SeaSlab BOM for December


December’s task is finishing your SeaSlab BOM quilt. We made it! I hope you learned a few new techniques along the way, I definitely did.

“Quilt as desired,” that dreaded phrase…Here’s how I approached the quilting for mine; my eye was drawn to the pineapple slab in the center right, so I decided to make it a focal point with the quilting. For busy pieced quilts like this, I like to use a quilting design that creates an overall “screen” of texture.

If you have scraps left over from your slabs, you could consider piecing them together and giving this two (or more) color binding tutorial by Ellyn of Ellyn’s Place a try.

Please share your progress and your finished quilts on Instagram using #SeaSlabBOM

SeaSLABBOM for November

seattle-modern-quilt-guild-2016-bom-slab-assemblyNovember will be assembling your slabs and troubleshooting unruly patchwork, we’re almost finished! Above is one possible layout for your slabs.

If you have Sherri Lynn Wood‘s The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, there are some fantastic tips for putting improv patchwork slabs together and resolving any bubbles or wobbles that might occur. When laying out your slabs, look for areas where you can make colors bleed together to create interesting shapes and movement.

Optional Border: If your quilt is an odd size or isn’t quite big enough for you, add a border to one or more sides. Choose an element or two from your slabs that you really enjoyed making and recreate it as a border. For my sample I chose the square in a square made in the beginning steps of the improv pineapple.

Giving Quilt :: Flame of Inspiration

Remember this awesome quilt?


Yup, it’s “Flame of Inspiration,” the guild’s 2016 QuiltCon Charity Quilt. A modern interpretation of a traditional lone star quilt, it was shown at QuiltCon in Pasadena, but then has hung out at home for a bit while a recipient was arranged.

Well we’re happy to report that the quilt has been delivered to Seattle Humane, where it will be auctioned off in their 2017 fundraising gala, ‘Tuxes & Tails,’ next spring.


Quilt Size: 66″ x 84″
Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced by: Amber Arnold
Quilted by: Megan Riley
Binding by: Martha Peterson
Recipient: Seattle Humane
Organized by: 2016 QuiltCon Giving Committee Chairs

November 2016 Annual Meeting Reminder


It’s our Annual Meeting next Wednesday, November 9th, 2016. We set the ballot for the 2017 Board at October’s meeting, you get to vote this month. So please join us at Greenwood Senior Center at 7:00 pm, preceeded by  social/set-up time at 6:30 pm.

While the ballots are being counted, we’ve got a few activities up our sleeves. Please bring the following:img_6418

  • Improv-pieced stripe blocks for the Giving Committee
  • Cash or check for 2017 guild registration/renewals ($50.00) Checks can be made out to Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. We will have several computers set-up while the ballots are being tallied.
  • Paper and colored pencils for an improv activity
  • November birthdays, please bring treats
  • Seattle MQG nametag
  • Modern quilts for show-and-tell

We will discuss:

  • Board elections
  • Christmas Party details and sign-ups (including info on Christmas Exchange)
  • Potential Spring Retreat dates
  • 2016 BOM – Piecing
  • Member Survey (to be distributed via e-mail)
  • Improv activity

November/December Activities:

  • November 17th, 2:00 – 8:30 pm, Happy Hour Sew-in, QWNW (Bellevue)
    *There will be no Saturday Sew-in this month due to the Thanksgiving holiday
  • November 30th, 2016 – Last day to submit quilts for QuiltCon 2017 (Savannah, GA)
  • December 17th, 11:30 am – 7:30 pm, Christmas Party/Sew-in (members/adults only)

Next General Meeting will be Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

2016 Giving Committee- eXmark

Once all the inherited blocks and fabric were used to make First Star I See, Fade to Black, and Blue Trimmed Cabin, it was time to branch out with even more improv, and big bold color! We chose to use Debbie‘s X Marks the Improv block tutorial, and asked the guild to use their stash fabrics to make 12.5″ x 24.5″ blocks in solid reds with yellow accents.

Every block turned in was so striking, and we loved the bits of contrast sprinkled throughout each block!

I pieced the top together, and there was one extra block, which I incorporated into a pieced backing with more red solid and a coordinating print.
Thanks to Dionne for quilting this one up for us….
and Susan for binding. Susan also took the finished quilt on the road and snapped this awesome photo of it at Westport, Washington lookout tower!
Thanks to everyone who helped make this delightfully modern quilt. It will soon find its way to Nurse-Family Partnership.

Quilt Name: eXmark
Quilt Size: 72″ x 72″
Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced by: Louise Wackerman
Binding by: Susan Pray

October Giving Quilt- Improv Stripes

My apologies for the delay in this post! This months giving blocks are improv stripes!


These blocks are pretty easy and quick! Make 1 make 10! It’s up to you!


We’re going with:

Block size to be 12.5″ x 12.5″ or 12.5″ x 24.5″.

Background is white.

Colors are to be warm colors. As in red, orange, pink, yellow.

Colors are preferred to be solids, but prints that are color on color that read as a solid will work as well.


image via Life of an Architect

Want some inspiration?


Top left, Cinzia Allocca

Top Right, Denyse Schmidt

Middle Right, Heather Jones

Bottom Right, (My original inspiration. shhhh… Don’t tell Debbie!), A Quilters Table

Bottom Left, Sew.Quilt.Explore


Are you as excited as I am to see how ours turns out?? Make some and bring to the November meeting!!


Seam Swap recap


Happy swappers, picture courtesy Debbie J.

I love a good quilty swap and it seems like the rest of you are right there with me. It was so cool seeing the beautiful gifts everyone received at our meeting last week, right? Brown bag swaps are good too but there’s just nothing like receiving something made special for you by someone who shares your love of making.

The gifts varied from mini quilts to bags to baskets and more. I think it’s safe to say that each swapper went home with a smile on their face. Have a look at the #seamswap feed on instagram to get a closer look at many of these (and more from past swaps) and be sure to add yours to the pool if you have not yet. We love to see what everyone makes and cheer you all on!

Our next swap will be at the December party with details for that coming out in the next few weeks.