Our August Meeting Will Be a Potluck AND We’ll Be Hosting a Scrap-a-palooza!

August 8, 2017

Join us on Sunday, August, 20, from 2-5pm for our annual summer potluck. If you plan to attend, please bring a sweet or savory dish to share, and a serving utensil, if needed. Feel free to include a label saying what you’ve made or brought – and please clearly label any nut dishes as some of our members have serious allergies. 

If you’d like to help with set-up or clean-up, please let us know by emailing the board. In addition, don’t forget to bring your finished projects for show ‘n tell and, if you wish, a hand sewing project to work on while we socialize.

Our potluck will likely be slightly less fancy, but just as wonderful.

Our August potluck gives us all a chance to mix and mingle with friends old and new. And who doesn’t love a party…especially when we all have at least one thing in common to talk about: FABRIC! For extra added excitement, this time we’re adding a new activity: a scrap swap, organized by member Debbie Pine. It gives us all a chance to take a mini glimpse into someone else’s stash, and this time we’re tying it together with a charity quilt-building activity. We’ll have paper foundation pieces pre-cut to 12.5″, and strips of white/off-white fabric to use as a center strip so that you can create at least one (or more if you’d like) string blocks. The white will give it cohesiveness, and the pre-cut foundation squares will make it easy to sew together when we’re ready.

Guidelines for the scrap swap and string blocks:

  1. Everyone is welcome to participate, but there is NO obligation to do so. This is for fun, and for future charity quilts.
  2. Please don’t bring your entire scrap stash (unless it’s small)! Be reasonable, and be prepared to take a few pieces home with you. Whatever is left on the table will be bagged and sent home with Laura McDowell Hopper to be used in her dog-bed project.
  3. You may take scraps even if you choose not to make a charity block… especially if you bring scraps to swap.
  4. If you do take a block base and fabric to make a block, please follow through. We need enough participation to generate at least 24 blocks to make a small lap quilt. Someone will be collecting the blocks at future meetings. 
  5. When you are ready to sew your block, you can choose to do a completely scrappy design, or to make a monochromatic block. There will be samples at the meeting to view.

We have no specific timeline on piecing the charity quilts, but Debbie will host a sew-day at her house on a date to be announced in the future. Questions? Email the board or reach out to Debbie. We look forward to celebrating summer, fabric, and charity efforts together!

All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, IL 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna