June – busy, busy busy!
Wow, we had quite the extensive meeting and there were lots of notes written and the pens were busy scribbling down dates/times/challenges/news and more!
Susan reminded us of our July Canada 150 themed meeting. We would like a red and white theme and are suggesting if anyone would like to bring snacks that are red & white they would be most welcome. Please bring lots of Canada themed quilts because I have a feeling our guild will do us proud when we sing Oh Canada !
At the July meeting we would like to have our own In House Garage Sale/Swap If you have any fabric/half finished projects/blocks that you are willing to sell or give away then this is the meeting to do it. Come with money !!!! This should be a really fun event. Have your items for sale marked with a price and we’ll just have a free table where anything goes. This Sale also includes sewing related items like thimble holders, thread, measuring tapes and even buttons!
A reminder of our October Bird Challenge. Debbie brought in 3 bird blocks she has done and was also updating our Pinterest page with members so everyone can see the different pins and examples of birds to make. There is no set size to make the blocks, anything goes! Any colour goes ! Any method of making a bird block goes. However many blocks you bring in for the October meeting says how many ballots you will get for a chance to win the bird blocks!
Susan brought up that the PEI Modern Quilt Guild will be hosting a Mystery Quilt-Along that starts in September 2017. The details can be seen by clicking on the link. We had a group discussion on whether there was interest in doing this instead of our monthly challenges. It was a good discussion with a lot of reasons why people like the challenges. It spurs them and inspires them, even during the months that they didn’t participate. The general consensus is that we will continue with our challenges and decide at the September meeting what will be our challenges for the next year!!! That way you can pick and choose and yet still keep the learning happening! If you would like to do the PEI Mystery Quilt along yourself that would be awesome and we would totally love to see your blocks and quilts!
During this part of the meeting we drew the Challenge for September and it’s a biggie. The challenge is ” Mystery Object – cogs, wheels, gears, keys, wrench and towers” WOW, that is a mouthful to say, let alone to quilt but it sure leaves room for anything. Octobers Challenge will be the Bird Lottery blocks.
Debbie will be updating the NMQG Pinterest page with members. Invites are sent thru Pinterest with email addresses so please be sure to check your Junk mail if you use hotmail or other email servers. A number of people were added today. If you are not part of Pinterest page please send Debbie an email or messenger note with your own email address and we will get you added!
Packages were handed out of the left over fabric from our QuiltCon Charity quilt. There is a post in our Facebook closed group with the designed block that we picked. If you need further instructions please contact an executive member for more details. We need these blocks to be 12 1/2″ finished.
A small discussion took place about QuiltCon 2018 and Susan will send the email saying that YES we want to participate and will register us. Someone will be needed to head this up with the theme for 2018 being Modern Traditionism. It’s not a hard job and basically it involves having the final say for some decisions that will be made regarding the pattern/ mailing out the quilt. At our September meeting we are hoping that you come prepared with some ideas of how we should make our quilt, keeping in mind that it’s a group effort to sew the blocks together. The details and description, with examples, are Here
Susan also was reminding us to check out the MQG email that you receive because there are 2 new challenges that they have put out. One of them is a Michael Miller challenge and the other one is a Flying Geese challenge.
In August we don’t normally have a meeting * not because we think Quilters need a rest !!! * but this year we have something exciting happening. Lindsay has offered us her parents place to have a day of dying fabric with indigo dye. Her parents live on 3rd St, just up the road from Bethany Church where we hold our meetings. We did a vote because we couldn’t decide on having a Thursday night meeting at 6 pm ( to give us more light ) or to have a Saturday meeting on August 19th. The Saturday meeting won out. It will be potluck lunch, as usual, and we will need lots of buckets, sticks, elastics, clothespins and gloves. More details will follow on this. The inspiration is from this webpage Please check it out and we’ll do a final head count at our July meeting. Oh and you’ll need to wear your yuckiest clothing that day as there is no accounting for where the dye will end up !!!
Stephanie has a lot of fun planned for us. She gave our her phone number ( please contact another member who was at the meeting for that number ) and would like us each to send a picture to her of our sewing space/room/ studio and she would like to do a ” Guess who’s sewing space this is ” project. It sure sounds like a lot of fun and I can see some giggles and much laughter resulting!!
One of our members, I think it was Linda, suggested that we put out a list of members, with email addresses and phone numbers to each member. Tara has this information and will be sending it out shortly to each member.
Debbie & Heather are taking our Charity Quilt to Niagara Health System Hospital on Monday. Pictures to follow, however we did get a picture last night of some members who worked on the blocks. We’ll fill you on the details of the presentation to the Auxiliary at our July meeting!
Marilyn reminded us that next week is Quilt Canada in Toronto. Marilyn is the head of organizing and managing the Juried Show. Until we had our own members involved and helping we never knew how much work is involved. Kudos to our own Marilyn for the fantastic work she does with Quilt Canada!! If you can’t attend it’s a great idea to download the app on your iPhone so you can feel like you didn’t miss out on anything !!! Tara, Lorna and Dorothy are volunteering this year. Way to go gals. Shop til you drop, take lots of pictures and shop til you drop some more !!!
Lorna gave a wonderful talk about Jacquie Gering and her newest book called Walk. This book is filled with many inspiring ideas and it’s all done using a walking a foot to quilt your quilt. One of Lorna’s suggestions is to have your stitch length at 3.5 because a long stitch will not show the wobbles that happen when doing a straight line. Always quilt from the middle of the quilt towards the outside edge.
Stephanie has really done her own research on quilting and had a few awesome ideas to remember. One of them is when cutting your backing use the straight of the grain of the fabric and having it running from top to bottom, because you won’t get as much rippling on the back as there is less give in the fabric. ( as opposed to running your fabric from selvedge to selvedge ) . Using painters tape is another great idea, although some find that masking tape is a bit better. Another great hint of something that we most us had never heard of is Water Soluable THREAD for basting !!!! Superior Thread sells this in different spool sizes. Perhaps check it out! Another hint Stephanie found was decreasing the pressure of the presser food helps when quilting the quilt. We are not sure this can happen on all sewing machines, but it’s certainly worth a try!
Kathleen Trunk Show
We were certainly in for a night of fun, laughter and entertainment from Kathleen as she did her awesome Trunk Show.
She started with 3 family heirloom quilts that were amazing.
And in a special announcement Susan- our President – has agreed to do her Travelling Trunk show for us at our October meeting !!! Exciting, exciting!!!
Show & Tell