Half Square Triangles

This years Guild Challenge contains LOTS of half square triangles! Have you made any half square triangles before, do you know how to trim them down to correct size? Well in case you are needing a little extra help here are a few YouTube videos you might want to check out!

How to make Half Square Triangles the easy way!

Here is a slightly different variation in how to mark your squares, this one is great for beginners!

How to trim half squares using ANY size of ruler!

Do you have the Quilt In A Day Triangle Square Up ruler? Well if you do have access to a great shortcut, trimming your squares to size BEFORE you press them! Just remember to carefully press the blocks open after trimming so not to stretch them!This video is a bit “bouncy” but it really was the clearest of the videos I found. If you want to give this a try and are having difficulties understanding the video just let me know and I will be happy to show you before or after our next guild meeting!

As another option to the above video you can find a Amazing step by step photo how to on the Diary Of A Quilter blog! 

Hope this helps everyone to piece and finish up their Challenge quilt by the August meeting!

Its that time!

Time to start entering your finished quilts in our September show!

Quilts made by all, from the very beginner quilters to well seasoned experts are welcome!

A printable entry form can be found online at: 2015 Crossroads Harvest Of Quilts Show Entry All entry forms MUST be postmarked by AUGUST 17, 2015 to have their information added into the show books so be sure to get your forms in the mail ASAP!

And as something new, this year we have a online entry for! Just fill in the blanks, hit send, and your quilts will be entered in the show! No mail to get lost, n stamps to deal with and no long walk to the mail box in the super hot heat!

Want to try out the online form? Then just click below!
Crossroads Harvest of Quilts Show – Online Quilt Entry Form

2015 flyer photo

If you are a member of quilt guild or a business that is willing to display our flyer/flyers please let us know and we will be happy to send you both a large door flyer as well as small bookmark sized flyers! You can contact via email at: CRQuilters@gmail.com
Or if your in a rush, you can download and print the flyers yourself from the web at:

8.5″ x 11″ show flyer

midsize 3 per page flyers

Small 4 per page bookmark sized flyers

June, Bias binding how to, & LOTS of rain!

Hello all!

I am hopping that everyone made it home safe and sound Monday night, I was the last to leave and my Aunt & I drove directly into the storm on the way home. Lightning, thunder and a torrential downpour,! So not fun!


Into the storm


and then we hit the rain!

However before the weather alerts started going off (and everyone started rushing to their cars!) we had our monthly guild meeting and a great program on Bias Binding!

It was also another great night filled with donation quilts! 50 finished Quilts for S.C.I.C. of Project Linus, 3 finished Quilts for local Nursing Homes, 4 Preemie Blankets, & 2 Cancer caps for the cancer center. A total of 59 total donated items, thanks all for your great charity work! (i will updated the totals on our Charity & Donation page as soon as i get last months info from Karie!)

Raffle Tickets are now available and ready to sell to the public. Please talk with Pat S. if you would like some tickets to sell to your friends! We were not able to sell tickets at this years Artisan Fair so if you know of any places we might be able to sell tickets please let us know.

Rita N. talked a bit on this years Quilt Show Bed Turning. With the help of one of our quilt show vendors “Stitch & Sew Fabrics” in Arthur Il. we will be turning Amish & Mennonite quilts.

Don’t forget to get started on this years Guild Challenge Project! We have been challenged to make the Zippy pattern (from ModaBakeShop.com & designed by Tammie S. from CraftyTammie.com) You can use whatever fabrics and colors you would like to use but you must set the quilt together in the exact way the pattern shows. Do not add any extra blocks, sashings, borders, and so on. Whats the challenge in that you ask? Well its to show everyone what using different fabrics can do to change the look of a quilt, that’s why we don’t want you to add any extras! Your challenge quilts need to be completed and brought to the AUGUST 17th Guild meeting for judging. Marilyn S. is looking into asking a local quilt shop to judge the quilts (1st, 2nd, & 3rd place ribbons) We will also be voting on a Crossroads Quilters Guild Best Pick. Guild members that attend the meeting will get to pick their favorite, the quilt with the most votes will be the winner of the Best Pick Ribbon. And who knows, maybe you will also win a little extra prize to go with your ribbon! We will then hang the quilts (with your winning ribbons!) in the Entry Way at this years Crossroads Harvest of Quilts Show. So let all get to work to make a Zippy Quilt!

