BRQ Meeting August 9, 2022

The program for this meeting was Christmas in August . . . uhhhh . . . well, it is okay to bend a few rules now and again, especially when it comes to quilting! And apparently a lot of members thought so too, because attendance was really good, and it seems as though everyone in attendance had a Christmas project to show, resulting in the biggest show and tell ever !! Oh, and everyone who brought a Christmas project to show and share got their name entered into a door prize drawing, which could help explain the huge participation! But, hey, whatever works. So, after a short business meeting, we got right down to it.

I am putting the pictures in smaller groups to make sure everyone is included.

The binding fabric I showed is unique; there is a cutting line and when you fold it over for your binding, one side will be scalloped and the other polka dot. It came from Fish Museum and Circus, a very interesting site which carries a variety of products for sewing and quilting, including a FREE pdf pattern, Circus Tent Quilt, a quick pattern, especially if you have not used your Strip trading pieces yet! Check them out.

Hope to see you at the “usual” meeting place in September when Mary Houseman will speak about Featherweight sewing machines.

Roanoke QOV Stitchers, July 31, 2022

From Carolyn Z, founder of Roanoke Quilts of Valor Stitchers:

Two Vietnam veterans were awarded their QOV and Vietnam Pins today. Nancy K and her sewing group did an exceptional job…you would never know this was their first ceremony. Here are a few pictures I wanted to share. Congratulations to Nancy for forming a group from her church, encouraging them in their efforts and completing two beautiful quits to present to two deserving veterans. One of the ladies in the group did the presentation of the Vietnam lapel pins. She did a beautiful job also.

BRQ Meeting, July 12, 2022

And what a meeting it was . . . held at a member’s home which included a swimming pool, enjoyed by several of the members. The rest of us had decided our “girlish figures” had matured somewhat beyond showing off. LOL

The evening included a short business meeting, and then there was the food !! Yea ! There was BBQ pork provided by the hostess (cooked by her husband) and members attending brought a wide assortment of side dishes including meat, salads of all makes, veggie trays, and desserts, oh my. The two July birthday members got to go first in line – tee hee, that was me and Susan V. We made a b-line for the BBQ pork, and was it ever delicious.

Here are some pictures of “the room” and those attending.

After the meal, there was the judging of adult bibs made by the members which had been laid out and numbered; we all voted in 4 categories (as shown in the picture), most appropriate for a male (Cheryl E), most fun (Barbara F), most appropriate for a female (Mary H), and Viewer’s Choice (Vera B). Plus, there was a fifth prize for the one who made the most adult bibs, won by Cathy H. The photo of the happy winners modeling their adult bibs is nearby. These adult bibs are donated to Good Samaritan Hospice; the residents enjoy using them and the staff really like them, too.

Here are some pattern leads for adult bibs which you may want to copy and paste into your browser:

a page of free sewing patterns for adult bibs:

a free adult bib pattern:

Adult Bib Winners, Cheryl E (most appropriate for a male), Barbara F (most fun), Mary H (most appropriate for a female, Vera B (Viewer’s Choice)

There was also an impromptu showing of Quilts of Valor quilts. The first is a yet to be completed quilt top made by Mary B for her Marine Corps son. She took a panel and built out on it and it is beautiful, even at this point. Mary was unaware that her effort could be a Quilt of Valor until Carol Z talked with her about the organization and awarding quilts, etc. Then Carol Z showed two completed quilts made by some of the Roanoke Quilts of Valor Stitchers who reside at the Glebe in Roanoke. They are beautiful also. Pictures nearby.

Just after the QOV show and tell, it was time for me to leave the meeting due to a storm coming. It is my understanding the the meeting did break up with the thunder boomers and before the deluge of much needed rainfall.

Until next month, happy quilting.

