Monday, 11 November 2019

Ode to a Square - BOM

 So This month, we will take the talk that Jan gave us about shades, and value, and play with them in the iconic "Ode to a Square" - play with shades of different colors  and lets make some stunning modern blocks

Get this months Block Instructions - Here

Monday, 28 October 2019

Postcard Challenge

The perfect way to brighten someone's day!

wonky pineapple block

We are going to make some postcards, every month, a different modern theme.

At break, we will take time to write a sticky note of encouragement for the postcards on display.
Come May, we will be bundling the postcard into groups of 5 to sell at the silent auction as a fundraiser for the guild.

How do I make a postcard?

You need:A constructed (pieced or appliqued or…) top measuring just over 4” by 6”A 4” by 6” piece of Peltex or Timtex, preferably fusible on one side or bothA piece of 4” by 6” white fabric

Quilt the top directly onto the non-fusible side of the interfacing. Batting can be added but don’t go crazy. If the postcard is too thick, it will cost more to send.

Use a light coloured bobbin thread if possible, dark  may show through the backing fabric.

Trim the top to the 4” by 6” interfacing once the quilting is complete.

Draw a central vertical line and a postage square on the white backing with a permanent marker.

Iron the white backing onto the fusible side of the interfacing or use some other adhesive.

Use a wide, dense zigzag stitch to finish the edges of your postcard.

Et Voila! I used an ordinary ball point pen to write the address and the message.

For the November meeting:

Modern Traditionalism

Take a traditional, well known block and mess with it
Change the angles or add curves or move the center or chop it up or...

Fractured Log Cabin, Judy Johnson link

Disappearing Nine Patch, Angela Pingel, Link

Thursday, 24 October 2019


Image result for modern scrap quiltsScrap Quilt Challenge

We challenge you to make a modern scrap quilt this season!

First: Sort your scraps so that you know what you have.

Second: Choose your design and colour inspiration.
You could use non-quilty magazine images or a movie set for colour palette inspiration.

At the October and November meetings, during break, there will be an opportunity to swap scraps with someone else. Scraps are anything that you do not consider to be stash worthy.

December through May: Share your progress with us on instagram and/or Facebook.
don't forget the hashtag:

June:  Bring your quilt top or finished modern scrap quilt to show off to the rest of us!

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Have Fun!                    

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Monday, 23 September 2019

Lets Play with Colour!

Colour - what a tricky thing!  Some seem to have a knack for it, and others struggle.  So lets play and learn a little more about how color interacts with it, and make a fun block.

This months block is inspored by the father of colour study Joseph Albers. 

"Every perception of color is an illusion, we do not see colors as they really are. In our perception they alter one another." ~ Josef Albers

  • Colors are in a continuous state of flux and can only be understood in relation to the other colors that surround them. Albers makes the provocative statement in the book that ‘colour is the most relative medium in art.’
  • How people see color is highly subjective and varies dramatically between individuals;
  • An artist or designer exploring color in their practice is much more important than studying color theory by itself
Get the Block Pattern Here

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Sewcial Sewing Machines

Whip up this quick BOM of a Sewing Machine in your favourite colour!

Use a low volume for the background and you are on your way!

Bonus:  Add your name, fav color, and fav quilt pattern to a post it note on the back!

Bring this beauty to the first meeting of the modern quilt guild Sept 23 and turn it into the BOM desk!

Click here for instructions

Monday, 17 June 2019

Scrappy Flying Geese BOM

Swoop in and participate in this last month of the Block of the Month program!  Give it a try, you really can't go wrong if you just try!

***Remember you swore and oath to Ali!****

Click Here for the Instructions

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Roosting Round Robin - Prompt #4: Texture

Ooooh ya! So many things you can do with fabric including creating texture.  Check out the Roosing Round Robin tab for more details on this month's prompt. (no longer active)

Pinterest has oodles of "fabric manipulation" ideas, too like this take on the Drunkard's Path pattern.

Have fun!

Monday, 29 April 2019

BOM does not SUC(k)


Block: Improv Succulents


Background: Beige [tone on tone beige or solid beige's ]
Solid Beige:  Kona Oyster, Bone, Cream, Eggshell, Ivory etc...
*Please note this is NOT Kona Snow or Kona White

Pot:  Modern Prints (any color)

Plant: Greens, with Pops of other colors (prints and solid mixes please)

What Makes this Modern:

Sometimes with Modern Quilting you are
NOT FOLLOWING A PATTERN, this is called IMPROV (improvisation).  You could just be creating, sewing fabric to each other, or your can create within certain parameters.  Parameters can be; color, size, scale, shape, or even time! etc...
Sometimes people are scared to try improv because they are sure where to start or how to begin. Here we have a structure, and we are making something recognizable, so this should help you GROW into this technique.

Download the Instructions Parameters Here:

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Pub Quiz Fundraiser Night for Eve

Note that at this time, this event is sold out, however, purchasing a ticket still enters you into a draw for a door prize AND if you're interested in the event, please email to let them know in case anyone should drop out.

You can find out more about the fundraiser and Eve at Eve's Helpers.

Thank you to all who donate as every little bit helps!

You got this, Eve! XO

Monday, 25 March 2019

Perk UP!

Technique:  Reverse Applique
Block Size: 9"
Finished Size: 8.5"

What Makes this Modern?

Reverse Applique has been around for a while, but integrating it with modern icons, and mixing of solids and prints can be very modern!

Give this Block a try - But make sure you have had your coffee first!

Click Here for Instructions

The Jelly Roll Race is Fast Approaching

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...Pun intended!

Here are two links showing how Jelly Roll Quilts are put together.  Your team can choose which option to stitch end to end - straight seam to straight seam or at a 45 degree angle.

Each team will require 40 2 1/2 x 44" strips, fabrics and colours are of your choosing.  

More details to come after our March 25 meeting.


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Big Stitch and DIY Quilt Frame Workshop is SOLD OUT

Thank you all who have signed up and we'll see you Sunday!

You can still catch Johanna Masko at our Monday March 25 meeting.  See our Meetings tab for more details.


Monday, 11 March 2019

Sprinkle Kindness Like Confetti - March BOM

Sprinkle Kindness Like Confetti

Technique:  Slice and Insert Method and Small Piecing
Due: March 25th Meeting

This Slice and Insert method is a good introduction to improv and angles, there are not a lot of overt rules, and it can help make blocks and design seem more intricate.  
The Modern movement has embraced small piecing, as a way to sometimes show and exaggerated scale, or as a way of highlighting the skill of the maker.

The Goal of the Block:
This block should resemble confetti falling on a black background

Make a couple blocks:
Can you make one look like a lot of confetti?
Can you make one look as if confetti is falling?
Make a few with just a couple sprinkles, make some with lots more!

Also this month comment on other makers IG posts, and encourage them!  Lets make social media a great place to be for makers!

Download the Instructions Here

Friday, 15 February 2019

Roosting Round Robin Page

Hey Roosters!  We've added a tab for the Roosting Round Robin.  Check it out!

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Raspberry Kisses Feb BOM

Lets keep the love going!

Raspberry Kisses is Feb BOM
Due Feb 25th Meeting

What Makes this Modern?: 

Just purely popular - this raspberry Kisses block has been the BOM (guild block lotto) for over 15 different guilds, and a number of them this year alone! Sometimes its unknown exactly why certain blocks become popular but this one may be due to its fun pop of color in the X and a slightly different interpretation of the economy block.


a modern X block- building on the economy block style

Get instructions CLICK HERE

This block is based on the tutorial by Wood Spoon Quilts: