Friday, March 20, 2015

April 2015 Block Lottery - Log Cabin with a Modern Spin!

April Block Lottery - A Modern Log Cabin



Because April is our annual shopping trip to A&E, you have time to play with this fun block and shop for new fabrics.  Just in case you need them.  Please hold on to these blocks and bring to our May meeting.  We will draw for the block winners then.  Thank you!

Remember to read the rules!


The rules are simple:
  • The Lottery is open to all ECMQG members in good standing.
  • Please use only quilt shop quality fabric (no big box fabric stores with the exception of designer lines). 
  • Please no batiks, civil war prints, or traditional fabrics.  If you are unsure about your fabric selection as it relates to 'Modern', just ask.    
  • The aesthetic is ALWAYS MODERN
  • Take your time to construct your block well; use 1/4" seam allowances. 
  • 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 your name, somewhere within the seam allowance.  An address label stuck to the back also works.  
  • Past winners can still contribute, but please understand until we see a finished quilt top (or project) from your bonanza, someone else will know the thrill of winning.
  • If you have any questions please contact me with a comment below.


With the exception of the final "log", this is a good block for helping de-stash your current fabric scraps.  If your scraps run to the smaller size, like mine do, you may need a longer piece!

I adapted this modern spin on the traditional log cabin block from a pattern found on Quilters Cache.



I began by pulling colors I thought would be fun, and cut them into 1.5 inch strips lengthwise.  The “dark” side of the block will be modern colors and patterns, while the “light” side of the block will be white strips alternating with Kona Ash strips.


The center block is a 2.5 inch colored square (or dark as you will see it referred to in most patterns) and you will be adding strips to the outside of the center block beginning with a color strip to the top of the center square.  Trim if needed & iron towards the center. Next add a strip to the right side of the block, iron and trim as needed.  Turn the block to add a “light” strip to the bottom of the center block as well as, another light strip to the fourth side.  You will continue in this manner until you have five strips on each of the four sides.  

The main thing you will need to remember when sewing your block is to keep darks on one side and lights on the opposite side.  I started with Kona White, then Kona Ash, alternating between the two and ultimately, finishing with white. You can switch the order if you choose; you want to be consistent with each side.



A few tips for making this block?  Cut your strips as correctly as you can.  Be aware of how you place them for sewing.  I always checked back with my example to make sure of my color placement.

I can’t wait to see your designs!

Happy sewing!
Elaine

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sew Day ✂️

Greetings members!
If you plan to stay for Sew Day remember to bring a long extension cord and a power strip. This is also helpful for crockpots full of yummy soup!
Thanks

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Charity and Community Outreach

More than a year ago when we were discussing and drafting the first version of our bylaws, we decided it was important to include the following as one of our principal purposes for what we wanted to be:

"...and provide opportunity for “charity” or other works that provide back to the communities where we live and work, through the use of modern quilting skills".



After a some fits and starts, 2015 brings renewed interest and enthusiasm for giving back; for community outreach.


  
I am overwhelmed with gratitude and love when I see the quilts, or quilt blocks, or fabric that you've donated for someone else's benefit. 



Someone whom, more often than not, is a stranger.  



Someone whom, more often than not, will never be able to thank us personally.



Someone whom, whether they know it or not, at the time it is gifted, needs a token of love, thoughtfulness, compassion, and care. 



 All of the things a quilt represents.



We've selected several organizations to receive quilts, and by no means is this list intended to be the final word.  



No.  Our intent is simply to give you guidelines for sizes and types of quilts that might fit what you have in your stash or what your heart guides you to create.  



Whenever you hear of a need, let us know during one of our meetings or through a message or phone call.



Please remember when making an outreach quilt, sew with care, but don't worry about whether you're doing it right.



Sew with love.  Sew with intention.  Your perceived imperfections, will not be noticed.  I promise.  



This is not about quilt-show-quality quilts, but your quilt does need to be well-made, be from a smoke-free environment, and be free from pet hair and odors.


  
It is also a good idea to launder your finished quilt(s) with fragrance-free and dye-free detergents. 



Our 2015 outreach goal is 25 quilts.  All sizes.  All charities.  Individually created quilts.  Group quilts.  Sewing-with-a-friend quilts.  Orphan block quilts.  It all works.    

Families First Network - Primarily quilts for children.  They should be bright and happy.  Any size from baby to twin. 

Project Linus - Quilts for children.  They should be bright and happy.  Any size from baby to twin. 

Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society - Quilts for a newborn.  A good size would be approximately 36" x 36".

Favor House of Northwest Florida - Various sizes, but no bigger than twin-sized. 

Quilts of Valor - Minimum size is 55" x 65"; maximum size is 72" x 90".

Thank you so much for your time, talent, skills, fabric, generosity, and dedication.   

Cindy Marvel
ECMQG 2015 Vice-President and ECMQG 2015 Charity Captain

March 2015 Block Lottery - 12" Reflections Block

Hi, my name is Yvonne.  I have been quilting for 12 years.  I love to sew and learn new techniques.  One thing that I haven't  done is work with solids.  This year, I hope to inspire a brand new love of solids.

March is my month for block lottery.  I went with Reflections and my inspiration for this block came from The Charming Needle.  I think this block will be very versatile and easy to put together.  We will be playing with color value; learning the contrast of light and dark within a color family.



The tutorial for reflections can be found here on my blog That's Sew Creative

The only colors that are specific to this block are the outer strips, and they are Kona Ash and Charcoal.  I hope this tutorial is easy and fun for you to put together.  I can't wait to see your blocks in March. 

The rules are simple:
  • The Lottery is open to all ECMQG members in good standing.
  • Please use only quilt shop quality fabric (no big box fabric stores with the exception of designer lines). 
  • Please no batiks, civil war prints, or traditional fabrics.  If you are unsure about your fabric selection as it relates to 'Modern', just ask.    
  • The aesthetic is ALWAYS MODERN
  • Take your time to construct your block well; use 1/4" seam allowances. 
  • 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 your name, somewhere within the seam allowance.  An address label stuck to the back also works.  
  • Past winners can still contribute, but please understand until we see a finished quilt top (or project) from your bonanza, someone else will know the thrill of winning.
  • If you have questions please leave comment.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cotton & Steel F8 Swap - March 2015

Cotton & Steel modern F8s are the swap item for March!


Instructions for cutting can be found here (Cutting Modern Fat 8ths by A Lost Cricket Quilts) or here.

After cutting, separate your fabric into eight individual pieces.  Fabric received that is not folded into eight individual pieces will not be accepted.  The owner will be given a chance to fold the fabric before the sorting begins.  

Fat 8ths individually folded for the swap
Next place your fat 8ths into a zip top bag labeled with your name.  Each yard of fabric will go into a separate ziplock.  This sample would be for only one yard of fabric.  (This was what I had on hand to photograph.  I wasn't cutting up fabric for a sample picture.)

Eight fat 8ths in a ziplock clearly labeled and ready for the swap.  (This is what I had on hand to photograph.  Please use one continuous yard of Cotton & Steel for each bag of fat 8ths for the swap.)

If you submit three different yards of fabric for the swap, you will submit three ziplocks of fabric. One ziplock for each yard of fabric cut into fat 8ths and individually folded.   Theoretically, you will receive one piece of your fabric plus seven different cuts of fabric back in your ziplock(s).  We will do our best to properly sort the fabric and return it to you without mistakes.  I will be the first to admit I am not perfect, but we will try to sort the fabric accurately.

Thanks for participating.  If you have any questions or need help, I am on Facebook as Cricketharris1.  You can reach me on the chat & I can provide further contact information to help you.

Thanks, 

Cricket & Yvonne  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February Meeting Recap

 
Several members have birthdays in February.
Kira called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to our February meeting, which was held at 10:00 am on February 14, at First Baptist Church in Crestview.  There were 38 members and one visitor present. Kira reminded members that our goals this year are: Charity and Education.

By-Law Change
A change in the by-laws was presented by Natalie. (To view the proposed changes, please see the blog: www.emeraldcoastmodernquiltguild.blogspot.com ) Although the changes were posted 2 weeks prior to the meeting, as required, several members had not seen the post. In the discussion that followed, it was suggested that all avenues of communication be explored, i.e. Facebook, email, blog, in order to assure that pertinent information was reaching the membership. By a show of hands, the changes to the by-laws were approved. This may be revisited at the next meeting.

Treasurer's Report
Finances are still in transition from the previous year/treasurer. Nona, Treasurer, is waiting on several bank statements. A deposit of $972.50 was made. The board members are working on a budget. More complete details will be given at the next meeting. Dues can now be paid using PayPal.

