Thursday, July 20, 2017

July Sew In

Our next Sew In will be:
Saturday July 22
Whalen Quiltworks
  404 S Tower #5, Centralia, Washington 98531

 Contact Cecile if you have any questions:)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July Stated Meeting

Our July stated meeting is:

Wednesday, July 5th

@The Capitol Campus, sunken gardens

Tonight's meeting will be a potluck style picnic, bring quilts to sit on.

At the end of the meeting there will be a quilt photo shoot around the Capitol grounds. 

Sew & Show

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Scrappy Slabs Class List

The class list for the Scrappy Slabs class with Heidi Sheneberger can be found here.

Class is Saturday, June 24th from 10-4 at Vista Village

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Charity blocks options

At the May meeting, Kathy and Diane introduced a new charity quilt. The plan is to put together a quilt with the colors of the MQG logo. Please use solids, or tone on tone in the MQG colors (American Made colors posted below for reference), and a white background. There are 3 block options, so make 1 (or more) of your choice!

MQG colors:

Block Options:

Blocks will be 10.5 inch squares

Urban Chicken block directions found here 

 Important note: The directions given make a 12 inch block. Cut your fabric to 3in squares to get a 10.5in square block.


Tri-Rec rulers will be available to use at the meetings. (Thanks Kathy and Diane😊)

Finished blocks are due at, or before, the September meeting.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

May Meeting Review

SSMQG meeting May 3, 2017
At Ruby Street Quiltworks
Our 4th anniversary! We started in 2013! Happy Birthday to us!
ICEBREAKER: Fantasy Quilt Team positions
*Layouters/Designers: Patti, Teresa, Kathy, Corinne, Jenny
*Piecers: Lori, Donna, Barb, Kathy, Kara, Linda, Bethany, Kate, Cecile
*Quilters: Dianne, Honna, Cindy
*Binders: Mary, Lynn, Terri, Amy
*June snacks: Heather
*Voted to invite Mister Domestic (Matthew Boudreaux) to present a class on weave or improv flowers. Historically, classes cost $45-$75 per person for an all-day class for 15 people. We don’t make money on classes, it all goes to the instructor and room rental
*Thurston County Fair is August 2-6. Wed-Sun. Booth times are in 3.5 hour blocks: 10-1:30, 1:30-5, 5-8:30. This will be our third time at the fair to show off quilts and tell people about our guild. Lori will have the signup sheet at the June meeting.
As a guild, we get a table in the building where they show quilts to spread the gospel of modern quilting. You don’t have to be a Thurston County resident to hang quilts in the fair. Free entry to the fair if you work that day.
*Thurston County Fair Block Challenge. Barb says that finished size is 12.5 inches. The fair’s theme is Rudy the Hare: Have a Hare-Raising Time at the Thurston County Fair. Approved fabric for the challenge (you can only use that fabric, not any of your own) is at Ruby Street, $9.95. They are fat 8ths and you have to use 4 of the fabrics for the challenge. They can be pieced, appliqued (hand or machine), anything goes except no beads because they’ll be machine quilted. You have to be accurate on finished size; if they’re short, they’ll be disqualified.
You don’t get the blocks back, they are judged, then separated into groups. Some blocks will be made into a quilt and raffled off to support the home arts department at the fair. Others are put into groups for drawings.
Due: You can turn them in at Ruby Street before Sunday, July 23rd.
*Arts Walk Challenge quilts were returned. Best of Show/viewer’s Choice Award was Kara’s double wedding ring!!!
*Finish Along: People showed their UFO #4 progress. Woot!
*Scrappy Slab Class will be held June 24, 10-4 at Vista Village with Heidi Sheneberger. It’s limited to 15 people. $45 will include lunch from Merconi’s. You can do a lot with this technique: a lot of colors, etc.
*QAL blocks were shown off and greatly admired
*Charity Quilt: We have 2 charity quilts going.
1: Due in June: half-square triangles in blue. Only blue, pale to dark. Due in June, no designated recipient. Full directions are on the SSMQG blog: Coordinated by Bethany
2: Kathy and Diane planned a new charity quilt. Recipient isn’t yet decided.
Patterns: There are three pattern options for construction. One is the strip blocks that Barb presented last month. Instructions will be scanned and posted separately. Second option is the urban chicken block done with 3 inch squares. Instructions will be scanned and posted separately. Third option is using a Tri-Rec ruler block. Instructions will be given out next month and they’ll also have tri-rec rulers available if you want to cut fabric at Ruby Street.
Colors: All must use SSMQG colors, solids or reading as solids. American Made colors will be posted, so you can match. White background. Color numbers will be posted separately for reference.
Finished size: 10.5 inches
Additional info: you can do one, two, or all three patterns.
Due: September meeting, or before.
May 20, Whalen Quiltworks in Centralia, 11-4, hosted by Kara
June, no sew-in because of Heidi’s class
July, TBA
Cindy Todd gave the most wonderful talk about quilt backs. She had a handout, if you missed the meeting. For example: make sure your pieced back pieces are consistent with respect to the grain. Having half the back laid out with the grain long, and the other half with the grain sideways will make one of the pieces unhappily quilted, depending on how the quilt was loaded into the longarm. This doesn’t apply to the top of the quilt, just the back.

