Thursday, March 2, 2017

April's Polaroid Block Swap

For those of you who missed March’s meeting, our next swap is called the Polaroid Block Swap! You may have noticed these cute blocks on social media, but they are small, fussy cut blocks that are framed in white to look like a Polaroid. If you want to participate, all you have to do is to make 10 fussy cut Polaroid blocks and bring them to the April Meeting. They are super quick and easy to make, and a great way to search through your fabric and scraps for cute things to fussy cut! Look for things like animals, flowers, objects, etc. and try to use different fabrics or different parts of a same fabric so that you have ten different blocks. Although you can easily make them without, I made my own fussy cut template out of template plastic and tape, to make fussy cutting much easier. I also know you can buy pre-made fussy cut templates. Anyway, a pdf of the instructions of two different ways to make the blocks are posted on Facebook. They really are a super quick project! We will be swapping them at the April meeting. 

Also, if you want to participate in the April swap, I am asking you to bring fabric (a fat quarter and up to a half yard) of your own fabric or a bag of scraps (please only larger scraps as the items may not use small size scraps). This swap will be for your sewing room (a useful sewing room item, so not a mini quilt or anything), so choose fabric you want to look at daily in your creative space! This will help your swap partner with color and fabric inspiration, and they will supplement as they see fit. I will give more details at the April meeting, so please just bring your fabric if you want to participate. Let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, February 24, 2017

March Stated Meeting

Our March stated meeting is:

Wednesday, March 1st
@6:30pm

@Ruby Street Quiltworks

Please Bring:

 2017 Dues if you haven't paid yet. You can also pay here on the blog.

Brick Swap- If you signed up to participate in the brick swap (5x10 in rectangle), don't forget your 17 bricks in a small scale floral, and 17 bricks from a text fabric.

Any progress you've made on the QAL

Star blocks for the Quilts of Valor charity quilt

Your list of 6 UFOs you'd like to finish this year

Sew & Show

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February Sew-In



Our next sew-in will be:
Saturday, February 11th
at Canvas Works 
from 11-4
Bring whatever project you are currently working on. Stephanie has kindly volunteered to mentor during this sew-in, so bring any questions you might have!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The numbers are in for the 2017 brick swap!  Please bring 17 bricks from a small scale floral fabric and 17 bricks from a word/text fabric. Remember to put them in a Ziplock bag with your name on it to the March meeting!  Please see previous post for details.
 Brick Swap

This will be another brick swap (so that our creative focus can remain on our Art's Walk Quilts!) A brick is a 5" x 10" cut of fabric. So for this swap, we will ask you to cut a brick (for each person participating) from a small scale floral print (think Liberty of London style!) and one from a text/word/letter fabric! They will be due at the March meeting.

Some Guidlines:
Please choose modern fabrics!
All bricks must be cut from same small scale fabric (and same text fabric) to ensure all members will get the same packet of goodies!
Bring all the fabrics in a Ziplock bag with your name on it.
Please arrange them in your Ziplock bags for easy dispersal, because we would like to ask you to all help disperse your bricks (But don't stress, we will be there to assist!)
I will keep "enrollment" open until Sunday, February 5th at noon. To enroll, just message Kara on FB. Then on Sunday evening, I will post the final number of bricks we all need to cut of each fabric! Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Can't wait to see all the good fabrics!

February Meeting Recap

Minutes of SSMQG Meeting February 1, 2017
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Reminders:
March meeting – bring bricks for swap, check for half of retreat cost, list of 6 UFOs, dues if not paid yet
April meeting – bring Arts Walk quilt
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National Guild Business

Quiltcon quilt: the hashtag quilt is done! Our blog post was due in late January, and we made it. It now goes off to Quiltcon in Savannah, GA, where it will WIN BIG!
Riley Blake Challenge fabric was handed out to Honnah, Tina, and Jennie. You can still participate but you have to buy your own fabric.

Local Guild Business

There is a “Follow by Email” button on the blog. Right-hand side. So if you don’t tend to go to the blog or Facebook, you’ll get info about our many happy activities.
2017 dues are $45, if you haven’t paid yet.

