Fabric for Charity Quilts

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Fabric has generously been donated for use in our charity quilts. I will be cutting it into 1/2 yard pieces and it will be at the Charity table at the January meeting. Anyone interested is welcome to take some for use in their charity quilt.

Is there anyone that is interested in getting together to work on charity quilts?  If so please let me know.

Sue Molin

Pat Gandt, former MVQ member

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Pat Gandt, a former MVQ member and good friend to many of us in the Guild died on December 11, 2009 after a 5 year battle with Breast cancer.  She will be remembered for her utter joy of life!

Wake will be on Monday from 3 to 8 at Campbell’s in Beverly- next to Shore Country Day School.  Funeral will be Tuesday at 10 at St Rose in Topsfield.

Her family resides at     31 Timber Lane, Topsfield, Ma 01983

Unfinished Fabric Obsessions-UFO Auction

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Lyn Grenier writes:

One month after joining the Guild, 5 years ago, I found myself caught up in the bidding frenzy that occurs every February at the UFO auction. Lots of cool, gotta-have-it stuff!!! YES, good stuff. One particular item beckoned me….a huge box filled with solid colored, polyester and cotton, twill weight fabric; EVERY color of the rainbow, but mainly BRIGHTS! Just Gorgeous I think, no one will want them, its polyester! Being inexperienced, I failed to recognize the gusto, the fevered pitch, the determination of MVQ quilters and I quickly lost the bidding war. I suffered massive bidder remorse, depression, and then was obsessed about my loss. I approached the “winner” to ask to buy her out…..and luck was with me as she quickly said “let’s split it”. And so began the next journey of this FABULOUS fabric which has been sitting in my sewing room since that day, five years ago. Stop me if this story sounds familar.

We all know, you can never have enough fabric, so when inspiration struck this summer …I was READY! I attacked those polyester and cotton textiles with a vengeance. I made: 2 personalized “coloring book” tote bags for the great nephews birthdays, they held all of their gifts and goodies; 16 tote bags to hold personal care items for a battered woman’s shelter (a few great accent fabrics added more pizzazz); 2 larger tote bags for shopping green instead of choosing “paper or plastic”; 3 – 17″ Nancy Crow style pillows for the cabin of our sail boat, highly washable; 2 ditty bags to hold wallets, keys, cell phones and items we didn’t want to lose overboard; 2 large ditty bags for containing spare oak mast wedges and a collection of miscellaneous engine parts; and 4 “superperson” capes for the same 2 great nephews and their super friends.

Phew, I’m done, $5 well spent, and a terrific bargain among many great UFO bargains! While sharing this story I just realized, there are bits and pieces of fabric remaining…..absolutely TOO good to toss….Perhaps my chocolate labrador would like a new dog bed! So I’m back to stitching like mad and thinking maybe the rest of this FABULOUS fabric will show up at this years UFO auction on February 18th ….you know, it is possible. ——————————————————————————–

A Former Guild Member Passes

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The following is a note I received from the daughter of a former member of the guild.

My mom, Gail McKenna, was a member of the Merrimack Valley Quilters for many years before she moved to Florida a year and a half ago.  She passed away a couple weeks ago and I wanted to pass it along to anyone that may have known her.  We are having a “celebration” of her life on Saturday, November 21 from 2pm to 6pm for anyone that would be interested.  It will be held at the clubhouse at Ledgewood Hills condo complex in Nashua, NH.  The address is 3 Dogwood Dr Nashua, NH 03062-4402.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Robbie McKenna via e-mail

Working with Wool – Sandi Bard

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If you ever want to work with wool, Sandi Bard is the go to person.  She is a wealth of information regarding wool.  She has turned wool applique into an art form.  Her work is exquisite. To view a slide show of Sandi’s work click here.  As you view the slide show, note how even her stitches are.  She does it all freehand.  It goes to show practice makes perfect.

If you want to learn about felting wool, ask Sandi.  If you want to know where to find wool fabrics, ask Sandi.  If you can’t remember how to start a button-hole stitch, ask Sandi.  If you want to know the best way to do an outline stitch, ask Sandi.

Sandi shared her experiences with wool both good and bad, where the pitfalls were and what she  found worked best for her.

Start with a single stitchThen take a button hole stitch

Sandi had us use freezer paper as a template for our applique pieces.  We were to glue the pieces in place then button-hole stitch them down.  Using the water-soluble glue allowed us to place the pieces without pins.  That way the floss would not get caught on the pins nor would our fingers.  She found that starting on an edge as opposed to a corner would allow for more accurate points.  How to stitch an accurate point was also demonstrated.

Stem StitchEveryone in the class chose to work on a gold star pumpkin.  Sandi demonstrated the use of clear vinyl as a guide to accurately place our piece as we worked.  Unlike cotton, wool is not translucent so a light box would not work.  We started by gluing the various pumpkin pieces together first.  Then glued the stem to the pumpkin. Then glued the completed pumpkin to the background.  Once all the pieces were secured, we started stitching.  I was never a fan of applique.  I would get frustrated with turning the edges under.  This is much easier.  No edges to turn under made the stitching go quickly.

I think I’m hooked.  I had purchased a pattern for wool applique a few year back.  Now I think I’m ready to tackle it.

Thank you, Sandi. I really had a great time in your class.

Now where can I put all this wool?

Cathy