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.

Patti

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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!

Ugly block quilt

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.