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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Memories of making this Circle of Geese quilt block!

It's Thursday- in the social media
world, it's better known as TBT-
Throwback Thursday!

  I was greeted by Facebook this morning with this "quilter's eye candy" reminding me that I posted this picture exactly 5 years ago today! I had lots of fun making this block for Joyzelle, in an online swap, so I decided to give your eyes a treat today too, and re-share this block and a great tutorial for it also!

In this swap, there were 12 ladies, and each gal chose a block and fabrics to send to the other 11. We were to make the block and sent it back to her. When I got my packet, I was excited because I loved the colors and choice of fabrics, but I was literally scared to death about making the block!

I had machine pieced lots of blocks before, but never nothing like this! Paper piecing intrigued me, but I sure had doubts about enjoying it. Boy, was I surprised to find out that I actually enjoyed making the block, and the block turned out so cute, too!

When I shared this on my timeline this morning, a friend asked if I still had a pattern for it. I knew that I still had a paper copy, and I was pretty sure I had pinned a tutorial for making the block onto one of my pinterest boards. So off I went to Pinterest, only to find that the picture of the block came from a Flickr feed, without an actual good tutorial to go along with it.

Next, I done a quick Google search, and found this awesome tutorial! Perfect, to share with those that asked for some directions to make the block. Thanks so much Christina Lane, for the awesome tute!

I also added a new pin to my Sewing / Quilting Tips And Tutorials board on Pinterest, reminding me where to find the directions again if I decide in the future to make a few more of these blocks. I think several of these blocks would make a neat table runner as well.

Christina, also has a terrific blog with lots of neat articles, if you want to head over there and visit some time, she'd love for you stop by and say hi!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Why your backing fabric may ripple when using fusible batting

After sandwiching your quilt with fusible batting, 
have you ever experienced rippling on the
backing fabric?

This article explains why it may have happened, 
and shows you how to prevent it in the future!

   Since I usually use a frame and a mid arm machine when quilting my quilts. I don't use the fusible batting on a regular basis. But, I do occasionally use basting spray, and only twice have used fusible batting.

   I must have had the luck of the draw when I used the fusible, for the first time. Mine did not ripple, and the process went smoothly. I'm really glad I was lucky that day, because I had no idea there was a right and a wrong side to fusible batting.

   There is in fact, a right side. And this article describes what scrim is, and how to tell the right side from the wrong side of fusible batting. You'll end up with no more ripples on your backing fabric, Which will also make sandwiching your quilt so much more enjoyable. Hopefully you'll find this article enjoyable and informative. Especially if you are new to using fusible batting, or have had a bad experience with it in the past.

  Hope you have a sew happy day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April 2015 QFK Sew Day

   Please join Lincoln Quilts For Kids
   for our April 2015 QFK Sew Day!

   Everyone is welcome to attend!
   It's free, and we provide pre cut quilt kits for you to sew!
   Bring your machine, basic sewing supplies, and a lunch. 
   Cutting and ironing stations will be supplied.

Here's a chance to experience a fun filled day of sewing, and help out children in your community at the same time! If you can't attend this month, please feel free to come another time. We meet each month, on the third Saturday. Hope to see everyone there!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Some Exciting News

Hi everyone, just wanted to let you in on some more exciting news about the Lincoln chapter of Quilts For Kids community service project Quilts For Kids..by Kids!
  Awhile back we asked Jenny at MSQC to do a video tutorial for us to help teach young teens participating in the project how to sew our Preemie Quilts. Sometimes in large workshops, or classrooms where FCS teachers or 4-H leaders, present our project to lots of students, there isn't always enough instructors for a lot of one on one time with each student. We thought the video would be a great learning tool, that students would find  fun and helpful, to include in our presentations at workshops or in classrooms.
  Misourri Star Quilt Co. released the video on the 21st of December, what an awesome Christmas present for us! You can find the video here: Quilts For Kids - A Baby Quilt From The Heart and a fantastic blog post on the MSQC Cutting Table Blog, describes the project here:  Quilts For Kids..By Kids Community Service Project   and some wonderful pics of  kids hard at work making some quilts. Of course, when you get through reading our article, you can also check out the  Cutting Table Blog further to read other awesome articles as well We are so gracioussly thankful to Jenny and the whole MSQC staff for making this possible! Ila

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Quilts received from Susan M!

