November 2015 BOM

Medallion quilts seem to be all the rage this week with a few of our members out at Glamp Stitchalot in Michigan. How are yours coming back here? Debbie of A Quilters Table is back with another list of fantastic resources for you this month on the topic of quilting. Be sure to share your progress online with #SeaMQGBOM, we’d love to see! And if you’ve been watching from the sidelines but not joined in yet – it’s not too late. The tutorials will remain up on our blog.

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It’s true many of us are still piecing our medallion quilt tops, but there’s nothing wrong with thinking ahead to the quilting – sometime’s that’s motivation in itself!

Let’s start out with several options sewn with your walking foot …. Straight-line quilting is always a reasonable consideration and you’ll find lots of helpful advice from Nicole/mama love quilts with her 10 Tips for Trouble-Free Straight Line Quilting, as well as in Straight-line Quilting Tips and Tricks from the MQG.

A variation of straight-line, matchstick quilting, gives a quilt really great texture and a wonderful modern look. Check out this Matchstick Quilting Tutorial by Kelly/Express Yourself with Sulky.

Then there’s always Cross-hatch quilting. Lucy/Charm About You has a helpful tutorial.

Here’s Erica/kitchen table quilting‘s Desert Blooms Medallion, so you can see an example of a medallion with cross-hatch quilting. Notice it can be done to create squares or diamonds.

A favorite pattern for any quilt that has a focal point in its center is spiral quilting, and Linda/Flourishing Palms shares her 10 Tips for Spiral Quilting Success.

Ok, some of you are going to want to free-motion quilt your medallion, aren’t you? For general helps, check out Tips for Free-Motion Quilting a Larger Quilt from the MQG, and 5 Free-Motion Quilting Problems and How to Fix Them by Christa/ChristaQuilts on Craftsy. The Clamshell Loop (below) by Elizabeth/don’t call me betsy or Dogwood Quilting by Elizabeth Hartman would be fun choices.

For lots more ideas, see Katie/Swim Bike Quilt‘s extensive series of 25 Free Motion Quilting Ideas (Part 1Part 2, Part 3) and the curiously named pin board, fmq + wf etc.

So there! Oodles of ideas for you to consider. Can’t wait to see what you choose!

November Meeting Reminder – THE Annual Meeting

Happy November! Just when you thought you had survived election season, we have 2016 board elections this month and another chance to celebrate democracy.

When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Social time and ballot distribution start at 6:30 pm

Where: Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Pre-meeting meetup at Teachers Lounge (different place!), 8505 Greenwood Ave North starting at 5:30. First to arrive – please grab a big table

As always, we welcome visitors and fellow MQG members.

On the Agenda this month:

  • Approval of October’s minutes (login required)
  • 2016 Board elections
  • Early 2016 membership renewals – Save, save, save!
    • The 2016 dues will be $50 + $2 PayPal fee. By renewing early with cash or check at the November meeting, you will save the $2 PayPal fee. Please note that your 2016 membership needs to be current to participate in 2016 workshops
  • QuiltCon Charity Challenge Quilt – Blocks are due!
  • Committee updates
  • December holiday party signups and swap info
  • Early 2016 membership renewals – Save, save, save!
    • The 2016 dues will be $50 + $2 PayPal fee. By renewing early with cash or check at the November meeting, you will save the $2 PayPal fee. Please note that your 2016 membership needs to be current to participate in 2016 workshops
  • Coloring (yes! we’ll be coloring and chatting during the vote tally and membership renewals)
  • Shout outs
  • Sew-and-tell
    • Due to time constraints, please bring one completed modern quilt to share. And, let us know why you think it is modern!

We have lots of unclaimed 2015 membership cards and new member packets. Pick up yours at the November meeting or December holiday party. Or, if you cannot make either of those events, yours will be sent to you in exchange for a SASE. Just email

Pack your bag:

  • Nametag. Share your new nametag at sew-and-tell
  • $50 Cash or check for 2016 dues
  • Colored pencils, markers, crayons
  • QuiltCon Charity Challenge blocks – Due at this meeting!
  • Shout outs – share your news (can we get Ruth E to announce the shout outs again?!)
  • One finished modern quilt for sew-and-tell
  • November and December babies – Bring snacks to share. We appreciate them! Happy Birthday!!!

We’ll see you Wednesday!

November Happenings

Our Princess of Diamonds arranged a few blocks for our 2016 QuiltCon Charity Challenge quilt

Our “Princess of Diamonds” (it was Halloween!) arranges blocks for our 2016 QuiltCon Charity Challenge quilt at last Saturday’s Sew-In

There is lots going on in Seattle MQG land in November. Mark these events in your calendar:

November 8 – Sew-in at Circa 15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland. Due to limited space, members must sign up on the thread on our MQG Community Site (login required)

November 11 – Annual meeting with 2016 board elections at the Greenwood Senior Center in Seattle. 2016 membership renewals will be accepted with cash or check (save $2 PayPal fees!) at the meeting. Renew early and keep your membership current for workshops and events. Diamond blocks for our QuiltCon Charity Challenge quilt are also due (follow the conversation and get the latest color needs here). Happy Veterans Day to all those who serve or have served our country

November 12 – Happy hour sew-in at Quiltworks Northwest in Bellevue

November 26 – Happy Thanksgiving!

