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From Rose Smith, Ludlow Quilt and Sew

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Yarn Necklace

submitted by Marty Wyatt

The yarn is hard to find in retail stores and can be expensive.  Look for ribbon yarns, track yarns, or flag yarns online.  Try http://www.yarn-paradise.com .  Select Ribbon yarn, then Ladder. Crochet Hook should be large:  size J is best.


· Pull out a length of yarn about 13 inches long and leave it unworked.

· Work a chain stitch for approximately 13 inches (about 42 stitches works for me, but it sometimes takes more or less depending on the thickness of the yarn).  Be sure to keep your work LOOSE!

· Leave another length of yarn about 13 inches unworked.  Cut.

· Pull the yarn through the last stitch, fastening off.

· Make as many of these chain pieces as you want in your necklace.  I usually put 5 or 7 together for a necklace.

· After you have the number of chains that you desire comnpleted, hold them together so that they line up, then tie a knot in all of them together about 3 inches from the end of the chain.

· Tie a knot 3 inches from the end of the chains on the other end of the strands.

· Pull all of the strands through a bead (the hard part! I use pony beads from the children’s craft section at WalMart) with a darning needle, or small crochet hook before tying the final knot.  This allows you to adjust the length of the necklace.

· Now take all of the strands together (if you have 5 chairs this will be 10 strands), and tie another knot, securing all of the strands.  Pull this knot very tight so that it will not come undone when you pull the necklace over your head.

· Trim the ends about 1 inch from the knot or let the ends be longer, if you desire.


by Sarah E. White www.About.com.knitting


This Fleur de Lis Washcloth was inspired by Mardi Gras but it certainly could be used any time of the year.  I made mine purple, which is a traditional Mardi Gras color, but you could certainly make yours any color you like.


  • one ball Lily Sugar 'n Cream (I used col0r 71, Grape) or about 70 yards of the medium weight cotton yarn of your choice
  • pair of size 8 US (5 mm) knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle for finishing


Gauge is not critical, but I got 17.5 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches (about 4 stitches and 6 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch.


Finished washcloth is about 9.5 inches square.

Knitting the Washcloth:

  1. Cast on 41 stitches.
  2. Knit 4 rows.
  3. Change to Stockinette Stitch, keeping the first 4 and last 4 stitches of each row in Garter Stitch, and work 12 rows.
  4. Begin working the Fleur de Lis Chart, keeping the edge stitches in Garter Stitch. To center the motif on the washcloth, add 3 stitches in Stockinette Stitch to each side of the chart (not shown on chart).
  5.  GO TO http://0.tqn.com/d/knitting/1/0/Z/I/-/-/saints-chart.jpg
  6. Once the full chart has been worked, work 12 more rows in Stockinette Stitch, maintaining the Garter Stitch border.
  7. Knit 4 rows.
  8. Bind off. Cut yarn and weave in ends.


Exhibit by Hiltburg Wussow of Germany - September 2008

Mary Fae Kamm, Rotarian, wife of PDG, and Director of the International Museum of Cultures spotted our quilt booth in Salt Lake City and invited us to exhibit in their special quilt exhibit called "We're Covering The World".

Our member and famed artist, Hiltburg Wussow (Click here for Bio and history), offered several of her beautiful quilts for the exhibit (Click Here for Photos).

Hiltburg is donating "Black Forest During Harvest" for auction at the exhibit.  The proceeds are to be donated to PolioPlus (value 900 euros).


Knitted Star Afghan
design by Esther Sherman Arlan
Saranac Lake, NY, District 7040

Knit a row or block in this star pattern of Yellow and Blue yarn and send to Esther by March 1, 2008.  Esther will complete the Afghan and bring it to the LA Convention for display in our fellowship booth.  Photo shows Marty Wyatt working on her knitted star.

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Crocheted Afghan with

Rotary Logo
design by Bonnie Sirower
Paterson, NJ Rotary Club, District 7490

Make a square with this Rotary Logo and return it to Bonnie before the end of April 2008.  Bonnie will crochet the squares together, do the border, and bring the finished Afghan to the Rotary Convention in Los Angeles where it will be on display in our fellowship booth in the House of Friendship.

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Rotary Stars Quilt     

The Rotarian Fellowship of Quilters and Fiber Artists will be making a quilt for the Rotary International Convention in Los Angeles California USA in June of 2008.

