Monday, May 23, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
2016 Eugene MQG Skill Building BOM
Topic: Dresden Plate
Presenter: Kim Olsen
How to make Dresden blades and an applique circle. Work on quarter inch seams. Also, sew down/applique onto background
Pat Sloan Dresden Tutorials (Pat Sloan blogged about many different tutorials
Proposed Quilt Block (16.5” unfinished)
I used a 30 degree ruler, as I could not locate my 18 degree one. The 30 degree ruler makes 12 blades in the dresden plate, while the 18 degree makes 20. Blades can be made from almost any isosceles triangle that divides evenly into 360 degrees: so one can use a 45 (makes 8 blades)(kaleidoscope ruler anyone?) or a 60 degree one that makes only 6. I used a 6 inch strip of fabric to cut the blades, but placed the 7 inch line of the wedge ruler at the top and had an inch of the ruler hang out over lower part of fabric. This makes a resulting circle that is close to 14 inches in diameter. The center circle will easily cover the resulting hole in the center. It is easier to sew this way than having the points join in the center. Having the plate be 14 inches allows for centering, or skewing, as you prefer. One could make any size at all! I used a lid from a can of peanuts to draw around for a template (cereal box) for the center. Cut about a quarter inch larger than desired circle size and using a double threaded needle, I sewed around and pulled it up around the template. Starch and press! Probably best to use a 17 inchsquare for background. As one sews/appliques on the dresden plate, it may cause shrinkage! Ha Ha! The tutorials on Sew Mama Sew and Bunny Hill give very good tips for the sewing. Well worth reading :-) There are many variations in color placement and striping that would be very fun to try!
Monday, May 9, 2016
Bonnie G. will present more information about the EMQG Geek Fandom Swap. She's very excited about it! The sign-up form for the swap is posted as a separate file on the EMQG group page on the MQG website. Please print the form, fill it out, and bring it to the meeting so she can begin assigning Secret Partners. Deadline for sign-ups is this Friday, May 13.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Also, a big Thank You to all EMQG members who helped make over 25 butterfly blankets for Bags of Love this past winter! They were so excited to receive them! You can see a few of your creations below.
posted by Daisy
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
This year's show is called The Unbroken Thread, and the featured quilter is Ann Rogers Pfrender. There will be daily speakers, demonstrations, a quilter's boutique, a raffle & more!
Date: April 5 - 10
Time: 10am to 4pm each day
Location: Lane County Historical Museum, 740 W 13th Ave., Eugene, OR (fairgrounds)
Admission: $7 per day OR $15 for a show pass
For more information, visit the Pioneer Quilt Show website here.
Posted by Shawna Haynes
Monday, March 21, 2016
- Our EMQG president, Kelly, called the meeting to order promptly at 7pm and welcomed our new guest, Ruby Tarkington.
- Announcements were made and housekeeping issues were addressed by Kelly in lieu of a guest speaker:
- Kelly is looking for volunteers to assist with reviewing of the 2014 by-laws with the intent of updating them for our current needs. Three members volunteered.
- Only the January skill building blocks will be used for a donation quilt. The other monthly blocks are for members to create for personal use.
- Consensus was reached that the Guild will NOT pursue making a raffle quilt this year. If a specific need for fundraising arises, the group will revisit the idea or other fundraising methods.
- There are 7 butterfly quilts (for Bags of Love) that need to be finished. We will plan to finish them at next week's sew night as they need to be delivered to Bags of Love. Daisy will finish cutting them before sew night.
- We will be having our first "Sit & Sew" luncheon at the Market of Choice on 29th and Willamette on March 29 from 10am to 1pm. This is a social event that encourages members to come, hang out, grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee and do some hand sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, etc.
- EMQG members that attended QuiltCon West gave recaps and highlights of their experiences. They all reported it as being a positive, entertaining and amazing event. Jayne showed the buttons she collected and Kim said it was the best time she has had in years! Kathy told us that the quilters were encouraged the "find their voice" and look for inspiration.
- The March Skill Builder Block of the Month was "Improv Free Form" and Shawna was the presenter. The instructions are in the March Skill Builder post and were handed out at the meeting. The block is a free form, straight line style that is great for scrappy and bold looks.
- If you are following along with the Skill Builder Block of the Month program, please bring your completed blocks to next month's meeting (April), so that we can share them and see everyone's work so far! A group photo is wanted!
- The swap for March was iPad covers and there were some amazing ones! April's swap is decorated tea towels!
- March Permission to Play was "Going in Circles" and April's is "Transparency".
- The March bee blocks for Pat J. were turned && everyone turned in a block!!!