Thursday, 18 December 2014

December block lotto - Disappearing Hourglass block

We are using the Disappearing Hourglass block first shown by the Misssouri Quilt Co. The fabric choice is what will make this a smashing modern quilt!

You will need:

2 10" squares of MODERN PRINT fabric. Choose any two colours from the palette shown below. **Make sure your fabrics contrast strongly either by COLOUR or print SCALE.**

For the instructions:

If the embedded video doesn't work (hey, we're trying new technologies!), check out the link here:

And as always with our block lottos, one block = one lotto ticket, so make one, make two, make lots!

Monday, 15 December 2014

It's not a meeting, it's a Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice party!

We hope you will join us on Thursday night as we socialize at the end of 2014 and celebrate the year to come. 

We are skipping the business portion of the meeting and sticking to the fun stuff. 

What's the plan? 

  • block lotto demo
  • Show and Share - modern quilts and seasonal projects/gifts
  • our pouch swap with the Maritime MQG
  • our "bring one, take one" MUG RUG swap - max size is 8.5"x11"
  • food of course! please bring an appetizer or dessert to share; non-messy, finger food will be appreciated the most

And if you want to bring something to send over to KEYS, we'll have a collection box. Linens, clothes for teens, snacks or baking, or presents are especially appreciated. 

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, and if you won't be joining us, then Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, a blessed Solstice, and all the best for 2015!

Boring details: Pearkes Rec Centre • 7pm Thursday, Dec. 18
Owen Room (main doors, a hard left, down the hall)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Book Review: Modern Mix

Book Review from Nicole

This is a great book recently added to our local GVPL catalogue. I came across a quote a month ago from Natalie Barnes that gave a great assessment of fabulous, big focus prints. She said that you can either preserve the scale of the print and showcase it, or you "can do the opposite and cut into it and it come alive because every different cut is going to take you in a different direction". What a fabulous thing to have in my head as I started reading this book. The premise of the book is using large scale prints in combination with solids in ways that lets the size and scale of the print work well.

I think Jessica Levitt has written a good book and come up with some interesting projects that are well designed. I did prefer the quilt patterns best but I think overall the author has achieved a nice balance throughout the book.

There is a quick run through of quilting terms and supplies; and Design and Colour, looking at hue, value, scale, and contrast. The book layout itself is good, the photography is both clear and pretty. The line drawings within the patterns are well done and plentiful. The projects cover a wide range of items (quilts, pillows, tablecloths, camera case, bags, wall art, organizing things) and a variety of techniques (piecing, appliqué, using interfacing, etc). 

The only thing I didn't like about the books is that for the quilt patterns, only one size is given. So if you want to make a twin instead of a king you'll have to work out the math yourself. This is not a basic, intro to quilting book, but the patterns are not overly difficult. I would say that a competent beginner could manage most, if not all the projects. 

And here is a bit about Nicole herself:

How long have you been sewing/quilting?

I learned to sew on a industrial sewing machine in the costume department at York University's theatre school twenty years ago. I started quilting in the fall of 2007 when I was on maternity leave with my first child. 

Favourite quilt you've made?
Can't have favourites, the others will get jealous ;) Straight answer? The one I'm working on now.

What are you working on now?
Ha! Three sets of kids pjs (two for my kids and one for a friend's kid), a pouch for the pouch swap, a fabric drawstring bag, a mug rug to swap, a quilt for MY VERY OWN, and a couple of scarves, all due before the 28th of December. Non Christmas projects include: my improv pattern testing project, my giant tea leaves quilt, another scrap quilt I've got rattling around my brain, and ..... I'll just stop there without referring to my spreadsheet.

Thanks Nicole for the book review!

Friday, 28 November 2014

November show and share

What a lot of fabulous quilts (and other things too) we made! Check it out:

November block lotto - Slab technique
Click HERE for the current block, the Winter Snowflake.

Baby Olivier and his proud mama Danika

Terri showing a baby quilt. She started following a pattern but then decided to chop it up and remake it. Yay Terri!

Janelle's beautiful blue quilt.

And the back of Janelle's blue quilt: the orange side.

Gabrielle's Large Hadron Collider quilt, to be a Christmas present for her physicist boyfriend.

This is what the Large Hadron Collider looks like.

Lana's flock of geese, and her fifth quilt ever she said!

Back of Lana's quilt.

