Monday, February 27, 2012

Quilting Tag Sale in Boca Raton - March 9th!

The Gold Coast Guild is having a big tag sale on March 9th in Boca Raton.  I just received this email and wanted to pass along the information.  Mark your calendars!

Please email me if you need specific contact information (I removed the email address and telephone numbers for privacy's sake).  Enjoy!

Gold Coast Quilter’s Guild, Inc.


Quilting/Sewing/Craft-Related Items

Friday, March 9, 2012
3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location:  Grace Community Church
600 West Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33486
(between SW 12 Ave & S Dixie Hwy — south of Palmetto Park Rd)
Quilting Fabrics—Fat Quarters, Yardage, Scraps
Quilt Kits—Some Already Started (Pattern & Fabrics)
Patterns & Notions
Books & Magazines
Sewing Machines
CHECKS (at the discretion of the vendor)
All Sales Final - Everything “As Is” – No Returns

Please bring your own bags and totes!

Items being sold by members of the Gold Coast Quilter’s Guild
 and Quilt Guild by the Sea

February Meeting Recap!

It was great seeing everyone at February's meeting!  For those who didn't have a chance to attend, here is a quick recap:

1.  We welcomed everyone and had an icebreaker game.  It was fun to hear everyone's "desert island quilting" answers!

2.  We discussed our upcoming meetings and events:

3.  March Meeting and Field Trip:
  • On Saturday, March 17th, we will be having a regular meeting from 10am t0 11:30am.  We will be discussing fabric organization.  Come ready to discuss how you organize (or don't organize) your fabric stash!
  •  After the meeting, we will have a casual field trip to the Quilters By the Sea Quilt Show in Fort Lauderdale!
  • We will be caravanning down to Fort Lauderdale together (in our own cars) to see the show.  You can return home anytime.
  • No fee for the field trip, aside from the cost of show admission.
  • We encourage everyone to come to the meeting, whether or not they are attending the field trip afterwards!
  • If folks from Fort Lauderdale are meeting up with us directly at the show, we will probably arrive at the show around 12:15pm.
5.  April Sewing Day:
  • On Saturday, April 20th, we will be holding our first sewing day instead of our regular monthly meeting!  It will be held from 10am to 2pm (4 hours of glorious sewing)!
  • The sewing day will be held at the new Boca Raton Library on Spanish River Boulevard (not Stitchcraft that month), which is a beautiful space.
  • We will be sewing mainly to support Project Linus, an amazing group that gives small quilts to children who are sick or in need.
  • The fee is $150, unless at least 2/3 of the individuals live in the City of Boca Raton.  We may or may not be able to meet that criteria, so there may be a small $10-$15 cover charge (to be determined).  
  • Bring your own sewing machine, iron (And ironing board), extension cord, fabric, batting and sewing supplies.
  • Be on the lookout for child-friendly fabrics!  Pull from your stash, stock up online and shop at Stitchcraft. and Fabric Shack online tend to run good sales.
  • Please invite knitters, other sewers and folks who want to participate in a great cause.
6.  May and Summer Meetings:
  • We will be holding our regular May meeting on Saturday, May 19th from 10am to 12pm at Stitchcraft.
  • Charlotte is guest-hosting the May meeting!  
  • We discussed the possibility of summer meetings, and there is an interest in holding regular meetings.  They may be a little smaller (depending on how many snowbirds we have), so we can be creative with the meetings.  A mini sewing day, perhaps? 
8.  We had a great Accuquilt tutorial from Johanna.  She also discussed Stitchcraft's 10 Buck BOM program.  Signups close this Wednesday (February 29th), so call Stitchcraft if you're interested in participating! 