Blue Ridge Quilters June 14, 2022 Meeting

The June meeting of the Blue Ridge Quilters was “different . . .” at least a bit in that it had been hot that day and the room had not cooled down yet. Ah, but we all survived and had a really good meeting. Attendance included three brand new members, who we welcome. Below are candid shots of the room.

The July meeting will be held picnic style at the home of a member. A list was passed around to put down what food items you intend to bring. If it has slipped your mind, you can email our hostess and she will be happy to remind you. We were told there is a swimming pool, so bring your swim suit if you want . . . I didn’t see any hands go up! lol NOTE: THE JULY MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 6:00PM RATHER THAN 6:30PM.

There was a membership vote on accepting honorary membership of two previous members, Jo B and Jan D, which passed unanimously.

Kathy Wickham needs help with the Ways and Means; it can be done on a limited time period basis so it doesn’t scare anyone off thinking they will always have the great pleasure of hauling around and storing books/magazines. Kathy will continue to handle the fabric so she will have it available for making kits, etc. All that is needed is a helpful heart, a dry storage area and a strong back . . . for a limited period of time.

There was also some discussion about possible future workshops and a reminder of the ongoing service projects, i.e. Scent Babies, Foster Children Quilts, NICU quilts, Ryan’s Cases for Smiles pillowcases, Adult Bibs and Fidget Quilts.

Then came everyone’s favorite, Show and Tell and ten people participated.
Janice T showed her Disappearing 9-Patch in two colors. Very nicely done.

Dawn W showed her mother’s quilt of some of the hand embroidered squares she had made. It was a beautiful tribute to her mother. She also showed some pillow cases and NICU blankets she had made.
Cynthia and David Y showed their Dream Weaver quilt
Carol D showed us a small zippered purse she had made with The American Sewing Guild, Roanoke chapter.
Cheryl E showed a Forest Friends quilt she had made – so cute!
Vickie H showed a very old quilt which needed repairs. She asked for suggestions on where to find replacement fabrics for some of the really bad spots, and Goodwill extra large men’s shirts was suggested.
Kitty Y showed a small Pat Sloan Stringbean Block quilt she had made, as well as a very pretty quilt she calls Oh, My Stars.
Cynthia L showed the completed quilt she has been working on for her brand new grandson.
Cathy H showed a “found” wool table topper which she had finish up. She also showed us a Heated Crayon quilt (Every time I get the urge to clean, I pull out my sewing machine) and explained the really cool process.
Lastly, Loretta T showed a completed Quilts of Valor quilt she had made using donated wonky stars along with blocks of printed fabric. David and Cynthia Y did a great job quilting it.

Be sure to tune in again next month for more fascinating goings-on with the Blue Ridge Quilters. See ya at 6:00pm on July 12.

Blue Ridge Quilters May 10, 2022 meeting

It was a very well attended meeting, as you can see by the candid shots of “the Room.” We welcomed our 4 new members.

There was the business meeting, committee reports, etc.

Cathy H – conducting the meeting

The program for the evening was Finishing Touches – Quilt Bindings and Labels. Participants Janice T, Sally M and Kathy W all showed labels of all kinds, including hand printed, machine embroidered, hand embroidered, and pre-printed labels on fabric.

Cynthia and David Y gave a binding demonstration with flange binding. Check it out on where you will find several helpful videos for this cool technique. Loretta T showed her lazy way of using Elmers Schoolhouse glue to affix a binding which she first saw demonstrated by Sharon Schamber on youtube (check for Binding the Angel, parts 1 and 2).

During the course of the meeting, there was, of course, Show and Tell. Ya gotta have show and tell for quilters to show off and share their work, as well as being able to appreciate the work of others.

The meeting was then adjourned to the refreshment room where there were a few nibbles and a lot of donated fabric to be had at very reasonable prices !! See you next month on the 14th, same time, same location.

