December 2017 Block Lotto

Sat Dec 2nd   –   Christmas Sewcial

Block Theme: Christmas

Colour Theme:  Reds and/or greens. Can use whites, low volume, etc. Other colours can appear but the overall colour should read red and/or green.

Block Size: ANY – to encourage creativity!

However: One entry will equate to 12″ of block length.

Examples of one entry would be:

  • one 12×12″ block
  • one 6×12″ block
  • two 6×6″ blocks
  • three 4×4″ blocks

Feel free to enter as many times as you would like! If you don’t wish to win the lotto, but want to participate, donation blocks are gratefully accepted.

October 2017 Meeting

Executive Elections

Bev (finances) and Jana (communications) have agreed to stay on the executive.  We also have a few people who have volunteered to help where they can with swaps, etc. even though they are unable to make a full commitment at this time.

This leaves two co-chair positions and a social co-ordinator position still wanting for volunteers. Please consider volunteering your time to this great guild!


 

Education Topic: Free Motion Quilting

Nicole and Barb did a great presentation on free motion quilting.

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Barb had a process of ten steps that she thinks about for her free motion quilting (FMQ) projects:

  1. What design will look best for my quilt or which quilt top will look best for my FMQ goals
  2. Thread choice – colour, weight, needle choice
  3. Stitch in the ditch to secure your quilt before starting the FMQ
  4. Resources – lots of great books, websites, etc. out there
  5. Look to your fabric choices for inspiration
  6. Practice – draw out your designs until you get comfortable
  7. Take breaks and relax to enjoy the process
  8. Marking – choose a product/method based on your needs
  9. Consider signing your quilt/project with FMQ, much like a painter would sign a painting, especially if you don’t use a label
  10. Keep a journal of your quilting escapades for future reference – stitches used, settings used, etc.

 

Barb showed us a quilt that she made as a gift for her niece’s wedding.

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She did the FMQ on her domestic machine and took us through her creative process.

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She decided on metallic and shiny thread to give the quilt a more elegant look. She took inspiration from the swirl design in some of the fabric to FMQ a swirly pattern over most of the quilt.

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She also made a heart template with paper to mark out and quilt some hearts for interest. She talked about how she marked out the string loops at 2″ intervals with chalk to give herself distance targets.

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Barb showed us a dry erase board that she uses to practice and plan her designs on:

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Bev likes to keep quilted design samples for reference:

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Nicole gave great encouragement to those of us intimidated by FMQ. She recommended starting with more natural shapes. She suggested to choose within your ability to avoid discouragement (and disaster) but to continue to challenge and advance your FMQ skills.

She showed a mini quit she did with FMQ made to look like the wind:

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Nicole talked about shape by shape FMQ and choosing quilting patterns based on the shapes within your quilt top. For example: different designs to use specifically in triangles, hexagons, etc.

She recommended the book Shape by Shape Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters:

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Our 2017 QuiltCon Charity quilt has some great examples of this:

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It is also a great example of combining FMQ and straight line quilting – you don’t need to choose just one!:

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We were reminded that sometimes a really simple backing can show off beautiful quilting (the back of our 2017 QuiltCon Charity Quilt):

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Kudos again to Saskatoon Longarm Studio for doing a great job!

Be sure to check out this quilt on display at the Saskatoon Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show Oct 27/28!

Nicole showed us her gorgeous Gravity Quilt – look for this one at the quilt show as well!:

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She used a water-soluble marker for some of her FMQ:

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She also found her own ‘shape by shape’ creativity and made some super cute peacocks:

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Bev sent along a great quilt example called Charlie’s Journey.

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It is FMQ with the story of her father’s life. What an amazing family heirloom!:

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Some other great resources:

Barb likes Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters and Sherry showed us Free-motion Quilting Idea book by Amanda Murphy:

 

There are lots of great websites, online videos/workshops, and blogs to look at.

Lori Kennedy’s The Inbox Jaunt is a great one to check out.

We followed with a group discussion about tools, such as gloves and supreme sliders, and table placement strategies to hold the weight of the quilt while quilting it.

A lot of great information to think about! Thanks again Nicole and Barb!


 

Other Business

The Mad About Patchwork bundle curated by the SaskatoonMQG, “Frozen Berries”, was shown. It proved to be popular and sold out quickly. What a great bundle (good work Nicole). Our guild was generously given a bundle for free – thanks Mad About Patchwork!

