Thursday, 27 February 2014

Announcements from the February Meeting

Hello friends!

We had a lot of announcements at our last meeting so we thought we'd put them all here. There are also a few extras which weren't mentioned last week. 

Upcoming Events: – are always listed on our sidebar
  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria TOUR of the Carole Sabiston exhibit is planned for Saturday, March 8th. The gallery opens at 10, the tour starts at 10:30 and will last about an hour. Regular/senior admission applies (11$/9$). 
  • Inaugural Sew-In is Sunday, March 9th 11-3. Location is still to be confirmed; we have one space left. Cost is 10$. Email us if you want to join in. 

Challenge Info: (for members only)

  • both Satin Moon and Cloth Castle are selling solids for 9.99$/m
  • The Right Price, at Blanshard and Fisgard, has reduced their price on fabrics to 3$/m. They are also clearing out some/most? of their fabric, so check it out quickly!

  • The fabulous Lisa is collecting empty plastic thread spools on behalf of WILD Arc (the SPCA Wild Animal Rescue). If you have some to share, please bring them for Lisa at our March meeting OR you can drop them off at most of the fabric stores.
Other events which might be of interest to you:

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

February Block of the Month Instructions

The Burly Quilter Block, named after our own Burly Quilter, Bryan. 

EDITED: whoops! We made a math error halfway through but the instructions are now correct! We've also included a fix if you have already made your block. 

Materials needed:
• two solid (any colour) rectangles 10"x14"

Stack both fabrics together.

From the short end, cut strips at the following widths: 
1.25", 1" 1.5", 1.5", 1.5", 2", 1.5", 2.5". You will have a narrow strip leftover. Discard.

Flip over every second pile to give you alternating stripes. 

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Sew the eight strips together – you will have two sets of striped fabric. Press. Trim both to 9" square, not 9.5" as previously instructed.

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Place one square right side UP, stripes going horizontally. 
Lay the other square on top, right side DOWN, stripes going vertically. 

Sew around the perimeter of the squares.

Cross cut from corner to corner, both directions. 

Flip open and press seams to one side. 

Finished product: four mini blocks. 

If you have already made your block, fold your blocks back in half. Line it up on the diagonal line of a square ruler, and the bottom of the block at the 6.5" mark

This will leave 1/4" exposed. Trim off. Repeat for each of your four blocks. Voila – the way it should be! Unfolded, each mini block should now measure 6 1/8" square. 

Each four mini blocks you bring to the March 20th meeting will get you one lottery ticket to win the whole batch.  Make as few or as many as you like!

And check this out: someone in our group did this for our first BOM to keep each set of four blocks together and tidy. Use a long stitch length and just stitch a few inches along the top.

Show and Share – February Meeting

Here are pretty pictures from our FANTASTIC February meeting. It was a record-breaking one as well – we were so close to 50 people! We hope everyone had a good time. 

January BOM demo: Modern Mountains

Our name tag challenge was well done, and lots of people riffed on our logo. 

Everyone LOOKS like they're having fun!

Bryan demonstrating the "Burly Quilter Block" for this month's BOM.

Linda, our lovely and gracious host, made this up as a shop sample. 

Mavis and her beautiful quilt.

Kim and her beautiful quilt.

Michele and her beautiful quilt. 

Rhonda and her beautiful quilt.

Rhonda took the scraps from her rainbow quilt and used the "uneven stacked coins" block from November to make a matching pillow.

Ursula's beautiful quilt - even though some of the colours bled, even WITH pre-washing, it's still beautiful.
Ursula riffed on the "Modern Mountains" BOM to make a table runner and co-ordinating placemats. 

Kim's beautiful quilt for her young daughter. 

Kim showing us the back of the quilt. 

Susan and a new pattern she has written, "Modern Roses".

Stacie made this beautiful quilt, just playing around. 

Janelle's beautiful mini.

Janelle's beautiful disappearing 9 patch, quilted by fellow guild member Jennifer Watson.

Back of Janelle's quilt. 

Jennifer and two beautiful little quilts she made of scraps. 

A label on one of Jennifer's quilts which generated lots of interest. 

Terri was one of the three lucky winners of the inaugural BOM draw in November! This is her beautiful version of a scrappy modern disappearing 9 patch. 

Margo showed off an enormous stack of blocks. 

After show and share we like to admire the quilting and details of our quilts. 

The three winners of our name tag challenge: L-R, Jennifer, Stacie, and Gabrielle, and closeups of their beautiful tags. Bryan generously donated prizes: Stacie chose a book and a FQ bundle, Gabrielle chose a book, and Jennifer picked out a charm pack. Thanks Bryan!

Sarah was the lucky person to take home 23 "Modern Mountains" blocks. 

We hope to see you at our next meeting, 
Thursday, March 20th, 7pm at Satin Moon. 

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Meeting tonight!!

The February meeting is tonight! at Satin Moon Quilted Garden • 825 Fort St at 7pm

Tonight we will be.... on our name tag challenges
....handing out our kona bundles for our guild challenge (thanks Robert Kaufman!)
....announcing TWO more members-only challenges
.....having a great time

We hope to see you there!

Monday, 17 February 2014

February meeting reminder

The February meeting is nigh and here are all the details for you. 

Thursday, February 20th, 7pm at Satin Moon • 825 Fort St.

Please bring:
• a mug for tea or coffee
• your name tag for the name tag challenge
• a chair if you have one
• your show and share – we will continue with the sign up for show and share.
• your block of the month block lottery. Here are the instructions if you want to do one or two (or ten!) before the meeting.
• if your birthday is in February, please bring cookies or a treat to share. 

Other info:
Membership registration continues. If you want to join us please bring a completed form, available here, and cash or a cheque for 35$. We will also accept credit cards at the meeting (cost is 37$ for that).

If you're not planning to join MQG Victoria at this time there is a 3$ drop in fee. 

This is going to be another amazing meeting with lots of exciting announcements. See you there!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

And now it's ready – are you?

Will this one be yours?

Or maybe one of these?

Thank you Robert Kaufman for this scrumptious pile of fabric. 

New to the party? These fabric bundles are for MEMBERS ONLY at the February meeting on Thursday. You will make a 6" (finished) block for our guild banner and return it at the March meeting. 

See you on Thursday at Satin Moon!

Friday, 7 February 2014

It has arrived!

Our lovely lovely fabric in the guild colours has arrived! 

Many thanks to Robert Kaufman for sending us 
42 yards of Kona in our 8 colours.

We'll be getting this all cut up and bundled to hand out to members only at the February 20th meeting. Will you be there?