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

Monday, November 14, 2016

November Meeting



Well it is that time of year again. For Elections!! All positions are open every year and they are as follows:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Charity
  • Block Lotto/Swap/Social
  • Volunteer/Quilt show

We will also be starting to collect dues for the 2017 year. 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. Local membership is  $25. This is only open to those that are individual members of the The Modern Quilt Guild. Members of our Calgary Modern Quilt Guild must be members of the national Modern Quilt Guild, or else we can't really be affiliated with the national guild. Any further questions or concerns about this can be directed to Erin at TreasurerCalgarymqg@gmail.com


Payment methods:
  • cash at a meeting
  • credit (no debit) at a meeting + $2 processing fee
  • NO checks/cheques

You can download our membership form here.

The schedule is:
  • Greeting and updates
  • Elections
  • Show and Tell
Please bring:
  • Name tag
  • 5" squares for charity quilts
  • A modern quilt for show and tell
Our meeting are held at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7-9pm on November 17. Our next Sew Day will be on Saturday, November 19th at the same location as our meetings.

Friday, October 21, 2016

November Block Lotto - Under the Sea Kaleidoscope


This month's Block Lotto block is paper-pieced!  This easy, "no-cost" pattern from Fresh Lemon Quilts  will make for a fun, scrappy quilt for the lucky winner!

We will be using a 12-inch template from Fresh Lemon Quilts.  The template is embedded in her blog post and she has a wonderful paper-piecing tutorial if you missed the October meeting demo.

I have chosen the palette below, I hope you like it!

Photo from Design Seeds: https://www.design-seeds.com/creatures/color-swim-3/

We are looking for hues of purples, blues, and a pop of orange or sunny yellow.  Our "neutral" will be black and white print in which the lavender above serves as our white.  The black and white print will always be Piece 3 on the template.  Solids are allowed for the colors.  If you only do one block, you don't have to include any of the orange/yellow, thus the pop!

Fabrics 1 and 2 will need to be similar in color for each template.  Fabric 3 is your "neutral", which will be a black and white print.  You will need four templates/pieces which make one block, so just make sure you are not repeating any fabrics within one block.  See my example below where I have labeled which piece is which.



Make sure you leave the paper on your block.  That will be the lucky winner's super fun task!

Bring your finished blocks to the November meeting to be entered in the Block Lotto.

Use the following hashtags on Instagram so we can follow along: #calmqgblocklotto #calmqg and #calgarymqg

Friday, October 14, 2016

October Meeting


Well can you believe it's October! With all this crazy weather we have have been having lately I feel like we skipped Fall altogether and have headed straight into Winter. With all this rain and snow now upon us, I think alot more of us are staying indoors and working on our sewing projects. What projects are you currently working on?

I have been doing alot of paper piecing recently. So we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to teach all our members a new technique. This will be a great time to learn about this technique and ask questions on this process. I know a few of you already have some experience with Paper Piecing, other have not. But I am sure everyone can have fun learning something new about this process.


The schedule is:
  • Greeting and updates
  • Demo on Paper Piecing
  • Show and Tell

Please bring:


  • 2017 Quiltcon Charity block kits
  • 5" squares for charity quilts
  • a modern quilt for show and tell
  • name tag



Our meeting are held at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7-9pm on October, 20. Our next Sew Day will be on Saturday, October, 29th at the same location as our meetings.