Friday, November 8, 2019

Thea's First One Woman Quilt Show


You are invited to my very first ‘one woman show’ to be displayed during Advent – in conjunction with a concert series of recitals at noon of the Fridays of Advent at FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 300 South Main St. Greensburg from November 20 through December 31.  A selection of my quilts from the late 1980s through the present will be displayed in the Refectory/Library area.  Weekday entrance (9am to 4pm) is at the alley entrance ramp, up the flight of stairs as you enter, through the door on the right.  There is usually a reception volunteer near the door.  Sorry, there will be no evening hours.


The recitals will be Dec. 6, 13, and 20 at noon.  Box lunches will be available for $10. Call the church office to request a lunch at 724-832-0150. There is no charge for the recital.  



Friday, October 25, 2019

Name Tag Tutorial

One of the things we are asked to do as Guild Members is to wear a name tag to our meetings. There are a lot of us, and most of us won't remember a name even though we remember a face. Name tags make it a lot easier to get to know each other.  They don't need to be fancy, but they do need to be functional - easy to read and worn above the waist on your front.

Here is one way to make a simple nametag.

Materials include:
a scrap of plain solid for the name area
a scrap of 'other' fabric for the back
a piece of stiff batting or Peltex 70F
thread to match or coordinate
pin back and a dab of glue gun or E6000

If you are new to these things, here is a simple explanation:


Pellon® 70 Peltex® Ultra-Firm Sew-In is an ultra firm, smooth, heavyweight, sew-in stabilizer for extra support. It is excellent for accessories, crafts, home decorating, and quilting. Peltex® is easy to sew, even when sandwiched in between other fabrics. It will not flatten or distort with steam pressing.
Peltex® 70F is the fusible version.
 
Using a piece of parchment paper under and over your work, Fuse your scraps to back and front of your chosen product, trim to a size big enough to print your name on the solid side.  If you are using batting, a fusible web works fine.

Using a zigzag stitch on your machine, cover the raw edges with a wide overcast stitch.
40 WT cotton in both needle and bobbin

TOP-STITCHING NEEDLE for use with 40 wt thread
use a pencil to give yourself a line to write on


Print your name with a permanent pen, Pigma, gel pen, or similar ink.  


Make it big enough that you can read it from across a crowded room.

Apply a pin back with your glue gun or a glob of E6000.  Check your pinback to make sure it is fully functional before you glue it on, and after the glue dries also.  For E6000, allow to dry overnight where you will not smell the fumes.


 I had a large bag of pin backs, and some were trashed... for various reasons.
 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Membership Renewal Time

The annual renewal season is here again.  I have my membership form completed and ready to mail. We are mailing the membership paperwork in advance so that we can all enjoy our guest speaker at the September meeting.

If you are looking for the membership form, it is available on the guild website: www.quiltcoeast.org/
just click on the 'JOIN THE GUILD' tab at the top of the home page, then click on the big blue button and print the form. Complete the form entire form, initial, sign and date. Please print your email address legibly as your newsletters and guild announcements will be sent via email. If you do not receive a newsletter the month after joining, it is probably because of a typo in your email address, so please contact our Membership Chair, Karen Luce at karenjluce@hotmail.com

We are all looking forward to another year of inspiration and friendship. If there is anything you would like to see here on our blog, please comment using the box below.

I am hoping to get some pictures up in the next few weeks. Especially if you have pictures of our recent quilt show! Please send them to me at grannygoodstuff@ymail.com


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Free Pattern from Northcott

Hello - there isn't much posted yet this month, but there is a LOT happening!
This past 30 days I've been to quilt shows in Pittsburgh and Lancaster.  Then I went to The Wayne Art Center (near Philadelphia) for a fantastic exhibit of Art Quilts.

One of the items I picked up at the AQS show in Lancaster was a little bundle of 2 1/2 " squares - the new line of solid colors by Northcott.  To introduce this new line of solids, they are also offering a free pattern using 2.5" squares - http://www.northcott.net/patternpdf/EverydayBasket.pdf



It's really cute, and a very handy size! 4"w x 10"L x6"H - not including handles.
I think it would work almost as well with any stack (42) of 2 1/2 " squares.  It would also be a good way to use up leftovers from charm packs (4 squares from each charm!)  Or some leftover jelly roll strips would work, too!

Remember to stop by the Moda Bake Shop to see what's cooking over there while you're online.  There's a "LIGHTSABER" quilt posted today for all you Star Wars fans!




Friday, March 25, 2016

Quilt Company East - Newsletter for March

Please forgive any formatting errors...
some formatting - including pictures, do not translate to blogger from pdf files.

Quilt Company East Quilt Guild
NQA Chapter 797
www.quiltcoeast.org
quiltcoeast.blogspot.com

HelloEveryone!
Yes, that is me in the photo. Honestly, I am not smoking a cigar, nor do I have a mustache. I am, however, pictured having fun at the recent retreat. My hat is off to those on the committee for organizing the event, the menus, and the vendors. And I loved the welcoming gift bag made by Carol, Martha, Denise and Lorrie. If you haven't attended a retreat anywhere, you should give it a try. You can sew at home I know, BUT at retreat you get free comedy, therapy, meals, no dishes to do, no phones unless you want to and inspiration everywhere. I want to invite any member with a concern or with a suggestion on how to improve our guild to come to the Board meeting this Monday at the Monroeville Library at 6:30. Also, I want to encourage each and every one of you to get involved with the workings of your guild based on your own talents. Like the saying goes, many hands make light work. See you all at the next meeting. I will do my best to remember names!
Donna

Quilt Retreat - Many thanks.
The Quilt retreat was great fun. As usual the staff at the Gilmary Retreat Center could not have been more wonderful to those that attended. A special thanks is extended to the committee that made the drawstring bed gifts with water and snack in them. They were just fabulous. The time and energy you spent on the project did not go unnoticed. Many people look forward to the sewing and laughter they have when they go. Thanks ladies. Marylouise Turano

