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!

February 2018: Show and Share

Here's what some of our members have been up to!

Susan made this striking charity quilt.... as well as this pillow made with an interesting overlapping technique.

Chris made a fresh and modern baby quilt.

This is Lois’s Gypsy Wife quilt, which is comprised of 24 different blocks and 79 blocks in total.

Ursula made this multicoloured geometric quilt, enhanced with spiral quilting.

Natalie has a goal this year of sewing her way through her fabric stash… here’s her first 2018 stash-buster completed!

Barb made this quilt for a baby shower gift. She constructed it in five sections, adapting Marianne’s adding-borders technique.

Ruth started a project using Tula Pink tiger fabric... well as this quilt in warm neutrals, and a "Temperature Quilt" which will have one block per day, using blue on days when it rains and brown on days when it doesn't! 

Here's Mary’s “Day Into Night” quilt – her own design, and the largest quilt she has ever made.

Stacie made a fun mini using selvages, for a swap.

She also made this "quilt-as-you-go" quilt... well as a great bag and coordinating wallet.

And Nicole made a mini for a swap using triangles she started in a Katie Peterson workshop... four years ago!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

February 2018 Block Lotto

Women's Day Block
Mar 8th is International Women's day, so I figured we should celebrate in our quilty way!
This block is traditionally called the African Queen block, but I decided we could embrace all women with it. 

Fabrics you will need to build this block:

Striped fabric, any colour: one 8 ½ “ square, two 1 ½ “x 3 ½ “ pieces, one 2 ½ “ square, and one 2 ½ “ x 4 ½ “ piece. ( See photo below for stripe direction for the pieces!!!!!)

White fabric:  two 8 ½ “ x 3 ½ “ pieces, two 1 ½ “ x 6” pieces.

“Skin colour” fabric( Any skin tone that you choose, your own or another’s.): one 2 ½ “ square, two 1 ½ “ squares.

Start by building the smallest pieces into bigger ones first.  Take the long skinny white strips and your small skin colour squares.  Join on the diagonal to create your hands.

Make sure you have one going each direction!
Now add the sleeves of the dress. 
Join the 2 1/2" skin colour square to the 2 1/2" striped  square ( watch your stripe direction).  Join the 2 1/2"x 4 1/2" striped square to complete the "head".

 It's time to lay it all out and check how your block is coming along. Make sure your sleeves are on the right sides, with hands pointing inwards; there are some images of this block with the hands pointing out.  Ours will NOT be like that.
Next step is to add the long white strip to one arm, and add the other sleeve to the skirt.

Then add put the head and her right sleeve together, and last white strip the her left side.

Finally put her all together.

Finished block is 12 1/2" .

One block = one ticket, so make one, make two, make a whole bunch of pretty ladies!