Thursday, 20 October 2016

Northern Lights Block lotto

Inspired by the Northern Lights 

Fabric...all solids, no prints
Background Fabric: Choose 1 dark colour (black, dark blue, dark purple)
Cut: Four 3 ½“ squares
        Two 4“ squares
One 9 ½”x3 ½” strip
One 12 ½”x3 ½” strip
Star Fabric: Choose 1 light/bright colour (yellow, green, pink, white)
Cut: One 3 ½” square
Two 4” squares 

Take the two 4” dark squares and the two 4” light squares and make 4 HSTs.  Trim to 3½”.
If you want more info about HSTs, check out our very thorough HST Tutorial.

Lay out in a 9 patch as shown and sew together.

Add the 3 ½ “x 9 ½ “to one side and then the 3 ½”x12 ½” to another side.

Trim to an unfinished 12 ½” square.

As always, the more you make, the better your chances of winning.  Make one, make two, make a sky full of stars!

October meeting tonight

Meeting tonight!

Join us as we welcome 
Kathleen Riggins and her amazing quilts.

7pm, 505 Marigold Rd. 

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

MQG Victoria October meeting and workshops - Trunk Show by Kathleen Riggins, Canadian Longarm Quilter

MQG Victoria is excited to announce that we will be hosting Kathleen Riggins, an extraordinary Canadian modern longarm quilter, for a trunk show at our October meeting, Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7pm.
She is teaching TWO days of workshops for us on Friday Oct 21 and Saturday Oct. 22. Use a straight ruler and easy fills to create stunning modern quilting designs. There is still space available for the Saturday workshop! Details at the link.
Kathleen is from Camrose, Alberta and has been sewing and quilting all of her life.  She has been free-motion quilting for over a decade and long-arm quilting for several years.
Kathleen often teaches at Sparrow Studios in Edmonton and has just returned from teaching in Australia at the Australian Machine Quilting Festival and several other locations.  She will also be teaching longarm quilting at Quiltcon East in Savannah, Georgia in February 2017.  Luckily we get to see her first!!
If you do not know her work, you can check it out on her blog at  She is also on Instagram @kathleenquilts and is on Facebook as well.
We hope you can join us for Kathleen's trunk show or her workshop

Friday, 30 September 2016

Sept. pictures! Show and share, birthday, ugly fabric challenge

 Happy 3rd birthday MQG Victoria!! Congrats to all our members, past and present, our supporters, our speakers, and guests. Thanks for everything that has brought us to this point. Here's to another great year for our guild!

Birthday caaaaaaake!

Block lotto for this past month.

L-R: Pat, Pam, and Kim. Cheers!

L-R: Kelly, Audrey, and Ruth.
Carol made this charming baby quilt.

Susan T. triangle baby quilt.

More triangles! Chris S?

Susan T combined 5" charm squares with some of Elizabeth Hartman's forest friends to make this sweet baby quilt. That's Anne D on the right.

Margaret entered this charm square quilt at the Saanich Fair and took home a prize! Margaret also took home best of the Modern category with her quilt from the workshop with Marianne we did in the spring.

We love the value progression through this quilt made by new member Bea.

Laura with another lovely modern quilt.

Newest member Sharon S shared this lovely calm baby quilt.

And another baby quilt from Sharon S!

Mary had this crazy cool baby quilt.

Mary showed this lovely dress she made with fabric purchased from the 2015 destash sale. It was only 4$/m - thank you for selling this treasure! 

Rosalie made this great table runner. 

Sharon C made this bright beauty using charm squares but she saved the little waste triangles...

It turns out that waste triangles are perfect for a little zig zag border on another quilt!

The back of the Sharon's quilt.

Pat L. helped her sister downsize and made this quilt for her sister using her sister's fabric.
Marianne with a fabulous quilt as you go.

Back of Marianne's quilt.

Marianne played with this raw edge appliqu├ęd on a longarm. Great texture ;)

And Marianne is playing with leftover bits from other quilts to see what she comes up with.

Netta put this quilt in the Saanich Fair modern category and got a commendation for it.  It's quilted with swirls on the left and straight lines on the right.
Natalie won the block lotto a couple of months ago and made this runner. She separated the blocks into prints and solids. This is the prints side. 

And this is the solids side. Natalie quilted this on her new longarm!

Stacie went to NS in August and crashed the Maritime MQG meeting while there. They meet in a fabric store, just how we started!

Some pouches from somewhere.

Stacie LOVES her on-line swaps and this is what someone made for her.

Maureen's favourite colour is turquoise and she was thrilled to win the block lotto!

And of course September brings our ugly fabric challenge. At our annual July meeting picnic members bring an ugly FQ or .5m to swap. You use the new-to-you fabric plus any four other fabrics to make something modern with it! Here are some of this year's offerings:

After everyone voted at intermission we awarded Netta's quilt a 25$ gift certificate to Gala Fabrics for this lovely quilt:

And Laura took second with a 20$ gift certificate to Capital Iron for her pouch and notebook cover!

Phew! Enjoy the weekend everyone and see you for our fabulous guest speaker and teacher Kathleen Riggins on October 20th.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Wonky Star Flower

Inspiration block “Starflower” by Angela Nash of  also found in the book "Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe"

You Need:
4 solid white 5” squares (Kona White, and definitely not prints)
4 DIFFERENT medium pink to fuchsia 5” squares

1. Cut white squares diagonally to get 8 half square triangles (not pictured)

2Piece white triangle onto corner of coloured square at a random angle, press open.  

3. Add second white triangle onto another corner of the coloured square, also at a random angle. Press open.

4. Trim to 5” square.

5. Repeat three more times with remaining fabrics. Piece together 4 petals as shown in a pinwheel.  

Trim to 9 ½” square. 

One starflower block gets 1 lotto ticket, so make one, make two, make a garden of flowers!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Happy birthday to us!

It's our THIRD anniversary and we hope you can join us tonight for cake and quilts. 

7pm Scout Hall
505 Marigold Road