Friday, August 16, 2019

Cheryl Arkison Workshops

The Calgary Modern Quilt Guild is pleased to be bringing Calgary's very own Queen of Improv Cheryl Arkison to teach her “Random Abstractions” and “Sew What You Mean” workshops.

Random Abstractions
Using your favourite landscape, structure, or place we will translate it into a quilt design. With various improv techniques and direction you can capture your inspiration. No two projects will be the same.

Sew What You Mean
Say what you want to say, but say it in a quilt. From simple holidays greetings to profound statements, use words in quilts to convey your message. This class covers planning and construction for any letter. This is an improv technique. Fabric selection and value are also discussed in the class.

Friday, October 18, 2019 – 10 am to 4:30 pm – Random Abstractions
Saturday, October 19, 2019 – 10 am to 4:30 pm – Sew What You Mean


The Uplands at Hawkwood20 Hawkside Rd. NW,Calgary, AB, T3G 3K0


Classes will be $60 per class for Calgary MQG members and $80 per class for non-members.


Please use this link to sign up for the workshops:

Your full payment can be made by Cash, Credit card or Electronic Fund Transfer to Karin King at


You must bring your own lunch. You will also need to bring your own sewing machine, small cutting mat and iron.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

August Block Lotto

Well, we are past the halfway point of August, so its time to start thinking about a Block Lotto for September!
Some of you are busy finishing up your Cut It Up, Summer Challenge projects, and some of us haven't even started!  Yikes, that's me! ...soo we are keeping things super simple, and very loosely related to these months meeting... It's a push, but a triangle is involved!

Simone Bradfard aka @simone.g.b is a member of the Inland Empire MQG, a graphic designer, a textile designer, quilter and sewist in Southern California. Simone is the designer of the guilds bi-monthly block lottos, which have been catching my eye all year.

I have chosen this block for its simplicity, as I know we are all winding up with summer, and busy getting ready for all that happens in the fall.
We will be making Simone's I.E (Inprov Effect) block

Analogous color schemes use colours that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs. Analogous color schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye. Make sure you have enough contrast when choosing an analogous color scheme.

Background -6.5inch square low volume background. )White, cream off-white, pale grey)
Triangle -a scrap of blue or green

Do not join the blocks together, that will be the job of the winner.

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?