August Meeting and the Sew Together Bag

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far.  Here in Louisiana, it is getting HOT!  Luckily, quilting usually involves a lot of air conditioning.  Happy, happy, happy! This month’s meeting will be Saturday, August 15th 10:00 – 12:00 (official time, but we will sew past that time for anyone sewing with us.) Quilt n Stitch, 6049 Cypress St, West Monroe, LA 71291 The main event will be putting together the Sew Together Bag.  If you would like to sew with us, read on.  More details will follow.  If don’t want to sew, but want to join us, you are more than welcome to visit with us while we sew. To begin, I thought we could take a look at a couple blocks that Anita Grossman Solomon demos in her ‘Piece Traditional Quilt Blocks’ class on Craftsy.com.   She has a method of cutting blocks so the pieces come together with very little waste.  You know those little half square triangles that mount up as we’re creating quilt tops?  Well, there’s none of that.  I plan to bring the pineapple block and the economy block.  I love her method and hope you do to.  Or at least walk away with more ideas to incorporate into your quilting.

SewTogetherBag_1But on to the Sew Together Bag.  This is a clever little bag designed by Sew Demented.  You will be amazed by the amount of stuff you can pack.  Rotary cutters, scissors, thread, needles, marking pens…they can all fit and still there’s room! If you would like to sew with us, buy the pdf pattern here.  You will want to choose your supplies and fabrics, and prepare your fabrics before the meeting.  I REALLY recommend you google ‘sew together bag’ before choosing your fabrics.  There are some really beautiful versions out there and you can really get a feel for the option that appeals to you. Supplies needed (taken from pattern):

Main fabric:  1 fat quarter

Lining Fabric:  1/2 yard

Pocket Lining:  1/3 yard

Binding fabric:  1 fat quarter

1/2 yard fusible lightweight interfacing   (I would use something closer to midweight myself, but that’s personal opinion.  For my bag, I used Shape Flex.)

1 – 18″ zipper

3 – 9″ zipper

Optional Pincushion – wool roving or similar stuffing

Needle Landing – wool felt

The bag appears complicated, but once laid out comes together really well.  I hope you join us.  In the meantime, stay cool!! Cheers, Ramona

July Meeting and Sampler Quilts

MODA Modern Building Blocks

MODA Modern Building Blocks

NELA MQGJULY MEETING
Saturday, July 11th,
10:00 – 12:00
Quilt n Stitch
6049 Cypress St
West Monroe, LA 71291

Join us for our meeting this Saturday as we discuss ideas for sampler quilts and how they work in the ‘Modern Quilt” world.  Sampler quilts are such a traditional quilt and yet still have so much personality depending on block sizes, fabrics, colors, etc.  Then add a more Modern touch and change up the scale and you can recreate the whole thing!

The quilt shown above is Moda’s Modern Building Blocks sampler released last year (I think) and it does a great job of incorporating many of the characteristics of the Modern Quilt Movement.  If you are interested in seeing a more comprehensive write up of what Modern Quilting is, go to the MQG site here.  To quote them, some characteristics include ” the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs.”    In the sampler above, you can see the alternate grid work, high contrast and use of color, and definitely an update to a quilt classic.

A well loved traditional sampler is the Dear Jane which has been recreated in so many different ways!  Many quilts are in the traditional fabrics and colors, there are also two color, high contrast versions, and in recent years I’ve seen this quilt in bright, happy colors.  If you haven’t seen all the different versions, a quick search on Pinterest would let you see what I’m talking about.

I thought it might be fun to share with each other our favorite samplers and ideas we may have for our very own sampler.  Which blocks, placement, color schemes, fabrics would you use to create the perfect sampler?  Join us Saturday and share ideas with us.  We’d love to see you there.

Happy quilting, Ramona

NOTE:  There was previous discussion of having a sit and sew at this meeting.  We will not be holding that sit and sew.  Please let me know if you have any questions.