June Sewing Day & Mile-a-Minute Workshop

MLQ’s last sewing day before summer break was June 15th. We had a full house and 6 quilters looking to make use of their scraps by learning the “mile-a-minute” technique. Lorraine had started working on this type of piecing years ago using her left over Thimbleberrie’s fabric. I can’t wait to see what that one looks like as it will definitely have a co-ordinated look. I was pleased to see the scraps and strips that came with me go home with someone else. :) But, Patti decided that she needed to purge something out of her sewing room and I was the lucky recipient of that challenge. Patti did suggest that I use the pieces for a scrap quilt and ditch the original pattern plan…we’ll see what happens once I get into the box! It is Crazy Rays by Buggy Barn.

Shelley definitely got into the fast lane with this technique. She was able to get 15 of 24 blocks to the right size by the end of the day. She decided on 9 1/2″ squares and will use black lattice strips between the blocks, offsetting them as she goes.

We enjoyed a lovely lunch of Vietnamese Prawn/Pork Rice Paper rolls with fruit & veggies. Liz supplied us with a lovely lemon cake served with vanilla ice cream.

The flimsy to the left is what I ended up with once I sewed all 24 blocks together. I chose not to use any lattice between the blocks. All but three pieces of fabric in this quilt have been used by me in some form or another. One of my favourite parts of our sewing days is the lovely evening we get to spend at Jackie’s. Mike always cooks us a delicious dinner and pours a lovely glass of wine. Seen above is my brother-in-law and I walking home, wrapped warmly in Mile-a-Minute quilts.

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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