A Meeting on Pi Day 2019

Tampon Tuesday:

2DF39BA6-E9A9-4BC4-B9E3-521EEC01CD56Our meeting started off with an enthusiastic Thank You to our MQG members for their participation in the United Way Niagara Tampon Tuesday initiative.  The United Way representatives were so thrilled with our abundant donation that we were given a cheerful pink lei as a thank you!  It’s so great to see our members looking out for others in simple ways! Thank you, Ladies!

Judy Lyons Trunk Show:

Our plans to bring Judy Lyons in for a trunk show and presentation seem to be coming into shape.  Judy is a trained quilt appraiser from Burlington. Heather plans to confirm with Judy on an early 6:30 start to our September 12th meeting to accommodate her long presentations without sacrificing on our treasured Sew and Tell Time.

Christmas Tree Blocks:

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Some of our members seem to be kicking into the Christmas spirit already, and have begun putting together a few of the Larger Amy Smart Christmas Tree Blocks and the mini version of the tree blocks for our Christmas In July swap.  After some deliberation, we decided that since both Amy’s quilts look great, we leave it to you to decide which size you like the best, and we’ll see what turns up for the big draw!  We are drawing inspiration from Amy’s Colour Scheme, so we are aiming to choose fabrics in Red, white and green with Brown trunks. Have fun whipping a few of these up as a leaders and enders project or do up a batch to keep the in-between season bright!

March 30th Sew-In:

545A0F4E-C65F-4616-A6B8-3412BFB4C7EEAll are welcome to join the Sew-In at our usual location.  You can bring any project you would like to work on, but a large group of us will be partaking in a Block-style Round-Robin.  If you would like to participate, we would recommend you bring:

  • Some scraps that add up to about 3-4 metres worth of fabric
  • Include a variety of values from light to dark
  • About 1m of contrasting fabric for negative space if desired.
  • A box, bin or bag that can be used to keep your fabrics together as the blocks make their way around the room.
  • Scissors or rotary cutter, rulers and mat

We will have two ironing stations.

Some other details to keep in mind:  

  • We have sent out a Doodle Poll to help us plan for numbers.  Please click here or on your email to participate as soon as possible, as we may be sending further details to those who will be participating once the executive have met.  Keep your eyes on your inbox!  
  • Lunch is potluck–Keep your offerings Nut-Free.
  • Bring your favourite drink. 

Superhero Quilt:

SpidermanIt’s a bird!  It’s a plane! It’s the Superhero Quilt committee! Tori, Brenda, Debbie, Carla, Jan and Tara have joined forces to create a quilt to donate to the Niagara Children’s Centre’s Superhero Fun Run this fall.  These Superquilters started designing a twin-sized quilt that will feature pixel-pieced superheroes, suitable for a wee superhero boy or girl’s room.  The guild will provide funding for the cost of materials, and the aforementioned Wonderwomen will be shopping for deals and looking for discounts from our local quilt shops to stretch our mighty dollar.  Keep your spidey senses on alert for updates and progress as we finalize plans. If you have small kids, the 1K run is a great family outing, so consider joining in the fun! We will be sure to keep you in the superloop about how to buy tickets in case you know a superkid who could use a warm, cozy superquilt!

What’s on the MQG Website:

Roxane did some investigation into what is new on our organization’s webpage and reported back to our guild.  Turns out, there’s lots to mention! A few of the things she mentioned included:

  • The 2019 Riley Blake Challenge–they have no more free fabric to give away but they sure would like participants.  You can still purchase fabric online or maybe from one of our local shops.
  • Cheryl Arkison led a Webinar  on March 14th
  • Theresa Duryea-Wong is doing a webinar on April 30th on quilts made in Japan
  • There is a free Block-of the Month pattern featured every month with a variety of layout options to choose from.

Thanks, Roxane for being our first explorer!  Next month, we are looking forward to see what our lovely Kathleen roots up.  

Get Access:

In the meantime, do take a bit of time to explore for yourself!  There is so much value in using the resources section, so let’s start by making sure everyone can log in and take advantage of the excellent variety of patterns, inspiration, Webinars, challenges and more:

Dorothy Goes to Nashville:

Dorothy came back from Nashville with a spring in her step, some great inspiration and a whole lot of pretty fabrics.  She shared some of the highlights of some of the presentations she attended, including speakers such as Christina Camelli,Mary Fons and Sherri-Lynn Wood.  

