Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Patchwork City QAL

How are you doing with the Patchwork City QAL?  To help keep you on track we are asking you to complete 2 blocks a month.  The next 2 blocks are:

Turnstile (page 86)
Rose Garden (page 88)

Check out what one of members has completed so far.  I didn't count, but it looks like she just might have all of them done!  Way to go Faye!!!

There are no reported corrections for the April blocks, but if you find one, please share on Facebook or comment below.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SSMQG Sew-In @ Annie's

Thank you to all who came out to our guild sew-in at Annie's in Shelton, WA.  Many of us were working on our improv quilts for Arts Walk.  Just wait until you see what has been created so far!

Check out what is happening on that design wall between Cecile and Kara.   Annie's was so accomadating to us.  They encouraged us to use the design wall, cutting mats and irons set up in the classroom.   They also had several surge protectors around the tables to protect our machines.

Not everyone was working on improv.  At least one over-achiever (love you Donna) was already finished and Lori finished her binding when she got there and moved onto another quilt.  We all had fun working together on our separate projects and getting inspired along the way.

See that mess on the end of the table?  I (Heather North) was working on my improv quilt and taking up an entire table for a 16" block.  Give me an inch, I'll take the whole table!  I had to run to my son's baseball game or I would have taken up the other half of the design wall too.  ;)

Just a little reminder for you.  Improv quilts are due at our April meeting next week.  Be sure to email Megan with the details of your quilt so she can print out labels.  Guild members, check your email for more details.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Important Message

Attention all guild members!   Please check your email for an important message from our guild president, Cecile, about Arts Walk. 

See you all tomorrow at the Sew-In at Annie's Quilt Shop in Shelton, WA. Clicky for more information.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

March Sew-In

Our March Sew-In is coming up this weekend.  We would love to have you join us for whatever time you have available.  This is a great time to work on your Improv quilt for Arts Walk, get caught up on the Patchwork City QAL or just work on your current project.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 26th

Annies Quilt Shop
2505 Olympic Hwy North #220
Shelton, WA 98584

Contact Person: Donna Fussell
What to Bring:
Current Project & Supplies
Sewing Machine
Snacks & Lunch (optional)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Spotlight Showcase | Stephanie Serrano

Our newest member was also our showcase spotlight this month.  She is a brave soul who volunteered when nobody else did.   Meet Stephanie Serrano, a recent Olympia transplant from Hawaii.  She said that this was the best way she could think of to introduce herself to our guild.  We are so glad she did.

You can find more of Stephanie's work on her website:

Or on her Instagram : VenusDeHilo

Thank you again, Stephanie for sharing your talent and joining our guild.

Monday, March 14, 2016

March Meeting Recap

What was your February sewing indulgence?
That is the ice-breaker question asked at our March meeting.  Many members said going to Sew Expo or another quilt show was their indulgence and a few picked up new sewing machines or long arms thanks to going. For some of us it was just taking a day off to sew and ignore the housework.  If you weren't able to attend, leave us a comment below letting us know of your last sewing indulgence.

We love our little members in training
Committee Leader Presentations

Each of the volunteer committee leaders gave a presentation of the work their committee is doing or needing.  There are some exciting things coming!

Social Media Shares

Help us spread the word about South Sound Modern Quilt Guild.  Use the hashtags #ssmqg and #southsoundmqg when posting to social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  Thank you!

Arts Walk Quilts:
Due at our April meeting 4-6-16
At least 20" quilted, and use challenge fabric
Use any additional fabric you desire

Color Theory by Vanessa Christenson of V and Co for Moda Fabrics

Please include your:
Pattern Credit
Inspiration (if any)
Quilter (if quilted by other than you)

March Sew In
March 26th
10am - 5pm
Annie's in Shelton, WA
Contact Person: Donna Fussell

SSMQG Retreat
There were 4 spots open for day quilters.
April 29th or April 30th
$37 includes 2 meals
Contact Cecile or Patty for more information

Quilt Donations

If you would like to donate a quilt to one of the charities SSMQG supports, drop off your quilt with our charity co-ordinator, Bethany, and she will give you a receipt for your taxes.

If you are a guild member working on one of our Block of the Month charity quilts we ask you to finish the step you are on and bring it to the next meeting after you finish so you can pass it on for somebody else to complete the next step.  Each quilt had members donating blocks, someone to sew the blocks together in a pattern/design of their choosing, someone to quilt the quilt and finally someone to bind the quilt.

We would like to send these lovely works of art onto the people who need them.

Guild Charity Quilt.  Low volume, red x, improv
Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 15th
Haggen on the west side in the Cafe Area

Spotlight Showcase
Stephanie Serrano
Pictures coming next week

Members Sew and Share
Our favorite part of any meeting, celebrating the colorful goodness of our guild's talented members!

Patchwork City QAL

Monday, March 7, 2016

Scrappy Bag Swap

All members who wished to participate in the scrappy bag swap were asked to bring their bag of scraps to the March meeting.  Here is a sneak peek of what the members brought.

Here are all the deets and instructions from our swap leader, Susan Smith:
A “tote bag,” according to random website and blog definitions, is a simple, large-ish bag, usually with double handles and an open top.
Bring roughly the equivalent of 2-3 yards of scraps of varying sizes to trade. This will be done anonymously so, if possible, bring your scraps in a paper bag or other non-transparent bag. Roberta will be in charge of collecting and distributing scraps.
Attached are several websites that have free online patterns and tutorials to give you some ideas. Use these, do a Google search of your own, or use a pattern you already have. You can make it as simple as “a large bag with double handles and an open top” or add whatever additional ‘flare’ you like (pockets, zippers, fasteners, etc.).
Bags should be finished and ready to swap back at our May Guild meeting.
Contact me if you have any questions.
Here are the links to the patterns:

Plus links to video tutorials

We are looking forward to seeing everyone's beautiful new bags at our May 4th meeting.