Thursday 24 January 2013

Modern Quilting group- 14 February preparation

Michelle has passed on a message for the Modern Quilters, ahead of the meeting on 14 February:

Hi everyone,
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and a decent break to do some quilting. The modern quilt group are meeting again in 2013, with our first meeting on Thursday 14 February. 
Over the Christmas holidays, I took part in an informal online quiltalong and it was such a great fun block Jenny and I thought you might like to give it a go. It's perfect for those scraps, fat eighths and fat quarters of modern fabric you have in your stash that you never know quite what to do with. It's also perfect for jelly rolls!

The quilt I speak of is the Scrappy Trip Around the World, as detailed on the Quiltville blog.  The technique is really very quick and fun, and in fact I can whip up a block (not including the initial cutting of the strips) in around 20 minutes.

Over on Flickr there is a Scrappy Tripalong group - check out their quilts! (I'm onto my second one already)

Take a look at the Quiltville instructions, and if you like, bring with you to the 14 February meeting:
  • 16 inch x 2.5 inch strips of fabric of varied values - just bring 6 to start you off, or 12. Or 18!
  • Cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter
  • Pins (very important)
  • Unpicker (also very important!)
  • Scissors, thread
  • Sewing machine (we will set up the guild machines, but if you prefer to sew on your own, please bring it along)
I'll demonstrate how the block is put together, and then we can sew and design a layout.

Of course if you're quick off the mark you might like to get started on the block before the meeting. All the instructions are in the Quiltville link up above.

If there are any questions in the meantime, please ask me. Otherwise I will see you at 7.30 (it starts at 7.30, doesn't it?) on Thursday 14 February (or at the evening meeting the week before - Jenny and I plan to do show and tell or our scrappy trip quilts!)
Stay cool and safe, and see you soon.

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