Ursula made a stacked coin baby quilt.

And she brought the quilt in a bag made from a Ricky Tims' class years ago. The centre of each block is unique and wonky. 

Kim loving another HST zig zag layout.

Kim again with a slab technique baby quilt.

Pam free motion quilted this her nephew (great nephew?).

Guest Margaret made this quilt with some very well travelled fabric, at a "quilt week retreat" with some good friends in Ontario. Clever eyes might recognize the pattern as an earlier Block Lotto.

Barbara showed us the planning for a duvet cover made while visiting her daughter living in the UK. Not enough fabric though changed the layout and yielded this lovely:

The leftover fabrics became placemats and a table runner using one of Ursula's patterns! 
Thea showed us a "1600" strip pieced quilt in lovely african prints/warm colours.

And a blue version of the same pattern.

Susan's modern version of the Fisgard Lighthouse.

Maryann's Christmas table runner. The free motion quilting is SO amazing - tiny presents with bows, holly leaves and berries, and more!

Geri's friend made her this lovely bag.

And not a quilt, but comfy to sit in while hand quilting?
Free chair. In Gordon Head but delivery might be possible. Email us for more info. Colour is pretty accurate.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

November sew-in!

It's Sew-In time again! 

Bring your machine, a project or two (or more), and join us :

November Sew-In
Friday, Nov. 28 7pm - 11pm
at the Cloth Castle

They will supply mats and rulers, and the store is open until 8 if you need to buy anything.

Hope you can make it; we would love to see you there! Email us or just drop by.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

November Block Lotto!

November Block lotto - Winter Snowflake

You will need:
  • One fat quarter of solid black such as Kona Black, make sure it is pure black and not dark blue!
  • Five Strips 2.5” x 12” long. In blue, turquoise, aqua, and navy colour printed fabric

1. From your fat quarter of black cut five 4.5” squares and sixteen 2.5” squares.
2. Take one of your colour strips and cut two 2.5” x 4.5” strips out of it.

3. Take four of the black 2.5” squares and draw a line diagonally from corner to corner.

4. Place one square on the right side of the strip you cut in step 2 with the marked line facing right side up. Make sure the line is touching one of the corners of the strip.

5. Sew on the marked line with a 1/4” seam allowance, trim off the excess fabric and press.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the opposites end of the rectangle but keep the drawn line on the black square perpendicular to the stitch line on the first black square.

7. Repeat steps 4-6 on the second strip you cut in step2 but mirror the angles.

8. Sew the two strips together.

9. Repeat steps 2-7  three more times to make your four Chevron blocks.

10. Cut your last coloured strip into four 2.5” squares.

11. Taking four of your black 4.5” squares and the four squares you just cut in step 10, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the four small squares and place each on on the corner of one of the large black squares, make sure the line you drew is not touching the corner of the black square.

(The line is there, just hard to see.)
12. Sew on the line, trim off the excess and press open.

13. You now have completed all of the squares, sew them together as shown in the finished picture.

Ta da! You have now finished your block for the December block lotto. One block = one lotto ticket to win the whole lot, so make one, make two, make 10!

It's meeting time!

We are looking forward to seeing you at our meeting tonight. 

TONIGHT at Pearkes Rec Centre. 7pm, Owen room on the main floor - through the main doors and down the hall immediately on your left. Click the link for parking, maps and transit info. Doors open at 6:40 to let us get set up. 

What's in store:
• reviewing our recent survey
• a representative from KEYS is visiting us
• starting up our library
• early renew for 2015 membership. Forms are HERE
• having fun!

Please bring:
• a mug for tea or coffee,
• your name tag to wear,
• your Modern show and share, 
• your block for the block lottery. Instructions are HERE.
• your HST blocks for our Charity drive. The full tutorial is HERE, and some really useful info on fabric colours is HERE. Please put your blocks, grouped by colour, in a zip top bag with your name on it. 

• if your birthday is in November, please bring cookies or a treat to share,

• MONEY: we accept cash, cheque or credit card. You will need money for these things:
  • sew-in sign-ups 
  • FQ of white or black
  • 50/50 draw (cash only)

Business info:

• October meeting minutes
• October financial reports, chequing and savings.

Last but not least:

• If you are not a member of MQG Victoria there is a 5$ drop in fee. If you decide to join our guild the 5$ will be discounted from your membership dues. 