Thanks for sharing your notes with us, Dorothy!

Monthly Block Challenge Show and Tell:  SOLIDS

This month’s Challenge featured solid-coloured fabrics.  Check out these solid examples of modern quilting brought in by our keen quilters:

Brenda's "Oh Baby" baby quilt from "Make it Big"
Brenda’s “Oh Baby” baby quilt from “Make it Big”
Jayne's deconstructed and reconstructed log cabin
Jayne’s deconstructed and reconstructed log cabin
Janie's wonky log cabin/improv quilt
Janie’s wonky log cabin/improv quilt
Roxane used shimmery fabric to create "Twin Rainbow Star" to donate to a friend's daughter's dance studio for a raffle
Roxane used shimmery fabric to create “Twin Rainbow Star” to donate to a friend’s daughter’s dance studio for a raffle
Pam upcycled some reverse applique blocks from a project she'd abandoned to create this!
Pam upcycled some reverse applique blocks from a project she’d abandoned to create this!
Barbara got all "boxed in" with this colourful 3D cube block
Barbara made this colourful 3D cube block
Donna 's mini rail fence is all quilted!
Donna ‘s mini rail fence is all quilted!
Susan was inspired from a picture and came up with a creative and timesaving way to piece this quilt using adhesive bias tape!
Susan  came up with a timesaving way to piece this quilt using adhesive bias tape!
Cheryl finally pulled out her 2013 Block of the month Skill Builder and has the top ready for action! What a soothing colourway!
Cheryl finally pulled out her 2013 Block of the month Skill Builder and has the top ready for action! 
Cheryl's been "solidly" working through her goals this month with this tote nearly ready to assemble!
Cheryl’s been “solidly” working through her goals this month with this tote nearly ready to assemble!
Lindsay was seeing rainbows and then realized that paper piecing takes too long to do this cute pattern enough times to fill a quilt! A clever Woppit Bucket was a great way to put the charming block to use
Lindsay was seeing rainbows and then realized that paper piecing takes too long to do this cute pattern enough times to fill a quilt! A clever Woppit Bucket was a great way to put the charming block to use
Anne practiced her slash and insert with solids this month!
Anne practiced her slash and insert with solids this month!
Carla's CQA 52 Blocks 52 Weeks is started! She has 8 blocks done!
Carla’s CQA 52 Blocks 52 Weeks is started! She has 8 blocks done!
Margaret found this quilt of pinterest and worked out how to make it with graph paper. bright and colourful!!
Margaret found this quilt of pinterest and worked out how to make it with graph paper. bright and colourful!!
Margaret's Quilt from the Oakville Quilter's Guild Block of the Month. There were 9 blocks, so she added more and came up with this funky quilt!
Margaret’s Quilt from the Oakville Quilter’s Guild Block of the Month. There were 9 blocks, so she added more and came up with this funky quilt!
Tara experimented with reverse applique by candlelight during the blackout this month.
Tara experimented with reverse applique (Mola) by candlelight during the blackout this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress on our WIP Challenge list:

This guild is full of motivated quilters who are checking off quilts from their WIP list like wildfire!  This month saw us rushing against the calendar to complete our WIP #1, with 13 exciting finishes for Brenda’s list, but we didn’t get pictures of them all.  Here’s what we got:  

