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January 20th All Day Sew-in

Since so many people had to cancel their plans to attend our last sew-in due to snowy weather, we’ve scheduled another all day sew-in! Sign up and join us from 1:00pm-11:00pm on Friday, January 20th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below). You can register online using our PayPal button below. The price is $10 like our usual Friday night sew-ins and you can join us for the full ten hours or any portion of that time. This will be the last one Holly can coordinate until May or June, so we hope you can join us!

Michelle built some log cabins at our snowy sew-in in December

Michelle built some log cabins at our snowy sew-in in December.





Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Baste a quilt on the large raised table! Cut out your next quilt using the large cutting mat! This is a great time to work on any of your own projects in the company of fellow quilters.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and dinner.

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 1:00pm-11:00pm,
Friday, January 20th, 2017

Where: Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock Street, Vancouver. Enter through the main doors on the south side of West 12th and go up the elevator to the second floor.

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We have plenty of space for cutting and basting!

Cost: There is a $10 fee per sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like, see button above) and a $15 fee at the door (cash or credit card). Members get first opportunity on the 16 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
Parking: There is a small parkade off of West 12th Avenue with about ten spaces however most of them are marked small car only. Parking is limited on street, more spaces open up at 6pm. There are three spaces in the alley behind the church and they access the Parish Hall through the alley (a phone number will be posted on the door if the doors are locked). As this is only our third sew-in with an afternoon component, we anticipate that parking will be more of a challenge and we encourage people to carpool if possible.
How do I sign up? You can sign up for this sew-in by paying $10 via PayPal (see above) or paying $10 with cash or credit card at our January 16th guild meeting, or by paying $15 at the door (email Holly first to confirm that there’s room for you!).
Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

December 9th All Day Sew-in

We’ve got a Friday sew-in coming up soon and this one is special because its running for the full day! Sign up and join us from 1:00pm-11:00pm on Friday, December 9th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below). You can register online using our PayPal button below. The price is $10 like our usual Friday night sew-ins and you can join us for the full ten hours or any portion of that time.

Susan made this fantastic tree quilt. Can you spot the fox and owl?

Susan made this fantastic tree quilt. Can you spot the fox and owl?




Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Baste a quilt on the large raised table! Cut out your next quilt using the large cutting mat! This is a great time to work on any of your own projects in the company of fellow quilters.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and dinner.

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 1:00pm-11:00pm,
Friday, December 9th, 2016

Where: Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock Street, Vancouver. Enter through the main doors on the south side of West 12th and go up the elevator to the second floor.

skye cutting fabric

We have plenty of space for cutting and basting!

Cost: There is a $10 fee per sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like, see button above) and a $15 fee at the door (cash or credit card). Members get first opportunity on the 16 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
Parking: There is a small parkade off of West 12th Avenue with about ten spaces however most of them are marked small car only. Parking is limited on street, more spaces open up at 6pm. There are three spaces in the alley behind the church and they access the Parish Hall through the alley (a phone number will be posted on the door if the doors are locked). As this is only our second sew-in with an afternoon component, we anticipate that parking will be more of a challenge and we encourage people to carpool if possible.
How do I sign up? You can sign up for this sew-in by paying $10 via PayPal (see above), or by paying $15 at the door (email Holly first to confirm that there’s room for you!).
Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

September 16th Sew-in

Edit: A previous version of this post said we’d start at 5pm, but we’ve been informed by the church that another group has rented the space until 6pm, so we’ll start at 6pm as usual.

We’ve got a Friday night sew-in coming up on September 16th and we’d love to see you there! Sign up and join us from 6:00-11:00pm on Friday, September 16th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below). You can register online using our PayPal button below.




Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Baste a quilt on the large raised table! Cut out your next quilt using the large cutting mat! This is a great time to work on any of your own projects in the company of fellow quilters.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and dinner.

