News

Mats, Rulers, and Cutters

Oh My! Yes, Monday the 19th is Comfort Quilt Kit Day. The guild supplies the fabric and the patterns. Members cut fabrics according to the pattern, so whoever checks out the kit can have everything they need to make the quilt top, back, and binding.

Take a peek at past years’ Comfort Quilt Cut days:

Pick the fabrics
Pick a pattern
Now start cutting!

You may have noticed that we have way more room than cutters. Let’s remedy that this year, OK?

News

Ways To Donate To IHQ

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We are thrilled to accept donations of cotton fabrics, thread, yarn, patterns, notions, and things sewing related. It is because of generous donations, that help us to keep our Comfort Quilt & Pillowcase projects serving the growing community.

Have you found a closet in your grandma’s house you are trying to clean out, that is crammed full of her sewing stash??  We can help you with that!

Send us an email at Guild@ihquilters.com, and someone will contact you.

Our very thankful 2019 Board of Directors

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Another way to support our mission…

We recently set up an account with Giving Assistant as one of their non-profit organizations. Online shoppers now can select IHQ for receiving a percentage of a stores cash back awards. A free account with them, and their web browser “Button”, allows your cashback rewards, over 3,000 major retail stores to shop online at, and coupons, deals & more!

Click on the green square to find out more information and set up your free account.

Independence Hall Quilters

Great deals. Good deeds.

Use Giving Assistant to save money and support Independence Hall Quilters

 

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Know of a non-profit organization you want to donate to?  You can find out how it all works By clicking this link


Classes

Learning a New Technique: Stained Glass

Apologies for not keeping y’all up to date! When our (fun and successful) Quilt Faire was over, I enjoyed a vacation from my computer. Then I was busy gathering the supply list items for class.

A few of us in the Guild took a class called “Naturescape” last Monday & Tuesday. It is a technique used to take a photo of something and create a stained glass “picture” of it. The instructor was Doris Williams, a professional artist and former guild member. She is a very easy-going lady, with infinite patience. As a complete stranger to this technique I was moving at a slower pace than most, but Doris helped me tweak my design and find better fabrics to use. This transformed my mess into a landscape. I have worked hard to finish my wall hanging, but it’s doubtful I will make it to “Sew & Tell” at tomorrow’s meeting.

Don’t worry – I will have the camera charged to take photos of the ones from class that are displayed. 🙂
In the meantime, you can admire my two favorites from her collection…

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♥ TTFN ♥

Quilt Faire

Recipe For A Quilt Faire

Combine the following ingredients, and mix well for 8 months:

  1. One brave and patient individual to be the Quilt Faire (QF) Chair (a.k.a. Boss)
  2. Chairpersons in charge of the several QF committees
  3. Hard Labor (a.k.a. Husbands)
  4. Minions (many, many, minions!)
  5. Hand-made quilts and specialty items in the Boutique
  6. Country Store cookies, cakes, pies, candy – all yummy!
  7. Venue (the Fabulous Ironstone Winery)
  8. Talented Entrants
  9. Quality Vendors
  10. Esteemed Guests

I could break this list down to hundreds of tasks that we members of Independence Hall Quilters (IHQ) need to get done – but I won’t.

Just come to the Faire and enjoy yourself!

The 38th Annual Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire
Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys:

Friday October 9, 2015   9:00 – 4:00
Saturday October 10, 2015  9:00 – 4:00
Sunday October 11, 2015  10:00 – 4:00

For details & more information click HERE

Cool Stuff

Buried Treasure

I went into our local Thrift Store in search of a used paperback to read. I found “The Witching Hour”, by Anne Rice. The book was so tattered that the little round price sticker read “Free.”  I also found two reference books, each marked $.49. Definitely affordable.
I wandered around the little store, looking for crafting items and found a shelf with remnants of fabric tossed into a plastic bin. Of course I had to look through it! Blankets and quilts were on a different shelf. I saw a glimpse of pink flowers and a scalloped edge, buried under all the other items.

Just as I suspected – a large handmade masterpiece. Sure, it needed repair work and the fabrics were worn. But at IHQ there are a lot of ladies who know how to “date” a quilt, and those that are experienced at resurrecting abused ones.

The price tag shocked me:  $29.44. Thirty. Measly. Bucks.

For THIS!?!:

Lovely and Complicated
Lovely and Complicated

 

Scalloped Edges
Scalloped Edges

The lady (or ladies) who made this gorgeous creation, put a LOT of woman-hours into it. Even a beginner (like myself) can see that.

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Long view, of inner border of roses

 

No photo can do it justice. A professional may come very close, but – and I mean a HUGE but, they   just can’t capture the wonderful feel of it against your skin.

I decided that it was a moral imperative for me to take it home and show my fellow quilters at our next meeting. Get expert advice on repairing old quilts.

It’s a little smaller than California King, but larger than a Queen. That means it will be hung on the “back wall”. No one will believe I created this – even if I were dumb enough to try to pass it off as my own.  Our guild members were not born yesterday, ya know.

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