Thursday, January 19, 2017

January 2017 Block Lotto - Shutter Quilt

I have found the perfect pattern for our first lotto of 2017, and one that is sure to brighten up our snowy and cold Calgary winter. 

The Shutter Quilt was designed by Mandy Munroe for Timeless Treasures.

We will be using solids, primarily from the candy inspiration picture below. Please try and use one medium tone, and one a bit lighter. As you can see from the sample above, the difference is sometimes very slight, or in the odd block, a bit more pronounced. If you feel your colour combo would work in the above quilt, then go for it!

Here is the link for the block pattern.
Each block will require 2 solids 14 x 10.5 each.
Finished block will measure 10.5 x 20.

A few tips and tricks....

  • Pay very close attention to the seam allowance in the center only takes  a few extra threads per seam and your piece will be too short.
  • You may choose to cut the centre strips a little longer, and trim to 7" after joining strips into unit.
  • paper piece this section, using this Template I whipped up! Cut strips a bit wider to use this technique. The finished unit is a little wide, so  trim completed centre unit down to 7" before adding end pieces.
  • Play close attention to which way the center unit goes. Top strip matches colour of fabric on the left.

Blocks will be due at our February Meeting.

An extra little thing for next month.  Please bring a modern fat quarter for an activity we will be doing at the meeting.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

January 2017 Meeting

It is the start of a creative New Year!  On social media, quilters around the world have been making plans for a very busy year.  How about you?

With the view to assist with your creative plans, we have Gail Heller of Erie Quilt Art doing a presentation and demo on some technical tricks and tips.  Gail is a certified Studio 180 instructor and has a wealth of knowledge to share with us at our meeting. 

In follow up to our last meeting, we will have the election for our open positions at our February meeting.  The following positions are open:

   Vice President
   Social Media
   Volunteer/Quilt show

A Social Media position has been added, as it would be great to increase sharing of everyone’s fabulous work in 2017. 

Philippa Gelinas will be continuing on as our Block Lotto/Swap coordinator and will have assistance from Tamara Kerelchuk.

Consider nominating a fellow member or yourself for one of these positions.  Send your nominations to  Nominations will also be accepted at the start of our February meeting.

As a friendly reminder, if you haven’t paid your dues for 2017 they are now due.  Our 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. Local membership is  $25. This is only open to those that are individual members of the international “Modern Quilt Guild”. Members of our Calgary Modern Quilt Guild must be members of the international Modern Quilt Guild.  Any further questions or concerns about this can be directed to Susan Madu at

Payment methods:
   electronic fund transfer to
   cash at a meeting
   NO cheques

The schedule is:

        Greetings and updates
        Call for nominations
        Block Lotto presentation – (due February meeting)
        Presentation and demo by Gail Heller of Erie Quilt Art
        Show and Tell

Please bring:

        A quilt or project for show and tell
        Name tag

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

In closing I leave you with a quote from Brad Paisley that caught my attention in this past week.

"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book.  Write a good one."

Susan Madu