Wednesday, March 8, 2017

February 2017 Meeting Minutes

February 11th brought us together for our second meeting of 2017 in our regular meeting place, First Baptist Church of Crestview.  Cindy promptly began the meeting at 10:00am, welcomed our members and guest, and asked the energy, thoughts, or prayers from our opening moment of silence be directed to several of our current and past members who were in need.

The first order of business was distribution of the awesome packets of Riley Blake Designs Creative Rockstar fabric to those who signed-up for the latest MQG fabric challenge.  

Just because the MQG bundles have been distributed, doesn't mean you can't participate.  You can!  Simply purchase fabric from your favorite retailer, submit pictures and details of your quilted item by April 30, 2017 to be in the running for prizes. (Here is the submission link.)  Remember to post pictures on social media using the #mqgfabrichallenge hashtag. 

Savannah, GA and QuiltCon were discussed.  So many ECMQG’rs are attending for the first time!  We hope everyone returns with ideas and inspiration to share!! 

Cindy let us know our QuiltCon Charity Quilt would not be displayed because it was not representative of the talent within our guild.

February door prizes were F8 bundles of coordinating Cotton + Steel fabrics purchased from one of our favorite online shops, Westwood Acres.  

Wendi and Cindy selected these fabrics to show the diversity and coordination of the various Cotton + Steel lines across collections and designers.  Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets; our winners were Bailee, Mary, Loree, Jill, Wendi, Maureen, Kim, and Cindy.  

Introduction to Color Theory was the program segment Natalie prepared and which she’ll continue to present, in small amounts, over the next several months.  This time, the basics were given including the 12 main color families and their associated names, and explanations of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. 

Before Laraine could talk about the March Block Lottery, Natalie issued this color challenge – use your color wheel; attempt to keep the five pieces of the fan blade arc in the same color family. 


Laraine showed us the first glimpse of the chosen tutorial for March’s block lottery, Letha’s Electric Fan which uses the Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery.  You can use as little, or as much, of the color as you want.  Her sample blocks were made with that in mind; the color in her Kona solids stash was Sour Apple.  All of the block lottery details can be found in this post.

25 You’ve Got Mail! blocks were received from Natalie, Faye, Bobbi, Cindy, Wendi, and Jill.

Before we could choose a winner (or two), Cindy showed us her quilt top made from the Foldstar lottery (November).

Natalie showed her top from the Umbrella lottery (July).

Laraine showed her table runner from the Transparent Play lottery (October).

After eligibility had been established, Jill’s and Wendi’s names were drawn.  Congrats ladies!

2017 Program Captain, Loree, provided an overview of programs through July, deliberately leaving the calendar for the last half of the year open-ended until she (and the other ECMQG’rs) returns from QuiltCon.  She is tapping into the interests (the survey passed around last month) and talents of people within the guild.  Please see her with your suggestions and ideas.      

Next month March begins a three-part program/mini-workshop series that delves into rulerless improv strip piecing using all solid fabrics!  Diane and Natalie will share presentation duties.  You can find full details and a supply list here.  The guest and non-member fee for each session is $15, payable at the door.

Mary shared a charity request for Pillowcase Dresses and Curtain Rod dresses on T.J's Site.  Please see Sherri, our Community Outreach and Charity Captain to coordinate giving efforts.  She told us she'd have some names of organizations for us at the March meeting.

Mary generously shared her construction expertise for the yoga mat bag planned for the Sit and Sew.  Thank you!

Cindy reminded us to save our selvages – 1.25” to 1.5” wide - because of an upcoming project Laraine’s proposed.  You want that little extra bit of color and pattern attached.

The beautiful Carolyn Friedlander F8s were distributed thanks to Natalie’s mad sorting skills!  Remember, if your bag(s) had Amy 1 and/or Amy 2 tickets in them, see her at the March meeting to receive your F8(s). 

Show & Tell wrapped up the meeting with more than half of the group sharing 12 projects (not including the block lottery insta-quilts shown in the middle of the meeting). 

Travels kept Jo, our Hospitality Captain, from being with us but her idea (thanks to Pinterest!) for a Perfect Pairs potluck lunch was a hit!  Just ask Natalie's dog.  :)
Respectfully Submitted,
Roxie Tew
ECMQG Secretary

Monday, March 6, 2017

February Meeting Show and Tell

She also shared her Volcano Abstraction quilt for her Quiltcon Swap.

Bailee was visiting with her mom and shared her Stitch Lovely Things Bag.  She did the binding by hand and had excellent .25 seams.

Larraine shared her Transparent Play quilt from the Block Lottery win that she had.  This will eventually be a Table Topper.  Larraine, I appoligize  I didn't have a picture of yours.

Mary shared two quick curve ruler quilt and a double wedding ring quilt for her mom.  The two quick curve ruler quilts were a Sew Kind of Wonderful baby quilt and a Cupcake quilt.

Wendi shared 3 items she had been working on.  She shared a "Magic Quilt", an Ohio Star Baby Quilt, and a Houndstooth Tote for a Valentine swap.

Wendi also shared a purse from a Cotton and Steele swap she received from Amy.

Roxie shared her finished pillow she made after Cindy's last month lesson on using scraps from Crazy Mom Quilts.  These were scraps she collected and bought at a quilt show...a bag full for $1.00.

Ava had completed a new rag quilt.  Her name is embroidered on it, also!

Cindy shared her Foldstar Block Lottery quilt top.  It makes use of negative space and alternate gridwork to make it a modern traditional quilt.  It is Hi!  a variation from Quilty Do Good Stitches magazine.

