Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sue Daurio - Quilt Finishes

At our May meeting, Sue Daurio presented a trunk show of her amazing work as she explained to us how the different choices you make when having your top quilted can affect the end result. 

Batting composition - wool, cotton, poly blends - can play a large part in whether your quilt is stiff-as-a-board and great for hanging, or is a supple, draping quilt. 

She explained that thread weight also plays a part.  The more lightweight the thread the easier the drape even with lots of quilting.  High density quilting with heavy thread will yield a stiffer quilt.  



This quilt (draped above, close up below) has 60wt thread top and bottom, cotton batting, and cozy flannel on the back.  Quilted with a bit of dense freehand overall feather, there are very few air pockets. Thin thread, washed flannel and broken in cotton will have a great drape over time. Notice very little on the air pockets though.  








This quilt (close up above, draped below) is a bit newer and has been washed a couple of times. The overall quilting is much less dense so it have more air pockets. The wool batting that gives it a nice loft and great drape. The Minky on the back is so soft and helps with the drape.  Thread is 40 weight glide on top and 60 weight in the bobbin.
 




The Hobbs wool batting on this Mills Girls BOM 
gives great definition to all the quilting
and really makes all the feathers stand out.



With Hobbs 80/20 and minky on the back, 
Lucky Emma will have a soft, drapy, wrap-me-up, comfy quilt.



Look at this in-progress beauty! (I hear it's finished now :) )
Hobbs wool again for definition,
this time layered on top of Hobbs 80/20.
So much quilting.  Gorgeous, isn't it?!

 ...and one more pic of this one.
Just because :)

Closing words from Sue: "a lot of people think dense quilting makes it stiff, but that all depends on the backing, thread and batting.  You don't get the air pockets, which are soft and snuggly but you can get a great drape which is like a gentle quilts hug."  And, unless it's an art quilt, that's what quilts are all about!

AND, before she left, Sue donated this beauty to our comfort quilt collection:





Thank you, Sue, for the donation of the quilt and for the interesting presentation!
 

All the beautiful quilts Sue used as examples as she spoke about choices were captivating. So much so that I forgot to take pictures!  The pictures in this post were borrowed from Sue's website, and provided by Sue after her visit.  Visit Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventure to see lots more of her beautiful work or to inquire about long arm quilting




Friday, May 11, 2018

Wool Work with Kysa Meek

At our April meeting Kysa inspired us all with her beautiful samples!

Look at these cute little chicks!
The sticking out static electricity stitches (sorry, I didn't catch the real name of those stitches, lol) and the splayed legs on some of them makes them look brand new.  Sooooo cute!

 This one speaks to all of us!


I think Kysa said this was her first project. (I never would've guessed it was a first one.) She said she learned so much doing it.  And she wound up with a beautiful piece for all her work.




This one had so much detail you could look at it for the longest time discovering all the different stitches and cute additions.  It was a delightful piece of art. 

Here's a few pictures of some of the details....


It makes you want to pick up some wool and a needle and start stitching!




Kysa gave us lots of tips regarding needles and supplies, felting, choosing wool, and more.  I know she left many of us wanting to try wool work, and those who have done it before, wanting to pull it out again.  




Thanks for a great program, Kysa!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018 Quilt Challenge - Stash Buster




Louise, the current chairperson for the challenge committee, made this sample top of the pattern we will be using. It makes a cute quilt, doesn't it? (feet not included) 

The Stash Buster pattern the committee selected this year consists of 5" squares surrounded by 2.5" strips. 30 squares surrounded by a couple borders and you have a lovely quilt. 



The 2018 Quilt Challenge fits right in with our ongoing commitment to community service.  We will be making these quilts to donate to the Sage Cancer Center.  

We've done this a couple times in the past. Here's several from the 2013 group of Sage quilts.


It was so gratifying that we're doing it again!

Surely many different themes will show up in these quilts.  (I can't wait to see them)  They are all due in October, but of course, early is fine, too!  Here's a top that Kathy Hughes (the co-chair of the challenge committee) made.  


So start stash busting! Show us what you've got!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Start Spreading The News!

Country Quilters of McHenry has been a guild for a long time... 35 years!  While some founding members are still attending, many of the guild members have not been members quite that long.  And some members are fairly new.  And we're just a wee bit smaller than we used to be. We'd love to welcome even more members to our guild so we're going to....

Start Spreading the News!


We'd love for more local quilters to join us so we can see what awesome quilts they are making and so they can share their knowledge, tips, and tricks with us.

We'd love for more local quilters to join us so we can share with them what awesome quilts we are making, and we can share our knowledge, tips, and tricks with them.

We'd love to see new members who are new to quilting so we can delight in watching their delight as they discover the awesomeness of quilting!

More members means more participation in helping the local community.

More members means more quilts for a quilt show.

More members means more helping hands for a quilt show.


So with all that in mind we will have a table at the Woodstock's Mixin Mingle Mother's Day Market. Mixin Mingle is on the Woodstock square at 124 Cass Street, right next to Yofresh Yogurt.  The Woodstock Farmers Market will be going on at the same time.  We'll be there Saturday, May 12th from 10am to 2pm.


