Sunday, August 14, 2016

August Online Activity

This month let's do a quick, simple block that will look amazing when assembled! Let's follow Twiggy and Opal's directions for a Shadow Block.

Let's take Jayne's block one step further and add a white sashing to the top and left side. At the end of her tutorial, we are left with a 5 3/4" square. Let's add a 1 1/4" strip of white to the sides that don't have the grey shadow strips, to end up with a 6 1/2" square (will be 6" finished)

Please use a bright modern "charm" (5") square for the center square, a medium-to-light grey for the "shadow" and white for the corner block and sashing.

Here are rules for submission and winning the block drawing at our September 2016 meeting



Friday, June 24, 2016

Donation Quilts for Orlando Pulse

At the social meeting on Wednesday, we agreed to try to complete a quilt or two to donate to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild's effort to provide quilts to the families of the Orlando Pulse shooting victims. http://theorlandomodernquiltguild.blogspot.com/2016/06/donation-quilts-for-pride-orlando.html

If you can donate a block, please follow this tutorial for a 10-inch block:  http://cluckclucksew.com/2015/01/making-heart-blocks-in-multiple-sizes.html, using a rainbow-shade heart and low-volume background. Bring it to the August meeting. That will give our volunteers time to assemble the blocks into top(s), sandwich, quilt, and bind before Orlando's September due date.

If you can't attend the August meeting, please contact glmodernquilter@gmail.com to arrange a drop-off.



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 2016 Social Meeting

Tonight was an informal social meeting of the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild.  We had a great meeting!


 Thanks to Pam for opening her home to us and letting us meet on her back patio!  It was delightful, despite the threats of rain.  The weather held off for us just long enough.  It started pouring shortly after I got home!

Here are the highlights of our meeting:

I forgot to take photos, but both Carolyn and Joanne brought versions of our challenge block they had sewn up already to show us.  The block is so stunning!  You're going to want to get in on this action and have a chance at winning the blocks.  Get to work on making a block, if you haven't yet.  Details can be found here, in the last blog post.

Speaking of winning blocks, Shannon has already sewn up all the blocks she won from our last challenge!  Check it out!

We all loved how she offset the blocks with this ingenious sashing!  Well done, Shannon!


Another member brought quilts she had made for a high school classmate's daughters.  Her friend's husband had recently passed away.  The guild member cut up the husband's shirts, and she made these quilts for her daughters, at her friend's request.  They were so amazing, and the quilting was beautiful on them!  I loved the design!

She had enough scraps to make a third quilt as a surprise for her friend.  She used chambray for the background because the husband often wore blue jeans.  What a special treat for her friend.  They will all love these quilts!  (I am not saying who made them to try to make sure her secret is kept.)

Terri brought this really cool cathedral windows quilt that her grandmother made in 1967.  It was so amazing!  It was not faded at all, because it had been stored in her mother's cedar chest for many, many years.  She was recently gifted this quilt by her mother, who is now in a care facility.  We were all astounded at how heavy the quilt is, despite the fact that there is no batting in it.  Maybe someday I will actually make one of these.  Wow.

Pam gifted us all with some snazzy sewing machine cleaning tools she made from coffee stir straws and pipe cleaners!  How fun and useful!  Thank you, Pam!

And thank you to Carolyn for prizes!  She gave away some nice scraps of Alison Glass fabrics she had leftover from making her challenge block!  Woo hoo!  What a nice prize!

We discussed making a quilt for the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild and decided we would go for it.  Watch for a post from Carolyn on specifics, if you'd like to contribute a block.  We'd love your help on this one!

It was great seeing everyone!  Looking forward to our next formal meeting in July!

Stephanie