Tuesday, 24 April 2018

April 2018 Meeting

It was movie night at the April meeting – we checked out the webinars available to members at the MQG website (sign in, then go to Education > Resources. In the column on the right side of the screen, under “Filter By Types” select Webinars).

Currently there are 50+ webinars, 50+ quilts of the month (patterns), 60+ Fresh Quilting episodes, and more – if you haven’t checked out these resources yet be sure to have a look.

We watched part of “No Rulers, No Rules: Creating Cohesive Improv Quilts Without a Plan” by Shelagh Jessop, which gave a good insight into the kind of instruction and inspiration available in these webinars.

Thank you to the following, who donated door prizes! We love door prizes!
Another big thank you to member Jo, who volunteered on the spot when it was announced that we were looking for a Workshop Coordinator. Thanks, Jo!

And, of course, there was...

Show & Share

Pam made this fun cat quilt from a Missouri Star Quilt Co. pattern.

Judy is donating this lovely quilt, it will soon be appreciated at Cockrell House.

Kelly's lucky daughter-in-law will be receiving this quilt that Kelly made using a panel, then covering it with some beautiful quilting.

Gabrielle made this beauty that she calls Pickled Blueberries, and she’s thinking of adding more applique to it.

This is Sharon’s lovely contribution for the Saskatchewan MQG’s call for Humboldt Broncos quilts. She also generously volunteered to collect blocks or quilt tops from other members and mail them all in.

In a perfect example of something Shelagh Jessop said in her webinar, about inspiration coming from all kinds of places.... Netta was inspired by a photo of Buddhist monk walking between pillars, and designed a super mini for the Riley Blake challenge.

Esther made this vibrant mini in a workshop on an Alaskan cruise (and did a great job of coordinating her outfit to match it!)

She also made an adorable whale quilt using a kit from Cloth Castle.

And she made a Broncos quilt, which will be comforting someone in Humboldt soon.

For a friend's father, Natalie used a photo of the view from his window, printed it on graph paper and enlarged it to make a pattern and created this one-of-a-kind quilt. You can't see the people behind it struggling to hold it up off the floor - it's a big one!

Natalie also made this cool mini.

A couple of years ago, Nicole pieced this quilt based on a tutorial by Cheryl Arkison in the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club, and she just quilted it last week - yay!

Anne made a Disappearing Pinwheel baby quilt – the pinwheels appear when you put the blocks together.

She also made a Riley Blake challenge quilt – Twister.

And she won Block Lotto this month – congratulations, Anne!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Green Lightning, April Block Lotto

April showers bring May flowers...

How about a little lightning! in springtime green.

Green Lightning Block

This one is a simple yet effective block.  And for the full effect of the quilt top, Make sure to match the layout in the photos so that the lightning streaks connect from block to block.

Fabrics you will need:

White fabric: sixteen 3.5" squares
Assorted green fabric: lots of strips of varying width, at least 4.5" long.

This is a great block to use up some of your scrap pile, as long as it is green.
Take one strip and pin it to a white square, at an angle, from approximately middle top to lower left( same angle as in my photo so all the blocks match), making sure that when you press it, the green strip will take the block back to 3.5" square. Trim.
Hope the photos help to make this direction clear.  Your angles don't have to be exactly the same on each block, if fact variety adds fun visually. But still coming from approximately middle top down towards lower left side.
Now just make sixteen of these little squares.
Next step is to layout all sixteen squares.  Make sure to match the layout in the photo below so that the blocks will fit/work together.
Now sew it all together.

Again, make sure your layout is the same as in the photo for the blocks to flow.

Completed block is 12.5" square.

And as always one block = one ticket, so make one, make two, make a whole bunch!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

March 2018 Meeting

If you missed the March meeting, you missed out on a lot of laughs! – We had a collaborative, fun time. But more on that later. First up, Show and Share:

Dawna told us about her experience in the MQG mini swap as a “Swap Fairy,” and then showed us the great mini she received from the eastern US.
Dawna also made this for her much-loved letter carrier, who is changing routes.

Natalie’s denim and yellow quilt made as part of the Mollie Sparkles Honey Pot Bee.

Susan designed her own animal patterns for this baby quilt.

Fay participated in her first swap, and received this mini with a bird on it.

Barb joined a Transparency quilt along, and here’s her result. She also showed us the 3m Command Strips she uses to hang quilts – the Velcro kind are meant for hanging picture frames, and she has hung up to king sized quilts with them.
Kelly joined a quilt along last year and made this star quilt – the large stars are regular pieced and the small ones are paper pieced. The quilt has over 600,000 stitches of quilting, and it was accepted into the Quilt Canada show. Yay, Kelly!

Stacie also participated in the MGQ Mini Swap – she told her partner she likes Alison Glass fabrics, and received this great mini.