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Members worked on the 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt at the last Sewcial (Oct. 14th). It’s really coming along nicely. Sherry took on the task of piecing the back. She didn’t have a plan, just went with the flow, and this gorgeous design emerged:

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Awesome work Sherry!


 

2017 Christmas Sewcial

The annual Christmas Sewcial is an event that members always look forward to!

Sat. Dec 2nd at Home Inn & Suites from 8am – 8pm, come and go.

Members only,  No Charge.  Lunch will be provided (buns, lunch meat, veggie tray, etc.), attendees are invited to bring potluck snacks/goodies and your own beverages.

Handmade Gift Exchange – bring a wrapped handmade gift for a chinese gift exchange. Handmade items (along the lines of something you would see in an instagram swap) such as a mini quilt, small bag, etc.

Block Lotto – the Christmas Sewcial will kick off our first Block Lotto, see below for details! We are thinking about doing the draw around noon. Be sure to submit your blocks before then – contact us if you want to participate but can’t come until later in the day.


 

Block Lotto

We are excited to introduce the fun of Block Lotto to our guild!

Simple explanation: Bring a block, get an entry, and the winner takes home all the blocks!

We are currently planning to hold a block lotto four times per year (March, June, September, December). The details will be listed two months before each lotto outlining that lotto’s unique guidelines.

The rules for participation are as follows:

  1. Must be a guild member
  2. Be present at the meeting or event to win
  3. Use modern fabrics
  4. Follow the guidelines for that particular lotto

 

Block Lotto – December 2017

Sat Dec 2nd   –   Christmas Sewcial

Block Theme: Christmas

Colour Theme:  Reds and/or greens. Can use whites, low volume, etc. Other colours can appear but the overall colour should read red and/or green.

Block Size: ANY – to encourage creativity!

However: One entry will equate to 12″ of block length.

Examples of one entry would be:

  • one 12×12″ block
  • one 6×12″ block
  • two 6×6″ blocks
  • three 4×4″ blocks

Feel free to enter as many times as you would like! If you don’t wish to win the lotto, but want to participate, donation blocks are gratefully accepted.


 

Book/Blog/Bolt — Show&Tell

Darla attended a Libs Elliot workshop. This is her completed Embrace the Chaos quilt top:

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Libs signed some fabric for her project, what a great idea:

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She was also sure to get a signature on one of the bottles that Libs designed for Absolut Vodka:

She also showed off some patterns/fabric:

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Sherry brought some Alison Glass Chroma fabric that she purchased from Clinton Modern Creative:

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Nicole showed us a quilt top also using the Alison Glass Chroma fabric (happy coincidence) and shot cotton for the background. She used the luminary pattern, which she describes as a take on a modern lonestar:

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Sherry was working on this quilt top, using her blocks from last year’s guild quilt bee, at the October Sewcial. It’s a drunkard’s path design and she brought in the finished top to show us:

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Charlene showed us some great Jingle Jangle Christmas flannels that she picked up at Prairie Chicks:

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Jeannette made a memory quilt using fabric from her husband’s sleep pants. She plans to give it as a baby quilt. The top has embroidery saying “Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, That’s What Little Boys Are Made Of”:

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Donna made a quilt using up a bunch of scraps:

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Barb made a Halloween table runner, she also made coordinating mug rugs (not pictured):

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Jana showed off some more low-volume fabric she got from Clinton Modern Creative:

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And her latest Sew Sampler subscription box:

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Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be:

Saturday November 26th at 2pm

at Saskatoon Home Inn & Suites in Stonebridge.

Sheila will be presenting on Ergonomics for Sewing!

 

September 2017 Meeting

Education Topic: Interfacing & Stabilizers

The September meeting for the Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild was held on Sept 24th at the Home Inn & Suites in Stonebridge.

Patti led an education session on interfacing and stabilizers.

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The information was great as a lot of members weren’t that familiar with a lot of the interfacing and stabilizer choices that are available. Patti brought in some great samples so that we could see and feel the difference. She also discussed what type of products to use on different projects. She brought some nice reference charts for us to take home.

A round table discussion revealed that many members have limited experience with these products and some are intimidated due to the number of products available.

This was a good reminder that your local quilt shop employees are a great resource! Your choices can make or break a great project.

Patti had some great tips for us:

  • Remember to label your products right after purchase, a lot of them look and feel very similar!
  • Did you know that your fusibles will go bad?! You’ve got about 6 months with them before the glue will dry out. Keep them sealed in a bag at home!
  • Stabilizers vs Interfacing: stabilizers are meant to be removed while interfacings are meant to stay in.

