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.