May Block Lotto Instructions

Block Lotto

Here are detailed instructions on how to complete this month’s Block Lotto! Thank you Lucinda for coordinating this for the guild. The MQG charity quilt challenge theme is “Modern Traditionalism.” With that idea as our inspiration, this month’s lotto block is a traditional Ohio Star block, shaken up a bit. We’re going to piece it in the traditional way, but instead of placing the colors in the positions that highlight the star shape, we are going to toss them in randomly. We get to practice our HSTs, and some precision piecing, but we’re getting experimental with the color placement.

 There are dozens of Ohio Star tutorials online. This is the one I used. Here’s another good one.

The Ohio Star is a nine patch, made with five solids and four Quarter Square Triangles or hourglass squares.​

To make the block, you will need a total of:
Five 4 1/2” squares, which remain intact.
Four 5 1/4” squares, which form the QTSs.

The block will square up to 12 1/2”. The guild provides a piece of Kona Snow, large enough to make six of the squares, if cut as shown in the photo.

Participants supply the remaining material from their stash (you will need to come up with at least two 5 1/4” squares and one 4 1/2” square). Get scrappy! Use modern prints or solids, as few or as many colors as you wish.

For our remix of this traditional block, we are keeping the star pattern in our piecing, but changing the placement of colors so that the star is still present, but is “invisible”.

Take some care in planning your QSTs. If you pair white triangles with colored triangles, you will end up with the traditional QST hourglass square by default. Try pairing colored triangles with prints, or pairing white with white.

One of the tenets of Modern Quilting is an abundance of negative space.

Those who purchase two blocks will have more white to mix and match with. If you make two blocks, feel free to have more white pieces on one block, and fewer on another. Or add more Kona Snow from your stash if you want even more negative space.

When these blocks are combined, it will be a modern scrappy quilt with a traditional framework.

My process: I made the mistake of pairing my white squares with my prints to make my HSTs, which left fewer options for non-traditional color placement in the QSTs. Four HSTs combine to form four QSTs. Two of my QSTs have traditional color placement, and two are a little different.

Combine four QSTs with five 4 1/4″ squares. I used four white and one with the same low-volume print that I used in the QSTs.

Arrange the squares so that the seams form the “skeleton” of the Ohio Star, but the colors do not appear as a star shape. Choose a pleasing arrangement, and piece them together row by row. Square up to 12 1/2 inches.

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May 2017 Meeting Recap

OCMQG May 2017 Meeting Recap

We had another full house at our May meeting! Thanks for coming!

Quiltcon 2017

Several members discussed their experiences at Quiltcon 2017. Highlights includied seeing OCMQG member Lucinda’s quilt at the show, the Siddi Quilts exhibit, the Angela Walters exhibit, and seeing all of the charity quilts.

Quiltcon 2018

Quiltcon 2018 will be held in Pasadena on February 22-25, 2018. If you are a member, you should be receiving emails from the Modern Quilt Guild about the conference. They are recruiting volunteers, see the website for details. https://www.quiltcon.com/ The theme for the charity quilt has been announced, it is Modern Traditionalism. We had FIVE people volunteer to coordinate the planning of charity quilt for our guild: Karen M., Gail, Leslie, Julie, and MaryAnne. Karen M. has suggested the Road to California block. Thank you to our volunteers!

Upcoming Workshops:

Indigo – Shibori Workshop & Lunch with Sandra Johnson

Sandra’s workshop will be held on June 3 from 10-3. The location is in a private home in South Orange County, and will be sent to those who register. It is $75 for OCMQG members, and $100 for non-members. To register, email Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com This workshop covers:

learn to fold, tie and clamp resist using historic patterns
indigo dye is a natural fiber which is what we will be using
dye natural fiber goods in an indigo dye vat
learn a method for creating an acvite dye vat
all fabric for dying provided by instructor
in class you will learn to create a variety of paper patterns which you can use on fabrics
includes: fabric for dying ½ yard white cotton, dye, lunch, and fun!