Defining Modern Quilting
Kira introduced a new feature to the meeting by distributing two handouts. Each contained a picture of a modern quilt and an explanation of what makes it modern. Information also included the designer's name and contact information. This months quilts were by Debbie Jeske, www.aquilterstable.blogspot.com and Tamara Kate, www.kayajoydesigns.com

Birthdays
Five members (one in absentia) celebrated birthdays in February, each receiving a fabric “lollipop” and rendition of “Happy Birthday”!

Swaps
Several members participated in this month's “Sweet Pouch” swap in honor of Valentines day. Please visit the Facebook page, Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild Group, for several pictures of the pouches, each containing Valentine goodies for the recipient.


This "Sweet Pouch" was made by our junior member, Eliana
Next month's swap will be fat eights of any Cotton & Steele fabric. Each member may swap up to 3 yards of fabric, cut into fat eights. Please see the blog for directions on cutting the fat eighths the modern way. Please post pictures of your fabric choices to FB in the hope of keeping duplicate fabrics to a minimum.


Faye has already chosen her fabrics for next month's Cotton & Steel fabric swap

Block Lottery
There were 39 blocks submitted for this month's Block Lottery. Three members, Laraine, Mandy, and Nona, won 13 blocks each.
Susan presented the February Block Lottery Block (appropriately enough, it was a heart)
Natalie, winner of last month's Block Lottery, showed us her finished quilt top.  
 
Natalie picked a few of these "Castle in the Air" blocks apart to come up with this modern quilt top.
Faye also presented her finished quilt top from blocks she won in last November's block lottery.
Faye finished her quilt top from one of last year's block lotteries.
During Show & Tell, Kira...

Kira's "Polaroid" blocks quilt top from one of last year's block lotteries.
and Kim presented their finished block lottery quilt tops.
Kim's Churn Dash quilt top featuring low volume backgrounds and brights.
Next month's block will be “Reflections”. Please see the blog for directions.
Yvonne presented the block "Reflections" for the March block lottery.

Door Prizes
Door prizes were won by 14 members.

Program
Susan presented a program on paper piecing. She made herself available for questions and personalized help after today's meeting.

Show and Tell
Fourteen members shared their completed, or nearly completed, quilts and projects with us. Several members also donated their finished works to the guild's Charity Quilt program, as well as their own personal charities. Pictures of the show and tell will be posted either to the blog or the FB page or both.

Eliana made an outfit for her doll with the help of a friend.


Beverly made two quilts from a Kaffe Fassett design roll


Beverly's second quilt from her Kaffe Fassett design roll
Beverly also did some "selfish sewing" and made a new bag for QuiltCon


Mandy made 14 of these dolls for children in her husband's unit -each doll has a place under the plastic "face mask" for the child to tuck daddy's photo into while dad is deployed.


This quilt is made from hand-dyed fabric using a freezer paper technique.


Hand dyed and hand painted fabric.


This text fabric is hand painted


Many members made several "Sweet Pouches" in addition to the ones we swapped


Mary presented this 9-patch quilt


Mary also presented this super-modern quilt (modern elements are:  limited palette, lots of negative space, random placement of print fabrics)


And the back is just as cool as the front!


Mary has been busy - she also presented this string quilt top


Melissa is experimenting in this quilt top - she's not sure if it's finished or not


Melissa made this star block in all the colors of the rainbow


This pattern makes two blocks


Melissa had lots of "advice" from guild members on this one.  Those blocks on the black?  Wow!


And the back of her quilt is fabulous too


Natalie said she used "ugly" fabrics in this beauty that looks like a landscape


Cindy did some "selfish sewing" and made her family a heart pillow for Valentine's Day


Marcy also did a bit of "selfish sewing" and made a flying geese table runner


Charity Quilts
Cindy revealed the newest Quilts of Valor. It is a red, white, and blue string block quilt with the blocks arranged to make a heart. She is seeking help to get it quilted. 
Our latest Quilt of Valor quilt top is completed


Cindy is also exploring other area organizations that may be interested in receiving donated quilts. If you know of any such organizations, please contact Cindy with the information.  As always, orphan blocks and unwanted fabric can be donated to the guild for use in Charity Quilts.

Bobbi and Cindy have been working on this charity quilt top since November


Wendi donated this "Bookshelf Quilt" as a charity quilt - Cindy will find it a good home


The back of the "Bookshelf Quilt"
The meeting was adjourned as members enjoyed a chicken salad lunch followed by Sew Day.