Tuesday, 5 June 2018

May 2018 Show & Share

Here's what members shared at the May meeting!

Chris with her flamingo quilt:
Kathleen's quilt made at the Lorna Shapiro workshop:
Rosalie's rainbow table topper:

Janelle shared her Riley Blake challenge mini:
Janelle with her Flying Geese quilt:
And Janelle also made this quilt with ombre confetti fabrics:

This is Cindy's second quilt ever! Sawtooth stars and a centre cowboy block:
Laura made this colourful Dresden quilt:

Kelly made this memory quilt for her daughter, using fabric from her father's shirts:
Jay brought her elephant quilt, made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and embellished with over 2,000 jewels - it was a multiple award winner at the Victoria Guild show!

There were lots of block lotto entries - here they are with Cindy, the lucky winner!

Saturday, 26 May 2018

may block lotto

May Block Lotto is an Inset Triangle Mini Block

Fabrics you will need:

Black and white Print fabric: six of 2 5/8" squares, and four of 7"x2 5/8" strips

Orange tone on tone fabric: six of 2 5/8" squares, and four of 7"x2 5/8" strips

This time we are making 4 mini blocks instead of one big block. The following instructions will guide you to making 2 of the 4 mini blocks.  You need to make 4 mini blocks for one block lotto ticket.

Start by connecting your 2 5/8" squares as shown below.
Now join the 7" strips to the sides to create a 2 squares.  Do not trim.

Put the two blocks together, right sides in.  Draw a diagonal line as shown and pin to hold in place.

Sew a stitch line 1/4" off the pen line, on each side.  Hopefully you can see what I mean below, the orange shows the stitching better.

Now cut along your pen line.  Voila! two inset triangle mini blocks. Trim to 6 1/2" square.

Make 2 more mini blocks and you are done.  Unless you had so much fun and want to make more.

This next photo shows how they will look, but leaving them apart will give the block lotto winner more options in variation and layout.
Four mini blocks = 1 ticket, so make 4, make 8, make dozens!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

April 2018 Meeting

It was movie night at the April meeting – we checked out the webinars available to members at the MQG website (sign in, then go to Education > Resources. In the column on the right side of the screen, under “Filter By Types” select Webinars).

Currently there are 50+ webinars, 50+ quilts of the month (patterns), 60+ Fresh Quilting episodes, and more – if you haven’t checked out these resources yet be sure to have a look.

We watched part of “No Rulers, No Rules: Creating Cohesive Improv Quilts Without a Plan” by Shelagh Jessop, which gave a good insight into the kind of instruction and inspiration available in these webinars.

Thank you to the following, who donated door prizes! We love door prizes!
Another big thank you to member Jo, who volunteered on the spot when it was announced that we were looking for a Workshop Coordinator. Thanks, Jo!

And, of course, there was...

Show & Share

Pam made this fun cat quilt from a Missouri Star Quilt Co. pattern.

Judy is donating this lovely quilt, it will soon be appreciated at Cockrell House.

Kelly's lucky daughter-in-law will be receiving this quilt that Kelly made using a panel, then covering it with some beautiful quilting.

Gabrielle made this beauty that she calls Pickled Blueberries, and she’s thinking of adding more applique to it.

This is Sharon’s lovely contribution for the Saskatchewan MQG’s call for Humboldt Broncos quilts. She also generously volunteered to collect blocks or quilt tops from other members and mail them all in.

In a perfect example of something Shelagh Jessop said in her webinar, about inspiration coming from all kinds of places.... Netta was inspired by a photo of Buddhist monk walking between pillars, and designed a super mini for the Riley Blake challenge.

Esther made this vibrant mini in a workshop on an Alaskan cruise (and did a great job of coordinating her outfit to match it!)

She also made an adorable whale quilt using a kit from Cloth Castle.

And she made a Broncos quilt, which will be comforting someone in Humboldt soon.

For a friend's father, Natalie used a photo of the view from his window, printed it on graph paper and enlarged it to make a pattern and created this one-of-a-kind quilt. You can't see the people behind it struggling to hold it up off the floor - it's a big one!

Natalie also made this cool mini.

A couple of years ago, Nicole pieced this quilt based on a tutorial by Cheryl Arkison in the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club, and she just quilted it last week - yay!

