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.

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#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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February 2017 Meeting Minutes

OCMQG February Meeting Recap

Thanks for attending our February meeting and thank you Lisa for leading the February meeting! At the beginning of the meeting, Karen A. and Lucinda checked in from QuiltCon via Skype and shared their initial impressions of the conference, thank you both for taking the time to share your experience at the conference!

Block Lotto

Thank you Sandy for organizing this month’s Block Lotto and doing a demo of the pattern—it’s a paper-pieced coffee mug! Those who signed up received a piece of fabric in Kona Silver and RightPatterns (R)’s Coffee Cup pattern (available on Craftsy.com). Pull any fabrics from your stash to complete the coffee mug. Paper piecing the “steam” is optional, you can top the mug with a solid block if you wish. Sandy enlarged the block to a 10” block. The pattern when enlarged doesn’t include the 1/4” seam around the outside so be sure to include the 1/4” seam around the block.

Demo’s

If you would like to volunteer to demo a sewing or quilting technique at an upcoming meeting, let us know!

Budget

The 2017 budget was unanimously approved at the meetinng

Volunteer Positions Update

Sandra has volunteered to coordinate field trips and workshops for OCMQG, thank you Sandra! Lisa has also volunteered to help co-coordinate field trips, thank you Lisa!

Mary has volunteered to coordinate the handmade item raffle, thank you Mary! We also had many people sign-up to make a handmade item to donate to the guild for raffles, thank you to our amazing members for signing up! We have enough sign-ups to be able to have a raffle at every meeting through 2017! Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6 tickets for $5, and proceeds will go to the guild. Each month, Mary will be touching base with the person who has volunteered to check-in on your progress. Bring some cash to the March meeting for raffle tickets.

Scrap Swap

At the meeting, some members brought scraps to donate to the “Scrap Swap.” Elise is coordinating this with the Long Beach MQG, thank you Elise! At the March meeting, Elise will bring back three “scrap bags” and three members will be chosen at random to take a bag home. Those people will select the scraps from the bag they would like to keep, add scraps back to the bag, and bring the bag back to the April meeting. If you donated scraps at the February meeting and are selected, you do not need to add additional scraps. There will be a separate bag of solid-color scraps. Elise will get a scrap bag from at the Long Beach MQG meeting on 3/7 to bring to our March meeting.

Social Break

Our mini Social Breaks are a big hit! Halfway through the meeting, we are taking a break so that members can socialize and get to know each other better.

March Challenge

Quilts for our first challenge of the year are due at the March meeting! Your quilt must be completed including binding. We’re so excited to see what our members have created and hope you are feeling a sense of completion as you tackle those UFO’s!

Staying with the theme of UFO’s, an idea for the next challenge (due in July) is to make a quilt from a pattern that you already own, so start going through all those patterns you’ve bought and never made!

Workspace Tours

Elise had a great suggestion to do a powerpoint presentation of people’s workspaces. If you would like to participate, send Elise some pictures of your workspace and a brief explanation of your setup, organization, or process. This presentation will give members some ideas and inspiration on how they might organize their workspaces better. Elise’s email is elise.a.beck@gmail.com.

Workshop

The LA Modern Quilt Guild is having a workshop on smallscale piecing with Chawne Kimber on March 11th at Sew Modern in LA. For those of you who attended QuiltCon in Pasadena, you probably remember Chawne’s “I Can’t Breathe” quilt. For more info on the workshop, email Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com. For more info on Chawne Kimber, go here: https://huntersdesignstudio.com/2016/02/25/important-quilts-meeting-chawne-kimber/

Show & Tell

During show and tell, Julie presented a quilt that had a QR code on the label. Using this technology, Julie recorded herself reciting the poem that is sewn on the quilt. When the code is scanned, it plays back Julie’s voice reciting the poem. What a great idea! For more info on how to add this to a quilt, check out Www.stkrit.com.

Finish up those UFO’s at our next Sew-In, it’s on Sunday March 12 at Cosmic Quilting from 12-4. Our next meeting is on March 30. Happy sewing!

Tips for Making a T-Shirt Quilt

At our September meeting, Janet solicited members’ knowledge on how they’ve approached making a T-Shirt Quilt. As usual, our members came through!

If you have a suggestion for making a t-shirt quilt, regarding design elements or construction, let us know in the comments.

