Friday, March 16, 2018

March #calmqgSnowDaySewDay

Due to some pretty icky weather all over Southern Alberta on the night our guild usually meets the March meeting was cancelled.

But that didn't stop us from releasing a new Block Lotto and sewing together virtually!

On Facebook Carol Glass posted that she was working on this beauty (don't you just love the colors?)

and VP Mary Dylke Neé Parkinson made some of the new block lotto blocks

On Instagram we were following #calmqgSnowDaySewDay

Karin King (@karin_a_king) was working on "Side Stripe" which is the MQG Feb '18 block of the month (a free pattern for members!)


Tamara Kerelchuk (@ninjadesigns) was tackling her first Retreat Bag (a free pattern from Emmaline Bags!)
Philippa Gelinas (@philippag) finishing this (so striking!)


But check out her new "seam ripper"!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 2018 Block Lotto - Checker Block

Winter just blew in again!!!   Posting just a little bit early so you can sew instead of braving the crazy roads.

I am hoping winter is finally on it's way out, and that we can finally look forward to spring. To help us out I've chosen a palette with Spring written all over it, and this fun and versatile block from Jess of Elven Garden Quilts. From the sounds of things, a few of you have been noticing this block too!  Meet the  Checker Block!

And our Palette...

After seeing this quilt made by Patti @retiredtoquilt, I decided to play with our colour placement!

Colour Placement:
Sashing -White
Half of HST's - White (watch placement)
Other half of HST's and rectangles -  Denim blues, Chartreuse, Pinks, and look at the flowers too!  Yellow Orange Red and Purple.

These blocks are easiest to make in pairs so you will get 2 blocks with matching HST's   If you are making more then 2, you could mix and match the HST's. Either way be careful to get the white in the right spot.

General Rules:

1. Make one quilt block (or more) following the pattern and color 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 these blocks come together!

Monday, March 12, 2018

March Meeting


EDIT MARCH 15th: The March meeting is cancelled due to extreme weather in Southern Alberta. Please stay home and stay safe.  Join us for a sew in on Facebook and Instagram from 7-9pm with the hashtag #calmqgsnowdaysewday !

EDIT MARCH 14th: There are currently weather warnings for Southern Alberta for freezing rain and record-level snowfall.  The Upcycle Challenge has been postponed until April. Watch the Facebook and Instagram on Thursday to see if the meeting will continue or be cancelled for weather.

Our March meeting will be at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday March 15th 2018.

This month we welcome contemporary textile designer Natalie Gerber to to speak. She works out of her studio in cSPACE in Calgary. We'll also finally get to see the Upcycle projects that everyone has been working on since they picked their materials in January.  Please don't forget that we'd like to submit this project to Canadian quilting magazine "Quilter's Connection", so send us your before and after pictures! Lastly, if you have an addition to our group entry for Heritage Park (theme: Libs Elliott's quilt patterns) contact Agnes.

Coming up (and subject to change):
  • April 19th - what is Modern? Jacqui Gering's video and discussion
  • April 27/28- Charity Sew Day at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre
  • May 17th - meeting subject TBA
  • May - Heritage Park FOQ - meet up?
  • June 21st - Skills Night: how to bind your quilt
  • June 23rd - Sew Day: Learn to Sew Curves with Jera
  • July 19th - meeting subject TBA
  • August 16th - meeting subject TBA
  • September 20th - meeting subject TBA
  • September 22nd - sew day subject TBA
  • October 18th -  Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint
  • October 19-21st workshop opportunities with Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint
  • November 15th - meeting subject TBA
  • November 17th - sew day subject TBA
  • December 13th - meeting subject TBA
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
  • Speaker - Natalie Gerber
  • Upcycle challenge
  • April block lotto
  • show and tell
Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Your completed Upcycle challenge item
  • Charity Table donations

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).