Crazy Quilters of Cape Cod

“Between The Seams”

Notes from the 21 February Meeting Jennifer Linton
The meeting was called to order at 6:35 PM by President Lori Crawley

  • Birthdays: Holly Santangelo
  • UFOs Shown: Lori Crawley (4 placemats); Julie Palmieri (heart table topper); Susan B. (Beach Rules quilt); Liz Devlin (large blue & green quilt).
  • Fat Quarter Fandango (Winter Blues): won by Jeanne Carey
  • Library Sew-In: 16 March
  • Open House: Oct. 12th at Gus Canty Community Center. See more info, below.
  • Show & Tell: Jeanne Carey (Kaffe Fassett quilt); Tricia Currey (birthday block quilt); Terry Currey (3 quilts for graduates: Vinny Loves Maude quilt, yellow scrappy quilt, neutrals boy quilt); Lori Crawley (top made from last year’s fabric bingo contest).
  • Meeting adjourned 7:15 p.m.

 Program: Part 2 of our “Scrappy Shutter” Comfort Quilt Sewing Night

Members brought in sewing machines, irons, ironing boards and cutting mats to continue construction of comfort quilts out of strips.

 2019 Programs Programs Committee: Lynn DiRusso, Jeanne Carey, Cheryl Uchmanowicz
21 March: Trunk show by Margaret Ransom, quilter and former quilt store owner.
18 April: Trunk Show by Willie Fiedler a creative quilter, from Tumbleweeds
20 April (Saturday Workshop): "Divalicious Wallet" workshop. Sat, 20 April (9am-3pm)
     Location: Gus Canty Community Center
     Cost: $25 plus pattern ($10) and hardware ($8) Total:
     Limited to 12 participants. To reserve your spot, sign up at the March meeting or
     Contact Lynn, and give her a check for $25
16 May: Demo night, Mystery quilt starts
20 June: Mug Rug Swap: Bring your mug in a paper bag with your name on it.
     Take someone else’s mug home. Make a mug rug and bring it back in July.
18 July: Summer Party. Includes the mug and the mug rug you made.

Treasurer’s Report Holly Santangelo,
Holly will report out at the meeting.

Barnstable County Fair, 22-28 July 2019 Micki Tor
     Start thinking about entering a quilt! Exhibitor information is not yet posted, online. So, contact Micki if you have questions about the special categories in 2019 or volunteering to sit with the quilts on display.

Birthday Basket Betsy Clark
     If you are at the meeting during your birthday month, you can select a small gift from the basket.

Comfort Quilts Carol Swirbliss and Julie Palmieri
     Took 4 children’s, 4 adults’ quilts to Carriage House. The most-needed quilt sizes are crib and lap size. Gender-neutral colors are also helpful. We received a thank-you note was from Falmouth Service Center for 7 quilts dropped off in December. Bring your finished quilts in. If you have extra, unused labels, give them to Carol. Batting is available.

Fat 1/4 Fandango Jeanne Carey and Susan Berteaux
     The theme for March’s Fandango is purple fabrics

Hospitality 2 vacancies - We need volunteers to coordinate our July and December parties

Lending Library Julie Palmieri
     Thank you, Julie, for volunteering to bring the book cart out at meetings.

Membership Deborah Winograd
     2019 Membership Directory delivered by email on 6 February. Send corrections to Deb.

Mystery Quilt Lynn DiRusso
     The committee is testing a pattern and the Mystery Quilt will start in a month or two. Stay tuned!

New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA August 7-September 8, 2019: Summer Celebration of New England Quilts,
The Best of the Region's Quilt Guilds
Each participating Guild can submit one quilt.
For Crazy Quilters to submit a quilt, the members must choose a quilt in April to represent the guild.

