February 2016 Meeting Info and Reminder

It’s time to get together again! Join us Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00 pm at Greenwood Senior Center.

The February meeting will be extra special, so we hope you can join us.

  • QuiltCon Reject Party!!!
    We are celebrating the “we regret to inform you…” QuiltCon 2016 quilts. Please bring your quilt for a very special Show-and-Tell, we want to see them!!!! If you are unable to bring your quilt, please e-mail us a web link to your quilt or picture at seattlemodernquiltguild at gmail dot com by Midnight Sunday for inclusion into our slideshow. No party is complete without cake!
  • First #SeaSLABbom block assignment to be revealed, are you ready?
  • Last chance to pick up your Seattle Modern Quilt Guild pouch
  • Regular Show-and Tell – we want to see your most recent completed quilt tops and finished quilts (binding app OKAY)
  • Dont forget your nametag!!
  • February Birthdays – its your turn to bring snacks!

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Giving Committee Update

Don’t worry, your new Giving Committee chairs are working behind the scenes to make this another great year. Our initial goal has been to plan six quilts where we present a pattern to you every other month, asking you to bring blocks back to the next meeting, and we’ll work with what we get to keep the process going.

For the first quilt, which we’ll kick off shortly, we’ll be using fabric left from last year, and there will be ‘kits’ available at the February meeting. Or you can use your own modern fabric! After that, we’ll start fresh, concentrating in mostly solids.

In an effort to see who wants to participate and how, we have a short survey. Seriously, it’ll only take you a very few minutes. Just indicate how you’d like to participate this year, and leave us your contact info so we can be in touch if needed. Thanks for taking the time, and we definitely look forward to sewing for good with you this year!

SURVEY SAYS (click here)!

Thanks, Your New Giving Committee Chairs,

Debbie/A Quilter’s Table/@aquilterstable/aquilterstable@gmail.com

Louise/I’m Feelin’ Crafty/@imfeelincrafty/imfeelincrafty@gmail.com

A note from your President


A few highlights from the #seamqg feed on instagram

Welcome to our renewing members and new members faces in the guild too! It’s a new year and there are projects to be started, old ones to revisit (wips), and certainly something new around the corner.

So what will be your mantra for the year? I’ve been thinking of a few.
#breakintothatstash (bust out all that fabric you’ve been hoarding)
#destash (I know there is someone to take that off your hands)
#juststartsewingsomething (plug in that machine and go, who knows what you’ll create).

Or maybe your plan is something more along the lines of one of these:

  •  time to take a class because a lot of great teachers are coming here to the Guild.
  •  learn a new technique, like our BOM or something you saw at our sew-ins, saw at a demo at guild meeting, something seen at sew-and-tell, or learned on a quilty blog (some of our members are bloggers with a wealth of info)
  • sign up for a retreat or two (a whole uninterrupted weekend to sew with friends!)
  • start on your quilt submission for next year’s Quiltcon in Savannah,   GA or any quilt show you wish to enter. We have a special exhibit taking submissions now for an April show.
  • come to Quiltcon next month in Pasadena, CA (or members there will keep you in the loop, virtually)
  • check out our local quilt shops (maybe take a quilty friend with for moral support or just to help you hide the shopping bags)
  • make (or remake) a nametag for yourself to wear at meetings and sew-ins – they are a great way to show off a little bit of your quilty style!
  • go to sew-ins and meetings (all the good stuff happens at both, need we say more?)

We are all helping one another and learning along the way how to become better quilters and makers. It’s good to bring a friend, or many, along for the journey. You are what makes seaMQG so fabulous! Get to know your fellow guild members and find some new quilty buddies by using our hashtags on Instagram:
#seaMQG for all things related to the guild, meetings, and modern Seattle quilting
#oneseamsewn because sewing just one seam means you’ve had a successful sew day!
#seaSLABbom to follow along with this year’s block of the month

Sew, see you soon!


P.S. a special thank you for a wonderful SeaMQG Christmas party in December and for all the efforts of Jonna in chairing such a big party! Woo-hoo!!!