November 30QuiltConWest entries due by 10:00 Pacific Time

Looking forward to December, we are not having our regular 2nd Wednesday meeting. Instead, we are celebrating the season at our Holiday Party on December 12 at the Greenwood Senior Center. Lots of fun and games, a swap, and sewing is on tap. Sign ups for needed items will be at the November meeting.

Your Vice-President of Membership is carting around plenty of 2015 membership cards and new member packets. What? You don’t have yours? Drop an email to and yours will be sent to you in exchange for a SASE. Or, pick them up at the November meeting or December party.

Lots of collaborative improvisation at last Sunday's Giving Committee Sew-in, Nice job, everyone!

Lots of collaborative improvisation at last Sunday’s Giving Committee Sew-In, Fantastic job, everyone!

2016 Board Elections and Nominations

At our November meeting, we will be having our 2016 Board elections. Our Nominating committee (thank you Michelle H and Ruth E!) has posted the nomination and election process on our MQG site group (login required). If you are interesting in serving on the board, please contact the committee at the email listed in the MQG site post by 12:00 midnight (Pacific time) October 31. Even if you have expressed an interest and think the committee knows you want to stand for election, please contact them again to make it official.

All nominees will be posted November 1 on our MQG site group.

October 2015 BOM

We are fortunate to have many talented members in our midst, one of whom is Debbie J. of A Quilter’s Table. Debbie is known amongst us at being a very talented and prolific quilter as you can see on her blog and instagram. We love when Debbie brings her work in to show us what she’s been working on! She’s been featured on several popular sewing blogs and we were thrilled when she agreed to help us finish up the year with a few round-ups of tutorials to finish your Seattle MQG medallion quilts. She will be covering quilt backs and basting this month, quilting in November, and binding and labeling in December. Without further ado, here’s Debbie.

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So it’s time to start thinking about finishing up our BOM medallion quilts since the last border was posted in September. Here’s a little round up to get you going!

Heather/The Sewing Loft‘s Learn How to Square a Quilt has some helpful photos and tips on squaring your quilt, whether you do it before or after quilting or both.

If you’re wanting to make a basic quilt backing with 1 length of fabric, consider Angela/Cut to Pieces‘ Quilt Tip for Quilt Backings, and it just might save you some frustration.

If you’re going for a pieced back, take inspiration from these . . .

Lee/Freshly Pieced made “Twin Quilts for Twin Girls” with paper-pieced blocks from her Vintage Quilt Revival, but what if you recreated your medallion’s center block and then surrounded it with negative space?

BGelhausen on flickr made this beautiful “Christy’s Quilt Back”. Envision a back for our medallion quilts echoing some of the elements on the front, mixed amongst those solids – wonky triangles, Raspberry Kiss blocks, flying geese – or a unique element you added to your own quilt.

A more minimalist medallion such as Beth/plum and june created would be an awesome backing! Again, plenty of solid negative space with a few shapes from the front pieced in.

As for basting that quilt – choose your method!

Amanda Jean/crazy mom quilts shows us Pin Basting.

If you’re up for Spray Basting, Lindsay/Lindsay Sews shares a handy tutorial on Craftsy.

Or if you like the slow sewing movement, consider Thread Basting with the help of Purl Soho.

There are plenty more ideas for creatively pieced backs in this Quilt Backs Pinterest group. No matter what you decide, let’s work at making progress on our 2015 BOM medallion quilts, and be sure and share on Instagram with hashtag #seamqgbom!

October Meeting Reminder and Annual Meeting Announcement

It’s time for our monthly meeting! And this month we have several important announcements. Be sure to read to the end of this post for all the details.

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Social time starts at 6:30

Where: Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Pre-meeting meetup at The Yard Café at 5:30. First to arrive – please grab a big table

As always, we welcome visitors and fellow MQG members.

Now, the announcements:

2015 Annual Meeting

In accordance with our by-laws, this post is notice that our 2015 Annual Meeting will take place on November 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will occur at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103. Elections for 2016 Board members will occur at this meeting. Continue reading

QuiltCon 2016 Charity quilt

The theme of this year’s QuiltCon Charity quilt is “improv with intent.”  Our guild will be making a modern/improv interpretation of the traditional lone star quilt.  The final layout will be determined by what you, our members, create.

The blocks we will be creating are the diamonds for the star.  Each participant will create a diamond (or several if interested) to fit the diamond template. Here is the template: QuiltCon_template. Your contribution does not need to be attached to the template; it just needs to fully cover the template.  Please print the pdf file at actual size and NOT fit to page.

Please only use those colors that are in the palette selected by the Modern Quilt Guild (which can be found here).  The color palette can be described as white, off-white, sunflower, tomato red, light teal, grey and black.  Each diamond needs to be improvisationally pieced in a modern style using a main color and one or two accent colors.  The accent colors should be minimal, comprising approximately 15% or less of the diamond.  No prints!  Colors combinations we are using can be found on this thread on the MQG community site.

Please bring your diamonds to the next guild meeting on Octover 14th or contact Amber on the MQG community site to arrange for alternate drop off.