Barb G. has agreed to take over handling the guild membership booklet, thanks bunches Barb! If you need a correction or addition to your guild book information please contact Barb!

Rita N. will be holding onto our printed name tags, Thanks Rita! If you need a printed fabric name tag please let Rita know!

This months door prize winner was Judy T. Congrats Judy!

Sandy F. gave the monthly program on making continuous Bias Binding. Sandy suggested using the Robert Kaufman Quilters App ( ios, google play, and the kindle store) to find the fabric requirements needed to make enough binding for your quilt. The RK App is a great addition to all your smart phones & tablets! here is the handout that Sandy provided us:

Sandy's Bias Binding Tutorial

If you are having problems and cant get in touch with Sandy to see her magic binding you might find this video from Missouri Star Quilt Co that might help you figure it all out if you get in a bind. (i wasn’t able to find a video that showed the exact way that Sandy does her binding sorry!)

Well that’s all for now, be sure to check back in next week to see a couple of videos on trimming half square triangles. You just might need a little trimming & squaring help to complete this years Guild Challenge quilt!

June Newsletter

As i was not able to attend the last guild meeting i have had nothing to report to you, sorry about that!

So as a simple update here is this months quick newsletter straight from Robbin W.!

June 2015 Guild Newsletter

Meeting 6:30 p.m., June 15, 2015 at First Christian Church Donation Sewing: There will be donation sewing starting at 3:00. Bring your machine and tools.

Meeting Agenda Wear name tags, sign in for door prize.
Refreshments/Social Gathering at 6:00 p.m: Helen M. & Irene V.
Show & Tell will begin taking place during refreshments.
Quilts will be set out on the tables after showing along with any information you want to share, including pattern name, fabric, made by, quilted by, other information.

Business meeting Secretary minutes – Connie, in absence of Robin (See your personal email for last months minutes)
Treasurer’s report – Harvy
Quilt show report-Marilyn/Beth
Raffle Quilt – Sue
Bed Turning – Rita
Vendors – Sharon S
Challenge Quilt – Sandy
Veteran Quilt Blocks – Leslie and Mary Jo

Old Business:
Updates for Membership Book
New Business: Program for next month – Sharon S.
Is August Program “Main Street Quilts?”
October Program – Bev?
November Program – Need Volunteer
Door Prize Drawing
Program: Sandy Fisher – Continuous Bias Binding
Upcoming: Every Thursday 9am-3pm at Watson Church – All guild members are welcome
Next Meeting: July 20, Program – Sharon S.
Refreshments – Mattie N., Connie T.

And here are the minutes from the May 2015 Meeting!

Crossroads Quilt Guild
May 18, 2015
Refreshments were served by Sharon D., Adice F., and Leslie S.
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. with 26 members present.

Show and Tell took place with 37 Project Linus Blankets and 6 Veterans Quilts being donated.

Minutes from the April 20th meeting were approved after changing the cost of a business size ad in the quilt show booklet.

The Treasurer’s Report was distributed by Harvy G. We currently have a balance of ($ see you email!) in the account.

Marilyn S. reported on the Quilt Show Meeting earlier in the day.
-An ad for the Quilt Show will be placed in the Spring Flyer in the Effingham Daily News
-Blanketing Effingham with Project Linus AND Veterans Quilts will take place again this year.
-Sharon D. will place ads on the radio, marquis signs, and County Register. She will also make table toppers for the entryway tables at the show.
-There will be goodie bags this year and Crystal H. will be donating fabric for fat quarters.
-Effingham Printing will be donating note pads for the bags. On a motion by Dorothy S., second by LeAnn S., Sharon D. will be looking into getting ink pens as an addition to the bag.
-5 ads have been paid for.

Rita N. reported she spoke to Wilma from Stitch & Sew and the Bed Turning Theme will be Amish Quilts.

The guild was not able to sell quilt raffle tickets at the Artisan Fair so members were asked to sell extra chances. Pat S. had tickets available for members to take and sell.

Veteran’s Quilt Blocks are still coming in from members. 6 quilts have been completed with more to be returned next

Marilyn S. reported we now have a liability insurance policy in effect.