Carla bought some fat quarters for a buck apeice at a little store on Queen street. She spent about $15.00 and whipped up this beauty! I wish we still could find fabric at that price!!
Carla bought some fat quarters for a buck apeice at a little store on Queen street. She spent about $15.00 and whipped up this beauty! I wish we still could find fabric at that price!!
Brenda's "victorious" quilt top is ready to go to the next step!
Brenda’s “victorious” quilt top is ready to go to the next step!
Anne's Hand-dyed quilt is literally to "dye" for!
Anne’s Hand-dyed quilt is literally to “dye” for!
Closeup of the bigstitch quilting on Anne's gorgeous hand-dyed quilt
Closeup of the bigstitch quilting on Anne’s gorgeous hand-dyed quilt
Susan's colourful house quilt is hand quilted and bound!=complete with cute front doors!
Susan’s colourful house quilt is hand quilted and bound!=complete with cute front doors!
Check out this creatively laid-out quilt made by Jayne! She won our block lottery and wasted no time getting a creative quilt together with her spoils!
Check out this creatively laid-out quilt made by Jayne! She won our block lottery and wasted no time getting a creative quilt together with her spoils!
Closeup of some of the quilting on Jayne's grand finale with her winnings from the house block lottery.
Closeup of some of the quilting on Jayne’s grand finale with her winnings from the house block lottery.
Karen's version of the Round Robin Quilt from a few years ago. She named it "A Beautiful Mess" by Karen and Co. At the time, piecing this new way was a leap for Karen, and it turned out so gorgeous!!
Karen’s version of the Round Robin Quilt from a few years ago. She named it “A Beautiful Mess” by Karen and Co. At the time, piecing this new way was a leap for Karen, and it turned out so gorgeous!!

 

Marilyn finished her shop hop top!
Marilyn finished her shop hop top!
Kathleen brought in her Chirp, chirp project finish, inspired by Laura Heine's pattern. Alongside is a quilt made by Barbara, to show the effect of switching the background colours.
Kathleen brought in her Chirp, chirp project finish, inspired by Laura Heine’s pattern. Alongside is a quilt made by Barbara, to show the effect of switching the background colours.
Heather's finished Chaos Quilt will hang in her entryway.
Heather’s finished Chaos Quilt will hang in her entryway.
Roxane finished this kit from her mother's store in Gander
Roxane finished this kit from her mother’s store in Gander
Margaret finished a scrappy cover for her sewing machine!
Margaret finished a scrappy cover for her sewing machine!
Tara's Libs Elliott Chaos quilt is a completed #1 off her list. It's ready for a cute little baby-to-be to snuggle up on it this Spring when she comes!
Tara’s Libs Elliott Chaos quilt is a completed #1 off her list. It’s ready for a cute little baby-to-be to snuggle up on it this Spring when she comes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep your eyes on that calendar, and keep sewing, because April’s challenge is #3!

Open Sew and Tell

On top of our challenges, a few of our members had a showing of other finishes and WIP’s that get the room buzzing!  Have a look-see!

Carla's Canada quilt with flying geese in different sizes to go with the scale theme for today's meeting.

Carla’s Canada quilt with flying geese in different sizes to go with the scale theme for today’s meeting.

Margaret is thrilled with this finish for her Stash Buster Challenge quilt top. That is one huge pile of HST's!
Margaret is thrilled with this finish for her Stash Buster Challenge quilt top. That is one huge pile of HST’s!
Diane brought in one of five feathers that she was working on. That's going to make a pretty quilt!!
Diane brought in one of five feathers that she was working on. That’s going to make a pretty quilt!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draws

We laughed when Janie pulled her own number out of the box and pocketed $27.00 worth of winnings!  Brenda won the draw for the Monthly Block Challenge! Door prize winners were Kathleen, Stephanie, Pam and Donna!

Use of Scale in Modern Quilts

Heather used the Olivia fabric in this quilt to show how fabric has features of scale.
Heather used the Olivia fabric in this quilt to show how its fabric represents pigs in different scale.

Heather and Stephanie pulled together a presentation to get our minds processing how we can use scale in many different ways to get a gorgeous modern quilt put together.  Some of the ideas included:

  • scaling up a smaller block to create a full-sized quilt made of a huge single block or four blocks (Like Roxane and Brenda’s baby quilts)
  • zooming in and cropping out part of the design to fill part of the quilt
  • Offsetting the focal point
  • Using different sizes of the same block within the design (Like our 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge)Dorthy in Savannah with our Charity Quilt
  • Using differently scaled fabrics
  • Using differently scaled stitching 
  • Using differently scaled quilting designs 
  • Using a variety of widths of strips to make stripes

 

 

 

 

 

February and March blogs written by Tara. Thanks so much my friend for In Need and a friend Indeed !! 

One comment

  1. Well done, Tara! You are a superwoman to get these posts together and up. Appreciate your efforts to document our quilt journeys!

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