Sunday, 14 July 2019


Loosen up with this Wonky Strip block - no points to match, yay! Dig out those black and white prints you’ve been wondering what to do with, grab some solid scraps and get making!


From your black and white prints, cut some wedge shaped strips that are at least 15” long and taper from 3” to no less than 1/2”. You will probably need about 7 strips per block. Have a variety of black on white, and white on black (NO CREAM, and no extra colours including grey!). Do the same with your solids, but you will only need 1 - 2 per block. 

Start randomly sewing some strips together. You don’t need to sew wide end to narrow end, just mix it up. (See photo). It looks better if you vary the tones. Throw in one or two solid “zingers” (no more, this is supposed to be mainly black and white). Sew, sew, sew, la, la, la, go to your happy place, 
Ryan Gosling, margaritas . . .ooops! You can stop when you are able to trim your block to 13” square. Press well, and trim to 13” square, making sure there is at least 1/2” on the edge before a join so you don’t have a bunch of bulk when the blocks are joined together. Ta da!  

Since you have all your scraps out, make a bunch more. As always, 1 block = one ticket. 
For more inspiration, go to and check out the quilt at the bottom of the page.

And here are four blocks set together 

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Block of the month due for July meeting


This month with are “going dotty” with an easy Floating Plus sign block. It makes up quickly so you can get back to all your other fun outdoor activities like mowing the lawn and weeding the garden.
These are also super easy to make two at a time (you will find this when you cut out your background) so dig out your all your Polka Dots and get sewing! 

Fabric A (Plus sign) - any polka dot fabric, but avoid those with white background
Fabric B (background) - white solid

Cutting -
Fabric A polka dots - one strip 2 1/2” X 18 1/2” and one 4 1/2” square
Fabric B white solid - one strip 2 1/2” X 18 1/2” and four 4 1/2” squares

Making the block - 
  1. Sew the two 2 1/2” X 18 1/2” strips together. Cut these into four pieces 4 1/2” long and press to the dark side. (I find it easier to cut the strip before it is pressed open, but that is up to you.)
  2. Lay all the 4 1/2” squares you now have in three rows as shown in the photo and join each row together. Then join the rows together to make your block. It should measure 12 1/2” square.

For additional information go to You will find that the directions there call for the strips to be cut 2 1/2” X 18”. I added the extra 1/2” to the 18” length to allow for trimming uneven ends. 

Here are four blocks for inspiration - 

Monday, 3 June 2019

It's here!! Block of the month for June meeting.

Hello! Here are the much anticipated directions for the May block. Last month we had the cool colours of beach glass, but this month we are going Hot! Hot! Hot! Oh, I love this block and it looks even better joined in a quilt! Accuracy is definitely the key to success on this one. Have fun!!


You will need two fabrics either
tone-on-tone or in a print of
these colours:
Bright yellow
Hot Pink
*When choosing your fabrics,
make sure they are on the warm
side of the colour wheel -
ie: red based, not blue.
Plus white solid for background

  • Fabric A - centre star
1 - 4.5” square
8 - 2.5” squares
  • Fabric B - starburst rays 8 - 4.5” squares
  • Fabric C - background, white solid
8 - 2.5” squares

Use a scant 1/4” seam. This is very important!!
  1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all the 2.5” squares (16 total)
  2. Take the 8 - 4.5” Fabric B squares and align one of the 2.5” squares in each upper left hand corner right sides together with the diagonal line going across the corner as in the photo. Chain piece, trim and press.
  3. Take the 4.5” squares with the white background corners and align another white 2.5” square in the opposite corner as in the photo. Chain piece, trim and press.
  4. Take the 4.5” squares with the Fabric A corners, and align the remaining Fabric A 2.5” squares in the “flying geese” fashion as in the photo. Chain piece, trim and press.
  5. Assemble the block in three rows as per the photo. Press seams open.
  6. Join the rows together and press seams open. Your block should measure 12.5” square. As always, one block = one ticket. Happy sewing!

For additional directions see the “Starburst Block” tutorial at

Here are four blocks sewn together so you can see what the quilt will look like.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the yeeeear!!

Its back baby.... and it's back early.

It's our fifth annual MQG Victoria Garagesale coming up on June 20.

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.

    Wednesday, 27 March 2019

    March Block Lotto


    Unfinished size: 9 ½” X 17 ½”

    Here’s your chance to break out those wild and crazy prints you’ve been wondering what to do with! This block is made up of two parts - the top “petals” are basically a four patch of 5” squares with snowballed corners. The bottom “leaves” are four HSTs with the addition of a stem.

    You will need:
    • Background - White solid
    • Cut two 5” squares
    • and four 2 ½” squares

    Tulip Petals - cheerful bright prints, avoid directional prints, no solids
    Four 5” squares (leftover charms are perfect)

    Leaves - any green tone-on-tone, stripes are fun but choose whatever you like, no solids
    Two 5” squares

    Stem - a different green, a horizontal stripe is good here too, no solids
    1 ½” X 8 ½” rectangle


    1. Start with the petals. Place a 2 ½” white square in one corner of each of your 5”bright print squares. Sew on the diagonal to “snowball” the corner. Trim, press and square up now to avoid future headaches (don’t ask me how I know this!)
      Arrange in a pretty manner with the white corners facing as the photo. Sew the top two squares together, then the bottom two squares together and press the seams in opposite directions so they will “nest” when you then sew these two sets together.
    2. Take the two 5” white squares and the two 5” green squares and make four HSTs.
      Arrange as the photo. Sew each pair together on the horizontal seam so you will be able to then sew the stem between them. Press the seam allowance towards the stem.
    3. Now sew the top “petal” part to the bottom “leaves” part.
    4. Square up to 9 ½” X 17 ½”
      Each tulip equals one ticket.
    Make one, make 3, make a whole garden! Happy sewing : )

    Tuesday, 26 March 2019

    March Show & Share

    Quilts shown by members this month:

    Lois learned about inset circles in Lorna Shapiro's workshop, passed on her knowledge in a demo at a recent meeting, and now here's a quilt she made using this technique.

