Monday, November 24, 2014

Ornament Swap Ideas

Just in case you were looking for ideas for our ornament swap at Marcy's next month, here are a few pictures and ideas.  If I could find a tutorial link, it's included.  If I couldn't find a tutorial, I tried to get you to the original person or source of the creativity.

Have fun!  I know you'll craft some fabulous ornaments!!

Cindy
ECMQG Secretary






















Monday, October 13, 2014

November 2014 - Lottery Block 'Kaleidoscope'

Welcome to the ECMQG October 2014 Block Lottery!




If you are new to the group, or our blog, you can read the general Block Lottery details here, as well as see previous blocks (with instructions or tutorials) and past winners.  As always, please read through the entire instructions before cutting and sewing.



What is this month's color palette?  Think of those yummy peppermint candies, with the bold red and pure white colors.

As you sort through your scraps and stash, pull red and white print fabrics.  Your background fabric will be white - Kona, Moda, or another quilt shop quality pure white solid. 


The block we are going to make can be found here, courtesy of Marcia Hohn .  

It is a 6.5" unfinished paper-pieced block. 

**To participate, you must make four individual blocks and join them into a 12.5" unfinished block.' 


Click here for the template.  
  • Print four sets of templates.  There are two pieces to each 6.5" block.
  • Check the test square.  It should be 1" (or 1 and 1/16").  Anything larger or smaller will create an incorrect sized block.
  • Mark spaces numbered 2 & 5 (I just make an X) for your red and white print fabrics.
  • Spaces numbered 1, 3, 4, & 6 are for the white solid fabric.
  • Once you've sewn your fabrics to the template, trim to the outside seam allowance.  This is the ONLY time you'll need to trim your blocks.  
  • Remove the paper.  Sew the two halves together to make one 6.5" unfinished block.
  • Repeat three more times.
  • Press and starch your blocks.
  • Sew two 6.5" blocks together, pressing seams open.
  • Repeat with the remaining two 6.5" blocks.  Again, press seams open.
  • Sew these "double" blocks together to make one, 12.5" unfinished Peppermint Candy block.  Press seams open. 
Resources for paper piecing, if you need a refresher, can be found with just a quick search engine inquiry.  I like Marcia's step-by-step lesson and this video from Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Have fun sewing!
xoxo,  Kira
ECMQG Block Lottery Coordinator 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

November Fat Eighth Rainbow {Solids} Swap

Our November ECMQG fabric swap will be a Fat Eighth Rainbow {Solids} Swap!  


Quilting with solids has become a huge trend in modern quilting, but accumulating a good selection of quality solid color fabrics can sometimes be frustrating and expensive.  Our Fat Eighth Solids Swap will help you stash a decent sized selection without the frustration and expense.


Hadley Coordinating Solids Bundle - photo courtesy of Westwood Acres Fabric

What is a Fat Eighth?

A fat eighth (FE or F8) is one eighth of a yard of fabric, or a yard of fabric cut into eight equal pieces. Traditionally, this long narrow cut from the fold line to the selvage, resulted in 8 strips measuring 4-1/2" x 44".  


Like the Fat Quarter, quilters changed the cutting dimensions of of that same yard of fabric to be both more useful by doubling the width and halving the length and ended up with a piece 9" x 22", and called it a Fat Eighth.  A fat eighth has so many more possibilities for quilting than a long, skinny 1/8 yard piece.


Modern quilters still found this cut too confining, and realized by changing the cutting dimensions yet again, shorter fatter pieces were even more user friendly.   


This newer cut, still a FE or F8, and hugely popular with modern quilters is sized at 11" x 18" or 10.5" x 18" (after selvages are removed).   







The Rules


If you wish to participate, here is what you need to do:


1.  Purchase one yard of Kona by Robert Kaufman.  Please do not choose other brands.   As we decided at the meeting Saturday, this is a NO NEUTRALS swap.  Some possible sources for your fabric might be:


Pensacola's A&E Pharmacy, both Lynn's and The Sewing Center Around the Block in Fort Walton Beach, Margie's in Crestview, as well as many online retailers - Pink Chalk FabricsFat Quarter Shop, Fabric dot com, eQuilterIntrepid ThreadFabricworm, etc.  Some even have ALL 303 colors!!! 


NOTE:  Joann's and Hobby Lobby both carry a limited selection of Kona colors.  Should you choose to purchase from a big box store, be sure what you're buying is authentic Kona.  Their store brands are of a much lower quality and are unacceptable for swapping.


2 - You may swap up to three yards of fabric.


