Thursday, January 18, 2018

January 2018 -Block Lotto - Two by Four

This month I have the quick and easy Two by Four block from Ashley of Film in the Fridge.

We will be using 2 fabrics per block. A white or white with a tiny bit of black, and a black and white print. The darker fabric should be in the top right portion of your block.

Wondering which hashtags to use? #calmqgblocklotto #calgarymqg 

General Rules:

1. Make one quilt block (or more) following the pattern and colour 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! I can't wait to see all the happy little trees!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January Meeting

Our January meeting will be at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday January 18th 2018.

This month we'll be straying a little from the quilting path to look at a tangential subject that interests many of our members - bags! We have Tara Sinclair from UhOh Creations to talk about her journey in bag making and design.

We listened to the feedback you gave in the last member survey and we're going to have less Sew Days that are more focused. There will be no Sew Day in January, expect one around March focused on Charity Quilts. 

You also asked for a small look forward, so here's what you can expect to see:
  • February 15th - Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • March 15th - Natalie Gerber on textile printing and surface design
  • October workshop opportunities with Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint
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).

The meeting agenda is:
  • Guild business
  • Tara Sinclair from UhOh Creations to talk about bag making and design
  • Upcycle challenge - choose your material
  • show and tell
Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Upcycle Challenge materials
  • Charity Table donations
  • 2018 dues - cash or electronic (fees apply)

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).