Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July Meeting this Saturday


Our next meeting is this Saturday July 26, 2014.  We will meet at Quilts Plus (directions) from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Teri Springer one of our members will be giving an intro to fabric dyeing.  We will also have the opportunity to sign up for some hands on at her studio.  Find out a little bit about Teri here.

Don't forget to post your June (link here) on line activity blocks and bring them to the meeting for a chance to win.  There has been a number of blocks posted on facebook that look fabulous

We will also be swapping fat quarters of text fabric get the details here.  I am excited and can't wait to see what everyone brings.

We will also be doing show and tell.  I always look forward to this part of the meeting.

See you on Saturday if we don't melt today :).


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Text fabric swap details!

Hi all,
We'd talked at the May meeting about doing a text fabric swap in July, and the date is fast approaching!

Here are the details:

  • If you want to participate, bring a fat quarter of text fabric to swap. (If you like, bring more than one and you'll take more than one home...it's up to you!)
  • At the meeting, anyone who brings a fat quarter (or more than one) to swap will take home a different fat quarter. 
  • If you can't make the July meeting (July 26) send your fat quarter with a friend so you can still be part of the swap!
  • Text fabric is any fabric with words/numbers/writing on it. Here are some examples below.


(Note: I found all of these examples [and many more!] simply by googling "text fabric." You can also check out your favorite online quilt shops.)
A few shops to look at:


Now, to make things slightly more complicated, if you like, this can tie into our next online activity (for the September meeting). Our block will be the spider web block (find the tutorial here and see the block photo further down in this post). We will be asking you to use black on white/cream text fabric for the center "star" (the solid white portion) of the tutorial block.

Sample of black text on white/cream background:

Here's a peek at the block (color scheme of the pieced portion still to be determined--we'll let you know details at the July meeting/on the blog after the July meeting):
Photo and tutorial: 

What does this mean?
  • You may wish to purchase more than a fat quarter of text fabric when you choose something for the swap. 
  • Each spider web block uses a 12-1/2" square of text fabric. Ultimately, you'll have text fabric scraps left over from making the spider web block, but you will only be able to get ONE 12-1/2" square (for the block activity) out of a fat quarter. 
  • If you choose a non white and black text fabric for the swap, that's fine--just make sure you also have a white and black text fabric option of your own to use for making your online activity block. (I say this because I haven't seen a lot of text fabrics around the area--you may end up going online to buy text fabric for the swap and/or activity, and this way you can plan ahead to purchase both at the same time.)
  • If you buy 1/2 yard of fabric, you can cut it into 1 fat quarter for the swap and still have fabric left to make one spider web block. If you buy 3/4 yard of fabric, you can cut your fat quarter for the swap and be able to make 2 spider web blocks (or just have leftover text fabric to play with!). *You can also the FQ you receive in the swap for your block if it is black on white.*
I tried to make this post uncomplicated, but I'm not totally sure I succeeded! If you have questions or need help finding fabric, please leave a message in the comments and I'll get in touch with you.
p.s. If you have suggestions on where else online to shop specifically for text fabric, please leave web addresses in the comments below and/or on Facebook!

Monday, June 16, 2014

June Online Activity!

Here's the online activity block for our July meeting:

It's the "X Marks the Spot" block from SewCraftyJess. You can find her tutorial here. Please make a 12-1/2" block as Jess shows in her tutorial.

As you can see after visiting her tutorial, I switched up the colors a bit. Please use grays of any shade in the background (where hers is white) and then use a solid (any color) for the X and a coordinating print or solid for the middle square.

This means that you'll need to make 28 HSTs that are half a solid color and half a gray print (or solid). So you'll start with (14) 2-7/8" solid color squares and (14) 2-7/8" gray prints. (I happened to have 7 different gray prints, so I cut two each of those 7 prints to make my 14 gray squares. You can use a greater or a smaller variety of gray fabrics depending on your stash. Then you'll need (1) 4-1/2" print or solid square for the center. Follow Jess' directions or your own preferred HST method to make the 28 HSTs and then assemble as her tutorial shows. The block will be 12-1/2" unfinished, and will finish at 12" square. 


  • Submit a photo of the completed block by July 25.  We want this to be fun and easy, not stressful, so we have several options for submitting your photo.
    • If you have a Flickr account, please post the photo to Flickr, add it to the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild group pool, and tag it GLMQG-Jul14. *Adding the tag is key, because it allows the photo to get into the slideshow on our blog.*
    • If you have a Facebook account, you may post the picture to the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page. 
    • You may email your photo to glmodernquilter@gmail.com 
    • If you do not have access to a digital camera, contact me (Lisa) and I will arrange to photograph your block.
  • How to win all the blocks:
    • We are going to draw for a winner of all the blocks at our next live meeting, which is July 26.  You do not need to be present to win.
    • IMPORTANT: If you want to be entered in the drawing but will not be at the meeting with your block, please make sure to let another attendee know. We try our best to make sure everyone who submits a photo of their block gets entered in the drawing, but making sure a friend puts your name in the hat will guarantee you have a chance to win!
    • You get your name in the drawing each time you enter a block.  So, if you submit two blocks, your name goes in the drawing twice!
    • Please bring your completed block to the July meeting so all the blocks can be delivered to the winner.  If the winner is not at the meeting, we will mail them to him/her.
    • We'll post the name of the winner here on the blog.  So, if we don't have your email address, check the blog so you can see if you won and can send us your contact information.  (If you are at the meeting, you'll get your blocks on the spot!)
    • If you will not be at the meeting, either
      • Give the block to a friend to bring it for you, or
      • Mail it in.  E-mail us at glmodernquilter@gmail.com, and we'll send you the mailing address where you can send your blocks.

  • That winner must assemble the blocks into a finished quilt before being eligible to win again. Fair enough?

And just for fun, while I was playing with color combination options for making this block, I laid out four blocks to see what the layout will look like. Fun, isn't it?!

Any questions? Leave a comment below. See you at our July meetin