Mariners Quilt Guild

Learning and Sharing

There was a small but enthusiastic group at our meeting on March 23, 2015.  The  meeting started with a book sale where people were able to get some amazing deals on useful resources.  It gave Pat a chance to find a new home for some less borrowed album while raising a few dollars for new items.  This week’s show-and-share gave people a chance to show finished projects including a variety of samples from our snow dyeing from last meeting. People had some very different results from their experimentation.

Demo stations

The evenings program consisted of several demonstrations that offered new ideas or strategies.  The demo stations covered a range of tools and tips:

  • Jackie L. shared continuous bias binding with a trick that showed how to turn a 22″ square into a 240 inch bias strip.
  • Jean E. introduced a Hera marker, a tool for scoring fabric to provide a temporary marking as well as ways to use it for bindings, circles and more.
  • Gill A. offered some inspiration for using chenille technique to create different projects and quilt blocks with a specially designed cutter and multiple layers of fabric.
  • Pat M. shared strategies for fussy cutting fabrics to create striking kaleidoscope patterns to use in quilt blocks or other projects.
  • Barb L. showed ways to turn ugly fabric into beautiful quilts by combining mismatched scraps with borders or blocks that tie everything together.

Thanks so much to all the presenters for their time and ideas.  I learned lots and want to try all these techniques soon so I don’t forget them.  In fact, I have a lap quilt ready to bind so I plan to try the continuous binding method in the next day or so.   Be sure to check at the end of this post (below the slide show) for a few related links and materials.

Our next meeting is April 13.  The program for the evening will be a Heather Stewart Trunk Show so you won’t want to miss it.  On related note, remember that the Heather Stewart color workshop happens before the next meeting on Sunday, April 12.  Jacqueline may still have 1-2 spots left so if you are interested, contact her at

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Some links for more info about the techniques covered in the demonstrations.

Hera Marker

Jean’s quilt sample and hera tool tips were picked up in the Craftsy Class Big Techniques from Small Scraps with Sarah Fielke.

You can watch short videos with Sara Fielke showing Making Easy Bias Tape or Perfect Applique Circles.

Continuous Bias Binding

Jackie made this quick reference for Continuous bias binding (.pdf)

Here is a pictorial tutorial from Sew for Home as a reminder of the steps.

If you prefer a video, you might like this one on continuous bias binding from McCalls Quilting.

Chenille Technique

Gillian shared examples of a number of different projects using chenille.  Here are other ideas.

Chenille Quilting: An Easy Quilt Tutorial with Rob Appell of Man Sewing

Tutorial: Faux Chenille Blanket

Chenille Applique with Deonn Stott

Kaleidescope / Stack-and-Whack

Pat inspired with some gorgeous examples.  Here are some additional resources on that approach.

The original: Stack-and-Whack by Bethany Reynolds

Kaleidoscope – Choose and Prep Your Fabrics from Connecting Threads blog.

Using Ugly Fabric

As Barb demonstrated at the meeting, ugly is in the eye of the beholder and a collection of ‘ugly’ fabrics can be beautiful.  If you are in doubt, check out any of the many ugly fabric challenges you can find with a quick Google search.  Join the fun to turn your ugly fabrics into quilts, bags or exchange pieces.


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