Thanks Patti for the great session!


 

Other Business

The Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild members were given the opportunity to curate a fabric bundle through Mad About Patchwork. It will be available for purchase on Mad About Patchwork’s website in October!

Saskatoon Quilters’ Guild is having their biennial quilt show Friday Oct 27th and Saturday Oct 28th. The 2017 theme is “Celebrate Changes Over Time”. Several Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild members will have their work on display. Be sure to watch for our 2017 QuiltCon Modern Quilt Guild charity quilt which will also be on display!

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The Ugly Block Charity Quilt is back from Saskatoon Longarm Studio!

The owner of Saskatoon Longarm Studio, Michelle, is full of talent, skill, and generosity. She quilts one quilt a month for charity and has been an integral part of our charity quilts. Thanks Michelle!

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Look at that gorgeous quilting!

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The quilt will be on its way to the Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre’s fundraiser (October 13th).

 

The 2018 QuiltCon charity quilt has been planned. Thanks Barb for the great design! This year’s theme is Modern Traditionalism. Patterns and fabric will be distributed to members at the Sewcial on October 14th. Our goal is to have the quilt top completed by December. The completed quilt has to be shipped to California by the end of January!

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At the October meeting we will be having nominations for the 2018 executive. Consider volunteering your time to this great guild! We are also looking for education ideas/volunteers for 2018.


 

Book/Blog/Bolt

Nicole brought some new Robert Kaufman KNIT fabric and will be attempting a project with it soon. We’re excited to see how it turns out!

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Jana brought in her latest Sew Sampler subscription box and a Cotton and Steel Quarterly Booster Club package (both from Fat Quarter Shop). She used the Elizabeth Hartman pattern included in the Sew Sampler box for her block in Nicole’s travelling quilt (see picture under that category).

She also brought in some Mona Luna fabric, Cotton and Steel typewriters, and finally Luxe line flannel from Joann Fabric in the states.

 


 

Travelling Quilts

This was the final month for travelling quilts. Now everyone gets to take home all those awesome blocks and make a quilt!

Nicole made some blocks for Sherry’s improv slice and dice:

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Darla made some paper pieced blocks for Lisa’s vintage kitchen:

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Barb also made some blocks for Lisa, this cute applique cupcake has a super cute green flange border, what a great accent idea!:

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Darla made a block for Barb’s star quilt:

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Sherry made some blocks for Darla’s scale quilt:

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Elizabeth made a raindrop and book block for Jana’s rainy day:

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Val also made a raindrops block for Jana:

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Jana made some rainbow fish for Nicole’s playing with colour:

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Show and Tell

Edith, who expressed a personal dislike for cats, made a gorgeous Elizabeth Hartman’s The Kittens quilt!

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Surely this quilt would sway any dog lover’s heart.

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And look at the pieced back with its super cute cat fabric:

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Reminder for our Sewcial

Come and sew with us! Our next Sewcial is Saturday October 14th at St. Martin’s United Church (2617 Clarence Ave S). 8am-8pm come and go. We will also be getting started on the 2018 Quilt Con charity quilt: Members will receive patterns and fabric to start sewing!

$10 for SMQG members, $15 for non-members, there are a limited number of spots available.

Sign up by emailing us: saskatoonmqg@gmail.com

Please come through the back door of the church. Irons and cutting mats will be available, please try to bring an extension cord for your machine.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there and/or at the Christmas Sewcial on Saturday December 2nd! We have some fun things planned for the Christmas Sewcial…details coming soon!

 


 

Next Meeting

We look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting:

Sunday October 22nd at 2pm

at Saskatoon Home Inn & Suites in Stonebridge.

Nicole, Bev, and Barb will be presenting on Free Motion Quilting!

August 2017 Meeting

Education Topic: Needle Turn Applique

The August meeting for the Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild was held on August 27th at the Home Inn & Suites in Stonebridge. Nicole led an education session for us featuring needle turn applique!

 

Nicole first talked about the basic technique of needle turn and brought us all samples to try our skills on. She also went over different threads, needles and adhesives that can be used in the process. The thread and needle examples were really great! It showed us that the products you choose can make a big difference –  not only in the look of the final project, but in your experience making it.

 

It was a good presentation that gave us some hands on experience with needle turn applique. Most of the attendees had never tried it before. Thanks Nicole!


