Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Modern Quilts Unlimited Quilting Challenge

The folks at Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine are holding a miniature quilt challenge, in coordination with QuiltCon, and here are the fun details, in case you're interested.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

September Meeting In Review: Flags

Welcome Fall, and welcome back to Modern Quilt Group. This month we discussed using flags and maps in our quilting. Thanks to all who brought something to share, especially the flags or dots from home. We LOVE seeing what you are creating.

Kristin showed a Bohemian American Flag version she came up with, and here are the details. The quilt finishes 66x88".
You will need:
  • 1 2/3 variety of blues, or 8 fat quarters (you can get 3 rectangles per FQ) cut into 24 8.5x11.5" rectangles
  • 2 1/2 yds variety of large prints or 12 fat quarters (you can get 6 strips per FQ) cut into 72 3.5x14.5" strips
  • 7/8 yd white stripes cut into 48 1.5x14.5 strips
Sew the print strips to solid strips in an A-B-A-B-A pattern 24 times. Attach the blue rectangles to each strip set. You now have 24 finished mini flags. Using the picture for the layout, arrange your flags into four rows of six and sew together.

The US Map, using the pattern by Quilts by Elena, found at Etsy, and 50 different dot fabrics.

There are kits+pattern in the store for this, plus some of the 50 8" square packs.

Anna's beautiful paper pieced Union Jack from Modern Blocks:

 Or her online exchange cross flags:

JoyLyn's beautiful Union Jack beginnings,
Victory Garden by Busy Bee Designs:

There is one more kit+pattern and 2 patterns left in the store as of class day. 
JoyLyn will be putting together a few more kits so if you want one put your
name on the wish list and she will call you when they are in.

A variety of cool flag quilts online to get your modern juices flowing: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and magnificently here.

And here is a fun way to use dots, brought in during our summer Quilter's Share. Stay tuned for the email from JoyLyn next week letting those of you who signed up for the dot exchange know how many 8" squares to bring in October.

And stay tuned next month when the spotlight will be on Anna to discuss online fabric and block exchanges, shop and blog hops, and introduce our very first ever online Utah County Modern Block Exchange. You WON'T Want to miss it.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Modern Group Sew In

Are you inspired by all that is shown by the quilters at Modern Quilt Group each month and don't want to lose momentum? Do you wish you could sew in the middle of all of the store's fabric at your fingertips? Or do you just love sewing with other gals who love oozing creative juices nearby?
Then next month's Sew In is for you! 11:30-3:00 Bring a lunch or take a break and grab something.  You can stay the entire time or leave when you need to.

Our first complimentary Modern Quilt Group Sew In, takes place immediately after class in October for twelve lucky quilters. You'll just bring your machine and project, stay after class, grab a table, and get sewing! Your class discount will last the entire time you're quilting so you can grab that perfect piece of something you needed and didn't know it, while working on your next favorite quilt or someone's Christmas gift. I'm sew there!

Contact Kristin if you're interested in signing up

Dot Exchange

For those of you interested in participating in our dot exchange, please sign up in class this month. We will let everyone know how many squares they will bring after we get a final tally. It will be somewhere between 10-15 squares.
How the exchange will work:
  • Your exchange fabric should be a quilt shop quality dot of any kind or color(s). Anything round counts, but please leave out dots that also include stripes, flowers, or other images. (See US Map above for a sample of acceptable dots.)
  • You are responsible for bringing X amount of 8" squares to our group meeting in October in a gallon ziploc baggie with your name on it and leave it. Because of the large number of quilters participating, you will not recieve your blocks at the first meeting.
  • For our November meeting, you will then bring a second set of X amount of 8" squares of a different fabric than your October exchange and leave those. Your October blocks will be available for pick up at this point, or you can leave them all in your baggie to accumulate until the very end of the exchange.
  • For our December meeting, you will bring a third set of X amount of 8" squares of a different fabric than the past two months and leave those. Your October and November blocks will be available for pick up at this point, or you can continue accumulating them in your baggie.
  • For our January meeting, you can collect all of your blocks as the official end of our block exchange, and run home to create whatever beauty your little heart desires. We'd love to see your finished products in February!
And if this exchange isn't going to satisfy your thirst for dots, we will have sets of 50 different precut 8" blocks available for purchase beginning at our September meeting, and in the store while supplies last.