Monday, 20 August 2018

August 2018 Show & Share

The August meeting featured our annual De-Stash/Re-Stash sale, which was a great success - thank you to all members who participated! Apart from the shopping extravaganza, there were also a few items for show & share:

Susan made this colourful quilt-as-you-go baby quilt, using a method she calls "freedom piecing!"

Dawna has been doing a lot of sewing while out camping this summer, and showed us her adorable but totally functional little battery powered machine! She also has it rigged up to operate by solar power. It came from Canadian Tire, if you need one of these for your camping trips!

Dawna was commissioned to make this beautiful king-size quilt. We don't think she pieced it on that little battery-powered machine...

Netta is preparing for a gift for a baby, gender TBA. This is the baby girl quilt - great geometric design! To cover the bases, the baby boy quilt will be coming next.

 Another sweet baby quilt, this one by Ann has a fun pinwheel-heart.

Vicky was the winner of the block lotto. Congratulations, Vicky! We're looking forward to seeing a quilt made of these great blocks.

And last but not least, Faye won the door prize - a beautiful "Sparkling Stars" pattern, donated by Troll Brothers Quilt Designs.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

August Block Lotto

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This block is for everybody who loves to use up scraps, make easy blocks, 2.5" squares, pink and green, a chance to win, and watermelon.  That should cover most everybody, shouldn't it?

The above photo shows two of the same 12.5" block, in slightly different colour palettes. 

Fabric for this block is tone on tone or solids in the noted colours, pink, black, green, and white.

Your will need to cut 2.5" squares of :

-8 green
-6 white
-2 black
-20 pink

Lay out your squares to match the photo. If you look at the top photo of the completed light and dark pink blocks, you will notice that the black (seed) squares are not in the same spots.  This is intentional.  When you lay out your squares, place the black ones wherever you like amongst the pink to give some randomness to the blocks.
From there it is straight forward sewing.  I made four 9 patches first, then put them together.

At first I quite liked the pastel version

But after some queries, I decided to make a brighter version, and liked it even better. Use whatever shades of the designated colours you like.

Completed block is 12.5" square, unfinished.

One block equals 1 ticket, so make one, make two, make an entire melon!  Have fun.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

August Meeting: Destash/Restash Sale Info

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Who's ready to shop? It's time for our fourth annual de-stash (and re-stash) shopping extravaganza!

Please read the following instructions, so the sale is enjoyable for everyone.


Every item for sale will be in a bag, along with an envelope. Bring lots of small change!! Since each item is paid for individually, with money going to multiple sellers, MQG Victoria won't be able to provide change.
To buy an item:
  1. Remove the envelope from the bag.
  2. Put the correct amount of money in the envelope.
  3. Seal the envelope and take it to the paying area.


    All items must be quilting-related. Non-modern fabrics are acceptable.
    Prepare an envelope for each item as follows:
    1. Upper left corner - write your name.
    2. Centre of envelope - write a description of the item, e.g. 2m trim, .5m cotton, 3 fat quarters, etc.
    3. Below the item description, write the price.
    4. Do not seal the envelope.
    5. Put the envelope and the item into a sealable, see-through bag - Ziploc bags are perfect!
    6. Bundles of magazines may be tied with string instead, with the envelope taped to the front.
    7. Please use round numbers when pricing - buyers will need to provide exact change!

    • Money will be disbursed after the sale is over, and all envelopes have been collected and sorted, or at the next meeting.
    • Items not sold must be picked up at the end of the sale.
    • Sellers accept the risk of putting the items for sale. MQG Victoria is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
     We will also have a Free Table, for anyone who wants to share free quilting-related items.

    "What can I sell?"

    • Fabric: quilting cotton ONLY
    • Yardage, fat quarters, leftover bits of jelly rolls, charm packs, scraps, etc.
    • Quilt tops, random blocks
    • That project you're never going to finish..... let it go!
    • Rulers, tools
    • Books


    As a guideline, last year's suggested price for fat quarters was $2.00, and $1.00 for older fabrics.