SeaSLABBOM for July

July Pinapples Slab

The slab for July is pineapple. Don’t worry, improv pineapple blocks are not as scary to make as you are thinking. Start with a center square, add strips to the sides of the square as you would to make a courthouse steps log cabin block, and then add triangles over the corners stitch and flip style and trim.

This tutorial by Jacquie Gering shows how easy it is to make these.

The July slab needs to be approximately 15″ x 30″.

Updated for Clarity: July 2016 Meeting Reminder

We are entering the second week of July already, I can hardly believe it.  Here are our monthly meeting details.

When: Wednesday, July 13th, 7:00 pm (social time begins at 6:30 pm)
Where: Greenwood Senior Center

We will have a mini sew-in at the conclusion of the business portion of our meeting. This is an opportunity for you to bring your handwork project, no machines! Hexagons, hand embroidery, binding, hand quilting, coloring. or if all else fails, knitting. You are welcome to show your handwork during the sew and tell portion of the meeting.

Please bring the following:

  • Handwork to work on
  • Me + You Pillowcases – (remember to put your name on the inside)
  • Tent blocks for Giving Committee
  • Pulse Orlando MQG heart blocks
  • Nametag – because we are a friendly bunch
  • Sew and Tell quilts
  • July Birthdays – it’s your turn to bring snacks to share

2016 Giving Committee- Fade to Black and Blue Trimmed Cabin

In addition to the star blocks that went to make the First Star I See quilt, we also inherited lots of black and white print fabric when we stepped in as SeaMQG Giving Committee chairs. It had been donated the year before by guild members, so we definitely wanted to use it!

We chose an Improv Quarter Log Cabin tutorial, and asked for 12 1/2″ square blocks made with the black and white prints and a true white solid. We encouraged the makers to give their blocks a little wonk when they squared them up.

With all of the blocks received back, we were able to make two quilts! The larger one we like to call Fade to Black! Debbie sewed the larger top together, which Arlene DeBuck kindly quilted with a delightful variety of quilting motifs.

Then there were enough blocks left to make a baby-sized quilt, which we like to call Blue Trimmed Cabin. Debbie put this one together also, quilted it up, and passed it on to Yeechi Chen to bind. Yeechi even added a sweet aqua flange to this little quilt.

Both of these quilts will be donated to Nurse-Family Partnership.

Quilt #1 Name: Fade to Black

Quilt Size: 72″ x 72″
Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced by: Debbie Jeske
Quilted by: Arlene DeBuck
Binding by: Arlene DeBuck
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Quilt #2 Name: Blue Trimmed Cabin
Quilt Size: 36″ x 48″
Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced and Quilted by: Debbie Jeske
Binding by: Yeechi Chen

QuiltCon 2017 Registration Opens Tomorrow 7 am

Just a a quick reminder that QuiltCon 2017 Registration opens tomorrow at 7:00 am (Pacific time).

If you are planning on going to QuiltCon, and want to sign up for a workshop, be ready. Your registration link will come to your e-mail address.

Remember, sign up for your most desired workshop first, continue through check out, and then go back in to register for subsequent workshops (one at a time), to maximize the chances to get the workshops you want.

If a workshop is full, don’t panic, many quilters’ schedules change and spots become available, so sign up for that waitlist!

2016 Giving Committee- First Star I See

When Debbie and I took over the Giving Committee for the Guild, we were given a bag of fabric and a lot of information! When we looked through the fabric, we found a bunch of these star blocks…

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So what do quilters do with random blocks? They make a quilt!
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It looks like the blocks were made by guild members a while back, but nothing was ever done with them. So we decided we might as well go ahead and make a little quilt out of them!

WishUponAStar-SMQGGiving-Back

The backing fabric was also in the pile! We thought the little teal birds went well with the colors on the front.

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It took awhile, but Debbie and I narrowed down the list of recommended recipients for the 2016 Giving Committee Quilts! The largest response from our survey was to give the quilts to a women’s charity organization. We narrowed it down even further and contacted a few places. In the end, we have partnered with the Nurse Family Partnership.

Nurse-Family Partnership is a community health program that helps transform the lives of young, low-income mothers pregnant with their first child. The program partners mothers with registered nurses from pregnancy through a child’s second birthday, allowing nurses to deliver the support first-time moms need to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and responsible parents, and provide their babies with the best possible start in life. The relationship between mother and nurse provides the foundation for strong families, and lives are forever changed—for the better.

You can learn more about the group here.

The second most popular recipient recommendation from the group survey was to give to animal charities. In the information we were handed down, we saw that two pet organizations had been contacted last year. These groups were both interested in working with us, but it didn’t work out. We have re-contacted them and will be giving each of them one quilt this year for their annual fundraisers. We will give one quilt to Homeward Pet Adoption Center and one quilt to Seattle Humane Society.

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This little guy will be heading off to the Nurse Family Partnership!

Quilt Name: First Star I See

Quilt Size: 36×48

Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members

Pieced by: Louise Wackerman

Quilted by: Debbie Jeske

Binding by: Deborah Christensen

Me+You Challenge check in

With just 3 weeks left in the challenge, we thought this might be a good time to check in. How are your pillows coming along? There are some fantastic quilted pillows so far in the instagram feed and even more that I’ve seen in person but not online. Be sure to tag your pictures with #meandyouandseamqg so we can all see. If you haven’t started yet, not to worry. You still have plenty of time to make something and the new collections have been arriving in stores if you’re looking for another design or color to add in the mix.

You should plan to turn in your (empty) pillow cover at our July meeting on 7/13. Anna Beth from Pacific Fabrics will be on hand to collect them for display at their Northgate store starting 7/15. Please, please make sure to get your creation to another member ahead of time if you will not be able to make the meeting. We want Pac Fab to be covered with as much #SeaMQG awesomeness and spirit as possible!!

They should be marked with your name and email address or phone number so we can make sure to get them back to you at the September meeting. The nice thing about pillow covers is they have an inside so feel free to hide your info in there if you’d prefer. A piece of masking tape + sharpie will work just fine if you don’t want a more permanent tag.

Any questions?