Sunday, July 2, 2017

Fun at June Jo's Little Women's Club

This is my 9th year leading Jo Club at The Quilted Crow.
The friendships created and the fun we have never ceases to amaze me.
 
 This past Thursday we gathered for our June meetings.   
To accommodate members busy schedules, we have two meetings on
Jo Day at The Crow, 1:30-3:30pm and 6:00-8:00pm.
 
Here's a photo of the afternoon meeting members and their "Tea for You" quilts:
 
 

And here's a photo of our evening meeting members with their "Tea for You" quilts:
 

Each month I present another Jo project for the members to work on and share at the next meeting.  
The quilt for July is "Square in Square"
Here is my sweet little quilt top:
 
 
 I also give the members Tricks, Tips and Techniques
to make the process manageable for their busy lives.
 
While making my little "Square in Square" quilt, I, accidentally, found a very cool trick for centering outside triangles to the center squares for this little block.
 
Here's a quick tutorial:
 
1.  Place a triangle, right side up, at 45-degree intersection of mat lines:
 
 
2.  Place a 2" square, right side down, on the triangle between center inch marks
 
 
3.  Stitch triangle to square at upper edge
4.  Press seam toward triangle
5.   Place another triangle, right side up, on mat at 45-degree intersection of mat lines
6.  Place square unit, right side down, on second triangle between center inch marks
 
 
7.  Stitch second triangle to square opposite first triangle
8.  Press seam toward second triangle
9.   Trim the four dog ears - both sides of triangles 
 
 
9.  Place third triangle, right side up on mat at 45-degree intersection of mat lines
10.  Place square unit, right side down, on third triangle between center inch marks
 
 
11.  Stitch third triangle to square on a free edge
12.  Press seam toward third triangle
 

13.  Stitch fourth triangle to square unit on free edge
14.  Press seam toward fourth triangle
 
This is your un-trimmed Square in Square block:
 
 

NEXT I showed members how to trim this block to exactly 2 5/8" square using a Bloc Loc Flying Geese ruler (any size 1 1/4" x 2 1/2" or larger)
 
 Simply place your Bloc Loc Flying Geese ruler securely at a point of center square and trim off the (acceptable waste) at top edge:
 


 
  Do this at all four sides.
 
As long as your center square was initially cut at EXACTLY 2", your little Square in Square block will trim to 2 5/8".
 
These are a lot of fun to make !!!
 
I'm looking forward to hearing how the Jo Gals did with these tricks.
 
QLTR,
Jeanne

 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Beautiful Last Day of Spring


Each day is a gift and today is wrapped in clear blue skies, sunshine, light breeze,
83 degree air temp and 50% humidity.   
 The a/c is off and that breeze is welcome inside; doors and windows are wide open.
 
This is NOT a messy sewing table.  
It's a PIP - "Project in Process" !
 

I hope you're having a delightful day too...


And sew I sew on...


QLTR,

 Jeanne 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Day, 2017

Today is Flag Day.

  "It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States,
which happened on June 14, 1777."
per Wikipedia
  
Wow ! 
 
Our flag is 240 years old !!!
  
Thank you, Betsy Ross.
 
We quilters like to make Patriotic quilts
to display on
Memorial Day, Flag Day, The 4th of July, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, etc.
 
I thought I'd share a few I've made...
 
 

This was made just after 9/11 in memory of our dear friend, David W Bernard, who died of injuries sustained in New York City.

 
I call this one, "Memorial Stars," for my dad, who served during WWII.
 
 
This is called "Strippy Stars" from Jo's Little Women Club #8, 2009. 
 
 
Below is "High Street," where, as a kid, I'd climb to watch the fireworks.
 
 
 
Not only is today Flag Day, but Facebook says it's Sewing Machine Day,
so...
I went out and bought a new one !
And what a beauty...
 
 
Guess I better get stitchin' !
 

And sew I sew on...

QLTR,

Jeanne

 
 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Finish !!!

The original pattern gave instructions for a small, medium and large tote. 
 Bought that pattern years ago for $4.95.  
Not even a designer's name or copyright on it !!!
  
I'd made the large tote (15" tall), that required four 8" squares in each of the four rows for the on-point set, and found it handy to carry items to and fro.
 
For some time, I've wanted a bag to carry my mat, water bottle, quilt and other necessities to yoga class.   Just hadn't found the right pattern.
 
As I looked at that large tote, hanging on my door handle, I thought, "maybe if I set
five 8" squares in each of the four rows, the bag would be the same width,
but taller to accommodate my yoga mat."
 

Voila !

 
 
Sometimes, you just have to veer off that road to achieve your goal.

 
Now to decide what to prepare for dinner !!!
How 'bout Garlic Shrimp w/Pasta !
Sounds good (and easy) to me.
 
Have a lovely weekend. 
 
 
QLTR,
~ Jeanne

 

 
 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Oh dear !

Get's pretty bad when you're going through a drawer for a large piece of fabric to line a project, find some pieced blocks and say to yourself,
"Wonder what I was making ?" 

Oh dear !   
Is it time to go through those drawers and decide what to keep and what to pass on ?
Maybe another day. 
 
Must finish this project.  
Will post a photo tomorrow when completed.    
 
Just a hint... 

 

And we sew on...

Jeanne

 
 
 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sunshine, Birds singing, and a Slight Breeze !

Undeniably, the most beautiful New England morning in the past month and a half !   
This may even be a "lunch on the porch with a book" kinda day.
Menu to follow...
 

Until then a little stitching...
 


Or maybe I should tidy up my sewing room ?   Naaah !

Beginning a new stitching project is a journey.  
Unless you follow instructions to the letter and use the same fabrics or colors shown in a pattern, you won't know which direction the journey will take or how it will end.  
I suggest veering away from that mapped road once in awhile and enjoy a more exciting excursion.  
That's the only way the end result will be your own.

 

And Sew On...

Jeanne   

 
 
 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Life is a Gift !

It's been 4 years since I've blogged.   Yup, 4 years !   
Life's become bit simpler, so going to use a few minutes each day to communicate with you again.
 
Jo's Little Women's Club at The Quilted Crow in Bolton, MA continues to be my focus.    Our Club year is now April-October.    Works out well and the Jo Gals appreciate not having to drive at night in the winter.   We have two meetings on Jo Day, afternoon and evening.    This is a photo of the afternoon meeting members with their "Tumbler" quilt creations (check out those happy faces):


Cornerstone Quilt Guild, Charlton, MA asked me to speak on May 21 and I took the opportunity to show my Jo Club quilts.    After sharing each quilt/top, they displayed them on the rows of chairs.   How awesome they looked !



After several days of chilly temps and rain, we're all hoping New England will, actually, have some seasonable weather.   My peonies love the rain !

 
 
 

And Sew On...
 
Jeanne