SCRAPPY QUILTERS NEWSLETTER Summer 2017

 

Please read all the way to the end.  It is a little long but has information on upcoming events.

This is a listing of challenges, mysteries and swaps for 2017.  Please check the files under Guidelines for more information before signing up.

LABOR DAY RETREAT:  Thursday, July 31 to Tuesday, September 5

RETREAT! NO! WAIT! KEEP ON SEWING!

Summer is coming to an end and school time will be starting once again and now is the time to get a head start on our Christmas projects and have a little fun while doing so. You have a chance at winning some goodies with a few games and there will be lots of chatter to get to know each other a little better. And the best part is that you don’t have to leave your sewing room to participate!

There will be a lottery block to be raffled off.  The lottery block pattern will be decided on a few weeks before the retreat so you will have time to make it in advance.  There is a limit of 6 blocks that you can make and each block counts for a chance at the drawing where winner takes all.

Plus, a peek at a new original Mystery Quilt.  Hope you will join us over Labor Day Weekend!

ONGOING:

UFO CHALLENGE 2017:

Do you have projects that are hiding in your closet that you don’t know how to finish or haven’t had the time to finish for whatever reason? Do you have items that have been around so long that they have become part of the décor in your room? Do you have UFOs that someone gifted to you and are at a loss on how to finish them? Well, this is the start of a new year, a new chance to finish them once and for all. That means binding and labeling. Let’s take control of our UFOs and get them done instead of being afraid to finish and hide them away for yet another year or two! The first person to finish gets a FQ from my stash!

VIEWER’S CHOICE:  You must send a picture of the finished project to me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com. Remember, this is for all projects and they must be finished with binding and quilting, if applicable. All entries will be entered into Viewer’s Choice and will be voted on by the group and the winning project will be the banner quilt for the following month.

TWISTED MYSTERY QUILT: Are you up for a challenge? Do you have what it takes to complete it? Are you bored with the same patterns and are looking for a change? Then you have come to the right place.  Each month I will choose a block to do. You choose your own fabrics as it is not a swap, but a challenge, and you can choose to pass on the block if you wish.  It can be appliqué, paper pieced, embroidery or regular piecing or something entirely new. The object is to get ourselves out of our comfort zones and play a little bit and experiment with new techniques.  To sign up just post your name below. All I ask is that if you want to play along just post pictures to share with the group.

BUST THE BITS AND PIECES PARTY: This is an easy way to use up those small scraps that have a tendency to breed while we are sleeping. Every so often, I will post some fun, fast and easy links on ways to use up scraps. If you have a link you want to share, please do so. It is open to everyone and is designed to use up those pesky little pieces.  This is not a swap but just a challenge to clean out our scraps and help keep them under control.  If you find a link that uses up stash and scraps, please share with the group!  Sherrill YiDonoy has been kind enough to post tutorials for various projects.  Thank you Sherrill!

UPCOMING SWAPS:

CRAZY SCRAPPY FABRIC SWAP

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: October 2017
SWAP ENDS: December 1, 2017

The swap startup date has been pushed back to October and will give everyone more time to decide. We all have scraps that are too small to do anything with and don’t want to throw away. Sew the scraps together so you can make a square out of them. As of now, I’m thinking the number of squares will be determined by the number of participants. The squares will be 5″ X7″.  The deadline is set out to December and if you are interested, you will have a head start on making your squares. Please include your name and address when you sign up as these squares take a little bit of time to make and that you will have enough time to finish and send without too much stress. Of course, if you finish early, then go ahead and let Cheryl know so she can keep the swap updated.  Any questions, feel free to ask Cheryl Hall at kscujst9395@yahoo.com with your name and address.

IDEAS:

FABRIC SWAP: Do you need to stock up on certain colors or novelties or prints? Then sign up to swap with your friends and see what goodies you receive. Start date to be announced.

BLOCK SWAPS: Fun new blocks to swap with each other. You make a block for each person signed up and receive back from everyone! Start date to be announced.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to email me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com and I am sure we can work something out.

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LABOR DAY RETREAT

LABOR DAY RETREAT

Thursday, July 31 to Tuesday, September 5

RETREAT! NO! WAIT! KEEP ON SEWING!