Friday, June 2, 2017

June Stated Meeting

Our June stated meeting is:

Wednesday, June 7th

@Ruby Street Quiltworks

Please Bring:
Blue half square triangle charity blocks

Sewing room swap item, if participating

Any progress you've made on the QAL

Sew & Show

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Scrappy Slabs Improv Class with Heidi Sheneberger

Scrappy Slabs Improvisational Quilt Class 
with Heidi Sheneberger
Saturday, June 24th
Vista Village
3300 Carpenter Road SE Lacey WA 98503

$45 registration fee, includes a box lunch from Meconis

Sign-ups are currently for SSMQG members only, but will open to non-members after the June meeting, if the 15 spaces haven't been filled.

The class can be paid for here on the blog, or at the June meeting.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

April Sew In

Our next Sew In will be:
Saturday April 15
Annie's Quilt Shoppe
  2505 Olympic Hwy N #220, Shelton, WA 98584

 Contact Cecile if you have any questions:)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Retreat reminder

There are still full weekend spots available for the retreat (April 27-30)
If you'd like to attend, please pay through the link here on the blog.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

HST Charity Blocks

Charity Blocks:

At the March meeting, Cecile and Bethany shared methods of choosing color palettes for quilts.  The palette chosen for the charity blocks this time comes from a picture posted to Design Seeds.  
{ mental vacation } image via: @fairynuffflowers

We’d like you to make four patch half square triangle units that are assembled randomly using the color palette.  The HST units should be 5.5 inches unfinished sewn together into a 10.5 inch unfinished four patch.  I started with eight 6 inch squares sewn into HST units to make two blocks.  Without rhyme or reason, I assembled the four patches.  

The final quilt will be similar to this one.  20150221_155349.jpg

Please bring blocks to the May and June meetings.  Thank you so much for your contributions.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

April's Polaroid Block Swap

For those of you who missed March’s meeting, our next swap is called the Polaroid Block Swap! You may have noticed these cute blocks on social media, but they are small, fussy cut blocks that are framed in white to look like a Polaroid. If you want to participate, all you have to do is to make 10 fussy cut Polaroid blocks and bring them to the April Meeting. They are super quick and easy to make, and a great way to search through your fabric and scraps for cute things to fussy cut! Look for things like animals, flowers, objects, etc. and try to use different fabrics or different parts of a same fabric so that you have ten different blocks. Although you can easily make them without, I made my own fussy cut template out of template plastic and tape, to make fussy cutting much easier. I also know you can buy pre-made fussy cut templates. Anyway, a pdf of the instructions of two different ways to make the blocks are posted on Facebook. They really are a super quick project! We will be swapping them at the April meeting. 

Also, if you want to participate in the April swap, I am asking you to bring fabric (a fat quarter and up to a half yard) of your own fabric or a bag of scraps (please only larger scraps as the items may not use small size scraps). This swap will be for your sewing room (a useful sewing room item, so not a mini quilt or anything), so choose fabric you want to look at daily in your creative space! This will help your swap partner with color and fabric inspiration, and they will supplement as they see fit. I will give more details at the April meeting, so please just bring your fabric if you want to participate. Let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, February 24, 2017

March Stated Meeting

Our March stated meeting is:

Wednesday, March 1st

@Ruby Street Quiltworks

Please Bring:

 2017 Dues if you haven't paid yet. You can also pay here on the blog.

Brick Swap- If you signed up to participate in the brick swap (5x10 in rectangle), don't forget your 17 bricks in a small scale floral, and 17 bricks from a text fabric.

Any progress you've made on the QAL

Star blocks for the Quilts of Valor charity quilt

Your list of 6 UFOs you'd like to finish this year

Sew & Show

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February Sew-In

Our next sew-in will be:
Saturday, February 11th
at Canvas Works 
from 11-4
Bring whatever project you are currently working on. Stephanie has kindly volunteered to mentor during this sew-in, so bring any questions you might have!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The numbers are in for the 2017 brick swap!  Please bring 17 bricks from a small scale floral fabric and 17 bricks from a word/text fabric. Remember to put them in a Ziplock bag with your name on it to the March meeting!  Please see previous post for details.
 Brick Swap

This will be another brick swap (so that our creative focus can remain on our Art's Walk Quilts!) A brick is a 5" x 10" cut of fabric. So for this swap, we will ask you to cut a brick (for each person participating) from a small scale floral print (think Liberty of London style!) and one from a text/word/letter fabric! They will be due at the March meeting.

