Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018 Summer Challange - Colour Wheel

The 2018 Summer Challenge is: a Colour Wheel!

The colour wheel is a tool that describes the relationships between colours - primary, secondary, tertiary, and anything in between. The primary colours (red, blue, yellow) are represented equally distributed around the circle, with the secondary colours between them (purple, green, orange). As you go deeper into the wheel you can see how colours combine to make new colours. You can also use the wheel to find analogous colours (close on the wheel) or complementary colours (opposite on the wheel) to determine colour schemes.

For this challenge, you will create a finished quilted object of any size that represents a colour wheel. There are many examples, tutorials, and inspirations on the internet - here are just a few:

video on creating your own colour wheel -

colour cog:

-there are many patterns out there, feel free to use one of them, or create your own. Consider dresdens, english paper piecing, foundation paper piecing, applique, prints vs solids.  It should be a roundish shape in that it is endlessly connected (not a line with a beginning and an end) - other than that, go nuts!  Keep this project under wraps for the summer - we'll reveal them all at the September meeting.

Here is a pinterest board with some more inspiration -

June 2018 Block Lotto - Fussycut Economy Block

Who's ready for some fussy cutting?

Toronto Modern Quilt Guild has recently choose economy blocks for their lotto, and one of their members Karen Brown (Just Get it Done Quilts) made a fantastic video!   It covers several different construction methods, so I'm sure you will find the perfect one for you. The mentioned files are all on their blog so you will have no problem finding what you need.

Another tutorial that I like is from Red Pepper Quilts.

Back in 2014, there was a hugely successful QAL that ran on Instagram  Check out the hashtag #economyblockalong. It was started by Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics and Katy from I am a Ginger Monkey.

  • We are making 5" finished blocks  (trim to 5 1/2 including seam allowance)
  • We are fussy cutting the centers, (A) so dig out those novelty fabrics!
  • No set colour palette.
  • Use your bright modern fabrics, both prints, and solids.
  • Aim for good contrast between the 2 corner sets,(B and C) Could be a different colour, value, scale, print vs solid. Karen talks about this in her video.
  • Pay attention, and be careful with directional fabrics in corners (B and C) Karen also talks about this in her video.

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! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

June Meeting and Sew Day

Our June meeting will be at Uplands Recreation Center in Hawkwood (20 Hawkside Rd NW) from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday June 21st 2018. Google Maps

Tonight we've moved the meeting to a new location to give us some space to spread out and learn some new skills!  As a group we've got quite a few tricks for the last thing you think of when you're finishing a quilt - the binding!  We've got different techniques for making binding, applying binding, and finishing your quilt. Come learn some new skills or share your own tricks.

If you're planning on signing up for Poppyprint workshops then your registration and  deposit is due at this meeting. If you're a member you get first crack at registration before it's opened to the public on July 19th. Remember: the deposit is non-refundable and full payment is due September 20th.

The June Sew Day will also be at the Uplands Recreation Center and will be about sewing curves.  Led by your VP Mary, bring your curvy project and get some new ideas on making those curves perfect.  Mary will be focusing on the free pattern Terrace by Violet Craft - 39 opportunities to practice your curves!

Terrace by Violet Craft -

It's only two colors so it's easy to get your materials together and come sew with us! Of course you can bring any curvy project that you are working on - consider trying out  December 2017 MQG quilt of the month or November 2016 MQG block of the month. Maybe a Pickle Dish or a Double Wedding Ring?  Or for a few less curves there is Adore-la, Mythical Lanterns (Valori Wells), and Mod Dots.  I might bring my Lizzy House Meadow quilt because my curves never lay quite flat- my blocks resemble more of a boat than a block.

Because we won't be at our usual location, the Charity Table is suspended for this month. The Charity Table will return in the fall.
Coming up (and subject to change):
  • July 19th - Summer Social (Edworthy Park Picnic site #9) (A-J names bring food to share)
  • August 16th - Vanecea from Alberta Batting Co (Wonderfil)
  • September 20th - Kerry Foster of PennyDog with her new publication on Animal Applique (Wonderfil)
  • September 22nd - QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt construction (Wonderfil)
  • October 18th -  Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint trunk show - free for members (Wonderfil)
  • October 19th - Square Peg Round Hole workshop with Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint (Hawkwood)
  • October 20th - Speed Dating improv workshop with Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint (Hawkwood)
  • November 15th - meeting subject TBA (Wonderfil)
  • November 17th - sew day with Kerry Foster on Animal Applique (Wonderfil)
  • December 13th - Winter Social (K-Z names bring food to share) (Wonderfil)

The meeting agenda is:
  • Guild business
  • Binding!
  • Block Lotto
  • Summer Challenge announcement
  • Show and tell
Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Block lotto entry
  • Deposit for Poppyprint workshops

The dues cycle is January-December and they are $60 per person in 2018. Members who join after June will pay $40. First meeting is free for visitors, then $10 for a single meeting (fees could be more for special programming). After that we ask you to support and join our community by purchasing a membership to attend additional meetings and sew days and to participate in other guild activities.

Calgary Modern Quilt Guild members get first access to register for workshops and get a discounted rate! Poppyprint Workshops will be available for registration June 21st which is A MONTH earlier than it will be open to outside registration. On top of that if you take both workshops you would save $100 over the non-member price.  A membership with the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild also gets you a membership with the Modern Quilt Guild and if you join before June 21st you can get early registration for QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville.

Friday, June 1, 2018

May Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting in May that kicked off with a few rounds of "Quilt Advice".  This is great activity that really engages quilters of all levels and backgrounds, as well as starting conversations to enhance relationships between members.

We had questions like:
  • how should I quilt this?
  • how do I enhance the quilting on this?
  • can I save/restore this vintage quilt?
Awarded block lotto:

New lotto block:

We had an excellent Show and Tell and you could tell that the mood from Advice Night carried over as people probed members with questions on technique and common problems.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Krista Hennebury Lecture and Workshops October 19-20

Krista Hennebury Lecture and Workshops October 19-20

The Calgary Modern Quilt Guild (CMQG) is pleased to be bringing Krista Hennebury to give a Special Lecture and teach her “Round Peg, Square Hole” and “Speed Date with Improv” workshops.


Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 7pm to 9 pm – Special Lecture

Friday, October 19, 2018 – 10 am to 4:30 pm – Round Peg, Square Hole
Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 10 am to 4:30 pm – ***FULL*** Speed Date with Improv



  Lecture: $10 General Public, free to CMQG members

Round Peg, Square Hole
Speed Date with Improv
$85 Calgary MQG
$75 Calgary MQG
$110 MQG Member
$100 MQG Member
$135 General Public
$125 General Public


A $20 non-refundable deposit per workshop is required to secure your place (or the full workshop amount). You can pay by cash, credit card or by Electronic Fund Transfer to Karin King at 


Early registration for CMQG members is from our June 21 meeting to our July 19 meeting. If you are a CMQG member you will receive a registration form via email.
Open registration will begin on July 20th via this blog.
Full payment is due by Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Only once CMQG has received your deposit or full payment will you be guaranteed a place in the workshop in which you registered.

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