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.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Meeting Details

Join us in this VERY SPOT on Saturday, July 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 (ish) for our June meeting and outing.  We will meet at FAN PIER PARK which is located right on the Boston Harbor behind the Moakley Courthouse in the Seaport District. 

Bring a picnic lunch or snack; there are also take-out food options nearby including Starbucks, Flour Bakery, Bon Me, and Au Bon Pain near the Children's Museum, and if you prefer to come early to eat (and drink) sitting down, there are several great restaurant options nearby as well including Babbo, Legal Harborside, Rosa Mexicana, The Barking Crab and many many others. 

This location is easily accessible/ walkable from South Station on the Red Line and Commuter Rail, Aquarium on the Blue Line,  and State on the Orange.   There is ample paid parking as well, though it can be quite expensive.  Metered street parking exists -- but don't count on necessarily finding a spot.

If you're planning to make a day of it, this spot is also walkable to downtown, the ICA and to the Rose Kennedy Greenway, where Janet Echelman's aerial installation "As if it were Already Here" is on view.

Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Belated May Show & Tell

Without further delay, below are our show-and-tell pics from our May color theory meeting.

Stay tuned for our June recap, as well as our June/July BOMs....

Kaesmene led off show-and-tell with a new baby quilt finish, as well as a raffle quilt she created for her childrens' school, completed with the assistance of the kindergarten students.  Kaesmene also showed off a linen bag she made, which is an Anna Maria Horner pattern

Stephanie completed a flying geese quilt using a free pattern from the Art Gallery website.  She also showed off a recent Noodlehead poolside tote finish.

Diane brought this reversible flannel baby quilt, intentionally designed to provide age-appropriate choices as the baby ages (genius).

Elise showed off her latest finish, an intricate gridded mini which she worked on at retreat.

Susan completed this "alpha baroque" quilt and a charming pair of "Owl and Pussycat"-themed baby quilts for friends with newborn twins.

New member Marilyn brought in pieces from a longtime UFO for advice on sashing.

Judy riffed on a Carolyn Friedlander dinosaur quilt pattern to create this custom dog quilt using raw edge applique.   The dogs are all modeled from real-life 4-legged friends!

New member Nancy shared her beautiful "Sail away from safe harbor" nautical quilt.

Gwen completed this stunning Anna Maria Horner "color dot" quilt that she worked on at retreat.

Stephanie did a Noodlehead pose for her Noodlehead tote finish!

Karen brought some gifts she finished this month, including several mug rugs years in the making.

Allison also had a tote finish in May.

Rebecca shared a Noodlehead tote finish,  and a  carpenter's square quilt, started at retreat, which is the 2nd of two quilts made for her twin nieces' June bat mitvahs.

June meeting summary will be up soon.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

QAYG for Project Linus

Members - be sure to check your email and our charity page for details about our next charity effort, Quilt as You Go blocks for Project Linus!

(... and stay tuned for details about our July 18 meeting, which will be a casual picnic and hand-sewing get-together at a beautiful park in Boston....)