Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Volume 12 Issue 12– August 9, 2012

President: Lynette Thomson
1st Vice President: Sandy Miller
2nd Vice President: Sue Schillig
Treasurer: Pam Scholle
Secretary/Community Service: Teri Whidden
Library: Joanne Palun
Hospitality: Karin Knox and Bobbie Bruck
Membership: Marylou Kucerna
Home of the Brave: Janet Alderman
Quilts of Valor: Kaye Koler
Sunshine: Elsie Kral
Bits & Pieces Editor: Teri Barile terib623@aol.com
DEADLINE THE SATURDAY (6PM) BEFORE MEETING

Meetings: 2nd Thursday of month
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: St. Joe’s Social Hall, Amherst

PROGRAMS
AUGUST MEETING IS AT 6:30

STRAY THREADS…
Sue Schillig
If it is possible to become more forgetful, I think I’ve managed. In the event that any of you have the same trouble, this column will be a nice list of things you could do. I hope it provokes some of you into doing some interesting things in the next month or so.
1. NEORQC Getaway registration is still going. Feel free to go to the website http://www.neorqc.com and download the information. Lots of nice classes, including a tshirt class from our own Kaye Koler.
2. The Lorain County Fair registration closes on August 10th. I’d love to see some of our guild’s beautiful work in the fair.
3. No Outdoor quilt show this year, stay tuned next year.
4. This month is the August picnic and what I hope will be a fabulous show and tell. Bring your best, your finest, your most unusual, or just something you like to show the guild.. We all find it so inspiring.
5. September will be Anna’s Sewing Center for our program. She has been given free rein to talk about
whatever she wishes. She says there will be new things to see. Yippee!
6. Membership due this month.
I love the Olympics! It’s a great opportunity to watch something inspiring and possibly sew at the same time.
I’m not as crazy about the nearly bushel of tomatoes out in the mud room. I must get to work on them before
there are more to pick. Hope you are having a wonderful summer. Piecefully, Sue

MEETING MINUTES
Teri Whidden
President Lynette Thomson called the meeting to order at 7:10pm. Laurie, Barb, and Kennedy were visiting this evening. Lynette asked if there were any additions/corrections to last month’s minutes. Karen Jackson moved to accept and Kelly Grace seconded.
Motion to approve minutes was passed.
Pam Scholle reported that we have $5,056.75 in the treasury. Teri Whidden moved to accept and Cheryl Majewski seconded. Motion passed.

Committee Reports:
Community Service: Kelly Grace turned in one pillowcase and Barb King turned in 8. These will be taken to Genesis House and/or Blessing House. Teri Whidden went to a garage sale and bought fabric from Darlene Werner and she donated several bags of batting to use for the baby quilts. These items were from her mother’s stash. A big thank you goes to her. Also Kim Montagnese donated a brand new, still in the box, never opened Brother Serger. A huge thank you goes to Kim!

Program: July: Our very own Kim Montagnese came to talk about borders and labels and what a talk she gave! She brought lots of quilts to show and talk about. The borders on her quilts were definitely not the “norm” and really showed off her quilts to the max. She gave lots of ideas, descriptions, and made the suggestion not to put just a few rounds of fabric. Take your quilt to the next level! For the back, she suggested taking a leftover block and turn it into a label. She also talked about color. Kim finds a really bold and colorful fabric and then pulls colors from that and then puts shades of those colors together to make the quilt colorful and oh so pretty. It really works and her quilts prove that!

The August meeting will be our pot luck picnic and will start at 6:30pm. Please bring a dish to share.
Membership: We have 80 members and signs up are starting for the upcoming year. The dues are now $25 per year.

Home of the Brave: Jan said that she is receiving quilts already finished.
Quilts of Valor: two quilts went to Ft. Campbell, Ky. and one went to Columbus
New Business: Kaye Koler is teaching at Getaway held at Quail Hollow this year. The Bonnie Brae Outdoor Quilt Show is cancelled due to illness in the family. Also we are collecting purple fat quarters for the blue basket to give to Iris Tewksbury.

Kaye Koler made the motion to adjourn and Bobbie Bruck seconded it. Motion passed.
Show and Tell was wonderful. Kaye Koler showed the quilt she made to enter in the Ireland show and won! Linda Bell, Kelly Grace, Carey Selak, Elsie Kral and Judy Riggle wowed us with their quilts. Thank you ladies.
Respectfully submitted,
Teri Whidden


HOME OF THE BRAVE
Jan Alderman
No Report

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CALLING ALL QUILTER’S FOR HIRE
Next month’s newsletter will have the list of area long arm and other quilter’s. I am not up to date on who is quilting in our area, so if you would please email me information, I will include it on the list.  Helpful information… contact number/email/website Prices, special services, etc. Please write the information in the way you want it to be shown on the list. I will copy and paste . It doesn’t matter to me if these are members or not, but LCP members will be noted, and I hope supported.
Contact me by email TeriB623@aol.com

QUILTMAKING TIPS AND TRICKS
Teri Barile

 This month, I am going to show you how to make a scrappy four patch block and the quilt that goes along with it. Here is a preview; you will find the rest at the end of the newsletter.
I’ve had the Electric Quilt program for many years. You would think that by now I would be good at it.. nah. I use it to get a basic idea of what I want to do. It is great for printing the tiny pattern pieces that I use, even then, when I really want to design a quilt I turn to my tried and true tool.. graph paper and pencils.
Look at all of the different graph papers you can get! This is the best time of year, back to school. Office Max, Staples, and Target have different kinds of books. I carry the little graph books in my purse in case inspiration strikes.
Mechanical pencils with sharp points, and colored pencils are also great tools.. oh.. don’t forget the eraser!

