Monday, October 24, 2011

October Meeting Recap


  • A new year is fast approaching, start thinking about nominating new officers!
  • The November meeting will be the last opportunity to turn in those half square triangles for the exchange. Put as many as you would like to exchange in a baggie with your name and the # of HST you are turning in. Anything goes as long as you are doing one light and one dark.
  • Remember to sell tickets for the opportunity quilt:




We were very lucky to have Gale Naugher visit us and teach us a bit about hand quilting.


Gale has been quilting for 35 years and also runs the “A Stitch and a Prayer” group that meets at the Golden Springs community center (sorry the group is full right now.) Gale showed off some of her wonderful quilts and her favorite tools for hand quilting.


This is her current project:2

Gale called this tool a “Quilt Mate” but also said that she has never been able to find another. It is meant to help you “pop” your needle back up instead of a thimble.

These are some of Gale’s favorite thimbles. Notice how each one has a metal “lip” to help catch the needle.

She loves 30’s prints:

Her favorite needles: Roxanne #10 “they don’t bend as easily” Roxanne basting needles

Lovely star quilt:

Clover Chaco Liner and refills for marking quilt tops:

Ultimate Marking Pencil II (not pictured) Fons and Porter marking pencil and a generic eraser. To save some money you can purchase the lead and use a regular mechanical pencil (just make sure you buy the right size, lead comes in 5mm and 9mm)

Some more lovely quilts:

and this one from a WWII era pattern called “Love and a Mist”

Other favorite tools:

  • clover table top needle threader
  • fabric band-aid: keeps a loose thimble in place
  • beeswax for conditioning thread: keeps it from twisting and knotting
  • 17” handheld pvc quilting frame (you can quilt most size blocks without having to reposition)
  • “Dream Cotton” followed by “Hobbs Heirloom” as favorite battings.

Quick Tips:

  • to reduce thread curling: thread your needle first, then cut the thread off the spool, make sure you are stitching from the end that you threaded first.
  • Use white thread for basting, colored thread may dye your fabrics
  • use big stitches while basting (2-3” long)
  • you can fold up the edges of your backing over to the quilt front, covering the batting) and baste in place. This will keep your thread from catching on the batting and keep it from knotting too.
  • use an 18”-20” long thread for basting, that way you can clip the basting stitches as you finish small areas.
  • uniform stitches are more important than the number of stitches per inch.
  • batting with “scrim” (a thin sheet of synthetic material that lends stability to the batting) is not a good choice for hand quilting. “Needle punched” battings usually have scrim.

Thank you for visiting us and sharing your knowledge and lovely quilts with us!


Show and Tell


See you in November!
~ Norma

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