Defining Modern Quilting 3: Alternate Grid


Niagara Modern Quilt Guild Blog Entry for September meeting (Thursday September 13/18)

Good day to all you fiber fixated people!!

My Name is Kelly and I am the one writing the blog for Debbie for this month.

This was kind of a group project this month– Brenda took the photos, Lindsay took the notes and now I have to decipher what happened at our monthly meeting a month out of production! oy!


We had a fun meeting in September, getting back in the swing of things after taking a summer break.

We began by discussing our daytime workshop for November 9th with Cheryl Arkison. There is one more spot still up for grabs! 

The evening before will be our trunk show with Cheryl and visitors attending will be a $10 charge at the door. It promises to be a great evening! Please bring all your quilty friends!  There will be show and tell that evening and members are reminded that guests are welcome at the trunk show however the guest fee for this event will be $10.00. Niagara Heritage Quilter’s Guild has agreed to let its members know about this trunk show.

We then applauded all those who had quilts on show. Dorothy had a quilt showing as well as the “Red Dress” quilt. Kathleen’s bridge quilt was also juried into an art show in St. Catharines called “Motion”. It is quite an honor as their were only 15 pieces accepted and hers was the only quilt. It will be on display until March at City Hall.

We decided that our gift exchange for our December meeting will be table runners! It doesn’t necessarily need to be Christmas-y… Any size, any fabric! Should be a fun exchange!!

Saturday Oct 20/18 from 9am – 4pm is our Sew-In Day! We are still considering ideas for what to work on. We will be having a potluck lunch–please be reminded that we meet in a peanut-free facility.

October’s challenge will be our House Block Lotto– please make a block or two to share of any style of house block. They will all be compiled into groupings and raffled off. You get 1 entry per block you bring.

Our topic this evening was “Alternate Grid” quilts. Stephanie made a fabulous slideshow showcasing the changes in block sizes and the switching of block direction in quilts to all even a traditional quilt pattern to morph into modern.

Some alternate grid examples from members!!!

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In other guild news, we ask that everyone consider the elections for Guild President, Guild Vice President and Guild Secretary positions that will take place at our December meeting. Both our President and Secretary have served twice a two year term. Vice President Tara has served one term. Perhaps you would be interested?

Susan asked how members handle their UFO’s. She showed us her system for keeping a chart to record her progress on various projects.  Brenda also shared an idea that we all quite liked! In her Brighton Guild they have begun a UFO Challenge. In an effort to finish our many (in my case MANY) UFO’s, that we challenge ourselves and track our progress using a spreadsheet and check-in system. It sounds really fun and many were excited to try it in January. Here’s to New Years’ resolutions!

Well, that sums up our meeting–let’s look at some quilts!!

Sew & Tell:

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These are Susan’s quilts and her challenge of Negative space with improv blocks! 


This quilts name is Bright Squares and Jennifer says: The fabric was from a kit on sale at Connecting Threads. The kit was to make a baby quilt, but the patterns called for cutting down 2 jelly rolls to 1.5″ strips and that seemed too tedious and wasteful. So I just made a bunch of bright squares instead.

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Kathleen: Barbara Anyon taught me the Al Cote layering technique and I used Glasgow Rose by CR Mackintosh as inspiration. 

Kathleen: This bag was designed by me for Lorna. I used the Walking Foot Book and a British Museum apron for the Great Wave. 

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Barbara: Quilt name is Temptation of Ever: It’s my own original pattern made from cotton, breads, netting, wool. It was a thready challenge to create the work of Gustaf Klimpt painting into a quilt. My new rug is done in the Al Cote style !

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Karen : I took a class for a Judy Neimeyer Quilt work pattern for playmats but decided to put them into a Whimsical Hanging!

Karen:  Modern Baby Quilt for a shower gift this weekend. The Mom to be requested the colours !

Karen: “The Wave” Another scrap show trying the slight curve method of piecing – also put a wavy binding on 2 opposing sides to continue the wavy theme. 

Karen: “Intersections” Improv with scraps & Negative space quilting with walking foot and some FMQ

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Dorothy: This quilt is called Talk is Cheap and was inspired by a picture in “Modern Quilts for a New Century”. The blocks are improv and I was searched for a comic character for the qquilting !! 

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Stephanie: The grey and Red quilt is disappearing 9 patches and is for my Mom. The Orange and Blue  quilt is a kit from Quilted Cardinal. Both were quilted by Effie. 

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Tori made these Zipster Bags and a bag for a tablet !! So creative!


Effie: I made this quilt as a summer challenge for Jackie White’s blog challenge of a 12″ Modern Block. I didn’t win !! 


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Donna: Donna made this beautiful bargello quilt and the cutest “Grim Ripper” mini quilt ! Over the summer she made 3 bags by up cycling parts of my old purses and her other great idea was to use pop tabs and sew them on the mini-quilts for hanging !!!


Janie: I made this quilt for my Mother! 


Brenda received this cute over the shoulder bag from Lorna! Adorable

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Theresa: I made a simple Jelly roll kit after I realized I had no baby gift for a new cousin at the lake. The second quilt top was done already and I added to it and quilted it for a lady who does my nails ! 

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Lorna: The quilt on the right is an adaptation of Zen chic pattern “pearls” which I liked so much I made a second quilt but this I made it a I spy for my grandson. The fussy cut backing was made from a sheet that was his Dads (  my son is his father )  . “Rose” as Mavis named her is “cow abstraction” by Violet craft


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