Monday, December 30, 2013

Membership 2014

Membership for SSMQG runs from January to December. If you'd like to fill out the form online, or would prefer to pay your dues with a credit card via PayPal, please click on the tab at the top of the blog titled "Membership"

 If you choose to use PayPal, the PayPal processing fee is added to your dues ($46.29 instead of $45) as decided by the members present at the December meeting.  

Registration for the class by Katie Pedersen is currently open only to members.  If you are waiting to pay via PayPal, the links should be posted in the next day or so. 

The Riley Blake Challenge is still going on with final project pictures needing to be posted to the MQG Community Forum by 2/17/2014.  We still have two more meetings before the due date.  Try to bring any part of your project with you to the January 8th meeting to show everyone what you've been working on.  Here are a few that have been posted to the Facebook page.

Hope you are having a wonderful end of the year and we're looking forward to seeing you on January 8th at RSQ.  

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November meeting

Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30 pm at Ruby Street is this month's meeting of SSMQG.

Agenda items include:

Additional workshop details for the Katie Pedersen workshop in February

Nominations for next year's officers

Show and Tell

Scrap Bag Swap: bring your project for your partner!

Block of the month (November's is based on Kathy's Balance quilt)
October's Monochromatic Cool

November's crazy pieced Balance block

Balance block for November

For the block of the month in November, we will be making the block based on Kathy's Balance Quilt Pattern.

We will be using our guild colors for this month's block.  You can choose to make the block using the colors in different parts.  For the tutorial, I will be referring to them by the color I used.  All seams should be 1/4 inch.  

Start by sewing your crazy pieced section together.  You will cut this into smaller pieces later.

Pair up similar sized scraps and sew them in pairs using a ¼ inch seam allowance.

Press the seams open.

Pair up similar size sets from the previous step.  Sew together with a ¼ inch seam and press the seams open. 

Continue this process until you have a 6.5” by 14 inch (or larger) crazy pieced section.   I found it easier to make one large piece and then make the smaller sections rather than making 6 small sections.

Cut your crazy pieced section so you have pieces of the following sizes:

2 x 5.75 inches
2 x 5.25 inches
2.5 x 4 inches
2 x 4 inches
You can sew your pieces together at wonky angles.   I sewed pieces together and then trimmed the seam allowance down to ¼ of an inch before pressing the seams open. 

Dimensions (inches)
1.5 x 8.25

2 x 8.25

6 x 6

9 x 5

1.5 x 3
9 x 1
Blue (inside)
1 x 5.75

1 x 5.25
Blue (outside)*
1 x 8.25

1 x 4

1 x 7.25
*Sometimes when I have thin strips of fabric, I make my strips longer and trim to size after sewing them on.  If you like to do this too, make your outer 1” strips a tad bit longer (1/2”-1” should be fine).

Sew the inside blue strips to the 2 x 5.75 and 2 x 5.25” crazy pieced section.  The 5.75” strip should be sewn to the 5.75” crazy piece section leaving the 5.25” pieces to be sewn together. 

Sew the other 2 x 5.75 and 2 x 5.25” pieces to the other side of the blue inside pieces.  Press the seams toward the blue.

Sew the 2.5 x 4” piece to the 5.75” crazy pieced section and the 2 x 4” crazy piece section to the 5.25” section. 

Add the 1 x 4” strips to the end of the green.  Press toward the blue.

Add the blue strips to both sides of the green sections.  Press toward the blue.

Attach 1.5 x 8.25” white strip to the top of the larger section.  Attach the 2 x 8.25” white strip to the bottom.  Press toward the blue. 

Cut the 9 x 5” white piece into 2 rectangles 9 x 2.5”. 

Insert the gray 1x9” strip down the middle and press to the gray.

Cut a 1.5” strip off.

Attach the larger gray/white stripe piece to the right side of the larger (8.25”) section.

Sew the 1.5 x 3” white strip to the 1.5” white and gray piece.  Sew this piece to the smaller (7.25”) CP section.  Line up the piece with the right side so your gray stripe should line up.  Trim the excess white from the left side of this after pressing.