Other Business

The Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild members were given the opportunity to  curate a fabric bundle through Mad About Patchwork. It will be available for purchase on Mad About Patchwork’s website in October!

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The Ugly Block Charity Quilt is at Saskatoon Longarm Studio being quilted. It will then be on its way to the Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre’s fundraiser.

 

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The QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt Challenge planning is under way! This year’s theme is Modern Traditionalism.  Barb P. has been putting a lot of effort into designing the quilt and we can’t wait to get started!

 

 

 


Book/Blog/Bolt

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Darla showed us a great magazine published in the U.K.: Love Patchwork and Quilting.

 

 

 

 

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Val brought The 4″ x 5″ Quilt Block Anthology: 182 Blocks for Reproduction Fabrics by Carol Hopkins and Linda M. Koenig.

A great resource for rectangular blocks!

 

 

 

 

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Linda showed us The Tunic Bible: One Pattern, Interchangeable Pieces, Ready-to-Wear Results! by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr.

A great resource from the library!

 

 

 

 

Jana purchased some fabrics (Lagoon, Dark and Stormy, low volume, etc.) from the online (and local!) site Clinton Modern Creative.

 


 

Travelling Quilts

September will be the last month for our Travelling Quilts! I can’t believe it will be done so soon!

The August rotation included:

Nicole made needle turn applique circle-squares for Darla’s Scale theme:

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Darla made star blocks for Elizabeth’s Night Owl theme:

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Barb also made a “Hootie” block for Elizabeth:

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Lisa made blocks for Val’s Bento Box theme:

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Jeannette, who is not in the travelling quilt group, joined in the fun and generously made a block for Jana’s Rainy Day quilt!:

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Show and Tell

Charlene made a flannel quilt with a minky backing:

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The minky back of this quilt shows the ‘J’ that she specially quilted:

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Jeannette made a bag and used her own machine to embroider a Minnie design:

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Heather showed us this cute green quilt that she quilted herself:

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Linda showed off a piece demonstrating some fantastic quilting and hand work:

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Next Meeting

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting:

Sunday September 24th at 2pm

at Saskatoon Home Inn & Suites.

 

April 2017 Meeting

Education Topic:  Hand Embroidery Basics

The April meeting of the Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild was held on April 23rd at the Home Inn & Suites in Stonebridge.  Tarra M. lead a discussion and demonstration of hand embroidery basics.  Tarra has been hand stitching labels for her quilts and minis for a few years now.  She has also used her creativity to embroider personalized gifts for people including pillow cases and napkins.

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Tarra discussed basics such as fabrics, needles, floss/thread and hoops that she recommended to use when creating embroidered pieces.  Some of her suggested tools of the trade are shown below along with a book that she finds a great resource of information for anything stitching.   Thank you Tarra for sharing with the group!

Heather also brought some books from the Guild Library to remind everyone of the great resources that we have for any topic of creating.

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We also welcomed a guest – Charlene who became a member! Welcome Charlene!

Other business discussed included:

  • A visit by Nicole & Darla to the Prince Albert Quilt Guild on April 25th to discuss Modern Quilting.
  • The Charity quilt is back from Quilt Con and will be submitted to the Saskatoon Ex along with the Saskatoon Quilt Guild show in October before being donated to Ronald McDonald House of Saskatchewan.
  • Communications position is still vacant!  If you want to take on blog post writing and the newsletter along with some shared social media responsibilities please let us know!
  • We are at 29 members this year so far!
  • At this time, due to a lack of volunteers to come forward to plan a quilt show, the show tentatively planned for 2018 will not proceed.
  • We collected the final ugly blocks from our challenge in February.  These will now be compiled into a modern designed quilt and given to charity.

Book/ Blog/ Bolt 

Jana brought some examples of quilting subscription boxes that she signed up for.  She showed us what was included in them and the true final cost after the USD exchange, duty and shipping.

She brought a Quilty Box  which featured Monaluna Design fabric, thread, a pattern and Flatter sample.  The other box was the Sew Sampler available from the Fat Quarter Shop.   This box contained the popular Cotton + Steel Les Fleurs & Wonderland fabric, pattern, thread from Cotton & Steel along with a cool magnetic pin bowl and notebook.

Barb P. brought in a cute Riley Blake bundle she bought from Dinkydoo Modern Fabric.

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Charlene brought a book on Modern Quilting for your domestic machine.  Time to get out of the ditch!  This is a great book with lots of great ideas for machine quilting.

