Thursday, 16 February 2017

february 2017 block lotto

This one is inspired by the January Toronto MQG block lotto, made to represent the diversity of women and support the women's march of January 21, 2017 around the world.

And in the spirit of this month, it's pink and red!

Start by cutting five pieces of pink or red prints, 6 1/2" x 4 1/2".  Cut one piece same size in black.
Also cut ten 4 1/2" squares.

Now it's time to make flying geese.  Have you done this before? It is pretty straight forward.  Take one pink or red piece and lay one black 4 1/2" square on top, aligned to the right side.  Draw a diagonal line from bottom right, to upper left. Pin this so that it doesn't shift as you sew.
Sew on the marked line.  You can cut off the rest, or as I did, sew another line parallel that will give you an HST to use at some other time.  Cut apart and press to the black.
Do the same on the left side and you should end up with this flying geese block.  Not quite like the traditional flying geese block as you will have more than 1/4" above your center point.  But that's what the Modern quilting is about, taking traditional and making it something new.  Right?
Make 4 more flying geese (5 altogether) and lay them out with the one black piece, putting the black one wherever you like.  Hopefully we will all put it in a slightly different spot, giving a great random layout for the winner of these blocks.
Now simply sew together.  Trim it square to a 12 1/2" block.

Have fun, make one.  Or two, or a whole flock of geese.  As always, each block = one ticket.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

February meeting reminder

Who likes quilts? We like quilts!

Who likes modern quilts? We like modern quilts!

MQG Victoria February 16th Meeting Reminder

505 Marigold Ave, 7-9pm

Hope to see you there!

And don't forget to join our active facebook group; search for "MQG Victoria Discussion Group" and ask to join.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Thank you from Nicole

To Lana, Stacie, Daria, and all you fabulous people:

Thank you so much for my lovely present and your effusive thanks. I feel absolutely spoilt with your generosity. I love mini charms an awful lot and the KONA card is something I've wanted for a long time. 

It has been a lot of fun working to make MQG Victoria the awesome guild it is and it was my pleasure. I leave the guild in good hands for the future and I look forward to having more time to sew. 

And now for the loot!

At the meeting I estimated "definitely over a thousand, probably between 1200 and 1500" squares.

 First peek!

Laid out more tidily. There are 45 bundles of charm squares.

Some folks know I love rainbows and blue/orange.

Lana challenged me to identify finished projects if I could. Best I could do was this batch: (top row L-R) Michael Miller challenge fabric 2014, Riley Blake challenge fabric 2015, Michael Miller challenge fabric 2014, (bottom row L-R) our charm swap this year x2, and someone used the red crosshatch in a batch of HSTs for the KEYS quilts in 2014.

 I sorted all the squares into my usual CMYK colour wheel.

 These are the neutrals, the solids, and the multi-coloured.

Do you know what the craziest thing is? All these hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of fabrics, and I have only four of those prints in my stash. FOUR. And I have five other fabrics in different colours. What a lot of variety of fabric there is in the world!

This is what I was wearing when I sorted all the squares...I am pleased to report the KONA colours are: coal and geranium (sweater), oyster and curry (shirt).

There will be a contest at the February 16th meeting. How many squares did I get? The closest guess wins a prize!

Here's the picture again.

But Nicole! What are you going to do with all those squares anyway?

These are just a few of the quilts I want to make.

Thank you again everyone!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

January block lotto

Winter Tree

This month we are doing improv! 

You will need:
one 13" x13" square of beige/cream/ivory/ecru etc. Solid fabric or print that acts like a solid.
one 2" x 14" strip and about eight 1" assorted length strips in a purple print.

Then we start cutting.

First cut is the main trunk, approximately centre of the block, but try not to do it exactly there, can be on a slight angle, but not too much.  If you are unsure, cut a straight line one inch off the center.
Separate the two pieces and begin cutting primary branches( those that come off the trunk). Cut three or four.  Next cut secondary branches( those that come off the primary branch).  (You will be putting it back together in reverse order).
Remember that improv means your tree doesn't have to be a duplicate of mine, but generally the same. But word to the wise, don't get too excited and do too many branches.  It can get muddled up and not look clear as to what you have made.
Hopefully this isn't too confusing.  the photo should help to clarify. You should now have something like this:

 Now it's time to put it back together.  Take some of your 1" wide strips and join a section of the secondary branches. Make sure to trim so that your primary branch space is a straight line on both sides.

Next is the primary branches, still using the 1" wide strips. Again, trim so that where you will add the trunk is a clean, straight line.


And finally connect the trunk. This is your 2" x 14" strip.

Square it up to 12.5" unfinished, and there you are.  A bare winter tree.
As always, one block = one ticket, so make one, make two, make a whole forest!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Join us for the January meeting!

Join us on Thursday for our January meeting, and for our special guest 


as she presents her amazing quilts and her new book.

Thursday, January 19, 7-9pm
505 Marigold Rd. 

5$ drop in for non-MQG members or join us!

And there are still a couple of spots in both workshops with Rebecca. Details and signups are HERE.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

December Social!

It's time for our annual Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice Social! We skip the boring bits and have show and share, our basket swap, lots of food to share and fun with friends.

Thursday, Dec. 15
505 Marigold Rd
7 - 9pm

We also have a donation drive for KEYS, collecting useful things for the teens staying there over the holiday season.

Please bring the usual things:
  • a mug for beverages
  • show and share
  • name tag
  • LIBRARY BOOKS! very important
Unusual things to bring:
Donation items for KEYS:
  • male/female clothing in teen sizes
  • socks + undies
  • shoes/boots
  • toiletries
  • DVDS
  • gift cards in small amounts (~10$) for Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Walmart, and similar