October's meeting was full of great Sew and Tell, summer projects, community quilts, re-purposed materials made anew and our great Black and White + One challenge. If you missed us check out the minutes.
This month we will be doing a pattern specifically for boys, the "Vintage Airplane" block. The PDF pattern can be found here in PDF format. We will use a white print of any sort with letters, words, numbers or any type of text for the background. For the plane, please use red or turquoise prints. It would be super if everyone could make both a red plane and a turquoise plane - so we'd have a whole squadron of planes!
The plane itself has some interesting directions, as it isn't pieced in the traditional sense. Sharon followed the pattern and had no problems, and if you take your time you shouldn't have any problems either. But if you'd rather piece the plane traditionally, that is fine also. Karen has included some cutting directions for us in her photos at the bottom of the post, as the pattern has the cutting requirements for the whole quilt.
Taking your time, reading the pattern carefully and cutting accurately will help ensure you are successful in "building" your planes! The block will finish at 9 inches (9 1/2 inches raw edges). Good luck and happy sewing!
- It's time to break into the stash for our Black & White + One challenge! Please bring your smaller than 60" diameter completed project featuring black and white plus one more color to our next meeting.
- Also, we'll be catching up on Sew and Tell. We've been very inspired by our last speaker, Blair Stocker, to start cutting up all kinds of things. If you've got any projects, new or old, featuring re-purposed materials we'd love to see them at this meeting along with your new Sew and Tell.
- Christmas swap forms will be available so you can start digging in to those holiday projects!
- October birthdays, please bring an item to donate for the raffle.
See you then!
Plan on coming to this special meeting! September 21st 2017. 6:30P Social. 7P-8:30P meeting. Enviromental Services Building - Unversity Place.
- Tell all your friends who love to sew and create.
- Bring your name badge.
- Pay for October Sew-Cation. We have a few spots left. October 13 and 14th at the VFW Hall in North Tacoma. 50.00 for two days of sewing, fun, door prizes, good food and more.
- If you have not bought your 20.00 in raffle tickets to resell- please do so. Each member must sell minimum of 20 tickets.
- No Sew and Tell to give Blair our undivided attention. Save it for October!
Using vintage and second hand fabric that tells stories and keeps memories alive in our everyday lives has provided endless inspiration for Blair Stocker. In fact, she just wrote a book a new book about it! Blair will discuss her journey from blogging to upcycled crafting to quilt making. She will also discuss her background in textile science and designing for the apparel industry and how it influences her work today. She's bringing lots of colorful examples showing how she use vintage, upcycled textiles in her current work, as well as practical tips on how to find, wash and prepare these fabrics to use in your own work.
Since September is traditionally thought of as "fall", (and would somebody please remind Mother Nature?), how about some flying geese? Soon those geese will start to fly south again. We will be making Scrap Bin Geese blocks this month. This block is a good one to use up some of your scraps.
The tutorial can be found at A Bright Corner.
Please use your grey fabrics, low volume fabrics and greens for this 12 inch (finished) block. And, just like in the tutorial, you can put the grey on either side of the block. As always, please don't trim your blocks.
For the August block of the month, let's keep it simple, as summer is a busy time. How about just some simple 9-patch blocks in a rainbow color scheme?
Using 4 1/2 inch squares, cut 9 squares all in the same color family but using 9 different print fabrics. Try to go with a Modern vibe for your choices. This is a great way to use up some scraps! Sew together into a 9-Patch. This will make a 12 1/2" (12" finished) block. You can use any color you want to, not only what is shown in the inspiration photo.
The inspiration for this month's block can be found at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.
This month's meeting is our annual summer social! On July 20th, we will be meeting at Fort Nisqually Park in Pt. Defiance.
- What to bring....
- Make it Modern project for white elephant swap
- Sew & Tell
- Name Tag
- Light appetizer to share (bring your own beverage)
The social will begin at 6:00 pm, but feel free to come early!
If you need directions to Fort Nisqually, click HERE.
See you soon & Happy Sewing!!
June's meeting was a lot of fun! You can read the minutes from the meeting here. At the meeting members revealed their animal challenge projects and it was announced that at July's summer social, there will be a white elephant swap. It is a Make It Modern project that you will create and then swap, white elephant style. The project can be anything from a mini quilt, mug rug, pouch, pillow, bag, etc. The sky's the limit! Details on the summer social will be posted soon!
In June, we also elected officers for 2017-18. The results are as follows:
President: Christine L.
Vice President: Kathy B. & Cate C.
Vice President of Membership: Julie A.
Treasurer: Cindy R.
Secretary: Kati B.
At the end of the meeting, there was a teaching station round robin! Five tables were set up and members held mini-lessons on various sewing and quilting topics, many of them hands-on! It was a great time to get to know each other and learn a lot of new techniques! I'm sure many members have already started their Christmas lists with new tools and machines!
Below are pictures from the meeting including the challenge reveal, Sew & Tell, and our round robin.
This month's tutorial comes from A Pink Classic Quilt Tutorial by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew.
The colors we will be using are cornflower blue, red, orange and teal in a scrappy theme. The tutorial is for one hourglass, but please make 4 hourglasses and then sew together into a 4-patch to make a 9 inch (finished) block. Remember: please don't trim your finished block down to size - our lovely ladies putting the quilt top together will do that for us, so it's the same ruler measuring the 9 inches on each block!
