Monday, 28 March 2016

Get to know your executive - Heather

Heather was our Membership co-ordinator from 2013-Jan 2016. She was elected our Vice-President in January 2016. 



MQG: How long have you been quilting?     
About 30 years

MQG: What type of machine[s] do you have?          
A Husquvarna Viking, but I miss my old Bernina Nova

MQG: Do you press seams open or to the side?       
To the side

MQG: Do you pre-wash your fabric?                        
Usually – unless I’m impatient to start sewing it into something

MQG: What is your favourite colour? or colour combination?        
Right now I am loving the turquoises and grays

MQG: Where’s your hometown?      
Coquitlam, BC

MQG: What’s your day job, or are you retired?       
I am a Special Education Teacher

MQG: Show us the last quilt you finished!      

MQG: What are you working on now? 
A secret project.

MQG: What quilt is on your bucket list?       
I would like to make a quilt as you go quilt next.

MQG: Favourite fabrics/designers?              
Tula Pink designs & fabric; Riley Blake fabrics

MQG: Tell us something quirky about yourself! Or tell a funny story!        
Still thinking about this one.

Thank you Heather for introducing yourself, and for volunteering for the guild!

Friday, 25 March 2016

Get to know your executive - Nicole

Nicole is our President and has been since she helped start the guild in 2013. 



MQG: How long have you been quilting?     
Since 2007, when I took a "learn to quilt sampler class" at the Cloth Shop.

MQG: What type of machine[s] do you have?          
I use a Husquavarna 2000, dating from the mid-60s. I also have my grandmother's Husky from the 1980's and a Singer Featherweight.

MQG: Do you press seams open or to the side?       
Side.

MQG: Do you pre-wash your fabric?                        
Nope. I'm flirting with disaster I know.

MQG: What is your favourite colour? or colour combination?        
Orange. Orange and blue. Turquoise and red. Black and white. Rainbows. 

MQG: Where’s your hometown?      
I'm more or less a Victoria girl but I wasn't born here and I've lived in four different provinces as an adult.

MQG: What’s your day job, or are you retired?       
I retired in 2007. I used to be a stage manager for opera and newly created dance works. I was also the Production Buyer for Bard on the Beach for six years. 

MQG: Show us the last quilt you finished!      
Hmmmm, this one?


MQG: What are you working on now? 
Too many things....Making myself finish two large queens before I can start another one. A fabulous blue and orange scrap quilt (twin size). A bunch of smaller pieces. 

MQG: What quilt is on your bucket list?       
Don't kick me out of the guild for these, but a Jack's Chain. Definitely a Broderie Persé. 

MQG: Favourite fabrics/designers?              
Alison Glass and Carolyn Friedlander though I don't have a single piece of their fabrics. Tula Pink for her use of colour.

MQG: Tell us something quirky about yourself! Or tell a funny story!        
I get stressed out when stripes are oriented vertically AND horizontally. And I'm pretty obsessed with 2.5" squares. LOVE THOSE SO MUCH!

Thank you Nicole for introducing yourself, and for volunteering for the guild!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Get to know your executive - Kari

Kari is our Secretary and has been since we started the guild in 2013. 




MQG: How long have you been quilting?     
Off and on for over 27 years, pretty constantly for the last 10.

MQG: What type of machine[s] do you have?          
I have a Janome 12000 and a Janome 1600P.

MQG: Do you press seams open or to the side?       
I press to the side.

MQG: Do you pre-wash your fabric?                        
I am a pre-washer generally...if I am working on something with others though and the vote is to not pre-wash then I don't.

MQG: What is your favourite colour? or colour combination?        
I like all colours and some colour combinations that you wouldn’t think of look amazing together, depending on the pattern. I do tend to lean towards turquoise, bluey-purples and more jewel tones.

MQG: Where’s your hometown?      
I am a Saskatchewan girl

MQG: What’s your day job, or are you retired?       
Manager at a nonprofit agency

MQG: Show us the last quilt you finished!      
The quilt was made for an elderly relative currently going through chemo treatments.  She is a very traditional person so the fabric in this quilt totally suits her.  The back was green minky.  

The second one is a pouch in some Tula Pink fabrics that was done at a Janome Club class at Sawyers.   




MQG: What are you working on now? 
I have a Tula Pink fabrics quilt that is waiting to be sandwiched, quilted and bound…..originally intended for a QuiltCon entry but the discovery of a water stain from a leaking skylight sort of put a “damper” on that process…….it’s still waiting to be completed.
Another on the go project is putting together some blocks that my Satellite Group made that will become a charity quilt. Another project is the Quilt Along that my Satellite Group did last year for the Westshore Guild……I need to put all my blocks together into a quilt top. I seem to be a little behind on that particular task also.

MQG: What quilt is on your bucket list?       
To complete a Nosegay Quilt I have started; a Double Wedding Ring (not started); Dear Jane (started);  

MQG: Favourite fabrics/designers?              
The four top designers for me are Tula Pink; Alexander Henry; Kaffe Fassett; Anna Maria Horner

MQG: Tell us something quirky about yourself! Or tell a funny story!        
Quirky...quirky...quirky...quirky…I’m drawing a blank which likely means I’m blocking out anything quirky or I don’t want to expose my idiosyncrasies…probably more the latter. 
Is it quirky that I have to be the first one to read/look through a new magazine…..? It’s not the same experience if someone else has flipped through your brand new issue of something before you.  Oh yes, I have a magazine addiction……I have scaled it down to just three key quilting magazines……well, most of the time anyway.

Thank you Kari for introducing yourself, and for volunteering for the guild!

