Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Party and Bag Swap

Hello Everyone!

Stephanie here!  Can you believe it is December already?!  Wow, where does the time go?  This really snuck up on me.

Just wanted to send out a quick reminder that our guild's Holiday Party is Tuesday, December 6 at 5:30 pm.  We will meet at Gallagher's on Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo for drinks, dinner, and fellowship.  After dinner, we will have our bag exchange.  Remember, we are swapping bags (doesn't have to have a zipper) that are no larger than a gallon ziplock bag--and made of modern fabric.  Everyone who brings a bag will go home with a bag someone else made.  Remember to put your own personality in it so that whoever receives it will have a little bit of your style in her life!

Please bring your bag wrapped or in a gift bag (concealed within).  We'll put all the bags on a table and draw numbers.  It will be so fun.  I hope you can come and that you have the time to make a bag!  I'm working on mine!

Also, remember to bring your November activity block to swap.  If you can't remember what we are making, click here to go to that blog post.

Hope to see you all there.  If you can't come, we will miss you!

Happy holidays, everyone.  If you're like me, things are about to get even crazier than usual.  I'm craving the holiday break and a little vacation time between Christmas and New Year's Day.  How about you?


Thursday, October 27, 2016

October Social Meeting Photo Gallery

Great turnout on a gloomy night!
Holly showed her completed top from Jacquie Gering's "Stich and Flip" workshop

Pam shared this runner that her international guest made, with no prior experience. Awesome teaching, Pam!

The back of Pam's friend's runner sports a custom label from Spoonflower

Pam also shared this quilt top she made with a fabric bundle 

Pam made this cool circular bag 

Lynn shared this precious doll from her mother's collection. 

Connie shared this table runner she paper pieced

Connie showed her completed quilt from the Jacquie Gering "Stich and Flip" workshop

Joanne made this runner..

..and this bag as a thank-you gift!

New member Brianne designed this art quilt inspired by a rug

Brianne also shared this Tula Pink design

Stephanie made these treat holders for the trick-or-treaters in her neighborhood

Sunday, October 16, 2016

November Online Activity: a Modern Classic

For this month's online activity, let's make this cool houndstooth block. Black and white fabric willl make it classic and modern.

12.5" block (dinished size 12")

Photoshop simulation of nine blocks :-)

There are several online tutorials for this block, but they assume you are going to make an entire quilt, so they give clever shortcuts for making lots of the diagonal stripe blocks at once.  So I'll share the method I used to make this darling baby quilt last year.

For each block, you'll need
  • 2 3/4" strip of white (or white with low-volume black or grey print) at least 25" long
  • 6 1/2" square of the same white
  • 3/4" strip of black (or black with small grey or white print) at least 25" long
  • 1/2" square of the same black

Note: 1/4" seams are used throughout.

1) Stitch the two strips right sides together along the long side; press to the dark side.

2) Place a 45° triangle ruler or the corner of a square ruler at one end of the strip with the point on the long side, perpendicular to the end of the strip. Cut an equal sided triangle.

3) Flip or move the ruler up and over so that the left side of the ruler is on the angle cut, and the point is on the opposite long side.  Cut.
4) Continue until you have 4 triangles, two with white tips and two with black tips.

5) Put each black-tipped triangle right sides together with a white-tipped triangle and stitch the long side. Press toward the dark.

6) Assemble the striped and solid blocks. The striped blocks should be kiddie-corner with the black points in the center. The solid black and white squares should be diagonally opposite in the other corners.

That's it! Your block should measure 12  1/2" . Bring your block(s) to the December holiday gathering and you might just win them all! See the rules for submission and winning all the blocks here.