2016 Guild meetings and Workshops:
MARCH Meeting 3/21/2016; Karen Kay Buckley
March 21 – Karen Kay Buckley to Lecture on “To Border or not to Border” 7:30 pm
With over 300 quilts to her credit, and her personal work has received numerous awards; nine Best of Show awards, including the 2013 Best of Show at the American Quilter’s Association Show in Paducah, Kentucky. Voted teacher of the year by the PROFESSIONAL QUILTER MAGAZINE in 1997. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and calendars.” I have fourteen cover quilts, one was chosen by Senator Wofford’s wife to be placed on display in the U. S. Capitol in 1992, and another was chosen for the same display in 1993; also appeared on Simply Quilts and AQS show American Quilter.”
March 22 – Workshop – Karen Kay Buckley “Mexican Fiesta Block” – First Baptist Church of Monroeville, – 10 am to 4:30 pm. Limited to first 25 sign ups.
 Cost of workshop to the members of the guild; 65.00, non-members 75.00.
 Fee payable to Karen Kay Buckley for her pattern and supply kit; 24.00
 Supply list here;
 March 22 – Workshop – Karen Kay Buckley “Mexican Fiesta Block” – First Baptist Church of Monroeville, – 10 am to 4:30 pm. Limited to first 25 sign ups.
PATTERN PLUS FEE: $24.00 (Does not include fabric) It does include the full Fiesta Mexico pattern (12 patterns in all), 2 sheets of Templar, a brush, the border pattern, glue pen and 5 pages of border instructions.
SUPPLIES Package of Perfect Circles™ Scissors, both paper and fabric Small sharp pins to position appliqué Fabric markers Pencil Emery board Sandpaper-optional Tape Iron and pressing board FABRIC White background fabric 12” x 12 4 green fat quarters 2 pink fat quarters 3 gold/orange fat quarters 5 blue shades, scraps
I will have the Perfect Circles available to purchase in class, at a discounted price, if you don’t already have them. I will be providing each student with one of my favorite needles and the use of my favorite appliqué threads.

April Meeting 4/18/2016Vikki Pignatelli
April 18– Vikki Pignatelli to lecture on “Lecture Interpretations of a Nature Lover
She is the author of two books featuring this technique, "Quilting Curves” (Quilt Digest Press, 2001) and “Quilting by Improvisation” (Dragon Threads, 2006). Also, Vikki has written “how-to” articles published in Quilting Arts, Quilter’s Newsletter, and AQS magazines.
Vikki also founded the national biennial Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibitions in 1999. She and chairwoman, Wendy Bynner, developed the vision for the two-week display of original artwork that explores themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace, healing and grief. The show is now held in Herndon, VA, outside Washington, D.C.
http://vikkipignatelli.com/Workshops.htm
April 19– Workshop -- Vikki Pignatelli – “Crazy About Curves
First Baptist Church of Monroeville, 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Cost to guild members; 37.50, non-members 42.50.
Crazy About Curves Supply List--6 hrs
Students are provided with one complimentary teaching pattern (choice of dancing star, tulip, abstract design or leaves).
Sewing machine is required (one capable of machine blind-hem stitch ---^---^---^ ) Sewing machine foot—please bring an open-toe appliqué foot if you have one! Fabrics--100% cotton fabrics. Batiks and multicolored hand-dyed fabrics. Bring a variety of favorite fabrics and include all colors in at least three values (light, medium and deep dark (not black) with a noticeable color contrast from a distance of approx.10 ft.) Be aware that all prints “read” as a medium value… and too many prints positioned together are busy, so also bring fabrics that “read” plain but aren’t a completely solid color. With this technique, you do not need fabric in large amounts—½ or ¼ yards, large scraps or fat quarters will do. Stabilizer—one or two yards of Pellon sew-in regular lightweight or mid-weight stabilizer …(Vilene stabilizer… outside of the USA) – Do not bring interfacing (too flimsy) or choose a product that is fusible or tear-away. If the stabilizer does not shrivel when pressed with an iron on cotton setting, it is OK to bring. Freezer paper -- 1-2 yards Needles -- (for sewing machine) use regular 80/12 or 70/10 for piecing Scissors-- paper and fabric Spray bottle for water Straight pins—appliqué pins work good Threads -- bring a variety...for matching or blending the colors of stars, flowers, leaves and background. Bobbin -- wound with neutral thread Stitch Witchery -- only if you already have it (comes on a roll, about 5/8" wide). This product is also known as hemming tape outside of the USA. Eraser, pencils, ruler, notebook Iron and ironing mat.

May Meeting 5/16/2016– Amy Winsor
May 16 – Amy Winsor to lectureConfessions of a Precision Impaired Quilter
Her first book, Frazzled Fancies Quilts, and first pattern, Good Neighbors, were published December 2014, and are now available on her etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/WinsorArtQuilts. She teaches nationally, and enthusiastically encourages her students to find the techniques they enjoy most, and to spend their quilting time frolicking in the fabric instead of stressing out.
May 17 – Amy Winsor workshop custom designed for our guild, a combination of Playtime Neighborhood Houses for the “Precision Impaired and Curved” piecing and borders. First Baptist Church of Monroeville, – 10 am to 5:30 pm.
Cost of workshop to guild members; 35.00, non-members 40.00. You will learn to use fusible webbing, fabric, embroidery and numerous embellishment to make houses, and how to use them in whimsical quilts. You will see numerous examples from Amy’s quilts. Also, learn how to make Amy’s “Haphazard Piecing” for the background. You will create several fusible appliqué houses of your own design. Create whimsical houses using no rulers or patterns while you learn to do curved piecing. Each unique house, with several surrounding borders, will be cut freehand with gentle curves using your rotary cutter. Great embellishments (such as fusible windows, beading, couching, and yoyos) and creative machine quilting designs (such as bricks, grass, and sky) will be demonstrated. Sewing machine required (Straight stitch is all you need for piecing.)