SeaMQG exhibit at FIQ 2016 Quilt Show

Seattle Modern Quilt Guild has been invited to be the featured guild at the Fidalgo Island Quilters 2016 Quilt Show. The show will take place 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th, at the Swinomish Casino.

FIQ is reserving space for us to show 10-12 full size quilts, though we can fill the space as we see fit. Because we hope to show the work of many SeaMQG members, we encourage you to consider submitting smaller or mini quilts.

As space is limited, we will be curating a collection of work to represent the guild. What are we looking for? Basically, we want you to submit your best, most modern work.

Not quite sure what that entails? As defined by the Modern Quilt Guild, modern quilts typically exhibit:

  • Use of bold colors and prints
  • High contrast and graphic areas of solid color
  • Improvisational piecing
  • Minimalism
  • Expansive negative space
  • Alternate grid work
  • Modern traditionalism

FIQ uses the following definitions for their modern, contemporary, and improvisational category:

  • [Modern] Quilts that are asymmetrical, focus on negative space, use mostly straight or geometric quilt stitching, favor solid fabrics, use traditional block patterns that have been enlarged or exaggerated, without borders.
  • [Contemporary] Quilts that are usually symmetrical, use mostly straight or geometric quilt stitching, favor modern fabrics in contemporary colors and combinations, use traditional block patterns that have been enlarged or exaggerated, with or without borders.
  • [Improvisational] Quilts that have no planned pattern, they are made, invented or arranged offhand; fabricated out of what is conveniently on hand. Solid and printed fabrics are both found in this type of quilt, often in unusual combinations.

Now, on to the details and expectations for submitting a modern quilt of your own for this exhibit:

  • Quilts do not need to be made specifically for this show.
  • You may submit more than one quilt for consideration.
  • Quilts should not be larger than full size. Submitting smaller and mini quilts is welcome and encouraged!
  • Quilts must be labeled with the quilt name, quilt maker’s name & phone number, quilter’s name (if applicable), and quilt finish date (can be m/d/y, m/y, or year only).
  • Quilts 30″ or wider must have a securely attached 4” hanging sleeve (Jacquie Gering’s excellent tutorial shows you how).
  • Submit your quilt in a bag labeled with your name and email address or phone number.
  • Entrant must be a current member of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild as of January 30, 2016.
  • Quilts must be entered online using the form below by January 29, 2016 at 11:59pm Pacific time.
  • Quilts are due at the March 9, 2016 SeaMQG meeting.
  • Quilts will be returned at the May 11, 2016 SeaMQG meeting.

Participants will be emailed with the status of their submissions by Sunday, January 31, 2016.

If your work is selected, your name will be printed in the show program, along with a brief biography and details about your quilt, as provided by you on the entry form.

Ready to submit your work? Enter it using the link posted in the Seattle MQG Group within the Modern Quilt Guild (login required).

2016 Slab BOM: January

Our guild meeting this week brought some beautiful 2015 #SeaMQGBOM medallion quilts and we look forward to seeing even of them more next month from those who were not able to make it to the meeting. Please continue to share your progress and finishes with #SeaMQGBOM.

We were also treated to an advanced showing of the plan for this year by Matt. We are so excited to welcome Matt as our new block of the month leader for 2016. He has not been quilting long but boy has he made up for lost time! Matt brought his already finished quilt top that he’ll be instructing us on through the year – and it was a BIG hit! Be sure to check out his instagram for sneak peeks of what’s to come and use #seaSLABbom to follow along in 2016. Now let’s get this party started with Matt!

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For the 2016 Block of the Month we are going to exercise our improvisation muscles. We will be exploring nine different shapes/techniques, creating a slab of improv patchwork each month that will come together to become a one-of-a-kind quilt. Ruler free, ruler assisted, wild and crazy, simple and controlled…you get to decide and set your limits and comfort level for each technique. The finished quilt will measure approximately 60” x 80”.

