Thursday, August 20, 2015

Scrappy Log Cabin Block Exchange

We are super excited about our first ever block exchange!  I first saw this idea a few months ago on instagram and later on a blog hosted by Lissa Alexander who blogs as modalissa.  Here is a link to the post she made in response to questions about all the fun blocks followers saw popping up on her feed.

Here are the rules we will be following for our group.  If you have any questions you can ask them here or on the Facebook page.  If you missed meeting or for some other reason didn't get signed up, you can request to participate here, or on the Facebook page, or at the September meeting.  After that the exchange will be closed.

A Few Words about GREEN

Welcome to Session 9....Wonderful World of Color!  Every month we will have a one page handout relating to the color of the month.  If you miss meeting, forget to grab one, or lose the one you grabbed, we have you covered.  You will find one here on the blog, or in the documents section on the Facebook page. Hope you enjoy!

August 2015 Meeting in Review

It's so easy to be green! This month we began Session 9 with the color green.  In Session 9 we will highlight one of the basic colors each month, in addition to the fun things we have planned.  JoyLyn made a beautiful flyer for green, which we will get posted on the blog & Facebook. (look for a separate post)

JoyLyn also shared a wonderful color book, Quilt Color Workshop by Fat Quarterly.  If you'd like to continue fine tuning your eyes and brain's way of seeing, processing and defining color in your projects more, this is another great piece of the puzzle. 

We also introduced our session theme, 15 Minutes of Play. Remember to use the hashtag #UCMQG15 and post your play on Instagram & Facebook so we can all enjoy and be inspired to play & create.
After our two months of trunk shows, we will delve into Victoria Findlay Wolfe's book on this subject. If you'd like to get a copy, the store has some (that sell out quickly) and there's always Amazon. The idea behind this method that we'd love for you to try is making creativity a daily task on your list, not to give you one more thing, but to hopefully find more energy for the have to's because you took the time to fill your own bucket for a few short minutes. Wolfe gives suggested activities in her book, but here's a few we have come up with:

  • Pin a few things on a certain creative topic on Pinterest. If not on Pinterest, spend some time getting started. Ex: start a green board.
  • Click through past sessions' blog posts or Show and Tell pictures
  • Sort fabrics by color or designer. Ex: one day pull all fabric in your stash from your favorite artist.
  • Pull fabrics for the upcoming group log cabin swap, if you signed up. Ex: look for two contrasting blue fabric sets.
  • Iron a pile of fat quarters
  • Strip piece scraps
  • Decorate cards with fabric for future use
  • Try a technique you've seen online and always wanted to try
  • Embellish a block with stitches or beads
  • Practice sewing in a zipper
  • Flip through a quilt book or magazine
  • Clean out one drawer in your sewing space
  • Make a list of your WIP's - disassemble one you don't care about anymore
  • Make a list of projects you want to start
  • Make a list of quilts you've sewn this year and last
  • Take a quick picture of all the quilts you've made in your house, whether they're quilted or not

If you're like me, lately I've been petting the ribbons I've been collecting. Not enough time or creative clarity to know what to do with them exactly yet, but it fills me creatively to remember I have them.

New this session is a block exchange, in place of our fabric exchange. Next month will be the last meeting to sign up. JoyLyn will also upload the instructions in a separate post on the blog & Facebook for this exchange. Here is a finished quilt made by Anna with her exact color tones she likes to piece with. She said it was the funnest sewing she's done in a long time. 

If you are interested in participating, keep in mind that your blocks need to finish 20.5" when you bring it, you will do 2 of each of 9 colors, and we will cut them into quarters for the late night swapping for you. Your quarter pieces will all be given back during our January meeting. Note that Anna did very light lights and very saturated darks mostly. Mine (in blue and orange below) are somewhat closer. All are correct, as long as you have contrast between each row. You can make blocks with all the same 2 fabrics, or mix it up however you'd like. And if you do some research online, maybe for your 15 minutes of play, there are many layout options with these blocks.

Anna will be teaching a paper piecing class October 10th - this time it's a darling reindeer. I believe there are a few spots left, you can sign up next meeting. Also we will have sign ups for our free-to-members Sew Day after class in October, limit 12 machines. 

Show and Tell will be updated on our flickr site. For our new friends, please remember that I do my best to take a picture of everyone's quilts, crop them, and get them posted to our flickr page. Sometimes I get caught up in the sociality and beauty. If your picture was blurry or didn't make it, it's truly nothing personal, except to say that I'm trying to keep everything straight in my own person.

See you all next month for yellow!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Meet the Group: Christy

Christy joined us as a beginning quilter when we were doing our medallion series. I remember how excited she was to learn something new. She loved reproduction fabrics initially, and I have seen her explore and discover other styles to find what makes her fabric collection.

With an infectious smile and friendly personality, Christy is inspired by other people's creations in our group - I agree! - and picks up on tips and tricks. She is such a fast learner, and I love how she involves her children in her fabric play. 

I love that this group is so welcoming to all ages and skill levels. The one thing that unites all of us is our love of the feel of fabric and how much creating anything with it feeds our souls. 

July Meeting in Review

Fabric dying can be a new level of involvement in your quilts and open channels of creativity you might not have experimented with yet. A big thank you to Pamela for sharing her fabric dying journey with us this month, and to Jeanette for teaching the fabric dying class after.

(Pamela and Jeanette's favorite company to use is Dharma Dyes.)

Here are a few shots of their quilts using fabrics they have made, as well as the ladies having fun in class. My daughter and I tried to only do blues this time - a few greens slipped in on accident - and I can't wait to get my pieces back next month.

Speaking of next month, remember sign ups begin this Monday, July 27th. We are going to continue along the color journey and maybe get you to keep trying new things in your quilting rooms at home.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Session 9 UCMQG

Introducing Session 9.....Utah County Modern Quilt Group.
We have some exciting things planned as we explore... 

"The Wonderful World of Color"
Dream, Create, Design, Play & be Inspired

Sign-up for Session 9 begins
Monday, July 27th

These are the books we are featuring for this session 
as part of our signing bonus, you may choose one.  
The Blue and Purple books are not available until September & November.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

June Meeting in Review

What a treat it was to hear Jeanette teach us more about color this weekend! 

I appreciated her knowledge, and also the great questions raised by the group. She taught us about saturation and tone, and also the life-changing pound/ounce/pinch concept. 

Besides all of the great technical information Jeanette shared, I loved how she encouraged us to know what we want this quilt to be for us. What is the emotional or physical need this quilt and its process are trying to meet for us? Any reason is fine, but if we know this from the beginning, the outcome will be what we want of it.

Jeanette mentioned picking up a color wheel at any local art or craft supply store and she also talked about getting true light bulbs in the space we sew in, as well as an OTT light. I have picked up the table top foldable ones from Bed Bath & Beyond in the past. I'll tell you the more pricey light I'd like to invest in is the Daylight LED Slimline. I've heard great things from prolific quilt artists about this one, too.

A big thanks to Jeanette for this month's lesson, and I'm looking forward to learning more about dying your own fabric next month. I've learned about this technique before with her, and I can tell you it has changed the way I approach quilting.

Also discussed is the national row-by-row quilt project Broadbents is taking part in, beginning Monday. You can read more about this fun project here

Lastly, Anna's English Paper-piecing class date in August moved, so look into it if you are interested in learning from her in this fun project. 

Next month we will introduce Session 9, sign ups will be in August. We have some great things to share with you, and hope you'll continue to join the fun and friendship of this quilting group. 

Enjoy your summer!