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 :)

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!