Thursday, April 18, 2019

2019 Charity Blocks

We are not announcing a block lotto  at May meeting, instead, we are encouraging you all to make lots of blocks for our charity Sonshine House. Please bring blocks to our June meeting, or Charity Sew days - June 21 and 22. (we are giving you a head start so you have a couple of months for block making)  :-)

This image shows 4 blocks.

Susan M has modified the Two by Four block from Film in the Fridge, to make use of 2.5in strips, and has written it up as a pattern.
Think jelly roll and binding scraps!

Susans modified 2x4 pattern

We are not asking for any special colours, just choose fabrics with contrast.
If using a solid, please pair it with a print.
Please keep your choices modern - ish. Let's not use civil war fabrics for this one.  :-)

Put the darker fabric in the top right position.
If you are using scraps and not WOF, you can use strips 18-20 in length.
The finished blocks are 7x8.

April Block Lotto - Pick up Sticks

It’s Springtime!  

What’s more spring-like than daffodils and lilac trees blooming. 
April’s Block lotto palette has a wide selection of Spring colors to choose from.

This month's Pick-up Sticks block tutorial comes from the Empire Quilt Guild of NYC.  

We are making 61/2 inch blocks.
Fabric choices  - As always, keep it modern.
Background:  Solid white or white tone-on-tone
Pick-up-sticks:  Keep all 3 sticks mostly prints.  Feel free to mix in the occasional solid, but keep the tones in similar shades.

This months Lotto by Gail H

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!

6. Share with the tags @calgarymqg #calmqgblocklotto #calgarymqg on IG or on the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild Facebook Group. Have you tagged yourself #calmqgmember yet?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

April Meeting

Our April meeting will be at Woodcreek Community Association (1991 Woodview Dr SW, Calgary) 7-9pm on Thursday April 18th 2019

This month we're going to be looking at techniques to quilt on your domestic machine. We tried to plan this programming last year but we just didn't have enough room - now we have plenty of room to spread out.  Several members will be participating in demonstrating techniques on domestic sewing machines.

Don't forget we're alternating North and South locations so next month we're in Hawkwood. For these locations we need to bring indoor shoes or slippers so we don't have to mop up after ourselves. We also have to set up / tear down at these locations so if you're available to show up early or stay late to help out that would be appreciated.

Coming up (and subject to change):
  • May 16th - TBA (Hawkwood)
  • May 25-26 - Heritage Park Festival of Quilts
    • May 16 - bring group submission quilts to the meeting
    • May 21 - Quilt drop off
    • May 27 - Quilt pick up
  • June 20th - Charity Month (Woodcreek)
  • June 21-22nd - Charity Sew Days (Hawkwood 3pm - 3pm)
  • July 18th - Social & potluck (Hawkwood patio) 
  • August 15th - (Woodcreek)
  • September 19th - TBA (Hawkwood)
  • September 21st - Sew Day (Hawkwood 10am - 3pm)
  • October 17th - TBA (Woodcreek)
  • October 18th-19th - Workshops TBA (Hawkwood)
  • November 16th - Sew Day (Hawkwood 10am - 3pm)
  • November 21st - TBA (Hawkwood) 
  • December 12th -Winter Social (Hawkwood)
The meeting agenda is:
  • Guild business 
  • Techniques for Quilting on your Domestic Machine
  • Block Lotto
  • Show and tell 
Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • Lotto Block entry
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.