Friday, August 18, 2017

Curated skillbuilder bundle from Clinton Modern Creative

Hey skillbuilder participants! Solids not really your thing? Is your stash sadly lacking in fun patterns in the right shades for the skillbuilder project starting in September?

Clinton Modern Creative has you covered... they have curated a bundle of print fabrics especially for our challenge! A huge thank you to Darla at Clinton Modern Creative... this bundle is fantastic!



They are offering both fat quarter bundles and half yard bundles ...*and* they're 15% off! Mtl MQG members - be sure to use the guild discount code we emailed you last month for an extra 10% off your order (25% total)! Supplies are limited so if this bundle tickles your fancy, make sure you get yours now.

Remember, the skillbuilder challenge is open to members and non-members alike... even if you're not local. We will be posting the blocks here on the blog, Facebook and Instagram each month so you are welcome to sew along with us, wherever you are. You just have to promise to share your creations with us on social media! :)

Monday, July 10, 2017

#QuiltsforQC wrap-up

Thanks to a lot of hard work from our various members and contributors, the #QuiltsforQC project is finally complete! We will be delivering 50 quilts to the Ste-Foy mosque at the end of the month and they will be distributed to the members and families that were impacted by the shooting in January. We hope that these quilts provide them with some comfort and let them know that we love and support them. 

All in all, we received contributions from 3 continents, 5 different countries, all 10 Canadian provinces and 25 States. We received blocks from modern quilters, traditional quilters and every shade in between... we received intricately appliqued blocks from expert quilters and simple but heart-felt blocks from brand new quilters. A very sincere thank you to each and every one of you who helped us out in some way... whether you sent us a completed quilt, a few house blocks, donated time or money, or simply passed along our blog post to a friend who you thought might like to help, you helped make these 50 beautiful quilts. 

It was wonderful to see the response to this project, and many of you included notes of love and support with your blocks that we will be passing on to the mosque. Our hope in taking on this project was to express our love and support to our neighbours following the attack, and also to hopefully spark an important conversation about diversity and inclusion around the dinner table or in the work place of those who participated. Seeing quilt labels like the one below on a quilt sent in by the teachers of the Peel district school board in Ontario makes us very happy indeed! :) 


We have photographed all 50 of the quilts, and rather than try to cram them all into an image-heavy blog post, you are welcome to browse them on Google Drive, or on our Facebook page (if see your block, feel free to tag yourself!). It has been a privilege to work on such a project with you all... thank you for making our quilting community such a wonderful community, and continue showing the world your love and inclusiveness! 

Friday, July 07, 2017

2017-18 Skillbuilder Challenge

Starting in September, we will present a traditional quilt block, demonstrate its construction and offer examples of modern variations of it at each meeting. Along with the 15-20 minute meeting demo/discussion, we will also post tutorials and inspiration for each block on the blog and our social media accounts. Members will then be challenged to make their own modern version of the traditional quilt blocks at home and to share their results on social media. The goal of the project is to explore aspects of modern quilt design and creative expression while also improving basic techniques and skills.

We will also be collecting extra blocks to make into charity quilts as the year progresses. As discussed in the spring, the recipient of our charity quilts for the 2017-18 year will be the Palliacco palliative care centre in the Laurentians. Members are invited to contribute blocks or completed quilts to be donated (charity guidelines below).

During this project, we will be touching on three different groups of blocks:
  • Square/strip-based blocks (Sept, Oct, Nov)
    • Presenters: Stacy, Cinzia, and Izzy
  • Half-square triangle-based blocks (Dec, Jan, Feb)
    • Presenters: Stephanie, Nathalie, and Josee
  • Curve-based blocks (Mar, Apr, May)
    • Presenters: Fiona, Shannon F, and Isabelle D.

