Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Hallowe'en!


Happy Hallowe'en to you and yours. It's been a gorgeous October so far in Victoria – let's hope the rain holds off for just another few hours. 

If you have little ones we hope they have an exciting time tonight. 

And remember, our next meeting is three weeks tonight – Nov. 21st!

Friday, 18 October 2013

October Block of the Month instructions

Block of the Month demo and lottery 
October 2013 • Disappearing 9 patch

How do you make a disappearing 9 patch block modern?
Use lots of neutral! 

You need: 
5  5” squares of WHITE solid (not tone on tone)
2  5” squares of colour A print
2  5” squares of colour B print

Sew the 9 patch together in any layout you like; the more random, the better. You will get a 14” block. Cut your block horizontally and vertically down the centre, leaving you with 4 7” square blocks. 

At this point, you would mix and match and rearrange your small blocks, then sew them all together but for our lottery you will bring in the four small blocks. 4  7” blocks = 1 lottery ticket. No limit to how many you can make!

Here are some possible layouts (above) and here's what they look like quartered (below). 

image taken from St. Louis Folk Victorian

Remember you can make as many as you like. Have fun!

A successful second meeting

We set new records with attendance last night and we hope people had a good time. We talked a lot about the founding Modern Quilt Guild, started in LA in 2009, and our group joining up with other like minded quilters around the world. Elections will be held in January as well as having our annual membership dues start then.

Moving on to the fun stuff....

Nicole did the first block of the month demo, a disappearing 9 patch made modern. The rules for this one are simple; using

5  5” squares of WHITE solid
2  5” squares of colour A print
2  5” squares of colour B print

lay them out in ANY 3x3 configuration you like, sew them together then chop them in half vertically and horizontally and bring them to the November meeting. For every four mini-blocks you bring you will get a lottery ticket to win ALL the blocks. How fabulous is that? 

Three different layouts

Show and share brought loads of terrific quilts and things:

Brenda's version of the Spectrum school gym floor

Brian's pillow

Brian's quilt 
Brian also made a wallet but didn't pass that around!

Jeni's amazing skull, all free motion quilted

Margaret's fully reversible, quilt as you go puzzle quilt
Rosalie's first piece

Another piece by Rosalie

Not sure who is hiding behind this awesome one....
Ursula's piece using store bought bias tape leftover from a long time ago. 

Not pictured were a terrific hand pieced quilt featuring people and houses and Ruth had an Egyptian flag sewn into a moebius loop which when combined with a chair is called "Throne for a Loop".

Door prizes this month were kindly donated by our local fabric shops and we thank them very much. Brian, Gail, Karen, Margaret, Jane M., and Lois were all a little happier after winning. We would like to thank:

And of course many thanks to our host Linda at Satin Moon. 

Come see the fabulous mini quilts she has on display now for her Modern Challenge. 

See you next month, on November 21st! Happy quilting until then,

MQG Victoria

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Meeting Reminder

A quick reminder that we have our second meeting tomorrow 

Thursday, October 17th at 7pm

Please bring a mug, a chair if you have one, and 
something for show and share. 

Remember too that there is a 3$ drop in fee. 

It's going to be awesome, and we'll see you there!

Friday, 11 October 2013

October meeting

Thursday, October 17th 7pm
Satin Moon • 825 Fort St. 

It's time for our monthly meeting! Here's what we have planned for this one:

Information from The Modern Quilt Guild, definitions and joining the umbrella guild

Starting our membership and elections, what we have planned for future

Block of the Month demo and LOTTERY! it will be a surprise, so no hints!

Show and Share, as presented by you

Door Prizes and cookies, fairly self explanatory

Please bring: a mug for coffee, a chair if you have one, and anything for show and share. 

Because we're saving up to rent a bigger space (and do fun things!) there will now be a 3$ drop-in fee.

Have a lovely thanksgiving weekend, and we'll see you on Thursday. 

MQG Victoria

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Congratulations are due...!!

We have a wonderful quilter in our group (actually we have LOTS of wonderful quilters in our group) but the one I am thinking of right now is Marianne Haak. Some of you have been lucky enough to meet this talented and generous lady. She splits herself between two homes, one near Edmonton and the other here in Victoria. And of course her home on the internet is The Quilting Edge

Marianne has been very enthusiastic and supportive of starting this guild and we are glad she is a part of our group. We are so very pleased to announce that she won the Piecing Award (a cash prize no less!) at the 2013 AQS Modern Quilt Challenge for her lovely quilt "Ripple Effect II". This is the inaugural modern show that the AQS is hosting and due to its success they have now added a modern component to ALL their shows. Go modern quilts!

Shamelessly lifted from her blog

Marianne's blog is on our sidebar, and check out 
her Flickr account for more beautiful pictures. 

Marianne and her husband are moving house right now so I'm sure she is thinking about boxes not fabric but we wanted to send our congratulations and to say "come back soon!"