Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ideas for Bingo Prizes

  • All these pattern links go to free designs or tutorials. 

  • Obviously, any Google search with images will turn up zillions of other ideas (these just happen to be links in my own personal archives). 

  • These links are offered in no particular order!

  • Don't forget that fabric selection makes a difference in final appearance. :) Don't overlook the idea of using holiday prints ... or 'masculine/girlie' prints ... or rainbow palettes ... or color wash arrangements ... or plain old scrappy good-ness. :)

  • Make prizes you would appreciate winning! If each guild member makes one item, we'll have a plethora of wonderful choices. :)

  • If you have other suggestions, please leave it in a comment!

Geek-y Ideas:

Turtle Screen Cleaner (maybe a set of these?)

Home and Away Cable Cosy

Digital Device Cover

Ideas for Travelers:

Luggage Tags (again, make a set)

Road Trip Car Pillow

Seat Belt Strap Cover (patchwork fabrics) (make a set)

Seat Belt Cover (fleece and fabric) (make a set)

Seat Belt Cover (fleece) (make a set)

Garment Bags

Ellie Travel Case

Modern Duffle Bag

Round Travel Bag for Toiletries

Life's Little Everything Bag

Going to Camp Duffle Bag

Cargo Duffle Bag by Noodlehead


Journal Covers

Composition Book Planner Cover


Water Bottle Sling

Ipanema Beach Bag

Mesh Beach Bag


Quilt As You Go Drawstring Backpack

Chloe's Backpack

Take a Hike Backpack from Free Spirit

Lunch Stuff

Bento Box from Stash Happy

Chubby Lunch Tote

Multipurpose Pouch from Two Pretty Poppets

Reusable Fabric Snack Bags (make a set)


Half Square Triangle 18" Pillow

Pink Ribbon Comfort Pillow (other colors work; good for the car, too)

Placemats (make a set of four?)

All Seasons Placemats

Easy Peasy Quilted Placemats

Reversible Placemats

Self Binding Fabric Napkins

Sunflower Placemats and Coasters

Prairie Point Tea Towels (seasonal or non-seasonal)

Table Runners

Mini Falling Charms Table Runner

Chevron Table Runner (this is an especially easy quilt as you go design)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Scrappy Table Runner

Fabric Baskets

20+ Fabric Baskets

Fabric Storage Pot

Patchwork Square Fabric Basket


All in a Row by Riley Blake

Fabric Tote with Drawstring Top

Riverside Tote

Mariposa Meadow Butterfly Tote

Foldup Tote Shopping Bag

Convertible Sling Bag Tote (make in fabric)

Crossbody Zipper Tote

Happy Improv Tote

LaConner Tote Bag

Pouches and Bags

Easy Heart Drawstring Bag

Fish Laundry Bags

Open Wide Zipper Pouch by Noodlehead

Open Wide Zipper Pouch Another Approach

Origami Drawstring Bag

Ragged Strip Pouch

Sewing Box

Squid Pencil Pouch

Lined Drawstring Bag

Lined Drawstring Bag Variations

The Gobbler Pencil Pouch

Little Boxy Pouch

Triple Zip Pouch

Dragon Chow Dice Bags

Zipper Pencil Case

Toiletry Bag Set

Triangle Pencil Pouch

Links checked by Linda Schiffer, 7.14.18

Late Breaking News:

Free Table Runner patterns/ideas - remember that these can be made in non-holiday colors:

Drawstring Gift Bag with Dividers

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

General Meeting, July 8th, 

Arbutus Public Library, Catonsville, MD.

Rose Daley leading the meeting.

Mary Thomas who is now serving as Vice President (and who will continue in office until after the fall retreat in November) must retire due to personal and work issues (she is starting a new business). Thus the guild needs a new Vice President to begin serving in December, 2018. The duties of VP are to chair the bingo and retreat committees and to serve as backup to the President if that person cannot run a meeting. Please consider volunteering for this important office!
On behalf of the education committee, Marcia presented our planned workshops: Melanie Tuazon will teach in October; signups will open the week after our August meeting - Marcia will send an email announcement.  Jacquie Gering will teach in March, 2019 (the committee will ask for input on a topic later). Chawne Kimber will teach in June, 2019 on Small Piecing. The committee is still looking for a teacher for October ’19. Marcia will send out an email asking for input from members. The committee is considering Cindy Grisdelda, Mary Kerr, Tim Natarr (mapmaking with fabric), Heather Jones, Sherry Lynn Woods, Yvonne Fuchs and MJ Kinman. Other ideas are welcome as well.

