Thursday, June 15, 2017

Modern Mini Quilt Challenge - Red &White

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We are looking forward to seeing all the wonderful mini-quilts that our members will be making and we hope that everybody will join in!

Guild Challenges are designed to give us a chance to explore and experiment with the principles of modern quilt design.

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES THEME: RED & WHITE. Design a quilt with two colours only. As its Canada's Birthday year, we have chosen to use only red  Red and White. Research red and white quilts for inspiration.

MINI QUILT SIZE: No side can be larger than 24 inches. Your quilt must be designed, pieced and quilted entirely by you.

QUILTING: Use a contemporary approach to quilting your mini. However, it does not have to be straight line quilting—there are many options available.

GETTING HELP: If you need help with your project, feel free to bring your in progress work to any meeting and grab a couple members before or after the meeting for a ‘private consult’. (But, it would be really cool to see all the completed projects as a surprise reveal at the due date meeting.)

DUE DATE: Completed projects are due for Show and Tell at our September 2017 meeting or the first meeting you attend after that date. Projects must be pieced, quilted and bound.

HASHTAGS:  #calmqgsummerchallange   #calmqg #calgarymqg

Block Lotto - June 2017

This Block Lotto is all about Canada's Birthday,so we are making red and white Modern Maples  by Amanda Jennings to celebrate!

This is the Modern Maple tutorial, Here is a different  tutorial that is really easy to follow.  It has some great tips for making the stem but this time I am going to recommend sticking with the traditional 2 at a time method for your half square triangles, (using two 5" squares of each colour) as we are doing a scrappy background. It will also be easier for our winner to not have bias edges on the blocks.

Colour Palette:
Background scrappy whites and almost white prints.
Maple leaf, use one fabric for the whole leaf. Either as solid red,  a tone on tone red, or a red and white print.

I wouldn't mind if the odd reverse block was made. ie light leaf and red background. :-)

Wondering what hashtags to use? #calmqgblocklotto #calmqg #calgarymqg #modernmaples

Monday, June 12, 2017

June Meeting and Sew Day

Our June meeting will be at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday June 15th, 2017. The 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 (fees could be more for special programming).

We'll also have a Charity Table this month - bring your spare supplies, patterns, magazines.  Everything on the table will be available to purchase by donation. All donations will go towards funding the guild's Charity Quilts.

The meeting agenda is:
  • Charity Table
  • Charity Presentation
  • Collect charity blocks
  • Summer Challenge announcement
  • Show and Tell

Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Your charity blocks
  • Donations for the Charity Table 
  • Cash to purchase goodies from the Charity Table 
  • Deposit for Libs Elliott workshop

Our June Sew Day will be a two day event this year.  Sew Day will start at Wonderfil at 4:#0pm on Friday June 16th, 2017. Leave your machine set up and continue to sew on Saturday June 17th, 10am-3pm! The focus for the June Sew Day is CHARITY QUILTS for our charity.

June is Charity Month at CMQG!

In preparation of our Charity month meeting and Sew Day, please remember to make up some of these simple blocks to bring to the Sew Days June 16 and 17.  The instructions can be found here  This is a great Stash Buster! Check out the hashtags on Instagram.

At our June 15 meeting, a representative from Sonshine Community Services will be in-house, letting us know how the quilts CMQG donates make an impact in our community!  Here are some pictures of quilts that have been donated from our guild.  In these quilts, you may recognize some QAYG blocks you made!

 Please plan to attend one of our Sew Days this month, Friday June 16 from 4:30pm and Saturday June 17 from 10am to 3pm  as we join together to work on quilts for Sonshine.  There will plenty of door prizes, snacks and fun!

Heritage Park Festival of Quilts 2017

If you've never been to a Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park it's quite an event to see!  Scattered all over the lawns, the outsides of buildings, draped inside of buildings - there are basically quilts on every surface imaginable.

Half the fun is searching for quilts you recognize.

Sometimes they're hiding off in a remote area.

Sometimes you can see new versions of old favorites.

Or quilts you've never seen before.

But it's a whole lot of fun!