Amy Winsor Supply List REQUIRED  Sewing machine , extra machine needles  Basic sewing supplies, thread, bobbins, pins, seam ripper  Rotary cutter, rotary mat (every person should bring these)  Fabric (see instructions below)  (Classroom must have iron, ironing board) Instructions for Choosing Fabrics  (Please bring only good-quality quilting cottons. Other types fray too much Chalk marker (preferred) or disappearing wash-out marker
All fabric measurements are approximations. The bigger the pieces, the more free you will feel because you won’t be worrying you will run out. Bring an abundance of fabrics that appear “solid”, but also include several stripes, polka dots, or wild or busy prints. When choosing your borders, remember that each border must have a high contrast in color with the borders on either side of it. For example, if your sky is light, the first border is dark, second border is light, outer background is dark. The following is the bare minimum that you would need. (It is better to bring more.)  At least 8 inch square for house  At least 12 inch square for roof  1/3 yard or Fat quarter for sky  At least 14” x 6” for grass  1/4 to 1/2 yd. for first border (not a fat quarter- must be long)  1/4 to 1/2 yd. for second border (not a fat quarter-must be long)
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Events and Shows: March 16-19, 2016
Join Us at the 2016
Lancaster Quilt Show
@ The Continental Inn
The Continental Inn 2285 Lincoln Hwy Lancaster, PA 17602 * We are not affiliated with the AQS Show Shuttle Service to the AQS Show $2 each way
Wed – Fri 9 a.m. -6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. www.lancasterquiltweek.com _______________________________________________________________
Salvation Army Fabric Fair, Saturday April 9 2016. New Location! Here’s the link to the information The Fabric Fair this year will be held for the first time at The Salvation Army's Pittsburgh Temple Worship and Service Center, located at 1060 McNeilly Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15226 (in the Mount Lebanon suburb of Pittsburgh near Seton LaSalle Catholic High School). The event will run from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 9, 2016 http://wpa.salvationarmy.org/WesternPennsylvania/the-fabric-fair ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
North Pittsburgh Quilters Guild, April 15-17 Location Ross Township Community Center 1000 Ross Municipal Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15237 http://www.npqg.org/quilt-shows.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Request for volunteers Pole2Polls.com, the 2016 An activity of the “Knit the Bridge” organizers. Make a “Vote” yard sign using fabric. Here’s the abbreviated notice: Greetings from your crew at Pole-2-Polls! We decided to do an all out blitz of Vote! signs for this November election. What are we making? We learned that not everyone is up for yarn bombing so this election cycle we are adding Vote! Yard signs to our repertoire. They are colorful and easy to make. Live in an apartment? Make one for a window. We are reaching out to quilters plus the knit and crochet community who love the idea! BUT you don't need special skills we're here to help so: Our first making workshops will be: Sunday March 13th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at The Spinning Plate Gallery 5821 Baum Blvd. East Liberty (close to Whole Foods) Thursday March 26th 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at The Spinning Plate Gallery 5821 Baum Blvd. East Liberty (close to Whole Foods) Our first Pole-2-Polls strategy MEETING will be: THURSDAY March 26th 7:00 pm at the Spinning Plate Gallery 5821 Baum Blvd East Liberty (close to Whole Foods) Please RSVP if you plan to attend a meeting or workshop: pole2polls@gmail.com Hope to see you soon! Many thanks, Penny Mateer

Travel and collect rows: June 21 - Sept. 6, 2016 Bring in completed quilt for prize: June 21 - Oct. 31, 2016
http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/
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Sep 10-11, 2016 -- Fourth Annual Saxonburg Quilt Show during the Saxonburg Festival of the Arts Show . . at St. Luke's Centennial Hall behind the church, 110 State Street, Saxonburg, PA 16056 . . 10AM-5PM Saturday and 12PM-5PM Sunday . . Free admission to the quilt displays, vendors, raffles . . For more information call Betty Learn 724-352-2651, mopar340w2@zoominternet.net
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Mini Group News and Progress Reports
COMMUNITY OUTREACH:
Our group meets the second Saturday of the month at the Monroeville Library from 9 AM till noon. We work as a group to explore a block and make quilt tops. All are welcome. Just bring your machines, mats and rotary cutters, rulers, extension cords and other sewing tools. Next meetings are March 12 and April 9 Kits for quilts are available at each meeting if you would prefer to sew at home. Also you are always encouraged to design your own thing as well Thank you to all those members who braved the weather and help cut fabric. Also thank you for the fabric donations.

On Going Projects - Dresses for Africa. We will be collecting these at the March meeting. Thank you to those who have already made these Quilts for Africa: Beulah Church supports a school for the deaf in Africa. The school is in need of quilts for children of all ages. We have agreed to support this cause. The quilts need not be any larger than a twin and can certainly be smaller. The quilts will get fairly rough treatment- washing is done on rocks - so the designs need to be simple and certainly use up your stash. Our goal is 30 quilts. We do have some on hand
Sally Martin - sally13martin@Gmail.com

Appliques Group:
The applique group meets the first Monday of each month from 7 pm until 9 pm at Creative Stitches Café in Monroeville. Our next meeting will be April 4, 2016, when Amy Mayberry will be teaching how to create several types of three-dimensional flowers. Judy Smith plans on leading our meeting in May, and Janet Sutton will be teaching her class on making perfect circles in June. Watch the newsletter and your email for more information about upcoming meetings. If you would like more information, or to be added to the email list, please contact Amy Mayberry (mayberryal@gmail.com). We hope you can join us!
Machine Embroidery Interest Group There is an Embroidery Interest Group. The purpose of the group is to keep track of members that own embroidery machines. I will send out information on classes, new techniques, software and others of interest. There will be no formal meetings. Communication will be online among members of the group. I am encouraging all to contribute ideas. Everyone that signs up will receive a list that includes member’s names, phone numbers and types of machines they own. Elmira Sizemore Elmirasizemore@ hotmail.com

