Thursday, 26 June 2014

June meeting announcements and links

Pacific North West Modern Quilt Guild Meetup
  • Friday, August 22nd - Sunday, August 24th in Vancouver.
  • All the info you want is HERE. We want to host this in a few years, so let's all go, have everyone meet the new kids on the block, and learn how to put on a meetup!

July Sew-in *time change*
We are changing the sew-in time to 12pm - 4pm. Location remains the same, Gardom Room upstairs at Pearkes. There is lots of space available - we need 6 more people or the sew-in will have to be cancelled. Email us to secure your space!

  • Our August meeting (Aug 21st) will have a different format and location. We are having a POTLUCK SUPPER SOCIAL at a park TBA. Possible locations are Beacon Hill, Gorge Park, Beaver Lake, Saxe Point, and Heritage Acres. We'll meet at 6pm to have dinner, show and share, maybe some quilting themed games.....
  • Victoria Quilt Guild upcoming meetings
    • Tuesday, July 8th is our own Jennifer Watson. She is an award winning quilter for both her own work and for her customer's quilts. Let's support her and learn more about her process and journey. 
    • Tuesday, August 12th is Terry Aske of New Westminster presenting a talk called "Vancouver Modern Quilter". Our guild has been invited as guests of the VQG - just show your MQG Victoria membership card at the door.
  • Fibrations Fibre Arts Festival at St. Ann's, Sunday, August 17th 10-4. We will have a table there to promote our guild. At the July meeting please sign up to staff the table and offer some of your quilts for display.

Our Charity Outreach project has launched!

Submissions to Quilt Shows and Challenges

Cruise details CHANGED, from Lynn M.
"The May 1 date did not work for our group so I have moved to a better date of June 7. This has been set up and we will be able to begin booking.  I will finalize the details re machines, customs, training rooms, etc. over the next few days and have the rates ready to go out and registrations, etc. This is a beautiful ship - the Celebrity Infinity." The cruise will be leaving and returning to Vancouver and travelling to Alaska.

HST Tutorial

A half square triangle is a fabulous quilt block. It's a square, but divided diagonally to give you two different fabrics. Hundreds of layouts are possible with HSTs. There are many ways to make them and you will have your own preferences, but here are several ways.

The math for most of the methods is usually the same: 

finished size of square PLUS 1"

The math is easier if you add 1" instead of the traditional 7/8". This also gives you a tiny bit of extra to square up your block and make it perfect. There is a handy crib sheet at the end which lists the math for all the methods. Now let's get started!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

June meeting show and share

Our June meeting was a colourful success. We had lots of fun, because we always have fun, and we shared some awesome quilts. 

At the end of the meeting we have some door prizes which are generously donated by our local quilt and fabric stores. This month we had:

Cloth Castle gift certificate - Ursula
Cloth Castle thread bundle - Chris
Gala Fabrics gift certificate - Laura
Kaleidoscope fabric bundle - Terry A.
Satin Moon gift certificate - Diane R.
Sawyer's notion - Bernadine (guest!)
anonymous 2 FQ - Isa (guest!)
Two magazines from Sandi - Patricia
Two notebooks with quilted covers from Laura - Esther
Gift bag of fabric and goodies from Ruth - Sharlene (guest!)
Capital Iron - Kathleen

Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to our donors.

We also submitted all our pouches that we will swap with the Fraser Valley MQG. Here are a few of ours:

Enjoy the quilts!

May BOM - the Wonky Diamond, won by Tracy!

Gabrielle shared her progress with her Monochromatic X&+ block quilt. She added the two pieced borders, the solid black border as well as the vine and hexi/pentagon flowers. 

Barbara shared her owl quilt made in a challenge to use noren panels. The solid areas have beautifully done sashiko stitching.

Marg showing the back of her table runner made with blocks she won from the BOM in March. Marg is a new quilter and this is her first project! 

Guest Isa showed two blocks from a wedding quilt she is making for her daughter. 

Rhonda showing the front of her quilt,
and the back.

Rhonda's Michael Miller project. Check out the great quilting.

Bryan with an ex-WIP...
...and a super cute Tula Pink cushion. 

Fran showing a quilt for Threshold Transition House. 
Fran and Jo-Anne showing a second quilt for Threshold. They quilted this one together, Jo-Anne doing some on her longarm and Fran on her domestic. 

Lisa's Michael Miller mug mat.

Guest Bernadine with a terrific quilt for her daughter. It used up a lot of surplus fabric from an earlier quilt for her daughter.

Guest Dawna with some spots.
Dawna with another quilt, quilted in a great spiral.
And the tote bag she brought them in!

Janelle with her Michael Miller projects. Due to a cutting error one is smaller than intended but look at her smile! She looks pretty pleased regardless.
Janelle's NZ quilt, front (L) and back (R). The border on the front is sheep!!

Rosalie with her double sided quilt.

Stacie's quilt, and excellent use of scraps on the back. No leftovers for her!

