Friday, 25 July 2014

Michael Miller Challenge due today!

Does your fabric still look like this, or did you create something wonderful?

Don't forget to upload it to the community site by the end of today, and good luck winning!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

July meeting pictures

Our July meeting was well attended and was possibly one of the funniest meetings we've had. Certainly door prizes were hilarious! But we always have a good time. Here are the highlights. 

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 - Grace (guest!)
Gala Fabrics gift certificate - Vivian (guest!)
Sawyer's notion - Diana
Sawyer's notion - Patricia
Calico Cupboard gift certificate - Jennifer H.

Fabricland batting sampler pack - it was hard to give this one away! Lisa told us how much she loved the one she had bought recently, then was the winner! A second draw gave it to Linda, owner of Satin Moon. She passed as she has all the batting she needs ;) The third time was the charm for new member Dani!!

anonymous (aka Lisa) thread container - Kari

and our prize for people contributing blocks for our HST drive, four lovely FQ from Satin Moon, Chris S!

Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to our donors.

This month we had TWO photographers, Lana and Rita. Thank you both for your efforts!

People LOVED the "Framed In" block. This block was so popular we split the blocks between two winners. Scroll down to see who won!

The start of our HST block drive. Click HERE for lots of info.

Some people you might not always see if you sit at the back.... 

L-R, Lisa (Charity quilt co-ordinator) and Kari (Secretary extraordinaire)

L-R, Bryan (BOM co-ordinator and events) and Heather (Membership)

Terri A. told us about going to the quilt show in Sisters, OR. It was much more exciting than she looks!

Lisa looking very pleased with the launch of the HST Charity drive.
184 blocks handed in, ~816 to go!

And now for some beautiful show and share. Thanks everyone who brought quilts and things for us to admire.  

Stacie (Treasurer) tells us all about her flower stitcher attachment
she found on eBay and Nicole (President) fiddling with it.

Christine B.'s Michael Miller Challenge piece.

Lana's Michael Miller Challenge piece.

Lana's lovely quilt from a charm pack. 

Judy's Michael Miller challenge piece.

New member Dawna showing the "front" of her houses/apartment building quilt. 

The "back" of Dawn's quilt.

And a closeup of the houses.

Diane S.' quilt. Made from plus scraps and done as a quilting exercise on her new-ish longarm.

Some details of her quilting.

Terri's quilt as you go project using some long-stashed African fabrics.

Terri's Michael Miller challenge project. Modified from a pattern in an old magazine.

Chris S. loved the "Sew Together" bags that Gabrielle made for our pouch swap with the FVMQG last month so she found the pattern and made some herself. Eight I think she made?

Janelle's newest quilt. She made the whole thing after falling in love with the yellow bird fabric. 

Back of Janelle's.

Nicole's PLUS quilt from the In Color Order tutorial.

Lisa enthusiastically waving some burp pads at us.

And the quilt that matches the burp pads. Truly reversible!

Nancy M. showed this customer quilt from her long arm business. Not very modern, but she did a straight line/circle quilting design on it - very modern!

Laura's table runner made using the Hex-n-More ruler from Jaybird Quilts.

Kari's quit for a co-worker's baby. All the circles are INSET - well done Kari!

Barbara's year of the placemat for all her nieces, nephews and great-nieces. (Kids get the Hungry Caterpiller ones on the left, grownups get the octagonal ones.)

Esther's Michael Miller challenge piece.  

Last but not least, newest member Dani.

And a wedding gift for some of Dani's friends. She had to unwrap it to show it to us! 

BOM winners Kathleen (L) and Stacie (R). 

Thanks everyone for another great meeting - see you at our August picnic!

Friday, 18 July 2014

July meeting announcements

Events and Dates:

  • August sew in change!! New day, new time, new place!

Friday, Aug. 8 7:00 until you wilt at the Cloth Castle! 10$
email us if you want to come sew with us.
UPDATED: limited space left for machine sewers; lots of space for hand sewing, for cutting, or for sitting and talking.


  • If you are loaning us a quilt for display at Fibrations, please drop it at Satin Moon or Cloth Castle WELL LABELLED before Friday, Aug. 15th. It will be well looked after and returned to you at our August Picnic.
  • If you participated in our pouch swap with the FVMQG, please be sure to check both our Facebook page and theirs. There are lots of messages and thanks in both places.

Fabric Sales:
  • Sawyer’s: until end of July - up to 70% off all demo and open stock machines (sewing, quilting, embroidery, sergers) AND Notions and Threads are up to 20% off.
  • Gala Fabrics: summer sale 25% off until Aug. 3rd
  • Calico Cupboard: on the bolt -30%, books -40%, Xmas -50%
  • Bib'nTucker: Tent Sale Sat., August 2 - Mon., August 4 
  • Lynne's stash ~5$/m Saturday, August 23rd 9-4. 746 Viaduct Ave. East 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

July BOM - Circular Cabins

This block puts a modern spin on a traditional Log Cabin block. 

You will need:
Solid white fabric, such as Kona White, (say it with us now – make sure it is pure white and not off white!) NB: WOF x 3” will be enough for one block. Cut your “C” square FIRST though!

• 8, 2.5” wide strips or scraps of printed and solid fabrics in the colour scheme of Yellow, Grey, Turquoise, and Light Blue. 


Cut your fabrics according to this table: 

Sew the strips together in numerical order, as shown on the diagram and starting with the “C” square. Use an accurate quarter inch throughout. Press white seams towards the centre block and coloured seams away from the centre.

This is C, #1, and #2.

Ta da! One complete, 14" finished block (14.5" unfinished). 
One block = One lottery ticket, so make as many as you like. 

But wait! Why is this called a Circular Cabin? 

This is what four blocks together will look like.

Do you see it now?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Meeting tonight!!

The July meeting of the fabulous MQG Victoria is here and we hope you will join us. 

When:  Thursday, July 17th, 2014, 7:00-9:00ish. 
Where:  Pearkes Rec Centre, behind Tillicum Mall **remember the parking lot might be a bit hinky, so leave some extra time.
Pack your bag!
Whew! See you tonight!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

HST Questions answered

For our ambitious charity project we have had a couple of questions asked about details of our HST drive. Full details of the project are HERE, and the HST tutorial is HERE.

Question 1: To prewash or not to prewash, that is the question asked by Michelle. 

Answer 1: Do what works best for you. This is a charity project and we don't want to be too bossy (and thus limit the number of blocks we get donated).

Question 2: Fabric choice. Not all of us have a stash that is 100% modern fabrics, so we use what we do have.

Answer 2: Our criteria for fabric choice is
1. modern fabric if possible
2. otherwise BRIGHT colours (light and medium value fabrics)

Edited to add: Satin Moon has just gotten in four terrific tone on tones IN OUR COLOURS! Thanks Linda!

One of our fabulous members sent us pictures of some possible fabrics; here is our assessment of their suitability, remembering that photos and individual computers can affect the perceived colour. 

Yes. The print looks good. 

No. Not bright enough.

Probably no - it looks too dark.


Maybe - the photo looks closer to blue than teal/turquoise.


Maybe - looks quite dark.

As above for the other blue. Is it teal/turquoise in person?

Maybe - looks quite dark.

The photo makes it look quite yellow, but if it is green then YES.


We hope this helps clarify things for you if you had doubts or questions. Feel free to ask, either by leaving a comment or emailing us. Happy sewing, and thanks for helping out with this project.