3.  Cut your fabric.  

4.  Place your cut fabric in a zip top bag labeled with your name.  If you're swapping more than one yard, place each color in a SEPARATE bag.  


***For this solids swap ONLY, label the selvage of each piece with the color name or color number.  


5.   During the November 8th meeting, leave your labeled bag(s) on the swap table for sorting and distribution.  


6.  At the the conclusion of our meeting, pick up your bag(s), each containing a colorful rainbow of quality solid fabrics.


7.  With 303 colors from which to choose, we will not have a sign-up requirement.  However, if you'd like to post in these comments, or on our Facebook page, the colors you select, please do so.  


Additionally, if you're one of those I-want-all-of-it types and plan on swapping two or three yards, please mix it up and choose a variety of colors! For example, rather than choose three blues, choose a blue, a pink, and an orange.  Just don't bring fabrics that are neutral - whites, beiges, grays.



  



Cutting Modern Fat Eighths


1.  Press your fabric to remove the center crease.  Do not remove the selvages.


2.  Rotary cut your fabric lengthwise through the center.   This results in two pieces, each measuring approximately 22" x 36".





3.  Cut each 22" x 36" piece in half again lengthwise.  This gives you four pieces, each measuring 11" x 36".  

NOTE:  Solid fabrics are sometimes milled to wider widths than prints.  Be sure to measure the width and cut equal quarters.



4.  Cut each 11" x 36" piece in half crosswise.  This gives you eight pieces, each measuring 11" x 18".  A modern fat eighth.  


As always, if you have questions regarding the swap, or this tutorial, you can email me at wendimihalik at yahoo dot com.




This is going to be a super fun swap!


Wendi Mihalik

ECMQG Swap Captain

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

October 2014 - Lottery Block 'Hexing Around' by Freshly Pieced

Welcome to the ECMQG October 2014 Block Lottery!

Hexing Around Halloween




If you are new to the group, or our blog, you can read the general Block Lottery information here, as well as see previous blocks (with instructions or tutorials) and past winners.  As always, please read through the entire instructions before cutting and sewing.

The rules are simple:

  • The Lottery is open to all ECMQG members in good standing.
  • Please use only quilt shop quality fabric (no Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's fabric with the exception of designer lines. **Please no batiks, civil war or traditional fabrics). If you are not sure if your fabric fits in the category of 'Modern' please ask :)
  • The aesthetic is ALWAYS MODERN
  • Take your time and effort to construct your block well, and use 1/4" seam allowances (unless the tutorial states otherwise). 
  • Blocks should be the correct size, within about a quarter of an inch.
  • Each block + $1 is one entry in the drawing. You may submit as many entries as you would like.
  • Please label your block with you name, either within the seam allowance on the back or an address label stuck to the back. The winner would love to know who made their lovely blocks.
  • Past winners can still contribute, but please understand until we see a finished quilt from your win, allow someone else the thrill of winning.
  • If you have any questions please contact me - Kira - or comment below.

This month we are going to have some fun with Halloween fabrics. 



So grab your Halloween fabric stash, and black/white prints for the background.


The block tutorial 'Hexing Around' was created by Lee of the blog 'Freshly Pieced'. 
Lee is a modern quilter, author, pattern designer, fabric-aholic, wife and mom of two girls.

Her modern take on a hexagon log cabin block - Its fun, fresh and fast.

For our lottery block use Halloween fabrics for the center and strips. The background is black or black/white prints. (now the block design is 'Modern' but when using holiday fabric the overall look is not considered Modern, but who can't resist some fun Halloween fabric fun)


Please go HERE for the tutorial by Lee
and while you are there say 'Hi!' from our guild :)

Thanks,
Kira
ECMQG Block Lottery Coordinator 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Announcing... Our Fall MugRug Swap!!!

Hi everybody!  I know we're just finishing up our annual Scrappy Swap, but it's almost fall and it seems like a good time to get in the mood.  ECMQG will be hosting a Fall MugRug Swap.  As a participant, you may choose whether you would like a Halloween mugrug, a Thanksgiving mugrug or a generic fall themed mugrug.  Please know that this is a quick turnaround swap - you will have about 3 weeks to make your mugrug, so please plan accordingly.



So here are the details:

1.  Sign up in the comments by Wednesday, September 17.  Partners will be assigned by Sunday, September 21, so you will have 3 weeks to make your mugrug.  Be sure to mention 
  a.  If you would like your partner to make a Halloween mugrug, Thanksgiving mugrug, or generic fall-themed mugrug 
  b.  If you have a preference as to which item you make, please mention that as well
  c.  Your email address.  You may post it like this  wendimihalik at yahoo  so net bots can't spam you.