A motion was made by Leslie S., second by Irene V., to donate ($ -see your email!) Watson United Methodist Church for use of the church for the retreat and Thursday sewing. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Betty Shutter, second by Rita N., to change the Project Linus sewing to Thursday’s at Watson Church. The fabric and kits will be kept at the church.

Nita M. was the winner of the door prize.

Meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

Upcoming Dates:
– Every Thursday is sewing at Watson Church – All guild members are welcome, as well as anyone else who wants to sew. Project Linus kits and fabric will be available.
– Next meeting is June 15. Sandy Fisher will show how to make continuous bias binding. Bring a square of fabric if you wish to cut biding. Refreshments will be served by Helen M. and Irene V. Robin W., Secretary

April Meeting Fun

We were missing a few guild members during our April 20th guild meeting, they left a bit early to start in on the fun at the AQS Paducah Quilt Show. Those that were in attendance were treated to a wonderfully informative presentation given by Phil Lewis (Teacher, Historian, Lincoln Museum Volunteer, and Friend ) who spoke to us about one of his favorite subjects, The Underground Railroad. He spoke to us about the many people that helped to create and carry out the rescuing of slaves during the time of The Underground Railroad as well as the possibility that quilt blocks were used to help convey hidden messages to the slaves on their journey. He showed us many quilt blocks and the “meanings” they were said to pass along, however we also learned that many of these quilt blocks did not exist until after the end of the Underground Railroad. No mater what your view on the possible use of quilt blocks during the time of The Underground Railroad the information that Phil thoughtfully shared with us is sure to make us all think a bit more the next time we hear the stories of the blocks and their hidden meanings.

Phil L. durring his Underground Railroad Presentation

Phil Lewis, sharing his knowledge on the The Underground Railroad

Geri's underground Railroad quilt

Phil showed us a quilt made by his wife (& Crossroads Quilters Guild Member) Geri depicting just a few of the many blocks that some believe to have hidden meanings.


The Quilt Show committee reminded us that this yeas Challenge quilt should be completed and brought to the August meeting for judging. They are going to ask a couple of local quilters (not associated with the guild) to come in and judge the quilts at the August meeting as well as having the guild members pick their favorite quilt. This ear guild members are challenged to all make the same quilt but in the choice of your own favorite fabrics.

Rita N. talked about the Bed Turning for this years quit show and will have more information on the quilts next month. This years Bed Turning will feature quilts from the Mennonite Community.

Our guild members thoughtfully turned in a total of 38 quilts & cancer caps for or charity drive this month! Thanks so much everyone!

You may notice a lack of photos from our Show & Tell. The photos were not the best so i decided to forgo sharing them this month. We really need to work on a location to use during the meeting were photos can be taken without the worry of people walking in front of the camera or having the tables take up half of the photos and covering up the projects. Please bring your suggestions to our next meeting!

Our next meeting will take place on May 18th  at The First Christian Church 901 N. Henrietta Effingham. With our Social Gathering snacks provided by Leslie S. & Adice F. starting at 6:00pm. The nightly program will be given by Elizabeth K. who will teach us how to square up our half square triangles before you press them open. Hope to see you all there!




Watson guild retreat has been rescheduled!

The yearly Watson Guild Retreat has been rescheduled for Weds. April 15 to Friday April 17! The retreat is open to all official members of The Crossroads Quilters Guild.

Be sure to bring any sewing supplies that you may need as well as any project you would like to work on. Charity / Donation fabrics may be available as well.

The days will start around 9:00am and we sew well into the evening hours but you can come and go as you would like

Check your email for more information and to sign up for food stuffs!

Let all sew together!

March meeting fun!

On March 16th the Crossroads Quilters Guild meet for our monthly meeting at The First Christian Church in Effingham IL.

MaryJo T. & Crystal H. provided some great tasting snacks for our social time, thanks so much ladies!

Our program was given by Patty M., the owner of The Quilt Top Shop (retail stores in both Ramsey & Altamont) on the June Taylor Charming Circles Tool. Patty showed us how to make the Orange Peel (Cathedral Window) Type blocks that once stitched together the quilt was totally finished, no extra quilting needed! The blocks that were demonstrated were made using denim and cotton fabrics but Patty did suggested that a flannel fabric quilt would also be very nice! The Charming Circles Ruler is available at the Quilt Top show for around $16.00 each. Here is the June Taylor YouTube Video showing the ruler:

After the program we were treated to some of the many quilts made by our guild members during Show & Tell time. Here are just a few of the many quilts that were shared with the group!
(just click on the photo to see a larger view!)