Star quilt

Alicia finished piecing this star quilt at a recent sew-in

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, September 16th, 2016

Where: Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock Street, Vancouver. Enter through the main doors on the south side of West 12th and go up the elevator to the second floor.

Cost: There is a $10 fee per sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like, see button above) and a $15 fee at the door (cash or credit card). Members get first opportunity on the 16 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
Parking: There is a small parkade off of West 12th Avenue with about ten spaces however most of them are marked small car only. Parking is limited on street but more is available after 6pm. There are three spaces in the alley behind the church and they access the Parish Hall through the alley (a phone number will be posted on the door if the doors are locked).
How do I sign up? You can sign up for this sew-in by paying $10 via PayPal (see above), or by paying $15 at the door (email Holly first to confirm that there’s room for you!).
Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

July 15th All Day Sew-in

We’ve got a Friday night sew-in coming up soon and this one is special because its running for the full day! Sign up and join us from 1:00pm-11:00pm on Friday, July 15th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below). You can register online using our PayPal button below. The price is $10 like our usual Friday night sew-ins and you can join us for the full ten hours or any portion of that time.

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Amy’s rainbow of heart blocks

This sew-in is a perfect time to baste your quilts that you’ve entered in the VMQG Showcase to be held on August 27th & 28th! At this sew-in, we’re inviting you to join us in making heart blocks to contribute to the Quilts for Pulse effort. We’re making 10″ heart blocks (instructions at this link) and will collect them at our July 18th outdoor guild meeting. Of course, you’re also welcome to work on your own projects, as usual!

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Paula laid out her beautiful Glam Clam quilt at our June sew-in




Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Baste a quilt on the large raised table! Cut out your next quilt using the large cutting mat! This is a great time to work on any of your own projects in the company of fellow quilters.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and dinner.

parish hall

There’s plenty of room in the hall for basting or quilting!

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 1:00pm-11:00pm,
Friday, July 15th, 2016

Where: Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock Street, Vancouver. Enter through the main doors on the south side of West 12th and go up the elevator to the second floor.

Cost: There is a $10 fee per sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like, see button above) and a $15 fee at the door (cash or credit card). Members get first opportunity on the 16 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
Parking: There is a small parkade off of West 12th Avenue with about ten spaces however most of them are marked small car only. Parking is limited on street, more spaces open up at 6pm. There are three spaces in the alley behind the church and they access the Parish Hall through the alley (a phone number will be posted on the door if the doors are locked). As this is our first sew-in with an afternoon component, parking will be more of a challenge and we encourage people to carpool if possible.
How do I sign up? You can sign up for this sew-in by paying $10 via PayPal (see above), or by paying $15 at the door (email Holly first to confirm that there’s room for you!).
Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

June 17th Sew-in

We’ve got a Friday night sew-in coming up in three weeks and there are still spaces available! Sign up and join us from 6:00-11:00pm on Friday, June 17th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below). You can register online using our PayPal button below.

At this sew-in, we’re inviting you to join us in making blocks for quilts that will go to people affected by the recent fires in the Fort McMurray area of Alberta. We’re making large XPlus blocks and will collect them at our June 20th guild meeting in lieu of a block lotto. Of course, you’re also welcome to work on your own projects, I know I will be doing both!

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Amy’s bright and cheerful XPlus block





Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Baste a quilt on the large raised table! Cut out your next quilt using the large cutting mat! This is a great time to work on any of your own projects in the company of fellow quilters.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and dinner.

Star quilt

Alicia finished piecing this star quilt at our last sew-in

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, June 17th, 2016

Where: Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock Street, Vancouver. Enter through the main doors on the south side of West 12th and go up the elevator to the second floor.

Cost: There is a $10 fee per sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like, see button above) and a $15 fee at the door (cash or credit card). Members get first opportunity on the 16 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
Parking: There is a small parkade off of West 12th Avenue with about ten spaces however most of them are marked small car only. Parking is limited on street. There are three spaces in the alley behind the church and they access the Parish Hall through the alley (a phone number will be posted on the door if the doors are locked).
How do I sign up? You can sign up for this sew-in by paying $10 via PayPal (see above), or by paying $15 at the door (email Holly first to confirm that there’s room for you!).
Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

Latifah Saafir Update!

