Friday, January 25, 2019

Invitations for Fabricville

Hello all,

I have invitations for Fabricville's Friends and Family sale on February 11th. Since it is the night before out February meeting, I can't wait until then to pass them out.

So if you want an invitation (or two or three) I will pass by the Sew-In on Saturday (January 26), or I can meet up with people along the metro. Just respond below, or on Facebook.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

January 2019 meeting minutes

January 2018 Mtl MQG Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, January 8 at 7pm, SouthWest Mission Verdun

Quick points of business:
  • Get your raffle tickets from Izzy at the break
  • Call for exec team volunteers
    • Need a volunteer for the President and VP positions
    • A set of job descriptions will be sent 
  • Feb 12 meeting will be 0% planned, so please bring something to work on and/or a topic to discuss!

News from the MQG Ambassador (Izzy)
  • QuiltCon Feb. 21–24, 2019 
  • Webinar how to design quilts using different tools - on the 17th of January at 14:30. Will be available the day after recording.
  • Charity quilt will be ready for QuiltCon, Cinzia will show tonight.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

January Challenge: “Show Yourself Some Love” Upcycle Challenge

For our first challenge of the new year, we are encouraging you to sew something up from a formerly used and loved article of clothing or cloth.  It can be something more ambitious like a quilt made from some vintage tablecloths or something small like taking your favorite t-shirt and incorporating it into a new pillow for your bed. Or how about making a scarf out of an old flannel shirt! Get creative and have fun with it!

The project will be due in time for the March 12th meeting. As this will likely be a sentimental item, it will not be a swap project, but something you make for yourself. You are invited to bring your project to the February meeting to work on.

Remember that your project must reflect a modern aesthetic. Small projects are a great way to explore a new technique or new way of making something, so stretch your creative boundaries!

See below for some inspiring ideas!

Improv Mini Quilt made by MTLMQG Member Suzanne Paquette (@the_milliner)  using her son’s baby clothes.

Boro Bag made by MTLMQG member Cinzia Allocca (@cinzia_allocca) incorporating old jeans, a jean jacket and a zipper from an old leather purse.

Pillow made from denim labels! Source:

A great way to preserve heirloom doilies!! Source:

Pillow made form Silk Ties. Source:

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Meeting reminder

Just a quick reminder that our first meeting of 2019 is coming up on Tuesday January 8th at 7pm! We will be meeting in our usual spot, the SouthWest Mission space at the corner of Verdun and Melrose in Verdun.

Bundle up, grab something warm to drink and join us for the evening. We will be announcing a fun new challenge at the meeting, so don't miss it! See you there!

(For those who can't make it, we will of course be posting the details to the blog after the meeting)

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Applique demo by Claudia

Happy new year! Our first meeting of 2019 is coming up on the 8th and Claudia will be treating us to a hand applique demo. If you would like to participate at the meeting, please complete the following in advance:
  • Trace the applique image (downloadable PDF here) onto the right side of a piece of fabric. A window or other flat glass surface with a light source behind it is very helpful for tracing. 
  • Baste the drawn fabric onto a second piece of background fabric, keeping both pieces right side up. (Not sure how to baste fabric? Check out this tutorial.) 

Along with your traced and basted fabric from the above steps, you will also need to bring:

  • Thread the same color as the fabric you drew the picture on
  • A needle (Size 12 hand appliqué needles or size 10 Milliners needles are good. You want a thin needle that glides through the edge of a fold smoothly)
  • A thimble
  • Small pair of sharp scissors

That's it! If you have any questions, let us know... otherwise see you on the 8th!