Friday, 29 April 2016

Sew-in Tonight!

We are having our April evening sew-in TONIGHT at the Cloth Castle from 7-10pm. $7 covers the room rental and you can work on whatever you like. It's a great group that's coming but there's room for you too. 

The store is open until 8 so you can shop and sew. 

Come join us!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

April meeting pictures

Show and share was a doozy this month with so many sharing their creativity!

Look, it's Nicole with the block lotto for next month!



Sharon C has been away for a few months and had many things to show us...

a duffle bag she made and will never make again,


a small tote bag which used the block from the October block lotto,


a sew together bag, ditto for never again,


a zippy pouch,


a table mat with pockets to go under your machine and keep your tools handy (excellent for workshops we hear!),


better shot of the table mat


a quilt with some number 7s on it,


the improv back of the 7s quilt. Welcome back Sharon!


New member Jay with a small improv piece


Jay with a hexie project....


And Jay's magnificent Millefiori quilt. All hand pieced. It's amazing.


Bonnie-Lynn won the block lotto in March 2015 and pieced this together. It's her first quilt!!!! 


Michele with a "swoon" block for a friend's new baby. 


and it's a reversible quilt!


Ursula with a set of placemats using some awesome fabric from Satin Moon. Ursula used her own pattern for these. 


Some co-ordinating hexie table runners, also one of Ursula's patterns. Check out the QuiltCon bag she's holding too!

And now it's time for an update in the saga of Ursula and her unhappy quilt. A long time ago, when the Victoria MQG was just a tiny new guild and we all still fit in Satin Moon, Ursula brought a quilt to show and asked for advice how to quilt it. 


Jan 2014

We gave her suggestions and off she went. Then the next month Ursula showed us her finished quilt but she told us of the trials and tribulations she had had with it. First there was a blood stain on the white that set. Then in washing the blood out, the colour ran. Colour catchers were able to save most of that problem. Then when the quilt was all fixed and finished, Ursula spilt her green tea on the white. 



Feb 2014

Which brings us to now. Now Ursula has three stuffed dogs. 




The end!


Anne with a blue baby quilt.


And the totally awesome backing! (Those are little monkeys.)


Susan T continuing the animal theme.....


And Susan's piece from the QAYG workshop with Marianne.


Dawna with a finished quilt that her daughter started and didn't progress on. Yay Dawna for finishing it!


Back of the triangle quilt.


Another excellent piece from the Marianne workshop. Audrey? Is that yours?


New member Kate with a quilt for a friend. She used the super popular online tutorial "Scrappy Trip around the World"


And a solid modern mini from Kate as well. Did you know that Kate is an amazing artist?


Kelly showing some beautiful art quilts made with hand-dyed fabrics. 


Kelly again. So lovely.


The background was one piece of hand-dyed fabric carefully cut and arranged. The rocks and trees were painted by Kelley. 


Lana made this using a mini-charm pack of 2.5" squares. If you've got leftovers Lana, we hear Nicole is nuts about those. This was also the first quilt that Lana bound by herself!


Jillian and an improv quilt. Love the colour palette!


Jillian made this with shot cottons.


Natalie's finished work from the Marianne workshop.


After our improv workshop with Cheryl Arkison in October Daria took home the improv warm-up blocks to make them into a quilt. They were all different sizes and shapes and with Margaret's help, this is what happened. 


This is Daria's first quilt!! It will be given to our designated charity KEYS as a lap quilt for the tv room.


Mary? Is this yours? It's lovely. Great colours. 


We know this is Mary because we can see her peeking out from her version of February's block lotto. She didn't win the blocks, she just liked it so made it for herself. 


And we LOVE the back of it.


Very pretty whoever this is. Also from the Marianne workshop. Margaret?


Back of above.


Netta is hiding but she made this with lots of our block lottos, mostly from 2015 but a few from earlier. Our block lottos are all collected on one page to make it easy to see what we've done previously. 


You guys are awesome, thanks for sharing with us!

Natalie was thrilled to win the block lotto:

She loves blue.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

April Block lotto: X marks the spot

More improv! And tricky looking sizes that are not-so-tricky. Take a look and make a few blocks. 

Our colour inspiration was this scrap:


The block inspiration was this quilt:

Cheryl Arkison's wedding quilt.

The colour palette is this:



Materials and quantities:

You need squares or rectangles of the coloured fabrics (oranges, bright pinks, reds). Info about sizes follows. You also need strips of white prints. Yes, prints, not solids. PRINTS for everything. No solids! 

Block sizes are variable. Finished, they should be 12x12, 6x12, 6x6, 12x18, or even 6x18. Multiples of 6 is what you're going for with this one. (The unfinished sizes are therefore 12.5x12.5, 6.5x12.5, 12.5x18.5, etc.)

Your coloured print fabrics should be 1-2 inches larger than your intended finished size. 

Your white print strip should be between 1.25" and 2" wide. WOF is a good length as you'll definitely have enough for even the largest blocks but length is up to you. 

My first block was 6x12, so I started with 7.5x14. 

Make a diagonal cut. Do NOT cut from corner to corner. We want the X to be either on the top of the block or the sides of the block, NOT the corners of the block.


 Add your white strip and sew it to one side. Your coloured fabric has a bias edge, so don't pull or stretch it.


Press to the white.

Attach the other side to the white strip.

Make a cut going the other way. Note that you are making a definite X shape, not a plus or a cross.

Not pictured: inserting the other white strip. 

Finished and untrimmed X block.

Some variations and notes for you:

I started with 7.5x8 for this block.  
Careful about lining up the arms of your X. This is improv, so variation is fine, but not as much as you see above.

This is much better. 



About trimming: aim roughly for the halfway mark to be centred in your X. This is a 6x6 block, which is 6.5x6.5 unfinished. I lined up the 3.25 at both the vertical and horizontal parts of the X.

This is how the variable sizes will all fit together.


It's the block lotto, so as always make one, make two, make lots! 
One block nets you one ticket.