Monday, May 18, 2015

June 2015 - Block Lottery Wonky ROYGBIV 12.5" Log Cabin


Susan and I are back on track for providing all of the details needed to participate in our June block lottery.  May was crazy to say the least!

This month's design and colors were chosen for all of you who've been asking for wonky (you know who you are) and all of you who love color order (you know who you are).  We aim to please!  Also, we wanted to make sure you could utilize really cool scraps or cut into some of your favorite stashed fabrics.

June's block is a wonky, ROYGBIV 12.5" log cabin (ROYGBIV = Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet).  Made with fun, modern prints, and a couple of solids thrown in for good measure, these will be beautiful blocks!

As usual, the rules remain the same (you can find them here) - quality fabrics, modern prints, solid block construction, and sewing skills (starch is your friend). 

The tutorials I liked, and referenced frequently as I sorted scraps, sliced fabric, and sewed, are from Made by ChrissieD and Quilt Dad.  You can find them here and here.  Both are excellent.

I began my block with a red center and built a ROYGBIV house.  

You can start with a yellow center, where YGBIVRO would be the color progression.  If you center is aqua, your color progression would be BIVROYG

It doesn't matter which color you choose for your center, as long as you stay in rainbow order, working from the middle to the outside edge.  Once again, lots and lots of options for playing and creating!

As someone who doesn't do wonky or improv easily, I found I had to totally resist the lure to square-up after each addition.  You may laugh at that statement, but try it, and tell me what you think.

Happy piecing!  The only limit here is your imagination.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 2015 Meeting Overview and June 2015 Meeting Location Information

Hello Everyone,

We had a very fun and busy meeting on May 9th.  We celebrated Mother's Day in the style of High Tea and over-the-top hats, and we sang Happy Birthday to the May birthday ladies - Karol, Natalie, and Gina.  Modern Minutes included a discussion, fabric samples, and a flier about Modern Low Volume Fabrics.

Elaine and Susan, your Block Lottery Committee, held the drawings for both April's and May's blocks.  Natalie won April's Modern Log Cabins.  

Cricket won the pile of Dutchman Puzzle blocks we made for May.

June's block is a wonky ROYGBIV log cabin.  (Instructions will be available soon.)

Because Nona was the lone participant for the needlebook swap, we decided to postpone it for another to-be-determined date.

We are swapping very cool fabric in June.  Tula Pink is the designer of choice.   Please bring your swap fabrics all cut, folded, and in labeled zip-top bags to our next meeting.  Instructions for cutting and folding can be found here.  Please add a photo to our facebook group's Tula Pink album here.  Make sure to click the button in the top left 'Add Photos'.

The guild is working hard on making blocks for the Fisher House charity quilt, the block design is the Dutchman's Puzzle using fabrics representing the emerald coast and has been named 'Birds on the Beach.  For more information or to help our charity committee please email emeraldcoastmqg @ with 'Fisher House' in the subject line.

Our next meeting will be held at the Pensacola Library 239 N Spring Street, on June 13th and during that meeting we will have a hands on Social Media Class. So bring you cell phones, tablets and lap tops so you can get in the know :)
The meeting will start at 10:30 and we will have a lunch and then free sew until 3:30.

For directions see here   Thanks Donna!  If anyone needs to catch a ride or would like to help with car pool details, please email the guild or do a shout out on facebook.

Meeting minutes can be found here.

Happy quilting,
Kira Bell
President ECMQG 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

QuiltCon 2016 - Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

For all of our members, this is the newest fabric challenge from the MQG.  Please note the dates.  Notifications and sign-ups begin tomorrow, Saturday, May 9th.  Good luck and make beautiful things!  