Perhaps it goes without saying, but the emphasis for this project will be modern quilting. We are, after all, a modern quilt guild and our whole purpose is to explore and encourage modern quilting. If you plan to participate in this project, be prepared to push your boundaries a bit and experiment with some of the aspects that define modern quilting, such as asymmetry, negative space, alternate gridwork, improvisation, minimalism and scale. If you don’t feel you have a good grasp on what is considered modern, or simply want to brush up a bit, we recommend browsing some of the below resources over the summer:


For those planning to contribute to the charity project, please follow these guidelines: 

  • For members wishing to donate a completed quilt, you are welcome to use any pattern or color palette you wish. Finished quilts should be a minimum of 54"x54" (lap quilt size) and be able to withstand normal laundering. The deadline for completed quilts is the June 2018 meeting.
  • For members wishing to donate quilt blocks, we ask that all blocks be 12.5" square and only use colors from the below color palette, based on the guild's logo:  

Kona solids -
Craft de Ville is stocking all of these colors specifically for this project. Don't forget to use your MMQG member discount!

You are not, however, required to purchase the Kona solids for the charity blocks. If you prefer to shop from your stash, or want to use prints instead of solids, you are welcome to do so. You simply need to keep in the same general color palette as above. For example you could use:

  1. Carolyn Friedlander Architextures Crosshatch in White
  2. Ann Kelle Remix Summer Plus
  3. Maywood Classic Dot in Soft Pink
  4. Grunge Hits the Spot in Decadent
  5. Batik teal mustard plus
  6. Dowry Cracking Codes in Jade
  7. Dear Stella Chroma in Lagoon
  8. Cotton + Steel Basics Sprinkle in Stardust
Blocks will be collected at each meeting (October-May) so that the quilts can be worked on throughout the year. If you would like to help with the construction or quilting of the charity quilts, please let us know.

Have a wonderful summer, hope you squeeze in a little quilting between all the sun (if we ever get any) and fun, and we look forward to seeing everyone in September! :) 

Thursday, July 06, 2017

#QuiltsforQC delivery

We have been in touch with the Ste-Foy mosque and we will be delivering the finished quilts to them at the end of the month. If you are a guild member and were interested in coming with us to deliver them (and did not already receive an email from me about it), please send us an email (mtlmqg@gmail.com) right away. We will be organizing the carpool and finalizing details soon.


I have also had a number of inquiries about pictures of the finished quilts. I was hoping for a sunny weekend day to get them out on the clothesline and photographed, but as the weather has not been cooperative, I will have to move to Plan B and do it indoors. I will have all 50 of the quilts documented and posted here to the blog by the end of the month, so watch this space (and thank you for your patience!). :)

Saturday, July 01, 2017

June Meeting minute

June 2017 Montreal MQG Meeting Minutes
Tuesday June 13, 2017 at 7pm at CRCS St-Zotique

Points of business:
·         Welcome to all members
·         Reminder about raffle tickets
·         Plans for next year
·         Executive for 2017/2018
§  President – Stephanie Baldwin
§  Vice President – Izzy Jean
§  Treasurer – Claudia Pedroso
§  Programming Coordinator – Stacy Pomerleau
§  assisted by Joanna Lemon
§  Social Media and Secretary – Fiona Nanson

·         Discussion on location for 2017/2018:
§  Issues
§  CRCS - will continue to get the smaller rooms, hot in fall and spring, free, room varies and maybe upstairs.
§  Verdun Mission - larger space, will include coffee cart, basement so cooler, has a cost of $250 per year, will necessitate an increase in fees from $35 to $40
§  Three options presented
§  Stay as is
§  Move to Verdun and increase fees
§  Have a combo, Verdun for meetings and St. Zotique for sew-ins.  -concern about confusion over where to go when.
§  Discussion about the fee increase.
§  Cover new costs
§  Create a reserve for future workshops, cover the exchange rate when paying for MQG fees or other expenses in the future. 
§  Vote taken on location
§  Majority decision move to Verdun for all events for the 2017/1028 year
§  Majority decision to increase fees to $40.
§  Stephanie will make arrangements and send a membership email out with the details.