Helene’s Tips:

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Helene made this quilt from her son’s tshirt collection
  1. This quilt has t-shirts, stabilizer, batting, and backing.
  2. Use iron-on stabilizer on all tshirt material (Karen recommends Pellon SF101); this allows using a 1/4″ seam and makes the material feel like quilting grade fabric
  3. Save scraps from the t-shirts, in case gaps need to be filled between the blocks

Trudy’s Tips:

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Trudy made this quilt from her Camp Tshirts
  1. This quilt has t-shirts and flannel (it’s really soft)
  2. Instead of using interfacing and batting, sew flannel to the back of the t-shirt blocks
  3. To create a boarder around the t-shirt block, piece the blocks so the seam is on the t-shirt side. Sew seam allowance open and down – a flannel border with raw edges is now visible on the t-shirt side of the quilt

Gail’s Tips:

Gail’s tshirt quilt is of her sisters work tshirts
  1. This quilt used t-shirts, stabilizer, batting, and backing
  2. Use stabilizer

Holly’s Tips:

Holly’s tshirt quilt in memory of a lost friend
  1. This quilt used t-shirts, stabilizer, batting, backing, and pieced blocks from quilting material
  2. Use a block pattern that can easily be adjusted in size to fill in any weird spacing issues due to different t-shirt block sizes.
  3. This type of pattern allows the quilt to be customized to the owner’s color preferences

Other tips:

  1. If the t-shirt has a plastic-y decal, do not iron over it! It will melt. Iron around it.
  2. Check Pinterest for ideas. Shannon found a schematic for using different block sizes.
  3. Use unique features of the shirt – special tabs/buttons – in the quilt design
  4. Browse Craftsy for classes on making a t-shirt quilt
  5. If the quilt will be a wall hanging, use flannel instead of batting to lighten the quilt. press the seams open, if you have to piece the flannel to make it big enough.

Suggestions for Making it Modern

  • Use all the same color t-shirts to create more negative space in the quilt
  • Cut t-shirts into strips, circles, hexagons, etc and piece back together randomly
  • Use different sized t-shirt blocks
  • Use a few t-shirt blocks as part of the overall design of the quilt
Lucinda’s in-process tshirt quilt in hexies

 

September’s Monthly Meeting Recap

We had a ton of fun at this month’s meeting. T-Shirt Quilts, Show and Tell, Quilters Block, Block Lotto Fabulousness, Workshop Sign-Ups, changing of the guard….

Upcoming Events (see Calendar for more details):

10/9: Weekend Sew. Bring your projects or help us finish our QuiltCon Charity Quilt. A volunteer is needed to do the binding, once the quilting has been finsihed

10/15: We’ve been invited to celebrate LAMQG’s anniversary with  quilt show and party at St. Andrew’s Luthern Church in Van Nuys, 5-9 PM

10/27: Monthly Guild Meeting. Same bat-time, same bat-place

11/17: Annual Philanthropy Challenge: Make a quilt that goes with a children’s book

12/3: Latifah Saafir’s Design Your Own Bias Tape workshop. See your email for details

12/11: OCMQG Holiday Party! Mark your calendars.

Call for Officers and Volunteers!

Our lovely officers are ready to pass the torch. They’ve done a wonderful job for us, but it’s time to let them sit back and enjoy. We’ve had some folks volunteer to step in their shoes:

Co-Presidents: Karen (behind the scenes stuff) and Bunny (lead the meetings)

Secretary: Dawn

Treasurer: Shelly

Open: Membership Chairman/Secretary – Our guild is growing and we need help keeping track of our members. this role is responsible for keeping a list of members and maintaining OCQMG’s member’s access on the MQG mothership site.

Open: Occasional Event Lead – Have an idea for an event you would love to do with the guild? Or maybe there’s a charity near and dear to your heart that needs some quilty love? This position is a one-time-event (rather than year long) lead that would coordinate a specific event or charity drive. You’d be in charge of the event, calling for any additional helpers, and executing. (Think how Quilts for Pulse was done – everyone made a few blocks, but one person coordinated the gathering of materials and mailing to Orlando MQG).

Now the fun stuff…

T-Shirt Quilts!

Janet, our fearless leader, asked for folks to share their experiences with making T-Shirt quilts.

Trudy, Helene, Gail, Holly, Shannon, and Shelly all shared their awesome tips. Check out the TShirt Post under Resources – Quilt Tips.

There was much oooing and aahhhing over show and tell:

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Mary Anne brought some lovely inherited pieced arcs to Quilters Block – What would you do with these pieces?

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Janet is wondering if more quilting is needed in the medallions.

 

 

 

 

Block Lotto

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Twists! Everyone did such a lovely job on these half-rectangle blocks in Halloween colors. Congrats to Karen M for winning this month’s blocks.

 

 

 

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Photo, piecing, and quilting by Verena at einfach bunt…

October’s Block Lotto is “Confetti.” Check the Block Lotto page for information on this month’s block.

Please recommend a block and colors for the upcoming months – See any of our officers for suggestions.

 

 

 

Random Give Aways…

Thank you to Cecile for donating a lovely Fat Quarter bundle (which Karen A forgot to photo…sorry Cecile!)

Under Construction

 

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Quilt Under Construction – Pattern by Carolina Patchworks. Constructing by Karen Aalders

Please be patient as we build our quilts new blog site. We’re really excited to re-start our blog and social media content. The side bar with upcoming events and our social media are up to date and linked correctly (I hope – Leave a comment if you have trouble 🙂 )

 

If you’d like to view our current blog and past posts, please visit OC Modern Quilt Guild.

Happy Quilting!