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge — QuiltCon 2016

Michael Miller Glitz Fabric Challenge at QuiltCon 2016
Hold on to your sewing machines, because the fabric for the next QuiltCon Michael Miller Fabric Challenge is here!  And we’re excited to unveil these fantastic metallic prints from Michael Miller’s Glitz collection.
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This year’s fabrics include 12 glamorous prints from Michael Miller, and each participant will receive six fat eighths at random.  Like previous fabric challenges, we have many more members than available fabric bundles…  We wish everyone could get one, but the bundles are first come, first serve.  That said, we ask that everyone who signs up to please plan to submit the final quilt to the Fabric Challenge category at QuiltCon — like other categories, this category is eligible for judging and awards up to $1,000!
To be eligible, quilts must primarily use the fabrics above, but additional coordinating Michael Miller solids are permitted.  Once completed, these quilts will be entered it into the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge category at QuiltCon.  The top prize for this category is $1,000!
The registration link will be sent to members via email on May 9th at 10 a.m. Eastern time, 7 a.m. Pacific.  To make things easy, here’s a handy time converter so you’ll know exactly when the link will be available to you.  Registration is open until all fabric bundles are gone or until May 23.  Bundles go quickly, so if you’re sure you want to enter, don’t wait! (However, if you’re not ready to commit, remember that you don’t have to get the free fabric to be involved – all you have to do is use the fabrics above in your quilt.)
All fabric will be shipped by mid-July, and the deadline for entries is November 30, 2015 (the same as other QuiltCon quilt show entries).
For more info, visit the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge page at  

See You Saturday!

Greetings all ECMQG Members & Friends!

We have another great day planned for you!  Our monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, May 9, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Crestview.

Our luncheon theme will be High Tea in honor of Mother's Day.  Typically finger foods, small dainty foods, or small bites are served at High Tea.  Several people have already signed up via Facebook with such items as smoked salmon sandwiches, lemon tea cake, lemon curd, cucumber sandwiches, etc.  Please bring something to share for lunch.  I've also heard a rumor that very large hats might be worn in honor of the occasion!

The ECMQG Board and Committee Chairs have been hard at work and we have a very dynamic meeting planned.  Agenda items include:
  • The Needlebook Swap - there's still time to make one to swap!
  • Demonstration on the quick accurate sewing of Flying Geese
  • What is a "low volume" fabric and the difference between a low volume traditional fabric and a low volume modern fabric
  • Block Lottery for April Drawing - Modern Log Cabin
  • Block Lottery for May Drawing - Dutchman's Puzzle
  • Block Lottery for June reveal and directions
  • Tula Pink MF8 Swap information and directions for JUNE 
  • The Fisher House Charity quilt - information, directions for sewing blocks
  • The Chautauqua Quilt Show in February 2016 - information
  • St. Simons on the Sound Craft Fair 2015 - information
  • News from the Modern Quilt Guild
After the meeting, we will enjoy good food and sewing time together at Sew Day.  If you plan to stay and sew please remember to bring a long extension cord.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Natalie VanRandwyk
ECMQG Vice President

Thursday, April 30, 2015

With a Little Help From My Friends

To borrow the lyrics from that famous song by the Beatles, this month's block lottery post would not be possible without   "... a little help from my friends."

Why?  Because like all good plans, this great life we live with it's opportunities, events, and circumstances, converge, seemingly at once, to shake things up and keep us on our toes.

Faye's practice block.    
The Plan v Opportunity 
The plan, hatched during our November meeting and election, was to have a Block Lottery Committee (Volunteers!  Thank you very much ladies!!) work together to have ideas, samples, tutorials, etc. for each meeting as well as the blog.  

They chose months.  They had a schedule.  We were off to a great start until opportunity knocked and Yvonne had to withdraw.  Exciting times for Pensacola and the modern quilting community!

A block from Laraine.
The Plan v Events
Our remaining committee members, Susan and Elaine, had a plan.  There's that word again.  Ha!  

As Susan told us during our impromptu meeting/lunch break at A&E, she had the block idea, only she needed sleep (That's what staying up sewing the EOD Silent Auction quilt the night before with Mandy will do to you - make you sleep deprived.) and requested a little grace period to make a sample and post the tutorial information.  Not a problem.  

However, when your dream house suddenly reappears on the market, after you've been looking awhile and after being outbid several times, you act quickly, hoping all of the stars align favorably.  They did.  Susan (and husband Chris) became homeowners - yay! - with a big beautiful new sewing space. 

Bobbi's block.
The Plan v Circumstances
The next part of the plan, meant Elaine would run with Susan's idea, make the sample block, write the blog post, etc.  All good and well with the exception of discovering your attic is infested with endangered honeybees, you have a good-sized tree that's ready to topple onto your fence (or worse), and horribly strong thunderstorms tear through the area leaving you without power. 

Honeybee removal at Elaine's.
The day you'd planned to work on guild stuff.  So...

With A Little Help From My Friends
Elaine made phone calls.  Cindy agreed to help sew, write, and post.  That was the new and final plan.  Once again, ha!  

