Thursday, November 16, 2017

December Swap - Mug Rug and Mug

It appears to have become a tradition within the Guild to have a  Swap at our December meeting. In the past, we have made 1-hour baskets, and drawstring bags. This year I had a couple of ideas on my mind, but it often happens that I get ideas sent to me. This years idea came to me more than once!  So the jury has spoken!

This year we are making Mug Rugs, and we are pairing them up with a mug.

But are you wondering what exactly is a Mug Rug?

I decided to confer with the experts, (Google) and they all agree that a Mug Rug is somewhere between a coaster and a placemat. It's big enough to place your drink with enough room at the side for a snack. No judging on what your chosen drink or snack may be!

I also found this neat description from blogger Erin of Two More Seconds
What is a Mug Rug?  A small, fun to create, mini quilt that is mostly there to look pretty on your desk and soak up your drink of choice’s drips and condensation, as well as giving you full-on permission to eat some cookies, since, well, that extra space off to the side of your drink is just THERE for you to use.How big is a Mug Rug?  As big as you want it to be, usually falling somewhere in between the usual size of a coaster and a placemat. 4″x6″-ish to 6″x10″-ish.How do I make a Mug Rug?  Just like you were making a mini quilt!

Swap Guidelines:
The mug rug must meet the following size requirements:
Minimum size – 4″ x 6″
Maximum size – 6″ x 10″
If you do a shape other than a rectangle, the biggest side of the shape cannot exceed 10″.
The mug rug must be quilted – this means there’s 3 layers: a back, a front and a layer of wadding of some sort (can be flannel, batting, fusible batting, insulated batting, etc.)
You must use good quality modern quilting weight cottons. (We want this mug rug to last through multiple washes and spills.) 
Non-Christmas themes would allow for year-round use.

Co-ordination or you Mug Rug and mug would be awesome!

Bring your Mug Rug and mug to the December Meeting for Swapping.
Wondering what hashtags to use? #calgarymqg #calgarymqgmugrugswap

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November Meeting and Sew Day

Our November meeting will be at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday November 16th 2017.

This month we have Linda Schmidt talking about how to get your quilt accepted into a show (spoiler, you need a good photo!).

We are also still continuing to run the Charity Table.  This has been hugely successful and has massively offset the costs required to fund both the charity quilts for Sonshine and the QuiltCon Charity Quilt. Bring in anything you have that you won't use that you think someone else might love to take home.  In the past this has included patterns, magazines, notions, fabric (whole, scraps, selvage).  Don't forget to bring the already-completed pieces of the Charity Quilt.

The meeting agenda is:
  • Guild business
  • Presentation: Getting your quilt accepted into a show - Linda Schmidt
  • Collect and award block lotto
  • December Swap announcement
  • show and tell
Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Block lotto entries
  • Charity Table donations
  • Completed Dresden Plates and Rail Fences for the Charity Quilt
  • 2018 dues - cash or electronic (fees apply)

Our November Sew Day  is also at Wonderfil and we're working on Charity Quilts! Bring everything you need to sew Charity Quilts Saturday November 18th 10am - 3pm. NOW RESCHEDULED to December 2!

The dues cycle is January-December and they are $60 per person in 2018. Members who join after June will pay $35. First meeting is free for visitors, then $5 per meeting (fees could be more for special programming).