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Heather also brought in some of the new Heather Givens fabric line Literary! Great low volume fabric.

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Travelling Quilts

Barb made these blocks for Sherry.

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Sherry made these blocks for Jana

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Jana & Nicole made these blocks for Val

Jana also made these cute owl blocks for Elizabeth.

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Val made this pineapple for Lisa’s retro theme and some other geese strips and cute fussy cut cups.

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Elizabeth made these wonky stars for Barb P.

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Darla made this strip using Nicole’s fabric choices for her quilt.

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Show & Tell

Nicole showed a dress that she made for her daughter using the Geranium dress pattern from Made By Rae. She went on to make two more that night!

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Donna made this bright and beautiful quilt for her daughter and brought it in for us to see!

Jana made this warm and fuzzy flannel quilt using the Canada 150 fabrics available in stores right now.

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Sherry made this beautiful butterfly mini for herself to enjoy! And Bev made this wonderful modern mini too.

Elizabeth whipped up this snappy tote bag using the new Maker Maker line of linen.

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Elizabeth also made this spectacular quilt last month but we forgot to include it in the blog post!

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And we want to take a moment to wish Elizabeth a fond farewell as she prepares to move to New Brunswick for a new job opportunity!   Stay in touch!

And that is a wrap on the April meeting!

The next meeting is Sunday, May 28th at 2pm in the Home Inn & Suites in Stonebridge.  Our education topic will be Quilt Math with Jen M.

 

 

 

March 2017 Meeting

Education Topic: When Bad Things Happen to Good Quilters

We had a great time discussing and showing some good examples of when sometimes no matter how much planning you do, mistakes still happen to quilters.  Here are some of the common mistakes we talked about:

Squaring Up – Darla showed how if you don’t square up your fabric and apply enough pressure on the ruler, you end up with not a straight strip of fabric.

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We also talked about the importance of squaring up blocks as you construct your quilts.  The above block should have finished 12.5″ but you can see by the spare strip of fabric that it came short by 1/4 ” on one end and upto 1″ on the other end. One way to avoid this is to ensure you are using an accurate 1/4″ seam when piecing.  There are a number of different tricks and pointers out there for finding the right space on your machine. All machine manufacturers also have 1/4″ feet available for their machines.   A simple test you can do on your machine is to sew 5 2.5″ squares together.  Press to one side.  Measure the strip and it should be 10.5″. Make any needle adjustments necessary.

Using different machines – Val discussed the importance of using the same machine for your projects.  If you use two separate machines, you risk having blocks not finish at the right size.  She spoke of a past project where she used two different machines and the blocks finished on one machine finished an inch shorter than blocks made with the second machine.

Losing Your Vision – Nicole brought a quilt she made this year. Her plan was to have a minimalist triangle quilt.  It didn’t quite turn out that way.  She also had this quilt as an example of to not quilt in the dark! She didn’t realize that she had changed different shades of blue in the quilting.   See below.

Tension Issues – always check the back of your quilting, not just the front!! We have all seen pictures on Instagram.  Make sure you check your tensions so you don’t end up with loose threads on the back!

Planning Your Design – You’ve got your top all done and a cool backing now be sure to take the time to plan your quilting design to finish off your quilt!  Nicole and Jen suggested practicing your design on a quilt sandwich, doodle on paper.  You can also practice your your quilt design on a busy section where it will be less noticeable.  And for all of the planning you may do ahead of time, sometimes when you start quilting the plan takes a different turn and you just have to go with it!!

Quality Fabric Selection – Elizabeth and Nicole discussed the importance of using high quality quilting cotton.  Both had examples of situations where cheaper fabric was used. Nicole had blocks made and then had to wash the blocks due to something staining them.  The cheaper material came apart and the blocks were a mess to deal with after.   Elizabeth mentioned that Oxi Clean helped get the stains out of her quilt stain situation.

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It was a great discussion that everyone participated in!

Ugly Block Challenge – Members brought some ugly blocks as part of the challenge from the February Meeting.  All remaining blocks are due at the April meeting.

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Book/ Blog/ Bolt 

  • A reminder that your local library continues to be a great source of quilty and crafty inspiration!  Darla brought a stack of books recently taken out on loan from the Saskatoon Public Library.
  • Lisa brought some new lawn fabric for all of us to see!

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  • Heather brought in some of her Quilt Con fabric purchases!

Pouch Swap

We had our finale for the pouch swap with members.  Thanks to everyone who participated in this swap!! There were some fantastic pouches given and received!!

