Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Quilty Wishes

Wishing all of you, our quilty friends near and far, a wonderful beginning to the new year.  
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When we see you again, let's make beautiful things!  Let's spread modern quilty love!  Let's learn; let's make mistakes; let's push our creative boundaries; let's have fun!  

Natalie, Cindy, Wendi, & Nona
ECMQG Board 2016

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Happy New Year Modern Quilters!

A Modern Window  

Welcome to the new year and a chance to stretch your technical and creative abilities with the ECMQG Block Lottery

I found this original block on Instagram from Angelica Jones, aka @stitchedconamor, who kindly gave us permission to publish her idea.

 C+S and Anna Maria Horner fabric

The basic rectangle shape in several sizes is the foundation for the block.  We'll construct a window frame with either a tone-on-tone print or a solid neutral (think lighter shades of tan, cream, barely brown).  The view through the window if you will, is a fussy cut fabric from the cool color spectrum - something green, aqua, blue, or purple.  

Scant quarter inch seams are necessary.  I like this  tutorial if you need to practice!  Sewn and trimmed accurately, this block finishes at 10.5" square. 

Refer to the pictures for directionality and fussy cutting orientation.

From your window frame fabrics, cut the following sizes:  

two pieces at 1.5" x 6"
two pieces at 2" x 5"
one piece at 3.5" x 5"
one piece at 2" x 10.5"

From your window view fabrics, fussy cut these sizes:

one piece 3" x 6"
one piece 3.5" x 4.5"
one piece 3" x 9"

Begin framing your center 3" x 6" rectangle by sewing a 1.5" x 6" "frame" piece to each of the long sides.  Press to the darker fabric.

After pressing, sew the smaller 2" x 5" "frame" pieces to the top and bottom.  Press to the center.  This is unit A.

Sew your 3.5" x 5" "frame" to the bottom of a fussy cut 3.5'" x 4.5" rectangle.  Press to the darker fabric. 

This is unit B.  

Sew units A and B together along the longer edge.  Press seam open.

Sew the third fussy cut rectangle, the 3" x 9" piece, to the long edge of the previous piece.  Press seams to the darker fabric.

Lastly, attach the 2" x 10.5" "frame" fabric across the top of the previous block, sewing along the 10.5" sides.  Press seam open.

I use a light starch when pressing my seams.  This helps flatten bulky seams, sets stitches, and gives your block a nice finish for trimming.  

Art Gallery and Charlie Harper fabric
Art Gallery and Carolyn Friedlander fabric

It's fun to see the blocks as they're made.  Please share your pictures to our closed Facebook group and to Instagram.  The hashtags to use on IG are #ecmqg #ecmqgblocklottery #modernwindowblock, and of course, tagging Angelica, @stitchedconamor, would be most appreciated!  

Happy New Year and Happy Sewing!

Elaine and Susan

Thursday, December 10, 2015

November 2015 Minutes

The November meeting was held on November 14, 2015.  Kira welcomed everyone to the November meeting and introduced new members and visitors.

We celebrated one November birthday - Bobbi - with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.

Our next big event is the Chautauqua Quilt Show, which will be held in February.  Cindy asked that as members determine which quilts they wish to show, they send a photo and the quilt's dimensions to the ECMQG email so that we can assist the Chautauqua Guild in planning space.

QuiltCon was discussed.  QuiltCon 2016 will be on the West Coast.  QuiltCon 2017 will be in Savannah, GA, and ECMQG is planning to attend, so begin making plans now for February, 2017.

Kira announced that there is an MQG Webinar coming up.  The Modern Quilt Guild has Webinars periodically that members can attend live.  If they cannot attend at the time of the Webinar, they are available to view on the MQG website.  MQG membership is part of your paid ECMQG membership.

The December meeting will be a handmade ornament swap.  The meeting will be held at our usual location.  Bring a wrapped handmade ornament for a Dirty Santa type swap.

St. Simon's was successful.  Thank you to all the members who helped with this event.  Kristy, Deb, and Natalie worked hard to make the event a success.  There were some unsold items, so members can pick those up after the meeting.  Cindy offered to sell items at her child's school bazaar the first weekend in December.  Members wishing to sell items may see her after the meeting.  Another opportunity to sell items will be at our Chautauqua booth in February.

Last month, Cindy distributed some fabric scraps and a fat eighth of Kona white and asked several members to try "15 minutes of play" to make a Quilt of Valor.  Several members accepted the challenge and the results were fabulous.  Now, to put them together into a quilt.

There were 26 spool blocks submitted for this month's block lottery.  Laraine won the blocks!  These are sure to make an amazing quilt!

Next month's block lottery block is to make a wonky house using modern Christmas fabrics and Kona or Bella white!  Blocks can be any size from 8" to 14" and may be square or rectangular.

Dues are now due for 2016.  We must pay our MQG dues in January, so early payment of 2016 dues is necessary.  See Nona to pay your 2016 dues. Members may also pay through PayPal.  There is a Google form and a link to PayPal on the "About Us" page of the blog.

Elections for 2016 were held by secret ballot.  Ballots were counted by one board member and two members.  The results were:

President - Natalie
Vice President - Cindy
Secretary - Wendi
Treasurer - Nona

Kira will serve as past president.

The guild needs every member to participate in some way to  keep things running smoothly.  "Many hands make light work."  Each member is asked to serve on a committee.  Possible opportunities are:

Charity - 2 positions (Quilts of Valor and Other Charities)
Clean up
Block Lottery
Door Prizes
Quilt Lab Committee

Cindy talked about upcoming events through 2017.  We will be busy!

Wendi and Cindy gave a program on applique.

Wendi showed traditional applique methods using fusible web and raw edge stitching.

Cindy showed how to do postage stamp applique using 2 layers - a fussy cut image and a pinked edge background.

Several members participated in show and tell this month!  Wow!  Do we have some creative members!

The business portion of the meeting adjourned to a wonderful lunch and Sew Day.