     Ursula brought three pieces that she made in recent workshops:

     Anne loves to make baby quilts, here's her latest!
     Esther showed us the mini quilt she received in the MQG swap
     Barbara's been working with penguins (there were elephants on the back!)
     Taking advantage of the last of the snow before it melted, Sharon did some snow dyeing on fabric
     Rosalie made a mini with hearts representing the members of her group that goes on retreats.

    She also made this large geometric quilt
     Liz made this 'Boomerang' pattern quilt for her sister's wedding gift....

    .... and she used up all the leftovers to make smaller projects

     Fay's quilt for a friend's 50th birthday
     Maureen made this one in a workshop with Chris Bowen
     Marianne showed some of her inset circles she's been working on

    Cindy's sister asked for a bag to hold her Catan games... she made it big enough to hold the games, a bag of chips AND a bottle of wine!

     Nicole received this mini in the MQG swap from a Canadian quilter living in New York
    Sarah tested this paper pieced bee for Lillyella, and showed some of the blocks she's been making in the monthly foundation paper piecing club with Quietplay.

     Sarah also brought this quilt top that's been ten years in the making, using Hungry Caterpillar fabric.
     Audrey shared her Disappearing Nine Patch
    Maureen's quilt 'Separation at the Border,' represents parents and children being separated and the emotions they go through.

    Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Quilt Facing

    Recently we had three great demonstrations by guild members on different binding techniques. Jo-Anne Allbutt showed how to do facings - binding that is completely hidden on the back of the quilt, often used for quilts that will hang on the wall. Here are her instructions:


    - 4 strips of fabric (measurements are based on 2 ¼” strips)
         2 strips 2” shorter than the top and bottom length of quilt
         2 strips 2” longer than the sides of the quilt.
    - ¼” foot works wonders
    - spray starch, best press or spray water


    1. Begin by turning the short end of your strip under ¼ so you are working with a finished edge. This step isn’t necessary for wall quilts but I do prefer it for bed quilts.
    2. Sew, using a ¼” seam, right side of strip fabric to right side of quilt front, beginning about 1” from corner. Stop 1” from end and turn the strip end under for a finished edge.
    3. Iron flat and then re sew using a 1/8” seam, sewing through the seam allowance.
    4. Go back and iron again. From the front of the quilt, with the iron in one hand, use your other hand to twist the strip fabric seam to the back as you go. Ensure you can not see any of the strip fabric from the front. Best press or starch work well to keep this flat.
    5. Turn the raw edge of the strip under a ¼” and iron so that you have a finished edge to hand sew to the back of the quilt. If you are doing an art quilt, you can do this step in the beginning but if the quilt is on the larger size, I find that the ¼” iron mark is gone by the time I go to hand sew.
    6. Repeat steps 2-5 for the sides of the quilt.

    Helpful Hints

    • Whenever possible, I try to use the same fabric for the strips as the backing fabric so that it appears invisible.
    • Match thread to the backing fabric, as the seam will be visible on the back.

    Jo-Anne also recommended Terry Aske's tutorial on facing, which includes photos.

    Friday, 22 February 2019

    February Show & Share

    Lots of great quilts at the February meeting!

    Valerie Boode, who will be leading a workshop on English Paper Piecing on March 23, started things off by sharing some of her work:

    She also brought samples of the projects workshop participants can make:

    Then it was time for Show & Share, starting with Lois's quilt, which she started in one of Valerie's workshops:
    Anne won the block lotto a few months ago, and made this quilt from the blocks:
    Anne's adorable llamas:

    Susan snow-dyed some fabric... and then so much more snow fell that she had to dig it out when it was done!
    Jo once mistakenly ended up in an applique class at a retreat, and made this flower which she doesn't like, but she brought it as an example of faced binding for the demonstration at the meeting!
    Rosalie was inspired at a Phoenix art show and wanted to try this new technique:
    Rosalie also made a colourful patchwork:
    ....and two flannel quilts:

    Natalie made this mini for a CQA challenge called "#trending"... it's a smart phone with apps:
    Natalie also made this baby quilt in a Maria Shell workshop:
    Fay likes to try something new with each quilt she makes.... with this tulip quilt it was tiny piecing and hand quilting.
    Michelle made this one for her daughter's graduation gift, and hand dyed all the fabrics herself:
    ...this is the back, also hand dyed:
    Sharon used ombre strips - she started out using the "jelly roll race" method, but all the similar colours ended up together.... the lesson learned was that "getting a random arrangement that you like is a random occurrence!"
    Darlene realized she never used solids, and didn't like yellow or orange, so she decided to make a quilt that incorporated all three!
    The back of Darlene's quilt:
    Dawna made a pillow cover, and learned that it's always a good idea to measure the pillow form first!
    Netta won the summer block lotto and made this watermelon quilt:
    ....with a giant watermelon on the back:
    Nicole's mini for the MQG swap, an inside-out pineapple. She did the binding during the first half of the meeting and showed us the finished mini after the break!
    Nicole also made this huge Jacob's Ladder quilt, which has been on display at the McPherson Theatre for a few months:
     Chris's swan quilt, featuring grunge fabrics:
     Chris's elephant quilt for her neice:
    Block lotto was won by Daria. This looks like the makings of a pretty quilt: