Sunday, May 17, 2015

May Meeting Recap

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Yesterday's meeting was packed, thank you to everyone who joined us for the May meeting!

Monthly Topics and Demos:

Charlotte and Debby gave us a recap of their visit to Paducah, and they presented a slide show of the modern quilts on display there. It was great for all of us to see some examples of the modern quilts in the AQS quilt show. You can read more about it, and see the winning quilts on their website.

Kerrilyn told us about her retreat to Sewtopia in Chicago. She learned from two different Modern Quilting instructors, Rita Hodge and Latifah Saafir.

Rita Hodge taught the Kansas Dugout block:

Latifah Saafir taught her Molehills quilt (which is a pattern you can buy online.) If you are interested in making a Molehills quilt, there is a quilt-along which just started on Latifah Saafir's website.
Shelly did a demonstration of her turned-edge applique method, which will be used in our July BOM. 

Shelly's examples for the July BOM.
Round Robins and Charity Quilts:
Kathy distributed the different Round Robin quilts that were returned for our Project Linus quilts. She also talked to us about the organization, and where these charity quilts go after we give them to Project Linus.
Ivy brought in a great example of a modern block, which could be used as a Round Robin starter (as modeled by Allison). If anyone is interested in making single blocks for charity quilts, they're always welcome (in any size!). These improv pieced blocks are easy to make our of your scraps, and can be pieced together with blocks of other sizes to make an interesting, modern quilt top.

Block of the Month:
The May Block of the Month (French Macarons) was very successful, and we had a lot of participants:
Linda was the lucky winner of the BOM raffle.
Shelly posted example blocks and the color palette for the June BOM and Jelly Roll raffle. The June BOM is Cracker Scraps, tutorial can be found here. You can also check out our BOM tab at the top of this page to get more information about our upcoming BOMs.
StitchCraft news:
Tammie shared with us the upcoming events at StitchCraft, including the StitchCraft Challenge, starting on June 1st. You can see their upcoming classes and events here.
Show and Tell:
Francine showed a couple of quilts she had made for Project Linus
Patti made this Penta Pinwheel using Sew Can She's Tutorial

Patti made this baby quilt, using Kate's tutorial from the April meeting  to make the center.
Andrea brought in the baby quilt she made for her son. Congratulations Andrea!
Joanne showed us a scrappy baby quilt she had made.

Nicole has ready completed her Riley Blake challenge from the MQG for 2015, she brought in her completed pouches to share.

Suzi brought in this red, white and black equilateral triangle quilt

Suzi also showed us her wonky star quilt.
Quilt Along:
Kerrilyn and Patti presented the format for our new Quilt Along. They also brought in some examples of the first month's block.
You can see the first month's block examples on the design wall behind Kerrilyn and Patti
If you are interested in joining the QAL, but didn't sign up at the meeting, please let us know! Instructions will be sent to everyone shortly, and updates will be posted here on the website, and on our facebook group.
As a reminder, next month's meeting with be held on June 20th at 10:00am at StitchCraft. Please bring a BOM for June, and a Jelly Roll strip using our color palette for June.
Happy Quilting everyone!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

New BOM Fabric Bundles

We have been having so much fun with our BOMs lately, haven't we? From what I've seen online, it seems like there will be enough French Macarons in this month's lottery for a king-size quilt!

We wanted to make the BOMs as usable as possible for the lucky winner, so going forward we are going to be choosing a color palette use each month. You can see the blocks, the colors, and links to tutorials, on our BOM page.

And now we are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the wonderful folks at Stitchcraft to put together fat quarter bundles in our monthly color palettes. Each bundle is made up of four fat quarters of modern designer quilting cottons especially selected with our BOM in mind. That's more than enough fabric to complete several blocks for the lottery, and have some left over! Every month there will be two options available. Below you can see the top two bundles which are June's palette of "flora hues", and on the bottom two bundles in July's palette of "freshly picked" hues.

Each bundle is available from Stitchcraft at the special discounted price of $10, which is more than 15% off the regular price. You can buy the bundles now - just ask the lovely ladies there to help you find them.

We hope these bundles will make it even easier for our members to participate in the BOM raffle, which has become a highlight of our monthly meetings. And what a great stash builder!