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QuiltCon 2021 Group Quilt

The 2021 QuiltCon Community Outreach (formerly charity) Quilt has been planned and was announced at this past Sunday’s guild meeting. If you missed the initial post from the MQG, this year’s theme is curves. The chosen color palette is in blues and oranges and the following is the palette we have chosen to use for our quilt:

We are asking members to make 9″ unfinished blocks (a little larger is ok as those can be trimmed down) that contain at least one curved element in the block. You can use any technique to make the block: pieced/template, improv, applique, ect. The block can be machine or hand sewn, depending on your preference or technique choice. Here are a few examples:

If you want to join in, but maybe haven’t sewn curves before (or need a refresher) or aren’t sure where to start, make sure to sign into your Member Account on The Modern Quilt Guild site and click on the “For MQG Members” tab. Under that tab is a link that says “Patterns, Webinars, & Articles” and there are some great webinar videos on curve sewing.

How to Get Involved:

  • We have block fabric kits available for members to sew up. Each kit will make two blocks that are 9″ unfinished.
  • You must commit to sewing and returning the blocks by the week of the October meeting – week of October 11th.
  • Limited amount of kits are available, so if you’re interested, let us know as soon as possible!

If you’re interested in sewing up some blocks for this group project, please email Kristyn at sdmqgcharity@gmail.com – let her know that you’re interested in sewing up a kit and include your address so that she can mail the block kit off to you. Other questions about this project or any other charity questions can be sent to her as well.

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Jacquie Gering Improv Shape Studies Workshop Sign-up

We’re excited to be hosting Jacquie Gering for a Zoom workshop on Saturday, October 10th from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Spaces are limited to 25 participants and are open for current San Diego MQG members. Cost of the workshop is $35 and payment instructions follow the registration form. We still have limited spaces available for members at this time. Follow the registration link below to sign up!

Jacquie will be presenting a workshop on Improv Shape Studies. In this class students will learn the free piecing improvisational technique from Quilting Modern as well as strategies to create effective compositions.  Students will learn and utilize several techniques including skinny line piecing, improvisational curves, angle piecing, paneling and creating and assembling building blocks. Students will create several small improvisational studies that can be framed or used as seeds for larger
compositions and quilts.

Images provided by Jacquie Gering

Signups for this workshop will be open to San Diego MQG members from Thursday, August 13th thru Thursday, August 20th at 7:00pm PDT. If the spaces for this workshop do not fully fill within that week, then spaces will fill on a rolling basis. We will start a wait list, if needed, from those that do not gain entry into the workshop via the lottery. As per our workshop policy, you must register and send in payment (once requested) to fully be enrolled in the class. A waitlist will be started once the spaces fill. As per our workshop policy, you must register and send in payment to fully be enrolled in the class.

If you’re interested in signing up for this workshop, please fill out the form here. Jacquie Gering Workshop Registration

You will be notified on how to pay for the workshop when notified it you have gained entry into the workshop, once the initial sign up window has closed.

Questions? Email the board at sdmqgboard@gmail.com

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August Guild Updates/News

We have a lot of exciting things happening with the guild in the next few months, so read on to find out what we have planned!

Elections:

Elections for the 2021 guild board are coming up in October. We will be taking nominations at our September meeting that will be voted on in October. All of the current board members have termed out in their positions, so all of the board positions are currently open and available.

If you are interested in being on the board or would just like to find out more about the board positions and what each entails, email Jill or the board at sdmqgboard@gmail.com. We are planning to have a zoom meeting before the next meeting with the current board to talk with those interested in becoming a board member.

Jacquie Gering Workshop

We are excited to be hosting a Zoom workshop with Jacquie Gering on Saturday, October 10th from 1-4pm. She will be presenting a workshop on Improv Shape Studies –

Image provided by Jacquie Gering

In this class students will learn the free piecing improvisational technique
from Quilting Modern as well as strategies to create effective
compositions.  Students will learn and utilize several techniques including
skinny line piecing, improvisational curves, angle piecing, paneling and
creating and assembling building blocks. Students will create several small
improvisational studies that can be framed or used as seeds for larger
compositions and quilts.

There are 25 spaces available for this workshop and the cost is $35. Spaces will be filled by lottery and payment can be made once you are notified that you are in the workshop. We will start a wait list, if needed, from those that do not gain entry into the workshop via the lottery. As per our workshop policy, you must register and send in payment (once requested) to fully be enrolled in the class.

