All photos provided courtesy of Carol Browne Photography.
Warp and Weft Challenge – Cathy reminded the group about the Warp and Weft Challenge. Bundles have been given out; bring your finished items to the July meeting.
Modern Metallic Challenge
In conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guilds Group and Quilt! Knit! Stitch! Show in Portland, August 2014, we have been invited to participate in the Modern Metallics Challenge. We have been generously given fabric from Robert Kaufman to use in our challenge entries.
You are welcome to submit up to 2 quilts/person.
You may add any other fabric you wish and are encouraged to use metallic design details and themes.
Online entries open April 4 and close May 2, 2014.
If your quilt(s) is chosen you must be prepared to pay postage to the USA yourself and get your quilt(s) sent as directed.
You can review show details and entry procedure here: http://callforentriespnwmodernquilts.com
Modern Coffee Klatsch – Happens most Saturdays.
If you’re interested in attending, you can find the list of meet up locales on our Facebook page, or on our website here:
We highly encourage you to join our Facebook group if you haven’t already, as there is always lots of discussion and news posted and discussed in between meetings: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fvmqg/
NEW! Ongoing fabric swaps, participation optional
We are pleased to welcome Lynn Swanson as our new fabric swap coordinator!
This month and going forward, we are changing the format, please read on if you wish to participate.
April’s theme is Modern Stripes and/or Dots
What is the Fat Quarter Swap?
• Every month we will be exploring a modern theme or modern designer.
• Participants bring 2 Fat Quarters meeting the theme and swap with other participants.
What Is a Fat Quarter? & How Big is a Fat Quarter?
• A fat quarter is a one-fourth yard cut of fabric that (usually) measures 18″ x 22″. The longest side’s dimension will vary slightly if your fabric is not 44″ wide.
Why Would I Want a Fat Quarter of Fabric?
• A fat quarter gives you the opportunity to cut larger chunks of fabric than would be possible from a regular quarter-yard, including strips that are twice as long on the fabric’s (less stretchy) lengthwise grain.
• A fat quarter offers versatility, whether it’s for patchwork or appliqué.
• Quilt shops know that fat quarters are popular, and usually offer a wide assortment of them, stacked up and ready to go.
• You can use fat quarters for strip piecing by making extra strip sets from shorter lengths of fabric until you’ve cut the number of segments required for the pattern.
How it works:
• Check the monthly swap theme – refer to list- you can find this online at our Facebook page or on our website here to download and keep a copy for future:
• Place your 2 fat quarters in a zip lock bag clearly marked with your name on the bag
• At monthly meeting, place your zip lock bag in the swap area.
• During break, the coordinator will handle the exchange and you will receive your zip lock bag back with a new treasure.
• For the fun of it!
• Even if you don’t win a door prize you get to take home something new.
• To get some interesting fabrics that you may not buy or own.
• It’s ‘Easy peasy lemon squeezy!’
• Fabric must be 100% cotton, ‘quilt- shop quality’, not pre-washed.
• Fabric must be Modern and fit the theme, or guidelines for the swap
• It’s ok to cut from your stash (using the Fat Quarter measurements) if the fabrics meet the theme.
• Fabrics not meeting the guidelines or theme won’t be swapped.
• PLEASE – let’s keep it Modern and good quality fabrics that is what it’s all about.
Thanks for participating!
Find the list of themes here on our website:
At the end of the list you will also find some suggestions and reference to modern designers and suggestions of good shops to buy modern fabrics online or in person.
Modern Made Simple Presentation by Lysa Mair
Lysa presented her ‘Modern Made Simple’ session which she will be presenting at Creative Stitches. She noted the seminal moment when Martha Stewart brought Denyse Schmidt to the world’s attention in 1998, about the same time digital cameras, the internet and social media were taking off. Other key events in the development of Modern Quilting as a movement included the Gees Bend Quilt exhibition in 2002; the creation of Flickr for online photo sharing in 2004; and finally the foundation of the Modern Quilt Guild (LA) in 2009.
Modern quilting is dignificantly different from traditional quilting in the aesthetic.
Key aspects of the modern quilting aesthetic include: bold colours; high contrast; use of solids and expansive negative space; alternate grid work; improvisational piecing; minimalist and modern traditionalist. See the FVMQG Flickr sets for fabulous examples of all of these!
You can view the presentation as a pdf here: FVMQG Modern Made Simple
Creative Stitches round up!
Big huge massive thank you to everyone who helped with the Creative Stitches Show. It was a great success and we had tons of positive feedback on our display, presentations, and show overall, plus lots and lots of votes on our quilts, the Modern Minis and the “Bigs”. Our candy pack swag giveaways and our 4 new button designs were huge hits, and highly sought out, can you guess which one was most popular? (wink!)
We have awarded the Modern Minis with their prizes, so generously sponsored by
Cindy’s Threadworks www.cindysthreadworks.com
The winners in order of public vote are:
Congrats to the winners, and to all who entered and participated and tried some new modern techniques. We hope you enjoyed the experience!
The winners of the “Bigs” will be announced and awarded at our meeting this week, prizes very generously sponsored by Quilter’s Connection Magazine. Stay tuned!
We’d like to thank our hard working volunteers who put in their own time and helped with the show, from hanging the show and setting up our display and booth, to volunteering at our booth and display, jurying the show, the stage presentations & demos/seminars, to tear down, everyone involved was so helpful and ready to step in at a moment’s notice to help where needed. Huge thank you’s to everyone who helped make the show a success! The show organizer was extremely happy with what we did and thanked us for being so organized, job well done to all!
Thanks to our hard-working volunteers, in no particular order:
Cathy Erickson, Lysa Mair, Cynthia Frenette, Sherri Chalke, Barb Macleod, Vera Swaren, Helen Tervo, Marg Ryall, Marilyn Isaak, Terri Fischer, Colleen Bell,Jean Jones, Judy Johnson, Christine Johannink, Hedda Eyben, Kat Potter, Peg McNichol, Laura Miron, Darlene Barnes, Karen Christie, Ellen Lewis, Julie Young, Joan Zielke (any errors or omissions not intentional!)
And thank you again to the Creative Stitches Show for hosting us, and to our fabulous prize sponsors, Cindy’s Threadworks and Quilter’s Connection Magazine.
If you missed our presentation at Creative Stitches, it is now available on our site in pdf format here.
If you wish to share or review with another guild, please ask us first, and please link with love back to us. Thanks!
Cheers to a job well done!