Sunday, May 31, 2015

May BOM ~ Scrappy Sprouts

The May Block of the Month will be Scrappy Sprouts and due at the June 2015 SSMQG meeting.  The block was chosen by this month's quilter Karen Shaw.  Here are the instructions she wrote up for us. 

Scrappy Sprouts Quilt Block  

materials needed (to make one block): 
(6)  2.5” Low volume squares – this will be the background 
(2)  3” low volume squares - to become HST of background and sprout petal 
(8)  2.5” color squares – this will be the sprout petal color 
(2) 3” color squares – to become HST of background and sprout petal 
(1) 1.5” x 6.5” green – stem  

  1. Make HST of background and sprout petal color. Use your preferred method. HST needs to measure 2.5” unfinished.  (I make mine a bit larger and then trim down) 

  1. Layout all unfinished pieces as you would sew them. Trust me, this will make the process easier!  Sew each sprout petal section in rows, pressing each row in alternate directions. (for ease of sewing each sprout section together press away from the HST square) 



  1. Sew each of the rows together, making 2 sprout sections. Press (up or down, doesn’t seem to matter). Sew each sprout petal half to stem. Press sprout petals towards stem. Image 

  1. Woohoo, finished!  

Please make at least 4 blocks in colors of your choice (red, yellow, green, blue, purple, orange, pink).  

Blocks should finish to 13.5” x 6.5” unfinished.  



Saturday, May 30, 2015

May Meeting Re-Cap ~ Happy 2nd Birthday SSMQG

At the May meeting, South Sound Modern Quilt Guild celebrated their 2nd birthday.  Our guild has grown to 31 members and we are one of the fastest growing guilds in the MQG!

Arts Walk was a huge success.  The people's choice award went to Meagan Latimar for her quilt.  Congratulations, Meagan!  Thank you to each member who participated in this challenge and helped us introduce ourselves to the community.

There were several announcements:

Black to White challenge is due June 12.  You can find more information at this website:

Michael Miller fabric challenge will be due November 30th.  If you were able to get in on the free fabric giveaway, those should start shipping mid-July.

Quiltcon is asking for submissions for a Charity Quilt.  The theme of the quilts are, "Improv with Intent".  Our guild has decided to participate in this challenge.

Elizabeth Hartman Class- There is still one spot open for June 6th.  Fee is $75.  Please contact Melissa Dunworth if you would like to attend.

Elizabeth Hartman Trunk Show-  Elizabeth will be doing a trunk show the night before her class.  This is a great way for you to see her work if you can't make the class.  Fee is $15

Pillowcases collected will be going to St. Pete's Pediatric Ward.  They have a need and we are happy to fill it.  Thank you for all who made and donated pillowcases for this worthy cause.

We had a low volume charm swap at the meeting and it will make our next charity quilt blocks so much easier to make.  Karen has chosen the sprouts pattern.  4 blocks are due at the next meeting on June 3rd.

As always we had a fun time with show and share.  Here is just a sampling of what was shared at our meeting.

Our next meeting in June 3rd at Ruby Street Quiltworks in Tumwater.

Monday, May 4, 2015

May Stated Meeting

Just a reminder that our May meeting for the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild is this Wednesday, May 6th at Ruby Street Quiltworks.  We will be celebrating our guild's 2nd birthday!  Visitors welcome.  Your first meeting is free.

4:30pm - 6:00pm Sew-In  Bring your current project and supplies.
6:00pm - 6:30pm Munch & Mingle
6:30pm Official Meeting Begins

If you signed up for the charm swap, please bring your (54) 5" low volume squares in a baggie marked with their name.

Pillowcases will be collected at the meeting and donated to Mary Bridge/Multicare in Tacoma along with other charities in need.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Arts Walk Spring 2015 Recap

The South Sound Modern Quilt Guild's Arts Walk Challenge was a huge success.  We had 24 participants who took up the challenge and completed their quilts in time to be displayed at Canvas Works in Olympia, WA during the Arts Walk Spring Festival.

Our goals as a guild for participating in this event were to let the community know about our guild, raise awareness about the Modern Quilting movement, and have fun.  Hopefully we will draw even more people to join our guild.  We had information on display about the challenge for people who aren't members.

#11 Roberta McGill
Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman
The information table included flyers about our guild, a guide to all the quilts on display and a basket for a people's choice award.  Announcement of the winner will take place at our May guild meeting.

Quilts were hung high and low all over the building.  It was an amazing site to see. 

We also had one of our guild made charity quilts on display.  A huge part of our guild's purpose it to create quilts for those in need.  This quilt will be making the rounds at shows, fairs and events this year and then donated next year to a charity.  

 Honnah Sim's Double Unborken Herringbone quilt, pictured below left, was inspired by a recent Violet Craft class put on by the SSMQG.

One of the fabulous things about seeing this display in person is how close we could get to the quilts.  We have a super talented group of ladies, many of whom do their own quilting.  In some of the quilts it was the quilting that made them stand out even more than the quilt pattern itself.  While in the store taking pictures I heard 3 people commenting something similar to that.  Here are just a few close-ups.

#24 Kathy Lindell

#16 Cindy Todd
 Patti shared at our last meeting that she used a decorative stitch on her machine to create "waves" in her quilting.
#15 Patti Winfield
 Melissa was inspired by Zentangle drawings she has been doing.

#18 Melissa Dunworth
Meagan's quilting had to be viewed up close to really see the detail she put into it.  Her background gray fabric was quilting to look like knotty wood and each feather had it's own pattern quilted into it.
#9 Meagan Latimer

There was so much to see.  I hope you were able to make it down and see the beauties in person.  If you would like to pick up some of the challenge fabric to make your own inspired quilt, Canvas Works had a couple of partial bolts available.

Thank you Canvas Works for hosting this display for us and thank you South Sound Modern Quilt Guild Members for your participation.