Thursday, January 18, 2018

January 2018 -Block Lotto - Two by Four

This month I have the quick and easy Two by Four block from Ashley of Film in the Fridge.

We will be using 2 fabrics per block. A white or white with a tiny bit of black, and a black and white print. The darker fabric should be in the top right portion of your block.

Wondering which hashtags to use? #calmqgblocklotto #calgarymqg 



General Rules:

1. Make one quilt block (or more) following the pattern and colour 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, January 3, 2018

January Meeting


Our January meeting will be at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday January 18th 2017.

This month we'll be straying a little from the quilting path to look at a tangential subject that interests many of our members - bags! We have Tara Sinclair from UhOh Creations to talk about her journey in bag making and design.

We listened to the feedback you gave in the last member survey and we're going to have less Sew Days that are more focused. There will be no Sew Day in January, expect one around March focused on Charity Quilts. 

You also asked for a small look forward, so here's what you can expect to see:
  • February 15th - Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • March 15th - Natalie Gerber on textile printing and surface design
  • October workshop opportunities with Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint
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).

The meeting agenda is:
  • Guild business
  • Tara Sinclair from UhOh Creations to talk about bag making and design
  • Upcycle challenge - choose your material
  • show and tell
Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Upcycle Challenge materials
  • Charity Table donations
  • 2018 dues - cash or electronic (fees apply)

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, December 14, 2017

Announcing Winter Up-cycle challenge


Winter Upcycle Challenge:    Make a quilted item using upcycled material



You will not be using your own "stuff" for this challenge, as we will be having a materials swap at the January meeting.

Bring a gently used item to the January meeting that can be upcycled. It can be any colour, fibre, size, texture etc.

Think along the lines of old clothing, linens, thrift store finds, fabric swatches, vinyl, leather, pleather, nylon.  Feel free to get weird!

The item should be clean and suitable for upcycling. You must be able to sew "fabric" on a domestic sewing machine.
Must not have started life as quilting cotton.

Prepare your fabric in a bundle by rolling it up in such as manner as to disguise its identity. Use a brown bag if necessary.

The challenge is to make a quilt, bag, pincushion, mug rug, or something quilted using some of the item you picked up at the January Meeting. No sewing required until after the January Meeting where we are swapping our upcycle materials.

Deadline: Finished items will be shared at the March Meeting.

Questions: ask Philippa

Hashtag #calmqgupcyclechallenge


Be sure to Checkout what happened when Vancouver MQG did this same challenge. Thanks Vancouver for the inspiration! #vmqgupcyclechallenge


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Meeting and Social


Our December meeting will be at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday December 14th 2017.  Note, this is the SECOND Thursday of the month due to the third Thursday falling so close to Christmas.  There will be no Sew Day in December.

This month we're getting sociable with our fellow guild members. If your last name starts with K-Z please bring some food to share (basically everyone who didn't bring food to the July party).



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).

The meeting agenda is:
  • Guild business
  • Mug + Mugrug swap
  • show and tell
  • potluck!
Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Mug + Mugrug to swap
  • Charity Table donations
  • 2018 dues - cash or electronic (fees apply)
  • Food to share if your last name is K-Z

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, 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 #calgarymqgmugrugswap