The Saturday Strippers meet once a month to make quilt tops from pre-cut bits of fabric. I have written about this group before and love the eclectic way we all approach this day of stress free sewing.
Some people come to do the specified project and are ready to sew as soon as I get the doors open.
Some people come to work on their own projects either by sewing up a UFO or by cutting and sorting fabrics for other projects.
Some just drop in to eat some snacks and admire our industriousness.
I tend to made the intended project, usually on a small scale.
Our February project was one that I had found at Sunflower Quilts. It is a pattern by Jamie Mueller and is also available in the Moda Bakeshop here.
I had found a jelly roll of pastel florals while doing the great sewing room hose out and used that to make this:
It is about 50" x 50" and bound and backed with white Moda basic white fabric I scored at Sew Crafty Houston's going out of business sale for a net cost of about $0.25 a yard.
Other projects worked on at the February Strip Club meeting were:
An 'Awesome' quilt for a precious grandson,
The 2009 KAQG Board quilt was worked on by two people for the Quilt Show and Auction in April,
One of us worked on her hand bag made from old jeans and
one of us presented a beautiful quilt, hand quilted for the Quilt Auction. The top of this quilt was donated anonymously and is beautifully hand appliquéd. There is a faint stain on it but it will be on the online auction site in a few days.
All in all it was successful day of sewing, eating and conversation.
We will, however, use Moda Bakeshop projects with a grain of salt next time. Some of us had downloaded or bought the original pattern for the Awesome quilt several weeks before our gathering and the instructions were wrong. If you download a pattern from the Moda Bakeshop be aware that the instructions are rarely independently vetted. That is, the designer puts their quilt instructions out there and there is no-one at Moda who has actually made up the quilt based on those instructions. Jamie's instructions were good but a slight miscalculation in the measurements made the original yardages a little off.
The next gathering will not have a project as some of us have a few UFO's screaming for attention.. at 20 in my case!