The Retreat Committee announced at last night's meeting that 3 options have transpired for our 2017 Fall Retreat and we need your input.
The 1st choice is Seabeck, on Oct 6-8. This location was originally announced at a previous meeting. Seabeck is a hotel-type sleeping arrangement and would cost $185 for double, $205 for single occupancy. Sewing time starts at 4pm Friday and ends 9am Sunday. This location is limited to 16 people max and has very limited local quilt stores for emergency shopping.
The 2nd choice is a 2 day Staycation at VFW. This is the same location as our staycation in March. For this option, the dates would be Oct 13-14 and you would sleep in your own bed at home. Sewing time is 10am to midnight both Friday and Saturday. Cost is approx $60.00 per person, which covers both days. There is room for approx 18-20 sewists with lots of quilt stores nearby for any supplies.
The 3rd choice is Gwinwood in Lacey. This is the same location as the fall retreat last year. Dates for this location are Oct 6-8 and the cost is approx $135-160 per person, depending on how many sign up. Sleeping arrangements are similar to summer camp, with 4 to 6 per room. Sewing is Friday 10am through Sunday 1pm'ish. There is room for approx 20-22 with quilt stores are close by.
Please visit the Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page to place your vote! If you do not have access to Facebook, please email Kati Boe - kboe346(at)gmail(dot)com - with your preferred choice.
A post for June's meeting and minutes will be coming soon!
The block for June will be a improvisational block made of the scrap packets handed out at the May meeting. You may add white or light grey solid fabric. Blocks must be at least 12 1/2 inches raw edges. Please do designs of straight lines, angles and triangles - no curves, and please don't be afraid to be a little generous with your block size - don't trim them down, our lovely ladies assembling the charity quilt tops will do that so they're all the same 12 1/2 inches square!
If you are new to improv quilting or not too sure of how to go about it, here are some ideas to help you. Have fun making the blocks!
1. Quilting Modern by Katie Pederson & Jacquie Gering.
2. Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers
3. Improvising Tradition by Alexandra Ledgerwood
4. Liberated Quiltmaking II by Gwen Marston
5. Artful Improv by Cindy Grisdella
If these books are not in your personal library, see if they are available thru the county library.
Pinterest: Improv quilts
Please join The Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild in
hosting Katie Pedersen at our May 18th meeting!
Katie, a Seattle modern quilting instructor and author of Quilting Modern, will join us for a trunk show on Thursday, May 18th. The social portion of our meeting starts at 6:30pm, get there early for a great seat! You can find us at the Environmental Services Building - 9850 64th St West in University Place.
Katie enjoys teaching others her approach in merging improvisational quilting techniques with modern and traditional design in her West Seattle studio and nationally. She believes that making something by hand sets each of us on a journey to discovering who we are as artists, and that this personal process can start with simply sewing two pieces of fabric together. She loves that quilts are utilitarian works of art that showcase the evolution of one's creative confidence and developing aesthetic.
Her greatest wish is that she could sew as fast as the ideas come. Please visit her awesome site at sewkatiedid.com
"Jumping Puddles" is our guild's 2017 raffle quilt. Tickets for your chance to win this cozy addition to your couch will be available directly from members and at upcoming events.
The Block Of The Month for May will be an Eye-Spy type of block, from Diary of a Quilter. The tutorial for "Mr Roboto - or off-set square - block tutorial" can be found here. Use some of those fun novelty prints that kids would enjoy looking at! And you can be creative in your size and placement of the Eye-Spy "square". Your fussy cut piece can also be rectangular, but your finished block will still need to be a square.
The block's background should be a solid-ish fabric that coordinates with your featured element. Because we want the block to be at least 12.5", you will need to start with a larger square, at least 13.5". Remember, please don't trim the block down to size - the blocks will be trimmed to the right size when the quilt is assembled.
April's meeting is fast approaching!! Minutes from the meeting in March are available HERE. This meeting will have announcements with lots of updates and information on our raffle quilt, upcoming swaps, the fall retreat, our guest speaker in May, and much, much more! You don't want to miss this meeting!
Here is what you need for April's meeting:
- April's BOM - Funky Wrench
- Birthday Raffle Item if you are an April baby
- Secret Sister final gift with your name on it
- Name Tag for the swap
- Sew & Tell
- Your name tag
Here are the details for the Sew-In...
- Date: April 8, 2017
- Location: 400 E 56th St, Tacoma 98404
Supplies to bring:
Sewing machine & basic sewing tools
Pre-washed, pre-cut, ironed fabric (cutting details will be sent when you RSVP)
- 1-yard main outer fabric
- 1-yard base & lining fabric
- 4-yards lightweight interfacing (I used Pellon JAS Val-U-Fuse 44FPKG10 which is available at JoAnns)
- Matching thread
- Contrasting thread for topstitching
If you don't want to make the bag, you are welcome to come and bring some hand sewing and just hang out with us! Space is limited to approx 12 machines, but there will be lots of chairs if you'd like to come, visit and hand sew!
Remember, you must RSVP to participate in making the bag; however, if you are joining us for some hand sewing and visiting, RSVP is not needed.