Friday, May 15, 2015

So much little time!

 We were inundated with fabric at the May meeting of Sewphisticuts this past week.  The group met at Judy's house and worked on measuring and pricing all the donated material for the chapter's Tag sale coming up at the end of the month.  Eight of us sorted, inspected, measured and priced donated yardage, notions, kits, etc.   This is going to be a huge sale with lots of good quality stuff on offer.  Be sure to stop by on May 30 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Fishkill during the town-wide tag sale, and please spread the word to friends and neighbors.  Bargains are to be had!

As far as group business went, we discussed Make-A-Difference Day projects.  Although it seems a long way off, we need to start planning it now.  Connie will be exploring needs with Hudson River Housing, a group that is always appreciative of receiving PJ pants and pillowcases for their shelters.

Our June meeting is the annual Sewing Room tour and potluck dinner.  Ronnie has graciously agreed to host this year.  The gathering will begin at 5:30 pm, a little earlier than our usual meeting time.  Watch for emails concerning the meeting a few weeks from now as menu planning begins.

 And we had some Show-and-Tell:

Vintage tablecloths turned into bags

"Paper Towel" cloth
Doll stroller seat
Knit shirt

Hiking/biking shorts in stretch cotton

Knit dress

Dance ensemble: brocade jacket and 2-piece dress

Friday, April 10, 2015

April Showers Don't Stop Us!

It may have been a rainy couple of days, but aren't rainy days good ones to get some sewing done?  April showers didn't stop some of the Sewphisticuts from getting together for an April meeting to learn a little about Stained Glass quilting techniques.

We learned about two different ways to accomplish the look of stained glass with fabric.  The first, presented by Peggy N., involved the use of fusible bias binding.  Sold in rolls and in various colors, it is bias binding with a fusible backing strip so that it can be pressed into place.  After cutting out the "glass" pieces from fabric, they are fused onto a backing fabric on which the pattern has been traced.  Then the bias tape is laid down, filling the space between the fabric pieces that make up the design and covering the raw edges.  It is fused in place, then stitched down to secure it.  A twin needle helps makes it easier to stitch the tape evenly.  The bias tape simulates the leading between glass pieces in stained glass works.

The second method, presented by Maura, uses paper-piecing, also called foundation-piecing.   Fabric is laid directly on the pattern paper (foundation) and sewn to it according to the numbered sequence indicated on the pattern.  The pattern lines serve as sewing lines, making it easy to piece accurately.  To achieve a stained glass look, the quilt block patterns have narrow strips designed between all the major color pieces of the design.  These strips serve as the leading that would be in real stained-glass works.

We concluded that the bias tape method would probably be best for designs with many curved lines and flowing design, while the paper-pieced method would work best for very geometric designs with more straight lines, or where the pieces for the design were very small.

Other business:  Everyone should have received flyers about upcoming events in the Chapter, but here are some reminders - May 2nd is the Sew-In at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fishkill.  The Yard Sale date has been changed to May 30th.   Please note this change on your calendars.  Lots of help is needed to make this a success, so besides helping out with set-up, on the day itself, with clean-up or donations, please spread the word!

Our next meeting will be held at Judy's house so that we can prepare donated fabric for the sale.  Please contact anyone in the group if you need more information.  An email reminder will go out before the meeting next month.

As always, we had some Show-and-Tell:  as a group we are quite productive in numerous ways!

Peggy's blouse

Maura's knit jacket

Peggy's T-shirt

Ronnie's quilts

More of Ronnie's quilts

One of Ronnie's quilts in lighter colors

Maura's retro kitchen towels