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:
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

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