·         Skillbuilder/charity challenge:
§  Each month we will be presented with the instructions for a traditional block and examples of how it could be modernized. 
§  Participants may choose to compete blocks for them selves or for the charity quilts. 
§  The charity quilts will go Palliacco, the hospice up in the Laurentians - participants can contribute blocks or completed quilts.
§  Palette for charity blocks: guild’s colors (Craftdeville (Stacy) has the Kona solids in stock), details will be posted on blog for solids or prints options.  Colours are:
·         School Bus (1482)
·         Bubble Gum (261)
·         Sprout (254)
·         Teal (1373)
·         Jade Green (1183)
·         White (1387)
·         Blue (1028)
§  Over the summer: recommend people go through past MQG webinars on “what is modern quilting”, brush up on alternative gridwork, asymmetry, negative space, scale, etc.
§  https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/resources


·         Quits for QC project:
§  Total number of quilts is about 50. WOW!
§  Thank you to everyone who helped out!
§  Next steps: Fiona will contact the Mosque to arrange delivery of the quilts in July. Will email information as soon as it is available. 
§  We will be driving to Ste-Foy to deliver the quilts in person, if anyone is interested in going with email the guild at mtlmqg@gmail.com
§  We have a database for all the names and addresses of those who donated.  We will look at sending some thank you notes either by email of by post.  Although, not everyone by mail as the cost is prohibitive.
§  A round-up blog post will also be done with photos of all the quilts.

·         Annual report from treasurer
o    Accounts have a balance going forward for Next year. 
o    Detailed accounting can be requested via email

·         Show and Tell

·         Raffle Six prize packages given out

·         Potluck – wow what great food.


·         Next meeting: September! Everyone have a great summer!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Final meeting reminder

I'm not entirely sure how we got here so quickly, but the final meeting of the 2016-17 year is this coming Tuesday June 13th at 7pm at the CRCS St-Zotique.


We will be wrapping up the year and discussing plans for next year. Claudia will give the treasurer's report and we will discuss final steps of the #QuiltsforQC project. We will also be raffling off some goodies from Craft de Ville, QuiltCon and Quilt Market, so make sure you wear your name tag for one last entry in the draw.

It will also be a potluck, so if you will be bringing something to share, make sure you put your name and what you're bringing on the sign-up sheet. We will wrap up the year with a nice, relaxed meeting and start off summer vacation in style! Look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, June 02, 2017

UPDATE! June Sew-In

Due to the cool and rainy weather, we will be holding our last Sew-In of the year at Atelier Fiber Arts (3993 rue Wellington, Verdun) tomorrow June 3rd from 10am to 4pm. 


Everything else stays the same for the sew-in, just the location has changed. And the fact that you won't need sunscreen. ;)

Remember, if you'd like to help with the #QuiltsforQC binding, please either join us tomorrow to work on it, or swing by to pick up a quilt and some binding to work on at home. This is your last chance to help out before we wrap up the project at the June 13th meeting! Hope to see you tomorrow!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Meeting reminder!

Our final sew-in of the year will be a Sew-Out! Weather permitting, we will be holding our sew-out this coming Saturday, June 3rd from 10am to 4pm at Parc Du Square Sir-George-Etienne-Cartier, the park directly in front of the CRCS St-Zotique where we normally meet.

Parc Du Square Sir-George-Etienne-Cartier

Please bring with you a picnic lunch, something to sit on and a project to work on that does not require electricity. If you don't have a project to work on, you are welcome to help do some binding on the #QuiltsforQC quilts. The forecast currently shows sunny weather for Saturday (here's hoping), but if for some reason it rains, Amanda has kindly offered to host us at Atelier Fiber Arts in Verdun. If that happens, I will post both here and on the Facebook event page about the change of venue.

