Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pine Needle Quilter's Receive 2013 Patriot Award

It was a proud moment for our group on March 10th, when we received  the 2013 Patriot Award from the Desert Veteran's of Wisconsin.
Since 2007 we have been making quilts to be given to our service men and women.  The first 4 years we sent 225 quilts to the Carl R. Darnell Medical Center at Ft. Hood,Texas.
For the past 2 years we have given our quilts to Karen Kussow, who's son Chad died serving our country.  It was his wish that Care
Packages be sent to his fellow deployed soldiers, knowing how much a gift from home can mean, when you are so far away from your loved ones.
So far, the Pine Needle Quilter's have given a total 333 quilts to our soldiers. 
It is so exciting and humbling to receive such a wonderful award from the Desert Veterans of Wisconsin for dedication to our deployed soldiers.  I am sure that through your kind gifts of your quilts, you have brought comfort to many.....kind of like sending a hug from home.
Congratulations ladies!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Civil War Quilts

I think we all love historical quilts and this site by Barbara Brackman is great and just filled with information. The post about the Mason quilts is very interesting, you should play the video about the appraisal of that quilt and the owner tells the story about Sherman's army.
Charise Creates has a beautiful vintage BOM .  Just take a look at her beautiful blocks!  Love them.  Also, her tutorials are so pretty, those potholders are too much.  If you're a paper piecer, you will want to see her patterns for them too.
Stay warm and keep repeating, "spring, spring, spring", it will be here today!   diana

Monday, March 18, 2013

Cancellation of Meeting

Due to the anticipated bad weather, we've decided to cancel tonight's meeting and reschedule it for next Monday, March 25 at same time, same place.
We know that as of 9:30 am, it's not snowing yet but right about the time we plan on meeting and going home, it's supposed to be bad.  Sadly, there's been a lot of these smaller storms this winter that just makes the roads kinda dangerous.
We like to have as many members show up as possible but know that a bad road is not good and your safety is important.  Let's hope next Monday is a nicer day!  If you know a member who doesn't have access to internet or email or doesn't know about this cancellation, please take the time to contact them.  Take care and stay safe.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

2013 AQS Lancaster, PA Quilt Show Winners

The AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania started today, I thought you might enjoy seeing the winning quilts from the show!
Take a few minutes and check out the lovely quilts.....become inspired and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Some Different Ideas

PS I Quilt has a really cute pattern for a quilters gift, a quilters tote bag of course.  It looks fast and easy and perfect for filling up with projects.
I also found one of the stranger sewing projects I've seen but it's really quite practical. Life with Monkey has a tutorial for sewing hair curlers...sounds odd but I think they are a rather neat idea.  I can see my granddaughters sewing and stuffing these for their hair.
With St. Patty's day coming quickly, you might want to finish up a quilt with some shamrock quilting.  The Inbox Jaunt has some great ideas.    Diana

Monday, March 11, 2013

Summer Picnic/Lawn Chair Party

Here are a few pictures from our "Summer Picnic"!  It was a fun day with lots of sewing and yummy picnic style potluck lunch.

Kris works on a scrappy quilt.

The hum of the machines..........

Malea has a "Ta-dah" on a finished baby quilt top.

Lots of yummy food for lunch!

Diana peeks out from her Lawn Chair Quilt top.

Laurie in straw hat and flip flops poses with her finished top.

Deanna with an autumn colored Lawn Chair quilt.
Carol made a pair of tops like this.

Our "Pres" working on her second Lawn Chair top.
You can see we had a fun and productive day!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

February's Featured Book

At our February meeting, Deb did a wonderful job telling about the book  5- Minute Block by Suzanne McNeill.  She showed many options of many quilted items you can make by using this fun and fast block.  As you can see, the "flying goose-like" block can be used in many different ways! 
A pretty quilt top.

The sides of the flying goose type block form a neat pocket to put your Christmas cards in!

The block can also be made with a curve, which looks really neat in the table topper above, as well as the quilt below.

Deb had fun using this block on the cuffs of a couple pillow cases.

Wow, and a really striking use on a valance for her home.

A nice accent for a comfortable pillow.

The block could also be arranged to make a flower, or star like block.
Thank you Deb for showing us so many ways to use this really versatile block.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

History of Quilts and Much More

Quilt Patterns from History was a great discovery for me today.  There are a lot of historical patterns at this site, each one more interesting than the next. I started in the Biblical blocks and worked my way through the Civil War blocks and the rest.  It's very inspiring and makes me want to start a new quilt!

We sure had a nice "picnic" on Saturday and a lot of pretty projects got started or completed and the food was great and the company was the best.  I'm sure Laurie will post some pictures soon.