Sunday, 14 August 2016

August Meeting

August's meeting is almost here, which means summer is almost over and school, fall and the holiday season is getting closer. How do you approach your  sewing? Do you have specific projects in mind? Do you just jump on the latest designs? Or do you have no plans at all and just sew what you feel like sewing in that moment. Maybe you do a little of everything. 

Me, I am kinda all over the place right now. Too many projects and not enough time. So hopefully this Thursday's meeting will be enlightening. 

Thursday's meeting topic will be Goal Setting and Motivation for your sewing! 

The Schedule is:
  • Greetings and updates
  • Goal setting and motivation
  • Show and Tell
Please bring
  • notebook and pen
  • A modern quilt for show and tell
  • Raffle tickets back
  • Quiltcon Charity Quilt kits back
  • 5" squares for charity quilts

Our Meetings are held at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7-9pm on August 18st. Our next Sew Day will be after August's meeting, on Saturday, August 20th.

Monday, 18 July 2016

July Meeting

What a crazy July we are having. I hope you all have been staying dry in this crazy weather and got to enjoy Stampede a little. We had a few members enter their quilts into the Creative Arts and Crafts Competition. We even had a winner or two. Most excitedly our Quiltcon Charity Quilt 2016, Tipi, won 1st place in the Modern Quilt - Piece by entrant, quilted by a second person. Yeah to Us!

So on to what you can expect for July's meeting. We will be having a Prosecco and Chocolate pairing with Invisifil and Decobob.  Bernadette will have an appliqué hand stitching kit for everyone attending the meeting. So, it will be important to confirm your attendance on Facebook event page. Everyone will need to bring their hand stitching supplies - needles, scissors and small pins.  An Invisifil or Decobob thread sample for stitching will be provided.

The Schedule is:
  • Greetings and updates
  • Thread pairing and demo
  • Show and Tell
Please bring:
  • needles, scissors, and small pins
  • A modern quilt for show and tell
  • 5" squares for charity quilts
Our Meetings are held at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7-9pm on July 21st. Our next Sew Day will be after August's meeting, on Saturday, August 20th.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge Begins!

As we ramp up our 2017 Quiltcon Charity Quilt Challenge project I wanted to send out a little information about the project. Every year this is a BIG project and our guild always rises to the occasion to create an amazing quilt. This year my goal is to involve more members than ever in the process! At our last meeting we revealed the project. This quilt at Heritage Park by Vanecea Greene inspired our charity quilt for 2017. The design concept
Vanecea Greene's Orange Peel Quilt inspired
this year's charity quilt.
this year is “scale” so we decided to adapt this concept into a flying geese quilt. We will be using two yellow shades and the two blue shades to wrangle this palette a little more!

Here is our timeline for the project

July 9
Making kits for distribution at the July/August meetings
July/August Meetings
Kit Distribution – Read below for details
August 20 Sew Day
Making blocks
September Meeting
Kits due back
September 17th Sew Day
Top assembly/planning
October 22nd Sew Day
Top assembly/planning/
November 19th Sew Day
Final sew day – hopefully the quilt is done at this point
Early November
Off to the quilter!
Binding and Sleeve attached

Right now it feels like we have all the time in the world but that is definitely not true! It all happens so quickly and there is a lot of work to do!

There will be 32 kits to make blocks for the quilt. You can get them at the July/August meetings and in August if I am around I can do some delivering. We are going to ask that you give us a $5 deposit to take a kit. When you return the blocks completed you will get your $5 back – we promise! This year we opted to purchase fabric for the quilt rather than asking members to share their stash with us. We did this for a couple of reasons, the first being that it’s faster to get fabric at a store rather than waiting until the next meeting to gather stash and hope we had enough. This allows us to get the project moving a whole month faster than we could have if we waited a month to gather fabric from all of you. We also thought that the design needed a certain level of cohesiveness as well as variety – we hope we achieved that when we went shopping! We can’t afford to lose any fabric and we are hoping that the deposit prevents this.

Each kit makes this set of blocks (well you will make just one more block than this) and it takes about an hour and a half to assemble all of these. It’s pretty quick sewing because most of it can be chain pieced. In the kit you will get instruction so hopefully the process is fun and painless for everyone! I am hoping to do a little sew day tutorial at one of our August sew days.

Perhaps making a kit is not your style. That’s OK! There are lots of jobs to do! At our September 17th and October 22nd sew days you can come and help assemble the quilt top. It’s going to be a HUGE undertaking to get all of these little blocks in their places, many hands will make light work on those days. Bring your machine, or set up a pressing station, or get your math hat on – we will take all the help we can get!

If you are a longarmer – we are currently looking for someone to do that job! For the past two years Mary Dylke of No Rules Quilting has graciously done this job and she is willing to do it again but just in case someone else feels passionate about contributing their skills in this area I am throwing it out to all of you! The quilt should be ready by early November which would give you about 3-4 weeks to complete the quilting. You can contact me on facebook or catch me at a meeting to let me know that you are interested in doing the quilting.

But maybe your favourite part is the binding?! And the sleeve?! Well we have the perfect job for you. With luck, the quilt will be quilted by the end of November or early December and ready for binding and attaching the sleeve/label. If you know that you will have time to do this work in December please let me know!

Phew! If you are still reading I am impressed! The end goal is to ship the quilt in the second week of January so that we know it will arrive on time for the February 3, 2017.

You can download a copy of the instructions to the blocks here.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Some upcoming Sew Days

It's July! We are ready to do some summer charity sewing. Please come join us at WonderFil Threaducation Centre on Saturday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 13 from 10am to 5pm. Then again in August on Wednesday, August 17 and Saturday, August 20 from 10am to 5pm.