If you want to help with the binding but can't stay for the sew-in, I will have all of the quilts and supplies with me, so you are welcome to swing by and pick up some to work on at home. Just remember that we need them all back at the meeting on June 13th. We will also take the opportunity to photograph some of the finished quilts, so if you have any that are ready please bring them by so we can document them. All of the quilts for #QuiltsforQC must be turned in by the June 13th meeting... no exceptions! We will be making plans to deliver all of the quilts in late June or early July, and of course we will post photos of all the finished quilts here once we are done. :)

And finally, our last meeting of the 2016-17 year will be on Tuesday June 13th from 7-9pm at the CRCS St-Zotique. We will be having a potluck, so if you would like to bring something to share, please add your name and what you'll be bringing to the sign up sheet in the Members Only section of the blog. We will be wrapping up the year, discussing plans for next year, and we will be raffling off some goodie bags! Hope to see you there.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Metro Challenge - Complete!

So at our May meeting, we finally had the presentation of the Metro Challenge quilts! It's been a long time coming, and while some of them were still in the process of being finished up, it was lovely to finally see them all together.

If you want to know more about the challenge itself, you can read the original blog post here. And with no further ado... the quilts!

Marlise tackled Lucien-L'Allier station. She did a beautiful job of capturing the monumental interior spaces of the station and depicted them using material from men's shirts. 

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Member Spotlight: Nathalie Forget

Pour le mois de mai, notre membre vedette est Nathalie Forget.

1. Vos coordonnées de médias sociaux (blog/site web, Facebook, Instagram, etc):

Je n'ai pas de blog et je ne me sers pas beaucoup des médias sociaux pour publier ou communiquer. Je les utilise plutôt pour m'inspirer. Mes adresses:
https://www.pinterest.com/forget0440/
https://www.instagram.com/forget.me.knit/
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/forget-me-knit

2. Qu'avez-vous étudié à l'école et/ou que faites vous comme travail?

J'ai complété un baccalauréat en sciences informatiques en 1984. J'ai travaillé par la suite au développement et à la gestion de solutions informatiques pour plusieurs entreprises, mais surtout pour une institution financière. J'ai pris ma retraite et suis revenue à Montréal en mai 2015 après 29 ans d'exil à Toronto.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Canadian modern quilting resources

We get a lot of questions about where to shop for fabric or quilting supplies here in Montreal, both from visitors and locals, but sadly, there aren't many local options for us. We have two chain fabric stores, Club Tissus and Fabricville, and a few independent shops like Craft de Ville and Effiloché, and even Atelier Fiber Arts and La Société Textile which are maker spaces for sewists/quilters.


Beyond those few though, options for Montreal-area modern quilters are rather sparse and most of us end up shopping online. Luckily, there are a number of online Canadian shops (woohoo, no exorbitant shipping costs, exchange rates or duties!) sprinkled across the country. Below is a list of the Canadian modern quilt (or at least modern-adjacent) shops I have come across online... if you know of one that isn't included, feel free to share it in the comments!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wavy line quilting

To those of you who 'adopted' one of the #QuiltsforQC quilts at Tuesday night's meeting to take home, there were a lot of questions about how best to quilt them. You are welcome to be as simple or as complex as you like with the quilting on these quilts; it can be simple straight lines or it can be decorative free-motion quilting. it is really up to you and your comfort level. The only thing that we ask is that you keep the quilting no more than 3" apart. We want these quilts to be sturdy and long-lasting, so they need to be able to stand up to wear and washing.

The quilting needs to be completed and the quilts brought to the May meeting so we can move on to the binding stage; if you find yourself unable to complete your quilt in time, please let us know as soon as possible so we can find a solution.

For those of you who were asking about the wavy line quilting, there are two ways to do it. Personally, my sewing machine has a decorative stitch that comes in handy when I don't want to be fussy with the quilting: 
The 'wave' decorative stitch

I select the wave stitch (above), put the stitch length on the longest setting and the stitch width on the widest setting, and it gives me a nice, gentle wave. 

