Friday, March 7, 2014

Crazy Piecing Class with Sew Katie Did

The South Sound Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce a Modern Crazy Piecing class with Katie Pedersen of Sew Katie Did.

On March 29, 2014 Katie will be joining our guild at Island Quilter on Vashon Island to teach us her modern crazy piecing technique from the book she co-wrote with Jacquie Gering, Modern Quilting.

Below are some samples of Katie's crazy piecing projects. These techniques will be taught at the 5 hours workshop.


Date: March 29, 2014
Time: 10:00 am
Teacher: Katie Pedersen, Sew Katie Did
Cost: $35.00 for SSMQG members, $40.00 for non-members

This class will be a potluck, we are asking that each attendee bring a dish to share for lunch.

You can register for this class on our class registration page.

If you have any questions please email southsoundmqg (at) gmail dot com

We will try and coordinate a carpool for those traveling from south of Tacoma to Vashon Island, please look on our Facebook Group Page during the week prior for more information.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bubbles Block

The March block for the SSMQG Block of the Month is Bubbles, designed by Melissa of Sew BitterSweet Designs.

One 12.5" x 12.5" Square of Kona Slate
Scraps in the following colors - Yellow-Orange, Blue and Purple
(These are split-complementary colors, you can read more about split-complementary colors at In Color Order.)
Double-Sided Fusible Web (I used Heat N' Bond Lite)
Circular Objects and a Pencil
Olfa Circle Cutter
Basic Sewing Supplies
2 Sheets of printer paper

Note Before We Sew: Don't let the applique scare you - when doing it by machine it is really quite simple.

Start with your scraps and vary your sizes.  You will want to cut multiple size circles from your scraps. My largest scrap was 5" x 5".

Next you will want iron the fusible web to your scraps. Make sure that you follow the manufacturers instructions, each brand is slightly different!  Note, make sure that the paper side of the fusible is UP when you go to fuse or you will fuse it to your iron and be rather upset.

Next you will take you circular objects and trace them onto the paper side of the fusible web, then cut the out. Remember you want to use different size circles.  Alternatively, you can use an Olfa Circle Cutter and cut different sizes.

After your circles are cut try out a couple different arrangements on your background square.

When you are ready to fuse your circles down, trim the ones that hang off the block so there is no overhang (you do not want to fuse them to your ironing board). Then you will tear the paper off the back of the circles. If for some reason the web starts to come off too, simply stop tearing the paper and re-iron the circle for a few more seconds. Then fuse the circles to your block.

Underneath your block place a sheet of printer paper (you can also use tear away stabilizer, but if you don't have any on hand, printer paper works in a pinch). The printer paper works as a stabilizer and it also helps the block move more smoothly over the feed dogs.

Sew around each of your circles about 1/8" from the edge.  After all circles are sewn down, tear away the printer paper.

Here is a close up of one of the circles after it has been sewn down. I tried to color match my thread to the color of the circle.

You are all done!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Modern Metallics Challenge - Quilt! Knit! Stitch!

Image courtesy of Michelle Freedman

As members of a Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild, we have been invited to participate in the Modern Metallic Challenge at the Quilt! Knit! Stitch! Show in Portland Oregon this summer.

The Challenge: Create a quilted project no larger than 48" x 48" using Metallic design details - including but not limited to fabric, thread and themes

Sponsor: Robert Kaufman Fabrics is sponsoring this challenge and providing each guild member with a fat quarter set of their metallic linens in the colors of Grey, Ash, Silver and Sand (pictured above). 

Social Media: When blogging, on Facebook, or Instagram - please utilize the following hashtags - #robertkaufman‬ or @robertkaufman ‪#‎quilterslinen‬ ‪#‎quilterstussah‬ ‪#‎quiltersburlap‬

Who is eligible to participate: Members of any PNW MQG and Individual members of the Modern Quilt Guild who live in the PNW.

Timeline: Submissions open on April 4, 2014 and close on May 2, 2014.

How to Enter and Rules: visit the official challenge website

The Exhibit: The exhibit will be on display at the Quilt! Knit! Stitch! Show in Portland Oregon, August 14-16, 2014

Fabric for our guild will be distributed as soon as it is received!