Jackie Gehring Workshop

This workshop is being offered by Santa Barbara Quilting Retreats. It is in Carpinteria, CA and is on 9/11/17-9/13/17. Cost is $775, lunches are provided, and there will be a wine and cheese event. Discounted hotel is at the Holiday Inn Express in Carpinteria. She is going to teach her class “Composing With Lines.” For more info and to register, go here.

Cecile will be offering her workshop again: Playing with Color and Fabric: Making Your Stash Work For You. If you are interested in attending this workshop in June or July, email Cecile and let her know which dates in June or July work for you. customerservice@sewingparty.com

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Cecile shows off one of her quilts

Quilt Shows and Lectures

Kaffe Fassett will be giving a lecture in Glendora in 9/23 at The Sew N Sew. The cost is $50. For more info, go here.

The Flying Geese quilt show is 6/3 and 6/4 at SOKA University in Aliso Viejo. This is a great opportunity to see an excellent show close to home with both modern and traditional quilts. Sewing Party will be a vendor at the show! For more info, go here.

Southern California Quilter’s Run

This will be held over two weekends this year! The dates are July 13-16 and July 20-23. The Quilter’s Run is a great opportunity to visit quilt and fabric shops in the area and get some inspiration from each shop. It’s also an opportunity to win prizes, grow your stash, score some new patterns, and have some fun! This would be a great opportunity for someone to get your feet wet leading a “field trip,” hint hint! For more info on Quilter’s Run, go here. http://www.quiltersrun.com/ and here for more info on Row By Row.https://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/ca.htm

Central Coast Quilter’s Run

This one is coming up soon: June 2-4. These shops are located from Ventura to Paso Robles. Superbuzzy, some wine tasting, and a mini buzz-y, anyone? 🙂 Check it out here!

Scrap Swap

Elise brought four bags stuffed with fabric swaps and four lucky people were chosen via random number generator to take the scrap bags home! If you received a bag, take out the scraps that you want and then add scraps from your stash back to the bag and bring it back next month. Thank you Elise for coordinating the scrap swap!

Handmade Items Raffle

Elise donated several items for the raffle, thank you, Elise! The materials that she used to make her items were donated by Sew Vac Ltd. in Long Beach and the patterns are from the Sew Sweetness blog. The raffle items raised $83 for the guild!

 

Make It Modern Segment

Gail brought in several of her quilts, some dating back to the 80’s! In addition to sharing her quilts, she also shared some books that have been influential on her quilting including Quilts of Gee’s Bend, and Collaborative Quilting. It was wonderful to see Gail’s progression as a quilter, so thank you Gail for sharing your quilting journey with us! Elise volunteered to bring in examples of her quilting for our June meeting.

Social Break
Several members brought cookies for our social hour—thank you! Julie’s homemade chocolate chip cookies are a Martha Stewart recipe. They were all delicious!

April 2017 Meeting Minutes

Little bit of Show and Tell to kick things off….

Batty Lady Presentation

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Alicia showing off her wares – Wonderfil Thread and Batting

Thank you Alicia for the informative presentation on batting and thread! Thank you also for the gifts that our attendees received, and for the awesome door prizes as well! Alicia gave us a lot of great info on the differences between and advantages of various types of batting and the various weights of thread. The Threaducation Centre is located in Orange at 910 North Batavia Street (on FB: CA Threaducation Centre). You can purchase batting and WonderFil thread there. Once a month (usually the third Friday of the month) there is a “Thread Tasting” and there are also weekly “Thread Play Days.” You can bring your machine to the Threaducation Centre and they will help you figure out which WonderFil Threads will work best with your particular machine and for your sewing needs. Be on the lookout for some upcoming classes as well! Regular hours are Mon-Fri 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and by appointment. Alicia’s phone # is 900-816-2545.

Upcoming Workshops

Indigo – Shibori Workshop & Lunch with Sandra Johnson

Sandra’s workshop will be held on June 3 from 10-3. The location is in a private home in South Orange County, and will be sent to those who register. It is $75 for OCMQG members, and $100 for non-members. To register, email Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com

This workshop covers:

  • learn to fold, tie and clamp resist using historic patterns
  • indigo dye is a natural fiber which is what we will be using
  • dye natural fiber goods in an indigo dye vat
  • learn a method for creating an acvite dye vat
  • all fabric for dying provided by instructor
  • in class you will learn to create a variety of paper patterns which you can use on fabrics
  • Materials included: fabric for dying ½ yard white cotton, dye, lunch, and fun!

