Monday, September 5, 2016

4-Patch Hourglass Blocks for The Restoration House

Hello KMQG members!

It's time to work on blocks for our next quilt for The Restoration House, and we're going with a 4-patch hourglass block that is 12.5 inches unfinished.

4-patch hourglass

I had a lot of fun making (four of) this block, so I wrote up a tutorial for it, available here:

We ask that you pair Denyse Schmidt prints (bright ones preferred) with solids. If you don't have any Denyse Schmidt fabric in your stash, Marybeth has offered to share hers. You can get some from her at the meeting on Sept 17, or if you can't make it to that meeting, email and we'll make arrangements to get you the fabric you need.

Blocks are due at our meeting on Nov 19.

August Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our August meeting and sew-in. In addition to an inspiring round of show and tell, we covered a lot of business and looked ahead to our activities through the end of the year. Here's the rundown:
  • Quilts for Pulse: It looks like the KMQG will have 4 finished quilts to send to the Orlando guild for distribution (that's a finished quilt top pictured above). A few of our members took the quilts in progress to work on -- if that's you, please email to arrange hand-off to Melissa so that she can ship the finished quilts by Sept 10. If you're quilting but not binding, be sure to allow us time to get the binding completed.
  • Next quilt for The Restoration House: It's time to work on blocks for our next donation quilt to The Restoration House. Instructions and a link to a tutorial are located here. Blocks will be due at our November meeting.
  • Gracie's Gifts: We welcomed Cynthia Barreira, founder of Gracie's Gifts, a nonprofit that provides smocks and swaddling blankets to the NICU at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Cynthia told us all about Gracie's Gifts, and we're excited to support her efforts. We're working out a plan for the best way for our members to contribute our talents and resources. We'll have more information on this soon.
  • September meeting 9/17: This will be another sew-in meeting, and we hope to get a start on our project for the QuiltCon 2017 charity quilt. We'll also play Left-Right-Center, so bring 3 fat quarters in solid colors if you want to play along and maybe boost your stash of solids.
  • October: No meeting as we will have our annual retreat.
  • November meeting 11/19: This will be a sew-in meeting, and blocks for Restoration House will be due.
  • December Holiday Party 12/17: Don't miss out on the food, fun, and games! More info to come...

The guild's contribution to the Quilts of Valor project

Taylor Opel

Sarah Elliott

Sarah Elliott

Sarah Elliott

Pat Pike