The palette and design challenge for the QuiltCon charity challenge has been set. Rose asked for one or two volunteers to chair this quilt project and eight to ten members to commit to working on assembly (after the general membership makes blocks, according to the design the project committee chooses). Please email Rose if you are interested.
Phyllis announced that the guild now has 92 paid members. There were four new members present at this meeting (Megan, Rebecca, Debbie, and Tina).
Andee presented Erin Neuland with a quilt made by members for her new son, Caleb.

Andee spoke about our planned bingo event, scheduled for Friday, September 21 at The Lodge on Frederick Road in Catonsville. Doors will open at 6 p.m., bingo starts at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available soon (are printing) - they will cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Please invite your friends and family - this event has been very popular in the past. There will be food available, vending by a Scout troop (yet to be determined). Attendees can bring their own liquors.
The guild needs each member to make and donate at least one prize if at all possible. There are already in progress five major quilt prizes for special games. 

Kathy and Linda are still collecting blocks for the last quilt project. Please mail your blocks to Kathy a.s.a.p. In addition, we need such things as placemat sets, tote bags, pouches, etc (watch for a blog post on this topic) to serve as prizes for the regular games (20 to 25 of these).
The money we make (and have made) from the bingo event will go towards building a reserve for a guild quilt show (we need about $25 - 30K for this fund).
Andee also discussed the fall retreat scheduled for November 15-18 at Pearlstone Retreat Center. We have reserved enough rooms for 22 members to attend for all four days; there currently are 10 registered. We have the opportunity to return some of these reserved rooms to Pearlstone this week if they are not reserved. We also have 8 day attendees registered at present (and there will be more slots for days available). Please invite your friends to attend! Classes, swaps, etc. are in planning.
The program committee would like to have a zipper demos at the August meeting. Please volunteer to give one if you feel qualified! Contact Shelly or Andee. August will also be the time to share your UFO Challenge and Head Start Star Challenge quilts.
There was a discussion/presentation on making fabric postcards at the meeting. Also mentioned was a FaceBook group that swaps fabric postcards (‘Handmade Fabric Postcard Swap’). This is the stiffening/batting that Andee prefers to use:

Rose spent some time asking for input and a midyear review from each of the Quilting With Friends groups listed on our Google page spreadsheet. Quilting With Friends - Columbia meets on the third Saturday every month (next meeting July 21 at JoAnn’s ETC in Columbia Crossing). QWF-Catonsville will meet on August 4th (and Gayne will be visiting). QWF-Bears Paw meets at Bears Paw Quilt Shop in Towson on the last Monday of the month (next meeting July 23). QWF-Sewing with Kids has met twice. Other groups are being organized. All of these groups invite any members who are interested to attend any meeting!

Show and Tell was varied and exciting as usual. 
The following items were shared:

Monica Richardson shared this quilt made with t-shirts.

Pat Simrell showed four lined drawstring bags she made for Bingo prizes.

She also shared a Birch Tree quilt she made with scraps.

Judy Hyatt showed a quilt she designed for her granddaughter (look at the quilting stitches on the back!)

Ann Hussein showed a One Fabric fussy cut quilt.

Barbara Schafer made a spiral layout with many purple HST's.

Janet Schoenfeld showed two quilts (finished before her shoulder surgery) inspired by Kathy Dougherty.

Daniela Syed shared a pixelated circle project she completed as a baby quilt.

Phyllis Cook showed two quilts. The first was made with blocks she won at a MQA block lottery (she put the too small ones on the back). 

The second quilt is called Confetti.

Phyllis also made a simple backpack like the one 
she likes to use when riding bicycles.

Maria O'Haver shared a quilt that resulted from a Gyleen Fitzgerald mystery. The back is pieced with the 2" squares she cuts from her scraps.

Laura Battatzis shared a dress (off the rack) she added applique to from a design by Carolyn Friedlander. She made two bags (Maker's Tote and Pouch) and finished piecing a hexagon design.

Photos taken and notes transcribed by Linda Schiffer. 
My apologies for any errors!