Thursday, February 16, 2017

Feburary 2017 Block Lotto - Converging Corners

Our February Block lotto tutorial comes from  Ashley at Film in the Fridge. I was struggling to find out a bit about Ashley, and then came across this [behind the blog] post by Rachel from Stitched in Color. Lots of great quilts in that post.

Ashley has several blog posts on this pattern,  but this one is the tutorial.


This month I have a 2 different pics to inspire a foggy, low volume palette.
source: Vibeke Design



Yes, the top left center is pushing the palette a wee bit, but it is what it is.  :-)

We will be trimming our blocks to 12.5 inches. so please follow the dimensions in the tutorial.

Background: white solids, but let's stir up the undertones a bit by adding a few warmer whites, and the palest of grey to the mix. I did mine a bit on the scrappy side, but work with what you have.

Corners and center squares: Prints and some solids are good. Keep the overall feel light and airy.

use the following hashtags on Instagram so we can follow along. #calmqgblocklotto  #calmqg #calgarymqg #convergingcorners

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February 2017 Meeting





In January on social media quilters can be described as tracking finishes and receiving “Happy Mail”! 

I have seen quilters tracking the projects they have finished this year.  Tracking or counting finishes is very motivating.  I must admit that when I sat down last night and counted my finishes, I was quite surprised,….’at three and counting.  If you are like me, a project is not done until its quilted, bound and labeled.  Getting our projects quilted often involves passing our projects on to our favorite long armer or a trip to a studio to rent time on a long arm machine.  But are our project’s ready to be quilted?  At our February meeting, Mary Dylke will be providing us some tips on preparing our quilts for long arming.  At little bit of preparation goes a long way to a great finish. 

“Happy Mail” pictures are all over Instagram.  The parcel contents look fantastic.  At our meeting we will discuss some upcoming opportunities for swaps with the guild. 

To lead us through the balance of 2017, we will have our elections for our open positions.  As of this evening I have received the following nominations:

        President - Louse Phelps
        Vice President - Mary Dylke
        Treasurer - Stephanie Hutchinson
        Secretary - Jera McKenzie
        Social Media  - Tamara Kerelchuk and Agnes Gorombey 
        Charity - Gayle Gilliss

I have not received any nominations for the Volunteer coordinator position.  However, Rebecca Marcil has kindly agreed to look after organizing our participation at Heritage Park.

As a friendly reminder, if you haven’t paid your dues for 2017 they are now past due.  Our 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. Local membership is  $25. This is only open to those that are individual members of the international “Modern Quilt Guild”. Members of our Calgary Modern Quilt Guild must be members of the international Modern Quilt Guild.  Any further questions or concerns about this can be directed to Susan Madu at susan.m.madu@gmail.com.

Payment methods:
            cash at a meeting
            NO cheques


The meeting schedule is:

        Greetings and updates
        Guild Elections
        Block Lotto presentation
        Presentation by Mary Dylke
        Show and Tell


Please bring:
          A quilt or project for show and tell
          Name tag
          Solid fat Quarter for a game.


Our meeting will be at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7 – 9 pm on February 16, 2017.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

January 2017 Block Lotto - Shutter Quilt


I have found the perfect pattern for our first lotto of 2017, and one that is sure to brighten up our snowy and cold Calgary winter. 


The Shutter Quilt was designed by Mandy Munroe for Timeless Treasures.

We will be using solids, primarily from the candy inspiration picture below. Please try and use one medium tone, and one a bit lighter. As you can see from the sample above, the difference is sometimes very slight, or in the odd block, a bit more pronounced. If you feel your colour combo would work in the above quilt, then go for it!


Here is the link for the block pattern.
Each block will require 2 solids 14 x 10.5 each.
Finished block will measure 10.5 x 20.

A few tips and tricks....

  • Pay very close attention to the seam allowance in the center section....it only takes  a few extra threads per seam and your piece will be too short.
  • You may choose to cut the centre strips a little longer, and trim to 7" after joining strips into unit.
  • Alternative...foundation paper piece this section, using this Template I whipped up! Cut strips a bit wider to use this technique. The finished unit is a little wide, so  trim completed centre unit down to 7" before adding end pieces.
  • Play close attention to which way the center unit goes. Top strip matches colour of fabric on the left.


Blocks will be due at our February Meeting.

An extra little thing for next month.  Please bring a modern fat quarter for an activity we will be doing at the meeting.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

January 2017 Meeting


It is the start of a creative New Year!  On social media, quilters around the world have been making plans for a very busy year.  How about you?

With the view to assist with your creative plans, we have Gail Heller of Erie Quilt Art doing a presentation and demo on some technical tricks and tips.  Gail is a certified Studio 180 instructor and has a wealth of knowledge to share with us at our meeting. 

In follow up to our last meeting, we will have the election for our open positions at our February meeting.  The following positions are open:

   President
   Vice President
   Treasurer
   Secretary
   Social Media
   Charity
   Volunteer/Quilt show

A Social Media position has been added, as it would be great to increase sharing of everyone’s fabulous work in 2017. 

Philippa Gelinas will be continuing on as our Block Lotto/Swap coordinator and will have assistance from Tamara Kerelchuk.

Consider nominating a fellow member or yourself for one of these positions.  Send your nominations to susan.m.madu@gmail.com.  Nominations will also be accepted at the start of our February meeting.

As a friendly reminder, if you haven’t paid your dues for 2017 they are now due.  Our 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. Local membership is  $25. This is only open to those that are individual members of the international “Modern Quilt Guild”. Members of our Calgary Modern Quilt Guild must be members of the international Modern Quilt Guild.  Any further questions or concerns about this can be directed to Susan Madu at susan.m.madu@gmail.com.

Payment methods:
   electronic fund transfer to treasurercalgarymqg@gmail.com
   cash at a meeting
   NO cheques


The schedule is:

        Greetings and updates
        Call for nominations
        Block Lotto presentation – (due February meeting)
        Presentation and demo by Gail Heller of Erie Quilt Art
        Show and Tell


Please bring:

        A quilt or project for show and tell
        Name tag

Our meeting will be at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7 – 9 pm on January 19, 2017.

In closing I leave you with a quote from Brad Paisley that caught my attention in this past week.

"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book.  Write a good one."



Susan Madu

Friday, November 18, 2016

December Swap - Lined Drawstring Bag

It's time for the last Challenge of the year, so let's make it a Swap!

I have chosen the fabulous Lined Drawstring Bag by Jeni Baker from In Color Order


Jeni first shared her tutorial in 2011, and it has proven to be very popular. A pattern has since been published that includes EIGHT sizes, but we will be doing the size in the free tutorial. There are now also tutorials on her website to add pockets, make it stripes or patchwork, and a video on how to do the gusset. Be sure to check the video out if you need help!

This bag is all about the fabrics, and I'm sure you will have fun  choosing them. Be sure to keep your choices modern.
Christmas fabric is not a requirement,  in fact something that could be used all year round is a really good idea! 

Yes, You can make more than 1, because I know someone is going to ask!

Philippa

Bag on right by member Julie Vine.

Jeni Baker Flicker album 

Instagram