Monday, 2 July 2018

June Block Lotto

Sliced Circle Block

your colour paletteAzure Butterflies - Do you have an eye for color? Share it with us! Submit your own color palettes at! Lots of turquoise and blue range.

Fabrics you will need:

Solid black fabric
Tone on tone prints in the above colour palette

Part 1:
-cut one black strip 13"x 5.5", and one print strip 13"x 5.5".

-lay one strip on top of the other.  Right sides up.  Mark your fabric at 3" from each end( on the side you will cut from).  Make another mark at 7.5", 3" in from the outer side of the circle to the edge of the strip.

 -draw a curve on the fabric as shown (yes, on the right side of the fabric) and then cut along that line.  I drew freehand.  Use a guide if needed, but make sure your curve hits all the marks.

-Pin opposite fabric curve, and sew.  once sewn, this will look wonky until trimmed!

-trim strips to 4.5"x 12.5"

Part 2:

-cut from each fabric, two 3.5"x 2.5" strips and one 6.5"x 2.5"strip.

-sew strips together, alternating fabric...short-long-short to get two opposite strips.( see below)

-trim to 4.5"x 12.5" strip

You should now have three pieced strips.  Sew these together, and you've got your sliced circle.

Finished block is 12.5" square.

One block=one ticket, so make one, make two, make a whole lot of circles.

This block is not to be turned in until the august meeting.  Plenty of time to play and make lots.

Friday, 29 June 2018

June 2018 Show and Share

Here are the yummy quilts members shared at the June meeting!

Darlene made a striking design from charm packs and layer cakes.

...and here's the other side

That's Natalie hiding behind an oversized modern log cabin...

Natalie also made this hexagon quilt in her continuing quest to use up her stash!

Dawna's "Happy Camper" quilt, which she finished while on a camping trip. She wanted red thread for the label and hadn't brought any, so she unraveled some stitching from her red hoodie... now that's dedication!

Dawna also made this quilt, featuring Tula Pink "Moonshine" fabrics, for her daughter's birthday...

... and she completed this mini for the Riley Blake challenge, called "Banff Beauty."

Michelle made these pillows from her own hand-dyed fabrics, and did some beautiful ruler work in the quilting.

Cindy's first time making a tote was a great success!

This quilt-as-you-go, called "Easy Does It," was made by Ursula from her own pattern.

Christine's paper pieced beauty was made from scraps

Jay's latest finish, made from a kit bought online from Saskatchewan.

Carol said she "finally brought something finished!"  The pattern for this quilt is from the book "Accentuate the Negative: Making the Most of Negative Space in Modern Quilts" by Trisch Price.

And here are the block lotto blocks, in just one of several possible layouts. Anne was the lucky winner

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

May 2018 Show & Share

Here's what members shared at the May meeting!

Chris with her flamingo quilt:
Kathleen's quilt made at the Lorna Shapiro workshop:
Rosalie's rainbow table topper:

Janelle shared her Riley Blake challenge mini:
Janelle with her Flying Geese quilt:
And Janelle also made this quilt with ombre confetti fabrics:

This is Cindy's second quilt ever! Sawtooth stars and a centre cowboy block:
Laura made this colourful Dresden quilt:

Kelly made this memory quilt for her daughter, using fabric from her father's shirts:
Jay brought her elephant quilt, made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and embellished with over 2,000 jewels - it was a multiple award winner at the Victoria Guild show!

There were lots of block lotto entries - here they are with Cindy, the lucky winner!

Saturday, 26 May 2018

may block lotto

May Block Lotto is an Inset Triangle Mini Block

Fabrics you will need:

Black and white Print fabric: six of 2 5/8" squares, and four of 7"x2 5/8" strips

Orange tone on tone fabric: six of 2 5/8" squares, and four of 7"x2 5/8" strips

This time we are making 4 mini blocks instead of one big block. The following instructions will guide you to making 2 of the 4 mini blocks.  You need to make 4 mini blocks for one block lotto ticket.

Start by connecting your 2 5/8" squares as shown below.
Now join the 7" strips to the sides to create a 2 squares.  Do not trim.

Put the two blocks together, right sides in.  Draw a diagonal line as shown and pin to hold in place.

Sew a stitch line 1/4" off the pen line, on each side.  Hopefully you can see what I mean below, the orange shows the stitching better.

Now cut along your pen line.  Voila! two inset triangle mini blocks. Trim to 6 1/2" square.

Make 2 more mini blocks and you are done.  Unless you had so much fun and want to make more.

This next photo shows how they will look, but leaving them apart will give the block lotto winner more options in variation and layout.
Four mini blocks = 1 ticket, so make 4, make 8, make dozens!

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!