MOD SQUAD 2016:
Special announcement regarding the April meeting "April's plans for Mod Squad on April 9th will be sent to the entire guild once the program has been determined. Please watch for an announcement after April Fool's Day."
Mod Squad is a subgroup of QCE interested in furthering and sharing their development of modern quilting design and sewing skills. We meet on the second Saturday of each month on the lower floor of the Monroeville Library from 1-4pm. Current members of the group have assembled a series of presentations for each month. Those labeled “Workshop” (below) will involve actual sewing and you will be encouraged to bring your fabrics, machine and tools. Other months will involve demonstrations and instruction. Our meetings always involve a show-and-tell, sharing of interests, problem-solving and are often loosely structured. There is no obligation to participate in any of the projects and some Mod Squad quilters may simply wish to bring and work on their own projects. Hank is not expected to be sending monthly emails about Mod Squad to the entire guild this year. If you wish to be informed, check the newsletter the month before a scheduled meeting, hold onto this schedule and, best of all, email Julie to have your name placed on the mailing list (juliamountweitz@comcast.net). If you wish to learn more feel free to contact Julie (412-371-0513) or any current members of the group.
DATE TOPIC PRESENTER BRING
March 12, 2016
Improvisation and free-form piecing, Rayna Gilman redux.
TBA
WORKSHOP:
Sewing machine
Fabric
Apr 9, 2016
???
May 14, 2016
Funky Wonky Log Cabin
Nancy Olsen
June 11, 2016
Donation Quilt: block construction
WORKSHOP:
Sewing machine
Fabric
July 9, 2016
Open
Aug. 13, 2016
Open

Creative Quilters: The Creative Quilters group meets each month at The New Covenant Church, 2500 Grandview Ave., Monroeville, Pa. 15146 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. The meetings are usually held on the last Wednesday of the month. The dates for this year include:
March 30, 2016  April 27, 2016  May 25, 2016  June 29, 2016
At our meetings, members share recent works, various techniques, and resources. We participate in ongoing challenges using different themes and techniques. This year we expect to participate in lessons involving screen printing, curved piecing and other interesting methods we can apply to fabrics.
We encourage all guild members to come and share ideas with us! See what fun you can have with some different approaches to quilting and sewing.
If you would like to be added to the email notification list, please send an email to Marlene Fenoglietto at mdfeno@gmail.com

Treasurer’s Report February 2016
The amount of cash on hand for March = $24,951.86 This figure includes retreat deposits but all expenses have not been disbursed yet. Respectfully Submitted, Debbie Frick, Treasurer ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Quilt Company East
Guild meeting minutes
February 15, 2016
Called to order 7:05 PM
Ladonna and Peg were welcomed as new members.
Adrienne Hunter won the name tag drawing.
Ann Fields reported on future programs:
March- Karen Buckley, To Border or not to Border, Workshop “Fiesta Block”
April – Vicki Pignatelli Interpretation of Nature Lovers. Workshop “Crazy about Curves” $37.50
May - Amy Winsor -Confessions of an Impaired Quilter” Workshop “Wonky Houses” $35.00
Anne stated that payment plan would be accepted but all fees must be paid be the May meeting.
Donna stated the '”Curious Quilter’ will be traveling to various quilting guilds around the
March- Karne Buckley, To Border or not to Border, Workshop “Fiesta Block”
April – Vicki Pignatelli Interpretation of Nature Lovers. Workshop “Crazy about Curves” $37.50
May - Amy Winsor -Confessions of an Impaired Quilter” Workshop “Wonky Houses” $35.00
Anne stated that payment plan would be accepted but all fees must be paid be the May meeting.
Donna stated the '”Curious Quilter' will be traveling to various quilting guilds around the United States Some of her destinations will be Yellville, Alabama, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Idaho, and Pickens, South Carolina. We are excited to hear what other guilds are doing.
Virginia stated there are still vacancies for the retreat. Contact her if you are interested.
Sally Martin present the programs for Community Outreach. The members were to cut Strips of fabric in 2.5 inch strops . They were then sorted into coordinating color groups to be made into quilts such as 'Jelly Roller” and “Around the World”. Members were encouraged to take a batch home and make a quilt top.
Show and tell.
Adjourned 9PM
Respectfully Submitted,
Suzanne Luxbacher
 Secretary


2015-2016 Officers and Committee Heads
PRESIDENT
Donna Schellhammer
dxiesc@hotmail.com
VP/PROGRAM CHAIR
Anne Fields
msverizon@msn.com
SECRETARY
Suzanne Luxbacher
sluxbacher1@comcast.net
TREASURER
Debbie Frick
dljc1071@comcast.net
COMMITTEE CHAIRS / MINI GROUP LEADERS / misc.
NEWSLETTER
Betsy Straitiff
newsletterqce@gmail.com
MEMBERSHIP
Karen Luce
karenjluce@hotmail.com
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Sally Martin
sally13martin@Gmail.com
ON THE WEB
Virginia Hendricks
macbeaner@gmail.com
PUBLICITY
Marlene Fenoglietto
mdfeno@gmail.com
QUILT SHOW CHAIR 2015
Janet Sutton
janetsquilter@aol.com
RETREAT
Laura Raftery
dashingfabrics@yahoo.com
MOD SQUAD
Julia Mount Weitz
juliamountweitz@comcast.net
APPLIQUE GROUP
Amy Mayberry
mayberryal@gmail.com
CREATIVE QUILTERS
Marlene Fenoglietto
mdfeno@gmail.com
WEBSITE COORDINATOR
Thea McCurry
grannygoodstuff@ymail.com
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Hank VanDeusen
hankpat@comcast.net
Quilt Company East Quilt Guild
Monthly meetings - Third Monday of each month September through June
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Beulah Presbyterian Church
2500 McCrady Road
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15235
Churchill Boro--just off the Parkway Churchill Ex

