Sunday, March 18, 2018

3/4 Log Cabins - April 2018 Block Lottery Info

For the month of April, Pat is taking a turn at hosting our block lottery.

from Pat
She picked a bold and modern 3/4 log cabin that is anything but traditional!

from Bobbi and Cindy
Pat's inspiration is from the blog 'you know what I love?' by Ara Jane Olufson a quilter from the other side of the country, Seattle.   Like many blogs now, hers has succumbed to inactivity, but if you click around, you'll find beautiful quilts and several tutorials.  

Read about the planning and design thoughts for Ara Jane's quilt blocks and tutorial here.  We are making ours exactly the same way.  It does involve a little bit of improv piecing, but it's not crazy improv piecing if that makes sense.  
from Pat
Pat started with a pile of richly colored solid fabrics which she cut into various size strips. The point of having different width strips is where improv piecing comes in to play - each log cabin will have three sides of the same color, but they can be different widths.  
from Pat
You could also work from scraps building out your blocks from what you have on hand if you don't want to cut yardage.
from Cindy
Some of your cabins will be singles measuring 12.5" x 12.5" once you've added three or four rounds (or five!!) of color and trimmed to size. 
from Linda
Some could be doubles, stacked on top of each other or nestled side-by-side to get to that all important 12.5" x 12.5" measurement.
from Bobbi
Variety in colors, as well as variety in the scale of your cabins within the individual blocks are more improv components.
from Loree
Play.  Have fun.  Make colorful blocks.  
from Cindy
You know you want to win!  

We owe big thank yous to Pat for bringing this block to our attention, to Ara Jane who enthusiastically gave her support and permission allowing us to link to her tutorial, and to the makers (Pat, Bobbi, Cindy, Linda, and Loree) for the samples pictured in this post. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

ECMQG Ambassadors of Modern Quilting at the Surfing at the Beach Quilt Show

Wowza! Put a goal out there, then make it happen. That’s what members of the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild did.  Our display of minis showcasing Flamingo, the Kona COTY 2017, at the Surfing the Beach Quilt Show by The Flying Needles Quilt Guild looked great!
Since this was our first time having a booth at the show we were a little unsure how it would come together. Luckily our members were able to dig into their stash of finished projects to help prop our booth.
We did a lot of cutting, pressing and sewing of our display curtain, it was worth it!
Guild members were available to answer questions about modern quilting and to help clarify that we do more than cut and sew randomly.
We chatted and laughed with local quilters as well as many Snowbirds. Sharing the joy of fabrics and quilting is always easy.
We had a total of seven modern quilts entered in the show by Lisa, Natalie and Loree.
Lisa and her "Happy Baby Quilt"
Our Guild charity quilt "Red Plus Blue"

Lori's "Sweetie Pie" quilt from the Riley Blake Sashing Stash challenge
Natalie's quilt "Dash to the Diner" from the Riley Blake Sashing Stash challenge

Natalie's quilt "Saltwater Taffy" from a Nancy Crow workshop

Natalie's "walk on, robot" from the Riley Blake Creative Rockstar fabric challenge
Thanks to all of the guild members that participated in making this happen. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February 2018 Show and Tell

The members of the ECMQG celebrated the joy of creating by showing off projects. Take a peek!
Laraine shared a bag made from an Aneela Hoey pattern.
Mary was a prolific sewist the past month sharing many quilts that she made for charity.

Marcia shared a puffy baby quilt
Maureen shared a quilt for her granddaughter with girlfriends fabric and the Zola quilt from Ink and Arrow
Lisa shared a rainbow pinwheel baby quilt
 Faye has been working on leggings - this one is for an Alabama fan
Natalie shared her woven rug made from T-shirt strips on the rigid heddle loom - sorry no pic of the rug
We are excited to see what everyone creates and shares next month!

February 2018 Meeting Minutes

February 10 Meeting Minutes for the "small and mighty" ECMQG

Our meeting began promptly at 10 am with the clanking of the bell.

Old Business
  • Members were reminded to sign up for the monthly potluck.
  • Our online auction was considered a success. Planning is underway for another auction in November. 
  • We will be limiting our guild sponsored charity quilts to two each year. Currently Natalie is working on the Hospice quilt and the 2017 Quiltcon charity quilt. The charity has not yet been determined for the Quiltcon quilt.