Anne made a Disappearing Pinwheel baby quilt – the pinwheels appear when you put the blocks together.

She also made a Riley Blake challenge quilt – Twister.

And she won Block Lotto this month – congratulations, Anne!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Green Lightning, April Block Lotto

April showers bring May flowers...

How about a little lightning! in springtime green.

Green Lightning Block

This one is a simple yet effective block.  And for the full effect of the quilt top, Make sure to match the layout in the photos so that the lightning streaks connect from block to block.

Fabrics you will need:

White fabric: sixteen 3.5" squares
Assorted green fabric: lots of strips of varying width, at least 4.5" long.

This is a great block to use up some of your scrap pile, as long as it is green.
Take one strip and pin it to a white square, at an angle, from approximately middle top to lower left( same angle as in my photo so all the blocks match), making sure that when you press it, the green strip will take the block back to 3.5" square. Trim.
Hope the photos help to make this direction clear.  Your angles don't have to be exactly the same on each block, if fact variety adds fun visually. But still coming from approximately middle top down towards lower left side.
Now just make sixteen of these little squares.
Next step is to layout all sixteen squares.  Make sure to match the layout in the photo below so that the blocks will fit/work together.
Now sew it all together.

Again, make sure your layout is the same as in the photo for the blocks to flow.

Completed block is 12.5" square.

And as always one block = one ticket, so make one, make two, make a whole bunch!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

March 2018 Meeting

If you missed the March meeting, you missed out on a lot of laughs! – We had a collaborative, fun time. But more on that later. First up, Show and Share:

Dawna told us about her experience in the MQG mini swap as a “Swap Fairy,” and then showed us the great mini she received from the eastern US.
Dawna also made this for her much-loved letter carrier, who is changing routes.

Natalie’s denim and yellow quilt made as part of the Mollie Sparkles Honey Pot Bee.

Susan designed her own animal patterns for this baby quilt.

Fay participated in her first swap, and received this mini with a bird on it.

Barb joined a Transparency quilt along, and here’s her result. She also showed us the 3m Command Strips she uses to hang quilts – the Velcro kind are meant for hanging picture frames, and she has hung up to king sized quilts with them.
Kelly joined a quilt along last year and made this star quilt – the large stars are regular pieced and the small ones are paper pieced. The quilt has over 600,000 stitches of quilting, and it was accepted into the Quilt Canada show. Yay, Kelly!

Stacie also participated in the MGQ Mini Swap – she told her partner she likes Alison Glass fabrics, and received this great mini.

Here are the block lotto blocks, won by Esther:

Notions – Picks and Pans

Many members brought their favourite – and least favourite – notions, and told the group why they feel that way about them. It was interesting that many of the notions or tools mentioned generated both love and hate, as well as some hilarious comments! (a demonstration of the problems with the Bernina knee bar was particularly entertaining) Some were brought up more than once, and many of us were introduced to new items we hadn’t seen before. Here are some of the tools mentioned…
  • Telescoping magnet for picking up pins
  • Fray check
  • Protective gloves
  • Wonder clips
  • Bendy ruler for drawing curves
  • "Perfecto Needle Threader" (described as the most complicated threader you can imagine)
  • Rotating cutting board
  • "Short Cut" ruler for cutting strips or squares
  • "Block Lock" ruler for cutting half square triangles
  • Bent nose tweezers
  • Wool felt pressing mat – ½ “ thick of dense felt, helps retain heat from iron and gets things really flat. Steam will make it smell like a wet dog, however
  • Fiskar snips
  • Cutting Corners ruler
  • The “Purple Thang”, for various pushing/poking/pulling uses
  • "Add a Quarter" ruler for paper piecing
And a few unexpected favourites:
  • Thumbnail – for pressing seams
  • Chopsticks - skewer a spool of thread and its matching bobbin on a chopstick, and keep a bouquet of them in a jar
  • Altoid tins – for organizing small items
  • Hair elastics to keep spools of thread from tangling
  • Spaghetti portion measurer for drawing circles
  • Sticks from hair doohickeys (for putting up long hair) - for turning corners or opening seams.
  • Phone – because friends, pretty quilts, photos and inspiration all live in the phone!

Do you have strong feelings about any of these notions, or a favourite of your own to share? Let us know in the comments!