Monday, 21 March 2016

March announcements and things:

Show and share pics will come next week but here's lots of info to tide you over in the mean time......

Gala is having a sale on everything but quilt fabric is 25% off, including solids. Sale runs until March 27th and NB they are closed on Friday, March 25th. 


Block lotto ~~~Ocean Waves~~~

There are a few tweaks to the rules for our "Make It Modern" display at the VQG show. Check it out!


Calls for entry:


Vancity has a call for artists, deadline April 6th


Modern Quilts: Redesigning Traditions, deadline June 15


Grand National 2017, deadline is next year sometime



Shows, Events, and Happenings:


Fibre Art Voices at Chemainus Theatre lobby until March 26


Our next sew-in is April 9th at Sawyer's Sewing Centre. There is room for you to join us!

Surface Design Assoc. show: Edge of the Forest March 23 - April 3, Coast Collective Gallery

Fibres & Beyond's show: Consider the Lilies XIII is April 9-17 at Old St Mary's in Metchosin

The Mark Makers' show: Textile Treasures is April 18 - May 1 at Tulista Art Gallery in Sidney

!!several of our members are in this show!!




Vancouver MQG is presenting Latifah Saafir in May for a lecture/trunk show and three! workshops


A few of our members have donated works to this event on March 29: 





If we missed something, let us know and we'll add it in. 



Thursday, 17 March 2016

March Block Lotto

Lots of you said that you would like to do more improv and curved piecing this year in our survey and this block really delivers! This month, we are going to be making beautiful improv ocean wave blocks. The curves are going to be very gentle, so they are easy to sew, with just a little easing as you go, no pins required!

Our colour palette is shades of blue, inspired by the all the colours of the ocean, from bright tropical turquoise to deep inky blues. Stick to solids, tone-on-tone prints, or subtle texture prints, that read as mostly solid blue to the eye. You could even use other woven fabrics, like a linen-blend, cotton shirting, lightweight chambray or cross weave (like shot cotton), as long as it is a blue fabric!
This project is fat quarter friendly, we will be starting off with 18" long strips of fabric, about 3-4" wide. We will need about 5-6 strips to make each block, although this depends on how wide you cut your strips.

To make our waves pop, try to alternate shades or values of blue as you build your block, so that the contrast between waves is visible. You can choose to make your blocks with as few as 2 alternating shades of blue, or you can use as many different colours as you have strips of fabric.
Start by cutting your first strip, with a rotary cutter or scissors, to add a gentle undulating wave to one edge. Once you have your first curve cut, overlap that fabric with your next strip of fabric, so that you see no raw edge, and both strips are right sides facing up. You want these to both just barely overlap, to minimize waste. Using a pair of scissors, or your rotary cutter, cut the second strip so the curves match together. I found scissors actually easier to cut the matching curve, but you could also trace the curve with a fabric pen and then cut it out separately so that you don't need to worry about the fabric shifting around. Remember to cut as directed, DO NOT try to cut them in one go by putting right sides together, this will result in two strips that cannot be sewn into a flat block, it will be sad, don't do it!
Flip one strip onto the other, and sew them together using your 1/4" piecing foot. As you go, you will need to ease the edges so they align. Go slow, and keep adjusting the fabric so that the two edges align as they just go under your presser footIt helps to keep your needle in the down position, so you can occasionally lift the presser foot to realign the edges. Keeping your waves very gentle will help make this really easy. I sewed this seam, without any pinning, and ended up with only a small difference in length at the end. This won't matter, as when the block is finished, we will trim it down.
When you have finished sewing your first seam, take it to your pressing station and press the seam to one side. A little spray starch like Best Press or some steam will help it lay flat. If you find you have a tiny pucker in your seam which won't press out, you can sometimes unpick just a few stitches on either side, and then re-sew that small section again.

Repeat this process adding more strips to your block, till it is about 8.5" to 9" wide. Trim your final block to be 16" x 8". Your finished block can have as many or as few waves as you like, and it really depends on how wide your strips are and how much you trim off as you cut each wave shape. Here is one of mine from the front (top) and back (bottom).
If you need some extra help with learning to sew with curves, there are a lot of youtube tutorials online. Check out this one of Elisa Wilson or this one from Rob Appell showing two slightly different ways to handle sewing curves without pins! With a little practice, you will find the technique that works best for you.

I can't wait to see all the beautiful ocean wave blocks you make next! Be sure to bring them to the April 21 Meeting for a chance to win them all!

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Meeting on Thursday

It's time for the March meeting, with our special guest

Lois Kelly, of Batik Baskets

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Thursday, March 17, 7pm-9pm
Scout Hall, 505 Marigold Road

We will have our regular meeting in addition to Lois's presentation. Lois will also set up her shop for us with finished bags, baskets, and supplies available for purchase.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Pics from the sew-in

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Sawyer's last weekend. There was laughing, chatting, advice giving, goofing off, and even some sewing!

We had a couple of folks drop in (Brieta, and Kate who's not even a member yet but she likes the look of us so she's joining up) just to say hi and to see what we were doing. 


Ruth made more pillow cases (above and below).



Judy's zip shut needle case she made from "Make It Take It" by Krista Hennebury. Judy was making monkey tails for a school musical.


Nicole is trying to use up too much blue fabric!



Daria prepped some blocks for this month's block lotto.

Not pictured: Jen H. and her totally adorably apron with ruffles and cherries, or guest Jay who came to hang out and stitch the binding on her handpieced! Millefiori quilt.

Come join us at our next sew-in in April!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Workshop details


We've got the details sorted out for the workshop with Marianne Haak

We are offering a two day quilt as you go workshop for the amazing price of only $80.