National Quilting Day, March 17...

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National Quilting Day, March 17...
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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 1:26pm

The theme for 2013 is "Celebrate America", coordinating with the show theme for the 44th Annual National Quilting Association Quilt Show. A Nine Patch Stars and Stripes quilt was designed by Kathy Lichtendahl, former NQA Communications Chair. National Quilting Day 2013 is March 16th. Mark your calendar to celebrate with us!

Use the free pattern to create a donation to any organization supporting our veterans and/or people serving in the military as well as their families. The quilt will look great in any colors, and in any size, and not just as featured. Get inspired and get quilting.

CELEBRATE AMERICA! Please send photographs and short stories of your completed NQD projects, so that we may showcase our collective efforts at the 44th Annual National Quilting Association Quilt Show. The show will be held June 27-29, 2013 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Pictures and stories should be sent to Freda Jones, National Quilting Day Coordinator at nqdcoordinator@nqaquilts.org. Make sure that you include your name, e-mail address, and phone number with the e-mail, and thank you for being a part of the celebration of quilting.

You can find teh 9-pathc pattern here: http://nqaquilts.org/free-projects/

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Sun, 03-17-2013 - 4:02pm

I spent much of Friday packing a to-go bag for National Quilt Day work day, and hunting for my mini-iron (which never showed up... but I did find a nifty little mini-wood iron which worked like a charm! Didn't even know I HAD that gadget!)

On Saturday, March 16, I was at the community center at 8:30, and helped set up the classroom for the guild's work day starting at 9AM. Got all my gear set up (that Bernette I had in Saudi Arabia which hadn't been used since 2001, worked like a charm but, while I set it up and turned it on, I never used it!). I worked from 9 through almost 3 on finish-finishing my Color Palette/Crazy Quilt Journal/Bead Journal project blocks from 2012. Because I had beaded too close to the seam allowance, I had to hand-stitch the sashing strips so it was slow going but I managed to get four rows of three blocks each done by the end of work day:



I think the black sets the blocks off nicely and also disguises the fact that there was no rhyme or reason behind the arrangement (other than chronological) which meant the blocks simply did not "go" together... Only three more sashing strips required but they will also have to be hand-stitched (I've learned my lesson on beading crazy quilt blocks: plan ahead and leave PLENTY of room for the seam allowance!).

After returning home, I ... crashed. Who knew that hand stitching was that tiring?

I didn't unpack until this morning --- and guess what I found when putting away my notions and tools? That "missing" mini-iron *and* a roll of "Steam-a-seam" that I was so desperately searching for when I did my mug rug binding last weekend! I think I need to clean out and reorganize my quilting cupboards!