Tuesday, March 31, 2015

River City 2015 Mystery Quilt - Part 1

A Couple of Strangers on the A-Train        


The quilt instructions will only be placed on the website.  To get the instructions each month you will need to go to the website to view it.

Follow along each month making the required number of units.  In two months there will be a significant number of pieces to be made.  This quilt should easily be completed in the time frame given. 

Have fun and enjoy the mystery of A Couple of Strangers meeting on the A-Train!  

PS:  McGee ate the final picture and I have taped it together. It will be amusing when you see it.  However, I was not amused.  

Part 1 – Choosing the materials

This is a 2 color quilt that can be either modern or traditional, classic or bold  –  depending on the way you choose your fabrics.

Look for two fabrics that compliment each other, but have strong contrast.  Large or medium prints with many colors are not suited for this piece.  Your fabrics should read totally separate.  If you want a small print, make your second fabric stronger and separate.  If not, your quilt will be muddled.

Your fabrics need to be a Couple of Strangers!

  • 4 ½ yards of Color 1 – background
  • 5 ¼ yards of Color 2 – block pattern 
  • 1 yard binding (can be in background color, pattern color or another color)

Finished size – 84 x 96

President's Message - April 2015

I hope you made a special effort to celebrate National Quilt Day on Saturday, March 21st. Not just another excuse to buy fabric on sale (like you need an excuse), but some little something like donating fabrics you are tired of, planning a new quilt, considering a small focus group to join, re-visiting your scrap bin, or just washing and ironing some beautiful fabrics you are so fond of.  We celebrate our quilt vocation in different ways. NQD is a way to reflect on quilting for what it does.  Quilting fills your life with close friends, community service opportunities, family heirlooms, a sense of history and culture, and a feeling of pride for the treasure you created from cotton fibers and dye; simple items that placed in your hands create things of wonder.  

Remembering that the theme of my message in April 2014 was "River City Begins with Me." We can look back on our activities since then and this theme has carried over into new ideas shared through numerous guild committees, member participation in outside activities, and the informative content of meetings with engrossing programs and shared opportunities.  The balance of 2015 is ripe with promise.

This April's program will be about the Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail, followed by committee news and activities updates.  There will be much to do and share.

As always, I'd love to hear your suggestions think "River City begins with me."

See you soon,  

the Bring list
- bring - $2 for lotto block - Vanishing Squares -  Deadline is May.  See Brenda & Beverly
- bring - 2 1/2 inch strips  of purple or gold fabric for the Community Sew-In
- bring all that Show & Tell;  bring what you did at Seminar, retreat, class....
- bring items and monies for the Birthday Table Extravaganza. 
- bring fabric for Fat Quarter Drawing -    Cat or dog prints
- bring & wear your Fiber Name Tag:  You could win $20 !! BeBe hands you your prize.
- bring $1 if you wish to participate in the Mystery Quilt series - pay Glen Parks.

Monday, March 2, 2015

President's Message - March 2015

As our board and committees work to fill the calendar for 2015 and into 2016, I am adding events to my personal calendar.  It is a mix of outings with friends, commitments, and the little steps necessary to accomplish goals.  

As I move into my second year as president, I realize we need to move away from a calendar year mind set to one that includes planning guild activities within the framework of what's available to us now, so we can fill the calendar with a good variety of future events. 

With a good mix of activities and good people behind them, I foresee an interesting year for our guild.  

See you soon, 

The Bring List

  • bring your membership application and check for $20 to Bebe Tulley
  • bring - $$$ for a new lotto block - $2/kit. See Brenda Gauthier or Beverly Amedee
  • bring all that Show & Tell 
  • bring fabric for Fat Quarter Drawing -    Fleur de Lis prints
  • bring & wear your Fiber Name Tag
  • bring $1 if you wish to participate in the Mystery Quilt series - pay Glen Parks