Monday, 1 October 2018

Sugar Skull BOM

Sugar Skull BOM

(Due October 22nd 29th Meeting)

Modern designs can be items that are “trendy”. 
Lately, I’ve noticed the growing popularity of skulls and sugar skulls in Western culture – you can find them in all shapes and sizes plastered all over t-shirts, as ornaments in jewelry, illustrated in graffiti or tattooed on someone’s arm. Yes, skulls are gaining mainstream popularity and so no wonder you are seeing more fabrics depicting them (Tula Pink – De La Luna Line, Alexander Henry lines).
Within the Western culture, skulls usually depict the dark, macabre and gruesome death, however sugar skulls’ origin springs from Mexico. Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday, celebrated on the 1st and 2nd November in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day and All Hollow’s Day. The Sugar skulls are often used to decorate the gravestones of the deceased. 
The reason they are called “sugar skulls” is because the authentic sugar skulls were made out of clay molded sugar, decorated with feathers, colored beads, foils and icing.   
These sugar skulls are very colorful and  whimsical, not scary at all.

This month we are looking at a:
Raw Edge Applique technique
We want to create a skull, with a flower crown, on a monochromatic black background. 
Block Size:  12.5” x 12.5” 
Finished (in quilt) Size:  12” x 12” 

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Quilt Drive for Tornado victims

We have been receiving inquiries regarding organizing a quilt drive for the victims of the capital region tornadoes that hit last week. We are in the initial planning stages and will post more information and calls for volunteers ASAP. An event IS in the works, just need to get some logistics finalized before we post more - thank you for your support!

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Update to September's Block of the Month


The cutting instructions have changed slightly to the following:

Main color
(1) 2.5” square
(1) 3.5 x 9

Background Fabric
(2) 4.5x2.5
(2) 1.5 x10.5
(2) 4.5x9.5

Instructions can be found here.

Happy Sewing!!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Let's start this year off with a !!!

We're so excited for this new year of the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild to start that we're using all the !!! In fact, we're so excited, we decided to do a pre-guild BOM (Block of the Month)!!! And what is it you ask? Its the !!!



Follow this link for instructions and details about our intro BOM - we can't wait to see what bright, vibrant !!! you all bring!

Thursday, 26 July 2018

New Leadership for 2018-2019 Guild Year

Our June meeting closed out our guild's 2017-2018 year, and what a year it was! We discussed business as the meeting also doubled as our AGM, and we voted in some new faces to our leadership team for the next term.


    President – Samantha Hodorek
    Vice President – Alison Harle
    Treasurer - April Waddell
    Secretary – Mary Gauvreau
    Membership – Stephanie Di Cesare
    Charity Coordinator – no candidates
    Social Media & Program Coordinator - Jenn McMillan
    Snack Supervisor – Stacey O’Malley
    OMQG Quilt Show Liason for CQA 2019 - Amber Mitchener and Frania Granville
    Sign-up Coordinator – Tanja Mongeon
    QuiltCon Charity quilt 2019 - coordinated by Kirsten and Suzanna.

We also had the pleasure of having Andrea Tsang Jackson join us to discuss her views on community within the quilting community, and her "Here and Elsewhere Bee" quilt during her residency with Pier21 in Halifax.



We're hoping everyone is having a wonderful Summer and we can't wait to see what you've made come September!

Monday, 18 June 2018

Reflections - June BOM

Reflections - June BOM


As our guild's season comes to a close I've been reflecting on our past year, the friendships made, the techniques or styles I've explored, the designers I've learned about and the fabrics I've drooled over, I want this last BOM to reflect you! What do YOU love about quilting - what style, what form, what colour? Make a 12" (12.5" with seam allowances as per usual) block that reflects you and your quilting journey this past year and put your name on it (embroider, hand-stitch, etc.). I want EVERYONE to make this block! Just ONE! That way, whomever the lucky members are who wins a set of blocks (if everyone makes ONE there should be a few winners), will take home that piece of you, and a piece of what makes our group so special! 

We're looking forward to seeing everyone next Monday! Our meeting begins at 7:20pm as we've got a full schedule and a fantastic speaker lined up!

Jenn

Saturday, 19 May 2018



A "President's Challenge" for our May 28th Meeting


April gave a fabulous talk on "green" sewing at our last meeting - shopping organic, re-using or upcycling textiles, Sherri Lynn Wood's Afterlife series and Pocket Quilts, and the amazing work of Gee's Bend.  

recology-saftyvest-web.jpg
safety network,91"x81”,
 Recology safety vests and uniforms, wool batting

















With that, a challenge was set!  Take another textile from your home, repurpose it into something new and bring that to our May 28th meeting. Maybe you've got some old curtains, sheets, bits of scraps, selvages, tshirts, or sweaters (it's so endless!!) that could be remade into something new and wonderful.

Here's just one set of ideas from OrganicAuthority.com to help get the ball rolling.  

Good luck, have fun and be sure to tag us with your creations using #ottmqg!

~Sam