Charity Project – Fidget Quilts

IMG_0396A member came across a great idea for anyone wanting to make a charity quilt – Fidget Quilts for Alzheimer patients. Many Alzheimer patients are constantly moving/fidgeting their hands so this gives them something to feel, touch and hold. Anyone interested in making one of these charity quilts can donate them to Youville Continuing Care Centre in St. Albert

If anyone is interested in making a “Fidget Quilt” for Alzheimer’s patients as one of our charity projects, I’ve listed some information below:

- it has been suggested that the quilts be approximately 20” x 20”

- I cut my blocks 5 1⁄2” square

- before assembling the blocks, you might want to decide what you want to add as far as velco, zippers, beads, bobbles, buttons, keys, pockets, rick rack (to name a few) or whatever else you can think of that might keep their hands busy, as you might want to attach them to ribbons or twill tape and sew them into the seams

- different textures of fabrics are a good idea as well

It’s a good project to use up some of your scraps.

Want more information on Fidget Quilts? Check out the Fidget Quilt project with Rowe Together. Here is also an article from the Times.

Block of the Month – Block 1

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Block of the Month Block 1 – Improv stripes

Materials:
13” square background material
various coloured strips 1.5 to 3” width

Instructions:
1. Lay the background square on the cutting mat and cut through at an angle.

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2. Attach the first coloured strip of fabric to the one side of the cut. and trim the ends.

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3. Mark the center of the coloured strip and the background fabric. Line up centers, right sides together and pin.

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4. Attach the second piece of background fabric so you now have a block of background fabric with a strip of colour.

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5. Repeat the steps above for additional coloured strips (2-3 more times).IMG_1938

Note: When adding additional strips that pass through an existing strip it is important to line up the middle of the strip as well as lining up the seams from the strip that you cross through.

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6. Trim finished block to 12.5 inches square

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Note if you are doing quilt as you go add a 1.5 inch border before quilting this square

Block of the Month – Intro

After finishing the Mystery Quilt the guild members have decided to do a Block of the Month sampler quilt.  We started this month with our first block and will be continuing through the winter.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone’s quilts come together over the coming months.

Modern Block of the Month 2014/2015

 

Materials:

10 – 12 fat quarters

3 – 3.5 yards background fabric

Easy Dresden ruler (or material for template)

template material for Drunkards Path

 

Info:  

This project will feature a new block each month.  Many blocks will be a modern take on traditional blocks.  Fabric requirements are estimates as many of the blocks have an element improv that makes it hard to determine a set amount of fabric.  Everyone’s quilt top should end up being a unique piece!

 

Number of blocks:

Currently 9 blocks have been determined, but if we are having fun we can always add more when we get closer to the end.

 

Quilt as you go:

If you would like to practice your quilt as you go technique, this is a great project for practice.  If doing quilt as you go, add a 1.5 inch border with background fabric to the blocks before quilting to act as the sashing that would be added when making the quilt top for quilting normally.

 

Alternate layouts:

Currently the layout is a 3 x 3 set of squares, however you are welcome to use you imagination for combing your squares into a quilt top – on point, offset, it is up to you.

 

Schedule:

Aug – Improv stripes

Sept – Half square triangles

Oct – Wonky dresden

Nov – String block

Dec – Wonky log cabin

Jan – Wandering geese (paper piecing 2)

Feb – Stacked circles (drunkard’s path)

March – Herringbone

April –  Hexagons

 

August Meeting and Guild Project

Recently guild members finished off the Mystery quilt! This time members decided to try a block of the month as a way to try new blocks and techniques. The block of the month will be starting in August, with information going out at the August meeting for the first block. Each month a new block will be chosen and instructions given to the members.  Currently the project is set for 9 blocks (9 months) with the option to add additional blocks.

There will also be the option for members to practice their quilt as you go with this project!

The August meeting with the information to start this project is August 13, 2014 at Earthly Good Quilting starting at 7pm.  We look forward to seeing everyone’s projects over the coming months!

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

Guild members showed off their projects for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Fabric Challenge at the July meeting. The rules were to make something quilted with the provided fabrics and the guild members came up with some great projects!

 

There were pillows:

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Quilts:
MM Challenge 6 Upclose & Bound July 9

MM Challenge 1 July 9

Table runners:
MM Challenge 4 July 9
MM Challenge 5 July 9

And minis:
MM Challenge 2 July 9
MM Challenge 3 back July 9
MM Challenge 3 front July 9

 

Way to go everyone!  Good luck with the challenge – remember the deadline for entering your project is July 25th.

June 11 – Regular Meeting

Our next regular meeting is on Wednesday June 11, 2014, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Our meetings are the second Wednesday of the month.

Everyone is welcome, current members, new members and guests.  We are meeting at Earthly Goods Quilting  –  4115 – 106 Street, Edmonton.

The meeting will include:

  • Mystery Quilt. Bring your finished project to show off
  • Show and tell
  • Continued discussion about formal leadership positions for the guild and how that can be accomplished
  • Wendy P. will present her research and suggestions on a retreat
  • The MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge – pick up your fabric if you have not yet done so, feel free to bring along your progress to show and/or discuss
  • QuiltCon registration opens on June 24 at 10 a.m. CST (which I think is 9 am here). Members get a 15% discount. The classes will fill quickly, so register early if you are going.
  • Other Old or New business

The MQG has moved the deadline for the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge to July 25, 2014. You will need to post a photo of your finished project in the MQG forums, so if you have not yet been online to the MQG site, it’s time to do so. You may make anything quilted, you can add any additional Michael Miller fabrics and you can add any solids you like to the challenge. You will need to post your finished project under Forum – MQG Fabric Challenges – Finished Michael Miller Fabric Challenge at http://www.modernquiltguild.com.

