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.  

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August 2013 Meeting

The next meeting of the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild will take place on August 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm at Ruby Street Quiltworks in Tumwater, WA.

Tentative Agenda:
Approval of July Minutes
Interest Survey Results
501(C)3 Status Update
Charity Adoption Update
Sew Day Update
Door Prizes
Show and Tell

We hope to see you there!