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



Directions:
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!