Wednesday, September 09, 2015

MQG Charity Challenge

As discussed at last night's meeting, we will be participating in the Modern Quilt Guild Member Charity Challenge for QuiltCon West 2016.

Jessica and Tamara are our project managers for this challenge and as the theme for this challenge is "Improv with Intent", they have chosen a 'Pick-Up Sticks' quilt block as the pattern we will be using for our entry. If you are not familiar with this block, or would like some inspiration, check out the Pinterest board they have set up for the challenge: Pick Up Sticks Quilts 

Everyone participating in the challenge will receive a bundle of fabric (generously donated by Michael Miller Fabrics) that uses the colour palette set out in the challenge guidelines. We will be handing out the fabric at the October 3rd Sew-In as well as going over how to make a improvisational Pick Up Sticks quilt block. While we encourage everyone participating to attend the Sew-In, if you are not able to be there, we will have your fabric bundles available at the October 13th meeting as well.

Our timeline for this project is somewhat tight, but luckily Jessica and Tamara have chosen a block that is incredibly easy to make while still offering almost limitless improvisational potential! Whether you complete your block at the October Sew-In or at home, you will need to have it ready to turn in at the November 10th meeting. We will need time to get the quilt top pieced, quilted and bound in time for it to be sent off to QuiltCon at the end of January.

The finished quilt will be submitted to QuiltCon as part of the challenge, after which it will be returned to us and we will be donating it to Auberge Shalom, a Montreal shelter for women and children dealing with domestic violence. If anyone would like to make an extra quilt (child, lap or bed sized) to donate along with the challenge quilt, you are most welcome to do so! Just let Jessica and/or Tamara know so we can coordinate all of the items to be donated when the time comes. 

We have a volunteer to do the binding on the finished quilt, but are still looking for someone interested in doing the piecing and/or quilting (the finished quilt will be a twin size)... if you are interested, please let us know! :) 

Monday, September 07, 2015

Meeting reminder!

Just a friendly reminder... our September meeting will be taking place tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 7pm at the CRCS St-Zotique. We will have lots of important news updates and plenty of yummy snacks, so make sure to join us! :)