It’s almost time for Latifah Saafir to visit!

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To recap our earlier post, Latifah is one of the co-founders of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the overall worldwide organization (that we are part of!) The Modern Quilt Guild.

She will be here for a lecture on Friday May 27th and workshops on Saturday, May 28th, Sunday, May 29th, and Monday, May 30th.

Latifah combines her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing to creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. She is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts.

Her lecture on Friday May 27th is titled Modern Quilting: Past, Present and Future, and will include some aspects of a trunk show. The lecture will be held at the MEC Head Office, located at 1077 Great Northern Way, Vancouver. This gorgeous venue is literally steps from the VCC/Clark Skytrain station, and also has plenty of free parking. The lecture starts at 7pm, the door open at 6:30.

MODERN QUILTING: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE –

Learn about the tradition of Modern Quilting, how it originated,
where it is now, and what the future may hold.

Tickets for the lecture will be $15 for members and non-members alike, and will be available for purchase at VMQG meetings, or through the paypal link below.

Tickets purchased via Paypal will be held at Will Call and it is helpful if you enter your full name into the notes to seller.





 

And there are still spaces in two of the workshops that Latifah is teaching for us! To register for one of the remaining spaces in Latifah’s workshops, first email Amy at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to make sure there is a space for you, then pay using the PayPal buttons below.

Glam Clam (SOLD OUT, taking waiting list at workshops@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca)
Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Rocket 88
Sunday, May 29th, 2016 10am-5pm

MEC Head Office, 1077 Great Northern Way, Vancouver.

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(images from the hashtag #rocket88quilt on instagram)

ROCKET 88 QUILT – Learn the innovative technique of machine sewn bias tape applique to make a Rocket 88 quilt and learn about how this can be applied to many quilt designs. There are very limited spaces left in this workshop, so grab your spot quickly!


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Molehills
Monday, May 30th, 2016 10am-5pm

Room C, Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver,

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(try searching #molehillsquilt on instagram for more inspiration)

MOLEHILLS QUILT – This pattern is great for learning curved piecing since the curves are gentle and easy to sew. With two versions AND a special bonus this pattern has a lot of room for personalization! You will learn curved piecing and a relaxed version of foundation paper piecing.


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Come join us in welcoming Latifah to Vancouver, and learning as much as we can while she’s here!

April 15th Sew-in

We’ve got a Friday night sew-in coming up in April and there are still spaces available! Sign up and join us from 6:00-11:00pm on Friday, April 15th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below). You can register online using our PayPal button below.

Amy basting her Fancy Fox II quilt at our February 2016 sew-in

Amy basting her Fancy Fox II quilt at our February 2016 sew-in




Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Baste a quilt on the large raised table! Cut out your next quilt using the large cutting mat! This is a great time to work on any of your own projects in the company of fellow quilters.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and dinner.

Tabitha pieced a stack of blocks at our last sew-in!

Tabitha pieced a stack of blocks at our last sew-in!

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, April 15th, 2016

Where: Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock Street, Vancouver. Enter through the main doors on the south side of West 12th and go up the elevator to the second floor.

Cost: There is a $10 fee per sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like, see button above) and a $15 fee at the door (cash or credit card). Members get first opportunity on the 16 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
Parking: There is a small parkade off of West 12th Avenue with about ten spaces however most of them are marked small car only. Parking is limited on street. There are three spaces in the alley behind the church and they access the Parish Hall through the alley (a phone number will be posted on the door if the doors are locked).
How do I sign up? You can sign up for this sew-in by paying $10 via PayPal (see above), or by paying $15 at the door (email Holly first to confirm that there’s room for you!).
Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

February 5th sew-in

It’s time for our first sew-in of 2016! Sign up and join us from 6:00-11:00pm on Friday, February 5th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (details below). You can register online using our PayPal button below or pay at our upcoming guild meeting on January 18th.

