Tuesday, February 9, 2016

March Block Lottery - Making Tracks (Part II)

Sooooo...  We're setting out to make a block that looks kinda like the ECMQG logo.  I think that's very cool.  This is one block I will be making "for real-for real" (as my students say.)

Elaine gave us a basic tutorial in yesterday's post.  Today, Cindy is going to give us some tips and tricks that may help us enjoy the ride.

Gather up some assorted scraps, including prints and solids of varying widths, each between about 1-1/2" - 2-1/2" by 8".  You will also need a piece of Kona or Bella white about 1-1/2 inches wide by 14 inches long. Both of these measurements are a little bigger than required in order to allow for trimming.  Wonkiness, for those who aren't used to it, has to have wiggle room.

Trim each scrap to a wedge shape.

Be sure to vary the width and angle, because...

Random widths and angles allow for more movement.

Arrange the wedges in a pleasing format, alternating the skinny ends with the wider ends.  You need approximately 20" of unsewn wedges.  (Remember that every seam reduces your width by 1/2".)

Sew enough wedges together to create a 14" piece.  Now, do it again.  You will need two wonky wedge units, each approximately 8" x 14"-15" for this block.

If sewing all the wedges at once is intimidating, try breaking them down into smaller chunks of 3-4 wedges at a time.

 Press seams open using starch to set your stitches and to eliminate the stretch that comes from the slightly bias edges.

See?  Three sets of sewn wedges ready for trimming.

Choose one side of  a wonky wedge unit and trim a nice straight edge.  See how the 6.5" ruler still has a little bit of fabric peeking out on the left?  That's a good thing.  It means she still has wiggle room.

Sew the 1.5 inch strip of Kona or Bella white to that nice straight edge.  Press toward the white.

Note that the second unit isn't the same size as the first.  This is the all-important wiggle room needed because its wonky.  Don't worry about it.  Play and reposition unit 2 until you are satisfied.  When you are happy, sew the second piece to the other side of the Kona/Bella strip.

Keeping your Kona/Bella strip in the center, trim your block to 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".

Voila!  You have finished your Making Tracks block.  Embrace wonkiness!  Dive right in!  You can do it! 

We can't wait to see all your beautiful, wonky blocks!

Monday, February 8, 2016

March Block - Making Tracks Part 1

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Monthly Meeting - Saturday, Feb. 6 starting at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Crestview

Greetings Modern Quilters,

We have a fun and informative meeting scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, starting at 10 a.m. sharp!
We have birthdays to celebrate, a Fabric Swap to announce, a Shop Hop to plan, a block lottery to win, a charity quilt to piece, final preparations for Chautauqua Quilt Show to iron out, consignment items to check in, Quilt Con 2017 reservations to make, a modern quilting webcast to listen to, AND SO MUCH MORE!
You don't want to miss it!
Check your email for additional information.
See you there!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

January Meeting (Minutes)

The January meeting was held on January 9, 2016.  Natalie called the meeting to order at 10:10 and welcomed visitors and new members.

We will be participating in the Chautauqua Quilt Show on February 12 and 13.  Three guests from the Chautauqua guild came to show us how to prepare our quilts for the show.

Each quilt should be in a pillowcase to keep it clean and help ensure all quilts are returned in good condition to their owners.  The pillowcase should have a label with  the owner's name and the quilt size on it.

The quilt must have a quilt sleeve on the back for hanging.  There are many online tutorials explaining how to add a hanging sleeve to your quilts.

The quilt needs a label.  The label can be as simple as just the maker's name and date, or more elaborate showing the pattern, pattern designer, fabric designer, who it was made for, and a story about the quilt.

Please help advertise the quilt show.  These yellow coupons are good for $1 off admission - and they're good reminders so people don't forget.

Members wishing to submit quilts need to complete the submission form (ECMQG has its own form) and send forms and photos of the quilt to Cindy by January 15.

We will need members to work the show to set up, take down, as hostesses, and to work our booth at the show.  Members can consign items for the show.  The guild will take a 10% commission.

Because the quilt show takes place on the weekend of our next meeting, the February meeting is being moved to February 6.  Members submitting quilts can bring them to the February meeting.  Cindy will take the quilts to the show. 

The quilt we submitted for display at QuiltCon 2015 will be our Opportunity Quilt for the Chautauqua Quilt Show.  We will sell raffle tickets at the show and online and give the funds raised to a local charity.

Natalie then asked guild members to tell what they were most proud of as a guild in 2015.  Some responses were:

Sew Modern Quilt Lab
2 completed Quilts of Honor
Several charity quilts made by the guild and by members

Members then talked about their personal accomplishments, which ranged from making their first quilt, sewing a binding, inserting a zipper, trying new styles of quilting, trying a new quilt style - such as improv - or even participating in the block lottery.

Elaine presented the January block lottery block, Modern Windows.  Seventeen blocks were submitted.

And we have a winner!

Susan presented the February "Arrow" Block.  A link to the instructions will be on the blog.

Kira presented our program, "The Care and Feeding of Your Baby," - sewing machine, that is.  The most important thing you can do for your machine is keep it clean.

A representative of the Flying Needles Quilt Guild presented information on their Quilt Retreat which will be held at Northwest Florida State College on February 26 and 27. Pat Sloan is their guest quilter.  Information about the retreat is here.

Fourteen members shared quilts and projects in Show and Tell.
Market Street Bag made from Hello Darling fabric (Bonnie & Camille)

Pattern is Simplicity #1080

Mary showed her amazingly spacious Scissor and Notions Cozy

Confetti quilt (this mini has a story - see Mary for details)

Adorable clothes for granddaughter

Donna's "Up!" quilt

Donna completed her Block Lottery quilt top

Lois showed her Mondo Bag

Another mondo bag (Star Wars this time)

Eliana made this phone case at the last Sew Day

Beverly has been making geese - or are they prarie points?

Jane showed her Tula quilt (pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful)

Wendi's "Ugly Quilt"

Carol has been making {pretty} kerchiefs

Lunch and Sew Day followed.