Thursday, November 16, 2017

December Swap - Mug Rug and Mug

It appears to have become a tradition within the Guild to have a  Swap at our December meeting. In the past, we have made 1-hour baskets, and drawstring bags. This year I had a couple of ideas on my mind, but it often happens that I get ideas sent to me. This years idea came to me more than once!  So the jury has spoken!

This year we are making Mug Rugs, and we are pairing them up with a mug.

But are you wondering what exactly is a Mug Rug?

I decided to confer with the experts, (Google) and they all agree that a Mug Rug is somewhere between a coaster and a placemat. It's big enough to place your drink with enough room at the side for a snack. No judging on what your chosen drink or snack may be!




I also found this neat description from blogger Erin of Two More Seconds
What is a Mug Rug?  A small, fun to create, mini quilt that is mostly there to look pretty on your desk and soak up your drink of choice’s drips and condensation, as well as giving you full-on permission to eat some cookies, since, well, that extra space off to the side of your drink is just THERE for you to use.How big is a Mug Rug?  As big as you want it to be, usually falling somewhere in between the usual size of a coaster and a placemat. 4″x6″-ish to 6″x10″-ish.How do I make a Mug Rug?  Just like you were making a mini quilt!



Swap Guidelines:
The mug rug must meet the following size requirements:
Minimum size – 4″ x 6″
Maximum size – 6″ x 10″
If you do a shape other than a rectangle, the biggest side of the shape cannot exceed 10″.
The mug rug must be quilted – this means there’s 3 layers: a back, a front and a layer of wadding of some sort (can be flannel, batting, fusible batting, insulated batting, etc.)
You must use good quality modern quilting weight cottons. (We want this mug rug to last through multiple washes and spills.) 
Non-Christmas themes would allow for year-round use.

Co-ordination or you Mug Rug and mug would be awesome!


Bring your Mug Rug and mug to the December Meeting for Swapping.
Wondering what hashtags to use? #calgarymqg #calgarymqgswap #mugrugswap


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November Meeting and Sew Day


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

This month we have Linda Schmidt talking about how to get your quilt accepted into a show (spoiler, you need a good photo!).


We are also still continuing to run the Charity Table.  This has been hugely successful and has massively offset the costs required to fund both the charity quilts for Sonshine and the QuiltCon Charity Quilt. Bring in anything you have that you won't use that you think someone else might love to take home.  In the past this has included patterns, magazines, notions, fabric (whole, scraps, selvage).  Don't forget to bring the already-completed pieces of the Charity Quilt.


The meeting agenda is:
  • Guild business
  • Presentation: Getting your quilt accepted into a show - Linda Schmidt
  • Collect and award block lotto
  • December Swap announcement
  • show and tell
Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Block lotto entries
  • Charity Table donations
  • Completed Dresden Plates and Rail Fences for the Charity Quilt
  • 2018 dues - cash or electronic (fees apply)



Our November Sew Day  is also at Wonderfil and we're working on Charity Quilts! Bring everything you need to sew Charity Quilts Saturday November 18th 10am - 3pm. NOW RESCHEDULED to December 2!

The dues cycle is January-December and they are $60 per person in 2018. Members who join after June will pay $35. First meeting is free for visitors, then $5 per meeting (fees could be more for special programming).

Thursday, October 19, 2017

October Block Lotto - Wonky Christmas Trees

I really wanted to do coffins for October, but this is going to be the last block lotto of the year (sad, I know!) so let's get right into Christmas!

This month we are making Wonky Christmas Trees.  There is a great tutorial by Amy Smart here: Diary of a Quilter - wonky Christmas Trees.

Modern Tree Quilt Block
Source: Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter

These blocks should come out at least 7.5"x9.5" unfinished. Do not trim them down if they're bigger, let the winner trim them down to size. The trees themselves will come out to all different sizes and shapes, which is the fun part! I like the ones that lean a little.