Whew - see you tonight!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Hallowe'en

A few of our members wanted to wish you 
a happy Hallowe'en today!

The Queen of Hearts stopped by our sew-in last week and had a good chuckle before shouting "off with her head!"

Which someone was only too happy to do! 
That poor bride - what was the wedding night like?

And Princess Anna just wants to build a snowman before trick or treating. 

Happy Hallowe'en to you and yours. 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Social Media 101 - uploading pictures on Facebook

Here is another Social Media info post from Christine, and we have our 2014 survey ready. It's a short one, only 15 questions, so please take a moment to answer our questions. It's your chance to influence the direction of the guild!

We had a positive response to the Social Media 101 post done a while back, but there were some questions regarding uploading pictures onto these social media websites, which will be addressed in this post.

Normally one has to be a member of a social media website, if one wants to upload pictures. If this is the case, then you need to create an identity, whether real or made-up to keep anonymity. Normally this requires an email address. It is recommended that the email address that you use for social media not be linked to any online banking or e-purchases, to be on the safe side.

To create an account, simply follow the instructions with an email address and a password. Once that is achieved, uploading pictures is usually quite simple. There is usually an icon and/or a drop down menu in the top bar.

The social media sites have similar picture uploading functions. Facebook is a good site to start off with.

There are two main ways to upload pictures:

  • putting photos on your own separate picture page (here circled in red and green for reference purposes) 
  • posting pictures onto someone else's or your own conversation thread
If you want to establish your own picture board, then click on the "Photos" with the red circle. Clicking on the green circle will lead you to the same set-up.

You will end up with a page similar to the one above. You can post all the pictures you want without organisation or you can create separate albums. 

I would like to upload the pictures that were taken from the July guild meeting (*ahem* I am a bit behind in my uploads...) . I click on "Add Photos" on the mid-right hand side. I choose the source of my pictures through the window that pops up on my screen to upload. This can be from your computer in your picture file for example, or a shared file like "Dropbox". 

Once you have selected the pictures you want uploaded, you can add in the album title, add any other descriptions you may have etc. If you have uploaded a picture that you regret including, this can be deleted at any time by going to the little drop down menu that appears under the arrow on the right hand side of the photo when you leave your mouse over the image.

Drag the mouse down to "Delete this Photo" to remove picture. As you can see, there is also the option of making this particular photo an "Album Cover", which will be the picture that will appear on the album, under the album folder. You can also include further description on the picture, identify people that are already on Facebook, add location where picture was taken etc. Just simply move your mouse around to the different icons, and you will normally be provided with explanations. Don't be shy to try! 

You can make the picture "private" for your eyes only, for "friends" on Facebook or "public" for all to see. Make sure you tick off the right box.

You will be notified when all the pictures are uploaded and you can edit at will. When you are finished editing, there is a button on the lower right "Post Photos". Click on that button and away you go!

You can return to the picture to add comments after it is published.

Once you have posted your pictures on Facebook, it will appear in your conversation thread and notify your friends as well, who may view your photos and perhaps even comment them or "like" them.

Please note that some sites have limits to how many pictures you can upload for free, so it is best to investigate before posting loads of photos.

With regards to uploading pictures on conversation threads, simply click on the camera icon (here with a purple circle for reference purposes) to upload a photo or video from your computer or shared drive with your comment.

As mentioned above, most sites have similar picture uploading mechanisms, so just poke around a bit. If there are any frustrations, do not hesitate to contact us by email.

Good luck! 

Thank you Christine for preparing this, and remember:

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

October events, info, and signups!!

Hello again MQG! Here are the announcements and info part of the meeting. The pictures of pretty quilts are HERE.

At the end of the meeting we have some door prizes which are generously donated by our local quilt and fabric stores. Please thank them if you are in their store! This month's prizes and winners were:

Cloth Castle gift certificate and fat quarter - Lisa W.
Gala Fabrics gift certificate - Josée (guest)
Sawyer's Pinmoors - Jo-Anne B.
 FQ set donated by Laura - Marcia (guest)
Capital Iron fat quarters - Marilyn
Olfa small rotary cutter and mini mat - Danica (guest)

and for our HST Charity Challenge the winner was:
Cloth Castle FQ bundle - we forget, but we'll update it soon

The block lottery was won by Sam!