9.  We discussed Round Robin quilts and Quilting Bees.
  • Bring in any of your small unfinished quilt projects for a Round Robin!  The piece will be given to another interested quilter, who will add on to the project.  It can make a few "rounds," and you'll end up with a beautiful collaborative quilt to keep!
  • We have completed our first month of the Quilting Bee.  If you are interested in participating and being a "Queen Bee" for November or December, please email me!  It's not too late to join!
10.  We talked about quilt news in the area and handed out fliers for upcoming events.
  • A quilt guild in Orlando is organizing a bus trip to Quilt Market in Houston this October.  If you're interested, the information is HERE.
  • One Yard Wonders is calling for submissions for their upcoming book!  Submit your original project for kids/babies/parents that uses one single yard of fabric!  Information is available HERE.
9.  We laid out the strips for our strippy quilt, and we will keep collecting them for Project Linus quilts. 
10.  We decided on March's "Thing To Bring" (to be posted in an upcoming post).
11.  We swapped scrap bags.
12.  We did a Show and Tell of our latest projects.
13.  We had a doorprize raffle.

Here are some photos of the meeting:

Completed strippy quilt for Project Linus!

Demonstrating the Accuquilt system.

Blocks collected so far for the February Quilting Bee!

Ideas for scrap quilting.

Strips for the Project Linus quilt.

Pillowcases made for the Conkerr Cancer pillowcase project.
I can't wait to see everyone next month!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

For February's Mod Bee, Carolyn made a beautiful scrappy chevron block.  Here is the photo...can't wait to see it in person at our meeting on Saturday!

Don't forget, our next meeting is THIS Saturday, February 18th, from 10am to 12pm.  See you there!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mod Bee - February Blocks

We have started a virtual quilting bee for South Florida Mod, and 10 lovely ladies are members so far!  For February, I am the "Queen Bee."  I asked the other ladies to make a scrappy chevron block, using THIS great tutorial.

Here are my sample blocks, which were a lot of fun to make:

Still interested in joining the virtual Bee?  We have a "Queen Bee" spot open for November...send me an email for details!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

"Things to Bring" for February Meeting

For the February meeting, here are your "Things to Bring!"

a)  As part of our "Scraptacular, Scraptacular" meeting in February, we are having a scrap swap!  Please bring a small ziploc baggie (quart size) of your scraps!  If you have a lot of scraps, feel free to bring two baggies for an extra swap!  Please include usable scraps of cotton fabric, approximately 1 inch on each side or larger.  
b)  If you have any projects that you've made with scraps, please bring them for Show and Tell!
c)  Check out this amazing website for great scrap quilt ideas (look on the right-hand side of the page for FREE patterns):

We are continuing to bring in strips for group quilts, which we are sewing together for Project Linus' wonderful cause.  This is an ongoing project and benefits a wonderful cause! 

a)  Size:  Please bring in at least one "strip" of fabric that is 44/45 inches wide (the width of quilting fabric from selvage edge to selvage edge).  It can be any height, but should probably be at least 2.5 inches tall.
b)  Pattern:  You can piece the strip with interesting patterns.  Alternatively, you can just bring plain strips (or excess Jelly Roll strips).
c)  Color:  If you piece your strips, please include at least a bit of white in the strip.  If you bring in plain fabric strips, any color is fine.  

StitchCraft is holding a sewing day to make pillowcases for children in need of a smile!  ConKerr Cancer provides cheerful pillowcases to pediatric cancer patients as a way to brighten hospital rooms.

On Friday, February 17th (10am-4pm) and Saturday, February 18th (1-4pm, after our meeting!), you can "sew a smile."  StitchCraft has kits for sale and a limited number of free kits from customer-donated fabric.  A few options, if you want to help:  (i) come with your sewing machine to sew some pillowcases; (ii) drop off completed pillowcases (instructions and fabric requirements are HERE); or (iii) donate juvenile-suitable fabric for a great cause.

Of course, don't forget your standard "Things to Bring" for each meeting (you can see the standards items HERE).  Feel free to email if you have any questions.  See you on Saturday, February 18th at StitchCraft!