Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Info from the January meeting

Announcements, happenings, and info stuff!

  • this Friday, Jan. 23rd at Cloth Castle, 7-11pm. 10$ to hold your spot. The store is open until 8 if you want to do a bit of shopping as well. Only a few spaces left - email us if you want to come as well. 
  • Put it in your calendar: "We're Not Going to QuiltCon Pity Party Charity Sew Day!" Feb. 21-22 Signups and more details coming soon.

  • Satin Moon - until end of January 15% off bolt ends, scrap bags, and books. Also lots of panels on clearance. 
  • Gala Fabrics' 30th anniversary sale is three days at the end of January. 

  • Satin Moon modern challenge - $3.99 for a mystery bag of fabric. Deadline is the end of March. 
  • Our Improv workshop for May 22 or 23 has lots of room. (Date still to be confirmed.) We would love to offer this both days, so sign up.

Big MQG news!! (so big it needs TWO exclamation marks)
  • QuiltCon is becoming an annual event, and a moving one. Previously biennial and located in Austin, it will alternate between a west coast city in even years and an east coast city in odd.
  • Signups have started for the newest free fabric challenge. Members, you should have had your email THIS MORNING. 
Edited to add: word from the big MQG is that the signup is full. Don't know yet if they will allow more people to join in. 

Show and Share pictures are coming soon. Check back here in a few days. 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

January block lotto - Circle of Friends block

This month we are doing the Circle of Friends block, and using the excellent tutorial from the Emerald Coast MQG. 

Here is our colour palette though:

This block is based on the 9-Patch layout and even though it looks complicated it is very simple! All nine units are the same size, but colour placement in the units creates an illusion of a circle. 

Layout diagram. Their block was SCRAPPY. Ours is not.

You will need:
8 2.5"x2.5" squares of focus fabrics in our colour palette. 

• Background fabrics in WHITE cut:
  • 8 - 2.5" x 1.5" rectangles (for units A)
  • 8 - 4.5" x 1.5" rectangles (for units A)
  • 4 - 2.5" x 2.5" squares (for units B)
  • 4 - 4.5" by 2.5" rectangles (for units B)
  • 1 - 4.5" x 4.5" square (unit C)

For the instructions:

NB: their lotto rules are different than ours so just skip that part and look at the instructions.

Your block should measure 12.5" when you're done.

And as always with our block lottos, one block = one lotto ticket, so make one, make two, make lots!

Meeting tonight!

It's a new year and our first meeting of 2015 is tonight!

All the fun happens at Pearkes Rec Centre tonight at 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. 

Membership for 2015 is underway if you want to join us, You can download a membership form HERE. Or just drop in and see what we're all about (modern quilts and fun). $5 for drop ins.

Please bring the usual things:
• a mug for tea or coffee,
• your name tag to wear,
• your Modern show and share, 
• your block for the block lotto. Instructions are HERE.
• if your birthday is this month, please bring cookies or a treat to share,
• MONEY! for FQs, 50/50 draw, membership, workshop, sew-ins

Special things to bring:
• pouch if you're in the TORONTO MQG swap
• a modern quilt to loan for display at Kaleidoscope Quilt Co.

See you tonight!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

December meeting wrap-up

Our December meeting Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice party was rousing success! We shared treats, oh so many treats! We showed and shared, we swapped mug rugs, collected our pouches to send to the Maritime MQG, and we did some of the usual: Block Lotto, door prizes, fun. 

Here (at last!) are the photos and details from that fun night a few weeks ago.

The Winter snowflake block winner was our newest member Grace!

The January block: the Disappearing Hourglass! Tutorial is at the link.

If you want a potluck done right, ask the Victoria MQG how to do it. 
Check out this bounty!

Just some of the bevvies!

And on to the show and shares:

Pam's pouch for the swap, including a lovely needlecase and scissor holder.

Stacie's pouch for the swap

Lisa W.'s pouch for the swap

Nancy's pouch for the swap and some extra handmade goodies

Patricia's pouch for the swap, and a lovely embroidered ornament

Gabrielle started this quilt for her dad as a Christmas present. He's a sailor, hence the nautical semaphore flags. The back (on the right) spells his name.
Gabrielle 's pouch for the swap, and the most incredibly detailed needle book.

Judy L. made a lot of pillowcases to send over to the KEYS.

And her pouch for the swap with a tiny card wallet as well.

Sarah decided this was the year to finally have a tree skirt. The gold and black is all hand painted which she thought might be faster than appliqué (ha! she told us).

Kimberly's quilt for her son to use at daycare.

And her pouch for the swap.

Jennifer H. looking serious about her pouch for the swap.

Kim showing a handmade bit to go in her pouch.

We think this is Lisa D. and her cool triple-zip pouch for the swap.

Jennifer W.'s pouch for the swap.

What swap? We did a zippered pouch swap with the 
Maritime MQG. 

Cathy showing us the table runner she made using our Uneven Stacked Coins tutorial and her free fabric from the Michael Miller challenge this past summer.

Terri S. showed two sets of mugs she made as gifts for friends. (They are actually all individual but Terri pinned them together to show them better).

Rosalie showing a small piece.

And Laura showing a large quilt made for her dragon loving son.

Laura with a 241 tote bag.

And this was a mounted art piece Laura also made for her son.

Ruth with a mini piece.

And Ruth showed these two sock creatures made under the direction of her young grandson.

Lois showed this simple but lovely zig zag quilt.

And Lois showed this SUPER king size quilt wonderfully quilted by Jennifer W. Recognize the pattern? It's our tortilla strips block lotto!

Geri showed us this table runner,

and a stack of mug rugs for co-workers' gifts.

Nicole's pouch for the swap.
Nicole made this mini with the Michael Miller Pastel cotton/QuiltCon challenge. It was not accepted into the show (even though Nicole literally shed blood for this one).

And a super mini quilt made for her daughter's preschool "Dexter the Fox" travelling stuffie/mascot. Yes, it did get finished and bound for the next morning!

Dawna's pouch for the pouch swap.

Dawna's nifty quilt, a present for her daughter.

Guest Carli is travelling away from home and doesn't have many quilts to show us but she had this one, a crazy quilt from her days BEFORE modern quilting changed her life. It was great to have you with us Carli! 

Remember at the November meeting how Daria sold a
box of fabric all by donation? She used the money to buy this
fabulous bunch of socks for the kids at KEYS. Thank you Daria!!

Some of the smashing pouches now en route to the Maritime MQG!

After show and share we opened up our mug rug and mug presents to us. 

This was our first time making something for each other, and it won't be the last. Well done everyone!

At the end of the meeting we have some door prizes which are generously donated by our local quilt and fabric stores. Please thank them if you are in their store! This month's prizes and winners were:

Cloth Castle gift certificate and fat quarter - Sue M.

Sawyer's pattern and thread pack - Laura

Sawyer's pattern and thread pack again - Judy F.

Satin Moon gift certificate - Thea

and for our HST Charity Challenge the winner was:

Gala Fabrics gift certificate - Lee

In the spirit of Christmas/Festivus we also had a re-gifting opportunity! The winner of a previous block lotto donated the blocks back to us to choose a new winner. The winner was LEE! (and by a great co-incidence she had made one of the original blocks).

Thanks very much everyone. We hope you had a lovely holiday season and we wish you all the very best for 2015. See you at the January meeting next week, Thursday Jan. 15th.