Scraps!  You cannot quilt and sew without generating them.  You probably paid good money for the yardage too.  Does that make them like that old coffee ad “good to the last drop?”  Can you find ways to use them?  How small do they have to get before you toss them or better yet, use them for stuffing pet bedding?  My answer would be no smaller than 1 1/2 inches if I can help it as my machine “eats” them and my fingers cannot stabilize things when they get too small.  I know someone who was a member my local quilt group who mails out boxes of scraps to another member of our group a couple times a year because Lois is the scrap queen.  That is one solution, I guess, but even Lois needs some inspiration now and then!

Jill recently presented a program with suggestions of how one can use your scraps.  Here are some of her examples:

Jill examples of what you can do with scraps

 This article from an old Quiltmaker magazine provides some good suggestions of how to combine the pieces in a pleasing manner.

Jill's program on things you can do with your scraps!

Word has it, the members headed to the retreat at Shocco Springs this weekend are to collect a gallon ziploc bag of their scraps to swap out at the retreat.  Then they are to make “at least one” 12  inch finished block using the contents!  Sounds like a challenge to me!    It will  be interesting to see what they come up with.  I know Beth will be taking pictures so perhaps I can share a shot with you for YOUR inspiration later.

Meeting Coming Up!


Before you know it, September will be here and the guild meeting right behind it.  With our “usual” spot at the Ernest White Center still under construction, it has been an “odd” summer with cancellations and displacements.  You do what you can to keep meeting though!

This next meeting is no exception.  We will be meeting at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church on Saturday, September 12, 2015.  You may recall that we had a couple of our summer sew-in’s there in the past.  Head north on US 231 and look for Hwy. 174.  Peggy gave better instructions in the newsletter.

Lots happening—Gilding the Lily challenge reveal, retreat coming up.  Come join us!

Preliminary quilt count


Jill Dailey, our quilt show committee chairperson, has a request.

“In order to determine whether the Pell City Friendship guild will be able to hold a quilt show in 2016, we need to get an idea of how many quilts the members and others will wish to display in the show. Please indicate by categories, how many pieces you would be interested in showing at the Quilt Show in June, 2016. Please do this as soon as possible so we can adequately plan!”

There is a form to use in your newsletter and also on the quilt show tab so you don’t have to cut up your newsletter!

Here’s the link

While you are there look over the directions for adding a hanging sleeve and which items will need to have them!

THX for your help,