Thursday, September 25, 2014

Medallion Along : September Border No. 8

Hello! You've made it to the last border of the medallion along 2014! To finish off our beautiful medallion quilts we choose a braided or weave border that is fairly simple to execute but looks complex. My favorite type of quilting!

To get started measure your medallion and confirm it is 60 1/2" on both sides. Note: all seams are 1/4".

Step 1) Cut approximately 125  8" stripes for your border blocks that are in range from 1 1/4" to 2 1/2" (you may need a few more or less depending on how wide you cut your strips). Sew strips together to make a square block, press seams how you prefer and then trim down to measure 7 3/4" x 7 3/4".  You will need 26 blocks.

Step 2) Next separate your blocks into 2 stacks. Stack A place 14 blocks vertical. Stack B place 12 blocks horizontal. Then cut each block on the diagonal top left to btm right as shown in the picture keeping the orientation correct for each stack and each block.

Step 3) With all blocks cut into triangles it is now time to arrange your borders. I found it helpful to layout all 4 of the borders first and then sew each row. Start with an outside triangle which is from the A stack of vertically cut blocks. Next place a B stack triangle from the horizontally cut blocks. (see photo below) Repeat until you have 13 triangles laid out, 7 outside A triangles and 6 inside B triangles.

Step 4) To sew the triangles pieces together you will need to stagger the triangles so that there is a 1/4" hang on either side. (see photo below) This will allow a seam allowance for top and bottom. Press to the side each time you add a new triangle.

Step 5) To attach the borders to the medallion quilt you will need to use Y-seams at the 4 corners. You can do this! Y-seams get a bad rap but they are easy if you set it up right in the beginning. Before stitching your border to the quilt mark each corner of your quilt at 1/4" from the end. You will end up with 8 small 1/4" marks, 2 on each side of your corners. (check out that small blue dot 1/4" from the edge in photo below)

Step 6) Next pin your border to your quilt top. Start with top/bottom borders and line up the point of your first triangle with the edge of you quilt (half of the triangle will overhang the quilt). Then start stitching at your marked 1/4" line all the way to the opposite side and the next marked dot at the end of the border. Press how you prefer. Repeat for all four sides.

Step 7) Sew border edges with Y-seams. Take the 2 raw edges of the triangles that over hang the quilt and place right sides together and fold the quilt in half diagonally so that they lay flat from the marked points. (this might take a bit of finagling) Sew from the marked points on the quilt to the end of the triangles. Press seams open and admire that Y-seam. (don't be afraid to rip out the seam and try again if it's looking a bit bunched or doesn't lie right) (also I don't have a photo of this step but if you need help google: y-seam how to and lots of good tutorials pop up) Repeat for all 4 seams and you are done!

Step 8) Pat yourself on the back and high five somebody 'cause you just made a medallion quilt!

If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will respond as best I can!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Review: Sunday Morning Quilts

Hello, Kelly here! I had the pleasure of perusing the quilting book Sunday Morning Quilts, published in 2012. This book is proving to be a go-to classic. One lucky PMQG member will win a copy at Thursday's meeting! 

Authors Amanda Jean Nyberg (Crazy Mom Quilts) and Cheryl Arkison work together to make simple and beautiful scrappy modern quilts.

In addition to the quilts, the ladies detail their sorting and storing methods for scraps, including making a set of color coded scraps baskets! This is little project is on my to-quilt list.

I know why this book is classic: beautiful quilt photos, practical quilting advice and straightforward quilt patterns to follow. Plus the ladies are just nice. 

Good Luck in the raffle tomorrow evening!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

September Guild Meeting

Flower Path quilt top from the Monaluna Challenge--assembled by Kelly

Please join us for the guild meeting next week! It's going to be a little more casual, and tons of fun!  

Thursday, September 18
7:00 p.m.


The meeting will be in the community center, which is behind the main church building. There are two parking lots.

What’s in store:

•   Presentations on new books by members Susan Beal and Sam Hunter
•   Special show & tell (see below)
•   More social time (by members' request!)
•   Final details on the October quilting retreat at Menucha
•   Excellent giveaways
•   Post-meeting socializing at the Radio Room

Don’t forget to bring:

•   Your Medallion Along quilt-in-progress-- we'll reveal the final round this time!
•   Monaluna fabric, if you weren't able to make a charity block for August
•   A cup, if you want ice water
•   Your quilts for show and tell, of course!

Show and Tell

Bring one of your first quilts, or one where you made a mistake. We'll share what went wrong and what we learned. This is in addition to your regular show and tell of recently completed modern quilts! 


Guests and non-members are welcome at the guild meeting. Guests are free for the first visit; $5 for each visit after that.

We hope to see you on Thursday!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Quilt! Knit! Stitch! 2014

 Did you attend the first ever Quilt! Knit! Stitch! show? There was so much to see! There were vendors selling everything from fabric and patterns to fancy irons and long arm machines. There were also classes, demos, raffles, giveaways, fashion shows, and a quilt show.

PMQG Members and fabric designers Mo Bedell and Violet Craft shared a beautiful booth and were selling fabric, embroidery patterns, and quilt patterns.

 On Thursday and Saturday of the show we had a couple mini meetups for PMQG members plus other PNW MQG members that were visiting. I got to meet a Fraser Valley member and the President of South Sound MQG! We took a couple pics of PMQG members too. Shoot, we're a good looking group!

PMQG had an exhibit of our mini quilts made with Michael Miller Glitz fabric. It was really fun to see them all next to each other and how everyone took the same fabric and interpreted it differently!

