August 25, 2022

a binding hack from Edyta Sitar

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Thanks to all of you who have been working on projects for our guild’s Sunflowers for Ukraine project. All of you–the block makers, the quilters, the binding gurus, the kit assemblers–have contributed to this cause. We have made about $800 profit to date, with one more raffle date to go. We also have put some of the completed projects in the BNHV gift shop; about half of them sold so far. That will be additional profit to add to our donation. With Buffalo being designated as one of 6 US cities accepting groups of Ukrainian refugees, we will definitely be able to keep our donation here in town. More info will follow as we wind up this project in mid September. While looking for some ideas for fall projects, I came upon a hint from Edyta Sitar for reducing the bulk in the corners of […]
July 4, 2022

quick shower gift

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. While cleaning out some drawers in my craft room to make space for some UFOs, I came across a couple of packs of 2-1/2 in squares–you know… the ones which are like charm packs but in smaller squares that fabric companies put out to tempt you into buying the newest thing. I had come across a cute pattern using those squares just a few days ago on Facebook. So… If you need a quick shower gift this summer, this could be just the perfect thing. I think it’s the edging that ups the cuteness factor considerably. Whether you crochet it yourself, or add store bought edging they’ll still be adorbs as they say! Click here for a peak at this cute project.
June 28, 2022

a favorite table runner

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. We all have our favorite patterns and our favorite quilt shops. In my e-mail this morning I received a post from Material Rewards about the 60 degree ruler table runner. If you’re relatively new to quilting perhaps neither of those rings a bell. Material Rewards was a quilt shop off the 390 near Dansville that many of us would visit–Kim Diehl fans frequently would go there when Kim came to town. The 60 degree triangle ruler was a big hit when it came onto the market and many of us used the table runner pattern to get familiar with the ruler. Teri and Marty are still around making videos and selling on line, though the shop itself has closed. If you sign up for their e-mails you can be kept up to date with the latest products and see their weekly tip videos. This week’s […]
May 4, 2022

quilt show 2022

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. I hope you were able to come to BNHV last weekend to enjoy our long awaited quilt show. The quilts, as always were lovely and showcased the talent of so many of our members. Here’s a list of all of the award winners if you are interested. 2022 show awards. As I was doing my tours as a white glove lady I had questions about not having a program for the show. Sadly I had to answer that with so many fewer members and volunteers the scope of our show had to change. Please think about joining again if you didn’t renew your membership, and about getting involved on a committee or two. While chatting and admiring the quilts the fabulous long arm quilting on many of the quilts came up frequently. We thought that perhaps we could gather the names and specialties of quilters […]
April 5, 2022

fraying fabrics

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. I’m very pleased with the number of blocks and projects that have been donated toward our Sunflowers for Ukraine project. I’ll bring some of them to the preview party so that you can see them and be inspired. Our next work session will not be until May, due to conflicts in my schedule and guild’s quilt show meetings. If you have blocks or projects to turn in, please bring them to the preview party or drop them off at the museum for me to pick up. Call ahead to the museum before driving out to make sure someone will be there to take them from you. As I’ve been trying to use scraps from my “collection” I’ve run into some problems with ravelled or ravelling edges on the pieces. I knew a few tricks but picked up some new hints in this video. Some are […]
March 28, 2022

sunflowers for Ukraine-making good progress

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Yesterday was our first sale and raffle of sunflower projects for our Ukraine relief effort. Thank you to our volunteers who manned the sale table: Theresa Utz, Annette Meyer-Grunow, Rebecca Ribis and Jean Nicholson. We made $231.00 yesterday! A great beginning I think. We raffled off 3 projects and one winner returned her prize to us to raffle again (Theresa Utz won the table topper made by Mary Carroll LOL!). We have several more completed projects to use in our next raffle–folks seemed to like the idea of a variety of prizes to be won. The plans are for a minimum or 3 more raffles throughout the museum season–we can add more dependent on our productivity and success in sales of tickets at the museum events. Don’t forget about our work session this Thursday, March 31 from 10:00 – 2:00. The museum does not open […]
March 19, 2022

National Quilting Day

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Big holiday today for us—National Quilting Day! What quilty thing will you be doing today? Making a sunflower block? Sewing a binding? Picking out a new project? Passing on a quilt to a loved one? Cuddling up under a cozy quilt with a cup of tea and a good book? All good ideas…do you have any other good ideas for us? Add them in the comments!  
March 18, 2022

sunflower project progress

Hello all, Mary Ellen here, We had a very productive planning meeting this week. I’m so happy that many ladies are participating in this project. Everyone is welcome to contribute as much or as little as you are able. Lots of completed blocks were shared at the meeting. I’m working on my first project with sunflower blocks, aiming to have a completed project to use for publicizing our raffle ticket sales at Maple weekend on March 27 at BNHV.  Here are a couple of shots of my favorite type of machine quilting. I like to use a serpentine stitch in a grid so I have very little marking to do. Have fun with this everyone and keep us posted on your progress! (The serpentine stitch helps to camouflage imperfections in the stitch in the ditch type quilting.)   These show block # 2 from the patterns shared previously on this […]
March 12, 2022

cutting sunflower blocks

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. I’ve been working on sunflower blocks and made up this chart for myself. I find this easier that having the measurements in the midst of the text. Maybe some of you have a sewing style similar to mine and will also find it helpful.  cutting sunflower blocks
March 10, 2022

sunflowers for Ukraine–patterns for blocks

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.The patterns below are for the blocks we are hoping members will make and donate. I have included measurements to make most of the block units oversized to be trimmed down to exact measurements upon completion. This applies particularly to flying geese blocks and half-square triangles used in the blocks. If you have your own favorite methods which are different from those I’ve described in these patterns, of course feel free to use them. My only requests are that you use scrappy fabrics, and do your best to make accurately sized blocks so we can blend everyone’s blocks into beautiful projects. Don’t forget the planning meeting next week if you’d like to join us: Wednesday Mar 16 at 10:00 am in the BNHV ballroom. Block 1: Variation on Sunflower Power   click here: directions for alternate Sunflower Power block Block 2: sunflower block 2   directions :sunflower […]