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.

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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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September 2016 Meeting

In September we met in our new location, which we’re very happy with it. The space is a great size, lots of windows along one wall, and very comfortable. Yeah!!

Don’t forget that our next meetings will be there as well, which is at Home Inn & Suites at 253 Willis Crescent, Saskatoon (map link). It’s just a hop-skip from the Sobey’s location that we’ve outgrown, behind the Stonebridge Cora’s.

A special treat at this meeting was that Patti S brought a whole bunch of extra blocks that she decided to destash! Several of them were very cool, intricately made paper-pieced blocks she had made while pattern-testing. And she had many other lovely orphaned blocks as well.Dyanne, too, brought some fabric that she was destashing. There were many delighted members going home with some extra padding in their bags. Thanks, Patti and Dyanne!

Bee Hive #1

Flo received blocks blocks from her hive.

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Margaret is the next Hive#1 Queen Bee and will be expecting her blocks at our October meeting. She has asked for 6.5″ or 12.5″ (unfinished) star blocks of any style in her chosen colour palette. You can find instructions on the website.

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Elizabeth is Hive #1 Queen Bee after that and will be expecting her blocks at our November meeting. She’s ahead of the game and has provided her instructions early so the keeners can get started ahead of time. Here is an example of what she has requested from her hive – “confetti blocks”. Elizabeth has provided the background fabric. You can find instructions on the website.

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Bee Hive #2

Hive #2 had a break because of Kim’s unanticipated move out of province. We’re going to miss her!

Sonya is the next Queen Bee and she is asking for “retro” themed blocks. She has provided a link to her pinterest board that will surely inspire her hive members. She got her colour palette inspiration from the crayons she pulled for the “colour challenge” of two meetings ago. Instructions can be found on the website.

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Blog Book Bolt

There had beens some discussion about “matching seams” and Patti S directed us to the  nesting/spinning seams tutorial by Cristi of Purple Daisies Quilting. You can find the tutorial here. Give it a try!  Cristi says, “Nesting and spinning seams (which may be called something different by another quilter) is my absolute favorite way to reduce the bulk at the intersection of multiple seams.Not every seam can be nested and spun. As you create blocks and quilts, you’ll begin to discover when this method will come in handy for you.” She links to a video tutorial as well. Thanks, Patti!

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Flo had very positive things to say about the book, Step-by-Step Free Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli.

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This led directly into the always popular …

Show & Tell

Speaking of how much we’re going to miss Kim, some of our members put together this churn dash quilt as a farewell gift for her. We hope she thinks of us often and keeps in touch.

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Flo made this little seasonal mini. Correct me if I’m wrong, Flo, but was this not also your “colour challenge” piece?

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Flo also showed up this recently completed quilt, the project she took on to better learn free motion quilting. The quilting on it is beautiful. She did a project from the book, Quilting Wide Open Spaces by  Judi Madsen,in which different designs are suggested for all the various parts of the quilt. It’s a beauty! Flo commented that while this was a great learning project and she’s delighted with the results, she personally prefers less dense quilting, which results in a softer quilt with more drape.

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Sarah made this adorable little houses mini!

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Heather brought her friend Marzieh to the meeting to show her very first quilt. Heather has been teaching Marzhieh to quilt and wants her to have the full quilt guild experience so she can take this new skill back to Tehran when she goes. We think she must be hooked because she’s already planning quilts into the future. Just a little more binding to finish on this one along with a label and it will be ready to give to Marzieh’s little niece.

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What a stunning bag Patti S made!  At a previous meeting she showed us this wine coloured cork fabric she had purchased and this is what she made with it. She even made the tassel! It’s such a sturdy purse and one-of-a-kind. The cork bottom and straps makes it very wipeable and the floral linen is beautiful. Totally perfect and inspiring, Patti!

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Inspired by Tarra’s and Sonya’s beautiful home-sewn wardrobes, Amy made herself this gorgeous top! This looks great on you, Amy!

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Educational Component

What a great hands-on paper-piecing session we were treated to at this meeting! Darla and Patti S demonstrated English paper piecing and Foundation paper piecing. We were all able to try both techniques and, for those of us who haven’t yet tried them, I believe the seeds of interest and confidence were planted.

