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

...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, 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.

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

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 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.
  • 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.