Mentor list: we have some newish quilters, or people who haven’t done certain techniques for a long time. We can sign up as a mentor for guild members who have questions.

Arts Walk: We have red, blue, and grey fabric. Quilts can be any size, wall to queen. Use a template ruler. Use any other fabric, print or solid. Due at the April meeting. You can buy extra for $2.50.

Retreat is May 4-7 at Cascade Camp in Yelm. We need 15 minumum. Open to non-members, if you have a mom, sister, or friend who quilts. The cost will include all meals and reports are the food last year was great. No classes, this is a chance to work on our own projects. Firm commitments due at March meeting with half down, the other half at April meeting. Full price will be in the ballpark of $175.

Social media: The board is encouraging us to post pictures of our projects in process on Facebook!
UFO Finish-Along: To the March meeting, bring a list of 6 of your most pressing UFOs (unfinished objects). At the meeting, we’ll roll a dice and all try to finish the number that comes up.

Committees
Signups went around to give everyone another chance at joining a committee that needs more members.

Mystery Quilt Along: Stephanie says there’s plenty of time to join, we just started last month. Uses 5 different fabrics. 1 dark, 2 mediums, 2 lights. www.MeadowMistDesigns.blogspot.com for more info

Swap: bricks. A brick is a 5”x10” piece of fabric. Bring 2 different fabrics, one small-scale floral in any color, one text/words/letters or anything with dominant text on it (text reading with brick lying down, not with brick standing up). Due in March. Put them in a bag with your name, arrange them in the bag so you can throw them down in piles for everyone before the meeting. Use the same fabric for each brick. A sign-up went around; if you missed the meeting, let Kara know you want to be part. (So she’ll have a final count of how many bricks everyone should bring.) 1 yard fabric = 28 bricks.

Charity quilt: Ruby Street is doing Quilts of Valor for a veteran’s housing facility. Twin-size beds, ideally 60x80. Guidelines are on the Quilts of Valor website at www.QOVF.org. They don’t have to be red, white, and blue…just not a lot of florals. Quilts of Valor meets at Ruby Street first Tuesday of every month. They’d like a quilt top, it doesn’t have to be quilted. The quilts can’t be tied, it has to be machine quilted, but they have donated longarm services available. They ask for fabric that’s not specific to a particular branch of the military. (We don’t know if the house is male only or mixed.) Due ASAP, one of the houses will open in April. Honnah says she’ll donate her longarm services, too. Watch Facebook and Instagram: we might ask for blocks.

Calendar
Sew-ins
Feb 11 at Canvas Works, 11-4
March 25 at Ruby Street, 10-5
Talk to Cecile if you have a question.
Submitted by Amy Hanson

QOV Charity Blocks

QOV Charity Blocks

At the Feb Mtg we talked about Quilts of Valor to support Ruby Street Quiltworks goal of 40 quilts by April.

From Feb mtg minutes: "Charity quilt: Ruby Street is doing Quilts of Valor for a veteran’s housing facility. Twin-size beds, ideally 60x80. Guidelines are on the Quilts of Valor website at www.QOVF.org. They don’t have to be red, white, and blue…just not a lot of florals. Quilts of Valor meets at Ruby Street first Tuesday of every month. They’d like a quilt top, it doesn’t have to be quilted. The quilts can’t be tied, it has to be machine quilted, but they have donated longarm services available. They ask for fabric that’s not specific to a particular branch of the military. (We don’t know if the house is male only or mixed.) Due ASAP, one of the houses will open in April. Honnah says she’ll donate her longarm services, too. Watch Facebook and Instagram: we might ask for blocks."

We have come up with a fairly simple set of blocks 
to make for a quilt from SSMQG.

Unfinished 12.5" blocks

16 patch (3.5" blocks) in either red or blue..scrappy

Star block ..  blue or red star (not scrappy) with white background

Please bring one of each to the March meeting

And here are samples




You are more than welcome to make a whole Quilt top yourself.

Thanks all!!