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Travelling Quilts

Another month of blocks made for those participating in Travelling Quilts.

Sherry made Nicole some log cabin blocks with her requested colour palette.

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Barb made Darla her blocks showing scale.

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Darla made Sherry’s blocks using her fabric included for the blocks requested.

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Val made Elizabeth this great tree block for her quilt.

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Elizabeth made Lisa a retro strawberry and connected it with cool low volume fabric with forks and spoons!

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Val’s starter blocks are great log cabins using the colours shown.  And Lisa made the star block for Barb.

Show & Tell 

Some more great quilty goodness shown by members this month!

Sheila has been busy making baby quilts and her family’s Christmas quilt for 2017! The back is just as great as the back on the Christmas Triangles quilt.

Dyanne made a bright and bold bargello quilt for one of her children.  She used real insignia flags on the back too!

Nicole also made an amazing bargello quilt at a recent class held at Prairie Chicks in Warman.

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Nicole also finished a long time WIP for her Mom.

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We got our charity quilt back from being on display at Quilt Con in Savannah, Georgia this past February! See above.  Thank you again to Bev for planning and designing this beauty and to all of the members for participating through creating diamonds!  And a huge thank you to Michelle at Saskatoon Long Arm Studio for providing the spectacular long arm quilting!! This quilt will be entered at the Saskatoon Exhibition and the Saskatoon Quilt Guild shows this year before being donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Saskatchewan.

The Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild wishes Sarah Ethier a fond farewell as she moves to Winnipeg for a great new career opportunity.  Thank you Sarah for being the Communications Chair this year!  You did a great job!

I think this provides a good summary of the meeting.  I know that we didn’t get pictures of everything so I apologize for missing a few items.

We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend at the April meeting where Tarra will be demonstrating and discussing hand embroidery.

Cheers!

February 2017 meeting

The educational/discussion portion of this month’s meeting was Ugly Fugly Fabric. Here are some of the ugly fabrics found in some of our member’s stashes. We also learned that a lot of our members loved everything in their stashes! A round of applause for anyone who falls into that category.

We’ve come up with a group challenge, and a way to use up those ugly scraps. Using Amy Ellis’ quilt “Brilliance” as an inspiration, we are going to try to put all of those ugly scraps into a stunning quilt. Hopefully, it works, and we can clean up a few of our stashes.

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Travelling Quilts

This year we plan on doing “travelling quilts”. This is a chance for guild members to create an inspiration block or two and pass it on to other members. Once the package of quilt blocks has made it through the entire group, it returns home as quilt top ready for final assembly and finishing!

Here are some examples of the inspiration blocks:

here is what Lisa has given the group. 2 inspiration blocks and a gorgeous fabric.

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Elizabeth’s beautiful “night owls” the pattern is from Sew Kind of Wonderful and uses quick curve rulers.

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Darla’s quilt is all about scale. Here are her 2 inspiration log cabin blocks.

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Nicole’s quilt is all about colour! She’s given the members a background fabric and a jelly roll of bright colours. It’s up to the other participants to have fun with it!

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Book, Blog, and Bolt

Val showed off two new magazines called quilts and crafts simply modern. She has Issues 6 and 7!

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the week before our meeting Val had spent some time in Winnipeg and picked up these amazing Australian fabrics.

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Erin showed off her new book Dare to be Square Quilting by Boo Davis. And a magazine called Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks.

Jana showed off 2 cute and fun books. Fat quarter style for It’s Sew Emma. And the Trendy Table by Heather Peterson.

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Our members have been busy! There was a lot to show off this meeting!

Jen showed off her mini baskets. Using the free pattern by Fabric Mutt.

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And her growing collection of baskets made using the 1-hour basket tutorial found here.

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Lisa showed us her black and white quilt featuring the adorable animals from a panel.

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Barbara showed off her Urban windows quilt which uses a quick curve ruler.

img_3543At the January meeting, Barbra also showed us these beautiful placemats that matched her stunning table runner. I forgot to include them in that blog post, but had to make sure they got their moment to shine!

Sheila has lot’s of baby quilts to make this year, she plans on making one every month until she’s caught up! Here is the quilt she finished for January.

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Sheila also made this cute cross stitch pouch to hold all of her cross stitch supplies in. How brilliant!

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And some of the progress she’s made on her Gypsy Wife quilt top (after taking it apart to correct some major issues!)img_3551Sherry showed off a recent WIP. A stunning plus quilt. Hopefully, she took a picture before she finished it and can enter it into the Periwinkle UFO/WIP challenge!

