Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Zoom Lecture - Teresa Duryea Wong - Modern Minimalism: Lessons from Art & Architecture- August 20 at 6pm

We're excited to announce Teresa Duryea Wong of Third Floor Quilts will be joining us on August 20 at 6pm.  Teresa began her career as a journalist, and now uses her writing and communication skills to share her quilt knowledge.  From this month's talk, you'll walk away with memorable concepts for how to create stunning minimalism in quilts. The art of Frank Stella, Sol Lewit and Agnes Martin, plus architects Maya Lin and Japan's Tadao Ando, will inspire and inform the discussion on how to transfer their best concepts into both quilt design and the quilted line. Two quilters who exude the discipline and focus required to achieve true minimalism will be featured. One with an Eastern aesthetic, Yoshiko Jinzenji, and one with Western roots, Carson Converse. Teresa will explain how each of these artists and architects employ the act of reduction, with color, scale, shape, and line to achieve sublime minimalism.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Victoria MQG, Calgary MQG and Vancouver MQG. 

Attendance is free for all guild members. Non-members or guests can attend for $8.00

Current members you can expect a link from your guild before the event automatically no need to sign up.

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Find out more about Teresa on her website and Instagram.
IG @third_floor_quilts

Monday, 3 August 2020

July Block of the Month

Makes one 12 1/2” unfinished block

You will need:
White solid - one 2 1/2” X by the following lengths (you will get these out of one strip cut from the width of the fabric)
One 2 1/2” square
One 4 1/2” long strip
One 6 1/2” long strip
One 8 1/2” long strip
One 10 1/2” long strip

Solid of your choice except black - 2 1/2” wide strips by the same lengths listed above for the white plus one 12 1/2” long (you won’t get these out of one strip W.O.F.) 

Sewing - Sew the two 2 1/2” squares together, then sew the 4 1/2” solid strip to the long edge. Continue sewing in log cabin fashion, following the photo, ending with the 
12 1/2” solid strip.
Square up to 12 1/2” if necessary.

This was inspired by the Modern Log Cabin Quilt pattern by Cory Yoder.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

May Block of the Month


Unfinished size 10” square
For this block you will need -
Flower petals - Four 5” squares of a modern floral print.  You can cut one layer cake square into four if you have one.
Flower centre - Four 2 1/2” squares yellow tone-on-tone or solid, a charm square works perfectly for this.
Background - Eight 2 1/2” squares white solid
Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of each 2 1/2” square

Sewing -
1. We want our yellows to match up to make our centre, so lay the 2 1/2” squares on the right side of each 5” squares as shown in the photo.
2. You can just stitch all the way around on each 5” square. *Tip - stitch one thread width to the right of the line which will help keep your block the correct size. Trim off the corners and press out. Square off any wonky edges.
3. Arrange your four sections as shown in the photo and sew together. Press and square up to 10” if necessary. Easy!

For a more in depth tutorial you can go to  I seem to have gotten my flower petals going in the opposite direction to hers, so please follow my photos for the layout.

Monday, 2 March 2020

March Block of the Month


This pretty block due for the March meeting is reminiscent of a Turkish tile in shades of turquoise, royal blue and emerald green. The prints can have hints of other colours, but please stick to the palette outlined. This block is from the excellent book Modern Quilts Block by Block by Emily Dennis. I highly recommend it.
     There are a couple of techniques used here you may not have tried before - half square triangles four at a time and flying geese four at a time. Some aren’t fans of this technique as it creates lots of bias edges, but I didn’t have a problem with it. Use Best Press starch if that is a concern and try not to handle the bias edges too much. One plus is that the pieces are sized to be trimmed down after sewing, so you can end up with perfectly sized components. 
     Remember, 1 block = one ticket. Have fun, and happy sewing! 

Fabrics -
Fabric A - Medium toned print for centre - cut one 4 1/2” square
Fabric B - Dark toned print for cross - cut one 7” square, four 2 1/2” X 4 1/2” rectangles, and four 2 7/8” squares
Fabric C - Light toned print for larger corner triangles - cut one 7” square
Fabric D - White solid - cut one 5 1/4” square

Sewing -
1.Half square triangles four at a time -
Place the two 7” squares right sides together. Stitch 1/4” around the perimeter of the square. Cut the sewn squares on each diagonal. *Hint - leave the square in place after the first cut! 
Press the seams towards the lighter fabric. This will help the seams nest together later on. Trim the four half square triangles to 4 1/2” square.

2. Flying geese four at a time - refer to step-by-step photos
Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the four 2 7/8” squares (Fabric B)
Place two of these squares on the white solid squares lining up the diagonal lines you drew. Sew 1/4” from both sides of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line. Press to form two heart shapes. Place a 2 7/8” square on each heart unit as shown and sew 1/4” from both sides of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line. Press open and you now have four flying geese units. Trim each to 2 1/2” X 4 1/2”.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

November Block lotto


Since there isn’t a block for December, we are going to make two blocks that go together to make a unit that will be for the January meeting. It isn’t difficult, so you shouldn’t have a problem making at least one of these adorable gnomes sitting beside a tall pine tree!

Fabric requirements -
Fabric A - gnome hat - turquoise tone on tone
Fabric B - gnome body - red tone on tone
Fabric C - gnome nose - pink tone on tone
Fabric D - gnome beard - white solid 

Fabric E - tree branches - green tone on tone
Fabric F - tree trunk - brown tone on tone
Fabric G - background - ivory solid
Try to keep your fabric choices bright and cheery. 

Making the block - 
This is from a free pattern on the Sew Can She website. For complete directions go to

Monday, 21 October 2019

November Block of month


Fabrics required:
- Two different red tone on tones - cool reds, not orangey 
- Two different green tone on tones - forest greens, not blue or olive
- NO extra colours except white, and NO Christmas prints please!
- Solid white for the background

From the white, cut sixteen - 2 1/2” squares

From one of the reds, cut four 2 1/2” squares for the four patches

From the other red, cut four 4 1/2” squares for the “petals”

From one of the greens, cut four 2 1/2” squares for the four patches

From the other green, cut one 4 1/2” square for the centre of the block

1. Take two of the 2 1/2” white squares and one each of the red 2 1/2” squares and green 2 1/2” squares and sew together in a four patch as in the photo. Make four of these.
2. Take the remaining eight 2 1/2” white squares and draw a diagonal line across each one. Place one on the upper left hand corner of a red 4 1/2” square, with the diagonal line slanting forwards. Stitch, trim and press. Take another 2 1/2” white square and place it on the opposite corner, with the diagonal line slanting backwards. Stitch, trim and press. Make four of these.
3. Lay out the squares as in the photo. Sew together in rows, then sew together to make your block. Square up to 12 1/2” if necessary.
As always, one block = one ticket. Make one, make two, make lots! Happy sewing : )

For a video tutorial by Jenny at the Missouri Star Quilt Company, go to