Monday, September 13, 2010

KMQG September Meeting

The September meeting of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild was fabulous.  We had a ten-minute-tip on hexagons.  I learned a few fun tips.  I learned how to tack down the corners without going through the paper.  I learned how to make little stitches on both sides of the fold in the corner.  It comes out looking so neat and pretty!

Another of the secrets shared... instead of using pins, use paperclips!  This is a great traveling project, but pins can get a little tricky in the car.  Paperclips keep the fabric in place and don't draw blood!

Another hot tip... use YLI silk thread to stitch the hexies together.  The silk thread is very strong, so you can tug on it pretty hard without it breaking.  It is also thinner than other threads so it buries itself nicely in the seams. 

Also, do you know what a between needle is?  I didn't either.  A between needle is a needle that is between sharp and dull.  Duh!  Why can't all things be that obvious? 

The presentation was fabulous.  At the very end, there was a bag passed around the room and everybody got to take one of these:

Hexies 01

Hexies 02

It's a little packet of the papers for hexagon piecing and some scraps of fabric to try it out on.  I love free stuff!  How cool is that?  Thanks Paper Pieces for the free gift!

Our meeting was wrapped up with a presentation by Jacquie, our president.  She brought some of her beautiful quilts to share and discuss with us.  She talked about her journey through different quilting styles.  It was really interesting.  She also talked about coming from an Mennonite family and the necessity of the handmade.  I couldn't believe that she and her dad built their house!  How cool is that?  She can wire a house and move a gas line!  I'm totally impressed!

I also received the next assignment for the KC Scrappy Bee at the meeting.  I am going to LOVE this month's project.  Paula is our leader this month and she picked a really fun project for us!  She gave us each a fat quarter of some "Bluebird of Happiness" fabric (her name for this adorable print).  We're each going to be making a liberated or wonky star like this.  I can't wait to see how her quilt turns out.  I'm excited to be a part of it!

I came home after the meeting excited about quilting and inspired to try new things.  I always love leaving the guild meetings because I'm always inspired.  Thanks KCMQG for everything I've gotten from you so far!


Debbie said...

I love that idea about paper clips instead of pins. I have poked myself far too many times!

Jessica said...

Isn't it? I thought it was a great idea, too! I'm always drawing blood.