Thursday, 23 November 2017

November Block Lotto

This month we have a star.  I know there have been many stars before, but this is a new one, and with no measuring it is fast, easy, and visually effective.  Sounds good, right?

Rising Star, Improvised

Terri Torke did a lovely symmetrical version of the rising star here, but this one is not symmetrical; for visual interest, and "more fun, less measuring and stressing about perfect".

Fabrics you will need:

-four 6.5" square pieces of Kona silver fabric, also Painter's Palette pale silver. ( You can pick up a fat quarter of the Kona at the guild meeting for cheap).  If you can find another light grey/silver solid that matches, that's ok too.

-4 strips of yellow print fabric, approx. 2.5" x 7"

-4 strips of purple print fabric, approx. 3" x 7"

Please try to use prints that only have the desired colour, in variation( tone on tone), or a bit of black or white.

Start with the smaller yellow strips, pin on, at an angle and sew.

Trim the grey background, and press.  Trim the block back to 6.5" square.

Now do the same with the purple strip

Isn't that easy? and looks pretty sharp too!
Now do the other 3 block, paying attention to which way you add your colours, so that they all match up the same. ( I failed on 1 of mine and had to start all over again. oops!)

Four 6.5" blocks
Great.  Now put them all together, and you have a pretty cool star, with lovely sharp points.  Trim to 12.5" square.
I fell in love with this block, and started playing with colour variations, which is leaning towards another quilt started. Crap, I don't need more starts.  Ah, well. Have fun with this one.

Due to the December social, this block is due at the January meeting.

The Missouri quilt company has a free tutorial here for a traditional Rising Star block.  Good for getting the concept, but don't follow it exactly as we want these blocks to be " imperfect".

Have fun.

As always, one block = one ticket.  So make one, make two, make a whole bunch!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

October Block lotto

Ooh, It's rainy out there!  Totally makes you want to stay inside and sew:)

This month's block lotto is improv, but after finishing it I think it looks a bit like a backgammon board, so

Backgammon Improv Block!

My colour inspiration:
inspiration photo in the "desert and sky" board ...
Warm Palette, channeling warm thoughts.

Also inspired by Debbie Jeske's sharp triangles in many of her quilts shown at last months meeting.

Pretty straight forward to put together.

You will need:

approximately ten 15" long x 3-4" wide strips of solid fabric, in the palette shown near the top (Beige, turquoise, and red).

Take one strip and cut one side on an angle

Sew on your 2nd colour. Add another strip at an angle, then trim. ( I am finding this hard to describe-hopefully the photos make sense, or it is self explanatory)

Keep going, adding angles,

until you get to full size (12.5") and trim your sides to make it square.
When I had reached the length I needed, I accidentally cut to 12" -DO NOT DO THAT.
finished block is 12.5" square.

Have fun, make one, make two, make lots.

Friday, 22 September 2017

September Block Lotto

Fall is upon us! And that spooky month will be well on its way when you turn in this block.  With that in mind, we are going with a Halloween themed block lotto.

Spooky Eyes!

Simply eyes on a black background
This block is pretty much a free for all, be as creative or simple as you like, as long as it is just eyes and the background is black.  Preferably Kona black for consistency, but use the black you have.
For the eye colour, choose bright colours to stand out against the black, and solids seem to work best.
There is a great blog with a free tutorial on making some of these at Happy Sew Lucky .
Your eyes can be as simple as these, set off center,
or go a little more detailed, with more colours.

Or get creative and come up with your own.  Have fun with it.

Make sure your block measures up to 12.5" square

Monday, 18 September 2017

September meeting

Come join in the festivities,
as we celebrate our 4th Birthday on
Thursday, September 21st from 7-9 pm
To help us celebrate our birthday, we welcome Debbie Jeske from Seattle, Washington. Debbie comes to us with over 30 years of sewing and quilting experience. She is a member of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild and is followed by many people on both Instagram and her Blog. This is going to be a fantastic trunk show and I'm sure she will have many fabulous quilts to show us.

You can find out more about Debbie on her Blog, or follow her on Instagram at

We also have our birthday fabric challenge with the Libs Elliot fabric. Please bring whatever you've made. 
Did you participate in the ugly fat quarter toss at the July picnic? Please bring whatever you've made. 
  • Leave your mug at home! We will be providing the mugs for coffee and tea service. Coffee and tea is now $1 per cup.
  • Cookies or squares for your birthday month
  • Modern show and share
  • Your block lotto
  • Your round robin quilt along (if you're in that group)
  • Library books
  • Money... for 50/50, merchandise, coffee and tea, etc.
  • Guests $5 drop in fee

Thursday, 31 August 2017

August meeting pictures: our new space, Jennifer Watson trunk show, and the usual!

Stacie welcomed us to our new space at the Royal Canadian Legion. 

A few homey touches, like our guild bunting.

A keen crowd.

More folks!
This space is HUGE. With an elevator, and decent parking, and room to grow, and better lighting, and no ugly gold-with-tassles-valance-and-drape to upstage every picture, we like it already. 

Kari, our ever faithful secretary and Heather, our indefatigable VP.

Natalie, our librarian.
 And show and share!
Darlene with a quilted room number for her classroom. 

Barb's quilt.
Small confession time: we wrote down the names of the folks who shared quilts but we're not sure where one person's quilts stops and the next person's starts. We'll give it our best shot.

Barb's or Rosalie. And note the use of TWO different MQG challenge fabrics in this!

Barb? Rosalie?

Pretty sure this is Rosalie's. What's black and white and red all over? This quilt and a penguin with a sunburn.

Still Rosalie? Maybe Janelle? AWESOME HSTs though.


Janelle's use of blue and orange and lots of triangles is excellent.

Ruth took a dying workshop at VISA. 

Overdyed vintage table cloth.

Kate made this for a swap. Send it to my house Kate!

Back, with the label on the yellow and orange triangle.

Kate made this for the Pantone Greenery challenge but wound up cutting of the green bits because she hated them. The finished quilt looks pretty awesome.

Guest Terry showed this nearly done awesome HST rainbow goodness.

And a sweet vintage dresden plate.
Then we had a trunk show from our own Jennifer Watson. We all know her as one of the very best quilters for hire in town but she's no slouch when it comes to her own stuff. And funny! She shared so many great stories about the quilts and her process. 

This Sea Glass quilt is a pattern from Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, and won a ribbon the first year the Victoria Quilters' Guild show had a modern category.

Detail shot.

Jennifer used the scraps from the previous quilt to make this one.

Jennifer said about this one: "done is better than perfect, but you still have to like what you've done."

A special quilt for a special girl in Jennifer's life.

Jennifer quilts for her mom Patricia as well.

Patricia, also a member of our guild, is a master at appliqué.

A pattern which supports an elephant rescue society in Thailand.

A Charley Harper pattern. 

This quilt was made with leftovers from the orange and grey quilt up above.

Made with some friends in a satellite group, originally shown at our January 2015 meeting.

Some MQG challenge fabric is in here!

back of the above quilt

Another big award winner for Jennifer. MQG challenge fabric again.

The most excellent (and frustrating!) quilting.
 A few yet to be quilted works.

Thank you so much Jennifer for sharing your quilts and love of quilting with us. You have been a steadfast supporter of the guild since the beginning and we are lucky to have you.

Sharon V takes home the block lotto!