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April 2016 Workshop: Stash Busting String Quilts

Workshop Title: Stash Busting String Quilts
Taught by: Stephanie Alexander
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: To Be Determined
Cost: $15
Where: To Be Determined

Acrobat Version of the supply list

Supply List

12” or 12 ½” square ruler
6 ½ X 24 ruler if you need to cut yardage
4 X 12 (4 ½ X 12 1/2) ruler will be helpful but not mandatory
Rotary cutter with new blade for fabric and trimming
Cutting mat 18 X 24 or larger
A rotary cutting mat will make squaring up easier, helpful but not mandatory
One of the stabilizers mentioned below
Template plastic or something to make a template with. Old cutting mats make great templates.
Pen & paper for note taking and/or your cell phone to photograph the steps
Basic sewing supplies to include your machine and the power cord
It is a good idea to bring a cord reel or extension cord.

2 ½ yards of fabric for star points. You can make scrappy fabric stars as long as your fabric is the same value. A dark or light fabric will work for your star points.

Scraps, scraps and more scraps, in 1”, 1 ¼” and 1 ½” widths. Cut a few ¾” strips for more interest. Light, medium or dark, large or small prints, geometric, floral, stripes, everything goes. It is not necessary to cut all of your fabric at once. Consider swapping scraps with classmates. You do not need to cut all of your strips prior to class. If you have some already in your scrap bin, bring them. The great thing about string quilts is that your strips do not need to be accurate. They might be 1” on one end and taper down to ½” at the other end.

String quilts present a great opportunity to use what I call ugly thread. Anything goes because you will be sewing so many different colors. Now is a chance to use up all those half-filled bobbins.

Stabilizer for backing. Dixie Kabnet Wax Deli paper (Sam’s Club, $14.28 for two 1,000 sheet boxes); muslin, or 6 1/2′ yards no-show mesh stabilizer (brand name Sheer Delight.) You will need 7 1/2” square stabilizer blocks for this quilt. (If you use Sheer Delight, it is 30 inches wide which will yield you four blocks across.)

5 yards for backing. The backing is not needed for class. You can purchase this later. Consider piecing your backing with scrap yardage.

7/8 yard for binding. For added interest, use excess binding from other quilts and stitch them together for an even scrappier finish. Not needed for class.

I will provide the template for the star points. Recommend you re-cut this with template plastic.

If you sew on paper stabilizer this will dull your needle more quickly. It is a good idea to use a larger needle and change it frequently.

Pluses and minuses of different stabilizers. Paper backings need to be removed from your quilt top at some point. This is a very inexpensive way to foundation piece string quilts but it can be time consuming and the paper will make a lot of ‘dust’ when you remove it. Muslin is a good choice but it will add extra weight to your top. If you use muslin, suggest you wash it first to preclude any future issues with shrinkage. I currently use and recommend Sheer Delight (Approx $3.00 per yard). It doesn’t need to be removed or add extra weight. Fusibles and interfacings are not recommended as stabilizers. Try different products and use what you like.

One Loose Thread and Pieces & Patches Quilt Shop stock Sheer Delight. Contact Joyce Greer by email  to order from One Loose Thread or Pieces & Patches by phone 803/359-3442 or email If you order from Joyce Greer, I can bring your order to class and save the mailing expense.

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Version One 72 X 84

Students have the option of an alternate design during the same class.



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Version Two        66 X 66

Version two also requires 2 ½ yards for the star points and border.  Note, version two is smaller than version one.  If you want to increase the size, you will need additional yardage.  The diamonds, blue in this quilt, require ½ yard of fabric.

Version two is made with a specific color of scraps, creams and pinks.  Students have the flexibility to use specific colors or make it scrappy like version one.

Please feel free to  email me with any questions.

Stephanie Alexander

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January 2016 Challenge: It’s a Southern Thing

Challenge: It’s a Southern Thing for
Challenger: Cleo Ward
Due Date: June 2016 Meeting

The title of our challenge is “It’s a Southern Thing,” and the idea is to make  a quilt representing something that is characteristic of the southern United States.  It may be something that you like about  south or something that you don’t like; It may be serious or light-hearted; it may be significant or insignificant. I hope you will have fun with it!

The only other requirement is that the piece finish 12″ square.

– Cleo Ward

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Workshop: Trash to Treasure

Workshop Title: Trash  to Treasure pineapple quilt
Taught by: CPQ Guild Member
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Free
Where: Green Acres Baptist Church, 2085 Barnett Shoals.

When Gyleen Fitzgerald came to our guild last year, she gave us permission to teach her Trash to Treasure pineapple quilt.

