October 2021 Meeting Review

The Saskatoon MQG met on October 24th at the Home Inn and Suites for another sew day. For an icebreaker, we shared our favourite Halloween costumes whether home sewn, or related to a memory. It was a fun share for a cool drizzly Fall day.

Our educational topic was HRT or Half Rectangle Triangles. One hint was to start with rectangles 1″wider than the final width, and 2″ longer than the final length of the trimmed-to-size HRT. It was unanimous that you must be alert when you make these or you may end up with a lot of kites. Pam ‘s little grey and white project was stunning and must be grown into keepsake project. Bev brought enough rectangles to play around with to see how they can be made into different designs. And this challenge was enough to encourage Donna to finish making her 2021travelling blocks by the Guild into a completed quilt this month. See photos below. Nadine realized she had actually made HRT’s in a pattern by “Then Came June”. Be inspired by modern quilts and patterns and try to find the pattern on the website at thencamejune.com. Also check out: https://swimbikequilt.com/journal/2019/10/tutorial-how-to-trim-half-rectangle-triangles.html, https://quiltsocial.com/6-easy-steps-for-making-perfect-half-rectangle-triangles/, or Suzy Quilts youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0rHtgayfiE if you want to try some of these.

Our show and tell was absolutely inspiring for Christmas. Pam and Karen brought tree skirts. Karen was also making coordinating advent calendars for the 3 she made. She is making 25 envelopes that she can fill with surprises. Check out this eye candy! Pam has made me want to go out and by glittery trim to make my tree skirt shimmer in the lights.

Emma somehow managed to quilt an entire baby quilt today. She may very well be leading us on a future educational topic of free motion quilting with your home machine. Both the front and back are stunning. And Nancy found another awesome book entitled “Patchwork & Quilting basics” by Jo Avery in the library. This one combines modern crewel embroidery with quilting. Jo Avery’s colour palette is so bright and cheerful at the website https://joavery.co.uk/. Or equally colourful was Charlene’s Dot+Dash project that she was working on from https://www.modernhandcraft.com/pdf-patterns/dot-dash-pdf-pattern.

November 28th is another sew day and our AGM. Don’t avoid the meeting to avoid being elected. Donna and Bev for sure will continue in our positions if no one else wants them. Though we are most happy to step back and support new leadership! Anne has been a great new addition as Co-Chair and we can’t wait for Sherry to be back at assisting with planning. Our November educational topic is going to centre around our orphan projects or UFO’s. So get digging in your stash and see what you can find. Please bring anything unfinished and collecting dust, or being squished at the bottom of your piles.

On December 12th, from 12 to 4, we plan to host a Christmas social. Please bring your own lunch (Covid safety so we can’t share), and a small hand-stitched gift to share if you would like to participate in a fun gift exchange activity. Then some hand stitching as we won’t be setting up any sewing machines.

If there is enough interest, we would like to run a Queen Bee in 2022. Starting in January, the first Queen Bee will show the block she would like and then everyone participating will make one for February. Then in February, the next Queen Bee shows her block and so on…. How many blocks each person gets depends on how many sign up. Please let Bev know if you are interested in participating. Happy sewing now that the weather is cooling down!

September 2021 Meeting Review

The Saskatoon MQG met on September 26th at the Home Inn and Suites for our first sew day in a VERY long time. Nothing like opening a meeting with a controversial ice breaker. “Do you prefer to piece with cotton or polyester thread?” Polyester was the majority but not all. Pam’s trick of using up almost finished spools of thread for piecing was my favourite new idea.

Next, our educational topic was negative space. There were so many lovely examples and a few are shown below by Sherry, Bev, Deb, Nancy and Amy. Deb’s tip was to take a traditional block/pattern and pull out some of the shapes for negative space. Nancy introduced us to Notan, a Japanese concept of complementary negative shapes. See how she applied the concept to Helen Howes trees in the bottom left. She also found the book “The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook” by Sylvia Schaefer that we can borrow from the public library. Amy showed us a quilt top she just finished in which she adapted the pattern “Country Revival” by “Sew Kind of Wonderful”. A snippet of it is in the bottom right.

So what is there to look forward to? On October 24th we have another sew day. The education topic will be Half Rectangle Triangles. Please try to make one and find an interesting pattern or video to share that incorporates these! Education is fun when we all share our perspectives. No worries if you are too busy to contribute. Watch the social media posts for some of the other amazing projects that were shown at the meeting. For example, Shari was making her paper pieced dog using a custom made pattern by pitchersboutique.com. Anne brought a stunning UFO she is finishing and that needs to be on a bed! Pam’s modern colour palette for double wedding ring is so nice. And Deb got us in the Halloween mood with her houses and calmed us with her soft-toned “Little Miss Sawtooth” quilt top that was a sew along on instagram. Bev amazed us with solids, and Amy’s block-of-the-month and puff quilts brightened the room.

Our final meetings for the year are November 28th (another sew day), and a Christmas gathering from 12 to 4 on December 12th. At the Christmas gathering, you are welcome to make anything “mini” and then share in an exchange. Participation again is optional of course. We will plan for a catered lunch or something along those lines. We will plan to do a virtual/in-person combo meeting in October/November if virtual is wanted.