Sunday, July 5, 2015

July Block of the Month


Our July BOM is appliqué circle blocks based on the demonstration that Shelly Recicar gave at our May meeting. This block actually combines Shelly's appliqué method with the strip piecing method demonstrated by Kate Yates in April. 

Our colors for July are the "freshly picked" palette – don't forget you can buy a lovely fat quarter bundle in those colors from Stitchcraft, with a special SFMQG discount of 15%! 

Shelly's demo blocks.

Shelly gave us a handout at the meeting with some written instructions for creating the appliqué circles block, but if you missed that meeting, or (like me!) misplaced your handout, here are the instructions for you!

  1. Make a 10 inch background using the strip method demonstrated by Kate in April. There is a step by step tutorial available on her blog. 
  2. Cut a 10 inch piece of light grey fabric. Trace a dessert plate or any other circular object on the back of the fabric. You want the background fabric to show.
  3. If the circle is grey on your block, 
    • Cut a large ¼ inch outside of your drawn line on grey fabric
    • Trace the plate on poster board or a food box such as cereal box. Cut the circle on the line.
    • Prepare fabric, using this tutorial.
  4. If the circle is a color and the background is grey,
  5. Freshly Picked, our July palette.
    • Cut a large ¼ inch inside your line on the gray fabric. Clip from cut inside edge to seam line (¼ to ½ inch) . Do not cut through the seam line. Stop just short of the seam line.
    • Trace the pattern on poster board or a food box. Cut the circle on the line. You will need the outside edge of the circle so go ahead and cut into the circle.  You will not be using it.
    • Prepare fabric using this tutorial.
  6. Sew circle onto background fabric using a buttonhole or zigzag stitch. Use grey thread that matches the fabric.  The circle can be placed anywhere on the fabric.  You can even place only part of the circle on the background and trim the excess off the block.
  7. Trim block to 9 1/2 inches.
Many thanks to Shelly and Kate for the demos and instructions.

Don't forget, the more blocks you make the more chances you have to win. Let's hope Jennifer gives the rest of us a chance this month! LOL. Can't wait to see your blocks at the meeting on the 18th July!

Changes to the Board

Hello, South Florida Modern Quilt Guild Members! We have news for you! First, we have restructured the board as follows:
  • Ivy, President
  • ___, Treasurer
  • Kate, Secretary
  • Allison, VP of Administration
  • Charlotte and Debby, VPs of Programming
  • Patti, VP of Projects
Nicole is a founding board member, which is an honorary position.
Why have we restructured the board? We’re so glad you asked! To make a more streamlined compact board—in part because we are a compact guild We are a work in progress, like many of our sewing projects. Our structure can change as our size grows. It also opens up more opportunities for members to participate via committees—either by heading them or simply working on them. And committee leads report to board members. 
You may notice that, as noted above, we are looking for a TREASURER! If you have any bookkeeping experience at all and can donate some time—not a lot—to the position, we would love to have you! Please email us at southfloridamod@gmail.com. Thanks!
Also, and this is even BIGGER news, we’re going to hold elections! Since we merely volunteered ourselves into these positions, we are going to hold formal elections in September. Who knows? Maybe one of YOU would like to throw your hat in the ring? 
If not, have no fear: there will be several committees for you to choose from (to lead or participate in) so everyone gets a chance to contribute. They are as follows:
  1. Challenges and Swaps
  2. Block of the Month
  3. Quilt-a-Long
  4. Special Events
  5. Community Service
  6. Education
  7. Historian
  8. Meetings
  9. Membership
  10. Teaching
More information on how and when elections will be held, and how to sign up for committees, is right around the bend.
Lots of exciting stuff is happening in the next few months! Stay tuned! :)