Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October Social Meeting at Bell's Eccentric Cafe and reminders

Fall is here!  It's time for the GLMQG to gather for fun and food (and beer!).  Please join us on Wednesday, 28 October at 6:00 at Bell's Eccentric Café (located at 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007).  This is not a formal meeting, but we still want to see what you've been working on! 

Just a reminder, retreat is coming up soon!  (13-15 November, Camp Lutherwald, Howe, IN).  Also, our Christmas party is at Gallagher's on December 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm. If you want to participate in a gift exchange, please bring a small (no bigger than a breadbox), quilted item, made in a modern style, wrapped for the gift exchange. We hope to see you all there! We have a private room reserved this year!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Online Block Activity!

This month's online block activity is for all the hexie wannabees (myself included!). The good news...you get to make a hexagon block and maybe win a bunch more to make a hexagon quilt. The even better news...no hand sewing to join the hexagons together! 

This "Hexing Around" block was designed by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced. You can find the tutorial here.

Please use bright colors for the hexagon, staying within one color for each round (doesn't have to be the same fabric--just the same color). Then use a white solid, tonal or low-volume print for the background. 

The tutorial includes a template to download for the center. Please double check the size after you print and before you start sewing. Also, Joanne suggested considering using a fussy cut piece in the center, which I thought was a great idea. 

Our next meeting is earlier than usual--September 12--so make your block(s) soon! It goes together quickly, I promise! I will say this--if you start to get discouraged as you trim the strips in your first round, stick with it. I felt like I had to reposition my ruler multiple times for each cut, but by the time I finished the first round I had gotten the hang of it and assembled the rest in no time.

Just for fun, here are a couple more of these hexagon blocks to look at from our recent social meeting. 
(The back story...I had given my block to Joanne a couple weeks ago because I didn't think I could make the meeting. Since she had a "sneak peek," she made one and then shared the block with Sharon C., who made one as well! The hexagon without a background is Jackie's--she actually made it a year ago and just happened to have it with her at the meeting! What a coincidence!)

BTW, here is my new resource, both for personal inspiration and for our online activities. Check out all these block tutorials!

Now for the details on how to win the blocks:


  • Submit a photo of the completed block by September 11th.  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 GLMQG092015. *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 September 12.  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 May 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?

As always, leave a comment if you have a question and I'll try to answer it!

Can't wait to see your blocks!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Mini-quilt swap, July 2015

Our first swap was a success and so much fun! Participants each received the name of another participant to make a small quilt for. We were to keep quiet about who we were creating for! To convey our preferences to our mystery partners, each of us created an online inspiration board using our guild Pinterest site.