Thursday, November 21, 2019

December Swap - 2019

We are making reusable grocery bags for our traditional December Swap.
We will be holding our swap at our December 12 meeting, being held at the Uplands location.
Please note: 1 week earlier than usual.  

Bring a bag, take a bag (of the same kind)  Yes, you can make more than 1!

Via a show of hands at the November meeting. we decided to draw for order of choosing the bag you take home.

Please use modern fabrics.

Pattern choices:
michellepatterns $10 usd
Besides being super simple to sew, these reusable fabric shopping bags are machine washable, fully lined (reversible), fold up nicely, and are durable.
fabric requirements - 2@ 18" x WOF . One for inside and 1 for outside.
plus fabric for handles.  1x fat quarter not quite enough, but could use 2 different fabrics.

Stitched by Crystal  free Pattern
It is not fully lined so it is lightweight.  French seams make it super sturdy,
fabric requirements -3 fat quarters. 2 for outside, 1 for the partial lining.
michellepatterns - large

michellepatterns - large

STITCHED by Crystal

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Quilcon Charity Quilt 2020 - Improv words

Have you made a word for the MQG Charity quilt yet?
We've pulled together a few links to help you along your way.

2020 Announcement from the MQG.

This Book "Word Play Quilts" by Toni Ruccici is a fantastic resource for improv letters.

She has a little bit on her blog but Mrs Sew and Sow has written a couple of good posts based on the book.

Here are some bassic methods. 'p', 'd', 'b', 'g', 'o', 'c' and 'q'  Big tip- Start form the centre.

Letters with a slanting line - 'r', 'h', 'n' 'u', 'm' and 'w'  -

The colours - black, white and grey. It doesn't matter which is background and which is the letters. You can do the whole word in one fabric, or make each letter different.  Solids, or prints, but no other colours to be included. Bonus points for text fabric!

Size - Your letters should be 3-5 inches tall.

If you don't have a word yet. check-in on the fb page.
Awesome, Believe, Calm, Confident, Creative, Dream, Epic, Fierce, Love, Kind, Relentless and Unique have been claimed.
To Choose a word -

Tips for Inprov peicing your letters:
 In order to stay within the size limits, start with some 3/4” and 1.5 “ strips of the word colour fabric. This will help you restrict the size of the words so that you don’t end up with a giant block. 

Do a rough sketch that breaks down the structure of the letter. Start with a section and work your way out. 

Don’t worry– wonky is OK.  Just be sure to have nice 1/4” seam allowances to maintain the integrity of the quilt when washed. 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

October 2019 - Lockup

Thanks to Karin King for choosing this month's Block Lotto

As part of our memberships with the Modern Quilt Guild, we have access to a huge library of resources including webinars, quilts of the month, tutorials, and even a public television show called Fresh Quilting!
This month's Block Lotto is one of many blocks studies that the guild also publishes for its members, and was published by the MQG in January 2018.

The Lockup block is by Riane Menardi Morrison of the Central Iowa MQG. It's twice as long as it is wide, making it a little unconventional but lots of fun to play with!
You will need to sign into the MQG site to get access to the block. 

Colours: As above.
Finished size: 8-1/2" x 4-1/2
Fabric required: Scraps or fat quarters of two different colors.

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?

Signups and deadlines - all in one place.

Because there's so many sign-ups for this month, here's your handy post to access them all! If you are sending funds, please make the etransfer password "pinwheel"

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

September Meeting Recap

We met September with a presentation by Ana Buzzalino, an award winning fibre artist and quilt instructor from Calgary on "Colour Theory and the Colour Wheel: What It Is and How to Use It?"

Lots of block lotto squares:

Lots of show and tell this month!

Check out the results of our Summer Cut It Up Challenge!




See you next month! Our meeting will be October 17, 2019!