February 2017 Recap

Viewpoints and Q-points Panel Discussion

Veronica moderates a panel discussion by (left to right) Joan, Theresa, Carolyn and Jackie.

Veronica moderates a panel discussion by (left to right) Joan, Theresa, Carolyn and Jackie.

What is your most favorite tool in your quilting arsenal? The rotary cutter might be the most popular but our panelists had some interesting additions.

Joan is enamored with her battery operated seam ripper razor. She throws caution to the wind and mows down her accidents with reckless abandon. "Aren't you afraid you might cut your fabric?" someone asked. "I can cut fabric just as well with my regular seam ripper!" Joan replied.

Theresa uses an oak tailor's clapper to get her seams to lie as flat as possible. "Press your seam with the iron then lay the clapper down on the hot seam. The wood absorbs the heat. It only adds a few seconds to your time but your seams lay flat. Also, you know how hard it is to fix the seam allowance when you have pressed in the wrong direction? The clapper makes it easy and you won't have lines."

Carolyn stressed the importance of having a good reference book, especially for new quilters. Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting is one of her favorites and is used by several others on the panel.

Jackie's favorite ruler is her 12-1/2" square, useful for a variety of tasks, and she says a quarter-inch machine foot is well worth the investment. Moderator Veronica spoke about her hatchet ruler that has two corners chopped off. You can find more information about that ruler, as well as more on the panel discussion, on Veronica's personal blog.

Superior Thread was highly recommended, as was using a thinner thread (higher weight number) in the bobbin. Do that and you won't need to refill your bobbin as often. The discussion on batting spread into the audience, and personal preference differs from one quilter to the next.

Each panelist had learned more about her craft from other quilters and they all had fond memories of those times.

"In the past, women would stitch together around a frame and talk about their lives and their problems. Nobody needed therapy back then!" quipped Joan.

ChattMQG Dues: $35 for 2017

Therapy: $100 per session

You decide.

Upcoming Mary Kerr Workshop

Join us on the weekend of April 7-8 for a lecture and trunk show (Friday) and workshop (Saturday afternoon) by Mary Kerr, specialist in Modern Traditionalism. Turn your vintage blocks–and maybe even your own abandoned ones–into a modern treasure with Mary's help. 

But hurry! We only have three workshop spaces left. You can read more about the weekend with Mary Kerr in this blog post. Sign up online and invite your friends to do the same!

Habitat for Humanity Quilts

We need your help! Here's what you can do:

  • Pick up a block kit (or several of them) from Jean at any meeting. Take it home, sew your blocks, bring them back next month.
  • Get a top's worth of completed blocks from Jean and sew them together. We'll give you directions on how to do that.
  • Volunteer to layer, baste and quilt a top. We will provide batting and backing.
  • Make the binding and stitch it onto the quilt. This part is like tying the ribbon on a gift!
  • Let your contribution be modern fabric or cozy batting. Jean can give you guidelines.
  • Become a permanent member of the Habitat team! Sometimes we need help in a hurry.
  • Design a quilt for Habitat and be in charge of getting it made.
  • Attend a Habitat Home dedication ceremony and present our quilt to the family!
Sherri Owens (left) wraps up in her quilt every night. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.

Sherri Owens (left) wraps up in her quilt every night. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.

Please contact Jean if you want to help. Our work with Habitat is extremely appreciated, not only by the staff, but by the families. We hear heart-warming affirmations from the people who receive our quilts. One recipient told Jean, "Every night when I come home from work, I wrap up in that quilt!"

Satisfying words indeed. 

Show and Tell

Posted by Audrey on 13 Feb, 2017