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.

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