We learned both the gluing and stitching techniques for securing hexagons (and other shapes) in English Paper Piecing. We also learned a couple of different ways to stitch them together. Patti brought examples to show us and supplies to play with.

Patti doesn’t buy her paper shapes, she prints them from this site.

A Bee In My Bonnet has a good tutorial for using the needle and thread basting method.

Sew What Sherlock has provided a good glue basting tutorial.

Sunshine Creations has a detailed tutorial on how to sew EPP pieces together using the ladder stitch. She offers several tips and tricks not covered in most tutorials. Patti, too, says she takes an extra stitch at the corners for added security.

Anjeanette Klinder provides a slight variation on the ladder stitch, which she feels better hides the stitches.

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Darla and Patti both had lots to show and tips to share about Foundation Paper Piecing. And, of course, since there are other members adept in these techniques, there were interesting discussions and much sharing of tips and suggestions.

There’s a free beginner tutorial on Foundation Paper Piecing on Craftsy.

Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts has provided a free feather template and a paper-piecing tutorial.

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What a great meting! The hands-on session was a wonderful addition and so interesting! Thanks to those who put so much work into the educational components of our meetings. I think we get a lot out of them.

Update about the October Sewcial

It was a great turnout for the October Sewcial on Sunday, October 4.  There were 16 people at the high point.  Everyone really enjoyed the day and the space to spread out projects and chat with others.  We hope to have more in 2017.

August 28, 2016 Meeting

Note that our Sunday, September 25 meeting (and all meetings after that) will be held at the Home Inn & Suites at 253 Willis Crescent, Saskatoon, SK S7T 0V2 (map link). It’s just a hop-skip from the Sobey’s location that we’ve outgrown, and behind the Stonebridge Cora’s, if that helps.

Yes, we were quite crowded at our meeting. We’re not complaining because it’s great to have so many people there!

Educational Component

Darla and Nicole gave us a most excellent introduction to Colour Theory and provided us with many examples and some excellent resources. One recommended source of information is Craftsy’s Quick Guide to Color.

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Darla found the book Quilt Color Workshop to be an excellent colour resource.

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Blog Book Bolt

Nicole introduced us to the book, Savor Each Stitch: Studio Quilting with Mindful Design by Carolyn Friedlander … and Darla recommends The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson.

Sheila brought a couple of books to share. Patchwork Essentials: The Half Square Triangle by Jeni Baker (HSTs are one of her favourite blocks) and Scraps, Inc. Volume 1: 15 Block-Based Designs for the Modern Quilter.

Lisa recently purchased these beautiful fabrics at Periwinkle. The Thicket Critter Project Panel by Gingiber comes in large or small animal sizes and she also bought some of the coordinates.

Since Sonya is participating in the popular “block-a-day” project on Instagram, she reminded us of Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. I’ve been seeing her blocks as she posts them and the resulting quilt is going to be GORGEOUS!! Check out the Instagram hashtags #100modernquiltblocks #tulapinkcitysampler #100days100blocks. By the way, Sonya made the beautiful dress she’s wearing and Jaclyn brought her adorable, wee babe for us all to enjoy!

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Bee Hive #1

Bee blocks were turned in for Bev. How wonderful are these?!

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Flo is next up. These are the style of block she’s asking for. The instructions and colour palette can be found on the Bee Hive #1 page.

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After Flo, Margaret will be Queen Bee for Hive #1 and these are the blocks she will be asking for. This is just a teaser! Instructions aren’t yet available. Keep watching the Beehive page and your email.

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Kelly is the first to finish her Bee Hive quilt top. She did a “bento box” quilt and it looks fantastic!

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Bee Hive #2

Blocks were turned in for Tarra.

Due to member Kim suddenly on the move (boooo), Hive #2 gets a break in in September.

Sonya will be up next.

Show & Tell

Sheila scored some great “flying geese” leggings! On sale! And, if you know Sheila, you know she is one of the fastest quilters around! This tank top is perfect for her!

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Flo made great carry-all bag and gave a very positive review of the pattern. If you’re interested, it is The Professional Tote by the Creative Thimble.