This tutorial nicely assembles the entire top portion first and then attaches the bottom portion (do that!).  Leah Day's tutorial assembles it the other way around (don't do that!) but has tips on making the tree itself with wonky stripes!  Feel free to decorate your tree however you like (I'm looking at you, popcorn strings), and here is your palette.

Source: Inspire Sweetness

This is a great, playful palette with one foot in Vintage and one foot in Modern. Both solids and prints are cool, or even a mix of both. The method outlined in Amy's tutorial makes trees two at a time, so the background for one tree will be the focal fabric for another.  Add any browns you like for tree trunks.




General Rules:

1. Make one quilt block (or more) following the pattern and color scheme outlined in the monthly post.  For every block you make and bring to that month’s meeting, you will get one entry in the lotto.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, but really want to participate in the lotto, comment on this post or contact Philippa and we’ll try to work it out. Remember, you must be a member of CALMQG to participate.
2. The winner gets ALL THE BLOCKS to make a quilted project from them (guild reserves the right to vote on splitting up the blocks between more than one winner if there are enough entries).  If you win, the blocks become yours and you can use them in any way you choose. 
3. We would like to see your finished project, either in person or pictures, within a year of winning the blocks.  You may continue to participate in and win subsequent block lottos during that time (at least for now…we may elect that you can not win again until you've shown your finished project).  After the year is up, you cannot participate or win again until the original project is finished.
4. Use modern fabrics that you like, or love! If you are unsure about your fabric selection as it relates to 'Modern', just ask.
5. Have fun!  Keep in mind that (most likely) someone else will be taking home your block to incorporate into a larger piece and things must fit together (literally…so keeping your block true to size is probably the most important thing), but you should also make it yours and enjoy the process!


Share with the tags @calgarymqg #calmqgblocklotto #calgarymqg on IG or on the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild Facebook Group. If you would like help with either of those, contact your guild's Social Media Coordinator: Tamara Kerelchuk @ninjadesigns or @calgarymqg
Have fun! I can't wait to see all the happy little trees!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October Meeting and Sew Day


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

This month we have an Art Documentation expert coming in to talk about how to photograph your quilts. This will segue into November when Linda talks about how to get your quilt accepted into a show (spoiler, you need a good photo!).

We are also still continuing to run the Charity Table.  This has been hugely successful and has massively offset the costs required to fund both the charity quilts for Sonshine and the QuiltCon Charity Quilt. Bring in anything you have that you won't use that you think someone else might love to take home.  In the past this has included patterns, magazines, notions, fabric (whole, scraps, selvage).  Don't forget to bring the already-completed pieces of the Charity Quilt from the kits you took last month.


The meeting agenda is:
  • Guild business
  • Presentation: Art Documentation - photographing your quilts
  • Collect and award block lotto
  • New block lotto announcements
  • show and tell
Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Block lotto entries
  • Charity Table donations
  • Completed Dresden Plates and Rail Fences for the Charity Quilt


Our October Sew Day  is also at Wonderfil and we're working on Charity Quilts! Bring everything you need to sew Charity QuiltsSaturday October 21st 10am - 3pm.

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).

Friday, September 22, 2017

Quiltcon 2018 Charity Quilt


Thanks to everyone who volunteered to sew Dresden Plates and Rail Fence squares for our QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt! Following what was discussed at the meeting, below are some further instructions:

Rail Fence Low Volume Blocks: Please sew 11” square blocks with the fabric provided and do not trim - we will do that when constructing the quilt. If you want to add more fabric please ensure it is low volume.

Dresden Plates: Please feel free to make any variation of a Dresden Plate. There are many tutorials and patterns online including:





Please make approximately the size of Dresden Plate indicated on your bag of fabric, without stressing too much (9.5” rather than 10” is fine, etc.).  Please remember if your final Dresden Plate is 10” each wedge will be 5” (because there are wedges on both sides of the circle, completing the 10”).

If you want to add a bit of fabric from your stash, please stay within this palette provided from MQG.  Thanks for your help everyone!  We can’t wait to see all of the finished blocks and Dresden Plates at the October 19th meeting!