Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Info, links, and updates - February

• Our Charity sew day on Saturday was a STUPENDOUS effort. We started with 2 tops, and we now have 12. TWELVE!! 25 people came (including two non-members!), and 8 stayed all day. The busiest stretch was 9 sewing machines and 7 tops in progress.

Some of the quilts and some of the people. Hooray for everything!

Thanks again to everyone who came and helped, and especially Lisa W for co-ordinating all of this. 

• February sew-in (do your own project) is THIS Friday, Feb. 23rd at the Cloth Castle. 10$ to come and hang out; there is lots of room but please RSVP.

• We have an info booth at the Creative Stitches show March 13+14. We will do volunteer signups in a separate email.

• Marsala Challenge: Hosted by Adrianne and Anne, the deadline to submit is April 24th. Click on the names above to get all the info on the challenge. And go here for Adrianne's quilt in progress.

• Quilt CON! By all accounts it was a success and we look forward to hearing from Jan, Jo-Anne, Sarah, and Gabrielle when we next see them. 

Here are links from The Modern Quilt Guild:
Winners (10% are Canadian, so yay!)  Day 1  Day 2  Charity

And an excellent round-up, history, summary of it all is HERE.

Quilt Crawl! Save the date for the Mid-Island Shop Hop, Saturday, March 28th

Katie Pedersen is the guest speaker at the Victoria QG meeting March 10th. We are welcome to attend for free, and also there is room in both her workshops. Click all the links for more info.

• Don't forget OUR workshop: Improv under the Influence with Krista Hennebury. Did you know that Krista won 1st place in the Negative Space category at QuiltCon for her quilt "Blackbird Fly"?

• We think that's it for now. Happy sewing, and we hope to see you at the sew-in, or at our Creative Stitches booth, and certainly at the March meeting!

Pretty pictures from February meeting

Our February meeting was last week and another full house and fun time it was! Scroll down for all the pictures from the meeting. 

It's just about time for a bigger room - more details on that next month!
Rima (L) and Donna (R), and lots of other folks too!

In 2015 we are encouraging people to make the monthly block in colours of your choice to end up with a modern sampler quilt. Here are two examples (using the 2013-14 blocks) to get you started!

Stacie's all solids, colour theory version.

And Nicole's scrappy version.
 What will your version look like?

The January "Circle of Friends" block lotto. 
And the February broken heart appliqué block.
 And show and share! Our members (and guests) make lovely quilts.
Paula's paper pieced runner.

New member Bethany's lap quilt for her very tall husband.

Bonnie's sewing group had a challenge to use a non-modern floral fabric and Bonnie wanted to see what she could do to make it modern. Well done Bonnie!

Bonnie again with an HST quilt.

Check out the quilting Bonnie did herself!

Grace's bed runner.

And the reverse of the bed runner.

Margaret had a challenging challenge from her sewing group: must have more than 300 pieces, and be miniature to boot. (We didn't get a picture of the other mini she's holding - sorry Margaret!)

This is the reverse of the above piece at original size.
Margaret kept shrinking it down! 

Nicole's "ugly christmas sweater quilt" made with ugly xmas fabrics. 

And the most offensive, distasteful backing fabric possible!

Laura with a nifty tote she made. Pattern is by Pat Dykes, available at Sawyer's.

Laura's terrific quilt made with fabric that was a present from her daughter. 

A great quilting design. 

Chris S. showing a book tote she made. Chris made a few more, and we didn't get a picture of the rest of them, but they looked a bit like this:

But more modern:

And a table topper for all the pouches, bags, and totes to rest on.

Bryan's excellent use of colour in this runner.

Not a pieced back! but the inspiration for the colour pull.

Netta's quilt for her eight year old. She used a perler beads (melty beads) pattern book to come up with the pattern.

Katherine's randomly pieced quilt top, made so that her daughter could long-arm it. 

And the quilting, done by a 3.5 year old!

Bev's excellent use of plaid shirts.

And the back. 

Another good use of shirts!

And the back. 
Thanks everyone for sharing your lovely quilts with us. See you at the March 19th meeting!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Charity Sew Day today!

We are making triangles into tops today! 

Let's turn 1000+ 8" HST into 8 quilt tops. 

Where: Pearkes Rec Centre, Gardom Room
When: Saturday, Feb. 21st
Time: 10 - 4

One down, nine to go!

Feb. Block Lotto - Shattered Heart

Looking for the MARCH block tutorial? 
Go here instead. Sorry about that.

The scale will be goofy and your heart won't work and you will be sad.

When you print, the 1" square box should measure 1". 

These are the colours to use in your heart. Your heart can use all these colours, or just some of them. 

Supplies needed:
   14" square of kona white
   10" square of fusible web
   14 scraps of fabric (in the colour palette) that are larger than the pieces of the heart

1) trace the heart onto the paper side of your fusible web
2) Cut out each shard of the heart
3) fuse the fabric on to the wrong side of the fabric
4) trim your fabric to the right size
5) find the center of your background fabric, and arrange the shards on the fabric so you have a complete heart in the centre
6) slide each piece slightly away from the center, staggering how far away you move then, and make sure none are touching each other
7) Remove the paper backing and iron each piece in place
8) lower your stitch length significantly to your smallest possible, but that still has constant stitch quality (you might want to try sewing on some scraps first). Sew as close to the edge, and all away around each piece of you heart
9) press and trim your block to 12.5" square
10) your block is done

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Meeting tonight!

