Secret Sewing Swap

The time has come to sign up for our Annual Secret Sewing Swap!

To sign up and participate in this exciting swap simply leave your name and email address on the Secret Sewing Swap thread on the MQG community site (open to current Seattle Modern Quilt Guild members only, thank you).  Then, you will receive an email invitation from drawnames.com to join the SMQG Secret Sewing Swap.  Follow the instructions in the email to join the group and fill out your wish list no later than Tuesday, September 6th.  On September 7th the swap partners will be drawn automatically and your partner information will be emailed to you.

Please fill out your wish list with helpful information such as: favorite colors, hated colors, patterns you love, your favorite fabric designers, favorite book, or any information you feel might help someone create something you will love.  However, don’t be so specific that your partner has no freedom to create. Also, include your social media info (instagram, flicker, blog) to allow for easy partner stalking.

Your swap item MUST be quilted and in a MODERN style.  The field is open for you to create (mini quilts, zipper pouches, mug rugs, pin cushions, tote, pouches, etc) and it MUST be at the October 12th guild meeting.  If you can not attend the October meeting please make arrangements with another person to get your swap item to the meeting (and pick up your swap item for you).

A few things to consider:
1. This is a secret swap so sneak peeks (or even full views) on social media are fun but don’t tag your partner! Be sure to use the hashtag #seamswap.
2. This is an excellent time to stretch your skills and try something new.
3. Have fun!

SeaSLABBOM for August

August Quarter-cricle Slab

The August slab is quarter circles/drunkard’s path. This is a great opportunity to practice, or try out, piecing curves since the pieces don’t have to line up exactly and you can trim off any excess fabric left over after sewing the curve. Here is a tutorial for sewing improv curve blocks from Lindsay Conner for the Craftsy Quilting Blog.

The quarter circles/drunkard’s path slab needs to be approximately 20″ x 30″.

Fall 2016 Retreat

Retreat Information

WhenFriday, September 9, through Sunday, September 11 (arrival at 9am on Friday, departure at 2pmon Sunday)

Location:  Camp Huston in Goldbar, WA

Cost:  $189 for a double, $249 for a single. There are 10 singles and 26 doubles (ie 13 double rooms) available!

Call for Volunteers

Thank you to the people who have already offered to help plan the retreat! Please send me an email if you are interested in getting involved.

Activities:  Would you like to lead a group activity? Perhaps you have a technique you’d like to share with us. Maybe you have an idea for a creative group project.  Please let me know your ideas.

Snacks/Drinks:  We’ll have a sign-up for individual contributions, but we need someone to set up the snack table and make sure it stays neat and tidy during the retreat.

House Rules

To ensure everyone’s enjoyment of the retreat, there are a couple of guidelines we’re asking everyone to follow this year.

Keep the aisles and walkways clear. Please keep you and your supplies out of the common areas. If you have a lot of stuff, it is your responsibility to arrive early and set up in out of the way location (in a corner, for example).

If you volunteer to bring supplies to share, please leave them at Camp Burton for the full duration of the retreat. If you need to leave retreat early, we ask that you make arrangements to have another attendee (NOT board members or retreat organizers) deliver your shared supplies to you after the retreat.

Ready to sign up?

Then head on over to this link right here:
and get yourself signed up! Please only fill out the google form once!! After you’ve completed the form, it will direct you to two PayPal links. Please click on the PayPal link corresponding to the occupancy that you’ve selected in the form.

Thank you, and hope to see everyone next month at the retreat!

Christa Poel
2016 Retreat Chair
poelchrista @ gmail .com

August 2016 Meeting Reminder

It’s quilting weather, SeaFair weekend, and the Olympics are on, all good reasons for quilting, whether on the go, or in the familiarity of your quilting space. It’s also about time for our monthly Meeting! We hope to see you this upcoming Wednesday, August 10th, 7:00 pm at Greenwood Senior Center in Seattle.

Overview:

  • Binding Demos
  • PDX meetup updates
  • Retreat -latest info & sign ups day after meeting!
  • Krista Fleckenstein workshop completed projects show-and-tell
  • Distributing Giving Committee Improv block fabric packets
  • Distributing 2017 QuiltCon Michael Miller Luxe Challenge Fabric to those who signed up in the spring

Please bring:

  • Nametag
  • Show-and-tell completed quilts in the modern aesthetic
  • Krista Fleckenstein workshop projects for show-and-tell

August Giving Committee Blocks- Improv

It’s time for a new giving quilt plan! And this time around, there’s no need to rummage through your stash becuase our local Clothworks has generously donated beautiful American Made Brand solids for our next giving quilt.

The colors chosen are the same as the logo for Homeward Pet Adoption Center, our intended recipient for this quilt. Specifically, they are (top to bottom in photo below) dark eggplant, dark blue, brown, and white. Bundles will be available at the August meeting, with each consisting of 1/16 yard of each of the colors, and 1/8 yard of white.

Your assignment if you choose to accept it is to make as many original improv blocks as you like using the fabrics in the bundle only. You can use some or all of the colors, with blocks being in one of three sizes: 6 1/2″ square, 6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″, or 12 1/2″ square. Please return all blocks along with any fabric you don’t use to the September meeting.

We’d love to see your progress on Instagram using the hashtags #seamqggiving and #seamqg. And feel free to thank @clothworks for their #americanmadebrand fabrics! Enjoy the freedom of doing your own thing for good!

 

Me and You and Sea MQG reveal

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Have you had a chance to stop by and see all of our beautiful pillow covers and mini quilts yet? They are hanging at Pacific Fabrics on the wall above the quilting fabrics and they look fantastic. Nice work everyone! It’s great to see the wide range of sizes, designs, patterns, and fabrics used.

I tried to get pictures of all of them but you’ll have to forgive the coloring on some of these. Fluorescent lights, you know. I believe there were a few more that did not quite make it to our July meeting so make sure you show those off at our August 10th meeting. We still want to see them!

Special thanks to Me & You / Hoffman Fabrics for supplying fabric bundles and to Pacific Fabrics in Northgate for putting them on display. They will be up until about the 15th of August so make sure you check them out before then.

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And now I want to swim in a rainbow of these:

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Making your work your own with mixed media

-Lecture details at a glance-
Speaker: Krista Fleckenstein
Subject: Making your work your own with mixed media
Date + Time: Sat, July 30, 2016 at 7:00pm
Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church – Fellowship Hall (downstairs)
7706 25th Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98117
Fee: Free for Seattle MQG members, $10 for guests
RSVP HERE

The time has come for Krista Fleckenstein to visit our guild. Will you be one of the lucky members to learn a new technique from her this weekend? Or listen to her speak about making your work your own? If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re a Seattle MQG member, which means that Saturday’s lecture is free for you. Yes, free. Guests are just $10. There is plenty of room so come on down.

Krista has dabbled in many different techniques for transforming fabric before she sews with it. Her recent book Beyond Cotton showcases several of these methods that we, as quilters, can’t seem to get enough of. We will be learning block printing (Saturday 7/30, register here) and sewing with leather (Sunday 7/31, register here). Pre-registration is required for both classes. There is maybe 1 spot left for each class as of blog posting time.

Registration for the lecture  is not required ahead of time though it is helpful for determining how many chairs to set up. Again, there is no charge to current members and it’s only $10 for guests. Both can rsvp via this link. Krista will have a few copies of her book on hand (check or credit card are easiest) if you’d like to buy one directly from her.

See you this weekend!