Wednesday, June 27, 2018

June Recap

In June we tried out a beautiful new space - the Uplands in Hawkwood.  While this is quite the trek for some of our southern-dwelling members we had a good turnout in this northwest hangout.  The extra space made it much easier to set up demo stations for our skills night.

The June meeting programming was "Skills Night: Binding". We had Jera demoing machine binding, Linda demoing how to cut continuous bias binding, Heather with mitered binding, and Mary with how to add piping to your binding.

You find continuous binding resources here or here or here is a video on how to cut and sew it.
You can source binding piping from amazon here (kit) and here (spool).

 Block lotto entries:

New block lotto:

We also announced the summer challenge: Colour Wheels! We'll be revealing our colour wheels and awarding prizes in September.

We have had a lot of members finishing charity quilts for our charity Sonshine:

Sonshine has 25 residences that house women and their children and each unit turns over at least once per year. We provide quilts to everyone who enters and it's entirely possible it is one of their only possessions when they arrive.  We're still asking for:
  • approximately "double-ish": 60-65" x 72-75"
  • approximately "bunk-bed": 48x60
  • there isn't a lot of need for crib-sized at this time, but they will accept them and send them to their affiliated shelters. 
You can submit fully finished quilts, quilts that need binding, or just tops and we will employ other members to finish them.

 Show and tell had some amazing quilts, mini quilts, and bags:

Our June Sew Day was also at the Uplands in Hawkwood and it is a beautiful space to work in.  It has enough room that everyone can spread out, but it's an open space so you can still see what everyone else is doing and talk to them openly.  We were working on Terrace quilts which employ 39 curves! You can see updates on instagram under #calmqgterracequilt and #calmqgsewday .

Mary taught us her techniques for managing curves and we're hoping to create a group entry for Heritage Park next year full of Terrace quilts. If you'd like to join us you can find the free pattern by Violet Craft here.  Linda and Philippa showed off their finished quilt tops too.

We also opened member registration for the October Poppyprint workshops.  The Saturday Speed Date with Improv class is already full, but there are a couple of spots left in the Square Peg Round Hole class - registration is currently only open to members.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018 Summer Challange - Colour Wheel

The 2018 Summer Challenge is: a Colour Wheel!

The colour wheel is a tool that describes the relationships between colours - primary, secondary, tertiary, and anything in between. The primary colours (red, blue, yellow) are represented equally distributed around the circle, with the secondary colours between them (purple, green, orange). As you go deeper into the wheel you can see how colours combine to make new colours. You can also use the wheel to find analogous colours (close on the wheel) or complementary colours (opposite on the wheel) to determine colour schemes.

For this challenge, you will create a finished quilted object of any size that represents a colour wheel. There are many examples, tutorials, and inspirations on the internet - here are just a few:

video on creating your own colour wheel -

colour cog:

-there are many patterns out there, feel free to use one of them, or create your own. Consider dresdens, english paper piecing, foundation paper piecing, applique, prints vs solids.  It should be a roundish shape in that it is endlessly connected (not a line with a beginning and an end) - other than that, go nuts!  Keep this project under wraps for the summer - we'll reveal them all at the September meeting.

Here is a pinterest board with some more inspiration -

June 2018 Block Lotto - Fussycut Economy Block

Who's ready for some fussy cutting?

Toronto Modern Quilt Guild has recently choose economy blocks for their lotto, and one of their members Karen Brown (Just Get it Done Quilts) made a fantastic video!   It covers several different construction methods, so I'm sure you will find the perfect one for you. The mentioned files are all on their blog so you will have no problem finding what you need.

Another tutorial that I like is from Red Pepper Quilts.

Back in 2014, there was a hugely successful QAL that ran on Instagram  Check out the hashtag #economyblockalong. It was started by Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics and Katy from I am a Ginger Monkey.

  • We are making 5" finished blocks  (trim to 5 1/2 including seam allowance)
  • We are fussy cutting the centers, (A) so dig out those novelty fabrics!
  • No set colour palette.
  • Use your bright modern fabrics, both prints, and solids.
  • Aim for good contrast between the 2 corner sets,(B and C) Could be a different colour, value, scale, print vs solid. Karen talks about this in her video.
  • Pay attention, and be careful with directional fabrics in corners (B and C) Karen also talks about this in her video.

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!