Hammersmith Quilters Guild
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep."
-  Scott Adams, cartoonist and author
Favorite Quotes
Favorite Tips
To remove little bits of fusible from your teflon pressing sheet, use an old credit card
to scrape off the fusible, and your pressing sheet is as good as new!
- Dottie Macomber
Favorite Resources for Quilters & Other Handicrafters
This website contains articles on the value of handmade items and
creations.  The author also includes worksheets that you may use to
track the true cost of your handmade quilts to help you price them
fairly, as well as invoice forms for you to use when selling your quilts.
This link takes you to a form developed by Moda Bake Shop, a website
by Moda Fabrics.  The form has spaces on which to record all the
dimensions and fabric needs for a quilt, as well as boxes to check off
to indicated whether or not you have the fabric for the sashing,
backing, borders and binding "stashed" or if you have to purchase it.  
You can use it to keep track of your progress on your UFOs; keep
these sheets together in a folder (or three-ring binder, if you have a
LOT of UFOs!) so you can peek at them once in a while and see what
you have to work on.  This will also give you a source of information to
use when going on shop hops.  If you feel like you MUST buy
something at each shop, why not check your UFO binder and see if
you need backing or other fabric for one of your unfinished projects?  
There is a blank area for Notes at the bottom of the sheet; I think that
would be a good place to attach a swatch of each fabric you have for
that project so you can take it along when buying the fabric for
borders, binding, etc.
Use a lint roller with the tear-off sheets to help keep the mess contained when
opening a precut, such as a jelly roll.  After removing the wrapping, if any, from the
jelly roll, run the lint roller over the top and bottom of the spiral before unrolling the
strips in order to pick up all those little bits of fabric that usually fall everywhere and
make a mess.  You can also run the lint roller all four edges of a charm pack or layer
cake to pick up the little "chibbles" of fabric from those precuts as well.
- Dottie Macomber
"There's no crying in quilting."  Oh wait, that's baseball.
"If a fabric is still ugly, cut it into smaller pieces."
"Some days you just need to stop and go bake brownies."
Sign seen recently in a sewing studio: "Yes, I really do need all this fabric!"
Remember, people will see your quilts long after you are gone, not your housework!
-  Jenifer Dick of www.42quilts.com
This tip was submitted by member Janet Dalis, who found it
on Pinterest.  She attached clear Nexcare flexible medical
tape from the drugstore to the underside of her rotary ruler:
no slipping even when cutting narrow strips!

Thanks, Janet!

Dottie says, "This works great!  It's even good for your Creative
Grids rulers whose built-in grippy circles are wearing off.  The
tape does not add a thick bump like some grippers do, so your
ruler won't rock when cutting."
Member Linda Anthony provided this tip, which she actually had pubished in The Quilt Pattern Magazine,
an online monthly quilt magazine.   This tip will help you figure out how to make one piece of fabric wide
enough for a 48" x 60" quilt using only one seam and not having a bunch of fabric left over!

Just click the link below for Linda's instructions.  She also wants everyone to know that she has had
business cards printed up with the formula for this process; you can pick one up from her at guild
meetings.
Quilts of Valor Block Ideas
Many of you already know about the Quilts of Valor Foundation, whose mission is "to cover service
members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor."  Our guild has
contributed to this effort by having Darlene Coit, our regional QOV coordinator come to our 2016 show
to educate people about this program and to present a quilt to the husband of one of our members.  
Our guild is continuing our support of this mission by accepting ongoing donations of blocks and
completed tops to be donated to QOV.  (If you have such blocks or tops, give them to our liaison,
Merle Gordon, who will deliver them to Darlene.)

Last year at our 2017 March getaway weekend, we made over 100 blocks to donate to QOV.  These
were blocks with stars, Rail Fence blocks, strip-pieced blocks- any blocks that measured 12 1/2"
inches and that would be appropriate for either gender and any branch of the military.

At this year's getaway, March 22-25, we would like to meet or exceed that total!  Just make any 12 1/2"
block and bring it to the getaway.  Obviously, red, white and blue fabrics are desirable, and while star
blocks are the most popular, your block does not have to be a star.  Just use patterns and fabrics that
are gender- and branch-neutral to increase the usefulness of your quilt and not restrict who can
receive the quilt (no overly floral fabrics, no fabrics with emblems from just one branch of the
military).  Bring them to the getaway, or make one or more at the getaway.  There will be some red,
white and blue fabric for you to use, or bring your own.    Adrienne Nolan is graciously making up
some kits again this year to make Friendship Star blocks; you can pick up one of these kits from her at
the getaway.  

Dottie Macomber has been making blocks from HSTs (half-square triangles).  If you check out the link
below, you will see that there are many, many blocks you can make by using 16  3 1/2" HST (finished
size 3")!  You can use these ideas, or make up your own!  Dottie will have some HST papers at the
getaway for you to try, and will show you how to use these papers if you have never made HSTs this
way.  You can also print out your own by following this link:
Landauer Publishing's Free HST Paper

To use these papers to make 16 HST units, you will need 2 9" squares of background fabric and 2 9"
squares of focus fabric; in Dottie's case she used one 9" square of blue and one of red, but both of
your focus fabric squares could be the same.  The cream-colored flag fabric was her background
fabric.  Pin one of the HST papers to two of the squares, one background and one focus fabric, which
have been placed right sides together.  Sew on the dashed lines and then cut apart on the solid lines:
you have 8 HST units!  Carefully tear away the paper.  Repeat the process with the other background
and focus  fabric.  You will end up with 16 HST units which can be put together to form one of many 12
1/2" blocks!  Again, Dottie will demo this at the getaway if you would like some help with this.  But in
the meantime, feel free to print out the HST paper and try it.  It will work with regular printer paper;
just reduce your stitch length and be careful when you tear the paper away.  If you have lighter weight
paper, such as that used for paper-piecing, it will be easier to tear away without distorting or pulling
out the stitches.  

Thank you for your help in continuing to cover our service members and veterans with comfort, love
and gratitude.