Wednesday, December 16, 2009

November Forum

November forum was filled with tips and tricks from the UVQG board. Thanks for sharing!
Laurel showed a pattern for a fun, easy gift (pictured below).

Annette showed us a great way to store quilts using water noodles.
Caisa demonstrated an easy way to join binding.
Crystal let us in on the secret for her beautiful flowers-no curved seams. Rumor has it she will be teaching a class on this technique in the coming months. Beautiful!

Megan taught us a handy trick she invented when she was frustrated hand quilting around the edges of her quilts. She used rubber bands and office clips. Ingenious!

Blyth presented a trick to help keep bulk out of the center of blocks where multiple seams come together.
Ella showed us a method she developed for beautiful 3-D flowers.
Margaret shared some of her favorite Abraham Lincoln quotes that she put on her Block of the Month quilt this year designed by Liz Laney.
Liz gave us the bright idea of attaching little scissors to your sewing machine with velcro (the case, that is) so they are always right close by. So clever!
Helen talked about color and choosing fabrics for quilts. She will go more in depth with this in a forum next year. Very inspiring!

Brenda had two tips: looking through a peephole at your quilts to check for balance in color and scale and numbering pins to use when you are sewing quilt rows together to keep them in order.
Bonnie, the Queen of handy dandy tips showed us how to use an over the door hanger to keep the quilting room organized and then showed a couple of easy, striking quilts made with leaders and enders. Three cheers to Bonnie and Wendy for putting together so many valuable forums this year. Everyone always leaves inspired.

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