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.


Elizabeth’s beautiful “night owls” the pattern is from Sew Kind of Wonderful and uses quick curve rulers.


Darla’s quilt is all about scale. Here are her 2 inspiration log cabin blocks.


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!


Book, Blog, and Bolt

Val showed off two new magazines called quilts and crafts simply modern. She has Issues 6 and 7!


the week before our meeting Val had spent some time in Winnipeg and picked up these amazing Australian fabrics.


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.

img_3534Show and Tell

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.


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!


Lisa showed us her black and white quilt featuring the adorable animals from a panel.


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.


Sheila also made this cute cross stitch pouch to hold all of her cross stitch supplies in. How brilliant!

img_3545Val showed off a self-designed Harley Davidson inspired quilt top. img_3553

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!


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!


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!


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.


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.


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!


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.



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.


A simmiler idea to her Bloc Loc flying geese ruler!


Nest Darla showed us the Flying Geese x4 no math ruler.



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:


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.


and a Cotton + Steel panel from 440.


Nicole found her City Maps, Cotton + Steel panel at Prarie Chicks in Warman.


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


Darla brought in a couple of example magazines from Simply Modern, a magazine Patti S. has a subscription to.


Show and Tell

Nicole showed off her square bear baby blanket


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


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.


Sonya got another periwinkle retro block.photo-2017-01-22-2-58-19-pm

Sherry got a bunch more drunkards path blocks as well.



Summer Fun!

Hello! Here is a recap of July’s meeting. New location! New members! Fun times. We are now meeting in the community room in the Sobey’s on Preston. It’s nice and bright.

First Jaclyn gave us a talk on block printing. Jaclyn was lucky enough to take a blocking printing class with Lizzy House at Quilt Con in February, and she brought all of her tools to show us. It was very informative and most of us are keen to learn more!




We began show and tell with our travelling quilts. Round 1 first.

Sonya added this ADORABLE block to Julie’s neighborhood quilt.


I made a pebble for Carly’s pebble quilt.


Jaclyn made a nice improv tree for Bev’s quilt.


Bev made these adorable twinkle stars for my star-themed quilt! I love them.


Kim added some beautiful color crosses to Sheila’s quilt which is all geometric shapes.


Kelly made some pretty log cabins for Sonya.


Sheila got creative for Jaclyn’s seasons quilt and made a beautiful sunset over the lake using a circular flying geese paper piecing pattern.


This is Julie’s addition to Lisa’s quilt. Fractal block. So pretty.


Lisa made this beautiful diamond for Heather’s astrological quilt.


Getting a head start on August Lisa made this adorable camper for Jaclyn’s seasons quilt!


For travelling quilts round 2, Nicole made this modern maple for Kim’s quilt.


Sonya added some sweet gems to the bottom here for Sheila’s quilt.


I made this improv block for Carly’s quilt.


Carly made these x plus blocks for Lisa.


Reverse applique pebble for Jaclyn made by Kim.


Another adorable paper pieced block by Sheila. This time an anchor for Nicole’s water-themed quilt.


Lisa made some sweet pinwheels for my quilt!


And finally just plain old show and tell.

Sonya finished quilting her husband’s Christmas/birthday quilt. It’s so lovely.


She also made him a mantra book. So crafty and clever.


Bev made this quilt for the memory of her friend.


Nicole is finishing up this baby quilt. Love the negative space!


And finally, another masterpiece by Dyan.


Well that’s it for July! Don’t forget or sew day tomorrow. And our next meeting is Sunday, August 23rd at 2:00 pm in or new location at the Sobey’s on Preston.

We have a new meeting location!

Meeting Reminder and NEW LOCATION!!!

Just a reminder our next meeting is this upcoming Sunday, July 26th at 2pm in the community room at the Sobey’s in Stonebridge. This is a new location for us! The Sobey’s is located at 3100 Preston Ave South, right at the corner of Circle Drive South and Preston Ave. The community room is located inside the main doors and then inside the doors to the left (exit). 
What to bring:
– Travelling quilts if you are participating
– Show and tell!

New members always welcome. 

Any questions feel free to e-mail Jaclyn and Carly at SaskatoonMQG@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

April Showers…

More like April snowstorm! Our last meeting had us a tad worried we would have a small turnout, what with the blizzard and power outages of the weekend. But we had a packed meeting full of quilty goodness!