One of Flo’s favourite quilting tools is this little device she uses to close the safety pins when she’s basting. It’s a Safety Pin Fastener made by Unique. Heres a link to a review and even video instructions for how to use it.

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This is a sweet, sentimental project by Lavonne. She’s using her beloved Grandmother’s scraps to construct these critters (the pattern is Fancy Forest by Elizabeth Hartman). She also had a VERY funny story to tell about her excursion with a friend to Duck Lake to check out the quilt shop there – Mami’s Country Quilts. If you haven’t been, you might want to plan a little trip. It isn’t all that far north of Saskatoon.

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Erin made this adorable Sew Together Bag.

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Remember those six inch rainbow blocks we were invited to make? Well, Donna has made them into not one but TWO quilts! One is a finished quilt and the other is, so far, a quilt top. They will be hung in the new children’s museum when it opens. Donna used rainbow blocks and, in the spirit of environmentalism, used scrap denim for the sashing and borders.

Our guild made and donated this beautiful quilt to #quiltsforpulse. Many guilds and individuals from all over the world sent blocks and/or quilts to Florida to comfort those impacted by a horrific event there earlier this year. Thanks Lisa, Sheila, and Heather for all the work you did on this. Lisa quilted it beautifully.

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This Four Seasons quilt has been a long-time project for Jen. It’s so pretty!

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Flo has been whipping up these handy travel cosmetic/jewellery/electronic gadgets/whatever-you-can-think-of bags for her family and friends. She made up the pattern … of course.

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Heather spent most of her summer putting together this Glam Clam quilt for one of her daughter’s friends. She used a free pattern on Craftsy by Latifah Saafir. This is the 8″ clam. There are patterns for other sizes, too.

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Sherry put together his cute, little baby quilt. Lots of interesting things to see for some lucky child.

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Inspired by last month’s “scraptastic” session, Sherry dug into her scrap bins to put together this lovely quilt top.

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The topic of “Liberty Fabric” came up and so we all admired this bag that Sonya made for Lisa. It’s SO pretty! All the hexagons are made from Liberty fabric. The telephone fabric inside is so cute! We also learned that using rivets to attach handles is a good option.

The pencil case above is Lisa’s. It’s very cool! I love how, when unzipped, it folds down and stands up. Brilliant!

Donna C Brought her friend friend Sylvia to check our guild out. Sylvia has been pattern testing and so she shared with us the outcome, which is this circle design quilt top. Very nice! Thanks for visiting, Sylvia! We hope you come again.

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Dyanne, our art quilter, made this very cool 1920s themed hanging for a contest. I can’t believe she didn’t win! There are so many great details.

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Erin’s sister-in-law made her this sweet clutch.

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During the meeting, Sonya was working away and, because we were curious, she showed us her tools and technique for making the circles in her 2nd Meadow Quilt (designed by Lizzy House – Sonya learned to make this quilt at a workshop in Seattle with LIZZY HOUSE herself!!). The circle cutter and rotating mat is making things so much easier for her.

July 24, 2016 Meeting

Darla kindly provided both photos and text for this post about the July meeting. Thanks, Darla!

To have 22 members attending a meeting on a summer weekend is AWESOME!! We have outgrown the meeting room at Sobey’s. Stay tuned for news of a new meeting space for September!

Quilts for Orlando

This meeting was the last opportunity to submit blocks to be included in the #quiltsforplus quilt that will be be put together over the next few weeks by Lisa, Heather, and Sheila.

QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt

Bev is leading the charge for our guild’s QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt. She presented the membership with three ideas: 1) curves, 2) improve, and 3) diamonds. The group chose diamonds. The theme established by QuiltCon is “Scale”. Fabric choices will be discussed at future meetings and Bev will come up with an approach. Exciting!  Thanks, Bev, for taking the lead.

Photography Challenge

We were all reminded about the Photography Challenge. Photos must be entered before the August meeting. Apparently there have been hashtag issues. Someone will investigate and, worst case, people will have to email entries. Use #smqgphotochallenge on your IG postings or email saskatoonmqg@gmail.com.