Summer is coming to an end and school time will be starting once again and now is the time to get a head start on our Christmas projects and have a little fun while doing so. You have a chance at winning some goodies with a few games and there will be lots of chatter to get to know each other a little better. And the best part is that you don’t have to leave your sewing room to participate!

There will be a lottery block to be raffled off.  The lottery block will be decided on a few weeks before the retreat so you will have time to make it in advance.  There is a limit of 6 blocks that you can make and each block counts for a chance at the drawing where winner takes all.

Plus, a peek at a new original Mystery Quilt.

Hope you will join us over Labor Day Weekend!

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ROUND ROBIN 2017

A quilt made by fellow quilters.

SIGN UP DATE: June 15, 2017

DEADLINE TO HAVE CENTER MADE: June 30, 2017

SEND OUT DATE: July 15, 2017

PLEASE SCROLL ALL THE WAY THROUGH THIS AND TYPE AGREE AT THE BOTTOM, ONLY IF YOU INTEND TO PARTICIPATE.

HOW TO SIGN UP: Please sign up by emailing me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com with RR2017 in the subject line, your name, address, phone number, and email. When the swap is filled, then I will PM everyone along with a list. You will be always sending to the same person until finished. The list will be posted after the swap closes.

WHAT IS A ROUND ROBIN? A round robin is usually a 12 inch block that is sent to a set number of people who then take turns adding borders to the block. It is then sent back to the owner as a finished top. This is a chance to be creative by using different techniques, such as borders, blocks, appliqué, etc.

DUE DATE FOR BORDERS: To be announced after we have at least 5-7 signups. From there on, quilt tops will be due on the first of the month and you will have two (2) months to complete your round. Hopefully, the tops will be finished within a year but do understand that things do happen that can delay it. When you finish your center block, please post a picture as we love to share and also for insurance reasons in case of problems.

GUIDELINES:
1. Each quilt top should start with a 12.5 square block. It can be any style or color you would like, it’s your choice. Please include scraps and a vision of what you want to see your top become. Please include a journal for others to write in as it is fun to see where it has traveled and its transformation. Please post photos as we go along.

2. It is up to the person receiving the top to decide on an appropriate border to go around the center block. Please make sure that it complements the colors the maker has chosen and styles that will match. There will be as many rounds as there are players so that everyone has a chance to create.

3. When sending the quilt top along, please make sure that it is INSURED AND THAT THERE IS TRACKING ON THE PACKAGE, as we don’t want anything to happen to our creations. Also make sure it is Flat rate shipping. Please send on the first of the month. MAKE SURE THAT YOU POST TO THE GROUP YOUR TRACKING NUMBER, YOUR NAME, WHO IT WAS SENT TO, AND DATE SENT.

4. If you find that you are having problems keeping up with the rounds, please let me know so that we can help you keep up. If we do have problems, the date can be pushed back to help, but you have to let me know ASAP! Remember, we cannot help you unless you ask for help. IF YOU BACK OUT OR DROP OUT AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SWAP, OR DO NOT RESPOND WHEN CONTACTED AFTER 3 ATTEMPTS, AND WITHOUT LETTING ME OR ANYONE ELSE KNOW, YOU WILL BE BANNED FROM SWAPPING!

5. Please keep pets and smoking to a minimum as we do have members that have allergies. Use only good quality cotton and your best sewing techniques. Be creative and have fun with the quilt but make sure that it complements the quilt.

Thank you for playing along!

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RELIEF!

Good Morning Everyone!   WOW!  These past 8 weeks have been very stressful for me but now I can actually relax!  Hubby is doing very well after his stroke and is back to his normal loving self.  The DMV and doctor have cleared him to start driving again.  No driving or written tests, they said that if the doctor said he was okay to drive then they agreed with the doctor, and that means I don’t have to ferry him around.  He can drive and he won’t be driving me crazy!  I feel very blessed that he is okay and back to normal, and that he is doing a lot better with controlling his blood pressure and sugars!

I plan to do some sewing today after not doing much for so long.  I sure hope I remember how to!  😀  I have  a block to design for the BOM next month for the guild and some quilting that needs to be finished.  Not sure of what else needs to be done at the moment, need to take inventory.  Well, now to finish my coffee and get started!

