Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas Stockings for Anna's House

Anna's House Foundation is a community of several homes in Luther, Oklahoma that are dedicated to providing foster children, ages birth to six years old, with a stable and nurturing home environment until a more permanent/long term foster or kinship placement can be found.  This unique community serves as an alternative to the continuously over crowded shelter system and the high probability of multiple moves.  The OKCMQG is committed to providing a quilt to each child upon their arrival to the community. As most kids arrive with very little, these quilts will belong to each child and provide warmth and comfort to them wherever they may go.

OKCMQG President Shirlene Davis presents the stockings to Shelby Henrici from Anna's House.

We did it!

Thank you OKCMQG members! We achieved our goal of making 135+ Christmas stockings for Anna's House! Undertaking a task such as this is quite a process. Here's how it all went down.

When Anna's House requested Christmas Stockings for approximately 135 children in foster care we quickly said Yes! and set a date for a stocking Sew Day. With each of us taking a different part in the process we came armed with ironing boards, cutting mats and sewing machines. Much of our fabric was donated by members (Thank you all!) with the Guild providing additional supplies as need.

Every quilter and sewist knows you can't begin cutting until your fabric is pressed, so two ironing stations were immediately set up. We even had a visitor who saw our Sew Day advertised on this blog and came and pressed for several hours!

We used a FREE STOCKING PATTERN found on the site So Sew Easy and fabrics and linings (oh yes, they were lined) were cut. We had a terrific assortment of fabrics, most of which were not Christmas-themed...because, honestly, what kid wouldn't want a stocking with M&Ms or Minions on it?!

Stockings and cuffs were coordinated and cut, while linings were cut from muslin.  And don't forget the stocking hangers! Just prepping the pieces for assembly was a big undertaking. At the end of the day, only a dozen or so stocking were actually completed. The remaining stocking pieces were then grouped and placed in bags as kits for members to pick up and complete at home.

The stocking pattern was easy to sew, but our brilliant Agnes knew there was a quicker method. Thanks to her great sewing hack, we were able to be a little more efficient with our time. (See sewing hack at the end of this post.)

With most of the stockings assigned for home construction, a second Sew Day was scheduled to cut and complete the remaining stockings.

We achieved our goal and Agnes had cupcakes on hand to celebrate!

A BIG THANK YOU to the following:
  • Melissa for organizing the project;
  • Jemellia of Je's Bend for fabric donation;
  • Newchurch for use of your wonderful facility;
  • Sew Day 1 pressers, cutter and assemblers;
  • Agnes and her wonderful short cut;
  • Trish of Journey Quilt Company for use of your beautiful studio;
  • Sew Day 2 sewists; and
  • YOU! 
We couldn't have done it without everyone working together!

Stocking Sewing Hack:

Follow directions on So Sew Easy to download stocking pattern.

Cut stocking and lining as directed, but cut cuff 15.5" x 9".

To Assemble:

1.   Cut stocking cuff in half. You will then have two pieces cut 7.75" x 9".

2.   Line up two sets of stockings: outside - cuff - lining (Make sure toes point the same way!) Sew with right sides together inserting the stocking hangar between the cuff and lining on the side of the heel as shown above. 

3.   Place the two long pieces right sides together on top of each other. Mark about 6 inches on the calf area of the lining. Do not sew this area. 

4.   Sew around the perimeter of piece, leaving open the 6 inches you markedTrim seam allowance with pinking shears or snip curves to ease turning. 

5.   Carefully pull stocking through the opening and turn right side out. As if top-stitching, sew the opening closed. Tuck lining into body of stocking, easing it with your hand. Fold over cuff.

6.   Sew a few stitches to reinforce hangar. 

Stocking is complete!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Meeting Recap: November 2015

Our November meeting brought our annual Board election. Thank goodness we didn't have to go through a moderated debate! 

Congratulations to our newly elected 2016 OKCMQG Board!

President.......Shirlene D.
Vice-President.......Karen O.
Secretary.......Leslie L.
Treasurer.......Ann S.
Membership Coordinator.......Becca P.
Communications Coordinator.......Ann W.
Programs Coordinator.......Beth F.

Many thanks to our outgoing 2015 Board. We had many great activities this year and we appreciate your hard work!

In additional election news: The deletion of Committee Coordinator and addition of Membership Coordinator was approved.

Oh, those Christmas Stockings! Thanks to all! Watch for a Christmas Stocking wrap-up post in the next couple of days.

Thank you to all who donated a little sumpin' sumpin' to the care package Agnes will be taking to our sister guild in Hungary. It looks like we filled the box to the brim!

Since I missed Show & Share, I'll just be silent and let you enjoy the beautiful projects our members completed.

Additional Announcements:

We need your modern quilt! Don't forget to put your name on our sign-up list on the private Facebook page. (Click on FILES under the header. Select EDIT, add your name and SAVE.)

HANDMADE GIFT EXCHANGE: December 1st @ Newchurch 9201 N. Rockwell, OKC 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Flaunt Your Finish: October 2015

Happy Halloween to everyone!  October has come and gone at a rapid pace.  The leaves are beginning to change color, the air is crisper and the light has a glorious glow.  Autumn is in full bloom here in Oklahoma, and for some that means staying warm and cozy inside at the sewing machine.  If you too found some time at the machine this month to complete a project we hope you'll link up with us at the bottom of this post.