Those of us who took this class at Hall County Guild would like to share it with you. The class will be free but it will be necessary for you to buy the ruler. Anita can order them for us so at the next guild meeting we will take orders. We would like each person to make one block for us to donate to the charity bee to be used in a quilt, either for charity or a raffle quilt. We will furnish the center block fabric so there will be some uniformity to the blocks.

There is also a book that goes along with this but it is not necessary to have it unless you just want it for your collection. It is called “Trash to Treasure”.

This is a good way to use up scraps. The block centers are 2 ½” and the strips are 1 ½”. So bring lots of scraps. You will need a lot more 1 ½” scraps than 2 ½” squares. They will need to be anywhere from 2 ½” to 6” in length.

You will also need:
Sewing machine in good working order with instruction book in case of a problem.
Any color thread. Gyleen uses up all her threads of different colors since the quilt is so scrappy, the color of thread used doesn’t matter,

small cutting board and rotary cutter

Pineapple Ruler, it must be the one designed by Gyleen. There are other pineapple rulers out there but they are all different. We will be teaching the technique using this ruler.

Small iron and ironing pad (these could be shared)

Acrobat PDF Version of Trash to Treasure Workshop Information

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April 2016 Retreat

Cotton Patch Retreat
April  19 -22 2016
Our retreat is held at Future Farmers of America in Covington, GA.

Each person will have a long table, usually two or 3 tables will be connected together.
We are staying at the Pullman Lodge which is near the entrance, same building as the last
retreat. Your rooms will be assigned to you, please choose a roommate as there are 2 double beds in each room. If you don’t have a roommate, I will assign one.

The camp supplies each room with:
Two sheets for each bed
Pillow with case
Two towels

Most if not all rooms have a TV
We enjoy 10 home cooked meals, lunch and dinner the first day, and breakfast and lunch the last day, with all three meals Wednesday and Thursday.

Arrival times are anytime from 9 AM but before noon as our meal times are scheduled,
8AM, Noon, and 5:30 PM. Departure time is usually after lunch.

The building where we sleep has a kitchen with a refrigerator and micro wave in case you have special food requirements and want to bring something .
The cost for 4 days, 3 nights including meals is$ 165.00.

A $50.00 non refundable deposit is required when signing up.
If you need to cancel after full payment is made to FFA, you will get a refund only if a replacement can be found for you.

Full payment must be made by the March guild meeting.
I will take your checks at our guild meetings or

You can mail your payment to Joan Garland

All checks are being deposited into the Guild account.

Downloadable PDF Information Sheet


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Upcoming Guild Meeting Programs

September 8, 2015
A Story in Every Stitch
Jodie Davis, Alliance for American Quilts and Guild Members
Recording Georgia Quilt Stories

October 13, 2015
My Journey as a Quilter
Jeanette Walton, a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor

November 10, 2015
Find Your Muse on the Internet: Fun and Informational websites
Charles Nicolosi and guild members

December 8, 2015

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Challenge: Self-portrait

Challenger: Cleo Ward
Due Date: December Pot Luck Meeting

The challenge to you is to create a self-portrait in fiber. This does not have to be realistic! It
may be your inner you, the way you wish you looked, or the way you remember looking at some time in the past. It may also represent what’s important to you, a person or place or activity. Try to think of something that reveals the real you. This doesn’t have to be serious; it can be whimsical or fun.
All sides of the piece should add up to 80″. That means it can be a 20″ square, or a 15″ by 25″ rectangle, or whatever shape you wish, as long as all the outer edges added together equal 80″. There should be a recognizable spot of red somewhere on the piece. It needs to be bigger than just a line of red quilting thread.
This is due at the December 2015 potluck meeting, where we will display the pieces and vote on our favorite.


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Workshop: Tea Time Placemats with Jeanette Walton

Workshop Title: Tea Time Placemats: A Judy Niemeyer Pattern taught
Taught by: Jeanette Walton
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $25 for guild members
Fee:  Pattern available day of workshop from Jeanette for $17 plus tax.
Available from Sewcial Studio for $20 plus tax.
Where: Lyndon Arts House Fiber Room






12″ Add-A-Quarter ruler
(optional – can use a regular ruler. Jeanette will have rulers for sale)
Flower head pins
Three – One gallon size Ziploc style bags
Size 70 sewing Needs
Jumbo style paper clips
UHU glue stick (other brands OK. Just be sure safe for fabric or acid free.)

General Sewing Supplies:
Sewing machine
Cutting Board, Rotary Cutter, seam ripper, thread, iron and ironing board, etc.

Full information sheet can be downloaded here (Acrobat PDF)


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