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We love how spacious the church hall is for basting and layout



Enjoy open sewing time with your VMQG friends! Baste a quilt on the large raised table! Cut out your next quilt using the large cutting mat! This is a great time to work on any of your own projects in the company of fellow quilters.

We supply the tables and chairs, irons, cutting mats, and tea. Donations of treats are always welcomed!

You need to bring your machine (don’t forget the foot pedal!), supplies for your projects, extension cord, power bar, tools, and dinner.

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Our president Alicia (right) brought her sister-in-law (left) to our November 2015 sew-in and got her hooked on quilting!

The Details

Holy Trinity MapWhen: 6:00-11:00pm,
Friday, February 5th, 2016

Where: Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1440 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock Street, Vancouver. Enter through the main doors on the south side of West 12th and go up the elevator to the second floor.

Cost: There is a $10 fee per sew-in if you pre-pay before the sew-in day (you can pay via PayPal if you like, see button above) and a $15 fee at the door. Members get first opportunity on the 14 or so spaces available. If you are not a VMQG member, consider joining or email us to see if there is space available for you.

There is a kitchen at Holy Trinity, so you will be able to heat up your dinner if you wish.
Parking: There is a small parkade off of West 12th Avenue with about ten spaces however most of them are marked small car only. Parking is limited on street. There are three spaces in the alley behind the church and they access the Parish Hall through the alley (a phone number will be posted on the door if the doors are locked).
How do I sign up? You can sign up for this sew-in by paying $10 at our meeting on Monday, January 18th. You can also pay this sew-in via PayPal (see above), or by paying $15 at the door (email Holly first to confirm that there’s room for you!).
Please contact Holly (holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) to register or with any questions.

See you there!

October 26th Meeting Reminder

Our next meeting is 7:00pm, Monday, October 26th

Meeting Notes

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on the fourth Monday of the month, Monday, October 26th. We have delayed our meeting this month to avoid a conflict with the lecture by the Quilters of Gee’s Bend. This delayed meeting should give you more time to bring back QuiltCon charity quilt blocks! If you missed out on picking up a kit at the September meeting, see Amy at our October meeting to see how you can get involved.

Our guild will be presenting a Modern Mini Showcase at the Vancouver Quilters’ Guild show in a week, so please go check it out on Friday, October 23rd or Saturday, October 24th! Find out more in our blog post and on the VQG website.

Upcoming VMQG Events
1) VMQG Modern Mini Showcase at Vancouver Quilters’ Guild Show, 10am-5pm, Friday, October 23rd and 10am-4pm, Saturday, October 24th, St. Mary’s Ukranian Hall, Vancouver
2) Friday night Sew-in6:00-11:00pm, Friday, November 20th, Church Hall at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, $10
3) Free-Motion Quilting Workshop with Lynne Fanthorpe, 10am-5pm, Sunday, November 22nd, Croatian Cultural Centre, $45 for members, $50 for non-members. (1 space remaining)

October Meeting Details

What: Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild MeetingWhen: 7:00-9:00pm, Monday, October 26th, 2015
Where: Hewett Hall, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (at the NE corner of W 49th Ave and Oak St).
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Transit: The 49 and 17 buses run along 49th Ave and Oak St respectively. The Canada Line has a station at Cambie and 49th.
Guests: If you’re a guest, we’d appreciate it if you would email holly@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca to RSVP so we can know to expect you. Your first meeting is free and subsequent meetings are $5 until you become a member.

