Saturday, August 18, 2018

You mean I have to bind that quilt ~

The very last step in quilt making can often be the most intimidating.  Binding made from Julie Cefalu.    Great information for beginners and old hats at binding quilts. 




Saturday, August 11, 2018

They always give me something to blog about ~

The Piney Hills Quilt Guild in Ruston, Louisiana,  meets the second Thursday each month at Grace United Methodist Church, Hwy 167 North.  Come join us at 9:30 a.m. on the appointed day for a fun-filled quilt laden morning.

The August presenters were Margarita with her most beautiful embroidery handwork

followed ever so beautifully by Lisa with her method of applique.  

Margarita often begins by making a line drawing of her desired design, then fills it with a variety of stitches and thread colors. 

from paper to fabric ~!

She says she had to collect her framed birds handwork from friends and family to complete the presentation.

and then she takes a crazy quilt block and punches it up to the next level with her stitches.

The ever so talented Lisa showed us her preferred applique technique to complete her blocks.....a work in progress and her quilts.

Just wowed by these wild flowers and birds ~

And many quilters in the group had so much to share....the least of which was Pat's mini house....just a start ~  Pat says there will be 500+ patches in this mini village when finished.

And also in miniature is Virginia's little darling. 

But some folks like them big ~ Carrie with one that's is quilted and bound and ready for delivery to some lucky family member.....just in time to celebrate the Autumn season in these rusts and browns and oh, so, sun-kissed golds. 

Not to be outdone on the big side is Kay's Bonnie Hunter design, Talking Turkey with so many shades of red.  Beautiful mix of scraps.

And Gladys is now the proud owner of two vintage quilts.  Both quilt tops gifted to her and she had them quilted just as delivered.  Treasure trove of vintage fabric in each one. 

Cynthy with a community service kids quilt....wonderful in any size.

Yes, do come and join the quilt folk and fun. 


Friday, August 3, 2018

Some days are just meant to have fun days ~

…..and one of those fun days was with the Sunshine Chapter, North Louisiana Quilt Guild, where Norma Daniels and Rikki Gallagher spun us a yarn!

And what a story it was....did you know that spinning has been found to be around for at least 20,000 years?

And did you know that Leonardo Da Vinci referenced spinning in his painting of 1499, Madonna of the Yarn Winder....sometimes called Madonna of the Spindle, where the spindle is in the shape of the cross?  And that the term spinster came along as a result of the young ladies who, because of their youth, had to help with the chore of spinning yarn for the household's textile making?

Norma and Rikki brought their tools of the trade, from their wool roving to the spinning wheel itself and demonstrated how each element became a part of the end result - the skeins of yarn.

Did you know that  spinning wheels often have a name attached by the wheel maker.  Norma says her wheel is a Kromski wheel made in Poland and was made in 1976 by Gabriella....thus the wheel name is 'Gabby'.     Norma says Gabby is a fine piece of furniture so must never be scuffed with shoes. 

and Rikki has a Pollywog wheel to whom she fittingly dubbed the name 'Polly'. 

Yes, it was a most fun day and I thank both Rikki and Norma from the bottom of my heart for their wonderful performance.  They spun us a yarn to be remembered. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Piney Hills Quilt Guild ~

Oh, my! Has it been years since the quilt blog has been updated.  I'm hoping to be a better servant in the future. 

We had a joyous meeting Thursday last in Ruston.....the Piney Hills Quilt Guild.....

…..where Virginia Hughes gave us a very simple (but comprehensive) program about how to enlarge a quilt pattern without adding 14 borders or even worse, one border that's 30 inches wide!  Virginia is a longarm quilter and she says she's seen a few quilts enlarged in ways that might stifle the imagination. 

Anyway, Virginia has a small wall hanging size pattern and she what?  Wants it to be bed size!!!

 She made the quilt to the pattern size, then  took her center panel and pulled something from within it that would continue the panel theme all the way out to the edge of her this case sunflowers.    She then repeated the pattern border and voila....a small quilt it enlarged.  How original.


Pat is  a bird watcher so was thrilled to have been gifted this beautiful wall hanging...a bird not found in the US - Resplendent Quetzal.

And Gene had some left over fabric and got a lap quilt plus a table topper out of those bits and more. 

Joyce likes them big, bold and bright.  And we all liked this one too.  Great quilt, Joyce. 

Mary has been working on this one forever.  She says it took two hours and more to machine embroidery each bird block.  The picture isn't worthy, showing only a fraction of her  quilt.    It is spectacular. 

You may call me Henrietta
Oh, cluck cluck, crow, crow!  Michelle took the challenge and completed her Laura Heine collaged wall hanging.  It took quite a collection of florals to cover this fine feathered body. 
and finally, Emma made an apron and it took a few of us to show her how to get her head and arms into the head and arm holes.  But it was worth the trip....isn't this the most refreshing all occasion apron. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gearing up for the Louisiana Chicken Festival

It's our year:  Our year to participate in the Louisiana Chicken Festival activities.  On even years - that would include 2014 - the Piney Hills Quilt Guild in Ruston (just a hop, skip and jump south of Dubach) hosts a quilt show.  Saturday, September 27, is fast approaching, so after our Guild meeting today, we set about "testing the water" to be sure our quilt racks had just the right umpth to support the multitude of quilts to be displayed. 

how many quilters does it take to hang a quilt?

