April 2014 Minutes
Meeting started: 7:05pm
Attendance: 42 including 3 guests who became members
Guests: 5 guests including Sharon Cadwell of ConKerr Cancer
Treasurer’s report: XXXXXX
· Charity – Sew Day April 29th 12 noon at the Millman Center bring your sewing machine, supplies and any of your own fabrics you may want to add to your project, the strip kits are all cut and ready to sew. Diane D also showed an easy tote bag for us to make for DYFS, for directions see below. This info will be on a Charity Info page on the blog too.
· Program – payment is due now for the Terry Kramzar workshop May 15th, there are 3 open spots, non members may sign up for $5 additional, making their cost $43.
· Ways & Means – raffled a basket of great goodies won by lucky Diana D our new member! The committee will be collecting gently used magazines and books you don’t want at May’s meeting, the sale has been postponed until a later meeting due to Terry Kramzar speaking at our May meeting.
· Refreshments - Bernie is sending out a note to people responsible for refreshments for May’s meeting.
· Retreat – Doreen handed out flyers with all the info for the Fall Retreat at the Continental Inn Lancaster, PA. October 23-24th, 2014. See Doreen or Kathy B to attain the flyer with all the info. A deposit of $75.00 for retreat is due at the June meeting, the balance is due by the September meeting. Make all checks payable to Camaco Quilt Guild. Email Doreen or Kathy B to get your name on the list. Nonmembers are welcome also…the cost will be the same as for members. The info will be on the blog soon.
Old business: BOM, last block was explained Stairway to the stars. Your project with all your BOM’s is due at December’s meeting. Diane D did a wonderful job organizing and coaching our members making the blocks. All the blocks are listed on the blog.
New Business: No new business.
Meeting Program: Our program committee introduced a Rectangle Challenge and presented lots of variations on the 9 patch block, along with many projects and samples graciously provided by our members for everyone to get ideas and inspiration for their own project. Below are the details of the challenge:
Here’s a fun idea to get our brains thinking, our hands and sewing machines busy! A challenge of rectangles and squares. Grab your stash and put something fun together!
There will be prizes and ribbons for the Challenge, gift certificates to HomeMade - $25 for first prize, $15 for second, and $10 for third.
CAMACO Rectangle Challenge
· Project should be 80% rectangles and squares.
· Style can be traditional or modern.
· Must be completed by the June 12th CAMACO meeting.
· Project should be small – including but not limited to coasters, pin cushions, pillow covers, place mats, table runners, wall hangings, small quilts.
· Two month completion window should be considered when deciding your interpretation of small, but suggest no larger than crib size.
· Name the project!
Next meeting’s notes: Bring any color fat quarter for the ways and means fat quarter raffle. Terry Kramzar will be our guest speaker.
Charity Tote Bag
Print fabric 64”x20”
Two contrasting strips 2 ½” x 42”
Fold the print fabric in half WRONG sides together so the piece measures 30 x 20
Use one of the contrasting strips and sew it across one of the 30 “sides of the rectangle.
Press and turn to the right side. Top stitch in place and trim off excess If you wish to put on an outside pocket make it and sew it to the bag before the next step.
Fold the rectangle in half again to make it 16 x 20 WRONG sides together. Sew a 1/8th inch seam on the two raw edge sides. Turn wrong side out and re-stitch the same seams 3/8th inch to seal the seam so there are no raw edges. (French seam)
Mark the two bottom corners with a diagonal line measuring up2 ½” from the corner and across the bottom from the corner. Fold the bag so a triangle is formed. Stitch across the triangle on the drawn line to form the bottom of the bag.
Press the remaining contrasting strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, open and fold in the two long sides to the center and fold again pressing well. Top stitch on both sides of this piece to make the handles for the bag. Cut in half. Measure in from the outer edges 3” for handle placement and sew to bag. Note if you want a firmer handle use a piece of interfacing or batting inside.
Bag is done and lined all in one large piece of fabric.