Otherwise, if you do not have that kind of stitch on your machine, you can imitate it by simply moving the quilt itself as you quilt, as demonstrated in this video: 


Izzy uses this technique on her straight-stitch sewing machine and the results are fantastic! 

Good luck and we look forward to seeing the quilts at the May meeting!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 2017 Meeting Minutes

April 2017 Mtl MQG Meeting Minutes
Tuesday April 11, 2017 at 7pm at CRCS St-Zotique
  • Quilts for Quebec: 
    • It looks like we will have about 45 finished quilts for the mosque.
    • We have 20 or so ready for quilting - we need quilters! 
    • A few are ready for binding.
    • We might be organizing another basting party over the next few weeks once we have all the tops pieced as well as backing for everything.
  • Visit to the McCord Museum to see the Expo 67 Exhibit:
    • We will meet in the lobby of the museum at 6 PM on Wednesday, April 19.
    • The cost on Wednesday evening is $9.50 per person.
    • For those interested, we will most likely have dinner and a drink after the visit.

Show and Tell:
  • Francine: Fancy Forest quilt based on the Elizabeth Hartman pattern.  This is for her 2nd grandson's room.
  • Maurice: Showed off his amazing Monopoly quilt top - all made to scale. 
  • Nathalie: Worked on a Quilt of Valor with two other members of the South Shore Guild. All black and white flying geese with pops of red.
  • Patti:  Patti not only made blocks for the CQA bee, she put them together in a massive quilt top.
  • Marie-Eve: Made a quilt for a friend - all purple and yellow HSTs arranged in a gradient layout. She quilted it with the Ultra Wavy quilting tutorial by Better Off Thread.
  • Isabelle:  Showed a beautiful reverse appliqué and hand quilted mini.
  • Jen: Completed a cute baby quilt with squares and wonky stars.

Next meeting: 
  • May meeting  - May 9:
    • Garage sale: bring anything you would like to sell, swap or give away.
    • Metro Challenge quilts are due
    • We will discuss the results of the survey
    • We will also reveal plans for the June "sew-out"

Monday, April 10, 2017

Annual Survey - last call

If you have not already filled out the annual member survey, please take a moment to give us your feedback. It is anonymous and helps us plan activities and improve the guild for next year! 

The survey will be closing tonight, so last call for responses! And thank you to those of you who have already filled it out... we will be going over the results at the May meeting. 

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Meeting reminder!

Our April meeting is coming up next Tuesday, April 11th at 7pm at CRCS St-Zotique.


Cinzia will be giving a talk on quilt labels, and we will be finalizing the details of our next social outing - a visit to the McCord museum to see the Mode Expo 67 exhibit. It is also the deadline for filling out the Annual Member Survey, so if you have not yet filled it out, please take a moment to share your feedback!

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Member Spotlight: Cinzia Allocca

We are back with another Member Spotlight!  This month, we give you the co-founder of the Montreal MQG: Cinzia.

Your social media coordinates (blog/website, Facebook, Instagram, etc): 

IG: @2psquilts
Blog: deuxpetitessouris.blogspot.com

What did you study in school and/or what do you do for a day job?     

I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and worked as an educator in a daycare for several years (I also like to say that I have a ‘secondary’ degree in art as I took as many art classes as I could throughout my school years).

For just over a year now, I have been working for Camelot Fabrics in merchandising and product development.

How long have you been quilting?    

I made my first quilt about 19yrs ago, by copying a store bought one. I had some sewing experience and decided to try making a quilt. A couple years after that, I took a quilting class at a LQS.

What first got you interested in modern quilting?    