Signups for this workshop will be posted here on the blog and will be open to SDMQG members for one week starting on Thursday, August 13th at noon and will close the following Thursday evening. If spots don’t fully fill in that week, then we will fill the workshop on a rolling basis.

QuiltCon Community Outreach (Charity) Challenge Quilt:

The theme this year is curves and the quilt palette is made up of oranges and blues. We have chosen the following palette for our group quilt:

The quilt plan was announced at the August meeting and a full blog post about the quilt project will be coming shortly. Look for those details to be posted soon.

Word Challenge:

We challenged members to use black and white plus one color fabrics to make up a quilt for out August meeting. Our challenge for the September meeting is to make a word quilt – you can piece a word or words onto a quilt top, use text fabric, or use that text fabric to create your words. There are no restrictions on size or type of fabric you use. We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Upcoming Zoom Sew-in and Meetings:

Our next Zoom sew-in will be on Sunday, August 23rd from 11-1.

The September guild meeting will be held on Sunday, September 13th at 11:00am on Zoom.

Members, you will receive Zoom links in your email to those a few days before the scheduled event.

Questions? Email the board at sdmqgboard@gmail.com

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Black and White Challenge

We have put together a fun guild challenge using black and white (and grey) fabrics. You also have the option to add in one color to your chosen black and white fabrics.

Entries are due at the August guild Zoom meeting, which will be held on Sunday, August 9th. Your entry does not need to be quilted or finished in order to enter. All those that share their submissions will automatically be entered to win a prize.

For more details about the challenge, check out the challenge handout.

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Stitching Together QAL – Week 5

We have arrived at the last week of the Stitching Together QAL and this week’s tutorial is all about bias binding!

Sue’s instructions walk you through cutting and making the bias binding and then on how to attach it to your quilt.

Check out the latest tutorial here:

Missed out on the previous weeks? Follow the links to the previous blog posts to sew along with us!

If you’re sewing along at home and want to share your progress on Instagram, use the tag #sdmqgstitchingtogether on your post.

Sew Along

Stitching Together QAL – Week 4

Week 4 of the Stitching Together QAL is now live!

This week, we’re covering hand applique with instructions on how to sew your EPP shapes to the quilted background.

As always, you’re welcome to apply the lessons individually to your work or follow along from the first lesson and sew up the whole project!

Week 4 Hand Applique Tutorial:

Missed the previous lessons? Check them out here:

Stitching Together QAL Week 3

Next week will be our final week, week 5, of the QAL with bias binding.

If you’re sewing along at home and want to share your progress on Instagram, use the tag #sdmqgstitchingtogether on your post.

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June Guild News

We just have a couple of quick announcements for our virtual/at home events that are happening this month:

Virtual Retreat – Since our usual June retreat at Vina de Lestonnac has been cancelled for this weekend, we thought we’d have a virtual Zoom retreat instead. The Zoom link has been emailed out earlier this week from Jill to guild members. We will be virtually retreating on Saturday, June 6th from 10am-4pm. Feel free to join us the whole time, for an hour, or pop in and out as necessary.

We will be having a few events throughout the day as well as some raffles.

  • Ongoing throughout the day will be our current charity group quilt project for Just In Time: My First Home Project. More details about those blocks can be found here: JIT Improv Triangles
  • At 10:30, Sue will be demonstrating her Make It/Take It project – Origami Take Along Bag. Instructions as well as a supply list have been emailed out to guild members.
  • At noon, Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts will be joining us to talk about her new block of the month quilt – Nebula. The link goes to her Instagram page where you can see more of this quilt!

If you didn’t receive that email, please check your spam/junk/promotions in case it got sent somewhere else first and then email Jill to touch base if you still did not receive it.

June Zoom Meeting – We will be having our regularly scheduled June meeting at 11:00am on Sunday, June 14th virtually on Zoom. An email to members will go out within the next couple of days with a link to the meeting. We will be having our usual virtual Show and Tell and instructions on how to submit your photos will be forthcoming as well.

