Friday, January 25, 2013

Updated January 30 -- Upcoming Quilted Hooded Jacket Workshop

NOTE -- Signups for this workshop have now begun. Check your February newsletter for details or use the comment form on this blog post.

When: Saturday, February 23rd  9:00AM - 4:00PM
Where: Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church (next to the Gmeiner in Wellsboro)
Cost: $10 (does not include lunch)
Maximum number of students: 10
By popular demand, Betty has agreed to teach how to make the quilted hooded jacket that she showed at show and tell back in the fall and at the January guild meeting. The pattern is no longer available, but Betty will provide a few patterns in different sizes for students to share. The one that Betty showed was a size SMALL. She says that the pattern is easy and that you don’t need to be a seamstress to make it. If you can sew a quilt, you can sew this.
The jacket requires 2 1/2 yards of quilted fabric for size Small; you’ll need more if you make a larger size. The fabric can be store-bought or quilted at home by you before the class. Solid or patchwork will work.
Other supplies include 1/2 yard fabric for binding (contrasting or the same as the main fabric), a 22-inch separating sport zipper, long pins to pin through two layers of quilted fabric, a sewing machine, and your usual sewing supplies. If you have a serger, that will be even better.

Information on how to sign up is in the February MLQG newsletter.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Last week Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative contributors received news that executive director, Ami Simms, is retiring and the AAQI will be suspending operations at the end of 2013.  My thanks to everyone in the guild who has donated or purchased AAQI quilts over the past 6 years.  If you have not donated or purchased an AAQI quilt yet, there is still time!  The AAQI has set a goal to reach $1,000,000 before the end of 2013, so there is much work to be done!  You can help by making and donating Priority: Alzheimer’s quilts up until AUGUST 1, 2013.  You can also help by purchasing a Priority:  Alzheimer’s quilt!  Quilts can be purchased on the AAQI website until DECEMBER 30, 2013.
For more information visit

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Latest MLQG News

Edited to correct date for the Singing Quilter --

Here are some updates from this month's meeting --

UFO #2 is due in February (for those participating);

Our February program will feature red and white quilts. Members are encouraged to bring their own red and white quilts (any size) to show;

Mary Jo Powley's program highlighting her quilt shop, Sew Pieceful in Campbell, NY, has been rescheduled for our April meeting;

Betty W-R will teach a workshop on the quilted hooded jacket on February 23rd -- details will be in the February newsletter and signups will begin as soon as the newsletter is published;

Our May program will feature nationally known lecturer, author, and quilter Gyleen Fitzgerald. Note that the meeting will be on Friday, May 17th instead of our regularly scheduled Monday meeting. Gyleen will also teach a workshop on Saturday, May 18th -- subject TBA. You can read more about Gyleen on her website;

Carrie S. is still looking for her missing glass casserole lid. Someone took hers home by mistake from the holiday party. Please check and make sure that you took the right lid home with you -- you may have Carrie's and she has yours;

Exciting news for 2014 -- Cathy Miller, also known as the Singing Quilter, will be here in May and Kim Diehl will be our guest in July;

Our new Outreach Project was detailed in a previous blog post.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Charity Sewing Canceled Tomorrow

For a number of reasons, charity sewing scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23rd, has been canceled. We hope to meet again next month. Stay warm, everyone!


CONCERN is a nonprofit child welfare agency located throughout the state of Pennsylvania.  CONCERN offers foster care, residential services and counseling to children in our immediate area.  Our local Concern office is located in Wellsboro and serves Tioga County.  Every month between 1 and 5 children enter into foster care in our county alone; some come into the program with only the clothes that they are wearing and nothing else.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could give them a quilt of their own at a time when they feel like they have nothing at all that belongs to them?

Quilts are needed for children from infants to teens, but keep in mind that most of the boys and girls who enter into foster care are school age. 

SIZE: Crib or throw. You may decide the exact size, but the maximum dimensions should not exceed twin size.

PATTERN: You may use any pattern of your choice. 
FABRICS: 100% cotton (regular or flannel).  Keep in mind that children love brightly colored, kid friendly fabrics and appreciate color-coordinated quilts.
BATTING: 1/8” - 1/4” LOW LOFT batting - can be polyester, cotton or a blend.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT: All quilts should be machine pieced and quilted (either by machine, hand quilted or tied).
BINDING: Hand or machine binding is acceptable.
DO NOT add embellishments -- buttons, sequins, rhinestones, long strings or loops. These could be a choking hazard.
Contact Susan Mc., Outreach Chairperson, with questions or for more information.
Visit to learn more about CONCERN.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Reminders for January Meeting

Just a few things to remember for tomorrow night's meeting...

If you attended the Jan 12th tubing workshop, please bring your top (or just a couple of rows) for show and tell.

Please bring your completed can print out a copy here.

UFO challenge number 5 is due.

If you have not paid your 2012-1013 dues, you must do so by Jan 22nd to remain a member in good standing. If you do not renew, you will no longer be listed on the roster and will no longer receive newsletters or member benefits.

There is still room to sign up for the Watson Homestead retreat in March. Registration forms can be found here.

And last, but not least,...guild member Mary Jo Powley will be our guest speaker for the evening. She is the owner of Sew Pieceful (in Campbell, NY) and will have some fun things from her shop...bring your wallets!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Let's Go Tubing

  Photos from this weekend's workshop on a quick tube method for making double-hourglass blocks...taught by Peggi Y.

(click on photos for a larger view)...


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Member Survey

If you have not yet filled out an MLQG member survey, please do so and bring it to the January 21st guild meeting. You can print the survey here. If you do not plan on being at the January meeting, you can mail the survey to Peggi Y.

The more surveys that are filled out, the better the guild will be. Thanks for your participation!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Open Sewing -- January

Just a reminder that all MLQG members of all ability levels are welcome to come to the Beyond Jane open sewing session at the lake house on Tuesday, January 8th. We start at 10AM and finish up around 3PM. Come anytime.

Bring whatever stitching project your working on (hand or machine), your lunch, and any supplies you need. Spend some time with fellow guild members who understand your passion about quilting. It's cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun!

If you need directions to the lake house or have questions, contact Anya T., Dori S., or Susan McC.  (contact info can be found on the guild roster or newsletters), or just leave a comment on this blog post.

Hope to see you there!