Saturday, 23 November 2013

All about the November meeting

On Thursday we had our third meeting and our most successful one yet. We managed to cram over forty people into Satin Moon (thanks again to our lovely and gracious host, Linda) and everyone had a great time. 

We started with the business portion of the meeting, first introducing some of the "do-it" committee aka the executive. Stacie, our cracker-jack treasurer, gave us the low down about being able to accept credit cards at our meetings. Heather, in charge of membership, gave details about our upcoming membership drive. Membership will run from January to December each year, with early renewal available in November. And we had some takers, even a few who paid with credit cards right then and there!

Nicole relaying business stuff in front of some blocks of the month. 

Christine has gotten all of our social media underway and I think we are everywhere: facebook, flickr, instagram, twitter, pinterest, as well as here on this blog. Check out the links on our sidebar right over there ---> Please upload pictures, re-tweet us, and like us on facebook. Spread the word to all your friends about us and how awesome we are. 

Satin Moon had sponsored a Modern Challenge, providing a FQ to participants and asking them to interpret "modern" anyway they like. The winner, chosen by viewer's choice, was Pam B. from our guild! She won 25$ to spend at Satin Moon. Congratulations Pam!

Next we broke for cookies and coffee, to chat and to peruse the sale tables. When we came back we had another block of the month demo, 
this time an uneven stacked coins block:

Last month's block of the month was a modern disappearing 9 patch and boy did we have an amazing number of blocks turned in! Some people made one or two, someone made eight, and someone else made twenty-two! It just goes to show how easy that block is. 

Here's another picture of our design wall covered in 9patch blocks:
Note that each block you see is actually on top of THREE other blocks. There were 91 sets of four turned in, giving us 364 total. 

That is why we chose three winners this month:
from left: Terri, Judy, and Laura

Next we moved on to show and share and again, what a lot of beautiful things!

A small wool blanket cut down and pieced from Lana's 
grandmother's blanket and backed in fleece. 

Chris's queen size flying geese for her daughter.

Stacie's colourful flowers. 

Thea's all blue quilt - no repeated fabrics!

Christine's Tokyo Subway quilt from Oh, Fransson. The neutral colour is linen which gave such a nice weight to it. And she quilted it in the dogwood/orange peel pattern, also from Oh, Franson

Heather's disappearing 9 patch (not terribly modern by her own admission) but FINISHED! and thematically linked to our block of the month. 

Ruth's dinosaur bones quilt for her grandson. She did terrific prairie points all around the edge of the quilt and graduated them in size to mimic the plates on a stegosaurus. 

Nicole's solid fabric inventory sheet, page one of three.

Nicole's mini, to be used as her christmas card - a reproduction of a Charlie Harper image. 

Kimberley's mini.

Linda made an advent calendar for her sister. 

Barbara showing her hand- and bead-work. 

Gabrielle's amazing and enormous! quilt - check out the quilting, all done on her domestic machine. 

And Gabrielle again with a value quilt. 

Jane was challenged by a friend to try this project out! It will be a cushion for her granddaughter (L) and a paper pieced string pinwheel cushion for her grandson (R). 

Nicole's quilt which hung in the AQS show in Des Moines (their first modern show, and so popular they'll be doing it again). 

Lots of quilty goodness from our meeting. 

We hope to see you at our next one, in January. 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

November Block of the Month instructions

November 2013 • Uneven Stacked Coins Block

You need: 
8-12 scrap strips - use happy, bright scraps. 1.5" or 2" wide, 3-8" long
8-12 WHITE solid strips. 1.5" or 2" wide, 12" long

Your strips need to total 12” high (finished), so check your math for how many you need!! 
I used 3 at 2” wide and 8 at 1.5” wide for this block. 

Start with your scrap strips:

Cut them to EITHER 1.5" or 2" wide and square up the ends if necessary. 

Sort into two piles (1.5" and 2") and count the number of each width. 

Cut that number of white strips in matching widths. 
Cut all white strips 12" long. 

Chain sew one white to each scrap strip and cut them apart.

Now sew the other end of the white to the other end of the scrap strip. Pay attention to which side your seam allowance is on!

You should now have some clever little loops. 

Grab a pair of scissors (not pictured) and cut the loop apart, cutting anywhere in the white section. Leave at least 2" of white next to the seam allowance. 
Strips are now 14.5" - 19.5" long. Press all seam allowances towards the colour.

Lay out all your strips and tweak them until you like the arrangement. Make sure you have at least 13" of width at the narrowest point.

Line up your ruler with the shortest piece and cut, first on one side....

and then on the other. 

Like so!

Sew all your strip together in pairs, then the pairs together,
then those together...

until you have a sewn together block measuring about 12.5" x 13".
Press all seam allowances in one direction.

Trim to 12.5" square. 

Call it done, or make another one. Bring those to the meeting on January 16th and turn each block in for one lottery ticket. Maybe you'll win this time!

Too wordy? Too many pictures?

Here's the handout version:

Monday, 18 November 2013

November meeting reminder

Hello friends - it's time to gather once again and have loads of fun with modern quilts.

Our meeting is:

Thursday, Nov. 21st
7pm onwards
Satin Moon Quilted Garden • 825 Fort St. 

Please bring:

  • a mug for coffee (none will be supplied)
  • a chair if you have one
  • 3$ for the drop-in fee
  • your disappearing 9 patch blocks for the block lottery
  • something for show and share! Let's see what you've been working on. 

We have many things to share with you so we hope to see you there.