Have you ladies been checking out the July Finishes Post? There are so many lovely projects that your fellow club members have finished! Be sure to check them out!
And, our friend Michelle in AR, has finished both of her quilts! And by finished, I mean, quilted, bound, ready for snuggling finished:
Aren't the lovely?
So very pretty, Michelle! You did a great job!
Michelle is new to long arm quilting, but this quilt makes it look like she's an old pro!
Now, our friend Esther, who missed the sign-up for July and is joining us in August sent this picture of a bag she's working on:
Isn't that going to be just a darling tote when it's finished? Love it, Esther!
And, I wanted to share some projects from a couple of friends who are not in our Club, but who were kind enough to send me pictures of their projects.
First up is Kimber V. from Iowa:
She made this quilt using the "State Fair" pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company, and "Swanky" fabric. I know -- it's too cute, right?
Next up is a quilt from my friend Miss Norma, in Alabama:
She made this quilt with "Gypsy Rose" fabric using a pattern in the new Fig Tree book, "Fresh Vintage Sewing"! Gorgeous, just gorgeous!
Thanks so much for sharing your pretty things with us, ladies!
REMINDER: We have just 4 days left to finish our projects for July -- yikes! I need to get busy sewing!
Remember, you must post a comment with the link to your finished project post on our July Finishes Post, and post photos of your finished work on your blog to be included in the drawing this month. I'll be checking the comments to that post only to compile the entry list.
For your convenience, you can link to the July Finishes Post by clicking on the "Charming Girl's Quilt Club" logo to the right.
In addition, we have a category to the left of your screen called "Charming Girls' Quilt Club", where you can view all of our previous club posts.
THANK YOU to all of those sweet, charming girls out there who posted comments to help our other bloggers! I really appreciate it, and I know they do as well.
Hello Charming Girls. I hope all is well, and that you are finding some time to relax and sew, as you enjoy the summer season.
We have only one week of July to finish our projects -- my time does seem to fly.
It's time to sign up for the:
Tea Towel & Recipe Exchange.
You must be a Charming Girls' Quilt Club Member to participate in the exchange. But, as a Charming Girls' member, you can choose not to participate in the swap if you'd rather not. Participants will make/send and receive a Tea Towel and favorite Summer-Time Dessert Recipe.
To participate, you must post a comment here on or before August 1. After posting your comment, you will need to e-mail your mailing address to me.
After August 1, we will make an exchange list of names, and forward you the name and address of where to mail your Tea Towel & Recipe.
All Tea Towels & Recipes must be mailed by August 31. I've received a few e-mails from people who have particpated in blog Swaps and not received their items. So, I must use my Stern Mom Voice Here: Those who sign-up to participate MUST mail your:
& Recipe by August 31, as someone who went to all the kind work to make a Tea Towel and copy their recipe would be disappointed not to receive theirs --and that just wouldn't be nice at all. SO, if you sign up, and fail to mail your items, you will be kicked out of the Club.
Return To Normal Voice: We have a few members who live in Canada and Australia. If you live in the U.S., but would be willing to exchange with someone who lives outside the U.S., please note that in the comment. Otherwise, we will do our best to keep exchange partners within the same country.
Ideas For Tea Towels
I did have one person who mentioned she was unable to find patterns for Tea Towels-and realized that I haven't seen many patterns for them either. Here are a few ideas for tea towels:
1. Cut shapes out of fabric (flowers, hearts, etc.--cookie cutters would make great templates), and use your zig zag stitch to applique them to the towel.
2. Embroider a cute saying and a few small flowers to the towel.
3. Attach a few ribbons along the edge of the towel for a cute border.
4. Make 1" patchwork squares to create a cute border.
5. If your machine has decorative stitches, apply one of those cuties all the way around the towel for a border.
6. Or, if you want to get even more creative, you could design your own towel.
(This is the original tea towel I used as amodel to make my dress tea towels).
The options really are endless. And, ladies, if you know of patterns or have other ideas, please share them in the comments.
Now, I know all of us will want to see the cute tea towels you ladies make -- but, we don't want to ruin the surprise. So, we'll ask the recipients of the Tea Towels to take photos, and post them on their blogs with a link to a special post we'll do here for Finished Tea Towels. For those without a blog, we'll post pictures here.