Workshop time!

You’ve been asking for more classes and we’ve been listening. In fact, Allison has been working hard behind the scenes to bring you not one, not two, but three teachers (and four classes!) in the next few months. How’s that for exciting? We may also talk to Christina Cameli about a follow up weekend if there is enough interest.

But first things first. Are you ready to hear about the classes? We are really excited to have Krista Withers, local longarm quilting magician, teach us her Modern Wholecloth Quilting Compositional Drawing class. She’ll be teaching this same class at Quiltcon in February. How great is it that we get her first! This class will be held on Sunday, November 15th 10:30 – 4:45 at Quality Sew in Tukwila. For Seattle MQG members, it’s only $40 plus materials or a kit you can purchase directly from Krista at class for $20. Such a great deal. Register here.

Our second class is all about curved piecing from another great local teacher, Jenny Pedigo. Jenny is the creator of the Quick Curve Ruler and the many patterns that go along with it. On Saturday November 28th 10:30 – 5:30, we’ll be learning how to use this ruler while we make one of her newest patterns, Chic Country. This pattern is not yet released but will be in time for class and will also be provided to you as part of the $50 class fee. Quiltworks Northwest will have them ready for us when we arrive to set up for class. Register for this one here.
For both of these classes, payment is required at the time of registration and your spot is not confirmed until you have paid. Please keep this in mind when signing up. Both forms are set to close after the alloted number of students (24 for Krista, 25 for Jenny) so please do not fill out the form until you are ready to pay and do not submit it more than once. Contact Allison if you’re having trouble with the form. These classes are open only to Seattle MQG members for now but we will open them to non-members up 2 weeks prior to each class if any spots remain.
So, that leaves 2 more classes and 1 teacher to cover, huh? We are super excited to welcome Libs Elliott to Seattle next February, the weekend after Quiltcon. She will be teaching us the same two classes she is teaching there. I’ll have more information (and signups!) next weekend but if you’d like more info ahead of time, check out her class descriptions here (search for Libs) to see if you’d like to take one. Registration will be first come, first served and limited to one of Libs’ two classes so that more people have a chance to work with her while she’s here. There will also be a lecture open to the whole guild. Again, more info next weekend.
That’s all for now. Ready, set, register!

October Happenings

October is shaping up to be another fun filled month for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. Grab your calendars jot down these events:

October 4 – Giving Committee Sew-in at Quiltworks Northwest in Bellevue (check out their site redesign). All you need to help out is your machine threaded with white or light gray thread and your sewing kit. Our Giving committee has all the fabric for the project. Rumor is there are door prizes, too!

October 8 – Color Forms exhibit opening at Seattle Pacific Art Center from 5:00-7:00. The collaborative installation for this exhibit is curated by our own Jessica V and features several Seattle MQG members. The exhibit is open from October 5 through November 27 during gallery hours – Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

October 11 – Sew-in at Quality Sewing and Vacuum in Tukwila. This place is HUGE! There’s plenty of room for everyone

October 14 – Monthly meeting at Greenwood Senior Center. Your Seattle Secret Sewing Swap (try saying that three times fast!) is due

October 31 – No tricks, just treats at our Sew-in at Quiltworks Northwest

Looking ahead – Elections in November, QuiltCon entries due by November 30

As you go to our sew-ins, please take a moment to thank our hosts. We are so lucky to have so many places to get together and sew! And, big thank yous going out to our sew-in coordinator Grace L and giving committee Kae E and Dionne M-B for arranging these opportunities. More kudos are due to swap committee Amber A and Ara Jane O. Our guild runs on our amazing volunteers!

ColorFormsSPAC Invite

September 2015 BOM


We’ve made it to the end! If you’re following along, this is our last official border for this year’s Seattle MQG BOM. The last 3 months will be full of great resources for finishing that baby up so it can be put to good use. Our final border has been designed by Deborah Christenson with a little improv in mind. Click any of the pictures below to be taken to a PDF you can download or print out. Make sure you thank Yeechi for putting together these fantastic printables for us all year! She might just have a little more up her sleeve too.

Have you been keeping up with us? We would love to see your progress (or double progress as the case may be for some…) on IG, FB, or Flickr with #SeaMQGBOM. It has been so cool to see all the different versions coming together. We are going to have a pretty cool sew-n-tell at the end of the year with these.

If you have been thinking about making one but have not started yet and are having a tough time deciding on colors, did you know there’s an easy way to audition colors with Microsoft Paint? Just save the above coloring page to your computer and then open it up in Paint. You can then use the paintbrush to color in all the sections! It’s not perfect with the pixelization but it will give you a pretty good idea of your final quilt.


September Meeting Reminder


It took a little cat-herding to get a group photo at our Giving Sew-In last Saturday

It’s time for our monthly meeting and this month we welcome Ted Hoffman from American Made Brand!

When: Wednesday, September 9 , 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. Continue reading

Seattle Secret Sewing Swap

The time has come to sign up for our Annual Secret Sewing Swap!

To sign up and participate in this fabulous swap simply leave your name and email address on the Secret Sewing Swap thread on the MQG site (open to current Seattle Modern Quilt Guild members only, thank you).  Then, you will receive an email invitation from to join the SMQG Secret Sewing Swap.  Follow the instructions in the email to join the group and fill out your wish list no later than September 10.  On September 11th the swap partners will be drawn automatically and your partner information will be emailed to you.

Please fill out your wish list with helpful information such as: favorite colors, hated colors, patterns you love, your favorite fabric designers, favorite book, or any information you feel might help someone create something you will love.  However, don’t be so specific that your partner has no freedom to create. Also, include your social media info (instagram, flicker, blog) to allow for easy partner stalking. 

Your swap item MUST be quilted and in a MODERN style.  The field is open for you to create (mini quilts, zipper pouches, mug rugs, pin cushions, tote, pouches, etc) and it MUST be at the October 14th guild meeting.  If you can not attend the October meeting please make arrangements with another person to get your swap item to the meeting (and pick up your swap item for you).

A few things to consider:
1. This is a secret swap so sneak peeks (or even full views) on social media are fun but don’t tag your partner! Be sure to use the hashtag #seamswap.
2. This is an excellent time to stretch your skills and try something new.
3.  Have fun!

August 2015 BOM

Whoops, with all the Meetup finishing touches this one did not get posted last week. Sorry guys! Here it is now so get your favorite half square triangle methods ready and sew, sew, sew! Deborah C. has designed this border for us as a complement to the others so far. If you’re looking for an easy method to make several of the same HST, Debbie J. has a good one here.

Keep in mind, you can definitely make this BOM your own by changing it up however you’d like. Deborah showed us her great quarter medallion at the meeting last week. Just one more border to go after this and then we’ll talk about finishing methods.

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