We have lots of different projects you can help us out with. We have lots of fabric to be cut whether it be for our Quiltcon 2017 Charity Quilt or 5" squares for our Sonshine charity quilts. If you want to sew we already have a lot of 5" squares already cut out and ready for you to sew together. I also have 2 quilt tops ready to be quilted, so if you want to try your hand at longarming we can set that up also.

So depending on what you want to do please bring either a large cutting mat, ruler and rotary blade for cutting fabric and/or you sewing machine.

We would love to see you all!

Jera MacKenzie

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Summer Challenge 2016 - Summer Word Play

It's summer.  The days are long, the weather is nice, and we have decided to issue a wordy challenge!

We are keeping the rules simple.
  1. Make something quilted. Any size.
  2. Must contain a word or combination of words.
  3. Must be made during the challenge.
  4. Due at our Sept 16th meeting.
Please use these hashtags on Social Media.
#summerwordplay #calmqgwordchallenge #calmqg #calgarymqg

credit Charla MacPhee

Friday, 10 June 2016

June Meeting

It has been a busy month. Now that Heritage Park Festival of Quilts is over, Stampede is almost here. If you are interested in participating in the Western Showcase  you will need to do so by June 23rd. Creative Arts and Crafts Competition.
We have an exciting opportunity to take part in the Family Day Festival & Pow Wow on June 25th, to celebrate aboriginal awareness. We will have our 2016 Quiltcon Charity Tipi quilt on display, and will be selling raffle tickets. We are still in need of volunteers to man the table. If you are able to help out, please see our facebook page and sign up for a shift.

Tickets will also be available on Saturday June 18th at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre from 10am to 4pm. This is our Sew Day. Please come and join us.

Bring your own projects to work on or you can help with our charity projects. This month we will be having a summer pot luck social meeting, so bring an appetizer to share.

Here is the Schedule:

  • Greetings
  • Updates
  • Block Lotto
  • Summer Challenge
  • Show & Tell
Please bring:
  • an appetizer
  • a modern quilt for show & tell
  • 5-5" squares for charity quilts
We will be having a Sew Day this month on Saturday June 18th at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre from 10am - 4pm. Our Meetings are held at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7-9pm on June 16th.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

2016 Charity Quilt Raffle

Our 2016 Charity Quilt Raffle is well underway so I wanted to post a few updates! And because I am a teacher we are going to do this using the 5 W's (and an H)!!!

What is the charity quilt?!
The 2016 Charity Quilt was a collaborative effort within the guild. Every year the Modern Quilt Guild designs a challenge for guilds to create a quilt that is displayed at Quiltcon in February. This year's challenge was improv and the colour palette was set by the MQG. Our guild chose a design inspired by the teepees in the Indian Village at the Stampede. At the time the Reconciliation Commission was also underway and we wanted to make a quilt to honour Canada's First Nations and that could raise funds/awareness of aboriginal issues stemming from our dark history with residential schools. You can read more about the quilt and its process here.

Who will this quilt benefit?! After some research and discussions with charity organizations it was decided that this year's quilt would benefit Ghost River Rediscovery. This organization provides summer camps and after school or evening programs for youth. Many of the youth are of aboriginal descent but the program may be accessed by any child. The organization aims to reconnect youth with nature and aboriginal teachings to develop self-esteem, leadership qualities, and a connection to nature. Ghost River Rediscovery offers scholarships to children who cannot afford to attend camp and the funds we raise will go towards providing camp experiences for these children. Of course you know that this year Calgary is seeing a steep rise in unemployment which means that many charities have lost revenue sources. Ghost River Rediscovery has been affected by this and they are counting on our raffle to support their efforts.

When: The draw will take place on September 15 at our guild meeting.

Where is the quilt now?! Most of the time it is with me (Rachel) and I am happy to bring it to events that you might be involved in! Perhaps your neighbourhood has a Stampede breakfast where tickets could be sold - I can bring the quilt to you! I can even supply tickets. 

Where can I get more tickets?! From me (Rachel)! I have all of the tickets safely stowed and I can bring them to you, meet you at Wonderfil on sew days, or give them to you at meetings. Once you sell your tickets you return the stubs and money to me at a meeting. This part has to be done at a meeting because it requires a deposit from our treasurer.

Why do we participate in charity work?! Well basically because quilts are awesome and gifting a quilt is like gifting an everlasting hug. And also because the MQG's mandate includes providing quilts to support communities during transitional times. I can tell you from personal experience that charity work makes a difference in the lives of those who receive it. Women at Sonshine (our other charity project) receive our quilts as their first possessions in a new life and children who attend GRR camps connect with friends, elders, and nature in ways that can't be done in other settings. 

How can I be more involved in the charity work at the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild?! There are so many ways! Right now our big focus is on selling raffle tickets for the 2016 quilt. We have 2000 tickets and it would be AMAZING to donate almost (we have to deduct the cost of the tickets) $4000 to Ghost River Rediscovery. If every single member sells 30 tickets we will be able to do this. Tickets are only $2 each and when people see the quilt they often jump at the chance to buy multiple tickets. Many members have sold tickets to coworkers, family, friends, and neighbours. As I mentioned - I can bring the quilt and tickets to special events. There are so many ways!

You can also come to sew days to make quilts for Sonshine and help us plan the 2017 charity quilt! There are so many ways to get involved in the charity work we do. If you aren't sure how you can help just ask!

I really hope this helps everyone see the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild Charity Vision.