Anne Whiting

Megan Callahan

PMQG also participated in the Pacific Northwest  MQG Modern Metallic Challenge, with metallic fabrics from Robert Kaufman. Lots of PNW MQG guilds were represented in this exhibit!

By Terry, New Westminster, BC

By amy dame, Fraser Valley and Vancouver BC MQGs

Passage by Allison B, Seattle MQG

Asterisk by Deb Jeske, Seattle MQG

By Cath Hall, PMQG

There were lots of other exhibits besides the two we took part in. Kaffe Fassett quilts, machine quilter's exhibits, as well as Knit and Embroidery exhibits were on display. Here were a few more that caught my eye from various exhibits as I walked around.

This amazingly detailed quilt, by Karen Echmeier, was only about 15 inches square!
It listed the source as her book, Happy Villages.

This quilt by Kathy York used so many techniques, including bleaching, overdyeing, embroidery, reverse applique, and more. I had to stare at it, read the text, and then stare at it again to try and figure out how it was constructed.

Close up of Kathy York quilt to see some of the construction details

This wonky neon medallion by Rebecca Muir Mackellar is so fun!
I love the idea of a wonky medallion!

Fabric Depot had a fun game in their booth to play with felt squares and triangles to create a quilt block. I think I want to cut some felt up myself, it was really fun to work with these pieces and seems like a great way to brainstorm a new block! Check out #quiltblockparty on IG to see other entries from this activity!

PMQG Programs Coordinator Cath helped set up the show and she learned some great things about entering quilt shows that not everyone might know. Be sure to check out her blog post to see her tips.

See more pics on Instagram by checking these hashtags: #quiltknitstitch  #qks  #pnwmodernmetallic

And, it's not too early to start thinking about attending next year's Quilt! Knit! Stitch!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Medallion Along: August/Round 7

Robert Kaufman sponsored guild quilt made with Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics fabrics

Instead of a Block of the Month this year, we are doing a Medallion Along! Join us each month as we introduce a new round. We will introduce new rounds through September and hope that gives people time to finish their quilts by December's meeting, where we will have a mini exhibition of them. The completed quilts should finish around 68 inches square.

Before beginning, your medallion should measure 52.5 inches square.

This month, we're using strip piecing to create our round. Alternating squares of strip pieced blocks with rectangles creates the look of a stitched line.

Step 1:
For Strip Sets
Cut (4) 1 inch strips Width of Fabric (about 42") for center strip fabric (contrast fabric)
Cut (8) 2.25 inch strips Width of fabric (about 42") from background fabric
Cut (32) - 4.5 inch x 2.5 inch rectangles from background fabric 

For Corner Stones:Cut (4) - 2.5 inch squares from contrast fabric 
Cut (8) - 4.5 inch by 1.5 inch rectangles of background fabric
Cut (8) - 2.5 inch by 1.5 inch rectangles of background fabric
Step 2:
Sew a 1 inch strip between two 2.25 inch strips, ironing seams open.  Repeat 3 more times, creating 4 strips of 4.5 inch by 42 inch strips that have a line going down the middle.  From each of these strips,  cut (9) 4.5 inch by 4.5 inch squares.  You should now have (36) 4.5 inch by 4.5 inch blocks with a line going down the center.  
Step 3:
For each corner stone, sew a 2.5 inch by 1.5 inch rectangle of background fabric on either side of 2.5" square contrast fabric.  Press seams to the center square.  Sew 4.5 inch by 1.5 inch rectangle of background fabric on remaining sides, pressing seams to the center.

Step 4:
For each side of the medallion, you will use (9) - 4.5 inch square line blocks and (8) - 2.5 inch by 4.5 inch rectangles of background fabric.  Start with a lined block and alternate sewing together a lined block and a rectangle, pressing seams to the rectangle side. Sew four strips. Take two of these strips and stitch to the top and bottom of your medallion. Press as you like. (I generally press in towards the center of the medallion). Sew a cornerstone to each side of the remaining two strips, and then sew them to the left and right sides ot the medallion. Press as you like.

Your medallion should now measure 60.5 inches square. Only one more round to go!

Friday, August 15, 2014

August Meeting Reminder

It's Picnic Time! Please join us next week for our annual picnic in the park meeting! We will be starting at 6:30, please note the time change!

Who: PMQG members and their families, friends, visitors. Bring the kids, the hubby, your grandma, it's our annual time to mingle with family! Baby-sitters will be provided (see below for more info).

Where: Laurelhurst Park,  at SE Cesar Chavez Blvd (39th) and Stark Street, Picnic Site E (on the Ankeny/north side of the park near the restrooms, see picture at end of email).

When: Thursday, August 21st from 6:30-8:30. Please note time change! We need to beat the sun setting! 6:30-7:00 will be setting up your picnic area, eating, and mingling. We'll officially start promptly at 7:00.

What to Bring: 
  • A quilt/blanket or chair to sit on
  • Dinner/drinks for yourself and food to share if you like. Alcohol is allowed if you would like to bring your own. 
  • Name tag  
  • Show and Tell! No need to bring your Medallion this month, we won't be able to hang them up.
  • Monaluna Challenge Blocks! If you ended up not being able to make any blocks, you also need to bring your fabric back. If you made any blocks the extra fabric is yours to keep!

What's in store this month?
  • Monica Solaria-Snow will show off her new line of fabric from Cloud 9, Sew Yummy!
  • A representative from our 3rd quarter charity, Raphael House, will be there to talk about their organization. Check out our blog post on Raphael House for more info! 
  •  A presentation from our August Business Member of the month, Modern Domestic.

Feel free to bring your kid/grandkids! There will be baby-sitters provided by the guild to take them over to the playground area. The guild will be paying the baby-sitters, but tips are also appreciated.