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Spring Programs and Workshops



SPRING PROGRAMMING LINEUP:

MARCH; Karen Kay Buckley
With over 300 quilts to her credit, and her personal work has received numerous awards; nine Best of Show awards, including the 2013 Best of Show at the American Quitler's Association Show in Paducah, Kentucky. Voted teacher of the year by the PROFESSIONAL QUILTER MAGAZINE in 1997. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and calendars. I have fourteen cover quilts, one was chosen by Senator Wofford’s wife to be placed on display in the U. S. Capitol in 1992, and another was chosen for the same display in 1993; also appeared on Simply Quilts and AQS show American Quilter.  
Cost of workshop to the members of the guild; 65.00, non-members 75.00.
Fee payable to Karen Kay Buckley for her pattern and supply kit; 24.00
March 21 – Karen Kay Buckley to Lecture on “To Border or not to Border” 730 pm
March 22 – Workshop – Karen Kay Buckley “Mexican Fiesta Block” – First Baptist Church of Monroeville,  – 10 am to 4:30 pm. Limited to first 25 sign ups.

Supply list here;
Fiesta Mexico Block Three with Borderhttp://www.karenkaybuckley.com/userfiles/image/Fiesta%20Mexico%20001%20blog.jpg


April – Vikki Pignatelli
April 18– Vikki Pignatelli to lecture on “Lecture Interpretations of a Nature Lover”
April 19– Workshop -- Vikki Pignatelli – “Crazy About Curves” First Baptist Church of Monroeville,  10 am to 4:30 pm.
Cost to guild members; 37.50, non-members 42.50.
Supply list to follow shortly.
She is the author of two books featuring this technique, "Quilting Curves” (Quilt Digest Press, 2001) and “Quilting By Improvisation” (Dragon Threads, 2006). Also, Vikki has written “how-to” articles published in Quilting Arts, Quilter’s Newsletter, and AQS magazines.
Vikki also founded the national biennial Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibitions in 1999. She and chairwoman, Wendy Bynner, developed the vision for the two-week display of original artwork that explores themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace, healing and grief. The show is now held in Herndon, VA, outside Washington, D.C.
http://vikkipignatelli.com/ClassSamplePix/class%20tulip%20300.jpg
In this class students will quickly master the basic concepts of Vikki’s flexible, “no rules”, “no fear” Crazy About Curves technique using a small, simple teaching pattern (complimentary). With this method, a meld of piecing and machine appliqué, students learn to create even sharp curves and narrow points effortlessly without the hassle. There are NO measuring seam allowances, NO easing together unruly seams and NO matching points. All construction work, color choices and stitching are done on the quilt top surface. This is a very simple, anyone-can-do technique suitable for all skill levels. Workshop emphasis is on creativity, inspiration and self-confidence for the quilter. Students work at their own pace.
Class includes:
Basic construction technique concepts;
How to machine sew using this technique;
Painless mitering;
Splicing seams;
How to finish techniques and ideas;
Vikki’s whole-cloth finishing techniques.

May – Amy Winsor
May 16 – Amy Winsor to lecture “ Confessions of a Precision Impaired Quilter”
May 17 – Amy Winsor workshop custom designed for our guild, a combination of Playtime Neighborhood Houses for the Precision Impaired and Curved piecing and borders. First Baptist Church of Monroeville,  – 10 am to 5:30 pm.
Cost of workshop to guild members; 35.00, non-members 40.00.
Her first book, Frazzled Fancies Quilts, and first pattern, Good Neighbors, were published December 2014, and are now available on her Etsy shop,  www.etsy.com/shop/WinsorArtQuilts .
She teaches nationally, and enthusiastically encourages her students to find the techniques they enjoy most, and to spend their quilting time frolicking in the fabric instead of stressing out.
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You will learn to use fusible webbing, fabric, embroidery and numerous embellishment to make houses, and how to use them in whimsical quilts. You will see numerous examples from Amy’s quilts. Also, learn how to make Amy’s “Haphazard Piecing” for the background. You will create several fusible appliqué houses of your own design.
Create whimsical houses using no rulers or patterns while you learn to do curved piecing.  Each unique house, with several surrounding borders, will be cut freehand with gentle curves using your rotary cutter.
     Great embellishments (such as fusible windows, beading, couching, and yoyos) and creative machine quilting designs (such as bricks, grass, and sky) will be demonstrated.  Sewing machine required (Straight stitch is all you need for piecing.)
Amy Winsor Supply List
REQUIRED
·         Sewing machine , extra machine needles
·         Basic sewing supplies, thread, bobbins, pins, seam ripper
·         Rotary cutter, rotary mat (every person should bring these)
·         Chalk marker (preferred) or disappearing wash-out marker
·         Fabric (see instructions below)
·         (Classroom must have iron, ironing board)
Instructions for Choosing Fabrics
(Please bring only good-quality quilting cottons.  Other types fray too much.)This is the Life #4
All fabric measurements are approximations.  The bigger the pieces, the more  free you will feel because you won’t be worrying you will run out.   Bring an abundance of fabrics that appear “solid”, but also include several stripes, polka dots, or wild or busy prints.
When choosing your borders, remember that each border must have a high contrast in color with the borders on either side of it. For example, if your sky is light, the first border is dark, second border is light, outer background is dark.  The following is the bare minimum that you would need. (It is better to bring more.)
·         At least 8 inch square for house
·         At least 12 inch square for roof
·         1/3 yard or Fat quarter for sky
·         At least 14” x 6” for grass
·         1/4 to 1/2 yd. for first border (not a fat quarter- must be long)
·         1/4 to 1/2 yd. for second border (not a fat quarter-must be long)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February at Quilt Company East Quilt Guild

The February newsletter has been emailed to all members!