Some Guidlines:
Please choose modern fabrics!
All bricks must be cut from same small scale fabric (and same text fabric) to ensure all members will get the same packet of goodies!
Bring all the fabrics in a Ziplock bag with your name on it.
Please arrange them in your Ziplock bags for easy dispersal, because we would like to ask you to all help disperse your bricks (But don't stress, we will be there to assist!)
I will keep "enrollment" open until Sunday, February 5th at noon. To enroll, just message Kara on FB. Then on Sunday evening, I will post the final number of bricks we all need to cut of each fabric! Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Can't wait to see all the good fabrics!

February Meeting Recap

Minutes of SSMQG Meeting February 1, 2017
March meeting – bring bricks for swap, check for half of retreat cost, list of 6 UFOs, dues if not paid yet
April meeting – bring Arts Walk quilt
National Guild Business

Quiltcon quilt: the hashtag quilt is done! Our blog post was due in late January, and we made it. It now goes off to Quiltcon in Savannah, GA, where it will WIN BIG!
Riley Blake Challenge fabric was handed out to Honnah, Tina, and Jennie. You can still participate but you have to buy your own fabric.

Local Guild Business

There is a “Follow by Email” button on the blog. Right-hand side. So if you don’t tend to go to the blog or Facebook, you’ll get info about our many happy activities.
2017 dues are $45, if you haven’t paid yet.

Mentor list: we have some newish quilters, or people who haven’t done certain techniques for a long time. We can sign up as a mentor for guild members who have questions.

Arts Walk: We have red, blue, and grey fabric. Quilts can be any size, wall to queen. Use a template ruler. Use any other fabric, print or solid. Due at the April meeting. You can buy extra for $2.50.

Retreat is May 4-7 at Cascade Camp in Yelm. We need 15 minumum. Open to non-members, if you have a mom, sister, or friend who quilts. The cost will include all meals and reports are the food last year was great. No classes, this is a chance to work on our own projects. Firm commitments due at March meeting with half down, the other half at April meeting. Full price will be in the ballpark of $175.

Social media: The board is encouraging us to post pictures of our projects in process on Facebook!
UFO Finish-Along: To the March meeting, bring a list of 6 of your most pressing UFOs (unfinished objects). At the meeting, we’ll roll a dice and all try to finish the number that comes up.

Signups went around to give everyone another chance at joining a committee that needs more members.

Mystery Quilt Along: Stephanie says there’s plenty of time to join, we just started last month. Uses 5 different fabrics. 1 dark, 2 mediums, 2 lights. for more info

Swap: bricks. A brick is a 5”x10” piece of fabric. Bring 2 different fabrics, one small-scale floral in any color, one text/words/letters or anything with dominant text on it (text reading with brick lying down, not with brick standing up). Due in March. Put them in a bag with your name, arrange them in the bag so you can throw them down in piles for everyone before the meeting. Use the same fabric for each brick. A sign-up went around; if you missed the meeting, let Kara know you want to be part. (So she’ll have a final count of how many bricks everyone should bring.) 1 yard fabric = 28 bricks.

Charity quilt: Ruby Street is doing Quilts of Valor for a veteran’s housing facility. Twin-size beds, ideally 60x80. Guidelines are on the Quilts of Valor website at They don’t have to be red, white, and blue…just not a lot of florals. Quilts of Valor meets at Ruby Street first Tuesday of every month. They’d like a quilt top, it doesn’t have to be quilted. The quilts can’t be tied, it has to be machine quilted, but they have donated longarm services available. They ask for fabric that’s not specific to a particular branch of the military. (We don’t know if the house is male only or mixed.) Due ASAP, one of the houses will open in April. Honnah says she’ll donate her longarm services, too. Watch Facebook and Instagram: we might ask for blocks.

Feb 11 at Canvas Works, 11-4
March 25 at Ruby Street, 10-5
Talk to Cecile if you have a question.
Submitted by Amy Hanson

QOV Charity Blocks

QOV Charity Blocks

At the Feb Mtg we talked about Quilts of Valor to support Ruby Street Quiltworks goal of 40 quilts by April.

From Feb mtg minutes: "Charity quilt: Ruby Street is doing Quilts of Valor for a veteran’s housing facility. Twin-size beds, ideally 60x80. Guidelines are on the Quilts of Valor website at They don’t have to be red, white, and blue…just not a lot of florals. Quilts of Valor meets at Ruby Street first Tuesday of every month. They’d like a quilt top, it doesn’t have to be quilted. The quilts can’t be tied, it has to be machine quilted, but they have donated longarm services available. They ask for fabric that’s not specific to a particular branch of the military. (We don’t know if the house is male only or mixed.) Due ASAP, one of the houses will open in April. Honnah says she’ll donate her longarm services, too. Watch Facebook and Instagram: we might ask for blocks."

We have come up with a fairly simple set of blocks 
to make for a quilt from SSMQG.

Unfinished 12.5" blocks

16 patch (3.5" blocks) in either red or blue..scrappy

Star block ..  blue or red star (not scrappy) with white background

Please bring one of each to the March meeting

And here are samples

You are more than welcome to make a whole Quilt top yourself.

Thanks all!!