Friday, September 22, 2017

Quiltcon 2018 Charity Quilt

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to sew Dresden Plates and Rail Fence squares for our QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt! Following what was discussed at the meeting, below are some further instructions:

Rail Fence Low Volume Blocks: Please sew 11” square blocks with the fabric provided and do not trim - we will do that when constructing the quilt. If you want to add more fabric please ensure it is low volume.

Dresden Plates: Please feel free to make any variation of a Dresden Plate. There are many tutorials and patterns online including:

Please make approximately the size of Dresden Plate indicated on your bag of fabric, without stressing too much (9.5” rather than 10” is fine, etc.).  Please remember if your final Dresden Plate is 10” each wedge will be 5” (because there are wedges on both sides of the circle, completing the 10”).

If you want to add a bit of fabric from your stash, please stay within this palette provided from MQG.  Thanks for your help everyone!  We can’t wait to see all of the finished blocks and Dresden Plates at the October 19th meeting!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

September Block Lotto - Birds of a feather...

Well the weather has certainly cooled down, so its time to dig into some of those yummy rich fall colours. I think this shelf of yarn tells it all!.

As you can see there are lots of warm greens,  mustards and even brown Gasp!  If all these warm tones are out of your comfort zone, the pinks, plums and teal will provide the the right zing!

We are making Bird Blocks with all these colours  on white or low volume backgrounds.

I am giving you a couple of options on how you make these birds.  

Here is a link with "half-assed" (their words) instructions for going the improv route. I will add approx cut sizes below
But...please base the overall block size off the paper pieced bird, and especially the leg thickness of 1/4 inch. Finished block is 5x6, so trim to 5.5 x 6.5 
Feel free to change up the bird shape a bit, just watch the overall block size.

Birds can face either way.

Here are some numbers to help with the improv route.
Part 1 - wing body, start with a 4.5" square cut on the diagonal.  Use square approx 1.5" on the wing piece to shape the wing. Sew a background triangle of the same size (4.5) tothe wing triangle.

Bird body/front - same height as the body, and 1.5-2" wide. Background square 1.5-2"

Background and beak. - Same height, but a bit wider than the body. Beak approx 1.5 square, but play with dimensions.
Bird here. Legs are 1/4 inch wide.finished.

Wondering which hashtags to use? #calmqgblocklotto #calgarymqg 

Have fun!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September Meeting and Sew Day

Our September meeting will be at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday September 21st, 2017.

This month we have some members talking about how they use Technology in all parts of quilting.

The meeting agenda is:
  • Guild business
  • Technology in Quilting presentation
  • Collect and award block lotto
  • New block lotto announcements
  • Show and Tell Summer Quilt Challenge
Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • block lotto entries
  • Summer Challenge Quilt
  • Charity Table donations

Our September Sew Day  is also at Wonderfil and the theme is English Paper Piecing. You can bring your EPP project and get instruction and help from members experienced in EPP, or you can bring your own projects to work on Saturday September 23rd 10am - 3pm.

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).