September 26, 2012

Monthly Meeting and a Couple of Updates!

Hey y'all - it's time again for our monthly meeting! At this month's meeting I will be leading a little tutorial on creating your own fabric labels via Spoonflower. This will be a pretty easy, no-special tools (other than the Internet) needed tutorial and I really hope that y'all will learn a little something from it. Some of you may already have some awesome graphics skills and I hope that you will be able to apply those too to what I'll be demonstrating.

We need some more ideas for upcoming meetings! November is pseudo-planned out, but other than that we've exhausted many of the ideas we've brainstormed previously. Bring your ideas along! I've also extended the scrap swap one more month, so if you want to participate please bring along a small sandwich-sized ziploc baggie of scraps. There is a post with some ideas available on the blog now.

As always, please bring along your completed projects and/or problems to share with the group. As always we meet on the last Sunday of the month (i.e. Spetember 30th) from 3-5pm at the workroom located at 1340 Queen St. West here in Toronto!

MQG Survey:
The annual Modern Quilt Guild survey has been released! Please fill it out if you get the chance - if more than five members of the guild fill out the survey the anonymous results are sent back to me. The answers you give directly benefit the guild and help me out a lot! You can find the survey here!

TMQG Newsletter:
As a matter of fact last year's survey results were at least partially responsible for our new newsletter. Which brings me to another thing: I sent out the first ever TMQG newsletter earlier this evening - woot! Please do sign up for the newsletter if you have not already; the newsletter will not only be used to send out information about meetings and events, but the contact list attached will be utilized by myself in the event of a last-minute meeting change or to disburse other time-sensitive information. I will, of course, continue to post most information here and in the Facebook group, but the newsletter allows me get information out as quickly as possible to all members and to concentrate it in one place.

September 20, 2012

Scrap Swap!

Hey y'all! At last month's meeting we held a little scrap swap with the intention of turning our scraps into items for a secret Santa/mystery gift exchange at our November meeting. I'd like to open up the floor for people to bring a small ziploc-sized bag of scraps to this months meeting too if you'd still like to participate - this will be the last chance to get in! Remember that you can add fabric from your own stash. but the bulk of the main design really should come from the scraps.

I bet some people are wondering what they should make with their swaps - the answer is anything you want, of course! But I thought I'd share a few ideas anyway in case some people are stuck. Here we go!

ticker tape rainbow
Ticker Tape Rainbow by teaginny

You could make a ticker tape mini quilt or even a pillow cover! Really the possibilities are endless for this one. The original tutorial by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts appeared on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog in 2009 and can be found here.

star quilt, pot holder
Star Quilt, Pot Holder by coco stitch

Pot holders or any other type of mini-mini quilted object! Think coasters, mug rugs, or even a set of small mini quilts.

My Pillow for MQG Pillow Swap
My Pillow for MQG Pillow Swap by VeronicaMade

How about a fun pillow cover? I'm kind of in love with the one above! It's up to you whether you want to include the pillow insert or not (we want to make this as accessible as possible); just make sure that it is a standard size so that if the giftee has to find one themselves they can!

scrap tote bag
Scrap Tote Bag by chloeandme

What do you think about a scrappy tote bag, zipper pouch, or something else that would be fun to travel with? The above bag totally rocks my socks!

These are just a few ideas for things that you could make - and no, your gift does not need to be something quilted! It's all up to you. If you need a little more inspiration I came across this post on TipNut which has over 50 ideas (with links to tutorials) for using up scraps and remnants; check it out here.

I hope you guys have a fun time dreaming up projects for our little swap - it's going to be so fun!