What to bring:
– 2014/15 membership card, completed membership form and $25 dues for 2014/15 (cheque made out to VMQG or cash, membership valid until Oct. 31, 2015) or guest fee ($5)
– calendar to record upcoming events
– cash, chequebook, or credit card to pay for VMQG events
– modern quilt to share at Show and Tell (we’re wrapping up the 2015 UFO challenge, last chance to share UFO quilts!)
– your name tag
– bag of scraps for scrap swap if you are participating
– Halloween blocks for block lotto
– Round Robin kit if you are participating
– a mug (none will be supplied)
– treats are welcomed
– door prizes: Please bring donations to the meeting and sign up at the door prize table.

Agenda:– 6:30pm doors open, sign up for show and tell
– Welcome
– Elections
– Guild Business
– Break (eat treats & socialize; pick up quilts, sign up for workshop, sew-in)
– October Challenge
– Show and Tell
– Door Prizes & block lotto

Fragrance-free policy: For the comfort of all of our members, all guild events are scent-free.

See you there!

Quiltcon Charity Quilt block

Thank you to all our members who have volunteered to make a block for the Quiltcon Charity quilt. For our blocks we will be making Improv Stars, inspired by Gwen Marston and the history of improv quilting.

STEP ONE:

Each volunteer has been given a package of fabric in the official Quiltcon colours, a neutral and two accents. This is enough fabric to make one block, and if you add your own white, you’ll have enough to make two! Please use ONLY the fabrics given, with the sole exception of adding white. Please return your scraps in the bag provided, so that we can use them to fill in spaces in the quilt, and possibly piece parts of the backing.

If you take a packet, we ask that you make at least one block, and if you’re able to donate some of your own white fabric, please make two! Please make one block that is 12″ finished and one block that is 9″ finished.

Each block will be made using one accent colour for the star and the neutral included in your packet or your added white as the background.

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We are using the wonky star tutorial by Victoria of The Silly BooDilly for our blocks.

For the 12″ finished block, you can follow the instructions AND measurements in the Silly BooDilly tutorial.

For a 9″ finished block, cut all of your squares at 3.5″, and follow the instructions in the Silly BooDilly tutorial.

Your completed blocks should measure 12.5″ square and 9.5″ square. Blocks MUST be returned at the November meeting at the latest, to give us plenty of time to piece the quilt top. If you can bring them to the October meeting, that’s even better!

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To recap:

– block sizes are 9″ and 12″ finished, so 9.5″ and 12.5″ when you bring them back

– please make at least one block, two if you’re able

– please don’t add any other fabric except white for the background of your second block

– please use thread that coordinates with your background and press your seams to the side

– please return your blocks to the november meeting at the latest, the october meeting if you’re able

– please put all of your scraps in the bag provided and return them with your blocks

STEP TWO:

After the blocks are returned, we’re going to redistribute the 9″ finished blocks to volunteers to build them up to 12″ finished with log cabin style  strips as below.

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This block is inspired by the Converging Corners tutorial from Film In The Fridge.

Rather than using multiple prints, you’ll use all four of the solid star colours. You’ll receive a bundle with strips of each colour and a background fabric that coordinates with the star block you’re given.

The tutorial shows some blocks with three or even four strips per corner, but we’re starting with a much larger centre square than the tutorial, and are limited to only four colours, so please stick with two strips per corner. You can vary the width of the strips as much as you want!

TIP: See how the blue is on the outside of the block, because the star itself is blue? The colours are distributed a bit better if you use the star colour on the outer row, as in the photo above.

Your completed blocks should measure 12.5″ square. Blocks MUST be returned at the December meeting at the latest, to give us plenty of time to piece the quilt top. If you can bring them to the November meeting, that’s even better!

To recap:

– follow the tutorial from Film In The Fridge to add log cabin strips around the star block using all four of the star colours and the coordinating background fabric.

– block sizes are 12″ finished, so 12.5″ when you bring them back

– please use thread that coordinates with your background and press your seams to the side

– please return your blocks to the December meeting at the latest, the November meeting if you’re able

– please put all of your scraps in the bag provided and return them with your blocks. We’ll still need them for the rest of the quilt!

 

Have fun making your stars! We cannot wait to see everyone’s blocks in November and December!