Here are the block lotto blocks, won by Esther:

Notions – Picks and Pans

Many members brought their favourite – and least favourite – notions, and told the group why they feel that way about them. It was interesting that many of the notions or tools mentioned generated both love and hate, as well as some hilarious comments! (a demonstration of the problems with the Bernina knee bar was particularly entertaining) Some were brought up more than once, and many of us were introduced to new items we hadn’t seen before. Here are some of the tools mentioned…
  • Telescoping magnet for picking up pins
  • Fray check
  • Protective gloves
  • Wonder clips
  • Bendy ruler for drawing curves
  • "Perfecto Needle Threader" (described as the most complicated threader you can imagine)
  • Rotating cutting board
  • "Short Cut" ruler for cutting strips or squares
  • "Block Lock" ruler for cutting half square triangles
  • Bent nose tweezers
  • Wool felt pressing mat – ½ “ thick of dense felt, helps retain heat from iron and gets things really flat. Steam will make it smell like a wet dog, however
  • Fiskar snips
  • Cutting Corners ruler
  • The “Purple Thang”, for various pushing/poking/pulling uses
  • "Add a Quarter" ruler for paper piecing
And a few unexpected favourites:
  • Thumbnail – for pressing seams
  • Chopsticks - skewer a spool of thread and its matching bobbin on a chopstick, and keep a bouquet of them in a jar
  • Altoid tins – for organizing small items
  • Hair elastics to keep spools of thread from tangling
  • Spaghetti portion measurer for drawing circles
  • Sticks from hair doohickeys (for putting up long hair) - for turning corners or opening seams.
  • Phone – because friends, pretty quilts, photos and inspiration all live in the phone!

Do you have strong feelings about any of these notions, or a favourite of your own to share? Let us know in the comments!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

March Block Lotto

This is an old traditional block with a slight layout variation by Donna Lynn Thomas in her Anniversary Sampler Quilt.
Fabrics you will need:
Black Solid
Tone on Tone print fabrics ( no solids in this one!): Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet, and Pink
I cut 4" squares to make my HSTs.  You can check out the tutorial on this blog for HST Building instructions here.
You will need 16 HSTs.
2 of each:
Black and red, black and yellow, black and blue, black on violet.
1 of each:
Black and orange, red and orange, black and green, yellow and green, black and indigo, blue and indigo, black and pink, violet and pink.
Lots of trimming, but it's worth it.

Now you simply lay out the blocks.
Now start pinning and put it all together to make a fun rainbow.

And since it's as easy to make 2 of each HST, why not make 2!

Block lotto rules as usual, and have fun.
one block = one ticket, so make one, make two, make a whole bunch.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Maple Spirit, our 2018 QuiltCon Challenge Quilt

Quilt Name: Maple Spirit
Quilt Size: 72x90
Design by: Nicole Hannah
Blocks by: MQG Victoria members
Top assembled by: Stacie WilsonKelly Levant, and Nicole Hannah
Maple Leaf constructed by: Heather Beiermeister, Netta Brown, Anna Echols, Nicole, and Pam Brown
Generally awesome assistant and quilt advice giver: Pam Brown
Quilted by: Nicole Hannah, Handwrought Quilts
Binding by: Barbara Gilbert
Recipient: TBD

Hanging at QuiltCon, picture from Jan Hampton
Our label from QuiltCon

The blurb reads: This quilt design was inspired by a random Canadian conversation about Coast Guard ships, gingerbread houses, the Quiltcon charity quilt palette, modern traditionalism, and the country's sesquicentennial celebration.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

February 2018: Lorna Shapiro Trunk Show

At the February meeting we thoroughly enjoyed having Lorna Shapiro as our guest speaker. A member of the Vancouver MQG, Lorna started quilting when she retired, and a wise friend suggested making a quilt because she would need something to do or she would go crazy. Lorna took a class, joined a guild, and started learning. Soon she had made quilts for everyone she knew, and then for people she thought she might get to know one day! Her hobby became a business – Quilter’s Dream Fabrics, specializing in Asian and batik fabric.

Lorna was a source of much wisdom and encouragement. She advised to “never not design your own quilt because of inexperience.” Yours will be at your own level, wherever you are at, and you’ll learn from each one you make. For that reason, she never apologizes for her early quilts.

She said a range of values is what makes a quilt, and the most important thing is to recognize subconsciously what it is you like. At quilt shows, she will walk by 95% of the quilts because they don’t move her, and spend a lot of time looking at the 5% that do. You’ll never design quilts you’re happy with until you learn what your 5% is, and what matters is that you are happy with your quilt!

In addition to showing many quilts, Lorna passed several of them around the room so we could feel them – a treat, as many of her quilts are made of kimono silk with silk batting, so they are soft, lightweight, breathable but warm, and fit into regular washing machines.

Thank you, Lorna!