For January we have an easy and fun task, curate your fabric! Choose about 7 yards (for the quilt top only). Suggestion: 2-3 yards should be background/filler fabric, using this fabric throughout your slabs will help unify the pieces and you will be able to use this fabric, if needed, to join the slabs without it being obvious.

I’ve chosen my fabrics (below) and I’m looking forward to see what you will choose for yours.

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January 2016 Meeting Info

Happy New Year! Here’s to successful quilting in 2016! Our next general meeting is less than a week away.

January 13th, 2016 – General Meeting 7:00 pm

  • Scrap swap reminder – we will be swapping scraps at the January meeting. Please bring any modern quilting cotton scraps. Please no batting, home dec, or other types of fabric.
  • Bring your finished (tops or finished quilts okay) 2015 BOM to show off. We’d like to get a picture of them all together.
  • Come pick up your beautiful SeaMQG pouch if you did not get one at the December party. All pouches must be claimed by the Feb meeting. (Allison did a post about this a few weeks ago on Community, too)
  • We will be having a #quiltconreject #toocoolforquiltcon show at our February meeting as we get ready to attend Quiltcon in Pasadena. More details coming before next month.We will be introducing details of our new 2016 BOM at the meeting. It’s going to be a good one!
  • 2016 Membership cards and new member packets will be available at the sign in table. If you’ve renewed your membership or joined recently, make sure you pick up a new card or make arrangements with someone attending the meeting to pick up your membership card on your behalf.
  • There are two upcoming sew-ins this month:
    January 14th, 2016 – Happy Hour Sew-in at QWNW, 2:00 – 8:30 pm January 23rd, 2016 – Saturday Sew-in at QWNW, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Hope to see you there!

December 2015 BOM

It’s been quite an adventure with our BOM quilts and I bet you thought I forgot to post our final installment… and you would be correct. Sorry to those of you who have been waiting for this final 2015 BOM post! Debbie has had it ready and I completely forgot to post it – let’s blame that on the holiday craziness. Anyhow, here at the end of the year Debbie / A Quilters Table has put together another fantastic collection of methods and techniques to help you finish up those quilts – whether they are your 2015 BOM or another quilt you’ve been working on. We’d love to see your finished BOM quilts at the January meeting if you’ve been following along! I’m off to check out some of these binding tutorials for another quilt now… Take it away Debbie!

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Now that we’ve mulled over quilt backs and basting and considered a quilting plan for our medallion quilts, it’s time to face the final steps – binding and labeling. 

You probably have your favorite basic binding method, but Leanne/she can quilt has a helpful post that covers both hand and machine stitched binding if  you haven’t already tried both ways.

A faced or knife-edged binding is a nice consideration for some quilts, and I really like using this tutorial by Anita/Bloomin’ Workshop.

If you prefer a faced binding with mitered corners, I also recommend this tutorial by Elizabeth/OPQuilt. I’ve used both methods, have had good success with each, and find the 2 styles basically a matter of preference.

Faced Binding--back

Ellyn/ellyn’s place has a great tutorial for two-toned binding, another consideration for a unique finish.

Now on to labeling! Always a good idea, right?

Our own Sandy/Sleep Owl Studio has shared her method for hand-written labels, sewn right into the corner of your quilt. (Random fact: Sandy’s tutorial is consistently my MOST pinned item on Pinterest.)

If you want to do something more, and make a supply of labels while you’re at it, consider Kelsey/Lovely and Enough‘s DIY Professional Quilt Labels

And if you really want a hand-stitched look, why not try Sarah/FairyFace DesignsHand Embroidery tutorial.

Caroline/sewcanshe also has some quilt label printables available for download, if that’s more your style.

So there’s a few ideas for you! There are even more in my Quilt Binding Tutorials and Quilt Labels pin boards, and there’s also the SMQG quilt finish round-up board if you’d like to peruse all the techniques I’ve shared for the SMQG 2015 BOM. So go at it! I can’t wait to see your finished quilts!