  • Bring your quilt to the April meeting if you want the guild to consider it for entry in the showing at the Lowell Quilt Museum.
  • Some information online, at:

 Newsletter Susan Berteaux
     The Newsletter is distributed by email the week before the monthly meeting. Send an email to Susan if there is a message you want to go out as an email blast to members and/or be included in the monthly Newsletter. If you have questions about a guild activity or project, please contact the person in charge of that committee.

 Open House & Boutique – Crazy Quilters More information to follow
Save The Date: Saturday, October 12th
Location: Gus Canty Community Center
Members can start making items to sell at a Boutique Table as well as quilts to display. Stay tuned for more information.

Raffle Quilt (2019) Holly Santangelo, Lori Crawley, Betty Kayes
Betty Kayes is helping with ticket sales; Holly & Lori working to coordinate publicity for sales.
Progress on the quilt: Holly brought the blocks to our Feb. meeting; blocks were donated by Terry Currey. (Thank you, Terry). Each block is beautifully appliqued on 4-patch, cream-colored background fabrics. The finished quilt will be stunning.

Secret Sister Activity suspended until there is renewed interest by members.

Sunshine Betty Kayes
Let Betty know and she will send a card to members on behalf of the guild.

 UFO Challenge Deborah Winograd
Your next UFO is due at the May meeting; then August & November.

Ways and Means Pauli Pendleton, Lori Crawley, and Jeanne Carey
There will not be a Ways and Means auction at the March meeting.  Pauli won't be back until May so no ways and means until then. Donations welcome, of course! Fill the coffers. We had used up pretty much all we had when Ways & Means was last on the agenda.

Weekend Retreats Lori Crawley
The Weekend Retreat is April 5-7 at the Marriott-Fairfield in Hyannis for a maximum of 16 people. Cost for the weekend: $105 for a double; $210 for a single. Room registration deadline: 15 March

Events, Tips, Techniques, Recipes and Websites of Interest

Learning To Sew! (How are people good at this?) Brandon Farris (Youtube video)
This is so funny…watching this made me realize how challenging it is for a new quilter to learn to sew and use a sewing machine (or any new skill and equipment). "It’s going to take an act of God to put this thread through that needle hole.” ~ B. Farris, 2019

Seashore Splendor, 60 x 72 inch quilt Pamela Quilts
Block 1: Lady of the Lake (15” x15”) - Tutorial:
Block 2: One Fish, Two Fish (9”x9”) - Tutorial:
Sign up for her newsletter to get installments (PDF) in your email:
Note: You pay what you want for the patterns…or nothing at all. Interesting cost model.

Origins of the Irish Chain Quilt

Triple Treat Irish Chain Quilt –Tutorial Jen Van Orman for Moda

How to Starch Fabric Before Quilting: Lisa Bongean’s trick for tiny piecing (video)
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings is known as an impeccable piecer who uses tiny, tiny pieces in her quilts. Although her “starch-liberally then air-dry” technique seems time consuming, the results are stunning!

How to Make a Chenille Rug Shabby Fabrics (video)
Free Pattern:
To make one of these rugs you need 3 panels plus a chenille cutter.

Ruler Mastery Series Gina Perkes
A 10-month program in which you create a whole-cloth quilt sampler using a different ruler each month. Develop ruler skills and learn new designs to add to your quilting arsenal, using your longarm or domestic sewing machine to master your ruler skills.
Download All Class Handouts:

How to Make a Perfect Dutchman’s Puzzle Quilt Block Nicole Moore
Dutchman’s Puzzle is an old design that was first seen in publications in the late 1800’s. This block is sometimes referred to as Return of the Swallows or Dutchman’s Wheel. Basically, the name depends on which direction the geese are flying. For instance, if you reverse all the geese in the block it’s called Mosaic. If you only reverse the top and bottom left geese, you get Return of the Swallows.
Here’s a link to the easiest method to accurately make this quilt block:

