Thanks to all for your patience as we transition the blog into new hands. Still looking for more volunteers to assist with photos and write-ups at events. Please contact me directly if you’re interested (email@example.com).
Also, if you have photos from the Island Quilter Modern Solstice opening (or any other event), please post them in our Flickr group. Descriptions and comments help. Check that privacy is set to “Public” so photos can be shared.
No June General Meeting. (Next meeting is July 10th).
Sew-in at The Quilting Loft on Friday, June 14th.
Island Quilter Sew-in on Saturday, June 15th.
Please RSVP (on Big Tent) for sew-ins and events as soon as possible.
If you’re on Facebook, be sure to follow our page (Seattle Modern Quilt Guild). Debbie Jeske does a terrific job of keeping information flowing there.
For over 40 years Northwest Folklife has produced the annual Northwest Folklife Festival, a celebration of musical and artistic traditions at Seattle Center that is now the nation’s largest free community arts festival.
Come visit our exhibit in the courtyard of Intiman Theater. The link below is a tour guide for the quilts on display.
Jacquie makes her home in Chicago, so the chance to take a class taught by these two teachers together is not to be missed.
Sponsored by Island Quilter, and located on beautiful Vashon Island, WA, the classes are as follows:
Monday, May 20th (10am to 5pm) – Slice and Dice Workshop/Slice and Insert Technique and Projects: Join authors Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen for a full day workshop focusing on the improvisational Slice and Insert piecing technique from their book Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts.
Tuesday, May 21st (12pm to 6pm) – All Hexagons All the Time Workshop: Love hexagons, but dread hand piecing? Love sewing hexagons by machine, but find marking tedious? Be prepared to love machine-piecing hexagons and master the dreaded Y-seam with ease.
Wednesday, May 22nd (10am to 5pm) – Going Crazy Workshop/Modern Crazy Piecing: Step into the present with this modern version of crazy piecing from the Going Crazy Chapter in Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts.
The deadline for all the flags to BE in Boston is 5/21. To be safe, and keep things simple, please have your flags to me by 5/13. I’ll be at the sew-in on the 11th (late in the day, so feel free to leave it if you’re coming earlier), and at the meeting on the 13th.
If you do plan to participate, drop me a response here or on the BigTent discussion board so I can get a general number to Berene for their planning.
For our newest challenge, announced at our April general meeting, we are partnering with Clothworks, who generously donated fabric from their new line of organic solids. The blocks will be used to make one or two charity quilts, depending on how many finished blocks we receive, for the Genesis Project, a Seattle-based organization that provides outreach to victims of sex trafficking.
Each member is challenged to create one block (or more, if materials allow) using only the fabrics in the bundle. You can as few or as many of the colors in any combination you choose. Block size can be a square or rectangle, anywhere between 6.5″ square to 12.5″ square. The only other parameter is that the block be modern in design, based on your interpretation of the MQG’s definition of modern quilting:
“Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. ‘Modern traditionalism’ or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.”
Ara Jane’s (amazing) example
Blocks are due at the July general meeting. Please be sure that if you take a bundle that you are able to return a finished block. And if there are any large pieces of unused fabric, please return them with your finished block as we may be able to use these in constructing the quilt top. Most of the 32 blocks were distributed at the last meeting, but there are still several bundles left and will be available at the next few sew-ins and the May general meeting (as long as supplies last).
Thank you to Clothworks for the generous donation and to those who are participating. We can’t wait to see what you will do with these beautiful fabrics!