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:

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Workshop: English Paper Piecing with Valerie Boode

March 23, 2019

English Paper Piecing is a hand sewing technique that has been used for centuries to create lovely mosaic quilts, and has had a surge in popularity recently. In this class participants will make a small project to get a feel for the technique... this can be a placemat or tablemat, or the first block of a quilt.

Valerie Boode loves all aspects of quilting, especially combining fabrics to create the top. She has been teaching quilting for 30 years and had a long arm business in Alberta before moving to Victoria nine years ago. Valerie has taught numerous workshops for the Victoria Quilters Guild, and does long arm quilting for Victoria's Quilts - an organization that makes quilts for Canadians with cancer. 

The cost of the workshop is $70 for members, $75 for non-members.
This workshop will run from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm, with a half hour lunch break (bring lunch with you). Participants may set up at 9:30am.

Workshop location:  Victoria Salvation Army Citadel, 4030 Douglas Street.

Valerie Boode Workshop

Supplies List

All projects:
  • Template material and permanent marker
  • Scissors, thread snips
  • 1” Hexagon precut paper shapes (available at quilt stores) or bond paper to make your own papers
  • Fons & Porter (or Truline) Glu Stik – not a school type glue stick
  • Fine sharp handsewing needle
  • Fine cotton or silk handsewing thread to match fabrics
  • Thimble (optional), small rotary cutter and small mat (optional)
  • Fabric clips, fabric marker
  • Best Press or Spray Sizing

Choose from one of the following three choices, or make all three:

Mug Rugs (2)  each 6.5" square

  • 14 of 1” Hexagon paper shapes
  • 1 fat eighth fabric for background
  • 1 fat eighth fabric for backing
  • 8” x 15 “ batting
  • Assorted fabrics for hexis (a 5” square makes 2 hexis)

Placemat (1)  11.5" x 15.75" 
  • 18 of 1” Hexagon paper shapes
  • .5 metre background fabric
  • 1 Fat quarter of feature fabric
  • 1 Fat quarter of striped fabric for Hexis (does not have to be stripe)
  • 1 - 5” square of fabric for contrasting Hexis
  • .5 metre background fabric and facing
  • 12” x 16” batting

Wall Quilt or Table Topper  22.5" x 26"
  • 61 of 1” Hexagon paper shapes
  • 8 fabrics each 2 ½” X 24” (or WOF)
  • 7 scraps 3” square for centres
  • .5 metre background fabric
  • 4 strips each 2 ½” x WOF for borders
  • .6 metre backing fabric (will also make facing)
  • 24” x 27” batting

Traditional Hexagon Quilt
  • Over 3400 paper pieces and the same of scraps (a 1” hexagon requires a scrap 2 ½” x 3”)
These hexi shapes are sewn into each other with no applique, thereby making the quilt as large or small as desired.To enable our class to accommodate the time restriction our “sewn hexi units” are appliqued to a background, they could however be sewn as a complete hexi unit (adding more hexis to fill the background) and applique could be avoided.

Monday, 4 February 2019

January Show & Share

Here are the quilts shown at the January meeting by members!

Natalie made blocks for an Instagram swap, with a theme of trees, lakes and mountains.

Lois showed us two quilts, this blue and gray...

...and a low volume improv quilt

A sweet quilt by Ann...
Ann also made this one, using blocks and fabric from our guild garage sale and adding fox faces

Mary's green circles and stripes....

Bethany made this baby quilt for a friend's little one

Barbara showed us her published piece in a magazine.... congratulations Barbara!

Netta's purple improv quilt

And Heather's colourful zigzag block quilt