Travelling quilts round 1 are looking fantastic:

Carly had Jaclyn’s travelling quilt and did some cute little umbrellas for April.


Jaclyn had Sonya’s log cabin quilt. I love the colours!


I pattern-tested Jeliquilts goose chase pattern and thought it perfect for Sheila’s travelling quilt.


Kim had Heather’s astrology-inspired travelling quilt and incorporated her colours and theme.


Sheila had Kelly’s personality quilt – choose colours based on your personality, put a little of yourself in the quilt. This was the result!


Sonya had Lisa’s quilt. Lisa chose the colours (pink, grey and yellow) and gave us artistic freedom! Adorable little Hazels, Sonya 🙂


Kelly had Kim’s quilt, bright colours, bold shapes. Love it Kelly!


Julie had Bev’s improv trees. I adore the rainbow one!


Lisa had my star-themed quilt and made me some beauties, with Tula and Lizzy, some of my faves!!!


Heather had Carly’s pebble quilt. Sweet stripes Heather!


Bev had Julie’s neighbourhood quilt and made some log cabins – fun take on the theme!


Now for Saskatoon Travelling Quilts ROUND 2!!! We’ve been having so much fun, and the blocks being made by our superstar guild members were so fantastic, we wanted to start another round for people who didn’t get in the first round! My theme for round 2 is low volume with teal, purple, pink and lime green, and a choice of churn dash, geese, wonky stars, pinwheels and pluses! I think it will be fantastic.

Jaclyn learned some new techniques at QuiltCon, so challenged us with some reverse applique for her round 2 quilt.


Kim has chosen modern maples for her new travelling quilt. I can’t wait to try these!


Sheila loved doing Kelly’s block so much, she used the same pattern to start of her new travelling quilt! The theme is geometric shapes with navy, teal and gold. I have this one first 🙂


Sonya has made a beautiful medallion, that she would like us to frame. Love the fabrics you used Sonya!


Lisa has chosen a fun, scrappy plus/cross block. I love doing this block and this will make one beautiful quilt Lisa!!


Darla (new to the travelling quilts!) has chosen a prairie theme for her quilt. Make it feel like home 🙂


Nicole has chosen an underwater theme. Blues for a main colour, along with fish, boats, waves, whatever speaks to you!


Carly has gone with bordered improve pieces. You’re going to push me out of my comfort zone, as usual, Carly 🙂


Carly gave us an incredible presentation on paper piece design. It was interesting and very informative. We are now all challenged to come up with a paper pieced pattern. What to do…


And finally, we had show and tell. Jaclyn made this fun plus quilt for her friend’s baby. So cute, Jaclyn!


I used two of the (ugly) fat quarters I picked up at the February meeting in a reversible dress I made for my 4 year old. She loves it! I also made the Fancy Sailor top I am wearing.


Patty showed off a beautiful mini she made. Wonderful colours Patty!


Darla has made use of the quick curves ruler – beautiful!


Carly’s been sewing more garments. Love this top Carly!


Heather had two finishes for us to admire…


I love this Heather, it is so pretty.


Kathryn had 3 little quilts to show off. First, Gaggle of Geese. Well done!


Matching baby quilts for twinsies! So cute 🙂


And another baby quilt. The appliqued jacks are fantastic.


Well that wraps up the April meeting! We’re all busy getting our quilts ready for the SMQG Showcase on June 14th from 10-4 pm at the Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St. We hope to see you all there! Bring friends, it is going to be fabulous!

Next meeting will be Sunday, May 24th from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Fieldhouse. Have a great May long weekend!

Call for Entry!

Did you know we are having a little modern quilt show on June 14th? More details will be coming soon but for now we wanted to share that we have put out a call for entry. Click above on the Events link to be taken to the form and additional details. The information can be copied and pasted directly into an e-mail and sent to us at saskatoonMQG@gmail.com, or printed out and mailed in. Please also let us know if you have any questions.

We can’t wait to share modern quilting with Saskatoon and area!

Happy International Quilting Weekend!

March 21 happens to be International Quilting Day. Our SMQG meeting was held on Sunday the 22nd and so we declared the celebration to be a weekend…. And brought cake! Who doesn’t love a little rainbow flying geese to celebrate this great Art?! 


