Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November 21 - bag swap reminder

This is just a reminder that we will have our zippered pouch swap at our next meeting, November 21st

Bring your pouch (wrapped up please) and we’ll have a fun, random swap. You will also be entered to win one of four packages of zippers from ZipIt

Open Wide Pouch, via NoodleHead (link here or below)

In need of some inspiration?  Check out a few free tutorials below,  for some popular zippered pouch patterns. If you have any other favorite tutorials, feel free to share them in the comments or on our Facebook page. 

Free Tutorials: For those looking for ideas for some great zippered pouches, here are some great tutorials available for free:

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Members: see you 10/4 for Jacquie Gering!

Looking forward to seeing all active members at our Sunday, October 4 meeting, when we'll welcome the amazing Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio.   (1- 3pm at Fabric Place Basement)

Please note that this meeting is for paid members only.   Non-members may attend, for a $10 door charge.  Non-members also have the option of joining BMQG at the door, for the $30 prorated 2015 rate.

via Tallgrass Prairie Studio

Jacquie will have 100 pounds of her quilts on hand, and will share her artistic journey -- from her beginnings as a maker, to becoming a quilter, and now a modern quilter, designer and author.  She'll discuss her roots, how her family inspires and influences her work, and demonstrate through her quilts how she has developed her unique voice in modern quilting.  

via Tallgrass Prairie Studio

We will have a show-and-tell following the talk.  Please limit yourself to one item, as we expect turnout to be high and want everyone to have a chance to show.

See you all October 4!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Better late than never! - August BOM

August came and went before we were able to post our lovely August BOM from Patrice.

Please see the links above or below to Patrice's tutorial.   See you in a few weeks!

Scrappy August BOM, via Quilting with Patrice

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fall zipper bag swap

via Alidiza

With several challenges ongoing through the Modern Quilt Guild, we decided to forego a challenge for the guild this fall and instead launch a swap. With that said, we’re excited to launch our 2015 swap today – the zippered pouch swap. With such great participation by members in our zippered pouch challenge at retreat, we decided that a zippered pouch swap would be a quick, easy and fun way for members to participate in a great swap.

On to the details…

The premise: Make a zippered pouch using modern fabrics. That’s it! Because you won’t know who will receive the pouch we ask that you refrain from using holiday-specific fabrics.

Size: There isn’t a specific size requirement, but we ask that you make something larger than a coin purse. Basically, make something that you would like to receive. Be creative!

Deadline: The November 21st meeting

Delivery: The swap will take place live at the meeting. Bring your item wrapped up to the meeting. We’ll randomly draw numbers associated with pouches to determine what pouch you’ll go home with. Swapping at the end of the meeting is allowed.

Added Incentive: ZipIt has graciously offered up four prizes for our swap. Those that participate will automatically be entered into the drawing to win a prize package of zippers. 

Zipit has also provided a discount for all members. Please check your email for the discount code, which was mailed to you on August 30.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

July meeting - rainout

Unfortunately, due to the wet grass and 40% chance of rain, we are canceling our July 18 outdoor meeting.

Please keep your eyes on email for a possible informal meet-up later this month.

Stay dry everyone!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July! July BOM by Kaesmene

Kaesmene, who blogs at Kaesey, has a perfect block for the Fourth of July.  It's rainy and grey here in Boston so make a pinwheel or two to cheer yourself up and celebrate!

Happy Fourth!

The tutorial for Kaesmene's block is here:

Friday, July 3, 2015

June Block of the Month: Rails and Ladders

Sorry this is a few days late!  To make up for it, this one is a two-fer.  This "pattern" will make two coordinating "rails and ladders" improv blocks.

This is an improv-style block based on a rail fence pattern, so there is no cutting list.  All you'll need is a nice big pile of scrap strips ranging from 1" to 3" wide and about 12" or longer, in three colors.  They don't even need to be straight/ even.  Great for using up  scraps!  Here is my pile of strips:

Using each of the two colors separately to make two rough blocks, arrange the scraps in a "rail fence" pattern alternating each color with white.

Sew together into a large block, and do the same with color 2.

Trim these to roughly 2" NARROWER than you want them, width-wise, and about 2 - 2.5" LONGER than you want them, lengthwise.  (Note:  I'm not very fussy about block sizes for improv quilts, but if you want these to finish to a perfect measurement it's probably better to add/ subtract 3" and then trim to size at the end.)

Now, cut a strip from the bottom of each block, across the stripes, approximately 2-2.5"  in width. Again, these cuts needn't be perfectly straight -- they look good a bit wonky.

Do the same for the other color block, and sew a strip of white down the side of each strip.

Now we are going to open up our "rail" blocks to insert these strips.  Choose the place you want the "ladder" to be inserted and open the seam.

Now sew a contrasting "ladder" strip into the "rail" block, press and trim.

Then do the other one.  These blocks look cool sashed in white, and arranged with the "ladders" going in different directions.