Wednesday, April 12, 2017

May Lecture and Workshop Information

Jane Hamilton will be our speaker and teacher in May! 
The lecture is "Antique and Modern Trunk Show"

The workshop is "Simple Steps to Art Quilting" 

The workshop will be at the Millman Center beginning at 9:30 AM till 4:00 PM on Thursday May 11th, 2017. A materials list link is below.

The cost for this workshop will be $30.00 paid in advance.  

There is an additional  $10.00 payable to the teacher the day of the class

There is a limit of 20 students first come first paid/served.

    No sewing machine


CLASS FEE $10  (Pattern some mixed media supplies, along with use of instructors paint,and other mixed media supplies)

  • A plastic trash bag that you are able to tape to the tabletop and use under your work.
  • Paper Towels
  • Fabric - At least five pieces white fabric (off white, designs, muslin, light colors can work too)  about 13” X 18“ (size can vary smaller or larger),(washed and pressed) One piece may be used to put on top of painted pieces when you iron to catch excess paint and water.  
  • Pencil
  • Painters tape or Masking Tape to hold fabric and trash bag to table
  • Small container that will hold a little water (pint size plastic container).
  • 8 or ten straight pins
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Assorted Fabric Scraps for embellishments.  Bring a lunch bag assortment. (Bird, tree, leaves, Cupcake, Shoe,etc.) - Pieces can be less than 6” square so bring small scraps.  Look for different textures - lines, grids, black and whites, beak.   
  • You will need two or three decent but not expensive brushes, two flat and one round (approx. #8 size).   Round brush can be narrow but  one flat brush needs to be about ½ inch or ¾ across as you will be painting your fabric. The second flat brush can be ¼” to ½”. A firm bristle is best.  If the bristles are destroyed you will not be able to control your paint line..  If in doubt bring what you have and we will work with it.  Kids, flimsy paint by number brushes are not great to use and you may have to cut the brush end smaller so it is firmer if you bring this type of brush.  Cheap is ok, just not flimsy.
  • Freezer Paper 2 or 3 sheets about 8 ½” x 11”
  • Optional  - If you have a black or brown brush Pigma Pen or Pitt Marker bring it (.5 or whatever you have that is permanent and acid free) only if you have one do not go out and buy.  

Supply List Link to print

April Runner of Month

For April's runner we are featuring English Paper Piecing flowers.

It's missing an EPP Flower! Please don't forget to add your 3rd flower! Mine wasn't made yet!

Here are some details!

Below are links to help you with your flower, bird and leaf making!

Yo-Yo Making Information

Pinwheel Block Tutorial

EPP Stitch

******Bird and leaf templates to print******

*****Printable PDF directions here.*****

Supplies and Materials

Background Fabric cut 36 1/2 X 12 1/2
Green fabric for leaves and grass 4X12
Green for stems  2 1” X WOF  
Blue, orange fabric scraps for bird
44 2 1/2 squares
backing fabric 43X22
batting 43X22
binding fabric
fusible web 12X36 approx
5 inch pinwheel block trimmed to 3" and prepped for appliqué* 
EPP hexagon flower
EPP hexagon flower 5 1/2”

*you could use a yoyo in place of pinwheel block if you prefer.

Prepare green and blue fabrics with fusible web on wrong side. Cut out stems, grass, leaves and bird pieces. Assemble the bird on a non stick sheet so you can tack him together with the iron and move him easily as one whole piece to the background fabric for appliqué. 

Position your stems, leaves, grass and birds and adhere to the background as you like. I made a one sided runner, you can do as many stems, leaves birds as you like, press in place. If you prefer to draw in the bird legs and eye, use a fabric permanent marker. (keep leaves, stems and size of your flowers in mind when adhering to the background, you will add a binding that will take up 1/4 inch from sides, and don’t want overlap of other pieces).

Remove paper from EPP flowers, position your flowers on the stems and stitch around the edges to adhere.

Stitch details onto your runner as you prefer to fasten the leaves and flowers to the background. I left some detail stitching until I was quilting to help hold it all together.

Sew the 2 1/2 squares into two 38” strips and one 16” strip. Sew the two long strips together and sew onto one long side of the background piece with flowers. Sew 16” strip on the short end.

Finish your runner as you would a quilt and enjoy!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

March 2017 Minutes

                                                 March 8th, 2017

The meeting was called to order by our President, Doreen Dever at 7:05pm.

We welcomed Dottie Lindholm back as a member and Mary's daughter Pam, who was visiting.
Karen McClennen, our Treasurer, reported a balance of $XXX. A $300 "donation" was made to the Millman Center for providing us a meeting place.


Name Badge: Eileen collected $2.

Charity: Eleanor had an opportunity to purchase material at a drastically reduced rate for charity projects. She asked if we were interested for her to make future purchases, for which the group approved. Also, we were reminded to continue to save our Hobb's UPCs for Anna, to be used for discounted batting.

Photography: Doreen announced that Karen Trasatti will take pictures of individual with their Shamrock runners during Show & Tell and a group picture at the end.

Program: The information for next month's runner will be on the Blog, along with templates. Mary Lou Price demonstrated an easy way to make the flying geese for that runner. The book to sign in your UFO's will be next to the regular sign in book each meeting until the Challenge ends, January 2018.

Sunshine: Flossie is still in our thoughts. Meanwhile, Linda Fitch is filling in for her. Doreen also announced that Diane Dunwoodie is still not well and could use a card.(She has since had heart surgery and is recovering.)

Ways and Means: Tickets were sold for a St.Patty's Day basket and $101.00 was made.

Refreshments: The Committee Chair thanked all those who bring refreshments each month, but "please take your leftovers home." The "bakers" for next month were announced.

Media: No report.


Doreen announced that the group elected to continue our Thanksgiving Dinners.

 "Thank You" notes from the animal shelter for our dog and cat beds, CARA for our quilts and bags, and a note from Geri Pagliaro who has dropped out of our Guild because of the travel distance were read by Doreen.

Doreen also informed us that our September 30th bus trip to Lancaster, will leave Court House at 6:30 or 6:45am. We will visit Burkholders and Goods and then on to Intercourse for Zooks and the Country Store. Lunch and dinner will be on your own, however, coolers will be on the bus if you want to pack meals. We will leave Lancaster at 6:30pm and be home around8:30pm or so. The cost is based on 37 people and will be $39, due in June.

As for Peggy's suggestion for forming a committee to drive those who have trouble driving at night to meetings, Doreen stated she did not feel we needed a committee. Instead, she felt that once the new phone Directory is available, "call someone near you if you need a one will say no, I'm sure."

A Sew Day has been set up for April 29th at the West Cape May Borough Hall. We will make a $25 donation for the afternoon. We will set up tables on Friday and it is hoped that people will stay afterwards to help clean up. It will be held 10am-4pm and a signup sheet of those planning on attending was passed around. Our plan is to work on charity items. Doreen hopes that someone will bring an iron and ironing board.


Veronica Scutari announced the Ocean City Arts Center has added jewelry and quilts to their 55th Art Show. It is August 4th-6th. Additional information and an application to enter can be found at

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm.
Our next meeting is April 12th at 7:00pm at the Millman Center.
Show & Tell  of our St.Patty's Day runners and Challenge UFOs followed, along with refreshments.

Respectfully Submitted,
Beverly T, Secretary