Here are some highlights:

President's Address:

Dear Quilt Lovers, Hearts a flutter? It's that time of the year💝💝💝💝-for reaching out with love to family and friends, doing community outreach projects and packing for retreat. How exciting for us all, givers and receivers. Speaking of hearts, I invite all to wear something RED to our next meeting in honor of Heart Health Month. Let's celebrate together all beating and loving hearts. Here's to Love-ly times ahead. Donna

2016 Guild meetings:
FEBRUARY MEETING 2/15/2016 at Beulah Church
The tradition continues and we will be using this meeting to help with Community Quilts. We will use this time to prepare quilt packets for volunteers to take home and finish. Hopefully it will also be a time to meet new members and catch up with old friends.

We need fabric, so as you go through your stash to get projects ready for the retreat, take some time to identify any fabric that has no immediate project. Please bring large pieces- fat quarters or bigger. We will also have a bag to collect scraps. Please sort into lights and darks.

Those who plan on attending please bring cutting mats and rotary cutters. If you have an Accuquilt cutter or any other tool that makes the cutting faster and more accurate, please bring it.
We will cut the fabric into pieces that can then be packed into kits. We will discuss some of the patterns that we are suggesting. Of course everyone is welcome to make a quilt at home or bring a top that you are not sure that you will really use. We will finish it. We will even take orphan blocks and give them a wonderful home!

Please participate in “Little Dresses for Africa” Patterns will be available at February meeting or can be found at https://www.nancysnotions.com/text/pdf/LittleDressesforAfrica_pattern.pdf
We will collect dresses at March meeting - Thanking you all in anticipation of your generosity and participation.

MARCH Meeting 3/21/2016; Karen Kay Buckley
March 21 – Karen Kay Buckley to Lecture on “To Border or not to Border” 7:30 pm
With over 300 quilts to her credit, and her personal work has received numerous awards; nine Best of Show awards, including the 2013 Best of Show at the American Quilter’s Association Show in Paducah, Kentucky. Voted teacher of the year by the PROFESSIONAL QUILTER MAGAZINE in 1997. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and calendars.” I have fourteen cover quilts, one was chosen by Senator Wofford’s wife to be placed on display in the U. S. Capitol in 1992, and another was chosen for the same display in 1993; also appeared on Simply Quilts and AQS show American Quilter.”

March 22 – Workshop – Karen Kay Buckley “Mexican Fiesta Block”
– First Baptist Church of Monroeville, – 10 am to 4:30 pm. Limited to first 25 sign ups.
Cost of workshop to the members of the guild; $65.00, non-members $75.00.
Fee payable to Karen Kay Buckley for her pattern and supply kit; $24.00
Supply list here
During my visits to Mexico I was influenced by the designs and colors of their handmade pottery and the flora. I designed a large quilt called “Fiesta Mexico” and this is one of the blocks from that quilt. For this 3 hour workshop I added a wonderful border to the 10” square center block. In addition to learning to appliqué smooth curves and sharp points you will also learn to create and appliqué perfect ¼” strips and perfect circles of differing sizes. I will make your hand appliqué fun, easy and enjoyable.
PATTERN PLUS FEE: $24.00 (Does not include fabric) It does include the full Fiesta Mexico pattern (12 patterns in all), 2 sheets of Templar, a brush, the border pattern, glue pen and 5 pages of border instructions.
SUPPLIES Package of Perfect Circles™ Scissors, both paper and fabric Small sharp pins to position appliqué Fabric markers Pencil Emery board Sandpaper-optional Tape Iron and pressing board FABRIC White background fabric 12” x 12 4 green fat quarters 2 pink fat quarters 3 gold/orange fat quarters 5 blue shades, scraps
I will have the Perfect Circles available to purchase in class, at a discounted price, if you don’t already have them. I will be providing each student with one of my favorite needles and the use of my favorite appliqué threads.

April Meeting 4/18/2016– Vikki Pignatelli
April 18– Vikki Pignatelli to lecture on “Lecture Interpretations of a Nature Lover”
She is the author of two books featuring this technique, "Quilting Curves” (Quilt Digest Press, 2001) and “Quilting by Improvisation” (Dragon Threads, 2006). Also, Vikki has written “how-to” articles published in Quilting Arts, Quilter’s Newsletter, and AQS magazines.
Vikki also founded the national biennial Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibitions in 1999. She and chairwoman, Wendy Bynner, developed the vision for the two-week display of original artwork that explores themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace, healing and grief. The show is now held in Herndon, VA, outside Washington, D.C.
http://vikkipignatelli.com/Workshops.htm
April 19– Workshop -- Vikki Pignatelli – “Crazy About Curves”
First Baptist Church of Monroeville, 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Cost to guild members; $37.50, non-members $42.50.

Supply list to follow shortly.
In this class students will quickly master the basic concepts of Vikki’s flexible, “no rules”, “no fear” Crazy about Curves technique using a small, simple teaching pattern (complimentary). With this method, a meld of piecing and machine appliqué, students learn to create even sharp curves and narrow points effortlessly without the hassle. There are NO measuring seam allowances, NO easing together unruly seams and NO matching points. All construction work, color choices and stitching are done on the quilt top surface. This is a very simple, anyone-can-do technique suitable for all skill levels.
Workshop emphasis is on creativity, inspiration and self-confidence for the quilter. Students work at their own pace. Class includes: Basic construction technique concepts; How to machine sew using this technique; Painless mitering; Splicing seams; How to finish techniques and ideas; Vikki’s whole-cloth finishing techniques.

