October is going to be a busy quilting month. It's only the beginning of week two and Sue has had two week-ends filled with quilting events. Last week-end, Sue attended the first meeting for the Groovy Girls at the local quilt shop, Common Threads, and spent time on Sunday putting together a couple of projects.
Yesterday, week-end number two for Sue, was spent at the Michigan Quilt Network region meeting. Our October meeting has been at Sugar Springs for the last three years, where we make quilts for Veterans. One of the ladies in the group makes Veterans quilts all year long. She provides cut fabric squares and we just have to sew them together. I was able to finish one quilt top during the afternoon, with three other ladies completing their quilt tops, as well. Sue sewed together four patch blocks from 6-1/2" squares; set them four by five to make a 48" X 60" quilt top. Several other quilt tops were taken home to complete. The member, that heads this up, also quilts them on her long-arm. Then, she donates them to the local Veteran's hospital, or other groups that request them. I didn't have my camera, so I'll have to show you a pic of the quilt after a friend e-mails it to me.
This week-end is also Mid-Michigan Quilters' Guild quilt show, Michigan in Stitches, being held in Mt. Pleasant. If you're from the area, it runs from 9-4:00 today at the Commission on Aging building. With two events to pick from, I had to leave the quilt show until today. I placed four quilts in the show, two of which were also in the St. John's Mint Festival quilt show. One other quilt is the SewBatik challenge I made for the National Quilting Association show in June. Lastly, I placed my block of the month Michigan quilt in the show, that I made back in 2000 with a group of ladies I worked with at Sheridan hospital.
Here it is from another quilt show.
Next week-end, my Sisters in Stitches will be getting together for a day of sewing. We plan to work on a Stand & Stow bag and our Groovy Girls project. As well, I am hoping to make a few pairs of flannel PJ's for Christmas presents. The week-end following is The Gathering quilt retreat for Michigan Quilt Network at the RAM Center at Higgins Lake. The following week-end is the only one that has nothing quilting planned, but it is Halloween on Monday.
I downloaded the next step in the [MQ V] mystery quilt project, so Sue will be challenged today to stitch up the Step 3 block pieces. It certainly is a mystery, since it doesn't appear to be flying geese sections or stars, as I predicted. That's why they call it a mystery.