We are so excited to share with ya'll our completed Block of the Month Quilt. Hot off my quilting frame Monday, we are very, very pleased with the results. Well...judge for yourselves:
Margaret, Melissa and I are so pleased with how the colors turned out. It does measure approximately 94 x 104 so we had to curl the bottom of the quilt up as it was too long for the wall hanger....but it is exactly like the top border. We used 108" Blank lining fabric, and if you look at the backside of the quilt, you are really able to see the quilting we chose for this.
Okay, just a quick reminder of the details of the Tales of the First Ladies Block of the Month. Sign up fee is $40 (+ tax) (if you make it to the end, you will receive a $30 store credit to use on anything you choose except quilting services). Each month, you will receive the fabric to make two identical blocks. The cost per month is $25 + tax. For this price, you will receive the pattern book and all the fabric to make the top of the quilt. You will also receive 4 yards of steam a seam which you will need to do the four machine applique blocks in the quilt. Melissa is going to make these the last two blocks of the club, so she will have time to set up a beginner's machine applique class for those ladies who have yet to try machine applique so they will feel more confident when tackling these. The machine applique blocks in the quilt are very easy and you will be more than capable after taking the beginner's machine applique class to tackle these blocks. When Melissa gets that scheduled, we will put it out on the blog.
Now, we have two ladies who were so excited they have already signed up and paid their fee. We have six books we bought at the Quilt Market. If you are interested, please sign up by March 15th if at all possible. If we need to order additional books, we want to be sure we have them in before our first meeting on Saturday March 30th at 9:30 a.m. You are more than welcome to sign up whenever you choose, but if you sign up after March 15th, you may not have a book to start with as we are only ordering books for those who have registered by the 15th of March. We will get you a book, it just may take a week or so to get it in.
Now, for the fun stuff. Melissa will be holding the meetings and will have handouts with dates, etc., at your first meeting regarding meeting times, etc. As we have told everyone in the past, if you can't make it every week, we will be happy to mail the blocks to you (with a small additional charge for postage), or hold them til you can make it in. If you want to make the quilt but have a hard time traveling, we will be happy to keep your credit card number on file and just mail these packets out to you each month. Just let us know what works best, and we will do our best to be as accommodating as possible. Melissa will be demonstrating some new rulers we picked up in Houston that are used for this quilt for some of these blocks. We have these available for purchase in the store should you choose to use them. Melissa is a huge fan of the flying geese rulers and the triangle square up ruler and is excited to show you how much easier this will make it for some of ya'll. We have an autographed copy of the book which one lucky participant will win, and there will be other things that will be given away during our first meeting.
We are so beyond excited about this, and hope you all will join us for what will be a lot of fun. Please email us at email@example.com or call the shop at 931-682-3746 as soon as you know you want to participate. Melissa will be sending out an email blast to everyone on our mailing list to let them know the quilt pictures are available for viewing on the blog. If you have any question, please don't hesitate to email us and we will do our best to answer all of your questions.
Hope you all stay warm and have a great rest of your week. Talk to ya'll soon!
Sandra (and her Elves)