Stitching Together QAL – Sue has put together a weekly QAL that anyone can join in on at any point. Week 3 of 5 has been posted this week and you can check out all the QAL posts here: Stitching Together QAL

The QAL will be covering these different topics:

  • English Paper Piecing (EPP)
  • Organic Machine Quilting with a Walking Foot
  • Big Stitch Hand Quilting
  • Hand Applique
  • Bias Binding

Opportunity Quilt – The board has decided that we would like to collect money as a guild to donate to the San Diego Food Bank. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and North County Food Bank Chapter are currently providing food assistance and resources to 350,000 of our neighbors!   To encourage even more charitable giving, we will be giving one lucky donor our QuiltCon 2019 charity quilt (the miniature piecing!)  For every $10 donation you make through our guild your name will be entered in a drawing.  Of course, no donation is necessary to win.  If you would like to be entered in to the drawing without making a donation please email jill@leinenweber.com.  You can Venmo your donation to @sdmodernquiltguild (and note that it is a donation for the Food Bank) or send a check made payable to “San Diego Modern Quilt Guild”. Information about how to mail in your check was included in the Retreat Zoom email or email Jill to get that information.

QuiltCon 2019 Small Piecing Group Quilt – quilted by member Chris Broehmer
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Just In Time (JIT) Group Charity Blocks – Improv Triangles

Our charity program year is broken up into trimester projects and as we’re currently into the second trimester of the year, it’s time to present our JIT My First Home group project.

We typically provide fabric and kits for members to take, sew up, and return to our Charity Coordinator Kristyn, but seeing as we’re all sewing at home for the time being, we’re asking for this group project that you use fabric from your stash for these blocks. If you are in need of fabric in this color palette, please email Kristyn at sdmqgcharity@gmail.com to make arrangements.

A little about the JIT My First Home Project:

JIT is an organization that helps support those in San Diego County, ages 18 – 26, and is for anyone that has ever spent time in the foster care system. They provide various services to these individuals to help them break the cycle of foster care, become self-sufficient, and build a secure future.

We support the My First Home project, which helps to set up a first apartment and furnish that apartment for each individual. Our focus for this trimester is on throw and bed sized quilts. Quilts should be 50″ x 60″ or larger.

Our block for this trimester is an Improv Triangle block. You can create these blocks using various methods, but here’s a quick and easy way that makes two blocks at once.

First, here’s our color palette of blues, aqua/teal, greens, and yellows with light greys and low volume. Feel free to use any type of fabrics, solids or prints, as long as they fit in within this color range.

Blues, aqua/teals, greens, yellows
Light greys and low volume

Next, you’ll want to cut two pieces of fabric that are the same size and layer them on top of one another. The two pieces can be any two colors from the color palette.

These pieces can be a square or rectangular, just make sure they’re the same size. They can be any size you’d like to make – want to make large 12″ blocks or small 4″ blocks, go for it! The triangle you cut from the fabric can also be any size – make it tall and narrow, or short and wide, or anything in between.

Once you have your two pieces layered, you’ll be making two angled cuts on your fabric. The first should be cut from top to bottom on one side, then slide that to the side so that you don’t cut into those pieces with your second cut. Make the second cut on the opposite side so that you have the other side of your triangle.

Swap your center triangle on each block so that you have the background in one fabric and the triangle of the second.

Sew up your block using a 1/4″ seam, press your seams to the side, and then trim any bits that over hang the edges. (For reference, these blocks are approximately 5.5″x6.5″)

We’ll be sewing these blocks through August, which is the end of our trimester. When you’ve completed your blocks, please email Kristyn at sdmqgcharity@gmail.com to make arrangements for either pick up or to mail them to her. Any other questions about this project or any of our other charity efforts can also be emailed to Kristyn.

Sew Along

Stitching Together QAL – Week 3

Week 3 of the Stitching Together QAL is now available and we’re halfway through it!

This week’s tutorial includes instructions on how to add Big Stitch Hand Quilting to your quilted background.

Check out the tutorial here:

Miss the previous weeks tutorials? Catch up with the previous lessons here:

Stitching Together QAL Week 1

Stitching Together QAL Week 2

If you’re sewing along at home and want to share your progress on Instagram, use the tag #sdmqgstitchingtogether

Check in next week for Week 4: Hand Applique

Sew Along

Stitching Together QAL – Week 2

Week 2 of our Stitching Together QAL is now live! Sue has put together a tutorial for machine quilting the background of your quilt.

Here’s the Week 2 tutorial:

Missed the first week on EPP? Check out the instructions here: Stitching Together Supplies and Week 1

If you’re sewing along at home and want to share your progress on Instagram, use the tag #sdmqgstitchingtogether

Check in next week for Week 3: Big Stitch Hand Quilting