Scrap Swap

Elise brought four bags stuffed with fabric swaps and four lucky people were chosen via random number generator to take the scrap bags home! If you received a bag, take out the scraps that you want and then add scraps from your stash back to the bag and bring it back next month. Thank you Elise for coordinating the scrap swap!

Handmade Items Raffle

Susan made a cute sewing kit for this month’s raffle

Susan M. donated two gorgeous handmade items for the raffle: an adorable (and useful!) pincushion and a super awesome sewing kit. Thank you, Susan! We also had a donation of a framed embroidery sampler. The raffle items raised $30 for the guild.

Make It Modern Segment

We are trying something new, different, and educational at our monthly meetings! We will be exploring the tenets of modern quilting in-depth. We handed out a list with the tenets of modern quilting. Bunnie, Susie, and Karen A. brought in some samples of quilts to show their quilting journeys from their early, more traditional quilts to their modern examples. Then we discussed if/how their quilts meet the tenets of modern quilting.

At upcoming meetings, people will bring in quilts that they have made and based on the tenets, we’ll discuss what makes each example modern. It’ll be educational and interesting to see other people’s work in the light of the modern aesthetic! As quilters, we all like to try out something new and diffferent, and we hope that this new segment will help you evaluate your own work, and the work of other guild members, as we discuss what makes our quilts modern. For next month, bring a quilt that shows off your journey from traditional to modern to share with the guild.

Susie brought delicious cookies to the meeting, here is the recipe.

Block Lotto

As a compliment to last month’s “Blue Moon” block, this month’s “Comet” block is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Last month’s solid was white, and it used a pattern, and curves. with an online tutorial. This block uses black, no pattern, and only straight lines, with no tutorial. These instructions are a guide, but there will be some improvisational decisions to make, and some monkeying around to fit the block together. Some may find this bit of freedom fun and easy, while some may find it more challenging.

The Guild provided one 11.5″ square of Kona Black. Participants provide scraps from their stash in three or more shades of a single color. It’s okay to use prints that read as solid. Please see the instructions under April Block lotto for how-to’s and tips for this block.

April Block Lotto

April Block Lotto

Here are detailed instructions on how to complete this month’s Block Lotto! Thank you Lucinda for coordinating this for the guild.

As a compliment to last month’s “Blue Moon” block, this month’s “Comet” block is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Last month’s solid was white, and it used a pattern, and curves. with an online tutorial. This block uses black, no pattern, and only straight lines, with no tutorial. These instructions are a guide, but there will be some improvisational decisions to make, and some monkeying around to fit the block together. Some may find this bit of freedom fun and easy, while some may find it more challenging.

The Guild provided one 11.5″ square of Kona Black. Participants provide scraps from their stash in three or more shades of a single color. It’s okay to use prints that read as solid. Stitch your gradation of scraps to form a rough strip approximately 3” x 12”. Seams do not need to be straight or parallel to each other.

Cut a long triangle wedge out of the strip. You choose the angles and direction. No need to measure. This is your “Comet”.

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Cut the black square in two. You choose the placement and the angle of the cut.
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Insert the Comet between the two black portions.

Take care to ensure that the result will yield at least a 10.5” square.

In order to accommodate the Comet piece, you may need to remove a wedge of black, adjust your angles, or flip one of your black portions over.
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Sew the two black portions onto either side of your Comet. Don’t panic if the result is not square.

Square up the block, and trim to 10.5″

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​It’s okay if the point does not meet the edge of the block.

Black backgrounds always seem to make colors glow.

We should end up with a fun collection of 10.5” Comet blocks which can be assembled in any the winner desires.

Have fun with the colors, and don’t sweat the details.

#OCMQG Members! Check your email – the #

#OCMQG Members! Check your email – the #QuiltCon2018CharityQuilt has been announced. This year will be modern traditionalism with a great color pallet. Take a read to get familiar (there are some great links to webinars). The guild will need to know if this is something we want to do and then we’ll need volunteers to coordinate and make. *exciting*

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