See you at Pearkes at 7pm. We've got lots of fun planned, so we hope to see you there. 

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Design Seed - a place for colour inspiration

If you are looking for colour inspiration or you wish to become a bit more adventurous with the use of colour for your quilts, Design Seeds is a great site that provides colour samples based on photographs. It can really open your eyes to new possibilities.

When entering the site, you can see the different tabs at the top and below different examples of colour palettes. You can be inspired by simply scrolling down the page. However, if you have certain colours in mind and wish to expand upon them, then you can click on the "palette search" at the top left. 

You can either use the "search by colour" bar on the top left hand side, creating your own hue by dragging the R (red), G (green) and B (Blue) bars, and finally clicking on "go get it" when you have found your colour hue. You will then be brought to a page with different combinations including the colour you have selected.

You can also find ideas with regards to a certain fabric that you have in your stash. Find the hue that resembles your fabric the most, and you will be given some pretty good ideas with the suggestions that follow.

Finally you can "search by theme" suggestions on the top right hand side where you can be exposed to a ray of different palettes you can peruse through that will get your creative juices going.

All that remains is to rummage in your stash and start cutting!

Thanks to Christine for another great tutorial.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Pictures! from the January meeting

Here are the pics from our January meeting. Enjoy!

Our disappearing hourglass block lotto! The new block is the "Circle of Friends". Link and colour palette is here. 

Our library books have arrived and been catalogued!

Baby Olivier cuddled by his proud mama Danika. Olivier is three months old now and came to his first meeting at only two weeks!

Terri S. showing more mug rugs.

And her baby quilt that she totally modified and adapted from a pattern.

This is Jo-Anne's quilt she made at the Joe Cunningham/Patricia Belyea workshop last November. Jo-Anne is a born story teller and had us all in stitches throughout.

And then she realized that her quilt was upside down!

That's better!

Heather made this super baby quilt using triangles on a roll and 505 spray for extra precision!

Gabrielle showed the "Large Hadron Collider" quilt all finished. She started it mere days before the December meeting but had it finished for Christmas morning. 
Gabrielle loved this month's block lotto and the colour palette so much she made an entire quilt for herself. Note the gradation of intensity across the quilt.

And lastly she showed an antique modern quilt. This was made for Gabrielle's mom by Gabrielle's great-grandmother.
Check out how modern these fabrics look!

Diane B. had her first show and tell (but not her first quilt!); it's a shop sample for Capital Iron (Sidney).

Ruth with a small art piece.
Barbara showing a quilt for her niece. Never one to do things by halves, Barbara INSET all the large circles, but appliqued the small circles. The pic on the right shows the detail from the back.
Grace won the block lotto at the December meeting and had this top to show us a month later!
Kathleen showed this super simple and SO soft baby receiving blanket. 
Lynn had this lovely quilt to share.
Esther had this cheerful and lovely quilt.
Mary Anne shared this nautical mini; she made it to co-ordinate with a gorgeous woven basket made by a friend. It was her first time being called an ARTIST, and that was so exciting. Yay Mary Anne!
These three quilts are (L-R) by Jennifer W., Patricia, and Jan. They are in a small sewing group together and made these all from scraps.

Kimberly showed this quilt for her oblivious daughter (Kimberly made it IN FRONT of her daughter who didn't realize it was for her!). 

And this hand stitched mini quilt. Worked on during conference calls at work it's finally finished! And if you were at the very first meeting of MQG Victoria, Kimberly showed it then in progress. 

Lee made this pouch for our swap with the Toronto MQG.
Rima showed HER FIRST QUILT! Way to go Rima!!

Newest member Katherine showed this top, from Alison Harris' pattern Suburbs. This was Katherine's first time at MQG Victoria. Welcome Katherine!

Thea made two pillow cases to send over to KEYS.

Marg showing her great pouch for the Toronto MQG pouch swap. 

Which made a nice segue into the rest of the pouches we're swapping with Toronto. 

Jen H. with her pouch.
Pam with her pretty pleated pouch.

Laura with hers.
Tami with hers (nice use of Tula Pink fabrics Tami!)
Last call for Show and Share:

Guest Pam from North Van made this after seeing Krista Hennebury's selvedge quilt at the Lion's Gate Quilter's Guild show last year. Krista is doing our trunk show and workshop in May. Info for that is here.

Detail shot! The how-to tutorial is HERE.

Guest Netta showed her super quilt "Who Started the Wave?"

Then we had door prizes - thanks as always to our wonderful local shops. They support us, so let's support them!

This month's prizes and winners were:

Cloth Castle template - Rosa
Gala Fabrics gift certificate - Sharon
Capital Iron fat quarters - Susan
Laura donated a hanging organizer she had won from Sawyer's and the new owner is Margaret N.

Our guest-only prize this month was a
Satin Moon gift certificate - Pam of the selvedge quilt! 

and for our HST Charity Challenge the winner was:
Calico Cupboard charm pack - Thea

Cheryl T. won the block lotto!

Somebody won the 50/50 draw but we can't remember who the lucky person was! Prize was around $65 and the guild half of the money goes to the charity quilt project to pay for batting, backing, etc. 

Thanks so much everyone for making each meeting an exciting evening. Next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 19th.