April 2017 Workshop: Deconstructed Wedding Rings


Workshop Title:  Deconstructed Wedding Rings
Taught by: Karen Stockwell
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Cost: $25  ( Plus Pattern: $10)
Where: Green Acres Baptist Church
Contact: Sheila Shepherd 

Workshop with Karen Stockwell on April 12,2017 at Green Acres Baptist church at 10:00 am. The cost is $25 and needs to be paid by the April meeting. You will also need to buy a pattern for $10. Karen will bring those with her. The description of the class is as follows:

 Deconstructed Wedding Rings

A Double Wedding Ring is surprisingly versatile.

What happens if you make the rings different sizes, and don’t join them?

How about adding some other elements?

Let’s play with modernizing an old favorite. Have fun and see what happens!

And with a white or solid background, it can easily be a modern quilt.

36″ x 39″

Pattern required for class. $10. Contains full sized templates and directions for 3 different finishing techniques.

Download Acrobat PDF Version of this Workshop


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Journey in Quilts 2017: The CPQ Quilt Show

We are moving into high gear as we prepare for our 2017 Quilt Show!


150+ fantastic quilts to view, guild member crafted items to purchase, a raffle quilt and vendors booths to browse!


Friday, March 3 2017: 10-6
Saturday, March 4, 2017: 10-6
Sunday, March 5, 2017: 12-4

Adults $7  
Children 12 and under FREE


Oconee Civic Center
2661 Hog Mountain Rd.
Watkinsville, GA 30677


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Charity Bee Raffle Quilt Instructions

Please contact Ellen Nelson or Carol Ann Burns for all questions.

Downbload Acrobat PDF Version of the Half Square Triangle here. 

The Charity Bee would love your help AGAIN on another raffle quilt.  This time it is for one of our Charities that would like to use it to raise funds.  They would like to receive the finished quilt  in the Spring of 2017 and raffle it during the fall of 2017.  The only special request is that we use fall colors, and you know what those are.  We would rather you use shades of beige and cream for your lightest color that would otherwise be white, but light colors of other fall colors would be great.  Here’s what we need:

 Half Square Triangles:
   Use two blocks that are 5” x 5”. Use one dark or medium block and one lighter block.  Stack the two blocks face to face and draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner.  (See A) 

   Stitch two stitching lines-(one on each side) 1/4” away from your marked line.  (See B)

   Cut the blocks in half along the drawn line giving you two half square blocks.  Open and press the seam toward  the darker fabric.  (See C)  

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The second block that we need is a Four Patch Block.

Use 4 blocks that are 4” x 4”.  Mix dark, medium and or light colored fabrics.  Arrange the blocks the way you want the finished block to look.  (See 1)

   Stack the right and left blocks on top of each other with right sides facing.  (See 2)

  Stitch along one edge (left side, for instance) of both stacks 1/4” from the edge of each stack.  (See 3)

   Stack the 2 sets of stitched blocks on top of each other with right sides facing.  (See 4)

  Check to make sure that the seams of the two sets of blocks meet in the middle so that you do not see a “jog” in the seam that will be sewn,.  Pin the blocks together and stitch 1/4” from the edge along both blocks.  (See 5)

   Open your stitched block and press the seams and push the seams in the center which will loosen those middle stitches allowing them to come out and open up and lie flat when’d pressed.  (See 6)

   Press (Pick up the iron and place it on the block.  Do not move it around; that will stretch the fabric) the block.  Turn the block over and press the front side.  (See 7)

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You do NOT need to trim any of the blocks that you make.  We’ll trim them to the sizes we need.  We will be happy to accept as many of the two types of blocks described above as you have time or energy to complete.  We will take them anytime you can get them to any of the Charity Group and you can certainly bring them to the February Guild meeting on February 14.  We will take them after that date if you can’t get them done by then.  We know you’ll probably be busy making items for the boutique for the Quilt Show!!!


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January 2017 Challenge: Spots in my Log Cabin

Challenge: Spots in my Log Cabin
Challenger: Cleo Ward
Due Date: June 2017 Potluck Meeting

My challenge to you is to take a traditional log cabin block and alter or adapt it in a new way. Log Cabin includes a whole family of strip pieced blocks, including Barn Raising, Streak of Lightning, Courthouse Steps, Whitehouse Steps, and literally hundreds of others. You may change the structure, play with value, omit a part, add something, or whatever you choose.  You must be able to explain how your work relates to the traditional block.

The second part of the challenge is to use some polka dot fabric in your piece.  It needs to be more than just a tiny obscure square or strip; it should be a contributing fabric to the overall design.

Your challenge piece may consist of one, several or many blocks.  There are no size restrictions.

This will be due at the June potluck guild meeting.  Enjoy!

Download PDF Version of the Challenge

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Stitch & Bitch Bee Fabric Swap – August 6, 2016

The Stitch and Bitch Bee will be hosting another 

Fabric Swap / Quilt Class
(Class taught by Terri Jarrett)

 On Saturday August 6th

 Here’s the scoop:

 Gather at 9:30 am and the swapping will start at 10:00 am.  Bring your lunch. Plan to stay til about 3:30-4:00.

  • Bring 24 9″squares of light fabrics and 24 9″ squares of dark fabrics.
  • Florals are the preferred fabric for this swap.  Batiks will also work.  Try to stay away from solids and solid-like fabrics.
  • The 24 squares can be cut from the same fabric (because you will be swapping them) OR cut from different fabrics.   If you wish to cut from all one piece of fabric, you will need 1 1/2 yards of each- light and dark – to cut 24 squares.
  • Bring sewing machine and notions.  Neutral thread.
  • Bring 9 1/2″ or 12 1/2″ square ruler and rotary cutter, and mat.
  • Also bring a long ruler. Any width but length needs to be at least 14″ .

We are using the book: “Rotary Cutting Revolution – New One-Step Cutting” by Anita Grossman Solomon but you can also download the pattern at  http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/details.html?idx=12909   You will need to bring your own copy of the pattern to follow at the get-together.

Please address your questions to Terri Jarrett.

Note: The above 48 squares will yield 24 finished blocks of approx. 8”.

Set in a 6 X 4 layout,  this will be approx 48” X 32”.  But remember – this is just a start.  Just a learn the technique and swap some fabrics with your buddies fun little day.  You can do all sorts of things with 24 blocks and/or it can be the start of something bigger!

Download Acrobat PDF Version Here!!

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July 2016 Challenge: Say It With Flowers

Challenge: Say It With Flowers
Challenger: Cleo Ward
Due Date: December 2016 Pot-luck Meeting

The challenge to you is to include text in a quilt.  Words may be printed, appliqued (any method), stamped, written by hand, printed by computer, stitched or any other method that you may think of. To fulfill the challenge, you must apply the words yourself; using commercial fabric that has writing as part of its design will not count.

You must also use at least three floral fabrics in your quilt.

There is no size requirement other than the upper limit.  All sides of the quilt  added together should not exceed 160 inches.  It may be as small as you wish.

This will be due at the December guild pot-luck. Enjoy!

Download an Acrobat PDF Version of the Challenge


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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 630P@Bellsouth.net  to order from One Loose Thread or Pieces & Patches by phone 803/359-3442 or email Shirley.piecesandpatches@gmail.com. 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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