Education Component: Scrappy Quilting and Managing Scraps

We had a great discussion on what constitutes a scrap. While some may consider anything less than a fat quarter scrap fabric, some would put that same piece of fabric back into their yardage. Some members brought bags from their scrap bins to show and discuss what they would do with their scraps and how much they have. Some people sort their scraps by colour, by designer or by project.

Then we turned the topic over to Val, who is meticulous, to say the least, about her scrap fabric management! She cuts her scrap fabric into assorted sized squares and strips then sorts and stores those squares and strips in trays inside of bins in her sewing room. And her fat quarters – She has over 50 of the bins (pictured below) in her sewing room sorted by colour! All of her yardage is folded neatly and stacked in a cabinet ready to go.

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Val went on to show us some of the books she uses as inspiration for scrappy ideas. Some have more traditional quilts in them but can easily be suited to the modern aesthetic. Thanks for the great presentation, Val!

Val brought quilts to show how she has used some of her scraps. The low volume squares quilt uses 3” centre blocks and 1.5” strips from her scraps.

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The red quilt uses Kaffe scraps, batiks and other bright fabrics from her scraps.

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Val’s scrap paper-pieced quilt is something she has been working on for 3 years with smaller scraps that don’t get cut into strips or squares. She also showed her gypsy wife quilt in progress (sorry, no photo) using scraps from her stash.

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Kelly brought her fractal quilt that was created using her scrap fabric from assorted lines and designers. She told us that she truly created each block ‘blind’ by just reaching behind to grab a fabric piece and putting it with what she was sewing – a true surprise finish in the end. Looks great! The back of Kelly’s fractal quilt includes a strip of truly scrappy selvedge edges!

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Edith brought her Cotton & Steel scrap quilt. She sewed sections at a time and cut to fit the strip she was working on at the time.

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Bee blocks

Hive 1 – Participants brought blocks for Erin.

Bev brought fabric for her round of blocks for group members to use in creating her bird on a wire theme block. Find instructions for Bev’s bee block here.

Hive 2 – Participants brought blocks for Lisa.

Tarra wasn’t able to be at the meeting but we discussed her block request for next month. Instructions for Tarra’s bee block can be found here.

Book / Blog / Bolt

Lisa recently bought the book Quilt Lovely by Jen Kingwell. This book was the inspiration source for her show and tell baby quilt.

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Show & Tell

Lisa made this awesome space quilt.

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The pieced strip on the back is, of course, much awwwed over by our nerdy group!

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Lisa made this sweet baby quilt, inspired by the book she brought to show us.

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Sonya brought three dresses that she has sewn. The middle is a Washi dress and the other two are made with such soft double gauze.

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Sherry made two beautiful table runners to show. The first one was made using the Row by Row pattern from the the 440 quilt store’s 2015 kit.

Sherry’s other table runner was made using scraps and fabric from Hawaii for the backing.

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Kelly quilt this richly coloured Geisha panel. She has others panels if any members are interested in them.

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Amy, a newly minted member made this gorgeous and bright star quilt inspired by one made by Wombat Quilts. She quilted it on Lucey, the longarm machine at Periwinkle Quilt Shop. It’s her first quilt! What a great start. We’re looking forward to seeing her next projects.

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Quilters are “makers” and even though we’re a quilting guild our members make all kinds of other things and we’re always interested to see. Bev has a new and growing passion … pottery! Here are some of her latest creations that she brought to show.

This meeting we had a door prize draw! Two issues of Quilty Magazine featuring scrap quilts were won by Margaret and Kathy, a guest of Sherry.

Scrap stash challenge

Members were invited to bring bags of their own scraps to this meeting. Those participating  took scrap pieces from other piles and have been challenged to create something with them or use them in a project and bring to our September meeting. The result can be as simple as a mug rug.

Upcoming Sewcial Dates

  • Sunday, October 2, 2016 | 8 am – 8 pm  | $10 per member
  • Saturday December 3, 2016 |  8 am – 8 pm | No Charge per member

Both Sewcials will be held at Home Inn in Stonebridge behind Sobeys. Signups will take place at a later date.