Thursday, 18 September 2014

September 2014 - Spiderweb block

You will need:
Solid White fabric (Kona White) scrap. A 4”x19” piece is big enough to get all four white centre kite shapes.

lots and lots of skinny strips in this month’s colour palette: black, charcoal grey, purple, plum, medium orange, and light bright green. Your longest strips need to be 6 inches long, and between 1” and 2” wide. You will need between 40-65 strips per block, depending on how wide you cut your strips, and how careful you are about placement. 

The colour palette

We are using the tutorial from this website: Sewing by Moonlight. It's a very extensive tutorial and she starts by showing you how to make your own template. There is also a link to the printable template we showed during the meeting. That link is here.

A complete, 12.5” block for the October meeting!

The original handout from the meeting.

Meeting tonight!

It's our September 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. 

This month we are both catching up and looking ahead. Also we are having a STASH SALE. A local quilter coming to the meeting to sell off her stash. Her prices start at "$1.50/FQ with prices going up from there on the bigger pieces." Reasonable offers and deals will be accepted. Bring small bills please if you'd like to shop the sale.

Please bring:
• a mug for tea or coffee,
• your name tag to wear,
• your show and share, 

• your block of the month for the block lottery. Instructions are HERE. This is the circular log cabin block we demonstrated at the July meeting.

• your HST blocks for our Charity drive. **New this month: please put your blocks, grouped by colour, in a zip top bag with your name on it. This will help Lisa immensely.**

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

MONEY: cash, cheque or credit card if you are joining or signing up for sew-ins. We would like people to pay in advance for sew-ins.

Other info:

• There are no minutes or budget from the August meeting.

• 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. 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Sew In is Cancelled

Sorry folks, but there weren't enough people who committed to coming. We didn't want to incur a loss by running the event so we cancelled it. 

We apologize to those who did sign up. But never fear, we will have more sew ins in future! 

See you at the meeting on Thursday - 7pm at Pearkes. 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

August wrap up - announcements and pictures too!

It has been a quiet August and we are looking forward to our September meeting in a few weeks. 

A couple of quick announcements:
  • September SEW IN! Sunday, Sept. 14th, 12-4 at Pearkes Rec Centre. 10$ to come and play - bring whatever you like! Email us to hold your spot. 
  • Our own fabulous Jennifer W. of Quilt As Desired has a new long arm studio and she is hosting an an open house to celebrate! It is Saturday, Sept. 13 from 1-4 pm.  Everyone is welcome. There will be door prizes and light refreshments, so it should be fun. Check out her website for a map and address.
  • Not modern but interesting: the Victoria QG is offering a two day workshop with Carol Seeley on 3D Imagery for Quilters, Wed. Sept 10 and Thurs. Sept 11. The cost is $150 for guild members (any guild) or $160 for non guild members. Please contact Pam Teasdale by email or phone 250.479.3149 to register. 

And we had a picnic social for our August meeting. It was a smaller than usual turnout, but we had some fierce competition that night from another guild's garage sale. Those that came had a swell time; here are some photos from the evening. 

Why is food prepared by someone else so tasty? Click the link to get the recipe for the oh-so-tasty Cumin Crackers!

Our first HST charity quilt challenge! Click the link for lots more details.

Stacie won half the BOM from the July meeting, and has a top already done. 

And she made this one as well.

Terri S. showed us this very special quilt she recently acquired. It was made by her grandmother and has been loved to pieces in some parts.

Lisa made this enormous project bag at a class.

And we showed off our completed Michael Miller challenge projects:
Terri S.




Judy L.

Kimberly, trying to decide which is the front and which the back.

And a group shot of the complete projects. 

We had offered a draw prize to those who showed us a completed project and Laura took home a Pat Sloan charm pack from the Calico Cupboard and a gift certificate to Gala Fabrics!

HST challenge blocks: the gauntlet has been thrown down, the bar has been set, the challenge has been issued. Ruth handed in an impressive 80 blocks, and was also the winner of the random draw for those who donated blocks at the August meeting. She won a F1/8th bundle of hand dyed fabrics donated by our own Terri S. Thank you Terri, and Ruth!

To round out our evening we played some games and swapped some fabrics. Many thanks to Stacie for arranging these and shepherding us through. We did a FQ swap of modern or solid fabrics and an ugly fabric swap - wow! One person's ugly is another person's beautiful. Some of us went home thrilled with our new fabric and well, some of us still have a metre of ugly fabric in our stash. Lastly we broke into teams and played a quilting term fill in the blank. Stacie has something planned for the winners (or losers?) at a future meeting. 

The morning after the picnic Nicole dashed across the Straight to connect with lots of Pacific North West Modern Quilt Guilds. There were five guilds represented (Victoria, Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Seattle, and Portland) and on Sunday there was a guest star - Alison from Ottawa MQG.

Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa, and Portland MQGS are shown here.

Thanks everyone, we hope to see you at the SEW IN! next week, (email us to hold your spot) and at the September meeting Thursday, Sept. 18th.