Our table will be filled with information about Country Quilters.  We'll be there to "brag" about how wonderful the guild is and to answer any questions.  And we'll be selling little sewn items: zipper bags, coffee cozies, mug rugs...  

We'll have a spectacular quilt on display behind our table, with smaller samples of our guild members' work scattered about our space.

So if you are a member maybe you could make a thing or two.
If you're not a member (why not?!) but are reading this, stop by that day and learn all about us.
If you're not a member and just can't wait until May to check us out, join us at our next meeting. Guests are always welcome for $5, or you can join by paying a yearly membership fee of $25. We meet the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 (but we start gathering and chatting at 6:30) at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 404 N Green St, in McHenry.

Keep spreading the news!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mug Rug Tutorials



Is there anything better in the middle of the afternoon than a cuppa and a few cookies?  Or a cuppa and a sweet roll in the morning?  Or a cuppa and a brownie after dinner?  Having a pretty mug rug to set the scene just takes it up a notch.

 Here's three quick-to-make mug rugs.  Easy-peasy!


 For this patchy stripe between 2 solid strips you will need:
1 piece of batting 6.5" x 10.5"
1 piece of backing 6.5" x 10.5"
5 scrappy squares 2.5" x 2.5"
2 strips 2.5" x 10.5"
Sew the five 2.5" squares into a strip.  Press seams to the side.
Sew the 2.5" x 10.5" strips to the top and the bottom of the scrappy strip.  Press to the strips.

Lay the completed mug rug top on the batting.  Stitch a straight line about 1/4" from one side of the scrappy strip down the entire length of the top.  Stitch another straight line about 1/4" from the other side of the scrappy strip down the entire length of the top.
 
Lay the backing on top of the quilted top, right sides together.
Stitch 1/4" (not scant, but generous) from the edge, almost all the way around, leaving about 3" - 4" for turning. Back stitching a little at each end of the opening will keep the stitches from unraveling when you turn it out. Clip the corners before you turn the mug rug rights sides out.
Top stitch all the way around the mug rug, stitching the turning opening closed.

Completed!

 
 This simple design can showcase a pretty bit of fabric in the middle.
You will need:
Focus Fabric 1  2.5" x 6.5"
Light fabric  2  1.5" x 6.5"  &  2  1.5" x 4.5"
Dark fabric  2  1.5" x 8.5"  & 2  1.5" x 6.5"
Batting  1  6.5" x 10.5"
Backing 1  6.5" x 10.5"
Stitch the 2 long light pieces to the top and bottom of the focus fabric.
Stitch the 2 short light pieces to the sides of the focus fabric.
Stitch the 2 long dark pieces to the top and bottom of the new rectangle.
Stitch the 2 short dark pieces to the sides of the new rectangle.
Place the completed mug rug top on the batting and stitch in the ditch around the center piece of fabric.  Then stitch in the ditch between the light and the dark fabric.
Lay the backing on the quilted mug rug, right sides together.
Stitch 1/4" (not scant but generous) almost all the way around, leaving 3" - 4" for turning. Back stitching a little at each end of the opening will keep the stitches from unraveling when you turn it out. Clip the corners before turning right sides out.
Press the mug rug paying attention the opening.  Stitch very near the edges all the way around, closing the turning opening.
Completed!

This angled stripe-y mug rug is great for those extra bits of binding that always seem to accumulate.

You will need:
Batting:  about 8.5" x 12.5"
Backing  1  6.5" x 10.5"
Light colored fabric  1  6.5" x 10.5"
2.5" x WOF  1 each of 2 different fabrics
 
This part is just a bit tricky.  Use the 45 degree mark on your ruler to line up the light colored piece and draw a line with a pencil.  You want to be in about 2" from the corner. ( Mine was three inches so I measured 1" from the first line and drew another.  That became my working line and I x'd out the first line so I didn't use it by mistake.)  Then mark a line 2" from the first guide line, continue until you are to the other side of the rectangle.
Layer the batting and the marked light rectangle. Lay two strips right sides together along the first line and stitch through all layers. Open fabrics and press.  Trim excess.
Add another strip.  Stitch through all layers.  Open. Press. Trim.
Repeat until the entire rectangle is covered.

Turn the piece over and the 6.5" x 10.5" piece should be visible through the batting.
Trim.
It's so cute already, isn't it?!  Stitched and quilted all in one step!
Lay the backing on the quilted mug rug, right sides together.
Stitch 1/4" (not scant but generous) almost all the way around, leaving 3" - 4" for turning. Back stitching a little at each end of the opening will keep the stitches from unraveling when you turn it out. Clip the corners before turning right sides out.
Press the mug rug paying attention the opening. Stitch very near the edges all the way around, closing the turning opening.
Completed!

Three mug rugs completed! 
 

I'm pretty sure you deserve a cuppa and a yummy snack.  Enjoy!