Attach the 6” white square to the left side of this piece.  Trim if needed. 

Sew the top and bottom pieces together.  I pressed toward the blue strip of the smaller CP section.

If this block makes you nervous about your precision, consider increasing the size of the larger CP section (upper left) by 1.25” so you can trim to size at the end.  The measurements from the tutorial are in parentheses so you know which ones I substituted.  I did not make this version and have not tested it out.  In theory, it should work and give you room to trim on one side.
Cut your crazy pieced section so you have pieces of the following sizes:


2 x 7 inches (2 x 5.75)

Dimensions (inches) (older measurements in parenthesis)
1.5 x 9.5  (1.5x8.25)

2 x 9.5    (2 x 8.25)

6 x 7   (6x6)
Blue (inside)
1 x 7 (1 x 5.75)

Blue (outside)*
1 x 9.5  (1 x 8.25)

Assemble the block in the same fashion as outlined above.  When attaching the large white piece to the bottom, the extra inch(the 7” side) should be along the bottom (the x axis for lack of a better term).  When combining the top and the bottom, line up the gray stripe, or the right side and trim off on the left side.  

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October BOM: Dutchman's Puzzle

This month's block is the Dutchman's Puzzle block.  Directions this month are in PDF here.  

 For the charity block, please make a block using two different values of a cool color.
Sew Katie Did has a good tutorial on value here.  Jeni of In Color Order also has a light and dark value post.  And from the link that Heather posted, here is another value post.  And another value post from Lee of Freshly Pieced.

And here is my block in black and white to show the two values.

Hope to see you all at the meeting on Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September 2013 Block of the Month - Kansas City Star

This post is part of the yearlong Block of the Month (BOM) Series hosted by South Sound Modern Quilt Guild (SSMQG). The goal for this BOM is to serve as a skill builder. We will start with basic piecing then move to more complex skills such as half square triangles (HSTs), slice and insert, crazy quilting/piecing, and improv. We hope you will stick with us as we make our blocks and quilts. For our guild we are asking everyone who would like to participate to make at least one block for our charity quilts and as many extra blocks for yourself as you like.

All the blocks for our Block of the Month will measure 12.5" x 12.5" unfinished.

The first tutorial is by Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs:

Welcome! Our first block is the Kansas City Star designed by Olie Mae Rogers in 1940. One note is to be careful with your block layout or your may end up with an unintended design. All seams are a scant 1/4", double check your seam allowance before you start sewing!
Blue fabric - 2.5" x 6.5" - cut 4 
Red fabric - 2.5" x 6.5" - cut 4 
Gray fabric - 2.5" x 2.5" - cut 8 
White fabric - 2.5" x 2.5" - cut 4

Below is the layout:

Start by piece all of the middle sections (the gray and white sections, press your seams open - this helps minimize bulk when quilting).

Next you will sew together the 6.5" x 6.5" sections:

Next you will sew the 2 top pieces together and the two bottom pieces together. In order to get a perfect match of seams I like to press my seams in opposite directions when joining large sections. This allows the sections to butt up next to each other firmly.

If you like this block, here are two different layout that you could easily make with just this one block!

I hope you have enjoyed our first Block of the Month, come back in October for our next installment!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Our First Swap - Scrap Bag Challenge

As we approach our September meeting, which will take place on September 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm at Ruby Street Quiltworks, we need to start getting ready for our first swap!  This swap is based on one that was held by the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild last fall. It will be a Scrap Bag Challenge Swap.

The goal is to really get to know each other on a new level. We have seen what everyone brings to show and tell every month, now it is time to find out what is in your stash!

For the September meeting we would like everyone to bring a small ziplock bag full of scraps from their stash. Make sure these are scraps that you like as these scraps will be sewn into something FOR YOU!

The scraps should add up to approximately one fat quarter.