Our inaugural 50/50 draw was for $61.50 and was won by Tracy!! The 50/50 monies are earmarked for the batting and backing for our Charity HST quilt project.

Sew-Ins! and our swaps:
  • Sew-Ins!! we have a few spaces left for the sew-in on FRIDAY at the Cloth Castle! 7pm-11pm, 10$ Email us to hold your spot.
  • Sew-In, part 2!! Lots of room for the sew-in on Sunday, November 9th. Pearkes Rec Centre, 12pm-4pm, 10$. Email us to hold your spot. We'd love for you to join us.
  • Our December meeting will have a participation-optional "mug rug and mug swap". Bring one, take one. Bonus points if you match your rug to your mug, and if you make it NON-Christmas. Loads of inspiration is HERE.
  • Sign up HERE to participate in the pouch swap with the Maritime MQG. Just like the swap we did with the Fraser Valley MQG (make a pouch, fill it with presents). Inspiration and links are HERE and HERE. Bring your finished pouch to the December meeting.
Other info:
  • One of our members, Jo-Anne A., is selling tickets as a fundraiser for a "quilts for cancer" group. Event is at Hillside Centre, EMAIL Jo-Anne for info and tickets.
  • Cloth Castle has the ENTIRE line of Cotton + Steel, on sale now.
  • Capital Iron has a new shipment of 100+ bolts.

October meeting show and share

We had another amazing turnout for our meeting last week – partly because we're awesome (we think!) and partly because we were pleased to welcome BARRY, the knowledgeable sewing machine repair guy from The Cloth Castle

Here are the highlights of what Barry shared: don't mess with your bobbin tension!, clean your machine often, use a spool cap all the time, change your needle (a new one for every project or MORE OFTEN), don't wind your bobbins at top speed, and unthread your machine properly! 

Barry discussing thread tension.

Thank you Barry for coming and sharing tips with us, and for generously donating some door prizes as well!

We had the quarterly prize draw for our HST charity project. The fabulous Lisa, who is organizing all of it for us, told us that in August we had 296 blocks, in September we had 492 blocks
and in October, 807 blocks!

Thank you everyone! We still need lots more, so please continue making the 8" finished HST blocks. More info is here. We'll have another quarterly prize in February.

Christine (L) and Rhonda (R) with their prizes. Christine made 114 blocks and Rhonda made 80.  The prizes were donated by Bryan (the books and charm squares), and GALA Fabrics gave the generous gift certificates.

The October block lotto was tricky to photograph (it looked much better in person). It was won by our guest SAM B.!
The November block - the Slab technique from "Sunday Morning Quilts".

Stacie's Michael Miller challenge, finished in time for the Cowichan Valley Fair, and titled "Hello, My Name is Michael."

Stacie showed this work in progress from a class taught by our talented member Susan Teece.

Judi A. showed this quilt made for her teen-aged granddaughter (FRONT).

The back of Judi's quilt, made with leftover bits from the front and much more modern.

Tracy showed this top she made with the blocks she won in the May block lotto, the Wonky Diamond.

And now it's time for the Lois show! It has been a few months since Lois came to a meeting so she had a few finished quilts to show us.

Number 1, FRONT

Number 1, BACK (you can see the front ghosting through). And check out what the lighting did to Lois' black leather jacket!

Number 2, FRONT. From the "Kaffe drawer" of Lois' stash.

Number 2, BACK. Lois had it long arm quilted but felt afterwards that she could have handled the straight line quilting herself.

Number 3, FRONT. Also from the "Kaffe drawer" of Lois' stash. Lois DID quilt this one herself, going for a "Jennifer Watson style wavy line thing". An excellent first attempt!

Number 4, FRONT. Again, Lois quilted a "wavy line thing" but this time she hit what she was aiming for!

Dawna's finished quilt from a kit she picked up ages ago. (FRONT)

BACK. Dawna did a FMQ design of straight-ish lines with either leaves or flowers running down the length of the lines. 

And another lovely Dawna quilt, this one with her trademark spiral quilting.

Thea introduced us to "Priscilla". Priscilla has quite the history already, being an excellent fix from a bad dye job (she was nearly the colour of the worst sunburn you've ever had). The miniature details and all the work Thea put in on this doll was exquisite! 

Lastly, Lisa shows us the HST charity quilt assembled by Christine from blocks made BY YOU!