Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Strut - May 2018 Block Lottery Info

This months block comes to us directly from The MQG, one of the benefits (patterns, discounts, webinars, etc.) of membership.  (Not a member?  Join here or here.)

Strut, from February 2017, is an exercise on how to use asymmetry to make bold quilt blocks or quilts.

Loree and Laraine liked the suggestion given by the block's designer, Silvia Sutters, about using color to help define asymmetry within an individual block so much, we are running with that exact idea - black and white with a single pop of color!
(Black and White Strut blocks and bright Kona FQs)
Silvia is an accomplished designer, pattern writer (quilts and garments), and teacher whose work has appeared in print and digital magazines you might own - Modern Patchwork, QuiltCon, Make it! Patchwork, Simply Moderne, and Love of Patchwork and Quilting.  Her online patterns can be found here.
(Black and White Strut block with Kona Pomegranate )
ECMQG will not post the link to the PDF.  Please sign-in to your MQG account, navigate first to the Community section then the Resources section.  Once there, type 'Strut' in the search bar.
(Black and White Strut block with Kona Dahlia)
Please use Kona White for your background.  There is no manufacturer preference for the black pieces or for the pop of color, other than using quilt shop quality fabrics. 
(A stack of Kona solids - Dahlia, Pomegranate, Tomato, Sunny, Pickle, Parrot, Malibu)
Choose a color you love... a color you've been hoarding... a scrap... a piece of a new FQ or F8 you've been waiting to cut into. 
(Cool and warm stacks of Free-Spirit solids)
You could even use a why-do-I-have-this-in-my-stash color! 
(Black and White Strut block with Kona Pickle)
The instructions require you to print a muliti-page template.  Check your printer settings beforehand and print to size.  You will need to tape and cut your template pieces together.  

Other important things to remember:  a scant .25" seam allowance is absolutely necessary because of the number of seams (unless you choose to cut your pieces slightly bigger and trim down once each is sewn); a light spritz or two of starch eliminates stretch and distortion; seams within the striped portion should be pressed towards the darker fabric. 

Lastly, as seen in the photos, the pop-of-color chosen to replace ONE of the black pieces can be any of the five sizes listed in the instructions.

As always, thanks for participating!  We'll see you May 12th when we'll choose a winner of these bold and minimalist blocks!  You can't win if you don't sew.   

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Where Does Your Rainbow Lead? - Meeting Minutes March 10, 2018

Our meeting began promptly at 10 am with the clanking of the bell by our junior member Ava.

Old Business
*  Our zippy pouch swap from February “Bring Two, Take One” added 8 new items to our upcoming online auction inventory.

*  The Tiger Lily challenge was discussed.  A bag or tote using a pattern (or not) that the maker is comfortable with.  Tiger Lily fabric was on hand for purchase.  (We bought ours at A Quilter's Place) 

*  Members were reminded to use the guilds Pinterest boards for ideas. Boards have been created with specific programs in mind.

*  Mary will be heading back home with beachy “Bits of Friendship” for her modern group at The Pine Tree Quilters of Muskoka.

*  Hospice quilt deadline is March 22.

New Business
*  We looked at and discussed the category winners from QuiltCon.

*  Members discussed the purchase of a roll of batting for charity quilts, members voted, all agreed to the purchase.

*  Laraine will be presenting the April program “Something Pillowy”.

*  The March program was presented by Natalie on Modern Blenders.

Design, color and motifs were discussed.  A card with a side by side fabric swatch was passed around to each member, then discussed why the fabric was either modern or traditional.

*  Members wanting to participate in the Modern Blender F8 Fabric Swap were asked to sign up for warm, cool or neutral fabrics. 
F8’s are due at the April meeting.  Instructions for cutting are in the blog March 2016.  Members were reminded to shop locally.

*  Natalie will be on hand at Sit and Sew to help members that started their Strip Piecing project work toward completion at the April meeting.

*  Mary won the Knee Socks Block Lottery

*  Pat presented the April Block Lottery, 3/4 Log Cabin by Ara Jane Olufson using bright saturated colors.

*  Door prizes were won by Linda, Lisa, Natalie, Loree, Laraine and Jill.

*  Natalie won the drawing for the Pot of Gold!

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!