Wednesday, June 22, 2016

July Meeting

July is a busy month for everyone in the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild.  This is apparent from the number of members who have said they will be out of town in July.  Thus, we have decided to CANCEL the meeting scheduled for July 9. 

Our regular August meeting, scheduled for August 13, will take place on schedule.

We will use the July block lottery block for the August meeting.  This will give us time to make those cute umbrella blocks if we've got a lot planned for the summer.

Meanwhile, be gathering up your scraps to bring to the August meeting for the Anniversary Scrap Swap.  This is the guild's 5th anniversary, so be ready for some fun!

Happy summer!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

July Block Lottery - Umbrella Block

For the July block we thought everyone needed an umbrella to keep the hot rays of the summer sun off of your head. So to do this we are presenting to you the April Shower’s block from Craftsy. This is a free block and we made a few modifications in the actual block. This block will be a fun block to get rid of some of your scraps and be bright and happy.
The colors will be your choice with the exception of the background and the umbrella handle. The background will be a neutral tan/sand or beige modern color. It may have a print on it but it must “read” neutral in the above colors. The handle to the umbrella will be in black.

Follow the directions for the block on Craftsy with the following changes: instead of cutting the handle 1 ½ by 5 in, cut it at 1 by 6”. Then to make the background adjust to this size, cut 1 square 6” instead of the original 5”. Also from the background fabric 2 strips 1 ½ “ by 9” instead of 8 ½ in. You will have a little extra but this makes it easier to trim back to the final unfinished block of 8 ½ or finished block of 8”.

As always, the aesthetic is modern and if you have any questions please feel free to contact Elaine or Susan!
Happy sewing,
Your block lottery team,
Susan and Elaine

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May Minutes

Natalie brought the meeting to order at 10:10 and asked for a moment of silence.  Our new member, Linda, introduced herself.  Several members had birthdays in May and received a birthday FQ lollipop and a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday."

Cindy talked about our next charity quilt effort which will be our annual charity quilt for Fisher House.  The theme is wonky houses.  Use beachy colors and the colors of sky, grass, and sand.  Think of the houses you see when you walk along the beach.  The quilt is due in July, so please bring your blocks to the June meeting.

The Riley Blake fabric challenge quilts are due on May 31.  Be sure to upload your finished quilt to the MQG website.  Our guild reveal will be at the June meeting.  Be sure to tag your social media post with both #ecmqg and #mqgfabricchallenge.

Today is our mini Shop Hop and Sew-in.  Dawn from A Quilter's Place has ordered some jelly rolls for our Jelly Roll Race in June and has purchased a sandwich tray for our visit.  She is also offering guild members a 20% discount on your purchases today.

And we will be holding a Jelly Roll Race at our June meeting.  Everyone needs to bring a jelly roll, their sewing machine, and a sharp pair of scissors.  There will be prizes for the winner.  Check the blog for more information.

Laraine discussed our next guild swap which is an unpartnered mini quilt swap using solids and high contrast, bold graphics as shown on the modern quilt continuum.  It should be no smaller than 16" on any side and no larger than 24" on any side, and does not have to be square.  Be sure to do at least one social media post to either Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #ecmqgjunemqs.  The quilt should use only solids - no prints.  If you wish to participate, bring a finished mini quilt.  We will put it in a bag and each participant will choose the quilt they take home.  Be sure to label your quilt.  Details are here.

Anne Marie won this month's block lottery.  It was the Tidal Pool Block by Molli Sparkles

Next month's block is Elaine's Susannah.  Use yellow/orange for the center, Kona white and warm solids for the bars, and green or blue for the corners.  The block should finish at 12-1/2".  Instructions are here.

Two members presented finished block lottery quilts:

Senorah's quilt from last month.

Credit needed here please - whose finished quilt is this?

As mentioned on the blog, since this is a Sew Day, we will be selecting door prize winners every half hour throughout the meeting.

Each of the bee's reported on their first month's blocks.  New queens presented their blocks for the June meeting.

There was a discussion about what our charity efforts should be for the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2016.

There were many ideas discussed.  It was decided that in the 3rd quarter we will make drawstring bags for Ronald McDonald House.  The tutorial is by Jeni Baker of In Color Order.  The tutorial is here.

Our 4th quarter project will be a quilt for the QuiltCon charity challenge.

Participating in these charity efforts is always strictly voluntary.

There were many items shared for Show and Tell.