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  Fun with Linda McGehee The Lansing Clippers recently hosted a hands-on two-day purse class with Linda McGehee.   Linda also was the presenter at our August American Sewing Guild meeting in Lansing.   She talked about adding decorative stitching to all kinds of clothing and bags.   She is from Louisiana and had lots of stories to tell in that sweet southern drawl.   Linda is the owner of Ghees.   Ghees sells Linda’s handbag and purse patterns as well as zippers, embroidery designs, handbag hardware, fabrics and notions.   My favorite item of all the items she showed was the non-stick ironing mat.   It has lots of small holes that allow the steam to pass through.   The website for Ghees is https://ghees.com/ .   She showed many articles of clothing and bags that she made.   Her use of decorative stitching was amazing!   Some of the garments were strikingly beautiful simply because of the clever combination of fabrics and/or the use of quilting techniques.   Her trunk show was full
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The Next Scrappy Quilt Project - Rick Rack Nines      The Pineapple Blossom block quilt is complete and ready for viewing.   This quilt is composed of 2-inch-wide strips and 3 ½ inch squares and, as previously mentioned, is a free pattern on Bonnie Hunter’s website, www.quiltville.com .   A picture of the completed quilt is shown below. My next project is called Rick Rack Nines.   This quilt is made by combining neutral 5 inch squares with colorful nine-patch squares and setting them on the diagonal.   This is another Bonnie Hunter pattern which is found in her book called “Adventures with Leaders & Enders” published by Kansas City Star Quilts.   For the uninitiated, a Leader or an Ender is two pieces of fabric sewn together either at the beginning or at the end of a line of chain piecing.   The Leader prevents fabric from becoming caught in the feed dogs at the beginning of a seam of chain piecing.   An Ender is two pieces of fabric sewn together at the end of the chained pie
  Lansing Clippers Auction  Our regular monthly meeting July 19 th will be an auction.   In the past we held an auction once a year from donations from our members.   We have not been able to have one since the Covid epidemic began.   All proceeds go to our treasury to benefit the operations of our chapter.   Our members search their sewing rooms for excess fabric, sewing notions, books, yarns, knitting and crocheting supplies, and any other fiber arts related items they no longer need or want.   It is surprising what one can find at our auction.   We sell everything from dress forms and bundles of fabric to half-finished projects.   It is fun to watch some people get into a bidding war over a particular item that both want.   It is all in good fun and for a good cause.   Most of our members will be there when the auction begins at 6:00 p.m. July 19, 2022.   Bidding paddles can be obtained at 5:30 p.m.  The public is also invited.   We hold our meetings and the auction at St
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  PINEAPPLE BLOSSOM The adventure of scrappy quilt-making continues.   The Curvy Log Cabin quilt is finished.   I love it!   Pictures are included so check them out.   As I explained in my last post, the “curvy-ness” of the block is achieved by using 2 ¼ inch wide dark strips and 1 ½ inch wide light strips.   There are several different layouts published for the curvy log cabin block so I may make another quilt when I run out of ideas for new scrappy quilts. My next charity quilt (#3) will be the Pineapple Blossom, a simpler variation of the Pineapple Block with triangles added to only two diagonal sides instead of all four sides.   I’ve enclosed a picture of the block as a preview of this next quilt.   The pattern is free on Bonnie Hunter’s website, www.quiltville.com .     Although the pattern looks complicated, it is relatively quick and easy.    Bonnie Hunter has a plethora of information on her website.   She writes a blog post six days a week, sharing the activities of retr
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  Scrappy Quilter  * This is the third in a series of articles about Scrappy Quilting. The “Candy Store” quilt is finished and ready for Show & Tell at the next meeting of the Lansing Clippers.   Check out the picture!   I decided to use Christmas fabric for the backing of each of my scrappy charity quilts.   This will make them reversible for the holiday season.  While fun to see where the fabric takes the design, I’ve learned that scrappy quilts also generate lots of lint and thread pieces to pick off the quilt.   Once the binding goes on that issue is taken care of! The pattern for the next scrappy quilt (#2) comes from the book “Curvy Log Cabin Quilts” by Jean Ann Wright, published by Landauer Publishing.   The layout I will follow is called the Stringing Beads Quilt, on page 41.   The blocks will measure 8 x 8 inches and the "curvy-ness" of the block is achieved by using 2 ¼ inch wide dark strips and 1 ½ inch wide light strips.   The center is a 1 ¾ inch square