During the Business Meeting we seated our new guild Officers (As two officers had stepped down)
Our current 2015 Officers, Chairmen & Committee heads are as follows;
President, Sandy F.
Vice President, Connie T.
Secretary, Robbin W.
Treasurer, Harvy G.
Newsletter, Robbin W.
Program Chairman, Sue W.
Soldier Quilt Committee head, MaryJo T.
Donation / Charity Quilt Tracking, Karie W.
Challenge Quilt Committee head, Crystal H.
Quilt Show Co-Chairmen, Marilyn S. & Elizabeth K.
Guild Website/Bloggers, Robbin W. & Elizabeth K.

Guild members were reminded that yearly membership fees are due, that charge is $20.00 and should be paid to guild treasurer ASAP.

New membership books were passed around and any information for corrections were taken. Please remember our book maker is only human and that means mistakes can happen! Corrected info stickers will be available at our next meeting.

Our Raffle Quilt was on hand to be seen, we have decided to call it Autumn Stepping Stones. Sue and the rest of the Raffle Committee Quilters did a amazing job on the quilt again this year, Thanks so much ladies! Tickets will be available beginning at the Effingham Artisan Fair on May 8th & 9th, or from any Crossroads Quilters Guild Member for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00

2015 Raffle Quilt, Stepping Stones. made by the Raffle Quilt Committee Quilters and machine quilted by Elizabeth Karnes

2015 Raffle Quilt, Stepping Stones. made by the Raffle Quilt Committee Quilters and machine quilted by Elizabeth Karnes

MaryJo T. collected the first batch of 12″ finished blocks that will be made into quilts our guilds Quilts For Soldiers Project. All blocks are to be turned in at the April meeting to be included in the prize drawling so be sure to get your blocks finished up!

The monthly Quilt show meeting was postponed due to scheduling conflicts however a few bits of info was passed along. Rita N. is working on the 2015 Bed Turning and is hoping that it will be featuring quilts from the Amish and Mennonite quilters. Beth K. talked about adding a online entry for for the quilt show as well as a few changes to the categories for this years show.

The yearly Guild Group Retreat at The Watson Methodist Church was postponed due to unexpected issues but we hope that it will be rescheduled soon.

It has been a long cold wet winter but we have all kept busy as 70 completed charity / donation quilts were turned in! 57 quilts for Project Linus, 7 Quilts for Soldiers, 4 Preemie Quilts for Cardinal Glennon , and 2 for a local nursing home. that brings our yearly total to 114 donated charity quilts. Keep up the great work!

Beth K. asked that anyone with information on quilt shops, machine quilters, or hand quilters to please send that info to her so she can see about adding it to the guilds webpage / blog. all info will be checked and the shop owners asked before any information is added.

Sharon S. talked about upcoming Linus Sew Days as well as a fund raising quilt class (featuring the Have A Heart quilt) that will take place on may 1st 7 2nd at The Cross Country Mall, Matton IL. A sign up sheet was passed to see in enough guild members were interested in taking the class, if enough sign up a special class will be offered in Effingham. Please see or contact Sharon S. for more information.

Fabric Printed name tags were offered to guild members, tags will included the guild name, logo block, and members name printed onto fabric for easy finishing. If you would like to have a name tag printed please contact Beth K. as soon as possible. It will be up to you to finish the tag, making it into a pin or a necklace type name tag of your choice. Name tags MUST be worn to meetings or you will be fined a small fee!

Printed name tags will be in a style close to this.

Printed name tags will be in a style close to this.

Our next guild meeting will be on April 20th at The First Christian Church in Effingham. Our Social Time Snacks will be provided by Trudy B., Mary E., and Judy T. Our program will be given by Phil Lewis (a volunteer curator at The Lincoln Museum) and will be on Underground Railroad Quilts. Meetings are open to the public, visitors are allowed to join in two times before being asked to pay the yearly membership fees to continue attending meetings. All quilters age eighteen or older are welcome, so please feel free to join us!

PS: I promise to have better photos next time, I already have my spare camera charged and in my bag ready to go!