to go in either direction) which means that we need a total of 72 heart blocks.
Sew day details July 9th – exclusive Orlando quilt sewing day –> Please signup for the sew day here to let us know if you’ll be attending.
July 15th – already scheduled guild sew day (work on your own project or on the Orlando project) –> Please signup for the sew day here to let us know if you’ll be attending.
July 16th – already scheduled guild sew day (work on your own project or on the Orlando project) –> Please signup for the sew day here to let us know if you’ll be attending.
TBD – One last exclusive Orlando quilt sew day to get any stray blocks sewn into tops
For any additional information please see this post on the Orlando guild’s website, and this post on the MQG website. If any dates and details change, we’ll make sure to keep you all posted.
If you have any questions, please ask me on the SVMQG Facebook Group or shoot us an email at email@example.com