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.  

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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

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

The Last Sew-In of the Season

June 16th is our last sew-in for the 2017-2018 season and it's always wonderful to see what everyone is working on from quilts, to sweaters, to applique, it's all there!  Lots of laughs, lots of snacks being shared (and crochet hooks being dropped ;-) ).  Hope to see you there!

Date: Sat Jun 16
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Place: Program Room at the Kanata Recreation Complex located at 100 Charlie Rogers Pl, Ottawa, Ontario

For more details, visit the "Sew-Ins and Other Events" tab on the blog.
2018-2019 Early Registration

Why wait!  From now until June 30th, 2018, you can register for the 2018-2019 season for $35 (our full season is $40).  Download a form here, fill it in and bring it to the next meeting, June 25th OR you can pay online here.  This can make a great Mother's Day present <hint hint>.

~Sam

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

April BOM - Scrap Bin Geese

Who has too many scraps? This girl right here. So for April I've chosen a block that uses up some of those smaller scraps in your stash.

The April BOM is called Scrap Bin Geese and the tutorial is by Andy from A Bright Corner.

The colour palette for this block is similar to the example shown below. Low volumes for one side, high volumes for the other side and choose a colour for the center geese. Turquoise being my favourite colour, I have TONS of turquoise scraps, so I've used some of them up in the center of this block. Having the two sides the same will ensure that all of our blocks are still consistent and harmonious while showcasing the center colours.  Looking forward to seeing everyone's blocks in April!

~ Jenn


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

March BOM - Drunkard's Path


Firstly, a HUGE thank you to our very own Stacey Lee O'Malley for her wonderful presentation on sewing curves. For some quilters, curves can be intimidating, and Stacey's tips and techniques showed just how easy sewing curves can be!

And because we want you to practice what Stacey presented, the BOM for our March meeting is a Drunkard's Path!

Sew up a Drunkard's Path block that finishes at 12" (12.5" with seam allowances) in a low volume and a bright colour. For a little refresher, Stacey's presentation is here, or you can use an existing template or get creative and improv it! 
Looking forward to seeing everyone's blocks!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Join us for our February Sew-in!


Saturday February 10, 2018
9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Location
Program Room at the Kanata Recreation Complex located at 100 Charlie Rogers Pl, Ottawa, Ontario

Notes:  
(1) Sewists are responsible for the set up and take down of their own table(s) and chair(s).
(2) We may or may not have access to the kitchen attached to Upper Hall A, so please plan your lunch accordingly.

Members: $12.00
Non-Members: $15.00


To sign up, email Krista at sewdaysomqg@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Sew-Ins Have Been Booked!


Check out the Sew-Ins tab for sew-in dates and don't forget about the Sip n Sew on January 13th at Bowman's Bar and Grill on Carling

Have a great week and see you all soon!
Sam