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Sherry also showed us her fun and colourful improve quilt plus a cute fold over clutch.

img_3549img_3548.jpgSonya had fun making this Cotton and Steel inspired baby quilt. It even includes a pouch and stuffed toy bunny!

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Donna showed us her colourful bag and matching sew together pouch.

img_3558Jana showed off her first ever zippered pouch, I think it turned out fabulous!

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Dyanne showed off her Bargello quilt she’s making for family, they choose the colours, the design and she’s creating this stunning quilt.

 

img_3562Amy showed off her celebration quilt. This quilt was started for a friend who was thought to have cancer but didn’t. So now it’s a quilt to celebrate life and how many happy moments there are. She’s also using it as an opportunity to get some learn long arm free motion quilting.

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Jeanette made these two beautiful quilt tops for her grandkids. Elephants were a special request, and she made the centre of the blocks with machine embroidery.

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We collected house blocks for the Montreal Modern Quilt guild. They are combining all of the contributions to make quilts for victims of the mosque shootings in Montreal earlier this year. Here are some of the contributions from our guild!

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January 2017 meeting

Our first meeting of 2017 was focusing on learning about tips, tricks, techniques, and rulers to make half square triangles and flying geese.

Half Square Triangles (HST’s)

First up was Tarra showing us how to make 2 or 8 HST at a time. She also explained how to do 4 at a time, but they finish with a bias edge and can get wonky (in a bad way!) if you’re not careful.

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Tarra used the tutorials in her Quilters Planner. But here are some links to tutorials using the same methods and math charts to make it easier, for 2 and 4 HST’s and for 8 HST’s.

Once the blocks are made, it’s time to trim, Tarra also brought in her HST Bloc Loc ruler. Bloc Loc rulers are brilliantly designed, they are like most any other acrylic ruler, but with a groove down the middle, so you can butt the edge up against a seam ironed to one side.

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Next up Nicole showed us how to make a bunch of HST’s from 2 jelly roll strips. A similar tutorial can be found here.

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Sheila also mentioned using a piece of marked tape in front of your sewing machine similar to this tutorial.

Flying Geese

Lisa taught us how to make 4 flying geese units at a time. No point in me trying to explain it as there’s an excellent tutorial here.

Lisa also showed us her modified Quilt in a Day Flying Geese Ruler. She put little silicon pads along the edge of the marked line, so she can quickly place the ruler appropriately and butt it up against the seems.

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A simmiler idea to her Bloc Loc flying geese ruler!

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Nest Darla showed us the Flying Geese x4 no math ruler.

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one square of the solid line (for the Goose) and 4 of the dotted line. You go from this:photo-2017-01-22-2-45-56-pm

To this:

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Heather also mentioned that she uses this method but with a regular ruler and math chart online. Here are a tutorial and math chart if you want to try it!

Book, Blog, and Bolt:

Darla found some fabulous fabrics, a low volume receipt print from Periwinkle.

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and a Cotton + Steel panel from 440.

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Nicole found her City Maps, Cotton + Steel panel at Prarie Chicks in Warman.

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Sherry showed off her new book Quilting Happiness By Christine Lane and Diane Gilleland.

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Barbara showed off her book, Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen

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Darla brought in a couple of example magazines from Simply Modern, a magazine Patti S. has a subscription to.

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Show and Tell

Nicole showed off her square bear baby blanket

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and a gigantic Kite Flight quilt, a free pattern from the Robert Kaufman fabric company.photo-2017-01-22-3-17-35-pm

Erin brought in her recently finished quilt top. photo-2017-01-22-3-16-24-pm

And a completed Jelly roll race quilt made with 1930’s reproduction fabrics. photo-2017-01-22-3-15-45-pm

Sherry showed off her stunning scrappy quilt, she plans on keeping it for her bedroom.photo-2017-01-22-3-14-17-pm

Barbara brought in a beautiful table runner, with gorgeous free motion quilting.  photo-2017-01-22-3-07-38-pm

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Barbara also brought in some placemats she made in a class with the Outlook quilt guild, when they had Sandy Cook teach them some modern piecing techniques.

Last of the Bee Blocks

Hopefully, everyone is caught up with their Bee blocks and passed them on to their Queen Bee. Here are some that arrived at the meeting!

Darla got 3 more maple leaves.

