Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 2018 Block Lotto - Urban Chicken Block

The tutorial can be found here. Michelle of  Wombat Quilts freely admits to a plagiarized, annotated and updated version of Michelle’s original pattern.

Each block should be four different fabrics all in the same color family (ie: blues, greens, etc.) along with white for the triangle backgrounds.  It's your choice what color(s) you make.  Let's make a rainbow of chickens!
 How many chickens will we have in our coop?  If we have enough blocks, there could be two winners!

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! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April Meeting

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

There will be a Charity Sew Weekend at the Wonderfil Threaducation Center. Come Friday evening on April 27th (5pm until whenever you've had enough) and then leave your stuff and come back April 28th (10am until 3pm). Get a chance to work on the longarms to quilt charity quilts - everyone welcome. We'll bring in meals so you can just keep working! And if you want to sew more blocks for more quilts before the sew day, check out last year's charity block post here - they're super simple and fun, any color works just make sure it's at least 12.5" x 12.5" and no smaller; last year we had to perform surgery on some blocks to fill the gaps.

Coming up (and subject to change):
  • May 17th - Vanecea from Alberta Batting Company, batting presentation
  • May 26th-27th - Heritage Park Festival of Quilts
  • June 21st - Skills Night: how to bind your quilt
  • June 23rd - Sew Day: Learn to Sew Curves with Jera now with more Mary! (Hawkwood)
  • July 19th - Summer Social, Edworthy Park
  • August 16th - meeting subject TBA
  • September 20th - Karry Foster of PennyDog with her new publication on Animal Applique
  • September 22nd - QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt construction
  • October 18th -  Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint trunk show - free for members
  • October 19th - Square Peg Round Hole workshop with Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint
  • October 20th - Speed Dating improv workshop with Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint
  • November 15th - meeting subject TBA
  • November 17th - sew day subject TBA
  • December 13th - Winter Social
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
  • Block Lotto
  • show and tell
Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Your completed Upcycle challenge item
  • Your completed lotto blocks
  • Charity Table donations
  • any charity blocks or tops for the Sew Day

The dues cycle is January-December and they are $60 per person in 2018. Members who join after June will pay $40. First meeting is free for visitors, then $10 for a single meeting (fees could be more for special programming). After that we ask you to support and join our community by purchasing a membership to attend additional meetings and sew days and to participate in other guild activities.

Your membership fee includes membership to the Modern Quilt Guild. One the benefits of an MQG is access to their resources. This includes a new quilt pattern AND a new quilt block every month.  Take a look at the March Quilt Pattern: Scoop and the March Block Pattern: Vector.