We have our first foundation paper pieced block this month. Do you avoid FPPing like the plague? Guess what? The plague is here and you can do it!
You can download the PDF and the FPPing templates here. You will notice that there is no little square to check that your printer printed at 100% or Actual size. But there are 2 big rectangles that you can measure! The outside lines should measure 3.5” x 4.5”, the unfinished size of the blocks.
Sandra Croley has detailed instruction for making this block here. Sandra is doing a special blog just for this Block of the Month! Thanks Sandra!
Are you new to Foundation Paper Piecing?
If you are completely new to FPPing, then check out these video tutorials. The first one is from Laura Coia, our speaker tonight! Laura is doing Scrappy Pineapple blocks and that block is way more complicated than our little 3 piece blocks!
Foundation Paper piecing is great for getting precise points on angles that are difficult to piece with traditional methods. But the shapes are often weird triangles and it is very easy to get your piece sewn on and then realize that it is too small. The video and tutorial links below show you how to avoid that! And that is the method Sandra is using.
Mister Domestic has this great video. And if you click on the little down arrow (V) at the bottom right of the screen, there is a link to download the 6” heart that he is using in the tutorial. Or click here for it!
This video by Amanda Rolfe uses a paper tracing wheel to pre-perforate the paper, making it easier to tear off. You can simply fold your paper on the lines. And it shows all the steps nicely. And her Australian accent is fun!
Laura Coia is the headliner for our Monday, November 9th meeting. Laura is a freelance educator, a Pattern Designer, and the founder of “Sew Very Easy” which is a very active educational and entertaining YouTube Channel. Her videos are uploaded each Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 and are free to subscribe too. She has over 338,000 subscribers with over 36,000,000 views.
Along with her free videos she shares many tips, techniques, and new ideas for the novice as well as the experienced. Her videos are easy to follow, allowing you to get the project done.
She is a registered professional, with over 45 years of sewing experience as a tailor, seamstress, teacher, and a designer. 26 of those years have been quilting, with over 300 completed quilts.
She has been published in Quilters Connection Magazine as well as Canadian Quilter magazine. She has been awarded the Canadian Zoomer award and has a new booked published called Sew Very Easy Quilt Favorites.
If you have watched her videos you will see her Relaxed and Have Fun…” it’s all good” attitude!
The “doors open” at 6:30 so you can get connected to Zoom and the meeting will start at 7pm. You will receive an email from Monica on the weekend with the Zoom link. Everyone seemed happy with the breakout rooms we used at the break at our last meeting and we are going to try the breakout rooms again before the meeting starts. Fingers crossed, it will work.
Please remember to send your photos for Show and Tell to TwilightSimcoe@gmail.com ASAP. Landscape photos work best on the screen and please, zoom in on you quilt and quilting details.
Join us at the November 2nd, Sit and Sew when Kathryn Robicheau will join us with a short slide show on the subject of embroidery. She will give pointers and answer any questions you might have and could demo specific stitches for us. If there is enough interest Kathryn has offered to lead an embroidery workshop via Zoom.
Kathryn has been a member of our guild for a couple years and has been actively involved in Embroidery guilds for many years.
Our next meeting is next Monday night, October 19th. If you’ve been thinking of joining our guild, do it now! Don’t miss anything else! We have had more than a dozen new members join us this year! Welcome everyone!!! Some are former members rejoining, from near and far. Several are friends from the Norfolk County Quilters’ Guild. And some are new friends from guilds that haven’t embraced virtual meetings, yet! Do you have a Quilty friend who might join?
Scrappy Sew and So is a young, dynamic duo is made up of two Quilty BFF’s. Eve Graham, a high school teacher and Melissa Vens, a nurse, have known each other since they were 12 years old. They are going to be speaking to us about the Dear Jane International quilt along that they have just finished up. And also sharing a trunk show of their work. Instagram is the best place to see their current works. Eve is @instagrhm26and Melissa is @melly2468007 and Scrappy Sew and So is @scrappysewandso. Just Google “Scrappy Sew and So” and you will find their website and YouTube channel! You can log into Instagram with your Facebook account!
Please note that our meeting is one week later than usual, because of Thanksgiving. “Doors open” at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7pm. See you then!
At our Sit and Sew last Monday night, there were 3 leaders and no members. We are going to try another afternoon session and see if we have better turnout! Here is the Zoom link to the meeting tomorrow, September 28th. 1-3 pm. If you have trouble logging in once the meeting has started, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And have a look at the top of the sidebar on the right. Our upcoming meetings will be listed there, for easy reference.
We have 18 members signed up for our “Speed Date with Improv Workshop” on November 7. 10 am until 4:30 pm. $40. Email Diane L if you want to register. On Wednesday we will open registration up to Norfolk County Quilters’ Guild members. Krista Hennebury just presented this workshop to the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild and you can see some photos and comments on Instagram #speeddatewithimprov
“In this fast-paced and fun workshop, Krista will guide you through 8 improv piecing techniques and lots of great tips to support your new or ongoing improv quiltmaking practice. Colour, scale and timing are all controlled parameters so you can freely create without stress or obsessing with perfection. Learn to free-cut without rulers, piece curves without pins and puzzle wonky shapes together by “building-out” instead of “squaring-up” and “After each video segment, students get about 20-30 minutes to try each technique”.
Every student will end up with a unique, original quilt (wall hanging or table topper size)! The focus here is to explore line, shape and happenstance in abstract design, so keep things simply graphic by using solid-coloured fabrics in black, white and one pop of colour. In the afternoon, we’ll work together on the design wall to jigsaw the improv elements together, seeking balance and creative design opportunities. Some pre-cutting is required.”
Did you try to join in but have trouble? While Karen, Jill, and Vicki had a lovely virtual visit, we know one person was not able to connect. Not sure what the problem was/is but we will try to correct it! Please email email@example.com if you couldn’t connect.
Are you interested in daytime sit and sews? A number of members are. Again, please email if you are. What about next Monday, September 28th? 1-3 pm.
Are you joining us? Our September block is Zig Zag. We are using a block of the month program that was designed by the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild, back in 2012. They very generously made it available to anyone. And in 2017, the Oakville Quilters’ Guild ran it AND converted all the Knoxville files from photos to PDFs. Thanks so much. That’s why you see their names on the top of the PDF! Here is the link to that printable PDF!
Our member, Sandra Croley, is leading us with these blocks, during our monthly meetings and with a blog just for this Mod BOM. You can find that blog here. Unsure about fabric selections? Sandra has a blog post about that also, here!
How much fabric do you need? The completed quilt is about 44″ x 58″. You will need about 2 yards of Background fabric, 6 – 10 FQs for the blocks, 1 yard for the sashing, 0.75 yard for the binding and 2.5 yards for the backing.
To follow everyone’s progress, follow #tqgmodernbom on Instagram. Show us your fabric pulls, ask questions, see what your fellow quilters are doing. Not on Instagram? Now is the time!