Friday, 27 March 2015

Sew-in update

Our sew-in scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to a low turn-out. We'll try again in April though, and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

March show and share pictures

Please enjoy the photos from our March meeting.

Our February block lotto, won by Bonnie-Lynne. 
This was the very first block she ever made! 

Our new block for the lotto. Instructions HERE.

Definitely time for a new room - April meeting is at
Scout Hall, 505 Marigold Ave.
PS don't tell the fire marshall but we had 83 people!!

Our amazing quilts for KEYS. Thanks to EVERYONE who helped sew these in March, and please think about quilting one for us. Email us if you're interested.

Our library expanded and grew.

We have close to 40 titles now!

l-r: Marianne, Jo-Anne, Sarah, and Gabrielle told us a bit about going to QuiltCon in February. 
Sarah and Gabrielle also put together two amazingly generous baskets of goodies and swag from QuiltCon, won by Cathy and Ursula!

 And then show and share!

Nicole's future cushion cover from the recent Katie Pedersen workshop (elongated triangles) hosted by the Victoria Quilter's Guild. 

New member Lois J. and her fast zig zag (it's done with a rail fence type block!).

Lois showing another quilt.

Sarah's piece from her Joanne Masko class at QuiltCon. Apparently it's an all new, fast way to do cathedral windows by machine. 

And Sarah's "marriage quilt" for somewhat recently married friends. Sarah says she's done on HSTs for a long while.

The creatively piece back for the above quilt.
Sharon V. showed a mystery quilt along that she didn't like very much so she put a great backing on it and went to town on the quilting. 

And Sharon showing a piece from a class using layered dyed cheesecloth.
Click on it to see it bigger if you can. 

Laura's adorable table runner with fabric that is not to her usual taste but so cheerful she bought it anyway.

A practice piece. Looking forward to seeing all that quilting Laura!

And another piece to practice quilting on. Check out the rail fence type block to make the zig zag!

Ruth's dragonfly from the Katie Pedersen slice and insert class at the VQG.

And an older piece Ruth brought to share. Love the polka dots and circles!

Susan also took the slice and insert class with Katie and FINISHED her quilt already!

Jennifer W.'s adorable elephants.

Lois T. and the quilt she finally made to use a beloved fabric (of which there wasn't very much!)

And the back, showing a lovely spiral.

Lana's all solids HST quilt. Lana is still loving the HSTs.

Barb H. is that you? 

And we think this is also Barb H.'s fabulous baby quilt.

This is Jeanne and her quilt for her daughter's roommate, a rower who loves water. Good reason to use batiks!

Another lovely quilt by Jeanne. 

Check out the back, and the quilting on it!

Jo-Anne also took the elongated triangles workshop - this will be a bed runner for her bed.

Marianne took the triangles and went in her own fabulous direction.

Jacquie hiding behind her triangles. 
And Stacie's triangles are now a quilt top hanging as a shop sample at Kaleidoscope Quilt Co.

Bryan showing the fabulous fox pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.

Bryan's Cotton and Steel quilt.

And the super fabulous back.

Thanks as always to Lana for the pictures, our members for believing in us, the guests who joined us, and the shops for supporting us. 

Door prizes this month:
Calico Cupboard - Laura
Cloth Castle - Sarah
Red Barn - Geri
Guest prize - Joanne R

50/50 Draw - Sharon V.

See you at:
  • Sew-In: Friday, March 27th at Cloth Castle
  • Charity Sew day 2: Saturday, April 11th at Pearkes Rec Centre
  • April meeting: Thursday, April 16th at Scout Hall 505 Marigold.

March meeting links and info

Here is the round up of all the info, links, and sign up for things mentioned at the meeting. Hopefully all is clear.

Biggest news of all: a new home!! Scout Hall 505 Marigold Ave. between Burnside and Interurban. There is a parking lot and street parking as well. Stairs up to the meeting hall. We'll try this for a few months and see how well it suits us. 

  • April meeting - Vikki Agate, artist and teacher will be talking about colour theory

  • Sew-in reminder: Friday, March 27 7-11pm at the Cloth Castle. 10$ to come hang out, work on whatever project[s] you have underway. Opinions and laughing are free! Email us to hold your spot.
  • MQG Mid-Island Quilt Crawl Shop Hop March 28th. 6 stores in one day. Cost is carpooling/gas money only. Can you handle the fun?
  • Charity sew day April 11th 12pm-4pm Pearkes Rec Centre, Gardom Room upstairs. We still need FOUR MORE people (stitching, cutting, pressing)! We will be cutting battings and bindings, and making backings. Or you can quilt or bind one of the quilts, email us to sign up for anything.
  • booth at Westshore show: info about modern quilting and promoting our guild. Representatives needed, sign up at the link. Also if someone can be the co-ordinator to set up the booth for this one that would be a tremendous help to the executive.