This month Ann has been a busy bee this month...

I’ve got lots to start (little gifts to distribute during my week-long Pennsylvania trip in mid-November) and some knitting is in-progress, partially thanks to some great yarn bargains from Agnes.

Recent sewn finishes are a couple drawstring bags. 

But this is my big season project, crocheting for the grand baby!

His mom wanted him to be dressed like Daniel Tiger (if one has not had a small kid in the home for a few years, “Daniel Tiger” is an animated PBS show that picks up where “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” ended.) She suggested a crocheted hat she saw on Pinterest, and also wanted a Tigey, Daniel’s stuffed tiger. Here he is at a fall festival party this past week.

He is a cute as a button, Ann!  And he makes a purr-fect Daniel Tiger thanks to his grandma's crochet skills!

Robin has been busy at work for one of her kiddos as well:

Every year, I try to make a party top for my daughter's birthday and this year, she turned 3. Since she's an avid My Little Pony fan, she got a pony-themed top for her pony-themed party. I used the "Easy Girls' Peasant Tunic Top" by Foo Foo Threads, and got the MLP fabric off of

How happy does she look in her My Little Pony get-up?  Way to go, Robin, making her birthday dreams come true!

And last, but not least, we have Deb's lovely October finish...

Sending pictures of my tuffet that Ann and I decided to do together.  I just now finished mine.  I used my favorite designer, Kaffe, fabrics. 

How funny is it with the little legs?!  I need one of those in my living room.  Thanks for the inspiration, Deb!

Now we want to see what you've been up to this October.  Link up your finishes.  We can't wait to see them.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Meeting Recap: October 2015

What fun we had at our October General Meeting! We’re sending out a special thanks to all who braved the unknown—the different night and different venue! Thank you for your flexibility. Booking speakers and special programs sometimes requires a bit of agility in our schedules.
Wow! The meeting place we tried out this month was a big hit. The space at the Northwest Library not only provided a sizable room with all of the high tech ‘bells and whistles,’ but it also boasted a fresh and bold modern vibe that suits us just fine. Additionally, its easy highway access (just one mile south of Kilpatrick Turnpike) made driving there a breeze. And, yes, we will be looking into its availability for future meetings.

  • This is your LAST CHANCE to make a block for our Charity Quilt. You can make either a 6 or 12 inch block (Remember! That's 6.5 or 12.5 inches unfinished. And it's okay to leave a little extra to trim down.) Mail them no later than October 16th to Leslie. Address is on the private Facebook page.
  • Kits for Christmas Stockings for Anna's House are available. Please contact Melissa to pick up your kit. They are cut and easy to sew together. Don't forget to view Agnes' time-saving hack on the Facebook page. Find additional details and the pattern HERE.
  • 2016 Winter Quilt Show (Jan 7-9) will be here before you know it! Please add your name to our sign-up doc on the Facebook page. Click HERE for details to our 'It's Modern!' Challenge.
  • Hand-Stitching Group: October 17th at Quiltworks 10 AM - 1 PM.
  • Michael Miller Glitz challenge. OK Quiltworks has bolts in silver colorway. November 30th is the deadline for entry. 
  • November Meeting: Tool Time! Bring your favorite quilting/sewing tool to share. Board elections will also be held. How would you like to serve?
  • Karen Munger also took a few moments to tell us about her upcoming class at Quiltworks. The two-part (Thursdays, October 19th and 26th) class will make her Knitting Needle Book. Check out Quiltworks' website to sign up.

Jen Eskridge of RennaLily Desisgns ( was our guest speaker for this lively evening. She brought numerous samples of her quilt designs and explained her technique for piecing curves and hexagons. Her two books, “Learn to Sew Easy Curves” and “Hexagons Made Easy” detail these techniques. 

Drawing from her background in apparel design, Jen applied the garment construction technique of applying facings to these shapes, clipping curves, turning, then using a ‘spider finger’ motion to tap and ease the seam—called ‘favoring the seam’—to have the front fabric roll ever-so-slightly to the wrong side to result in a perfectly finished edge.

Jen kept us all riveted with her stories and examples of how she progressively developed her process by layering a technique on top of a possibility to move to the next level and create a new question. One of the tales that grabbed our attention was from when she lived in South Korea and bought yards and yards of fabric we love for pennies on the dollar! Gasp! What!? How? Strike-offs. These are the yardages run while the presses work up to final approval prints for retail packaging, shipment, and consumer purchase. A vast majority of our quilting fabric is printed in the Far East—some in Japan, but mostly in China and Korea. How delightful the mills sell off this ‘waste’ to avid fabric fans.

Following her presentation, Jen’s pop-up shop reopened. Items included four books—three she authored, and the other featured one of her patterns; T-shirts; quilt patterns; purse patterns; and her very own Seaming Accurate seam guide.
Thanks so much, Jen, for coming our way! And big thanks to Elizabeth for handling all the details!