Roanoke QOV Stitchers, April, 2022

Currently, Pat Sloan, a nationally renown quilter, is doing a String Bean Challenge (made with strips, of course). Carolyn Z, who organized and manages a local Quilts of Valor chapter, the Roanoke Quilts of Valor Stitchers, took off with the String Bean Challenge and when the QOV group met in April, it was all about sewing up String Bean blocks. She had kits all prepared so the sewing went quickly. The Roanoke QOV Stitchers is not limited to Blue Ridge Quilters, but is open to whoever has a heart to be a part of celebrating those military veterans who have protected and defended the America we all know and love.

Here is one picture of some of the progress made during that meeting.

Cathy H attended this meeting and had cut some red and blue stars with Steam-A-Seam2 on the back using her AccuQuilt GO! and the star die. The stars were then ironed onto the blocks, which created a great look for these String Bean blocks. There was another QOV meeting at Fork Mountain Quilting in Rocky Mount on April 27th during an open sew day, where enough blocks were made and accumulated to make two entire quilts. Cathy H was also there literally cranking out red and blue stars on her AccuQuilt GO! Good job, ladies !!

Blue Ridge Quilters April, 2022 mtg

Time has a way of slipping by . . . days are long but somehow weeks seem to fly by! Anyway, our April meeting was very well attended even though it was on the third Tuesday rather than the usual second Tuesday.

The program was Strip Party Exchange where each brought as many (or as few) 2.5″ strips and 5″ strips of quilting cotton fabric as they wanted. Everyone laid out their strips on a table and then we all browsed the strips and took whatever we liked in the same number as what we had brought. There were some “ugly duckling” strips and some “really cool” strips and the challenge was to make a project from the strips we selected and bring it back in to a future meeting. Sounds easy, huh? There are scads of ideas on the internet using 2.5″ and 5″ strips, so now is the time to seek and search for those ideas. It will be very interesting to see the individual results.

Here are some candid shots prior to the meeting getting started.

Show and Tell featured a variety of quilting projects made with or from strips in one manner or another, including a carry-all bag which opens up flat! There were some really colorful pieces as well as some “out of the box,” traditional and quietly beautiful quilts. There is a lot of talent in our group.

Our next meeting will be back to the second Tuesday, May 10th, at the usual meeting place. The program at that time will be Finishing Touches, Binding/Labels. Making a beautiful quilt top is an accomplishment in and of itself, but getting those finishing touches done results in an actual “quilt.” Be sure to be there.

On Saturday, May 7th, the Blue Ridge Quilters Ways and Means Sale will be held in Fincastle. A bulletin with full information will be sent by email next week.

The Lake Quilters Guild Quilt Show is TODAY April 29 (10am to 4pm) and TOMORROW, April 30 (9am-3pm) at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 Old Moneta Road, Moneta, VA 24121.

NQD Celebration, March 5, 2022

National Quilting Day celebration was hosted by Blue Ridge Quilters on Saturday, March 5, 2022. As with any event where more than a few are expected, there was plenty to be done in preparation. Namely, quilts to be hung or otherwise displayed. Busy Blue Ridge members met up at the event location (Colonial Baptist Church in Blue Ridge) on the afternoon prior to the event in order to get an otherwise empty hall made beautiful with quilts which members were bringing, together with all the paraphernalia necessary to effectively and attractively display them. Folks were inserting hanging rods into the hanging sleeves of quilts to be hung on the walls, others were arranging various and sundry quilt racks, etc. and arranging quilts over them for best display. Others were setting up tables for the guests, complete with table runners, center pieces, and table favors, as well as event programs. Some were preparing “goodie bags,” and getting all of the door prizes laid out ready to be given away. The ladies from the church were busy arranging the tables for water and the lunches. It was a busy afternoon. There were an abundance of members present so the set-up seemed not to take much time at all.

The event itself was underway on Saturday morning at 9:30 and soon there were nearly 80 folks there ready to look at the quilts on display, the table especially for Ryan’s Case For Smiles, and another for the Roanoke Quilts of Valor Stitchers, organized by Carolyn Zaleski, a member of Blue Ridge Quilters. There was also a table of community projects done by the BR Quilters.