We kicked off our meeting by sharing the progress on the travelling quilts. Jaclyn created this improv pebble to add to Carly’s “pebbles on the beach” quilt. 


Sonya made some adorable shamrocks to add to Jaclyn’s seasonal themed quilt.


Lisa made log cabins for Sonya’s citrus sangria quilt.


Heather created these cute little houses for Julie’s neighbourhood quilt.


Show and tell was very colourful with ladies showing their rainbow mini swap items.



Nicole could enter her latest quilt top in the Michael Miller fabric challenge! 


Patti has been busy pattern testing. Love these pieces! 



Sonya has started not one, but 2 of the Pile of Fabric Skill Builder BOM quilts!  


Catherine is practicing her paper piecing. Can’t wait to see this one completed! (I have a weakness for rainbow geese!)



Lisa shared a lovely mini that she made for a swap and the bag that she made to take to Quilt Con! The bag literally does have a place for everything – just like its name!  


Our next meeting will be Sunday April 26th, 2:00pm at the Saskatoon Field House. We look forward to seeing you there! And don’t forget your show and tell and completed challenge pieces. We want to see what masterpieces you’ve made with the orphaned fat quarters. 

FQ swap

We had a cozy little meeting on February 22nd. Three of our gals were at Quiltcon in Austin, TX! I’m excited to hear all about their trip next meeting.

We got right into the traveling quilts. I had Jaclyn’s season-themed quilt and made a circle of hearts and a heart arrow for it.


Sonya had Heather’s zodiac/birth sign-themed quilt and made a beautiful clamshell block that included a pig for the Chinese year of the pig.


Carly had Bev’s improv tree quilt and made two cute blocks.



For show and tell, Stephanie showed us her sew together bag, her rainbow mini for a rainbow mini swap a few of us are in, and a baby quilt she is working on.




Sonya was wearing the beautiful dress she made out of Alison Glass handcrafted.


Angie showed a wonky 9 patch she did with her daughter.


And Nicole showed us a baby quilt she is near completing.


We swapped some of our least favorite fat quarters with the challenge of making something amazing. Watch out for the April blog post where we see what everyone came up with!

Our next meeting will be March 22nd at 2:00 pm at the Fieldhouse. We look forward to seeing you all!


Our first meeting of the year was a blast! It was great seeing all our members and lovely to meet some new people. We have a wonderful group of quilters and every meeting brings much inspiration.

We began with our traveling quilt blocks. Kelly had Jaclyn’s block and did a sweet little Christmas tree for Jaclyn’s season-themed quilt.


Bev had Lisa’s quilt and made the most adorable little birds!!!


Julie had Sonya’s and added some pretty log cabins to the bunch.

Kim made a star for me. Love!


Sonya added to Bev’s improv tree-themed quilt with some cute little round trees.


And Carly put together a creative colour swatch to Kelly’s colour/personality-themed quilt.

Dyanne gave us a very informative talk on machine maintenance. Did you know that you should clean your machine after every 8 hours of use? Neither did I! Yikes, my machine has been seriously neglected.


The challenge for this meeting was free motion quilting and Jaclyn made her daughter a sweet Valentine’s Day mini with some free motion hearts. So darling!


Sheila free-motioned a lily and the word Lily onto some pillows for her daughter. Beautiful!


And Carly did a little free-motion sampler.


Then onto show and tell! I adore this plus quilt Patti made.


Darla made a lovely table runner.


Heather showed a wonky star quilt that she was working on at the retreat we went to in November. I was very tempted to steal this (I have a thing for wonky stars).


Lisa made a risky mini with some naughty words on it for a fun swap a few of us are in. So pretty, Lisa!


Carly made a sweet hoodie with some cat nap trim.


Our new member Angie showed off the quilt she has been working on for her daughter. Looks great!


And Dyanne had another work of art to show off. She actually painted on this mini! You do such stunning work, Dyanne.


Our new location at the Field House worked wonderfully! With 23 people at this meeting we needed the space. Or next meeting will be Sunday, February 22nd at the Field House. The ongoing challenge is to make a name tag. We will also have an ugly fat quarter swap so bring in your “I don’t like this anymore” or “what was I thinking??” fat quarters and we’ll swap them up!

See you there!