Ursula made the quilt on the left with her Michael Miller challenge fabrics and she likes this quilting the best of all the modern quilting she's done. And since she's such a great pattern designer, she made it again in stash fabrics.

Thank you to everyone who shared their work with us. See you all at the July meeting – Pearkes Rec. Centre, Thursday July 17th at 7pm!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

June BOM - Framed In

You will need:
  • One fat quarter of Solid White, such as Kona White, make sure it is pure white and not off white!
  • Random scraps of printed and solid fabrics in the colour scheme of lime, teal, aqua, and turquoise
  • One strip of 1" x 30" medium grey (solid) fabric 
Colour Scheme


Take a small scrap of fabric, approximately 2” x 3”, and cut off a corner of it to make it a wonky 5 sided shape.

Sew a strip onto one side of your shape,

 and press the seam.

Make the strip wonky by cutting off a corner.

Continue sewing on new strips and pieces, pressing the seams and trimming your block until you have a larger four sided shape, NO BIGGER than 5” x 7”.

Trim your block square (or rectangular), just make sure it is a four sided object with four 90° corners. A rectangle should be MAX 5"x7". A square can be any size between 3" square and 6" square. 

Take your grey 1” wide fabric and add it as a border to your patchwork. Sew it onto all four sides of your block giving it a nice frame.

You have now completed the Floating Scrappy patch.

Take your white fabric and sew strips on to all four sides so it is a 12.5” X 12.5” square. Make sure to leave at least 1" of white between the Floating Scrappy patch and the edge of the block.

Your block is now done. Make one or two or ten! Each block gives you one lottery ticket to win the whole batch.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

June Meeting Reminder

Please join us for our June guild meeting. 

When: Thursday, June 19th, 7pm - 9ish? 

Where: Owen Room, Pearkes Rec. Centre Click the link for maps, bus info, and parking details.

What is planned for this month? 
  • updates on all the things we've got going on (and boy, are there a lot of those!)
  • charity outreach decisions
  • our pouch swap!
  • a new feature - a technique demo
  • door prizes
  • AND! your membership card and pin from the big MQG

Please bring:
• a mug for tea or coffee,
• your name tag to wear - remember that if you win a door prize you must have your name tag or you forfeit the prize,
• your show and share,
• your block of the month for the block lottery. Here are the instructions if you want to do one or two (or ten!) before the meeting.
• if your birthday is this month, please bring cookies or a treat to share,
• your completed pouch filled with goodies for the FVMQG swap,
• cash, cheque or credit card if you are signing up for sew-ins.
Minutes from the May meeting are HERE.

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. 
This one's going to be awesome – we hope to see you there!

Friday, 13 June 2014

A private stash sale on Saturday

If you need more fabric, or different fabric from what you have right now, check out the sale this weekend. 

Thank you Ruth for passing this along!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Book Review - Pillow Pop

Book review by Kim H.

Pillow Pop by Heather Bostic and the Design Collective. Stash Books (C&T Publishing), 2013

Hello quilters!
I have a few books in my 'book stash' that I really love. One of them is Pillow Pop. This book has been compiled by modern sewist and blogger Heather Bostic and includes lots of different contributors. The photos are inspiring and the directions are clear and simple. There's no such thing as too many pillows. And if you're going to have pillows, they might as well look like mini quilts – right?

A lot of the pillow projects in this book finish nice and big, a lot of them are 20 inches. They include different techniques from simple piecing to a little more challenging, like curved piecing and Cathedral windows. My one complaint about this book is that the templates for some of the patterns need to be enlarged.
If you get this book, check online for corrections. I think there is only one.     

And now a little bit about Kim....

How long have you been sewing/quilting?
I've been sewing on and off for about 40 years but I've been quilting for about 12 years. Not so much 'other' sewing happening now, haha...

Favourite quilt you've made?
My favourite quilt... it's so hard to pick just one. But I do love the zigzag quilts. I think I love all HST quilts. Those HST's are like Legos, you can make just about anything with them :)

What are you working on now?
What I'm working on right now is my + & x quilt (ed: Kim won the March BOM)

Thanks for the great book review Kim!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Upcoming dates from big MQ

Dates to Remember

There is a lot going on these next few months! Below is a list of dates to help keep you and your members stay on track.


  June 1:  QuiltCon schedule released
June 13:  Last day to join as member to receive QuiltCon discounts
June 16:  Last day to update member roster to receive QuiltCon discounts
June 17:  Discount code and registration tutorial sent to all members
June 24:  Registration open for all MQG members
   July 1:  Registration open to non members
 July 30:  Last day to cancel QuiltCon registration and receive a full refund

Quilt Entries

May 30:  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival open
  July 1:  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open
July 27:  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival close
Nov 30:  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show entries close

Fabric Challenges

July 25:  Extended due date! Photo of project must be entered here
  Aug 1:  Winners announced