  • Custom notebook cover swap with Vancouver MQG: sign up by March 31, partnered by April 8, hand in at May 21st mtg. Info and sign up is HERE

Our next meeting: Thursday, April 16th, SCOUT HALL
See you there, and bring a friend!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Swap with Vancouver MQG!

Swap with Vancouver MQG!

At our meeting last night, we announced our next swap, which will be with Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.  We did our first swap with the Fraser Valley MQG, then jumped all the way across the country to the Maritimes, then hit Toronto on the way back. Time again for a [semi-] local swap, and for something different!
We are going to be swapping patchwork notebook covers. Amy from Vancouver will be posting a tutorial on the VMQG blog, so everyone will be working with the same dimensions, making covers to fit a blank composition book.
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(two examples from Amy)
 The details:
- The covers need to be pieced and quilted, and should be at least 90% solid fabric. They can be entirely solids if the maker prefers, but shouldn’t have more than 10% of printed fabric. Regardless of fabric used, all notebook covers should be MODERN!
- This will be a secret partnered swap. You will receive your partner’s info and make something specifically for them. Someone will receive your info and make something specifically for you. You aren’t necessarily sewing for the person who’s sewing for you, and you’ll keep it a secret until the swap items are received. (If you have questions for the person you’re creating for, you should contact the swap coordinator [Amy or Bryan], not the person themselves.)
- Sign ups will start today, March 19th, 2015, and will go to March 31, 2015. That gives you two weeks to get your booty in gear! If the numbers between the two guilds aren’t equal, some people may be swapping with members of their own guild.
- Sign ups will be ONLINE only. This will let Amy email your questionnaire to your partner without having to retype it all and try to decipher your handwriting.
- Partners will be assigned by April 8, 2015 at the latest.
- You’ll bring your finished mini quilt back to the May guild meeting, on May 21st, 2015. Bring it unwrapped, so that we can take a group photo!
- That gives you 6 weeks to make something amazing!
- As you’re creating, post your notebook cover on social media and use the swap hashtag #VMQGandMQGV so that everyone else can see too!
- There will be no extra goodies in this swap. Please include a note or a card with your contact info, but nothing else. The guilds will be providing notebooks, so no need to include one!
- This is a members-only activity. Supporting your guild has its perks!

Are you excited?


March Block Lotto - Ribbon Star!

This month we have a lovely Ribbon Star block tutorial from Lee of Freshly Pieced. The block finishes at 12" and as usual, one block nets one lotto ticket to win the whole batch. 

Instead of a white background we are suggesting Kona Iron, or a similarly toned print

For the star: Choose any one colour for the centre star, either print or solid, and then use the remaining colours in the ribbon around the star. You do not have to use every colour in the palette.


Background (iron/grey):
• Cut four 3" squares
• Cut eight 2.5" squares
• Cut eight 2" squares

Star (your focus colour):
• Cut one 4.5" square
• Cut eight 2.5" squares

Colour A (other colours):
• Cut four pieces, 2.5" x 4.5"
• Cut four pieces, 2" x 4.5"

Colour B (more other colours):
• Cut four pieces, 2.5" x 4.5"
• Cut four pieces, 2" x 3"

Click over to the tutorial for instructions and layouts. Bring your 12.5" (unfinished) block to the April meeting and maybe you'll win!

Meeting tonight!

What fun things are planned for tonight? Charity quilts! Quilt Crawl! Challenges! Swaps! Quilt Con report! t-shirts! library! we're moving! It's going to be a doozy this month.....

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, t-shirts
• library books if you have them. 5$/month late fees if you forget!

Thursday, March 19th 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. 

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Come see us today!

We are at the Creative Stitches Show!

Friday, March 13th from 9 to 6 and 
Saturday, March 14th from 9 to 5 at Pearkes Rec Centre.

Everyone else's displays look awesome and so does ours. We have NINE of our charity HST quilts prominently on display and they look amazing. 

Many thanks to our members who are staffing our booth and representing modern quilting. 

If we don't see you this weekend, then we'll see you on Thursday the 19th for our March meeting!