Friends, fabric, & caffeine.
Before Cindy could begin, Bobbi, having a small window of time available for sewing, asked the question in our fb group, "Can anyone remember what the May block is supposed to be?"  

Cricket's April (top) and May (bottom) lottery blocks.
Many, many thanks to each of you who contributed to the conversation that made for an enjoyable, cooperative, online quilting community this past Sunday  - Cricket (research, quilty math, block testing, pictures, blog writing); Elaine, Faye, Becky, and Natalie (links for tutorials and/or pictures); and Laraine, Cricket, Bobbi, and Cindy (block testing, pictures, and/or blog writing).  Without further delay, here is the plan.  

We chose the classic Dutchman's Puzzle for the lottery block, made from flying geese, which tie in perfectly with our planned (there's that word again!) May program and Fisher House 2015 Charity Quilt. 

To participate in the block lottery, please review these guidelines

There are many, many ways to make flying geese.  Becky's round-up of methods can be found here; you can see Elaine's inspiration from Caroline of SewCanShe here; and the link Cricket used to figure the quilty math is here.  Choose a method that works for you.  Natalie decided to draft a paper pieced flying goose!

The color palette is scrappy and low volume.  Please use low volume fabrics for sky - all one print or mixed prints, again based on the method chosen - and two colors for the geese.  

One set of geese (4) should be darker; one set of geese (4) should be lighter.  Mix the color families - as in dark blue and pink - or keep them the same - as in teal and aqua.  A pinwheel pattern should emerge from the center set of geese.  
Second block from Bobbi.
Each goose unit measures 3.5" x 6.5".  Sewn with a scant quarter inch seam, your block, once all units are together, should measure 12.5".

The pictures in this post were made from the  Connecting Threads tutorial Cricket found.  Her quilty math requires two 9" x 9" sky fabrics, and two 7.5" x 7.5" geese fabrics for each Dutchman's Puzzle block.  

Thank you for your patience.   We plan (ha!) to be on track with a new block for the month of June, including samples for your viewing pleasure, at the meeting.  See you Saturday, May 9th!

Your Block Lottery Committee (and friends) -  
Elaine and Susan, Becky, Bobbi, Cindy, Cricket, Faye, Laraine, and Natalie

***All persons/guild members have approved the information in this blog post - ECMQG President Kira Bell***

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MQG 2015 Fabric Challenge

Early this year, January 20, 2015 to be exact, the MQG announced the year's first fabric challenge, once again, generously sponsored by Riley Blake Designs.

THE MODERN QUILT GUILDMembers Only Newsletter

2015 Fabric Challenge!

If you were one of the lucky MQG members to sign up (in the eight hour window before all of the spots filled), you received a fat eighth bundle of six fabrics from designer Amanda Herring's The Cottage Garden collection.

The genesis behind The Quilted Fish, Amanda is, in her own words "a mom, wife, pattern designer, fabric designer, entrepreneur and all-around fun person.  I started The Quilted Fish in 2008 and it has been an amazing creative journey for me."

So what is the challenge?
  • Make something fantastic that is quilted.
  • Make something you've never done before.
  • Challenge yourself to try something new.
  • Use only Riley Blake The Cottage Garden fabrics in the aqua and gray colorway and any coordinating Riley Blake basics for solids.
  • The challenge period is from March through July.
  • Take pictures and upload them to the community page on the MQG website.
  • Tag all of your photos on Instagram or Facebook with #mqgfabricchallenge.

If you did not receive fabric, you can still participate by purchasing these same six fabrics from your favorite local brick and mortar quilt shop or online retailer. 

We expect to see some fabulous quilted items during the guild reveal which is our August meeting.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Scrappy Needlebook Swap

Our next guild swap will be a Needlebook Swap.  

The internet is bursting with fun ideas for needlebooks.  Find one you like (or think up your own!), make it, and bring it to the May meeting in a brown paper bag.  This is a bring-one-take-one swap.  No names.  No partners.  Your book in a bag.  

Here is a link and a Pinterest page full of inspiration.  Please remember our aesthetic is ALWAYS MODERN.

And just a "HINT" - our June swap will be fabric from the incomparable modern quilter and fabric designer Tula Pink.  (Tula Pink's long out-of-print and hard-to-find Prince Charming fabric is shown above.)