Do NOT wait until July 25 to sign in for the first time and learn how to upload photos. If you are stuck, ask for help sooner and you can always email Leanne at shecanquilt (at) gmail (dot) com for help but please do that earlier rather than later.

Remember to bring your name tags!

We have  more Sew Days booked as well:   July 12 and Aug 16. Please confirm your wish to attend in advance – these dates might be booked right now but check with her in case things have changed.

 

May regular meeting – May 14, 2014

Our next regular meeting is on Wednesday May 14, 2014, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Our meetings are the second Wednesday of the month.

Everyone is welcome, current members, new members and guests.  We are meeting at Earthly Goods Quilting  –  4115 – 106 Street, Edmonton.

The meeting will include:

  • A demonstration on a binding tool by Marie-Claire
  • Mystery Quilt. Bring along what you have finished from last time.
  • Show and tell
  • We are sharing our progress on our Modern quilt project – We are making quilts, baby size or larger, that explore the definition of Modern Quilting of the Modern Quilt Guild – click here to go to the definition. If you like, bring your progress and share your challenges or views. Like all challenges of our guild, participation is at your option.
  • The MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge – pick up your fabric if you have not yet done so, feel free to bring along your progress to show and/or discuss
  • Other Old or New business

The MQG has moved the deadline for the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge to July 25, 2014. You will need to post a photo of your finished project in the MQG forums, so if you have not yet been online to the MQG site, it’s time to do so. You may make anything quilted, you can add any additional Michael Miller fabrics and you can add any solids you like to the challenge.

Remember to bring your name tags!

We have  more Sew Days booked as well:   May 24. Please confirm your wish to attend with Ioleen – these dates might be booked right now but check with her in case things have changed.

 

April 9 General Meeting

Our next regular meeting is on Wednesday April 9, 2014, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Our meetings are the second Wednesday of the month.

Everyone is welcome, current members, new members and guests.  We are meeting at Earthly Goods Quilting  –  4115 – 106 Street, Edmonton.

The meeting will include:

  • A demonstration on Micro Paper Piecing
  • The last instalment on our Mystery Quilt project before the clue to assemble the blocks. Bring along what you have finished from last time.
  • Show and tell
  • We are swapping something to do with spring – swapping is optional, make an item and you can take one home.
  • We are sharing our progress on our Modern quilt project – We are making quilts, baby size or larger, that explore the definition of Modern Quilting of the Modern Quilt Guild – click here to go to the definition. If you like, bring your progress and share your challenges or views. Like all challenges of our guild, participation is at your option.
  • The new membership cards from the MQG are here and will be distributed.
  • Other Old or New business

Remember to bring your name tags!

We have  more Sew Days booked as well:  April 12 and May 24. Please confirm your wish to attend with Ioleen – these dates might be booked right now but check with her in case things have changed.

 

Leanne

EMQG March 12, 2014 Regular Meeting

Our next regular meeting is on Wednesday March 12, 2014, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Our meetings are the second Wednesday of the month.

Everyone is welcome, current members, new members and guests.  We are meeting at Earthly Goods Quilting  –  4115 – 106 Street, Edmonton.

The meeting will include:

  • The next instalment on our Mystery Quilt project. Bring along what you have finished from last time.
  • Show and tell
  • We are swapping an sewing room organizing item – needle book, basket, pincushion, or whatever you like, which includes some green.
  • We are sharing our progress on our Modern quilt project – We are making quilts, baby size or larger, that explore the definition of Modern Quilting of the Modern Quilt Guild – click here to go to the definition. If you like, bring your progress and share your challenges or views. Like all challenges of our guild, participation is at your option.
  • The new membership cards from the MQG are here and will be distributed.
  • Other Old or New business

Remember to bring your name tags!

We have  more Sew Days booked as well:  March 22, April 12 and May 24. Please confirm your wish to attend with Ioleen.

I hope to see you there. If you have questions feel free to email me at shecanquilt [at] gmail.com.

See you at the meeting,

Leanne

EMQG February 12, 2014 – Regular Meeting

Our next regular meeting on Wednesday February 12, 2014, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Our meetings are the second Wednesday of the month.

Everyone is welcome, current members, new members and guests.  We are meeting at Earthly Goods Quilting  –  4115 – 106 Street, Edmonton.

The meeting will include:

  • Demonstration by Vikki – English Paper Piecing
  • The next instalment on our Mystery Quilt project. Bring along what you have finished from last time.
  • Show and tell
  • A Touch of Red Mug Rug Swap – bring a mug rug and take another home, participation is optional. Your mug rug can be any size, any style provided it includes at least a touch of red.
  • sharing of the progress on our Modern quilt project – We are making quilts, baby size or larger, that explore the definition of Modern Quilting of the Modern Quilt Guild – click here to go to the definition. If you like, bring your progress and share your challenges or views. Like all challenges of our guild, participation is at your option.
  • Other Old or New business

Remember to bring your name tags!

We have two more Sew Days booked, January 18 and February 22, 2014. The January 18 Sew Day has been dedicated to the isolette project – please confirm attendance with Chelsey.  The February 22 date will be free sewing, please register with Ioleen. You need to register if you want to participate in a sew day as space is limited and please let Chelsey or Ioleen know if your schedule changes and you cannot attend as there may be a wait list.

I hope to see you there. If you have questions feel free to email me at shecanquilt [at] gmail.com.

See you at the meeting,

Leanne