Like most people, I suppose I first ‘discovered’ it online through blogs and flickr.  It was refreshing to see quilts made with fresh colors, clean, minimalist looks, and improv (and SOLIDS!!! Which I first saw on sewmamasew.com). Discovering improv gave me the permission to do things my way. It allowed me to make something that was completely my own. It’s not just the ‘making’ part that I like about quilting. To me this is just my medium of choice through which I explore my creative ideas. I love the freedom.


How did you find the MMQG and why did you decide to join?

Josee and I ‘met’ online and we were both looking for a local group of modern quilters. Since there wasn’t one, we decided to start a guild. What really gave me the push to do so was the announcement by the MQG about the first Quiltcon. I knew then that this was going to be more than a trend and I wanted to be a part of it. It’s one of the best things I ever did! I love my peeps!

Whose techniques/style/philosophy do you most admire in the modern quilting community?  

My favorites are Gwen Marston, Sherri Lynn  Wood, the Gees Bend Quilters

Where do you look for inspiration or ideas for your quilting projects?    

Lately I have been very interested in modern, abstract and minimalist art. I am currently crushing on the work of Paul Kremer (@paulkremer if you wish to follow him). He is Texas-based painter. He plays a lot with bold shapes and colors and negative space.

What is your favorite project that you have completed? Why is it your favorite?    

My favorite is usually the last big project I’ve completed. My current favorite is “Finding Harmony”. It’s one of those rare projects that I’ve enjoyed making every single step of the way. It holds a lot of meaning for me. My quilts are like my journal through which I work out my innermost thoughts and feelings. I worked through a lot with this one.


What would you consider to be your quilting ‘superpower’?    

Binding!!! I love making and applying it. I can hand sew a pretty good and fast invisible stitch! I find it very relaxing.

And I can thread and knot 25 needles in 6min.44seconds. Anyone want to challenge me?


What is your favorite part of the quilt making process? Why?   

I love starting something new. The best is when inspiration strikes suddenly and I happen to have a couple of free hours to get it going and things start to flow freely. There always comes a point where I start to struggle/question where I’m going, but I’ve learned to push through. 

What project or technique is next on your “to try” list?   

I am currently working on a series of small abstract quilts. A series is something that I have been wanting to try for a long time – to explore a single technique/style/color scheme through many works. In my series, I am delving into my improv strip-piecing technique. I want to see how far I can take it. 
I have also always want to make a large whole cloth quilt. All hand quilted of course. 

What is the best quilting tip or technique you’ve discovered?     

Don’t worry about perfection. Especially when learning something new. Just do. Over and over again, and you will get better.  I promise! 


What is the best bit of quilting advice you’ve ever received?     

Do it because you enjoy it! I decided to ‘give-up’ machine quilting large quilts because I just didn’t enjoy it. But not before I gave it a good chance. 

And the second is to slow-down! When we are constantly on social media seeing what everyone is making, we are under the illusion that everyone is more productive than we are and that we somehow need to keep up. I’ve learned that I would rather make less but more meaningful pieces. It gives me the chance to be more intentional with what I make and have a closer connection to my work. Most of us are doing this as a hobby anyway, so what are we trying to keep up with anyway? 

I try to apply this to my life in general too – Simplify, simplify, simplifly (or maybe I should say “Play, Explore, Edit” see next question). 

Recommended reading/viewing: 
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (written by Greg McKeown)
  • The Art of Stillness : TED TALK by Pico Iyer
  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (yes, she is a little, shall we say ‘out there’, but she makes some really good points). Get rid of stuff!!!  Unclutter your space, your mind your soul!!! 
Describe your creative process in three words:  

Playing, exploring, editing. 

Describe/share pictures of your creative space:

I recently moved into a new home, and although this home is smaller than my old one, I have the basement all to myself! It did take awhile to get accustomed to a new space. I found that, as it has a different layout than what I was used to, my flow was interrupted.

Sewing Station

My cutting table is an old drafting table that I scored at a garage sale. Pegboards are great for organizing tools/notions!