 Here are four cute quilts that Susan made from LQFK kits! Thanks Susan the kids will love them!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Quilts Made by teen members of Battle Creek, NE. FCCLA

   We received 12 Preemie Quilts and a really nice note along with a group pic, from the Battle Creek, NE. FCCLA chapter! Some of these young ladies have never sewn before, but were enthusiatic to participate in our Quilts For Kids..by Kids community service project that we presented to nine schools at a FCCLA convention back in October of 2012. We are so proud of their accomplishments, and these little quilts will be donated to the tiniest of babies in Nebraska hospitals through the Lincoln, NE. chapter of Quilts For Kids.
  A Big Thank-You also goes out to Cheryl Timm, their leader.  Your awesome generosity in this fun adventure is also greatly appreciated!!


This Double Four Patch quilt was made by Emily

This four patch preemie quilt was made by Desse

This nine patch preemie was made by Angie

This one path preemie quilt was also made by Desse

This cute one was made by Paige and Amanda

This one was made by Erin

This nine patch one was made by Amanda

This One patch quilt was made by Morgan

This One Patch quilt was made by Hailey P.

This Nine Patch quilt was made by Mady

this Double Four Patch quilt was also made by Mady


Thursday, December 6, 2012

December News & Updates For Lincoln Quilts For Kids

December Workshop:
I thought I better post to remind everyone that our December workshop is coming
up fast, on the 15th! We'll be back at Havelock United Methodist Church at our
regular time.

I will bring chili, potato soup, and some desert, along with coffee and punch.
If anyone would like to bring something else, just let me know.

We will again have our $5.00 gift exchange, which is voluntary, if you bring a
gift, you'll receive a gift. Eveyone picked such great gifts last year!

I sure hope a lot of you can make it to the workshop, I miss you!

Just to let ya know, my back is doing better, not 100% yet, but lot's better!

Upcoming Event:
"Quilts On The Rail"
At our Nov. workshop, we were invited by the musuem staff to participate in
their quilts on the rail display, where quilts are displayed along the grand
staircase, for three weeks. If any of you would like to make an "extra" special
quilt for the display you are welcome to. Although, all of your quilts are
gorgeous, some might want to do a little bit more elaborate quilting or a
special pattern.
Our quilts will most likely be displayed during Febr. starting on the first
Friday of the month. The musuem also will hand out our brochures to museum
On the first Friday of each month, the musuem has free addmission so if you
wanted to bring any family or friends to see our display, you can all get in
free for the day.

Completed quilts
If anyone has any completed quilts, please send them in, or bring them to the
workshop, so I can include them in the last delivery of the year! Which will go
to Saint Francis in G.I.

We are SO CLOSE  to an UNBELIEVABLE number of quilts made and delivered to
hospitals by this chapter this year, that I would just love to be able to hit
that number or even go over it!

You ladies have all done such an incredible job this year making such gorgeous
quilts and LOTS of them, I just wanted to say I am so proud of all of you! And
am also so very thankful for ALL the extra "behind the scenes" help I have
received this year from such a great group of friends!

Received Quilts:
I have some pics to post of some adorable quilts received from Alex and Jan,
and today the mailman brought a big box with LOTS of Preemie quilts that have
been completed by the Pierce, NE. FCCLA chapter and other volunteers from
Pierce,NE. It will be fun to see how some of those kits everyone helped to cut,
have turned out, so be watching! I'll be trying to get pictures taken tomorrow,
and over the weekend.

Hope to see you at the workshop on the 15th.

If you are not a Lincoln Quilts For Kids chapter volunteer, and would like to help make a quilt for a child in a Nebraska hospital, please contact Ila at lincolnnequiltsforkids@gmail.com and we can send out a pre cut quilt kit for you to complete that has everything included to make a quilt, except the  1/8" low loft batting. Your completed quilt will be donated to a child that is in a Nebraska hospital.