May Meeting 5/16/2016– Amy Winsor
May 16 – Amy Winsor to lecture “Confessions of a Precision Impaired Quilter”
Her first book, Frazzled Fancies Quilts, and first pattern, Good Neighbors, were published December 2014, and are now available on her etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/WinsorArtQuilts. She teaches nationally, and enthusiastically encourages her students to find the techniques they enjoy most, and to spend their quilting time frolicking in the fabric instead of stressing out.
May 17 – Amy Winsor workshop custom designed for our guild, a combination of Playtime Neighborhood Houses for the “Precision Impaired and Curved” piecing and borders. First Baptist Church of Monroeville, – 10 am to 5:30 pm.

Cost of workshop to guild members; $35.00, non-members $40.00. You will learn to use fusible webbing, fabric, embroidery and numerous embellishment to make houses, and how to use them in whimsical quilts. You will see numerous examples from Amy’s quilts. Also, learn how to make Amy’s “Haphazard Piecing” for the background. You will create several fusible appliqué houses of your own design.

Create whimsical houses using no rulers or patterns while you learn to do curved piecing. Each unique house, with several surrounding borders, will be cut freehand with gentle curves using your rotary cutter. Great embellishments (such as fusible windows, beading, couching, and yoyos) and creative machine quilting designs (such as bricks, grass, and sky) will be demonstrated. Sewing machine required (Straight stitch is all you need for piecing.)
Amy Winsor Supply List REQUIRED  Sewing machine , extra machine needles  Basic sewing supplies, thread, bobbins, pins, seam ripper  Rotary cutter, rotary mat (every person should bring these)
Fabric (see instructions below)
(Classroom must have iron, ironing board)
Instructions for Choosing Fabrics (Please bring only good-quality quilting cottons. Other types fray too much Chalk marker (preferred) or disappearing wash-out marker
All fabric measurements are approximations. The bigger the pieces, the more free you will feel because you won’t be worrying you will run out. Bring an abundance of fabrics that appear “solid”, but also include several stripes, polka dots, or wild or busy prints. When choosing your borders, remember that each border must have a high contrast in color with the borders on either side of it. For example, if your sky is light, the first border is dark, second border is light, outer background is dark.
The following is the bare minimum that you would need. (It is better to bring more.) 
  • At least 8 inch square for house 
  • At least 12 inch square for roof
  • 1/3 yard or Fat quarter for sky
  • At least 14” x 6” for grass
  • 1/4 to 1/2 yd. for first border (not a fat quarter- must be long)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 yd. for second border (not a fat quarter-must be long)

Events and Shows:
March 4, 5, 6, 2016 David L. Lawrence Convention Center Pittsburgh, PA Information from Anne Fields Greetings, I had the pleasure of attending a guild meeting today and many of the Guild members at the Modern Quilt guild did not know that at the combined Pittsburgh Creative Arts and Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, we were offering classes, demos and vendors in sewing, quilting, long arm quilting and a Creative Open Studio, a play space for quilters! (In this open studio/play room, we invite you to try out sergers, long-arm quilters, embroidery machines, state-of-the-art sewing machines, felting machines, FeltLOOM®, embellishers, the latest cutting tools, etc. All materials (fabrics, yarns, fibers, threads, recycled materials and embellishments) will be provided for you in a secret bag to make one twelve-inch block. Your creative artistry will be tested when you sit down to work with materials you might not have typically selected to work with. Test your skills, challenge yourself to come up with the most Creative Block to win one of the many prizes we’ll have from our sponsors. 3 lucky winners will receive a 1 year subscription to Creativebug!) I offered the Modern Quilt guild a discount for classes and would like to offer the same to your guild. Won't you please pass this along, perhaps in the form of an email if you won't be having a meeting in the next 2 weeks. If your guild is interested in having a quilt on display at the festival, please let us know. All members of the Quilt Company East Quilt Guild may take 5.00 off any class at the Festival, March, 4, 5, 6 and take 10% off their admission. (Please note, seniors may attend on Sunday for only 5.00). All classes are listed at: www.pghknitandcrochet.com. Many of your favorite stores will be on hand with specials selling fabrics, machines and items needed to enhance your creativity. See a full list of all vendors:http://pghknitandcrochet.com/2016-exhibitors/ Sponsors include Babylock, Janome, Brother, OttLite, Sizzix, Innova Longarm, FeltLOOM, and many more. Fabric bundles for the 1st 500 sewers and quilters at the door. (knitting and crochet door related prizes too) Grand prize Janome machine for one lucky winner. Any registration with a coupon must be sent in via mail in registration and please write QCEQG at the top and deduct your amount from the total. Please feel free to call if you have any questions. With Warm Regards, Barb Grossman and Ann Szilagyi Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet & Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival www.pghknitandcrochet.com 412.963.7030

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Changing Seasons: The Quilts of Ginnie Allmendinger Leiner Part 2: February 3, 2016 - May 27, 2016 Hours: • Closed Monday • Tuesday to Friday: Noon to 4 p.m.• Wednesday Evening 6:30. The McCarl Gallery is free and open to the public The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery • Saint Vincent College • 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA15650 info@mccarlgallery.org
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Join Us at the 2016
Lancaster Quilt Show
@ The Continental Inn
The Continental Inn 2285 Lincoln Hwy Lancaster, PA 17602 * We are not affiliated with the AQS Show Shuttle Service to the AQS Show $2 each way
Wed – Fri 9 a.m. -6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. www.lancasterquiltweek.com _______________________________________________________________
2016 Annual Quilt Show Theme: Flowers The Circuit Center South Side Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Thursday, March 17; Friday, March 18; Saturday, March 19
DEADLINE for entries: Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Sep 10-11, 2016 -- Fourth Annual Saxonburg Quilt Show during the Saxonburg Festival of the Arts Show . . at St. Luke's Centennial Hall behind the church, 110 State Street, Saxonburg, PA 16056 . . 10AM-5PM Saturday and 12PM-5PM Sunday . . Free admission to the quilt displays, vendors, raffles . . For more information call Betty Learn 724-352-2651, mopar340w2@zoominternet.net