Lasagna Soup

for the soup:

2 tsp. olive oil
1-1/2 lbs. Italian sausage
3 c. chopped onions
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 T. tomato paste
1 28-oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
6 c. chicken stock
8 oz. mafalda or fusilli pasta
1/2 c. finely chopped fresh basil leaves
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

for the cheesy yum:

8 oz. ricotta
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
pinch of freshly ground pepper

2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add sausage, breaking up into bite sized pieces, and brown for about 5 minutes. Add onions and cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomato paste and stir well to incorporate. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the tomato paste turns a rusty brown color.

Add diced tomatoes, bay leaves, and chicken stock. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add uncooked pasta and cook until al dente. Do not over cook or let soup simmer for a long period of time at this point, as the pasta will get mushy and absorb all the soup broth. You may even want to consider cooking the noodles separately, and then adding some to individual bowls before ladling the soup over them. This would be an especially smart move if you are anticipating any leftovers. Right before serving, stir in the basil and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

While the pasta is cooking, prepare the cheesy yum. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan, salt, and pepper.

To serve, place a dollop of the cheesy yum in each soup bowl, sprinkle some of the mozzarella on top and ladle the hot soup over the cheese.
Servings: 8

FOUR PATCH QUILT
It all started with this video
If the link doesn’t work, go to you tube and search for Katie’s Quilt- by MissouriQuiltCo

She shows how to do parts of it and there is some information, but I couldn’t find anything specific. Luckily, the quilt was hanging on the wall behind her. I’m not that great with Electric Quilt, but I can do a mean design on graph paper. So out came the pencils and the ruler.

I basically tried to figure out how to make a 72×88” quilt.

This size takes about 5 charm packs or around 210- 5” squares. I tend to collect charm packs. You get at least one of each kind of fabric from a particular line, and using them gives you a great variety and saves the time of cutting fabrics.

You need about 2 yards of white for the sashing, and 1 yard for the star points. I chose to make mine all one color.

2 yds for the first border (2” finished borders, cut from length of fabric) If you don’t mind piecing, you can probably get away with less, maybe a yard.

2 ¾ yds for the outer border (6” finished borders, cut from length of fabric.) Depending on how you do your bindings, you should have enough fabric left to cut straight grain binding.

For this size quilt, you will need:

30 sixteen patch blocks made from four 4-patch blocks. These blocks are 8 “finished.

140 four patch blocks. DON’T PANIC there is an easy fast scrappy four patch that I will show you later on.

With these you will sit 20 aside to be used in between the sashing blocks

Cut 49 sashing blocks
4 ½ X 8 ½ “

Cut 192 – 2 ½ x 2 ½ “squares for star points

If I was writing an actual pattern, I would try to be more specific with how to’s. I’m assuming that you know how to fit a border to a quilt already.

Inner border – Cut 2 ½” strips. Cut two that are at least 57” for the top and bottom, and two that are at least 72” for the sides

Outer border – Cut 6 ½” strips. Cut two that are at least 61” for the top and bottom, and two that are 85”for the sides.

This is the coolest part.. making;

SCRAPPY FOUR PATCH BLOCKS.

I used SCANT ¼” seams to piece all of this. I have a pfaff, but assuming all computerized machines are the same, I used a 2.0 stitch length, and set my width at 5.0 which put the needle one “click” to the right of midline. Just a tiny amount, still worked inside of the hole of my straight stitch needle.

Start with assorted 5” squares. Okay, technically, you don’t have to use 5” charms, or even 5” sizes. But for the sake of this pattern, that is what I am using.

 Place right sides together and stitch ¼” down each side of the square. This is a great opportunity to chain piece.

When you are finished, cut the blocks in half between the stitch lines at 2 ½”.
You will have two pieces like this. Press open. It doesn’t matter if you press to light or dark, they are all going to be jumbled together eventually.
Next, piece all of the blocks that you just made together in this manner. It doesn’t matter how many just DON’T PRESS when you are finished.
Trim off the first 2.5” piece and set aside.
Then flip the remainder of that piece over the next piece and cut at 2.5”. Continue to the end of the strip to flip and cut. You will end up with a 2.5” piece left that you will piece together with the first 2.5” piece that you trimmed, and you will have an additional four patch.
Now you will have a scrappy four patch.

Twist the center in opposite directions so that the seam allowances lay flat. PRESS
Set your needle back to the center line for this point.

You may know how to do this, but in case you don’t, if you ever want to make flying geese or snowball etc. blocks that you need half square triangles, try this easy way to do this. Put a strip of painter’s tape down following the line of your needle. No marking required. Just start stitching, and make sure that the point closest to you follows the edge of the tape. Then press out and trim to ¼” on the back. Pressing first stabilizes the triangle. Repeat so that you have a triangle in all four corners of your sashing block.
It will look like this.
You will need to sew four 4-patch blocks together to make one 16 patch block. If you want to learn from my mistakes, pay attention not to put a color similar to your star points in the corner of your 16 patch. If you do, this happens:
As you can see, I have lost my star point. I have this problem in two places in the first row of blocks. I’m still deciding if I should rip it out.

At least I figured it out early enough to pay attention for the rest of the quilt.. I am kind of making it as I go along, I didn’t make all of the four patches in one sitting.

When I cut the squares for my star points, I just grabbed a piece of black Moda marble out of my stash. There wasn’t enough, so I had to adjust the size of what I’m making to 60×72”.

This is a section of some of the finished top

This is the first couple of rows of my quilt top.

Ugh.. those star points!!! Gotta get my seam ripper… I hope that you have fun piecing this!!