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.

img_3533Jana also got a box set of the Missouri star quilt co. Block magazines.

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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.

img_3536Erin also had a 1-hour basket to show off!

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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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