February Meeting Review

We hosted our first regular meeting of 2020 Sobeys Stonebridge community room on February 23rd. Barbara led the educational portion of the meeting with a talk on bindings. Her talk was so engaging that even one of our members with 4 quilts waiting for bindings might finish these up! Some of us like piecing, other like the quilting, and it seems… that fewer like the final stage of binding. At least that was until Barbara inspired us.

Different bindings: A. Scrappy, B. Wide, C. Faux 2-colour flange, D. Colour matching to piecing on quilt top (the colours showed better on the back)

Barbara brought her samples in a heaped shopping cart. What a delight to see so much of her work at once. We also saw examples of hand stitching, machine stitching with decorative stitches, tacking with glue prior to sewing, and backing fabric as the binding.

Forget the binding and turn with right sides together

When the selection of the binding is overwhelming, maybe an option is just to put the right sides together, sew around the perimeter leaving an opening for “turning”, pull the right side through the opening, and then stitch down. What binding would you like to try on a future project? How do you choose the fabric for binding your quilt? Do you cut and select the binding before or after you make the quilt, have you downloaded the Robert Kaufman Quilting Calculator app? Thanks Barbara for giving us so much to think about.

January Meeting Review

We ended 2019, and started 2020, with sew days at Stonebridge Home Inn & Suites. In January, we hosted a guest at our 2 p.m. meeting. Linda Seemann-Korte brought bags she has made and described their construction and patterns. We received so many tips, such as suggestions for linings, types of waxed and unwaxed canvases, and different types of handles and straps. It was inspirational to see so many bags as these are a practical item to test out the decorative stitches on our sewing machines. One tip that was new to most of us was to use a continuous zipper. This was a very informative and enjoyable presentation. Linda was a great speaker. Thanks Linda!

Bev brought the charity quilt to the meeting. It looks even more beautiful in person than in the posts. We are so grateful that she led this project this year, and we are excited to soon be able to see the finished quilt.

Our next meeting is at 2 p.m. on February 23, 2020, at the Community Room in the Stonebridge Sobeys. Remember to pay for your $60 membership on or before this date so you can make use of the MQG website for all of the great resources. Stay tuned for details for the Libs’ Elliot trunk show and workshop on September 18th and 19th, respectively. Members will be given first option on attending, and a discounted rate.