Now, my question is this:  "How many quilters does it take to hang one quilt?"  I had my camera in hand when the fun began.  These two ladies seemed to have everything under control; but you know how it goes, can't let just a few quilters have all the fun!

So, then even more joined in

how many quilters does it take to hang a quilt?

Then the whole rooting section wanted in the action and in the photo! 

how many quilters does it take to hang a quilt?

Join all of us Saturday, September 27 in Dubach, Louisiana.  The quilts of Gladys Thompson will be featured.  The room will be filled to the brim with quilts and vendors.  And the streets outside will be filled with crafters and food carts, games and challenges.   And, did I mention that I love this t-shirt quilt. 


Saturday, February 1, 2014

A 3-Dimensional Bowtie Quilt Block Demo

Dorothy came to visit Piney Hills Quilt Guild and brought with her Christie's beautiful 3-dimensional bowtie quilt along with her sample board and sewing machine.  She very quickly set about showing the attentive group how to make a 3-dimensional bowtie.....easily!

Christie's 3-D bowtie quilt is made entirely from men's shirts.  And, the back is as stunning as the front of her quilt. 

 After walking us step-by-step through the process using her sample board, Dorothy further embedded the process in our brain by sewing a 3-D bowtie block together for us.  Yes, Dorothy was and will always be a teacher.

Then just to prove to all of us how easy the 3-D bowtie quilt block is, she called on Gayle to further demonstrate to us the technique.   Gayle sat down at the machine and quickly whipped up a bowtie block.  So, either Gayle is a quick learner or Dorothy is a great instructor OR both are the afore-mentioned. 

I was enthused after seeing the demonstration and came home all eager to make 3-D bowtie blocks and put together this little step-by-step tutorial. 

Start with a contrasting fabric and background fabric.  You'll need three squares (your choice as to size, just make all your blocks the same size) of the contrast and two squares of the background for each 3-D bowtie quilt block.  I cut my squares at 3". 

Lay one of your background squares down RIGHT SIDE UP.  Fold a contrast square in half, WRONG SIDES TOGETHER, and place on top of the background square, aligning top edges and pin in place. 


Place another contrast square on top of these two layers right side down, pin and stitch all three layers together down the right side of the sandwich. 

Open and press the seam allowance toward the contrast square.  Fold the contrast square and background square away from the folded center square.   
Now, repeat this process for the other side.  Laying background fabric down, placing folded square on top then the last contrast fabric on top of these two layers.  Pin and stitch on the right side of the blocks as you did before. 

 Your outcome will look like this.  Notice that your background and your contrasting fabrics are on opposites sides.  If you flip it over at this stage, the opposite sides will still look like this. 

Slip a finger into the pocket formed by the center rectangle and work the pocket open, aligning raw edges of the pocket with the raw edges of the contrast and background squares.  Gently maneuver all the excess pocket fabric out of the way of your 1/4" seam allowance.    Match seams, pin in place and stitch across making sure all raw edges are caught under the needle.  

This schematic might make it more understandable.  The pocket is sandwiched between with its right sides facing the wrong sides of the background/contrast layers. 

Once it's stitched, unfold  to see the 3-D magic.  It's truly as easy as one-two-3-dimensional bowtie. 

3-Dimensional Bowtie Quilt Blocks by Marty Mason

3-Dimensional Bowtie Quilt Blocks by Marty Mason


Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Tree Ornaments: Thank you, Linda Easterling

Yes, Linda Easterling's demonstration on how she makes Christmas ornaments using styrofoam balls and cones was a hit with the Piney Hills Quilt Guild in Ruston.  'Tis the season to rejoice and enjoy the cold weather....and make Christmas ornaments. 

Linda says that first, we should gather:

3" syrofoam ball.  She also decorates the egg shape and the cone shapes. 
3 high contrast fabrics.  For the top and bottom of the ornament, cut 8- 2 1/2" squares of fabric 1.  Cut 16  of the second fabric for the next layer and 16 of the third fabric for the middle layer.  Linda says contrast is the key. 
3/4" to 1" wire-in ribbon.
1 1/16" straight pins.  Size is important.  Too short won't hold and too long is TOO hard to work with.

Here, you can see that the squares are folded into prairie points and pinned.  That's all there is too it....just make prairie points and pin!   Start at the top center and pin in fabric 1.  Then add fabric 2 which forms the center star.  Then add layer 3.  There's a pattern out there somewhere, but Linda says she lost it, but after she made one, she didn't need a pattern anyway.

Oh yes, and as to gathering, you can see Linda has a rubber 'thimble' over her thumb for pushing the pin in.   She added a little piece of leather inside the rubber for extra protection.  Genius! 

Round and round the styrofoam ornament she goes until the top is covered.  She then rotates and starts the process all over again from the bottom to the center where all raw edges meet. 

Linda then adds decorative ribbon around the middle of the ornament to hide the raw edges where the layers comes together. 


Make a hanging loop with the ribbon and pin in place.  

Little 'fuzzy' balls of all sizes are added after the hanging ribbon is pinned in to hide that pin...and to add more happiness to an already happy and  festive ornament. 


Janie was right there with hands on! Hearts to you for helping keep the spirit going. 

Gladys is all smiles over Linda's  pine cone ornament she won as a door prize.

 They are beautiful.  Linda. thank you so much for your dedication to the quilt guild community.  It's ladies such as yourself who keep the rest of us energized and eager to learn.