VSQ Tidbits

Here are new lyrics forwarded by Abby Shipper

(originally sent by Jill from the County Line Quilt Guild in Southboro, MA)

                "Let Me Sew" (sung to "Let It Snow")


Oh the weather outside is frightful

But the fabric is so delightful

I wish I'd no place to go

Let me sew, let me sew, let me sew.


My kitchen floor needs some mopping

But I've bought some beads for topping

I've got to finish my UFO

Let me sew, let me sew, let me sew!


When I finally sit at the seat

I'll forget all about my home

My family will want to eat

They'd better call for pizza on the phone


The stitches are finally flying

And the seams are flatly lying

If they really do love me so

They'll let me sew, let me sew, let me sew!!!


                After a wonderfully successful show (and months of hard work) it seems a little humor is in order:

                You know you are a quilter if……..

There’s more fabric in the house than food.

Fat quarters are not the heaviest part of your body.

Your ironing board is always set up but you never iron clothes.

You think of your job as an interruption of your quilting time.

You pet fabric.

People are always picking threads off you.

You can measure a scant ¼" by eye.

¯Featherweight. doesn’t mean boxer.

Your UFOs are not from outer space.

You clean up your sewing room and they think you are leaving.

Source: http://www.quiltvisionusa.com


Some Hints from Sandra Parrott: How to clean a sticky iron……. I have a product from Bed Bath and Beyond that works fine. It is called "Hot Iron Cleaner," made by "Faultless," costs $3.99 for two cleanings. They have it near the spot where they sell irons. It works on melted fusibles; just follow the directions (I open a window because I don't like the fumes) (Editor’s note: Have you considered using a gas mask?). This may be obvious to everyone, but........ I keep a tube of hand cream near the entrance to my quilting area, thick and non greasy. I try to remember to put some on whenever I enter the room, and wipe off the excess on an old towel. It helps get a grip on fabric and pins, especially when doing free motion quilting.


Mini-Groups: There is a definite interest among our members to forming mini-groups. Some have asked how to go about organizing such a group and so here is what I know (which is not much). These groups are common among guilds and usually consist of 6-8 members which is a comfortable number to meet in members’ homes. They generally meet once a month at various members’ homes to quilt or just exchange ideas. Some offer food; some don’t. Every group is probably unique – you can organize around a particular type of quilting (for instance, “Dear Jane” quilts or hand appliqué; you can organize a group making quilts for outreach charities; groups can work on challenges or “mystery” quilts; or everyone can do their own thing and meet for company and advice from fellow quilters -- the choice is The next step is for you to contact others on the list; call a meeting, and get going. So, here are those who would like to join such a group. Even if your name is not listed, if you are interested, just send an email or make a call to someone already on the list.


Ironing Tip from Abby Shipper: As many of you know, I went to a quilt retreat in Winslow, Arkansas in March and, while there, I discovered a wonderful ironing product: Mary Ellen’s Best Press. This is a spray-on liquid that smoothes out all wrinkles (ed. except on one’s face) and crinkles in one’s quilting fabrics. It works like a starch, but isn’t, and it does not leave any residue or stiffness in quilt fabric or pieces. I used it to smooth every piece of fabric I brought with me (over 500) and was very pleased with the effect. I spoke with Barbara Heitel at Hartsdale Fabrics and the store is now carrying Best Press. Give her a call at 914-428-7780 to make sure she still has stock before you run in to buy this wonderful quilting aid!


Delicous Cookies from Ellen Belson



From Linda Goldberg – Grandma Mollie’s Cookies

Currently, the cookies are known as "Grandma Mollie's Cookies" as my daughter calls them,

though she never met my mother. My cousins all call them "Aunt Mollie's Cookies" and I just

call them my mother's butter cookies. I started 'helping' my mother make them when I was

about two years of age, and they are fun to make with kids because the shapes don't really

matter...they taste good no matter what they look like! I've been known to get neighborhood

kids in to 'help' when my own kid wasn't around. Enjoy!

Butter Cookies

½ lb. sweet (unsalted) butter softened to room temp.

½ cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2½ cups sifted flour (I use unbleached)

2 tbs. cold water

2 cups chopped walnuts

A "dash" of salt

Confectioner's sugar & cinnamon

Cream the sugar & butter, add vanilla and flour, salt and water. Add walnuts. Dough will be

stiff. Shape like fingers and roll in a mixture of sifted confectioner's sugar and cinnamon. Place

about 1" apart on cookie sheets (you can use aluminum foil on them) which have a thin coating

of Crisco (remember Spry?). Bake at 325F for 25-30 minutes - adjust time to how crispy or

soft you like them. Cool on rack. They do freeze well, and are good straight out of the freezer!