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Mini Group News and Progress Reports

COMMUNITY OUTREACH:
Community Quilts will meet February 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM- 12PM at the Monroeville Library. We will make more blocks to finish the quilt that was started in January. This is open to all, newbies, old pros and those that just want to sew. So come and build a quilt with us. If you saw Adrienne Hunter’s quilt at the Quilt Show then you know what block we are working on.
Questions: Sally Martin - sally13martin@Gmail.com

Appliques Group:
The applique group meets the first Monday of each month from 7 pm until 9 pm at Creative Stitches Café in Monroeville. Our next meeting will be March 7, 2016, when guild member Karen Womack will be sharing information on fusible applique. In April, Amy Mayberry will be teaching how to create several types of three-dimensional flowers. Judy Smith plans on leading our meeting in May, and Janet Sutton will be teaching her class on making perfect circles in June. Watch the newsletter and your email for more information about upcoming meetings. If you would like more information, or to be added to the email list, please contact Amy Mayberry (mayberryal@gmail.com). We hope you can join us!

Machine Embroidery Interest Group There is an Embroidery Interest Group. The purpose of the group is to keep track of members that own embroidery machines. I will send out information on classes, new techniques, software and others of interest. There will be no formal meetings. Communication will be online among members of the group. I am encouraging all to contribute ideas. Everyone that signs up will receive a list that includes member’s names, phone numbers and types of machines they own.
Elmira Sizemore Elmirasizemore@ hotmail.com

MOD SQUAD 2016:
Mod Squad newsletter:
Julia announced to the group that Mod Squad will need a new coordinator by June 2016. Please let Julia know of your interest in taking over or your nomination of one or more individuals.
Mod Squad is a subgroup of QCE interested in furthering and sharing their development of modern quilting design and sewing skills. We meet on the second Saturday of each month on the lower floor of the Monroeville Library from 1-4pm. Current members of the group have assembled a series of presentations for each month. Those labeled “Workshop” (below) will involve actual sewing and you will be encouraged to bring your fabrics, machine and tools. Other months will involve demonstrations and instruction. Our meetings always involve a show-and-tell, sharing of interests, problem-solving and are often loosely structured. There is no obligation to participate in any of the projects and some Mod Squad quilters may simply wish to bring and work on their own projects. Hank is not expected to be sending monthly emails about Mod Squad to the entire guild this year. If you wish to be informed, check the newsletter the month before a scheduled meeting, hold onto this schedule and, best of all, email Julie to have your name placed on the mailing list (juliamountweitz@comcast.net). If you wish to learn more feel free to contact Julie (412-371-0513) or any current members of the group.

February 13, 2016
Curvy Strips/Free-form cutting
Sally Janis
BRING TO WORKSHOP:
Sewing machine
Fabric

Creative Quilters: The Creative Quilters group meets each month at The New Covenant Church, 2500 Grandview Ave., Monroeville, Pa. 15146 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. The meetings are usually held on the last Wednesday of the month. The dates for this year include:
February 24, 2016 - March 30, 2016  - April 27, 2016 - May 25, 2016  - June 29, 2016
At our meetings, members share recent works, various techniques, and resources. We participate in ongoing challenges using different themes and techniques. This year we expect to participate in lessons involving screen printing, curved piecing and other interesting methods we can apply to fabrics.
We encourage all guild members to come and share ideas with us! See what fun you can have with some different approaches to quilting and sewing.
If you would like to be added to the email notification list, please send an email to Marlene Fenoglietto at mdfeno@gmail.com

Final update from the Quilt Show Interesting statistics from the 2015 Quilt show $2176 was paid by 321 people attending the show. $1450 was earned from vendor fees and paid advertisements. $927 in quilt raffle tickets were sold at the show; $642 in quilt raffle tickets were sold before the show. The profit, minus expenses, earned on the raffle quilt was $1354.16. $842 in machines and basket raffle tickets were sold at the show. $1607.50 of boutique items were sold. QCE received $833.50 in commissions and donations. $98 was earned from baked goods and drinks. $3757 was the approximate total of expenses. $3700 approximate gross profit was earned by the quilt show. THANK YOU to everyone who worked to make the show a success! Janet Sutton
janetsquilter@aol.com


Treasure’s Report February 2016 The amount of cash on hand for February = $21,324.57
Respectfully Submitted, Debbie Frick, Treasurer


Quilt Company East
Guild meeting minutes
December 21, 2015

Meeting called to order at 6:30PM
Donna announced that the QCE banner is back!
Donna asked those that had made a list of their UFO'S to come up and attached them to the podium to see who had the longest list.
A buffet dinner was served with ham and chicken and lots of side dishes which were all yummy.
Donna announced that the magician that was to present the Magic of Christmas had magically disappeared. And could not be located.
Donna announced the nominating committee for 2016 are Westland Davis, Agnes Porapotic, and Judy Murray, who will be looking for a vice present and a treasurer for the 2016-2018 term.
Name tag drawing was won by Patty Maloney.
Donna announced that Rhonda had the longest list of UFO's and received a gift. Hopefully she will be able to complete her list by the end on 2016.
Rebecca Stahl long arm quilting was published in the Better Homes and Gardens Complete
The program: Cindy from “The Stencil Company” from Tarentum, PA. She spoke about various ways to use stencils in quilting and other applications. Also spoke of marking pens and pencils and how to remove the markings from fabric.

Rebecca Stahl long arm quilting was published in the Better Homes and Gardens Complete Book of Quilting. Congratulations to Rebecca!
Show and Tell followed by socializing by the members
Merry Christmas!
Respectfully submitted,
Suzanne Luxbacher
Secretary