Thursday, 30 July 2015

Riley Blake deadline reminder!

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge Deadline is July 31!
Time to quilt, bind and finish your piece for the fabric challenge, because time is running out. Here's what you need to do to enter:
  • Submit your work to the Riley Blake gallery on Community. (Here's a tutorialon how to do that!) Remember, even if you've uploaded an image to the forums, we ask that you please also submit to the gallery to be eligible.
  • Tag your work on social media with #mqgfabricchallenge.
  • Submit by July 31 to be eligible!
And let us know if you have any questions by emailing

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Picnic pictures

Each summer we skip a meeting and have a picnic instead. This year we met at the group picnic shelter at Beaver Lake for our July not-meeting. 

We started with our "guess who I am quilting terms and tools" sticker on your back ice breaker game, ate SO MUCH FOOD, had show and share, did the annual modern/solid FQ toss/swap, had a trivia guessing game, and lastly people left with a new-to them half metre of ugly fabric. We challenged people to make something, anything! and we'll vote at the September meeting on best use of ugly fabric.

And here are the pictures! Thanks as always to Lana our photographer (who persevered through camera and computer troubles this month). 

Janelle's improv with intent from the workshop with Krista.

Janelle again with a very cheerful quilt. The backing is being held up on the left.

Guest Caroline showing a great quilt.

And the back.

Caroline with another quilt, this one a commission. She was shouted down when she asked about adding a border. And bonus points for dressing to co-ordinate with the quilt!

Toni with a beautiful quilt - an excellent way to use a larger print fabric!

Toni with an all silk quilt. These are vintage kimono silks in the quilt.

Pam showing her row by row quilt. We *think* she won at Bib N Tucker for this.

Kim with a quilted tea cosy, made from a pattern in a book. Kim found it very frustrating so she gave the book to Pam (who can make anything without directions apparently!)

Rosalie with a lovely little mini.

And another, made from a photograph of some little family members.

Jennifer looking serious about a nice runner.

And looking very pleased with her first not-flat item. Yay you!

Margaret with another colourful insert strip quilt.

Natalie came as a guest and left as a member, and brought this "divorce" quilt made for her brother. 

Esther had a lot of fun with Krista's new book, making the giant mat and ruler tote, a zippy pouch, and the scissor caddy (just peeking out from the centre pocket).

Last but not least, the circular needle book as well. Very nicely co-ordinated Esther!

Terri showing a picture of a quilt in progress.

And some of the strip sets you start with. Great colours!

Susan showing her latest. We think she should submit this for Quilt Con!

Judy did the cruise in June with Krista and this is her take on the improv with intent.

Judy again with a fun cat and dog quilt.

Danica and a fabulous modern pattern. Bad luck about
the Frixion pens, but glad it all worked out in the end.

Dawna made this upon request from her daughter, who asked for a camping quilt.

And Dawna's MQG Riley Blake challenge finish.

Nicole's giant HST star. Looking for quilting ideas for this one!

A glimpse into the picnic shelter. 

Some of the folks. Hi Kim!!

Stacie's trivia quiz was tough but fun. 

Thanks to the 35 brave quilters who joined us for some excellent food, quilts, and company. See you next time!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Picnic time!

Friends, please join us at our potluck picnic tonight. There's no guest fee and everyone is welcome!

Beaver Lake Group Picnic Site. Click the link for a map.

6pm start (earlier than normal) until we're done.

Bring a potluck dish to share.

What else should I bring?

Your own dishes, cutlery, napkin, a bag to carry them home in, and a beverage. Also whatever you need to be comfy outside in the evening.
Show and share! Show us what you're working on.
Optional for the games: a SOLID or MODERN fat quarter for the FQ swap, and a half yard/metre of ugly fabric in a brown paper bag or envelope. And a pencil or writing utensil.
If you have a charity quilt PLEASE bring that to hand in. We are wrapping this project up soon and need to get all the quilts back. 

Still unsure about coming? We have a super big announcement about a guest speaker coming to see us!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

July Happenings

July 4 - Saturday Sew-In at Sawyer's Sewing Centre! 12-4pm Bring whatever you like to work on. 10$ holds your space. Irons, mats and basic rulers are provided for you, just bring your machine and your project[s].

July 7 - QuiltCon 2016 Triangle Quilt Challenge SIGNUP. The big MQG will send the registration link to members via email on Tuesday, July 7 at 7 a.m. Pacific TIME. Demand will outstrip supply, so be ready! You should have already gotten a heads up email direct from the big MQG about this. Check your settings, your promotions folder, and your spam folder.

July 16 - Potluck Picnic and fun at the Beaver Lake Group Picnic area. 6pm start for this one.

July 31 - deadline to submit your Riley Blake Challenge project. Do this through the community page.

July 31 - sew-in at Cloth Castle is CANCELLED. It will be back next month on August 28th.

August 20-23 - PNW MQG meetup in Seattle. 

QuiltCon registration continues

Want to submit a quilt for QuiltCon 2016? Entries are now open.

Happy sewing everyone!