Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild
Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild

Workshops, sewing sessions...

National Teacher Plans for 2018


Our 2018 National Quilter will be Debby Kratovil. Debby was Special Projects Editor with QUILT Magazine for 15 years, with over 600 articles published. Twenty -five of her quilts have made the covers of quilting magazines. She has authored three quilting books, the most recent is “Perfect Paper Pieced Points”, and her perpetual Quilter’s Block-a-Day Calendar is a favorite. She will be speaking at the May Guild meeting, on Friday, May 18, 2018, with a lecture/trunk show titled “Shortcuts from a Short Woman.” Remember that the May meeting will not be the third Monday, as usually scheduled. There will be a full day workshop on Saturday, May 19, but details have not been finalized. Stay tuned for further information. Signups should begin at the January Guild meeting, and will be limited to 25 participants, at a cost of $42.50. Depending on the workshop, there may be a tool or pattern fee, as well.

Friday, January 19, 2018 & Saturday, Jan 20th 2018

Free Motion Quilting on Home Machines: Basics & Beyond Aligning YOUR Free Motion Quilting Stars Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild ~  Learn the basics of free motion quilting on your home sewing machine. We’ll cover the fundamentals including pin basting, batting options, needle and thread choices, tension adjustments and other FMQ tips & tricks. We’ll take the mystery out of the process so you can finish your quilts at home. Several designs (echo, swirl, pebble, loop, paisley) will be discussed, drawn and stitched. Continuous Curve (Orange Peel) and McTavishing will also be presented. 

Here are the workshop materials list: (Please note that Karen indicates her favorites, but her brand is not required. If you have the supplies use what you have (the exception would be the needle sizes). Supplies: ** Identifies supplies available during workshop at a discounted price · Sewing machine with a Darning or Free Motion Quilting Foot (I prefer a rounded foot) · 1 to 2 yards light colored quality cotton fabric (cut into 18” squares for quilt sandwiches) · .5 to 1 yard batting (**Quilter’s Dream 100% Wool is my favorite) · Spools of light colored high quality 50wt cotton Thread (**Aurifil is my favorite) · Small scissors (**Elan serrated edge scissors are my favorite) · Quilting Gloves (**Machingers are my favorite) · Basting Safety Pins and Blue Painters Tape (for basting) · Needles 80/12 or 90/14 (**Top Stitch, Quilting, or Microtex Sharp Needles) · Pencil & Paper to practice designs (or White Board, Ipad or Tablet) · Marking tool(s): **Hera Marker ~ **Air or Water Soluble Marker ~Soapstone ~Other · Optional: **Quilter’s Touch – Quilter’s Preview Paper (Transparent) · Optional: **Supreme Slider by LaPeirre -or- **comparable Teflon sheet · Recommended: Extension table or large flat, flush surface for quilting. ** Sew Steady extension tables can be ordered to custom fit your machine. They are perfect for Workshops & Retreats. Contact me or check with your local quilt shop or machine dealer. They need to be ordered at least 5 weeks prior to the Workshop. Direct ship to your home is an option. · Extra: Bring a pillow for your chair!! The correct height helps avoid future aches and pains. · Good working knowledge of your sewing machine is recommended. If possible, bring your sewing machine manual or user guide. Preparation: Cut backing fabric and batting into 18” squares prior to class. Cut top fabric slightly smaller than backing fabric and batting (1” all around) Layer and pin baste if you’re comfortable with that step.

MLQG Fall Workshop
October 28th was the date for another creative learning experience with Anya Tyson.  Here are some fun photos of the day.  Nice work, ladies!

Duffle Bags for Foster Children - Outreach Project 2017
Below are directions for a duffle bag which was discussed at the June meeting. The lady from the guild downstate gave me permission to share. She stated she takes in foster children and it is sad when they come with all their possessions in a plastic grocery bag. Small pockets can be made to put their pencils, markers, etc. and larger pockets for additional storage. I embroidered a saying on the pocket that would give them encouragement. As Sue stated, it would be nice to put a quilt inside the bag for the children - great idea!
Fabric use is most efficient when using 60” wide fabric - the fabric should be sturdy - denim is excellent. Cut the fabric 24” by 60” - when using 60”wide fabric, cut a piece 24” long and leave the selvage edge on unless it is puckered after washing. It is wise to zig-zag stitch or serge all cut edges to avoid fraying. Selvage edges will become the top of the bag.
If you are going to sew a pocket or trim on the bag, do so before assembling the bag. Placement of the pockets should be about 9” down from the top of the bag (selvage edge). Turn the top edge of the pocket piece under about 1 ½ “ and top stitch before sewing the other three serged edges (also turned under about 3/8”) to the bag. Pockets can be placed on both sides and be of varying sizes (even tall narrow ones – for pens, markers, etc.).
After the pocket is sewn on, fold the fabric piece in half with the right sides together. Measure down from the top 5” and mark the fabric. Sew both side seams (backtacking the beginning and use 5/8 “ seams) from the mark you made to the bottom fold. This will leave the top 5” open on both sides.
Top side seams: With the inside of the side seams facing you, open the seam and fold back 5/8 “ at the top of the bag on both sides (see diagram). From the top edge, sew down one side, across the seam and back up the other side. You are stay-stitching the seams flat so that you can insert the cording or string more easily
Create dimensional bottom: With it still inside out, lay the bag on the table and fold one of the side seams in to meet the bottom fold (press the seams open). Match those areas and the result will be a triangle with the point at the very bottom of the bag. Sew across the point about 2 or 2 ½ “ from the bottom. Repeat for the other side seam. When the bag is turned, it will have dimension.
Top: Fold the top edges 1 3/4 “ to the inside of the bag. Starting at the each side seam opening sew 1½“ from the fold forming a casing on both the back and the front of the bag through which the cording will be inserted. You will need two lengths of cord - 1 ½ yd long each. Insert the cord starting at one side of the bag - go through the first casing, turn, and then go through the other casing, ending on the side that you started. Tie the two cord ends in a knot. Starting at the other side seam, repeat this procedure.
Turn the bag and you’re done!!!!
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All MLQG members of all ability levels and interests are welcome to attend the open sewing sessions at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center (where the monthly guild meetings are held) on Mondays 10:00 - 2:00 to work on any stitching projects, hand or machine, even knitting/crocheting/embroidery. 

The purpose of these get-togethers is to spend time with other MLQG fiber fanatics and to learn from each other, no matter what we're all working on. Bring your projects, machine, and lunch. Stay for an hour or stay all day. Just be warned that if only a couple of people show up, we may pack up early and leave before noon. Cancellations will be posted on the guild's blog/website/Facebook page.

HAPPY HOUR SEWING IN CORNING:  We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in Corning at Emanuel Lutheran church hall, 149 West William Street, 5:00-8:00 pm. This is open sewing time for members and other guests to work on their own projects or community outreach projects.  Please feel free to join us for a fun-filled evening of sewing and sharing.


July, 2017 Meeting and Workshop - Nicole Wilde/Free Motion Quilting

National Speaker Susan Edmonson: Presentation and Workshop June 9 & 10, 2017

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