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Sonya got another periwinkle retro block.photo-2017-01-22-2-58-19-pm

Sherry got a bunch more drunkards path blocks as well.

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November meeting

The November meeting was “Beyond the Quilt” a big show & tell of all the different things our members make in addition to quilts.  Warning, this post will be very picture heavy!

Nicole brought us a super cute sew together bag she had made.

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Erin brought in this cute self-binding blanket to show off.

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Sheila showed us an Advent Calander, with popsicle sticks of activities to do instead of candy (so smart), a cute quilted hot water bottle holder, and a current WIP, a knit mermaid tail blanket.

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Elizabeth Brought 4 knit apparel items she made using patterns purchased from CustomFit by Amy Herzog. Sign up, and you can buy a pattern written to your gauge, in your preferred yarn, and sized to your own measurements. That’s a cool find, Elizabeth, thanks for sharing!

 

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Donna showed us a knit nativity set she made, complete with box!

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Jenn brought a plethora of bags to show. A boxy bag and wide open pouch (design from noodle- head) and a triangle pouch from Crafty Gemini. Plus some cute little pin cushions!img_2734 2016-11-27-14-23-04

Jen also brought this bag she made from an old coat!

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Sonya showed us a brilliant stand up pencil case she made from Ikat bag.

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Sonya also brought a collection of clothes pin people she’s been making with her daughter.

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Patti S. brought us some of the rope bowls she’s been making. And a “hitchhiker scarf” she’s made. She also showed off her version of the noodle head open wide pouch and her beautiful cork bag.

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Barbara made these beautiful seasonal door hangers and a watercolor wall hanging from Whims.

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Lavonne brought a lot of things to show us! Multiple types of bags for kids and adults!

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Lavonne also brought some water colors, cross-stitching, and Crocheting she has done.

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Sherry showed us some soup bowl, kids tuggys, pot holders, and crochet scrubbers she’s made.

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She also made this beautiful bag from a panel.

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Tarra brought a hat and little cardigan she’d made using kool-aid dyed yarn!

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She also showed off her handmade dress, and hunger games inspired shawl.

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Now, here’s where it gets confusing. Tarra and Lisa both had so many beautiful bags to show off; I lost track of which bag belongs to whom! Hopefully, I can come back and edit who’s is who’s, but for now, we’ll just enjoy the beautiful bags.

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Lisa also brought a sewing mat she received from Sonya.

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Phew, that’s a lot of beautiful “non-quilt” work! And now to show off some beautiful quilts and quilts-in-progress!

 

Bee Hive 1:

more quilt blocks for Elizabeth’s confetti quilt:

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and finally more quilt blocks for Margaret’s “Village Garden” inspired quilt.

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Bee Hive 2:

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Show and Tell:

Heather brought in a few more blocks for her “Family Circle” quilt. A beautiful way help her mom remember the whole family. 2016-11-27-15-22-14

Tarra made this cute little scrappy Christmas tree and a beautiful record and cassette tape quilt for a friends baby. She even plans on embroidering in names of bands her and her friends listened to!

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Lisa brought in her fish quilt top. Some of these beautiful fish are from when she was queen bee of hive 2 in June. It looks so much fun!

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Jen showed off her quilt made from a sushi roll.

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Book, Blog, and Bolt:

Nicole found two excellent books to share:

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Tarra found this fun quilt panel to make an advent calendar for her kids.

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October 2016 Meeting

This recap will be mostly photos. Since I wasn’t at the meeting, Nicole kindly took these photos so those absent could still enjoy the show!

Those participating in the colour challenge from 2 meetings ago, brought their pieces. This modern (and very yummy looking) runner was made by Sarah.

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Sherry’s colour challenge is a circle work-in-progress.

Dyanne was very inspired by her colour challenge. Not only did she finished this cute apple wall-hanging, she has started a most intriguing additional mini quilt.

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Here are a some star bee blocks for Margaret.

These 2 bee blocks are for Bev and were made by Val. I can’t wait to see this finished quilt. So many beautiful blocks have been collected over the past couple of meetings.

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This confetti bee block was made by Sherry for Elizabeth.

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For our November meeting, Darla is requesting blocks in the style below.

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Sherry made this pretty mini with some fine matchstick quilting.

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Bev showed this amazing quilt! What a gorgeous colour study!

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Dyanne created this beautifully scenic art quilt.

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Lisa created this oh, so cute paper-pieced squirrel mini.

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This amazing dragon (with a serendipitous eye – totally by fortuitous accident) was made by Tarra.

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