What Can I Do With a 5” Square? Moda Tip Sheet

Embroider Along with Sue O'Very
Part 1: The Four Basics Of Machine Embroidery
Part 2: Stabilizer and Materials
Part 3: Needles and Thread
Part 4: Placement and Hooping for Machine Embroidery
Part 5: How to embroider on Knits
Part 6: How to embroider on Woven materials
Part 7: How to embroider on Napped fabrics
Part 8: How to embroider on Sheer materials
Part 9: Knits - How to embroider on a Ladies T-shirt
Part 10: Wovens – How to embroider on a Pillow Case
Part 11: Napped – How to embroider on Luxe Cuddle® Rose
Part 12: Sheers – How to embroider on a Pet Screen

Head to the Mountains ~ free pattern Bradie Sparrow of Sparrow Quilt Company
Half Square Triangles (HSTs) make up this quilt. On-point rows make you look like a pro!
Here’s the link to step-by-step video instructions to this 59" x 69” quilt:

How to Make a Dresden Plate Quilt Diane Harris, Handi Quilter
Part 1. How to Make a Dresden Plate:
Part 2. Cutting the blades:
Part 3. Making the blades into plates:
Part 4. Join the blades:
Part 5. Applique to a background:
Part 6-Final. Troubleshoot common problems:

Study the Color Wheel All People Quilt
Learn about color selection and get tips about prints so you can be more confident in choosing quilting fabrics for your next project.

Take your totes to the next level: sewing box-bag corners with Gail Pan (video)
A simple way to make totes and bags by sewing boxed corners, which makes for a wider, sturdier bag bottom that will sit flat. The technique is easy, there’s only one seam involved on each end.

How to do single-fold binding with Betsy Chutchian (video)

Stellaris, Free 2019 BOM Quilt Jinny Beyer
Starting in April, each monthly newsletter will give you links to written and video lessons to take you through each part of the quilt. Free lessons are only available through the newsletter.
Click here to sign up for the newsletter:
Click here to watch a video:

Cheddarback FREE Block of the Month Sew A-Long Sentimental Stitches
Installments are available for one month (The March BOM is up, now).

2019 Quilt Shows in the Area

March 22- May 31: Outside the Ordinary - Location: Essex Art Center, 56 Island Street, Lawrence MA 01840  More info at:

April 6-7: Hands All Around 17th Quilt Show - Location: UMASS Amherst Lincoln Campus Center, One Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA  More Info at:

April 6-7: Haddam Neck Congregational Church Quilt Show - Location: 408 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck CT 06424 
More Info at:

April 10-13: MQX Quilt Festival - Location: The Center of New Hampshire / Doubletree Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH  More Info at:

April 26-27: Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild Show - Location: Hudson Community Center, 12 Lions Ave, Hudson, NH  More Info at:

May 4-5: Quilters by the Sea Location: The Pennfield School, 110 Sandy Point Ave., Portsmouth RI  More Info at:

May 4-5: A World of Quilts, Northern Star Quilters' Guild, 40th Anniversary Quilt Show - Location: Western CT State University, Danbury, CT  More Info at:

May 17-18: Quilter’s Connection Quilt Show, Creative Expressions in Fabric - Location: St. James Armenian Church, 465 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, MA  More Info at:

June 26-29: Vermont Quilt Festival - Location: Champlain Valley Exposition (CVE), 105 Pearl St. (VT Route 15), Essex Junction, VT  More Info at:

July 25-27: Maine Quilt Show 42nd Annual, Pine Tree Quilters Guild - Location: 76 Community Drive, Augusta, ME  More Info at:

August 8-10: Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod, 38th Annual Quilt Show - Location: Resort and Conference Center, 35 Scudder Ave, Hyannis, MA  More Info at:

August 7-September 8: Summer Celebration of New England Quilts - The Best of the Region's Quilt Guilds (Crazy Quilters may have an entry – see notes, above!)  Location: New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street, Lowell, MA
More Info at:

Crazy Quilters of Cape Cod

P.O. Box 2058 East Falmouth, MA 02536