Sunday, March 23, 2014

April Block Lotto

I've got April's block for you! This month is Rain or Shine and here is your color inspiration:

Basically we're going for blue and yellow here. Any shade of blue, any shade of yellow.

For the block itself we are going to be using our improvisational piecing skills. I know you've got 'em!

I made this block up so I'll give you a little tutorial.

The idea I'm going for are blue "raindrops" on a sunny background.

Start with some blue and yellow scraps or strips.

Piece them together until they are about 11-12" in length. Trim the edges up, making the width of the strips whatever you like. I varied mine and made sure they weren't smaller than 1.5" wide. You could also piece together a couple different strip sets and then chop them up at different widths for these pieces.

Now cut some strips of yellow that are about 11-12" long and sew them to the long edges of your pieced strips. These can be whatever width you like, also.

Trim and square up your block to be 10.5" and you are all set!

How to play: Make up the block for the month following the pattern and color scheme. Make as many as you want as you will get an entry for every block you make! Bring all your finished blocks to the meeting on April 10th and we will draw a winner. If there are enough blocks to be divided, multiple winners will be drawn. The winner then gets all of those blocks to make a quilt (or similar project)! The winner can participate in following lottos but can't win again until a completed project is presented. 

Have fun!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

The Modern Quilt Guild is holding its 4th annual members fabric challenge. This year Michael Miller Fabrics is sponsoring the event and is providing participating guilds with fabric. The collection is called Petal Pinwheels.

Guidelines per the MQG

  • The challenge runs from March 2014 toJune 23, 2014 to July 25th.
  • Winners announced July 8, 2014 August 1st
  • Members may make anything they want as long as it is quilted!
  • Add in any solid or Michael Miller printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site.
  • MQGs can create guild specific challenges, as long as the other guidelines are upheld. *We will not have a specific challenge for the Mad Mod Quilt Guild. Feel free to make what you like!
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!
Three winners will be chosen by Michael Miller Fabrics. Each one will receive a posting on their blog and a year of free fabric- a goody box filled with fabric from their collections every month for a year!

The sign up for the fabric was due by the end of February. I based the number of participants on the number of paid members we had at the time, plus a few extra. This means we will only be getting enough fabric for 48-50 members. Hopefully the fabric will be arriving soon. I will keep you posted!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Charity @ MadMod

Last call for many of our charity projects!

That includes:
Bright wonky stars on white background, 8" or 15"
Stripes of solid colors and white 7.5" X 31"
Bright circles inset or appliqu├ęd on the given black and white checked fabric
Pieced house on blue background 15"
Any kind of block with the "ugly fabric"  plus black, 15"(you can give me the scraps, if you  like)
*Block divided diagonally, 1/2 white, 1/2 striped red and blue, 15"

I'd like to get these finished and out of my sewing room this spring….

Other blocks:
Superhero blocks (14", I think) from the kits handed out previously
     I have lots of kits left but will not be able to bring them to the meeting
Pieced dog or cat blocks, Fons and Porter free download "Dog Daze" ; last due in April

As always:
New quilt shop quality cotton
Smoke and pet free
*Quilts of Valor…no juvenile prints or metallics