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Block Challenge and Lottery – Converging Corners

This month’s block challenge is called Converging Corners, based on a tutorial by Ashley at Film in the Fridge.

When the blocks are put together, a fun design is created where the corners converge!  It’s a great way to use up scraps and strips!

The details:

  • The block pattern is Converging Corners by Film in the Fridge
  • Make one or more blocks, 12″ finished size (12 1/2″ square)
  • Use the same color scheme in the tutorial : solid white for the background, bright (saturated color) prints or solids for the rest. Use a large, fun print for the center square.
  • Bring your block to the April meeting.  Each block will give you one ticket for the block lottery.

The finished quilt by Ashley at Film in the Fridge:fitf_convergingcorners


Blocks made by the Great Lakes MQG (where I first spotted this idea):Great Lakes MQG Converging Corners blocks


My sample blocks (I just had to make 4 blocks, so I could see the corners converge!):DSCN3407


My tip – mark the center of a 12 1/2 inch square ruler to help you keep your center square near the middle of the block:DSCN3422



Faces of the Guild

Sometimes it’s not easy remembering who’s who at Guild meetings, especially if people aren’t wearing nametags (there’s a challenge for that!).

And if you’re new to the guild (or even if you’re not new), it might seem to you as though everyone knows everyone else — except for you!

We have set up a fun discussion thread in the VMQG Flickr Group called Faces of the Guild, and you’re encouraged to add a photo of yourself in the thread so that other members will know who you are.

There is a separate discussion thread with instructions on how to do add a Flickr photo to any discussion thread post in the Group, and here they are as well. Note that the photo needs to have been uploaded to Flickr, but it doesn’t have to be added to the VMQG group:

1. Click on the photo to open it.
2. Click on the Share drop-down menu above the photo.
3. Click Grab the link (it’s the second option) and copy the URL.
4. Open the discussion thread to which you want to add a reply with photo (handy to do this in another tab or window).
5. Add your photo by pasting the URL between square brackets.
6. Click post now.

You’re done!

Why not check out the thread and add your photo!

Flickr: Getting Started

During the September and October meetings, Sonja and Felicity spoke about Flickr.

Sonja’s talk was about getting started, and Felicity covered the social aspect of Flickr (groups).

Sonja prepared a document to support her presentation, and it’s here: Finding your way through Flickr

Here are a few tips on navigating the Groups on Flickr. You can usually look at photos in a group without joining it, but if you want to add photos or contribute to discussions (or even see discussions in some cases), you will need to join the group. In this example, let’s pretend you’re interested in Groups that are about Kaffe Fassett.

1. To search for a group, click on the dropdown menu beside Groups along the top toolbar and click Search for a Group.

2. In the search box, type a key word to help you find your group.

3. Then choose your group from the results.

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4. Click on the name of the group to open it up and click Join This Group if you want to.

Join This Group

5. Here are some features of a group. To add photos to a group, just click Add Photos.

A Tour of a Group

6. Once you’ve got some groups on the go,  you can quickly go to Your Groups  by simply clicking Groups on the top toolbar. You can also use the dropdown menu and select Your Groups.

Get to Your Groups

7. And here’s what your list of Groups will look like once you’ve got a few.

Activity in Your Group

Hope that helps you get started enjoying all the benefits of Flickr! Just start playing – you’ll discover all kinds of interesting things!

Amy’s Bigger List of Non-Zipper Closures

Are you excited about making a pouch yet? After you check out all of these links, you’re going to want to make tons of pouches!


First, some eye candy –

(wanna see the inspiration pics closer up, or see who made them? check out the mosaic on flickr for links!)

There are tons of wonderful pouches made without zippers, and there are so many different closure options out there. As I was saying at the guild meeting, using an alternative closure often means that the closure is more of a design feature than it would be with a zipper. While a zipper sort of fades into the background, buttons or frames can really make a statement!


Metal Snap Frames are super trendy right now, and they’re not nearly as scary as you think they are! This is a rather long list, but they come in different shapes and sizes, and the square ones are a bit different from the rounded ones. If you’re using a metal frame, open up the package first thing! Most frames come with a pattern that will fit the frame perfectly, but you might not realize it until you get to that step!


Another fun option is a magnetic snap, which you would use with a flap. Magnetic snaps can be purchased at  fabric stores, and even at craft stores. They’re really easy to put in, and have a very finished look.


Flex Frames can be really great, and they’re so easy to install. If you know how to sew a drawstring casing, you can make a flex frame pouch! (using a metal tape measure instead of a purchased flex frame)


And speaking of drawstrings, they’re a great pouch closure too!


Buttons are awesome closures, because they give you the opportunity to really showcase a gorgeous vintage button. If you don’t have any tucked away in your stash, new buttons are great too! Button, Button is a great source for fancy buttons, but I’ve been surprised by how pretty some of the buttons at Fabricland are as well. And of course, there’s always Dressew! Dressew also has a very good price for large covered button kits, which are a great way to showoff a small piece of gorgeous fabric.


If you’re not so comfortable with buttonholes, buttons work great with loops of cording or elastic too.


A less commonly seen button closure is with a piece of ribbon or cording that is wrapped around one or two buttons, like a folio.


And let’s not forget about the lowly snap! As you can see in the mosaic above, they make great closures.

Though the snaps should come with instructions, reading about other people’s techniques can be helpful.


Make a sample of your pouch before you make your fancy swap pouch, so that you can try out your technique in advance. That will also give you a chance to perfect your pattern without ruining anything that you’ve put a lot of work into!


Heather’s Big List of Zipper Pouch Tutorials

As a follow-up to last night’s jam-packed and super-fun meeting, I thought I would post up a quick list of zipper pouch tutorials.

This first one is the one that I used to make the pouch and samples that I showed you all at the meeting last night. This one has very good instructions for doing the little fabric tabs at each end of your zipper.

Make It Perfect Easy Peasy Zippered Pouch Tutorial

However… the internet is full of online tutorials for lots and lots of really cute zip pouches, so I’ll include those here as well, for your perusal.

Design Sponge Sewing 101: Zippered Case

It’s A Pretty Modern Life Fully Lined Zippered Box Pouch

Sew Delicious Baby Gift Zipper Pouch

Michelle Patterns Let’s Make Dumplings! Free Zip Pouch Tutorial

Swim, Bike, Quilt! The XOXO Zippered Pouch

Gussy Sews – Tutorial: How to sew a zippered pouch.

The Adventures of Bluegirlxo – Zipper Purse Tutorial

So Sew Something! Lined Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Skip To My Lou Pleated Pouch Tutorial

Sew Together – How to Draft a Pattern and Make a Zippered Purse with a Flat Bottom.

Happy pouch sewing and swapping, guildies!