Thursday, August 28, 2014

Foundation Paper Piecing

Get precise piecing with Foundation Paper Piecing - great for fine details, tiny piecing and odd angles. This is a great tutorial on Foundation Paper Piecing from Connecting Threads:

Key Points

  • Thinner foundation paper is easier to tear away foundation when finished
  • Pieces don't have to be precise,  just large enough to cover the shape plus seam allowance (I sometimes mark the seam allowance, especially on the first one)
  • Use shorter stitch length. Video recommends larger needle too.
  • Fabric is right side up on non-printed side. This is the way your block will look.
  • Stitch on printed side - stitch one or two stitches before and after template line to catch seam.
  • Be sure fabric covers solid lines include seam allowance (double check this - I've ripped out quite a few seams)
  • Place next piece, right sides together, and flip to check that the new piece will cover the next shape with seam allowance (double check this - I've ripped out quite a few seams)
  • Press as you go
  • Fold paper template and trim seam allowance as you go
  • Pay attention to fabric choice per piece - sometimes it helps to have a key or write it on your template.
  • Use scotch tape to mend paper seams if you have to rip
Click for a Google search on paper piecing patterns.
Click for Amy Friend's paper piecing awesomeness

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pillowcase for Philanthropy

At last months meeting, Kathy demonstrated how to make the pillowcase from in American Patchwork and Quilting.  Thank you, Kathy!.

So we thought in addition to donating quilts to our charity, we would donating some really nice pillowcase to the charity we choose.

Here are the supplies needed:
  • 3/4 yard of fabric
  • 1/4 yard of another fabric
  • 2' of a third fabric
The Missouri Star Quilt Company took it a step further and posted a tutorial on YouTube on how to make the pillowcases. The tutorial is great for visual instructions, just click the link below.

Pillowcase Tutorial

There are a couple of options to help us meet this goal:
  1. Make one or a few pillowcases on your own.
  2. Donate Fabric from your stash.
  3. Come to the sew on the 21st and make some.
Looking forward to making some awesome pillowcase.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Philanthropy Sew – Sunday,September 21st

This will be our last Philanthropy Sew for the year!! Our goal is to complete and give as many quilts as we can in early December.
The Sew is at Cosmic Quilting in Laguna Hills from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
To help us meet our goals, I would like to share how you can help us accomplish this:

·         We are hoping to get a good idea of what we have on the 21st so your attendance is helpful.

·         Bring anything that you are working on for philanthropy, no matter what stage it is in.  We will work to together to complete what we have before we start anything new.

·         Bring projects you have taken home from the philanthropy basket or from a sew.

·         Karen at Cosmic Quilting has offered to quilt as many as she can on that day.  So if we are prepare with a top and back, she will load it on her machine.

If you are unable to make it to our Sew on the 21st, you can bring anything you are working on, any UFOs, or any batting to our guild meeting on August 28th or drop it by my house.  (Contact me via email and I will provide you with my address).  I would also be willing to pick it up from you anytime over the next month, just let me know.

At our meeting in September, we will chose one of the three options we would like to donate to. (see my previous blog post for detailed information)

Looking forward to a successful donation this year.  Thank you in advance for all your hard work.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Our third option for our quilts - The Women's Transitional Living Center

WTLC - The Women's Transitional Living Center, Inc.  (Orange, CA)

WTLC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families escape the depths of domestic violence and exploitation. WTLC provides the tools and resources to build self-esteem and empower people for independent living.
End the cycle of violence and exploitation through education and rehabilitation.
Respect - We treat all as we wish to be treated.
Empower - We educate, inspire, and motivate taking control for a better life.
Innovate - We dedicate ourselves to providing lasting success through creative solutions.
Honor, Empower, Restart
If you think you may be a victim of abuse, or know someone who is, call us now on our 24-hour hotline 877-531-5522.

Abuse Can Include

·         Extreme jealousy

·         Forced sexual relations

·         Verbal abuse or harassment

·         Disrespectful or demeaning comments

·         Harassing telephone calls and texts

·         Spying and stalking

·         Threats against you or another family member

·         Creating disturbances at your workplace

·         Forced isolation from friends and family

Goals of Transitional Living Program:

·     To prepare and guide clients towards independent living outside the shelter environment.

·     Amplify their knowledge about the dynamics of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking and its prevention.

Services include:

·     Confidential transitional shelter (9 months to 2 years)

·     Psycho-social assessment

·     Individual, group, and family counseling

·     Case management

·     Non-shelter services

·     Information and referral

·     Legal Services

·     Legal Advocacy, Follow-up, Restraining orders, and Court dates

·     Legal Referrals – Immigration, Divorce, child custody and other related matters

Prerequisites for Transitional Housing Program:

To qualify, the clients must have successfully completed WTLC's 45/90-day emergency program or any other emergency program. Clients are interviewed to assess special needs and are informed about the program's Rules and Regulations. Once admitted to the Transitional Housing Program clients are provided with a furnished one –bedroom apartment. Strict safety and confidentiality policies are maintained.

Educational Workshops:

·         Parenting

·         Substance abuse

·         Career planning

·         Job placement

·         Independent life skills and goal setting

·         Time management skills

·         Budgeting

·         Safety plan

Other Services

Human Trafficking Programs
Community Outreach
Emergency Shelter
Immigration Services
Legal Advocacy
Operation Facelift
Residential Child Programs
40-hour Domestic Violence Training
Partner Agencies

 For more information, visit