2015 BOM

We will be doing the Block of the Month a little differently this year. There are so many great medallion quiltsout there these days and we thought it would be fun to join in on that. We will start with a center block for January and add a border each month through September. For October and November, we’ll give a little more info, ideas, and tips on how to turn your top into a finished quilt.

Young Texan Mama’s Marcelle Medallion

We’re making this up as we go, to create a cohesive look and not make it too busy, so we are not yet sure of a finished quilt size or total yardage needed. You are welcome to make all or just a few of the borders – it’s all up to you!

Simon Says Sew’s Rainbow Medallion Quilt

For January, everyone should be picking out their color scheme and making a 12.5″ center block. Your center can be any block from our 2014 BOM program or another quilt block of your choosing. Some have suggested using old bee blocks or abandoned WIPs (Works in Progress) for their center.

Elizabeth Hartman’s Aviatrix Medallion

Have fun getting started and I’ll see you back here after the February meeting with instructions on our first border.

Valentine Swap

Valentine’s day is just a few short days after our next meeting on February 11 so we will be having a postcard Valentine swap.  If you want to participate please bring up to three handmade fabric postcard Valentine’s to the next guild meeting for a blind swap.


Postcard size means these are small, fun, and quick to make.  The standard size postcard is 4×6 but anything from 3×5 to 5×8 is acceptable.  We also need them to be somewhat stiff in case anyone wants to mail their new Valentine.  Dense quilting or use of a thin stabilizer is suggested.  Don’t be afraid to think outside the Valentine box and be creative because their small size is a perfect opportunity to try something new. And, don’t forget to post some sneak peaks! #seamqgswap

Sherri Lynn Wood is coming to town

Seattle MQG is very excited to welcome Sherri Lynn Wood for a lecture and workshop the weekend of Feb 27-28, 2015. She will be joining us just after she teaches at Quiltcon, which makes this an extra special opportunity for those of you who are not going to Austin.

Sherri Lynn Wood Patchwork Doodling sample

Sherri has been quilting since 1989 and has become an expert on improvisational patchwork and piecing. A few of our members have been lucky enough to take improv classes from her before and all had great things to say. She will be teaching her Improvisational Patchwork Doodling workshop to us on Saturday Feb 28th at 12:30pm. It’s a 6 hour class plus an hour lunch break.


Sherri Lynn Wood Patchwork Doodling sample


Sherri Lynn Wood Workshop

What:  Improvisational Patchwork Doodling

Doodling is the model for this playful yet challenging approach to improvisational patchwork. Letting go of expectations, plans or a preconceived outcome, participants will practice building patterns with simple shapes and negative space, while learning basic improvisational sewing techniques. It is a flowing YES, AND “drawing” that accepts and builds on what comes immediately before. Like a doodle it is not planned nor is it random – it’s responsive… and plenty of fun! All skill levels. Sherri has a little more info on her blog post about Quiltcon.

When: February 28th, 12:30-7:30pm

Where: Greenwood Senior Center

Price: $88, online Paypal payment only. Your payment reserves your spot. No additional fees or pattern needed for this workshop and a supply list will be provided before the class. Refunds will be given for cancellations only if your spot is able to be re-sold or if the workshop is cancelled due to low attendance.

Who: This workshop is limited to 25 participants and is open only to 2015 Seattle MQG members at this time.

<click here to sign up and pay for workshop>


Sherri Lynn Wood Lecture

While here, Sherri will also be holding a lecture for Seattle MQG members on Friday, February 27th at 6pm at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue. There is no charge for the lecture and attendance is limited to current paid Seattle MQG members only. Space is limited so your RSVP is required and will be accepted first come, first served. If your plans change, please let us know so we can give your spot to someone on the waitlist.

<RSVP link here

January Meeting Time

My MODERN: Celebrating Five Years of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild - on exhibit now through February 5 at Island Quilter

My MODERN: Celebrating Five Years of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild – on exhibit now through February 5 at Island Quilter


Happy new guild year everyone! And, it’s time for our first 2015 meeting.

When: Wednesday, January 14, 2014, from 7:00-9:00. Social time starts at 6:30

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

Happy 5th Birthday Seattle Modern Quilt Guild! Let’s Celebrate! A letter from President Chandra Wu

Editorial Note:  The following is a guest post from our President, Chandra Wu. Woo!

I am so happy for each and every quilty moment the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild has shared with me this year and hopefully in many future years, and I want to take some time to reflect on that as my term as your guild president draws to a close. However, have you heard the social media expression “tldr” before? It means “too long, didn’t read” and it applies to blog and message board posts that are too long so people stop reading them! So before you read any further into my report, please check out the link below to sign up for our holiday party Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Greenwood Senior Center, from 12-8pm! I am especially interested in knowing if you plan to stay all the way until 8pm so we can plan clean up accordingly. Last year things quieted down a lot around 6. Melinda Blom, my fabulous roommate at the Fall retreat, has offered to coordinate and review the signups, so if you want to review the results and contact her with any questions or offers, please go for it! Continue reading