Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pin Cushion Swap


We've been invited to participate in a pin cushion swap with Oklahoma Modern Quilt Guild. OKCMQG
It's a general swap with no assigned partners.

Guidelines:

  • modern aesthetic
  • summer theme
  • smaller then 5 inches (longer and skinny will still be ok)
  • nothing breakable
  • bring to May meeting
  • attach tag with name, email, IG handle and stuffing materials
  • use hashtag #calgaryokswap


To inspire you, Philippa has put together a Pinterest board.


Not sure what to fill your pincushion with? This blog post has plenty of information .You may use whatever filling you prefer, but will need to list on tag for those with allergen issues. e.g. walnut shells.








Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April Meeting and Sew Day!


Our April meeting will be at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday April 20th, 2017. The dues cycle is January-December and they are $50 per person. Members who join after June will pay $30. First meeting is free for visitors, then $5 per meeting (fees could be more for special programming).



The meeting agenda is:
  • Treasurer Report 2016
  • Updated Bylaws
  • Call for Volunteers - Festival of Quilts: May 27, 28 2017
  • Block Lotto - Fish blocks
  • Mad About Patchwork Vote
  • Pincushion Swap - intro and sign-up
  • Show and Tell

Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Your block lotto entries 
  • Your Mad About Patchwork print out


image from lady-of-faerietales.tumbler.com
Our Sew Day will also be at Wonderfil, where you can get ideas and inspiration for sewing your pincushion, or you can bring your own projects to work on Saturday April 22nd 10am - 3pm.

Cheryl Arkison at our March Meeting

At our March meeting we were lucky enough to welcome Cheryl Arkison to speak about her new fabric line "Tag", manufactured and sold by Connecting Threads.  She shared with us her history in the Quilting Industry, starting with making her first quilt, continuing on to writing books and patterns, and eventually being approached to design fabric.



She guided us through her process of creating a line of fabric, drawing inspiration from graffiti and street art. We followed her as she used that inspiration to describe how we as people make our mark on the world, starting with little scribbles, progressing through using our name, technology, and finally last words.



Did you know that her original concept was color and not black and white?  We got to see some of the quilts that she's made from "Tag" including quilts playing with value, playing with the marks you make, and playing well with other fabrics including other black and white prints and colors!


 

To round out the collection there are color panels.


 Take a look at the adorable apron that she made from the panels!

 

Thank you Cheryl!
Cheryl's blog, instagram, shop .

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 2017 Block Lotto - Crazy Fish

Crazy Fish

My initial inspiration for this months lotto came from an Instagram  post by @ingorgiable2 of her fish quilt made during a Saskatoon MQG bee.
Lisa used a combo of patterns....a purchased one from No Hats in The House called Folksy Fish
source: NO HATS IN THE HOUSE


...and a  tutorial from @mangosteenha on The Village Haberdashery 
Source: The Village Haberdashery



This block lotto is going to be a bit more improv than we have had in the past, and is also our first block lotto using curves.

Feel free to play around with either of these designs or create your own.



These sample blocks are  approx 5 x 13. Your crazy fish could be taller, shorter, longer...you name it. but please don't make too much smaller. It would be awesome if you could include  a scrap or 2 of navy so the winner can fill the gaps during assembly.

When printing the free pattern from the Village Haberdashery, it's ok to print to fit. The original is scaled for A4 paper, and you will lose the edge of the pattern if you keep the scale. Remember you can always add a strip to top of bottom if you want to make them bigger, or include a strip so the winner can.


A few of us will be PLAYing with these on Saturday 18th sew day. If you want to join in the PLAY, bring any navy fabric you have and some brights. I will bring a few scrap bins with me, and some navy too.
Are you a little scared about improv?  Remember this means your blocks don't have to be perfect, especially if this is your first go with curves.

Here are a couple of tutorials on sewing curves with no pins!.
The Palette....Navy and bright.  Backgrounds can be scrappy too!
If there are an extra fancy fish, we may decide to give out the odd extra ticket. :-)


Have fun!

Wondering what hashtags to use?  #calmqgblocklotto  #calmqg #calgarymqg #crazyfishquilt

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March Meeting and Sew Day

The last month saw several of our member go to QuiltCon 2017! Check out the IG tags #quiltcon #quiltconeast and #quiltcon2017 . Go here to see the MQG post on the award winners of QuiltCon 2017



"bling" by Katherine Jones: Best in Show QuiltCon 2017. Image from MQG
Our meeting will be at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday March 16, 2017. The dues cycle is January-December and they are $50 per person. Members who join after June will pay $30. First meeting is free for visitors, then $5 per meeting.

The meeting agenda is:
  • Greetings and updates
  • Guild Business - from your President
  • Block Lotto - Converging corners
  • Cheryl Arkison presentation
  • Mad About Patchwork Announcement
  • Show and Tell

Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Your block lotto entries 


Our Sew Day will also be at Wonderfil, where there will be a demo and sew-along related to the new Block Lotto block, or you can bring your own projects to work on 10am - 3pm.