naples quilters guild   1983 -  2017   34 Years!

Bear's Paw pattern (raffle quilt 2011)  click for instructions
favorite guild patterns
Children's projects crib sheet
Hooded baby towels
Boutique items Rotary cutter holder
Bag ID Tags
Easy Back Pack
Easy Continuous Prairie Points

Tutorial for Continuous Prairie Points - one color
Make Star blocks for injured soldiers
Potato Chip Bag



Make a pillow case, which we will then donate to ConKerr Cancer, an organization that gives the pillowcases to children/teens with cancer. 
The pillowcases go to hospitals in our area.
You can get directions from below.
 I am not asking for fancy, however, I will not turn away fancy. 
And with the talent we have in this group things could get pretty exciting I am thinking. 
Perhaps we will have a pillowcase parade, with your PJ’s on? 
Upon reflection, PJ’s may not be such a good idea but we may have a parade. 
You DO NOT HAVE TOO make a pillowcase to attend the holiday gathering. 
The pillowcases can be any theme not just a holiday theme actually something for older children/teens are harder to come up with but greatly appreciated.

Thank you to those donating colorful pillowcases for the ConKerr Cancer Pillowcase project!
Pillowcases can be turned in year round at the sign-in tables at each meeting. The holidays are
coming up. Halloween and Christmas pillowcases might be fun for the kids - along with those in
other child friendly fabrics. Each pillowcase brings a smile to a critically ill child. For more
information, call Karen Harris at 249-1561 or email                                                                   Look for our page on
Facebook, searching under ConKerr Cancer - Southwest Florida.

A great big THANK YOU to everyone who helped in any capacity at the Feb 28th pillowcase
sewing event at Flash Sew & Quilt! There was a total of 49 cases delivered from Fort Myers and
377 from Naples including those made that day….to make a grand total of 426 pillowcases! 
We SO appreciate the support and fabric from Flash - thank you, Harold and Cindy! I also owe
thanks to Joyce Kadan who took over for me literally at the last moment when I became
sick! Joyce, you are the best!  
We deliver pillowcases monthly to the children’s hospital and on our upcoming April trip we will
deliver our 10,000th pillowcase!  
Keep up the good work! I am so touched each month at guild meeting when bundles of
pillowcases are dropped off at our table. Never doubt that your efforts are appreciated by the
patients, their parents, the staff at the hospital….and me! 
Karen Harris 239-249-1561

Pillowcase Pattern - Hidden Seams

3/4 yard main fabric
1/8 yard insert fabric
1/3 yard outer band fabric

1. Trim the 1/8 yard of insert fabric to the desired width (2 “ used in model)
2. Fold the insert fabric in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.
3. Trim the main fabric to 42” by 27”
4. Trim the band fabric to 42” by 9”
5. Lay the main fabric right side up.
6. Lay the folded insert strip on the main fabric, raw edges matching.
7. Lay the band fabric, right side down, on the main fabric and insert fabric, raw edges
matching. Pin together and stitch, using a 1/4” seam.
8. Take the opposite end of main fabric from the seam and roll it up to the stitched area,
rolling it underneath the band fabric.
9. Take the long, raw edge of band fabric and fold it around the rolled up main fabric to
the back side. The right side of the band fabric will now be against the wrong side of
the main fabric. Match raw edges, pin, and sew across the width. This will form a
10. Reach into the tube and pull out the main fabric.
11. Press well.
12. Sew the side seam with a French seam or serge or trim with pinking shears.
13. Sew the bottom end with a French seam or serge or trim with pinking shears.
French Seams:
1. Match raw edges with wrong sides together.
2. Sew a small seam - no more than 1/4”
3. Trim seam allowance to 1/8”
4. Press well
5. Fold along the seam so that right sides are together and sew along the edge with a
1/4” or 3/8” seam.
6. Turn right side out and press.

To see a You Tube demonstration of this process, see the web address below. (Note: 
She cuts a 3” accent strip and I cut a 2” strip. It doesn’t matter which - I just think the
narrow accent strip is neater looking.)

For ConKerr Cancer all pillowcases must be washed in dye and fragrance free
detergent, ironed, and folded individually in a quart sized ziploc bag. You may
turn in your cases unwashed/unbagged if you wish as we have volunteers who
will do this for us. Please enclose a note saying whether washed or unwashed.  
Thank you for being a Smile Maker for a sick child!  Fort Myers Chapter
Find us on Facebook at: ConKerr Cancer - Southwest Florida
On National Quilt Day the Cutting Czars, Piecing Professors, 
Blockheads and Iron Maidens
worked diligently to make blocks for three Quilts of Valor
These quilts will be given to
deserving veterans to show our appreciation for their
 service to our country. Although we
made good progress, the quilts are not yet complete.  
We need everyone’s help to complete the quilts and we will
continue working on the quilts at the April Gathering Stitches.
 If you want to volunteer to quilt
or sew binding on the quilts let me know. 
We want to have all three quilts completed by June 1. 

2017  Gathering Stitches BOM Sew Along - 

For our first block of 2017 we will be making the rail fence block into a quilt of 20 blocks.
Lynn and Bev's Christmas wish is to see lots of charity Rail Fence quilts to kick off 2017.
We choose this simple block to encourage all our members to participate in the goal of
producing lots of charity quilts for the kids of Collier County.

This is a simple quilt made with 2 1/2" x WOF strips. 

You simply need to sew four strips together 
and then cut them into squares to produce 20 blocks to make your top.

If you go to, you will find a video by
Alanda Craft on how to make the rail fence block and how to lay it out to make the quilt.

Fabric Supplies that are needed to make the quilt are:
 20-- 2 1/2" x width of fabric strips or a Jelly Roll which will make 2 quilts 
      or one of the new
20 strip Bali Pops at Flash

1/4 yd of fabric for border 1
1 yard of fabric for border 2

If you can not afford to purchase fabric and have no stash, we have plenty of fabric to
share with you so you can drop Bev or Lynn an e-mail..
You are welcome to come sew on your tops at Gathering Stitches on Saturday January 28
anytime between 10 am and 2 pm. 

This is an open sew event , not a class, so you can
come anytime to work on your top and enjoy the company of all that participate.....
Bev and Lynn