Phyllis Giersch is seen here with one of the many beautiful quilt blocks submitted from around the world.

Fellowship members who wish to contribute Star Pattern quilt blocks to this project can find the guidelines by CLICKING HERE.

Blocks must be received by February 10th for assembly.  There are now 8 countries represented in the Fellowship - let's make this a truly International project!

               COLORING QUILTS

Submitted by Terry Hodskins (May 2007), Rotary Club of Wells D7780, Wells Maine, USA

Terry says, " I searched the web for black and whte panels or whole quilts and good old Crayola Crayons were used.  Now, mind you, the colorings do need to be "Heat Set" - done with your trusty iron and paper towels.  I had a friend of mine put the panel into blocks and she did a fantastic job.  When making a quilt to be colored -- it is very important to iron some "Freezer Paper" on the back to stabilize the fabric.  Have Fun!

The attached pictures are of a black and white panel that my quilter friend put into a quilt.  What you see is the before and after pictures.  Wrap-A-Smile was asked to have a display last weekend at our District Conference and this was a huge part of it.  The folks you see in the photos are our Lady District Governor and the fellow is our Assistant District Governor.  They are now at the quilter's being quilted  (the quilts that is!!). 


Nahen ohne Faden
Author: Hiltburg Wussow

April 9, 2007

Dear friends,

Imagine:  I am an author ... I wrote a book concerning the application of a punching-machine.  In Germany it is "in" to punch, not by hand or with needles, but with the Embellisher of Babylock and other machines of companies as Pfaff, Bernina, Janome, etc.  I send you with proud and pleasure the cover of the book!

Best Easter Greetings, Hiltburg ( guhwussow@yahoo.de )


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Submitted by Nann Hilyard December 2006

Submitted by Phyllis Giersch

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Phyllis Giersch was in San Luis Obispo, California, over the holidays and by some "happenstance" found herself shopping for fabric in Betty's Fabric Shop.  There she came across this darling print of 100% cotton from the Alexander Henry Collection called "Home Sweet Angels".  The angels have quilted wings.  There is a gardener, a baker, and a seamstress in the repeated pattern. 

Phyllis used the fabric to apply pockets to her favorite apron pattern and made several aprons for Christmas gifts.  The aprons have a Velcro neck closure and no ties - very comfy and very cute!

Submitted by Phyllis Giersch

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The greenery in the basket can be a fresh sprig of pine or holly.
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Yahoo Groups - Effective November 2005

The Rotarian Fellowship of Quilters and Fiber Artists now has a free service on Yahoo Groups for posting messages that all members can access and share thoughts and ideas with each other.  Thanks to our member Nann Hillyard of Illinois, USA for getting us started.

To learn more about the rfqafa group, please visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rfqafa

To post a message to this group, send email to rfqafa@yahoogroups.com

To contact the moderator of this group, send email to rfqafa-owner@yahoogroups.com

To unsubscribe from this group, send email to rfqafa-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

"Katrina" Relief Efforts

For Updates on how to help the victims of the Gulf Coast Hurricane,
click on these websites submitted by members of our fellowship.

Rotary International

Quilters Comfort America

Care Bags for Kids

American Red Cross

Knitters & Stitchers

Check out these sites for Free Patterns, Newsletter, Charity Registry, Yarns & more
Submitted by Esther Arlan learlan@adelphia.net or kiwassalady2003@yahoo.com

Lion's Brand Yarn

Berroco Yarns

Submitted by Phyllis Giersch - July 2005

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Tip for Photos on Quilts
Submitted by Don Murphy, District 5220

Have you ever used “Printed Treasures” 8 ˝ by 11 fabric backed with paper for printing digitized pictures on fabric for quilting? My sister, who does a lot of quilting, said this is THE BEST that she has used for putting photos into quilts. Some of the quilts she has done are “Anniversary “ quilts, like one she is doing for a 50th that includes family photos, some of which are 50 years old.

More info: www.softexpressions.com


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Fabric Art: Treasured Patches of History. 

To read a news article by feature columnist Ramona Frances
of the Madera Tribune, July 27, 2004, click here.

Our first featured Fabric Artist is Diana Bailey. 

Diana is a maker of collectible teddy bears. 
To read more about Diana and see her art form, click here.