Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Advent

Good morning quilters! Hope you all had a delicious Thanksgiving and I see that many of your hearts are turning to the Christmas season around the corner with requests for the beautiful fabric advent calendar. Thanks for your patience. If you email JoyLyn (, who is the keeper of the pattern, she will send it to you. I have forwarded the requests of sewstitchcook, dottymo, and Maureen Bowers that have come in already.
Enjoy this magical time of year and see you in a few weeks!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

November Favorite Things

November is a fun time to make little (and sometimes big) things for the people we love. A time to show how grateful we are for all of the ways the world has shown us compassion in the past year, and to prepare us for the gift-giving season around the corner. I know that JoyLyn, Syd, Anna and I are thankful for each of you. For the creativity and originality you bring to class. For feeling like your quilting isn't as good as the rest so that we know we're not alone. For helping each other. For your friendship. Thank you for being a part of our group.

Showcased here are the gifts we displayed in class today. Please be patient as we each update pertinent information for each craft.  If you want to review what we talked about in 2011's gift class, click here.

The tutorial for Anna's easy tissue holder can be found at the Bitty Bits and Pieces blog.

Here are the clear ornaments Kristin showed filled with measuring tapes, buttons or Lego's. Let your imagination run wild. They are inexpensive and often half off at Hobby Lobby. Be sure to check the top opening when choosing your size.

These are a quick easy project from Quiltsmart.  Cell phone pocket purse.
The pattern is printed on the interfacing, & the packet with instructions comes with
enough cord, Velcro & pattern interfacing for 3 bags.  Additional interfacing available by the panel.
Here is a LINK to a video showing you just how easy they really are.

Kristin made this Kindle (or iPad) bag from Kim Walus' The Bookkeeper for Moda Bake Shop. The version is easily changed to whatever size or style you want to create.

JoyLyn made these project bags, a free pattern passed out at Wasatch Front shop Hop.
(Email JoyLyn for the pattern.)

This No-Sew wreath idea was in the Winter 2012 Quilts & more magazine by Better Homes & Gardens.  It requires an 18" wire wreath form, 2 yards total assorted holiday prints, cut with a pinking blade in your rotary cutter @ 1"x6"-8" long.  (I got 4 (6" cuts) & 2 (8" cuts) from each strip.
Tie them onto the wire wreath form.  

Kristin always saves extra quilt blocks to make into mini-quilts as gifts for this time of year. It's also a good idea to use lettering in them. You can review our previous class on lettering in quilts here.

This is a portable pressing table, great for retreats or any other time you need a smaller pressing surface.  This project uses a T.V. tray table, 1-Fat quarter & 1/2 yard of Insul-bright heat resistant fleece interfacing.  Layer the Insul-bright on the tray top the put the fat quarter of fabric.  Pull over the edged & staple to the underneath with a staple gun.
This handy little thing is a hot iron tote which unfolds into a pressing matt.
The pattern comes with enough heat resistant fabric for one tote.  We have additional heat resistant fabric by the yard available for purchase.  Here is the pattern
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This is a dishtowel done with a 2 1/2" strip of fabric, Ric Rac covering the raw edges .
The cell phone covers with quilt designs come from Zazzel

Pin Cushions from Tea Cups & Saucers.  Glue the Tea Cup to the Saucer using
Aleene's Platinum Bond 7800 All purpose adhesive.  Then find a Styrofoam ball which fits into the Tea Cup, cover it with fabric & glue into the Tea Cup.  You can also glue the super strong mini magnets to the bottom of the saucer, hidden by the inner ring.  This will attract pins to the saucer.
You can also make a pouch from sand or walnut shells & glue that into the tea cup.

All About Online Swaps - from Oct Meeting

So, we had a great turnout in October!  We talked all about online swaps, exchanges, quilt-alongs, shop hops, and more!  Some of you even brought projects that you'd completed from participating in one of these online...they were great fun to see.  {they are on the UCMQG flickr site if you want to take a peek}  Also, several of you shared your tips and tricks to online exchanging...thank you!  I shared a handout of some of the things that I've learned along the way...but, I kept forgetting that I need to pass it along to those of you that weren't able to attend {we missed you, by the way!} if you click here you'll find the handout.

Here are links to some of the sites we talked about:

3x6 Bee on Flickr- block exchange
4x5 Bee on Flickr - block exchange
Fabric Swap Finder
Quilting Bee Blocks - block exchange finder

Big 10 Inch Swap - fabric swap
Fab Shop Hop

And...of course, the link to the Utah County MQG on flickr!

We also talked about our very first UCMQG block echange!  We're bringing together quilters from across Utah County to participate in a huge block exchange inspired by the colors of QuiltCon...and we want YOU to join us!  At the end of the exchange you'll end up with a unique modern quilt that represents what modern quilting means to each quilter.  There is no set pattern or number of blocks to make...we just want to see your creativity.  Sign-up information is posted here on the blog {see below}, on the Utah County MQG Facebook page, and on the Utah County MQG on Flickr.  Please note that you will have to join the group on Flickr in order to read the information or see the pictures people will submit of their blocks.

Please click here for all the details about the swap! We hope you'll join us in participating!

Here are a few block examples (they are all from the 99 Modern Blocks book):

Broadbents has fabulous fabric packs for sale!  They are fat-eighths of different solids and prints from the QuiltCon color palette!  And...they come with a fabulous clear plastic zipper case! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Little Reminder

Just a little reminder that this Saturday, November 17th @ 9:30 a.m.
we will be holding our Modern Quilt Meeting.

We will be talking about fabric/quilter's gifts
So If you have anything fun please bring it for show-n-tell!

Kristin, Anna, JoyLyn & Sydney will be bringing a few of their
"Favorite Things"!

Also remember your November Polka Dot exchange blocks.

See you Saturday!