Winter 2020 Schedule

Tuesday, February 11 - Open Sew
Friday, February 14 - Open Sew
Tuesday, February 18 - Flying Geese placemats with Chris Beadle
Friday, February 21 - Open Sew
Tuesday, February 25 - Open Sew & Mardi Gras Parade – Sally Ellis
Friday, February 28 - Charity Sew with Marg Inglis
Tuesday, March 3 - Curvy Log Cabin table runner with Cynthia Curtis
Friday, March 6 - Open Sew
Tuesday, March 10 - Open Sew
Friday, March 13 - Luncheon – Karen Segelken, coordinator
Tuesday, March 17 - Show and Tell in the Pavilion & Strippy Table Top Set with Chris Beadle
Friday, March 20 - Open Sew
Tuesday, March 24 - Open Sew
Friday, March 27 - Open Sew
Tuesday, March 31 - Open Sew


January 28 Charity Sew

Thank you so much to the generous Riverside Sew-n-Sews who made 41 beautiful pillowcases to donate to SPARCC (Safe Placec And Rape Crisis Center) at the charity sew on Tuesday January, 28th. Another 11 pillowcase kits were taken home to be completed after the charity sew date.

SPARCC representatives say they are in great need of
1. Diapers (especially sizes 3 & 5);
2. Shampoo & conditioner; and
3. Bicycles/transportation.

Please continue to add personal care items to the green box labeled for SPARCC (in AC or PAV) or contact Nina Gorak if you have a bicycle (site 286 or text 616-485-1100). Thank you!!

Pillowcases Charity Sew


Flying Geese Placemats

To be taught by Chris Beadle Tuesday, Feb 18th
For 4 placemats 13” x 20” each

  • 2-3/4 yards of background fabric
  • 1/4 yard of contrasting flying geese fabric 
  • 3/4 yard accent print fabric for binding
  • 1/2 yard batting (if the batting is 90” wide)

 Flying Geese Placemats clpqlt002


Curvy Log Cabin Table Runner

To be taught by Cynthia Curtis Tuesday, March 3rd
Approximately 18” x 50” finished

  • Either 16 ten-inch squares (from a layer cake) or 4 fat quarters - depending on how many different colors/fabrics you want in your runner
  • 3/4 yard of light background fabric
  • 1-1/2 yards backing and binding fabric (or 2 yards if you want a one-piece backing on the runner)
  • 1-1/2 yard fusible fleece or batting
  • 6 inch Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool ruler (by Creative Grids) required!

Curtvy Log Cabin Runner


Strippy Table Set

To be taught by Chris Beadle Tuesday, March 17th
1 Table Topper 30”x30” and 4 Placemats 12”x18”

1 Jelly Roll (40 – 2-1/2” x 40” strips) OR 1 fat quarter of each of 8 coordinated fabrics
Backing: 1-3/4 yard
Lightweight batting: Topper 31”x31”; Placemats 4 – 13”x19”

Additional fabric for Topper:
1st border: 1 fat quarter
3rd border: 1/2 yard
Corners on the borders: 1 fat quarter

Additional fabric for Placemats:
 Border: 3/4 yard

Strippy Table Set


Prevent Quilt Bleeding

Boo! Quilt bleeding! It's happened to most of us, and it's a problem we're asked to solve quite often. Some will say, "Wash it in Retayne" and others will say, "Wash it in Synthrapol". Still others say, "Use a Color Catcher". But who's right?

  • Synthrapol is used to prepare blank fabric and remove sizing, residues, oils, etc so it will accept dye better. Then, it's used after the dyeing process to suspend excess dye particles and prevent them from depositing back onto the fabric.
  • Retayne is used to fix the dye in commercial fabrics, to prevent bleeding BEFORE you use them in your project.
    Use Retayne when you prewash suspect fabrics (reds and blues are common culprits) before they are in your quilt. Use Synthrapol when you have a bleed happen after a quilt is constructed. Once the excess dye is removed, THEN wash it in Retayne to fix the dye.
  • Color Catchers (Shout, K2r, Vanish, Dylon) are simply a product used to grab dye in the wash, but they are not going to totally reverse a bad bleed after the fact.

Build your arsenal now, and prevent the bleeding nightmare. (Article from McTavish Quilting Studio on Facebook)

 Products to Prevent Quilt Bleeding


Surgical Hats for Pediatric Surgical Patients

Golisano Children's Hospital needs surgical caps for their pediatric surgical patients.  Sew-N-Sews are asking members to each make one surgical cap this summer, and bring it in the fall to donate to Golisano.  Instructions for making the surgical caps can be downloaded by clicking here:

Pediatric Surgical Caps Instructions