Sunday, May 19, 2019

Cheryl Arkison Workshops

The Calgary Modern Quilt Guild is pleased to be bringing Calgary's very own Queen of Improv Cheryl Arkinson to teach her “Random Abstractions” and “Sew What You Mean” workshops. 
Random Abstractions
Using your favourite landscape, structure, or place we will translate it into a quilt design. With various improv techniques and direction you can capture your inspiration. No two projects will be the same.

Sew What You Mean
Say what you want to say, but say it in a quilt. From simple holidays greetings to profound statements, use words in quilts to convey your message. This class covers planning and construction for any letter. This is an improv technique. Fabric selection and value are also discussed in the class.

Friday, October 18, 2019 – 10 am to 4:30 pm – Random Abstractions
Saturday, October 19, 2019 – 10 am to 4:30 pm – Sew What You Mean


The Uplands at Hawkwood20 Hawkside Rd. NW,Calgary, AB, T3G 3K0


Classes will be $60 per class for Calgary MQG members and $80 per class for non-members.


If you are a Calgary MQG member your full payment can be made at the June 20 meeting by cash, credit card or by Electronic Fund Transfer to Karin King at

If you are not a member your full payment can be made after July 18 by cash, credit card or Electronic Fund Transfer to Karin King at


You must bring your own lunch. You will also need to bring your own sewing machine, small cutting mat and iron.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Time to prepare - Summer Cut It Up Challenge

In prep for our summer challenge, we all have some homework to do!

Search your sewing room and come up with an incomplete project that no longer sparks joy and bring it to our June Meeting. 

  • It could be a small quilt top, a couple of blocks or other WIP. 
  • Please keep the combined size to about the size of a tea towel or less.
  • We will do a brief show and tell before drawing numbers to divvy them up.

The challenge will be to adopt someone else's orphan and turn it into a modern treasure, that you will keep. The finished quilts will be due at the September Meeting.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

April Meeting Recap

Our April 19 meeting included learning about various freemotion domestic machine quilting techniques and tips from our talented members Josée, Linda, and Celia!

Tips from Linda

Josée uses various marking tools to help with her quilting - stencils and chalk, markers, Frixion pens, etc.

Ruler work with Celia!

Can you believe the 31 gorgeous blocks we had in this months lotto?

Next up was show and tell. We had many gorgeous Terrace quilts (free pattern designed by Violet Craft for Robert Kaufman fabrics).

Here are the rest of the show and tell photos. 


We want to see what our Calgary MQG members are working on - Please hashtag #calmqgmember so we can like your projects throughout the month!

See you at our May meeting!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

2019 Charity Blocks

We are not announcing a block lotto  at May meeting, instead, we are encouraging you all to make lots of blocks for our charity Sonshine House. Please bring blocks to our June meeting, or Charity Sew days - June 21 and 22. (we are giving you a head start so you have a couple of months for block making)  :-)

This image shows 4 blocks.

Susan M has modified the Two by Four block from Film in the Fridge, to make use of 2.5in strips, and has written it up as a pattern.
Think jelly roll and binding scraps!

Susans modified 2x4 pattern

We are not asking for any special colours, just choose fabrics with contrast.
If using a solid, please pair it with a print.
Please keep your choices modern - ish. Let's not use civil war fabrics for this one.  :-)

Put the darker fabric in the top right position.
If you are using scraps and not WOF, you can use strips 18-20 in length.
The finished blocks are 7x8.

April Block Lotto - Pick up Sticks

It’s Springtime!  

What’s more spring-like than daffodils and lilac trees blooming. 
April’s Block lotto palette has a wide selection of Spring colors to choose from.

This month's Pick-up Sticks block tutorial comes from the Empire Quilt Guild of NYC.  

We are making 61/2 inch blocks.
Fabric choices  - As always, keep it modern.
Background:  Solid white or white tone-on-tone
Pick-up-sticks:  Keep all 3 sticks mostly prints.  Feel free to mix in the occasional solid, but keep the tones in similar shades.

This months Lotto by Gail H

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!

6. Share with the tags @calgarymqg #calmqgblocklotto #calgarymqg on IG or on the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild Facebook Group. Have you tagged yourself #calmqgmember yet?