2.  Use only quilt shop quality fabrics.  No "big box store" fabrics, with the exception of the designer lines they may offer.  Joann's offers designer lines by Denyse Schmidt (DS Quilts), ModKid, Patty Young, Juliana Horner, and a few others.  

3.  Make your item with a modern aesthetic.  We are a MODERN quilt guild, after all.

4.  Make your item the best you know how.  Be sure to make something you would like to receive.

5.  No extras are necessary, but if you wish to include them you may.


6.  Bring your swap item to the OCTOBER guild meeting.  We'll swap with each other then.  (I always love the excitement of seeing what everyone has made!)

7.  Be sure and say "thank you" when you receive your gift.  It's only good manners, after all.


8.  Have fun!

Monday, August 11, 2014

September 2014 Lottery Block - Origami Star by Amy of 'Sukie Don't You Know'

Welcome to the ECMQG September 2014 Block Lottery!

If you are new to the group, or our blog, you can read the general Block Lottery information here, as well as see previous blocks (with instructions or tutorials) and past winners.  As always, please read through the entire instructions before cutting and sewing.

The rules are simple:

  • The Lottery is open to all ECMQG members in good standing.
  • Please use only quilt shop quality fabric (no Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's fabric with the exception of designer lines. **Please no batiks, civil war or traditional fabrics). If you are not sure if your fabric fits in the category of 'Modern' please ask :)
  • The aesthetic is ALWAYS MODERN
  • Take your time and effort to construct your block well, and use 1/4" seam allowances (unless the tutorial states otherwise). 
  • Blocks should be the correct size, within about a quarter of an inch.
  • Each block + $1 is one entry in the drawing. You may submit as many entries as you would like.
  • Please label your block with you name, either within the seam allowance on the back or an address label stuck to the back. The winner would love to know who made their lovely blocks.
  • Past winners can still contribute, but please understand until we see a finished quilt from your win, allow someone else the thrill of winning.
  • If you have any questions please contact me - Kira - or comment below.


The color palette

Photo courtesy of Design Seeds 'Feathered Brights'

Blue and green modern prints 
With a background of Kona Ash (a pale gray)


What is the block we are using? Well first I'd like to introduce you to Amy, a fellow quilter, member of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild, treasurer of the Modern Quilt Guild and blogger at Sukie Don't You Know. The block we are making is from her tutorial for the 12.5" Origami Star, it is a modern take on a star block that sews up fast and fun.



The only changes for our blocks are are:

  • For the 2"x6.5" strips # 1, 2 & 3 you will use blue and green modern print fabrics.
  • For the 12 3.5"x3.5" squares use Kona Ash   
***A tip for getting a perfect block is to sew just a hair to the right of your drawn line (on the side that will be cut off) when adding the 3.5" squares***




Oh, while you are there don't forget to tell Amy hello :)


Have fun and good luck!!

ECMQG Block Lottery Coordinator

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

August 2014 - Lottery Block X and +



Welcome to the ECMQG August 2014 Block Lottery!

If you are new to the group, or our blog, you can read the general Block Lottery information here, as well as see previous blocks (with instructions or tutorials) and past winners.  As always, please read through the entire instructions before cutting and sewing.

The rules are simple:

  • The Lottery is open to all ECMQG members in good standing.
  • Please use only quilt shop quality fabric (no Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's fabric with the exception of designer lines. **Please no batiks, civil war or traditional fabrics). If you are not sure if your fabric fits in the category of 'Modern' please ask :)
  • The aesthetic is ALWAYS MODERN
  • Take your time and effort to construct your block well, and use 1/4" seam allowances (unless the tutorial states otherwise). 
  • Blocks should be the correct size, within about a quarter of an inch.
  • Each block + $1 is one entry in the drawing.You may submit as many entries as you would like.
  • Please label your block with you name, either within the seam allowance on the back or an address label stuck to the back. The winner would love to know who made their lovely blocks.
  • Past winners can still contribute, but please understand until we see a finished quilt from your win, allow someone else the thrill of winning.
  • If you have any questions please contact me - Kira - or comment below.


This month the color palette is - SCRAPPY MODERN PRINTS! 

This month the block is 'X and +', very popular in quilting today

Debbie from 'A Quilter's Table ' blog collection of X and + blocks

This month we are using the tutorial by Rebecca Lynn of the blog 'Making Rebecca Lynne'

Please click this link for the tutorial