May 2015 BOM

Alright SeaMQG people, the holiday weekend is just about upon us. Hopefully that means a little sewing time for all of you! Anyone planning on working on their #SeaMQGBOM? Those of you at the meeting last week may have already been able to get started on this next border. Don’t freak out but there is slightly more piecing than April’s border called for. Special thanks to our friend Rachel for letting us use her tutorial and to Yeechi who has once again designed a wonderful PDF and coloring page for you to plan your next move – clicking on these will take you to a printable PDF. Happy sewing!

may bom

Coloring page:

may color page

London Swap

We are swapping quilt blocks with the London Modern Quilt Guild.  Our own Jackie Benedetti has set up this fantastic opportunity to have an exchange with our neighbors “across the pond”.  If you wish to participate and swap a quilt block with a fellow modern quilter then please sign up at the May meeting (or contact Jackie or Amber).  We are limiting the number of participants since the London guild has fewer members.

The theme for this swap is red and white (no cream, no burgundy, no pink – strictly red and white). Prints are welcome but the fabrics needs to read as red or white. Blocks should be 12 1/2 inches unfinished and any modern quilt design is welcome.

Completed blocks will be turned in at the September guild meeting. All Seattle blocks will be mailed together to London.

May Happenings and Meeting

Woo hoo! It’s May and the weather has been and it’s time for our May meeting!!! Life is good. Here’s how May is gonna roll:

  • May 10 – Sew-in at DryGoods Design. Happy Mother’s Day. Treat yourself to some sewing time!
  • May 13 – Monthly meeting at Greenwood Senior Center (see details below)
  • May 30 – Sew-in at Quiltworks Northwest

Now onto details of our May meeting!!! Continue reading

Let’s get this Guild Quilt put together!


There has been talk of a guild quilt for quilt some time now and guess what? It’s time to do it! Four colors have been chosen and packets have been assembled. Allison D. has already been handing out packets at the April meeting and sew ins. We would love to have as many of you as possible contribute a block (limit 1 block per person) so please grab one if you have not yet done so and return your 5.5″ masterpiece anytime between now and the June meeting. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Here are a few that have been completed so far – we can’t wait to add yours to the pile!



*The color is a little off in these photos – I’ll blame my cell phone pics. Sorry! *

Folklife Festival 2015 quilt show

SMQG members, we need your quilts!  For the third year, the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild has been invited to exhibit member quilts during the 2015 Northwest Folklife Festival.  Our quilts will be on display in the Intiman Courtyard from May 22-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) at the Seattle Center.

Seattle MQG 2013 Folklife Festival Exhibit in the Intiman Courtyard

Seattle MQG 2013 Folklife Festival Exhibit at the Intiman Courtyard. Photo by Chandra Wu

Snagged from @bestcoasty's IG feed

Folklife display 2014. Snagged from @bestcoasty’s IG feed

The SMGQ quilt display has grown each year, jumping from 12 in 2013 to 21 in 2014.  Help us grow our show again this year by submitting your quilt.  All quilts require a hanging sleeve and a label with your name on it.  We will collect the quilts at the May 13 general meeting.

Submit your quilt for the exhibit by using this form. One quilt per form, of course.  Don’t forget to volunteer to help with the show!

Some of our setup volunteers from 2014.  Photo from Megan Vanderburg.

Some of our setup volunteers from 2014. Photo from Megan Vanderburg.

April 2015 BOM

This month we are taking it easy with a simple border from Allison. Clicking the tutorial below will take you to a pdf printable if you’d like to print or save it.  Make sure you use the #SeaMQGBOM hashtag when posting your progress online. There are already some great BOMs in progress on instagram.

seamqgbom april


Let’s go retreating

We love sew ins but hate when it’s time to pack up and go home, right? So let’s go on another retreat! There’s not much better than a whole weekend to quilt and sew to your heart’s content, day and night, especially when someone else is cooking all weekend.

Seattle MQG is happy to announce our next retreat will be Sept 11-13, 2015 at Camp Huston in Goldbar, WA. We will have plenty of space to spread out and work on as many (or as few!) projects as we want. It will definitely be a good time – just ask past retreat-goers.

To make sure everyone has enough work space and a bed to sleep in, attendance is limited to 36 people. Rooms are either shared doubles for $189 per person or singles for $249 per person – there are only 8 singles available so sign up quickly if you’d like your own room. Update: single rooms are now sold out. Please reserve and pay for a double.

Retreat slots and single rooms are all on a first come first served basis and are not confirmed until you have paid. There will be a payment link once you click submit on the sign up form. Retreat fees are non-refundable unless we are able to resell your spot or the event is cancelled. The retreat is open only to Seattle MQG members.

Questions? Please leave them here or contact Megan Riley. See you there!