Have a blessed, safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

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TWISTED MYSTERY CHALLENGE, MAY BLOCKS

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
Just in time for Mother’s Day! We have 2 blocks for May.

What is better for dessert than a blueberry cobbler for Mom! This is a simple applique block.

Or would you prefer cake! This is a good way to use up your yummy crumbs for a pretty Dresden blade block.

You can find both of them at Craftsy.com and are free. Here are the links:

https://www.craftsy.com/…/blueberry-pie-block-5-swee…/491128

https://www.craftsy.com/…/may-s-blocks-quilt-doodle-…/492461

Remember, you need to sign in to Craftsy.com to download the pattern, they are free.

Please remember to post pictures of your creations, we love it when you share!

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EVENTS UPDATE

Hello Everyone! Just wanted to thank everyone for their prayers, good thoughts and friendship. Hubby is going to be fine. We went to PT/OT yesterday and he only needs one more session of each. He has improved remarkably quickly and the therapists were very encouraging and gave him exercises to work on. Now that I know things are stable somewhat, I can think about quilting again. I haven’t done any sewing since the end of March. I just couldn’t focus on anything but his health but now I feel more confident and can relax and enjoy my sewing.
Please make sure to check out Events. There are some changes, such as the Mystery Quilt, In My Garden, has been cancelled, too many other projects to work on first.
The Lovely Ugly Challenge is now open until May 31 and the fabric will be mailed out on June 1.
Viewer’s Choice will resume in May so make sure to vote for your favorite project for April.
Twisted Mystery will resume on May 10 with 2 new challenge blocks to make.
Crazy Scrappy Quilt Squares, contact Cheryl Hall for more information.
Coming in June, there will be a few new challenges and swaps. Stayed tuned for more information.
Thank you!
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LOVELY UGLY CHALLENGE, POLKA DOTS 2017

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: May 31, 2017

MAIL OUT DATE: June 1, 2017
DEADLINE: ALL CHALLENGE ITEMS MUST BE FINISHED BY SEPTEMBER 15, 2016.
YIKES! I accidentally opened the dungeon door just to check on them and they escaped! I had them under lock and key to keep them from breeding and they took over my good fabric and now they are threatening to take over my sewing room! It’s not a pretty sight! Now, it’s time for them to leave! Um, I mean, go to another home. You see, some are just not as pretty as others and some have a reputation for just not playing well with others, and it is, I guess, why I had them hidden away.
My challenge, should you dare to accept, is that I send you two (2) 10 inch pieces, sight unseen, for you to play with. But this time there is a twist to this year’s challenge, they are polka dots of different colors. Let’s see what you can make with these “beauties” using just 2 other pieces of fabric.
I will take sign-ups until May 31 and then mail out on June 1. Remember, once you get them, they are YOURS! No givebacks! You will have until September 15 to finish. Once you finish, post pictures to my email only and we will vote on them for a prize. You do not have to send it to anyone, you get to keep your creation!
PICTURE AND VOTING RULES: To enter, take a before and after picture of the pieces and email me with your name and address and LU CHALLENGE  2017 in the subject line. This will ensure that all entries will be private.
DO NOT POST THE PICTURES TO THE GROUP! We want to shock, oops, I mean surprise everyone with your entries. I will have a list of entries just to keep it in order. When the voting is finished, the entries will be posted online with the fabrics and their creation. The group as a whole will decide the winners and that will be announced on September 30. Each category will have a first, second and third place and the prizes will be announced and awarded after the voting. I will be sending out the prizes after the voting is complete.
PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PLACE FOR EACH CATEGORY BELOW:
1. Most original
2. Best camouflaged
3. Craziest idea
From the two 10 inch pieces let’s see what you can create. All items must be finished, quilted and binding added. No limit on size, design, or project that you make, but it must be quilted. You have 2 options. You can use both pieces together and create something or just use one piece, but 60% must be in the project and you can only use 2 other fabrics.
This is not a swap, it is a challenge. They are yours to keep and to do with as you please.
Have fun creating!
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