In addition to your scrap bag full of some of your favorite scraps, we would also like you to include your name and some links (examples include: your pinterest, blog, flickr, or facebook page). The links are so that you can get to know the person you are sewing for a little bit more before you dive in and start sewing.

Everyone who brings a baggy will take a baggy home. 

After that it is time to get CREATIVE! Using the provided scraps and links - make a small project from the scraps that you received.

Bring your creation to our November meeting and receive a wonderful creation in return!

Make sure you post teaser photos in our Flickr Group and on our Facebook page!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Crazy Cat Challenge

Welcome to our first Modern Quilting Challenge!  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is took take a 10" square of the cat fabric pictured below and turn it into a 12.5" x 12.5" MODERN quilt block.

Parameters of the challenge:

Each of member will being given one 10” square of the fabric; you are challenged to each use your stash and the fabric provided to make one modern 12.5” x 12.5” block to be put together into a charity quilt.

You must use between 30% and 40% of the challenge fabric in your finished block.

 Please keep in mind the Modern Quilt Guilds Definition of Modern when assembling your blocks “Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. ‘Modern traditionalism’ or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.”

 Everyone who brings their finished quilt block will be entered to win a $15.00 gift certificate to Ruby Street Quiltworks!  

All of these blocks will be assembled into quilts and donated to charity.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Name tag resources

At the July meeting, we talked about having members make their own name tags for the meeting. We chose not to do a dedicated name tag swap at this time, but here is a list of links of tutorials and resources for making your own name tag.

Honnah used decorative and alphabet stitches on her machine.

Bethany did some piecing and embroidery.
Pile O'Fabric Quilted name tag with lanyard

Tutorial with printable fabric

And here are two Pinterest boards full of inspiration:

We're excited to see what you come up with.  Hope to see you all tonight.

Monday, August 5, 2013

August Meeting Agenda

Here's a preview of the meeting this Wednesday at 6:30pm at Ruby Street.

There will be a sign in sheet when you come in.  If you became a member at the last meeting, your name will already be on the sign in sheet and you will just need to sign.  If you are new to us, thank you so much for coming and we're looking forward to getting to know you better.  Membership forms will be available near the sign in sheet if you'd like to become an official member.  Or please fill out the form online before the meeting.
We will have another door prize and a drawing this meeting.  The door prize is a 4x4" ruler and gauge.  The drawing is for a fat quarter bundle.  Please see a friendly board member who will be distributing the tickets.  If you'd like a chance at the fat quarter bundle, each ticket is $1.  

After approving the July minutes, we will discuss the Interest Survey Results.  We're working on the top two priorities that were determined in the survey.  A block of the month is being designed and should start by September and we're scheduling Sew Days.  

We're working on getting sew days planned for September at Canvas Works in downtown Olympia and a tentative date of October 26th in Shelton at Annie's Quilt Shoppe.  Once dates are set, we will post sign up information on the MQG forum, here and in an email update.  

Debbie's been working to contact various charitable organizations around the South Puget Sound.  We were hoping that members would be willing to make an additional block for the block on the month to donate for charity quilts.  For these blocks, we'd pose some specific guidelines to have a unified block and to help people break out of their comfort zones.  

And to help people break out of their comfort zones, our first block challenge.  Honnah received a plethora of cat fabric from a generous donor who wanted the fabric to be used for quilts for good causes.  This month we'll be presenting the Crazy Cat Challenge to create blocks to make a quilt to donate.  More details will be posted soon.  Think of the wonderful quilt shown at the last meeting with the large floral print fabric!

The Vancouver MQG ran a scrap swap last year and we'd like to try to do so as well.  We'll post more details soon.  If you've never participated in a swap or bee, it can feel a bit intimidating to sew for others, but we'd love to have as many members as possible participate.

All of our paperwork has been submitted to the national guild and we are waiting for them to process our materials to get the official 501(C)3 Status.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.

We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday evening!  Please remember to bring what you've been working on so everyone can see! 

We're slowly updating the blog as well.  If you also have a blog and would like to have your blog listed on the side of this page, please let us know.