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.


  • 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 #calgaryOKCswap

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

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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 .