Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Meeting Date Moving in April

Friends, April's meeting, previously scheduled for this Saturday, is being postponed because of Easter. We will see you next week instead. Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Steampunk Class

Anna, JoyLyn and I will be teaching a one-time class on Jenn Kingwell's gorgeous Steampunk quilt on May 3rd. $40 joining fee includes thick, plexiglass templates, the pattern, and the demo class. One of our samples is hanging in the store and the other will be a surprise unveil during the class. Kits will be available for purchase starting the 3rd, and each following Saturday for four months. 

I was scared of the curves, I'll be honest. It was out of my comfort zone. Again. Hanging out with JoyLyn will do that to me. But she was right. Again. The curves are gentle and short and easy-peasy. I really loved making these blocks and mixing and matching the blades up. Come join us. Registration is at the store anytime.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

2.5" Rainbow Strip Fabric Exchange

April begins this session's fabric exchange. We'll be doing rainbow bright 2.5"xWOF strips. If you signed up, Anna will be assigning you a color and letting you know how many strips to bring to class for the next three months. Here's my finished Scrappy Trip Along I demoed in December, using quiltville's tutorial. There are a ton of different layout options, so have fun playing!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lucky Pony Club

March Equilateral Triangles

Today, after some really terrific show-and-tell, we talked about equilateral triangles, or triangles with sides of the same length and angle. If you wanted to pick up your ruler choice today, or purchase one, and we didn't have it in stock, never fear. They are ordered and will be here soon!

JoyLyn shared the beautiful Kaffe triangles she's working on from the book, Scrap Republic, by Emily Cier. (This book has plenty of great rainbow quilts that may come in handy after you've accrued all of your 2.5" strips from this session's fabric exchange!) She started with the great 6" rolls we have prepackaged, and added cuts from her favorite bolts in the store, which comes in handy because she loved all of them! (She must order the fabric, or something.) She used Jaybird Quilts Hex N More ruler, the biggest triangle on it: 8" cut. 

I made similar scrappier triangles (great minds thing alike!) only 4" and laid them out alternating straight-turned to the right. I also used Jaybird Quilt's Sidekick ruler to make 4" whole-piece triangles and laid them out like Grandma's Flower Garden. Don't hold your breath on this one getting finished tomorrow.

The main point of this quilt is an exercise in personal design. Use the triangle graph paper passed out today to design your own beauty. I simply did a google images search for triangle graph paper and used one. There's also hexagon and trapezoid, so enjoy! 

And, give log cabin triangles a try. They do stretch a lot, so just go easy. I wouldn't go larger than a 4" beginning triangle. Experiment with different widths around it, different solids or prints, etc. There is no wrong answer here. Wait, there's no wrong answer in designing at all! What a relief.

Our grand finale today was Anna. She likes to use 4 mini triangles to make a big one, and that added some cool interest in the rows and rows of triangles. She also showed us how to use a standard rulers' 60 degree angle to cut triangles. 

Enjoy playing around with triangles this month. I've had them on my mind for six months now and today I was inspired for so much more! Thanks for joining us and bringing your beautiful quilts and gifts and personalities. We'll see you next Saturday if you signed up for the Sewing Day in the store, or next month with your fabric exchange strips, if you signed up for that. And if you didn't sign up for any of that, well, you signed up for this crazy group, so good luck!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Quilt Journaling

February is the month of love and it was fun to share some fabric and notion love with each of you! Thank you for letting me share my mother and some of my quilt journal journey today. Quilt journaling feels really important to me, as the recipient of my mother's art journals. It may not seem like it now, but the people around you will want to know more after you're gone. (Let's hope some of them don't wait that long!) Let's be more mindful of the path we're on and not miss the little things all around us.

Some things to look forward to in Session 6:
  • Sew In March 22 11am-3pm - sign ups in class February and March.
  • Anna will have a new paper-piecing pattern to teach sometime this session in a separate class, so stay tuned!
  • 2.5" fabric strip exchange sign ups in class February and March - bright colors to be shared April/May/June
Also, Andy shared some of her flickr charity quilt group, do. Good Stitches. Feel free to look into it and see if it's a group you could donate to.

We'll see you next month to get our triangles on!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

QuiltBLISS 2014 In Review

Friends! We had such a great time at QuiltBLISS and wanted to share a little of it here with all of you. Some of our UCMQG ladies were able to come up and sew and it was so great to get to know each other better and add new friends at the retreat to our life experiences. Next year promises to be even better, so start scurrying mad money away now to come and join us. Here are a few highlights for me:

The most over the top amazing food

The carpet leading into the sewing room kept getting more and more covered in strings. 
A beautiful thing everyone kept commenting on.

The sewing room

The snow

Exchanges like this pincushion one. Everyone was so thoughtful and creative.

The decorations

Being with friends - The UCMQG Team

But most of all, quilting with my sisters

To hear more of my own personal thoughts on QuiltBLISS, feel free to read my post.