All of the local quilt guilds were also represented, Lake Quilters, Star Quilters and Peaks and Pieces in Bedford. Everyone spent time wandering around looking at all the beautiful quilts on display. Enjoy the show of quilts.

There was also a table for Marietta Price of Bargain Barn Fabrics in Montvale displaying some of the processes she teaches at her shop. She also had a wing back chair which she is re-upholstering which in an of itself is a piece of art. The chair is very imaginative and fascinating. Did I mention she does upholstery at her shop as well as having quilting fabrics, including extra wide backing, and many home decorative and upholstery fabrics?

The speaker for the event was Lee Chappell Monroe, who is always very entertaining and informative. Her talk was about Applying Color Theory and she had a trunk show to show examples of colors and how to put them together to make an appealing quilt. She spoke of primary colors, secondary colors and tertiary colors, where they are on the color wheel and combining them to good advantage. I hope you enjoy her trunk show as much as we all did. Lee also had a variety of patterns, kits and miscellaneous to offer at the end of the event.

After the speaker, it was time for yummy lunch prepared by the youth of the church. They did a splendid job, as always, and everyone appreciated their endeavors. I had chosen a turkey sandwich which came with condiments, pickle, chips and a cookie. Yum.

Two impromptu speakers were heard. One being Marietta who spoke briefly about wing back chairs and ways to determine their age. The other speaker was Mrs. Norma Dempsey who told us about a Quilting Ministry she is getting started at Colonial Baptist Church, and to invite anyone interested to join in. Their goals are: Serve people, Teach people to quilt and ultimately Reach people with the Gospel. The group will meet at the church once a month on the 2nd Friday, from 10am to 4pm. Her contact is:

After the Speaker presentation and trunk show, a special award was made to Blue Ridge Quilters member Vicky Hammond. Vicky had been a member of the Air Force during a period of conflict where she performed vital services, and she was awarded a Quilt of Valor. Speaking on behalf of Quilts of Valor was Carolyn Zaleski; those holding the quilt were Carolyn Loop and Loni Bier, who also wrapped Vicky in her quilt.

And finally, what a lot of us were waiting for, there were numbers drawn to give away two Opportunity Quilts. Out of the many tickets sold, only two were pulled and the lucky winners were (on the right) Sue Berry, a Star Quilters member, and (on the left) Shawna Loveday. Congratulations, ladies!

And a happy time was had by all. I think everyone in the room received a door prize! Not to hurry folks along their way, but very soon after the closing events, members began cleaning up the tables, gathering centerpieces and table runners in one place and folding them up to be put away. Others began folding the tables for storage, folded quilts to be picked up, and the same two stalwart members began climbing ladders again to remove the quilts from the walls, while others removed the hangers and rods, organizing them neatly in piles. All in all, it went rather quickly and very soon folks were carrying to their vehicles items they had brought for use or display, while others packed up the table paraphernalia and leftover table favors. There is only one picture of the place when we were nearly through.

We hope to see you all again in two years.

QOV Awards March 20, 2022

On Sunday, March 20, 2022, in a ceremony at CommUnity Church in Salem, VA, Pastor Tom McCracken and wife Laurie, both Coast Guard veterans, were awarded their Quilts Of Valor. Pastor McCracken and his wife were nominated by a member of the congregation, Kitty Yates, who is also a member of Blue Ridge Quilters and Roanoke Quilts of Valor Stitchers. It was an excellent ceremony with the congregation in attendance.

Addendum, Blue Ridge Quilters March 8, 2022 mtg

The pictures that somehow got mixed up in the email finally appeared and follow.

Missing from our Show & Tell display at the March 8, 2022 meeting were the two Quilts of Valor made by Kitty Y. She made them to be presented to her pastor and his wife in a ceremony on Sunday, March 20th.