I couldn’t live without my design wall. It’s where I audition all my ideas!
I have a desk area where I work on my laptop. A radio for good music! Can’t live without it!
I love that I have room to keep my large quilting frame assembled at all times. I can switch from machine work to hand quilting as the mood strikes. And, yes, I have been known to sneak in a power nap in my little corner there!
I feel blessed to have this space and the time (however limited it seems sometimes) to pursue my passion. Thank you for letting me share it! 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 2017 Meeting Minutes

March 2017 Mtl MQG Meeting Minutes
Tuesday March 21, 2017 at 7pm at CRCS St-Zotique
  • Anyone interested in any of the executive positions?  If anyone is interested in the future, please don't be shy to approach us.
  • Quilts for Quebec: 
    • We have at least enough for 40 finished quilts so far, still waiting on QuiltCon box and a few other quilt tops and finished quilts from other guilds. 
    • Due to larger than expected turnout, we may end up spending all donations received on batting and backing, but if anything is leftover we will be donating it to the mosque along with the quilts.  
    • Next steps: we need volunteers to sew together remaining quilt tops. 
    • We will be doing basting at the April 1st sew-in and possibly plan another meet-up to finish. 
    • We will also need volunteers to quilt (does not have to be fancy or complex!)  
    • Josée will design labels and we will get them printed on Spoonflower.
  • The annual survey was sent out this week.  Please fill it out by the April meeting.
  • CQA slab blocks are due at the April meeting.
  • Social meet up for March: 
    • We would like to organize a group visit to the McCord Museum to see the Expo 67 Exhibit.  
    • Vote on the date you prefer on doodle.com. (Email sent)
  • Mad About Patchwork bundle raffle:  Jessica won the bundle
  • Room for meetings: for next year, we might be renting one of the bigger rooms downstairs (we think it's $10 per month)
  • Charity Quilts: we are thinking about not participating in the Quiltcon charity next year. No objection from the members. Instead, we would like to do a skill builder BOM and perhaps use some of the blocks to make quilts for charity. More details to come soon!
  • Metro Challenge deadline is now the May meeting.
Show and Tell
  • Cinzia:  Bag for her quilting hoop and beautiful quilt top made from pink strips.
  • Steph: Quilts for Quebec top
  • Claudia: Jacquie Gering inspired quilt top using the stitch & flip method
  • Shannon: Quilt top for Quebec (a big one!)
  • Tamara:  3 quilts made with her newest fabric collection for Quilt Market 
  • Izzy: Mystery quilt made from a Cheryl Brickey pattern
  • Diane: Quilt top for Quebec (another big one!)
Next meeting: 
  • April sew-in - April 1 from 10 AM to 4 PM
  • April meeting  - April 11 - Cinzia’s quilt label discussion

Sunday, March 19, 2017

#QuiltsforQC - phase 1 complete!

So the first phase of our #QuiltsforQC project, collecting house blocks, is now complete! We've received over 1,000 blocks from all over the world... thank you SO much to everyone who has contributed to this project!!! We will, of course, continue to post photos of our progress over on Instagram (@mtlmqg) and updates here on the blog.

One of the finished quilt tops

If you wanted to help with the project but didn't have time to send us a block, are just hearing about it, or just want to help a bit more, we are still accepting donations to purchase batting and fabric for the backing and binding of the quilts. We have more than double the number of quilts we had expected to donate (which is amazing!), so every little bit helps. We have a PayPal account set up specifically for this project (email: mtlmqg@gmail.com) or if you are local and have some fabric or batting to donate, you're welcome to drop it by Atelier Fiber Arts in Verdun.

Our next step is to gather up all the supplies needed to finish the quilts while some of our helpers finishing piecing the remaining blocks into tops. If you are interested in lending a hand with the basting, quilting, or binding please drop us an email and let us know. We will likely plan a few meet-ups to work on things like basting and binding, so watch this space for updates!