January 2018 Meeting

New Meeting Format

January was the first meeting with our new format. See the Meetings section of the website or check out the newsletter for information on meetings.

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We’re looking for volunteers to open and close the sew day meetings and to bring irons, ironing boards, and cutting mats. We determined that sending out an email to membership before each meeting would be the easiest way for members willing to volunteer. Keep an eye out for the email about a week before each meeting.

 


 

Book/Blog/Bolt  –  Show&Tell

Linda showed us a roman blind that she made. There are limitless possibilities for designs on these!

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She also showed us a new ipad quilt planning program that she is trying out called Quiltography.

Sherry showed us some Barbados bags she made:

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Val brought a great book to show us:

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Barb showed us a one hour basket that she made. It’s a free tutorial online! She will be teaching this a the Outlook Quilt Retreat.

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She also made some Little Quilted Buckets (also a free pattern):

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Darla brought some samples of Pigment Basics by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel to show us. It’s something you’ll want to consider purchasing in yardage to get that full beautiful ombre gradient.

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Jana brought a new pattern she purchased:

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The new block lotto was revealed! Be sure to check it out. Blocks are due at the March meeting.

November 2017 Meeting

Eductation Topic: Ergonomics for Quilting

We are lucky to have Dr. Sheila Bonnett, B.Sc, D.C., a local chiropractor at Sutherland Chiropractic Health Care Clinic, as a member of our guild. Sheila gave us a great education session on ergonomics for quilting. She went over a variety of things including: ways to sit, how to take breaks, proper stretching, alignment, and how to properly treat aches/pains. Thanks for the great session Sheila!


 

Book/Blog/Bolt

Charlene brought in a bundle of Panache by Rebecca Bryan that she got from Clinton Modern Creative:

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Darla showed us the new Kona colours. 37 new colours makes for a grand total of 340 colours!

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Tara showed us some Dear Stella yardage from Clinton Modern Creative that she intends to make garments with:

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Show & Tell

Nicole showed us a rebel mini for a Libs Elliot Swap:

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She also showed us what she calls a “soft” rebel quilt:

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Charlene showed us a mini that she made for herself:

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Darla made a simple 9-patch for a Christmas gift:

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She also made a quilt for a friend using old baby sleepers. It’s a polaroid pattern quilted with a panto:

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a closer look:

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Sheila made a quilt using the Country Chic quilt pattern, she mentioned it wastes a lot of fabric and to talk to her for tips if you intend to try it:

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She also made a baby quilt:

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Tara made Postcards from Sweden (a free pattern) for her sister:

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She also made a bee block quilt for a friend:

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Tara made a Washi Dress as a sample for a class that she will be teaching at Periwinkle Quilting and Beyond!:

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Sherry made a Christmas quilt:

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Donna made a quilt with Alison Glass fabric, the circles are appliqued in the centre of the blocks:

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Christmas Sewcial

We held our annual Christmas Sewcial Dec 2nd:

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Our First Block Lotto (Christmas theme) was a success! Keep your eyes peeled in January for the next reveal!

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And the winner is…. Charlene!

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Next Meeting

 

There are changes coming for the guild. Please keep an eye on your email inbox and social media pages for details!

October 2017 Meeting

Executive Elections

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

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


 

Education Topic: Free Motion Quilting

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Bev likes to keep quilted design samples for reference:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some other great resources:

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

 

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

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

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

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


 

Other Business

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

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

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Awesome work Sherry!


 

2017 Christmas Sewcial

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

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

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

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

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


 

Block Lotto

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

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

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

The rules for participation are as follows:

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

 

Block Lotto – December 2017

Sat Dec 2nd   –   Christmas Sewcial

Block Theme: Christmas

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

Block Size: ANY – to encourage creativity!

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

Examples of one entry would be:

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

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


 

Book/Blog/Bolt — Show&Tell

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

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

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

She also showed off some patterns/fabric:

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

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

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

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

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

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Donna made a quilt using up a bunch of scraps:

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

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

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And her latest Sew Sampler subscription box:

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Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be:

Saturday November 26th at 2pm

at Saskatoon Home Inn & Suites in Stonebridge.

Sheila will be presenting on Ergonomics for Sewing!

 

September 2017 Meeting

Education Topic: Interfacing & Stabilizers

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

Patti led an education session on interfacing and stabilizers.

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

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

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

Patti had some great tips for us:

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

Thanks Patti for the great session!


 

Other Business

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

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

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

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

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Look at that gorgeous quilting!

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

 

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

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


 

Book/Blog/Bolt

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

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

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

 


 

Travelling Quilts

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

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

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

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

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Darla made a block for Barb’s star quilt:

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Sherry made some blocks for Darla’s scale quilt:

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

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Val also made a raindrops block for Jana:

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

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Show and Tell

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

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

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

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Reminder for our Sewcial

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

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

Sign up by emailing us: saskatoonmqg@gmail.com

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

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

 


 

Next Meeting

We look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting:

Sunday October 22nd at 2pm

at Saskatoon Home Inn & Suites in Stonebridge.

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

August 2017 Meeting

Education Topic: Needle Turn Applique

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

 

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

 

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


Other Business

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

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

 

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

 

 

 


Book/Blog/Bolt

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

 

 

 

 

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

A great resource for rectangular blocks!

 

 

 

 

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

A great resource from the library!

 

 

 

 

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

 


 

Travelling Quilts

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

The August rotation included:

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

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

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Barb also made a “Hootie” block for Elizabeth:

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Lisa made blocks for Val’s Bento Box theme:

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

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Show and Tell

Charlene made a flannel quilt with a minky backing:

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

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

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

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

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Next Meeting

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

Sunday September 24th at 2pm

at Saskatoon Home Inn & Suites.

 

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.