Thursday, August 17, 2017

August Block Lotto - It takes a village...

I'm pretty sure many of you will be making a last minute dash to the finish line with your red and white mini's, as we make our way through the last bit of summer.  With that in mind, I'm keeping the lotto simple again. No worries, I will turn things up again next month.

The Villiage Life quilt was designed by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud9 Fabrics.  I came across a variation of this in a charity group I'm involved with where Nicolette from the blog Dutch Comfort changed up the size a little and wrote a tutorial for single blocks. It is Nicolette's tutorial we are going to use.

We are going to use a similar colour palette to Nicolette's tutorial.
Bright with a lean to the girly side.
Background -white solid (white on white ok, as long as it reads as white)
House- bright colour print
Roof - bright colour solid

Blocks are due at our September meeting.
Have fun!

Monday, August 14, 2017

August Meeting and Sew Day

Our August meeting will be at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday August 17th, 2017. The dues cycle is January-December and they are $50 per person. Members who join after June will pay $30. First meeting is free for visitors, then $5 per meeting (fees could be more for special programming). 

This month we welcome Kathleen Riggens from Kathleen Quilts for a trunk show. We're also bringing back the Charity Table, so bring your unloved bits of fabric, notions, patterns, magazines, and anything else you think someone would be thrilled to take home by donation and love.

Don't forget in September we'll be seeing: your red and white challenge mini's and a delivery of pincushions that have been swapped with OKCMQG!

The meeting agenda is:
  • Trunk Show
  • Guild business
  • Collect and award block lotto
  • New block lotto announcements
  • Show and Tell
Please bring:

  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag
  • block lotto entries
  • payment in full for Libs Elliott workshops in September
  • donations for the Charity Table
  • cash to purchase goodies from the Charity Table

Our August Sew Day  is also at Wonderfil and the theme is English Paper Piecing. You can bring your EPP project and get instruction and help from members experienced in EPP, or you can bring your own projects to work on Saturday August 19th 10am - 3pm.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July Block Lotto - Modern Starlings

Being that we are in the midst of summer, I'm all about keeping our lotto blocks quick and easy. Hopefully, you can escape to a nice cool sewing room to sew a few of these up!

This block is one I pinned back when we first started doing lotto, and I'm happy it has finally reached the top of the pile!

John Adams is  QuiltDad, and the designer of Modern Starlings which he designed for Generation Q   This pattern is also in his book Beyond Neutral as Canyonlands.

We will be making these blocks as singles.
Colours - If it's in the palette below, it's fair game.

Pay careful attention to making the 2nd half of the block in mirror image. I now have 2 blocks of each colour way as I didn't pay attention in step 4. Note that step 5 needs to be flipped as well.  :-)

Wondering what hashtags to use? #calmqgblocklotto #calmqg #calgarymqg

                        colour crush - loveprintstudio
photo credits

Friday, July 14, 2017

July Social and Sew Day

Our July meeting will be a potluck social at Vice President Mary's house 7 – 9 pm on Thursday July 20th, 2017.  The address was sent by email already, if you don't receive it contact If the weather is bad, the meeting will revert back to the Wonderful Threaducation Center. Members with last names A-J are asked to bring potluck for the group (K-Z will be at Christmas). The dues cycle is January-December and they are $50 per person. Members who join after June will pay $30. First meeting is free for visitors, then $5 per meeting (fees could be more for special programming).

The agenda is:
  • Guild Business
  • QuiltCon Charity Quilt presentation
  • Block lotto
  • Show and tell
Please bring:
  • A quilt or project for show and tell
  • Name tag 
  • Block lotto blocks 
  • A quilt to picnic on
  • some food to share if your last name is A-J

Our July Sew Day Saturday July 22nd, 10am-3pm at the at Wonderfil Threaducation Centre Bay 4, 2915 19th St. NE.   This month's focus is Libs Elliott's Rebel quilt - if you have a Rebel quilt you're working on or would like to work on the quilt, make sure you bring the pattern and materials and experienced members will help you with it.  Alternatively, bring anything you'd like to work on.

You'll need to purchase a copy of the pattern if you want to join in - you can do that on her website. She even includes the modifications if you want to make a mini instead of a full quilt.  There is also an option to purchase it at a discounted rate when coupling it with her "Just Like Heaven" quilt pattern.  On top of that she's even holding a pattern sale - get 15% off patterns with the code NOBUMMERSUMMER until July 17th.  Share your planning, ideas, progress with #calmqgrebelquilt

June was Charity Month

Congratulations on a massively successful Charity Month!

During the June meeting we collected over 200(!!!) blocks for charity quilts and collected over $300(!!!) from the Charity Table. The money will go towards buying anything we're missing to finish charity quilts this year.

At the sew day members quilted a donated top, pieced 4 more quilt tops and quilted 2 more of those! Great job everyone! Prizes for attending the sew days will be handed out at the next meeting, and we'll also be drawing for the Grand Prize at the meeting!

The QuiltCon Charity Quilt for 2018 is well underway. The theme is "Modern Traditionalism". The palette is a pretty mix of oranges, reds, and purples with a white and an off-white

The design committee met near the end of the month and take a look what's already come out of it! Here is a sneek peak from Jera's Instagram where she writes: Working on some exciting stuff here. This thing is massive at almost 36" in diameter. Hope all my Calgary Modern Quilt people like the start of this idea for our Quiltcon Charity challenge. #calgarymqg #calmqg #quiltcon2018 #quiltconcharitychallenge #quiltcon #improvdresdens

Jera and Diane will be talking more about the concept and design and getting feedback from members at the July meeting.