Thursday, September 20, 2018

September Block Lotto - The Canadian MQG "Wedges as Topography" Block

By the miracle of the internet Canadian Modern Quilting Guilds have collected together to share experiences and information. While doing so they figured out that we all love BLOCK LOTTO'S!

First watch this video:

So here is your Canadian MQG 2018 Block Lotto Challenge:

"Wedges as Topography"

 This block was designed by Adrienne Van Halem @agentpeachquilts . It uses a 'wedge' to represent a modern landscape. 'Topography' is the study of the surface of the earth, including natural features like mountains and rivers plus man-made features like buildings and roads.

It can be simple or complex.

The wedges can be horizontal or vertical, or both, or in any direction.


Dates: This block will be released at the September meeting (September 20th) and collected at the October meeting (October 18th).
Colours: Use solid colours AND include some white (a bright white) somewhere in your block.
Size: 9" finished (9.5" unfinished)


Part of the fun in doing a cross-country block is that we can see what everyone is doing!!!
  • Share on Instagram using the hashtags #cdnmqgblocklotto2019 #wedgesastopography #calmqgblocklotto
  • Share on Facebook on Modern Quilting in Canada, Canadian Modern Quilters, and Calgary Modern Quilt Guild
  • blocks shared on Instagram by October 21st will be entered into a draw for a prize!

The Usual Rules

This block lotto will still run just like any of our other in-guild lottos - bring your entries to the meeting, and we'll draw one or more winners to take home the blocks, and they'll return within the year with a finished top.  In case you've missed them before, here they are again.

Our Specifics

The challenge on a whole is wide open, but we're going to give you a little bit of focus with a theme of "Topography of the Prairies" - meaning the geography, shapes, and colours of the Prairies. Here are some examples and ideas.

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!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September Meeting

Our September meeting will be at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday September 20th 2018.

This month the programming will include member Kerry Foster with her new publication on Paint-By-Number Quilts You can find it for sale on CT Publishing, Amazon, Fat Quarter Shop, and Google Books or ask for it at your local shop.  You may have already seen Kerry's original and very identifiable quilts at Heritage Park and Stampede in the last couple of years, as well as our guild meetings.  She'll be teaching a class for us in November so make sure you pick up her book before then! You can also score her separate add on pattern packs here (the add-ons require original publication for instructions).

Don't forget to bring your Colour Wheel Challenge entry and have the chance to win a fabulous prize.

The Charity Table has been retired until next Spring.  And don't forget to bring full payment for the Poppyprint Workshops if you haven't already. Any e-transfers should use the password "pinwheel".

It turns out that since most of the piecing is already complete on the QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt, we don't need to have a Sew Day to put together the quilt top. Even so all kits MUST be back and completed by this meeting. If you have a kit and you aren't going to be able to complete it in time please get it back to us ASAP.

Finally, memberships are opening for the 2019 year. Annual dues are $60 and if you sign up on or before Wednesday Dec 12th then you'll be entered into a draw for a fabulous prize pack at the December meeting! Payments may be made in cash or by e-transfer. Any e-transfers should use the password "pinwheel".

Coming up (and subject to change):
  • October 18th -  Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint trunk show - free for members (Hawkwood)
  • October 19th - Round Peg Square Hole workshop with Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint (Hawkwood)
  • October 20th - Speed Dating improv workshop with Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint (Hawkwood)
  • November 15th - Skills Night - Quilting on your Domestic Machine (TBA)
  • November 17th - sew day with Kerry Foster on Paint-By-Number Quilts (TBA)
  • December 13th - Winter Social (K-Z names bring food to share) (Wonderfil)
  • January 17th - Batting Presentation from Alberta Batting Co. (TBA)
  • February 21st - Meet Your Guild! Getting Social (TBA)
  • March 21st - AGM and QuiltCon 2019 Report (TBA)
  • March 23rd - Sew Day TBA (TBA)
The meeting agenda is:
  • Guild business 
  • Kerry Foster on Paint-By-Number Quilts
  • Summer Challenge presentation
  • Canadian MQG 2018 Block Lotto
  • Show and tell 
Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Summer Challenge Colour Wheel
  • Full payment for Poppyprint workshops
  • Finished QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt blocks 
  • Membership dues for 2019

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. If you purchase your 2019 membership on or before Wednesday December 12th you'll be entered in a draw to win a fabulous prize pack at our December meeting!