Skills Night

We had an informative and fun June meeting. It was member Skills Night and we had some interesting demonstrations.

Gadgets & Other Interesting Things

Nancy D. showed us a variety of quilting gadgets she has picked up along her journey. They included items like a magnetic needle scoop. I don’t know what else to call it but it’s a fascinating little item. You can see Nancy reaching for the scoop in the photo.

It is different from all other magnetic pin holders since it holds pins in the cup portion of the scoop but when you press a little handle on the scoop, the magnet comes away and the pins are released so you can drop them into any cup. Release the handle to engage the magnet to pick up the pins again. I searched Google and Etsy shops but can’t seem to find this device.

Nancy said it was invented by a high school student. I would guess his mother was a quilter.

Another item Nancy offered up was a two-sided cutting mat, which I believe was a Quilters Select product. One side is dark and a there’s a lighter color on the other side so you can switch off depending upon the color of your fabric. She also brought in some other items that weren’t directly related to quilting like rollers that can turn a stationary chair into a rolling chair and risers for your bed legs to make your bed taller.

Electronic Cutting and the Quilting World

Susan N-C brought in her Cricuit electronic cutter that was connected to her laptop. She demonstrated how easily and accurately pieces of fabric can be cut, whether it’s for applique or a pieced block. You don’t even need to put fusible on the back, the tacky mat holds everything in place.

Susan said she likes this method for piecing blocks rather than using strip piecing methods as it makes her piecing and assembling of blocks more accurate. She can set up her design on her computer and layout the pieces allowing her to cut multiple fabrics and shapes all at one time.

Wiggles & Waves

I apologize to Trish C for not getting a photo of her demonstration of Karen Eckmeier’s Wiggles & Waves Free Form Curves technique. I think I was so enthralled with this method of sewing curves without stress that I just totally forgot!

If you’ve always wanted to make a quilt with curves but were too intimidated by the idea, this might be a good way to get you started. The pieces are all top-stitched and free formed so accuracy doesn’t appear to be a really big deal. Here’s a video of Karen demonstrating the rose, which Trish demonstrated for us.

We’re looking forward to a presentation at our July meeting by Carolyn Emerson, watercolor and pastel artist. It also happens that Carolyn is mother of our treasurer, Holly S. and the nut hasn’t fallen far from the tree as Holly has put the artistry she’s inherited into creating her beautiful one-of-a-kind quilts.

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