Cindy also shared her, I Wish I were Here quilt for a friend who is now living in Omaha.  It is definitely modern with improv. and negative space and minimalism.  It was created with scraps of colors of the Gulf of Mexico to remind her friend of the beach here.

Loree shared her quilt...square in a square.  High contrast and bright colors make this a modern traditional quilt.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Where's My Ruler?

Your quilter's toolbox is full of items that are necessities - a sewing machine, high quality thread, flat head pins, rotary cutter, self-healing cutting mat, acrylic ruler, clips, disappearing ink marking pens, etc.  Each and everyone designed to make quilting easier.  

What happens when you take one of these essential tools away?  Come to the March meeting and find out.  

Diane's showing some of her striking improv quilts and leading us in the first of three (March - May) consecutive mini-workshops.  These sit and sew sessions will explore color theory by way of rulerless strip piecing (improv) using solid fabrics.  Yes, you read that correctly - rulerless, solids, improv.  Exciting and challenging!

Diane says "This class is FUN and EASY; we'll take our time and you should really enjoy the process."  

The process being cutting random width, length of fabric strips and sewing them into interesting patterns.  At the end of the third session, you should have a wall hanging or a small quilt.

Because you're a member of ECMQG, there is no fee for any of these three workshops. The guest and non-member fee is $15 per session, payable at the door.

Supply list:

 - large cutting mat
 - sharp rotary cutter 
 - sewing machine and supplies  
 - extension cord
 - iron and ironing board

Neutral Fabric 

 - 1 yard of white OR light gray
 - 1 yard of black OR dark gray 


Colored Fabrics (Option 1)

 - 1 yard EACH of a light, medium, and dark from the SAME color family.  (EX. orange)  
 - 1 yard EACH of a light, medium, and dark from the SAME color family.  (EX. blue)
 Option 1 Fabrics - Dark, medium, and light same color family; 2 colors.  

Colored Fabrics (Option 2)

- 1 yard EACH of TWO colors that are LIGHT or PALE.  (EX. pale yellow and pale green) 
- 1 yard EACH of TWO colors that are MEDIUM.  (EX. medium pink and medium orange)
- 1 yard EACH of TWO colors that are DARK.  (EX. dark blue and dark purple)

Option 2 Fabrics - Two lights, 2 mediums, two darks.
This program, and subsequent sit and sew workshops, will allow you to dabble with improv and think about how colors interact with each other.  We hope you'll be hooked! 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Sew This Happened...

Sew This Happened is a new feature for our blog.  The purpose is to highlight some of the projects you make after something you heard or saw at our meeting or Sew Day. 

Cindy's January program, No Scrap Left Behind, was all about using your scraps.

Cindy's sample pillow (second picture) made from Amanda Jean Nyberg's super easy Scrap Happy Pillow tutorial for Olfa, had Roxie sorting through a bag of scraps to make this bright beauty.

Roxie's Scrap Happy Pillow
Cindy's Scrap Happy Pillow
Another project resulting from the January program and Sew Day workshop was an adorably scrappy pincushion from one of our Junior members.  Well done A!

A Scrappy Pincushion

 How's this for organization?  

Color Wheel Scrap Organization from Laraine

You can see Laraine was definitely influenced (and inspired) by Natalie's Introduction to Color Theory, February's program.  We LOVE the color coded labels!

Now that you know, be on the lookout for your project(s) to show up here.  It means the world to us to see you practice a technique we've shared during the meetings.  

Friday, February 17, 2017

March 2017 Block Lottery - Letha's Electric Fan

Our block lottery for March is vintage-made-modern thanks to designer, author, fashion designer, and blogger Charise Randell of Charise Creates.  Browsing her eight year old blog you'll find tutorials, free patterns, tips for paper piecing,  fussy cutting, and much more that might interest you, especially if you're drawn to vintage items and modern traditional quilting.  

Letha's Electric Fan originally appeared in the Kansas City Star Newspaper in 1938.  Charise's tutorial enlarged the size of the original pattern and provides all of the templates needed.  The tutorial can be found here.

Laraine's block lottery presentation at February's meeting gives us a vision that is very modern because of her use of bold colorful (and color blocked arc units) graphic prints against a stark white background.

Notice the green centers of Laraine's sample blocks.  That is another element to this month's lottery.   Each of your blocks must use Pantone's Color of the Year 2017, Greenery.  Use as much or as little of the color as you want.  That is your first challenge. 

Laraine chose Kona's Sour Apple and used it sparingly in the gray block, but more so in her other block (first photo).  

During her color theory presentation, Natalie suggested another challenge, if you're up to it.  Choose one of the 12 colors of the color wheel for all of the arc pieces within a quadrant.  Stay as true as possible to that color. 

Construction wise, you'll also notice a technique or two we've sewn recently - curved piecing (Adore-la); paper-piecing (Foldstar and You've Got Mail!) - and one we haven't - appliqué.  Laraine confidently told us this "teensy dip-the-toe-in-the-water" for appliqué and is not hard.

Speaking of appliqué, please don't be intimidated.  It is simply attaching one fabric to the top of another fabric, usually as a design element.  Needle-turned appliqué results are neater and more durable over the long haul; raw edge appliqué, also known as fusible web appliqué, is quicker. 

Modern quilters finish a raw edge piece with a simple straight stitch or blanket stitch.  

We've rounded up video tutorials here, here, here, and here to help you decide.

Other things to remember:
- Use Kona White or Moda Bella White for the background
- Print your templates at 100% (unclick the print to fit box)
- Sew with a scant .25" seam allowance

Most importantly, try something new.  As always, we are more than willing to answer questions.