New Business
  • Quiltcon 2019:  Charity quilt info to be announced June/July. Make plans early to register and attend.
  • People are happier when they are creating. Show and Tell is for sharing the joy of creating. Bring what you are working on.
  • Monthly we will be highlighting a quilter from our guild on the Blog. 
  • Tiger Lily, Kona color of the year challenge was introduced. This will be a bag or tote that the creator keeps. Fabric will be available for purchase at the April meeting.
  • We will be sending “Bits of Friendship” scraps to The Pine Tree Quilter’s Guild of Muskoka. Bring beachy colored/themed scraps to the March meeting.
  • Riley Blake Spring Challenge is underway; deadline is April 22, be sure and post with the required hashtags.
  • The upcoming calendar was discussed and pointed out on the blog. It is currently up to date.
  • At the March meeting Wendi will be demonstrating quilting on your domestic sewing machine. Free motion and walking foot.
  • A reminder that at the April Sit and Sew Natalie will be helping those that started their strip piecing with Diane should bring their started projects.
  • A fundraiser suggestion was made, would members be interested in purchasing a chance ($10) to win long arm services.
  • Maureen gave a membership status, we currently have 17 members.

We played “Get to Know Your Guild” game.

We had 8 participants in our “Bring Two, Take One” Zippy Swap. Participants were able to choose the Zippy that spoke to them, the other was donated to our upcoming online auction in November.

Block Lottery
Lisa was the happy winner of the “Bits of Friendship” block presented by Mary. Lisa went home with a whopping 29 blocks.

Flying Needles Quilt Show will be held at The Palms in Destin on Feb, 23-24.
Our guild will have a booth at the Surfing the Beach Quilt Show. We will have a display showcasing our Flamingo Challenge Mini Quilts. Members will be on hand to answer questions about our guild and Modern Quilting.

Cindy – 1/4” seams
Cindy presented our block lottery using Elizabeth Hartman’s, The Knee Sock Block. She discussed how important accuracy with the 1/4 inch seam will be to make this block work. Cindy helped members 1 on 1 work on their accurate ¼ inch seams. Blocks should be done in solids with a white background, colors should be in the warm color range, Red Violet to Yellow, Finished block should be 12.5 inches.

 Show and Tell, Pot Luck, and Sew Day rounded out a day of fellowship and sewing.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Knee Socks - March 2018 Block Lottery Info

We are going way back (2012) for this months block lottery, one Elizabeth Hartman originally created for the Modern Quilt Guild's website.  (Thanks for being patient while we waited for permission to link to her post.)  It is a tutorial for the Knee Socks Quilt Block, and in the version we're making, it is one of the 12.5" quadrants. 

Whether you've been a modern quilter forever or a few short months, you've probably seen a tutorial, book, pattern, or fabric line by Elizabeth.

She is talented.  

She is prolific.  She is known for her use of color and her meticulously detailed pattern writing. 

She is one of the first bloggers I followed when I started quilting.  I can't tell you the number of blocks and quilts I made using the ideas and techniques she shared.  

In choosing Knee Socks for the March Block Lottery, the skill set to master is the scant .25" seam allowance.  There are VERY GOOD tutorials online about how to do this, including tools you can buy or methods that use simple materials that might already be in your house.  Type into your search engine .25" scant seam allowance and thousands of results will populate.

Elizabeth's Knee Socks Quilt Block tutorial and pattern, a seven page PDF (I told you she was meticulous!), can be found here.  It is AMAZINGLY detailed and easy-to-follow. 

The background fabric is Kona White.  Warm colored solids (no prints) from ANY quality fabric line make up the stripes.

Please choose three colors for each 12.5" block.

The most accurate blocks I sewed for this post are the ones where I took the time to prepare my fabrics before I cut.  I pressed.  I used starch.  Even with my scraps!  It made a noticeable difference.  I really, really, really, practiced sewing with a scant .25" seam.

Both of those steps made every block after the first, the one where I used my seam ripper multiple times, easy and accurate.   

As with all of our block lottery drawings, someone is going to own a gorgeous stack of modern quilt blocks for the project of their choosing.  Is March going to be your month?  I hope so!