This month, in our we were joined by our very own Judy Farrow as speaker, who walked us through her creation of a pair of quilted tapestries that she'd been commissioned to make. Although Judy takes her cues from traditional quilting, she's never afraid to incorporate other elements of textile design, including printing, stenciling, dyeing and layering fabric to get just the right look for her work. It was a fascinating look both into her process and to the business end of working on contract.
Calgary saw a three week cold-snap over the holidays and into the start of the year, and our show and tell this month definitely reflected extra time spent by many members in their sewing studios. We saw a few finishes of projects that were started at the beginning of the pandemic, plus some new starts!
In order to be extra productive, one of our members started creating fabric rope out of her scraps during the meeting. If you're curious, check out the process here: https://mypoppet.com.au/makes/scrapbusting-handmade-scrap-fabric-twine/
We also introduced our new website! If you're here, you've found it. We're looking to transition from a number of different platforms to a more consolidated one with more features. If you're a member, you'll have access to our forums, plus access to RSVP for meetings, with the option to add the meeting date and time to your calendars.
On the Saturday after our monthly meeting, we hosted Sew Saturday, featuring Quilt Roulette. One of the most popular activities we've held on Zoom, Quilt Roulette provides instructions for quilt blocks based on where our roulette wheel lands. If you'd like to check out the blocks we used, they are here. (Note that an MQG Membership is required for some blocks)
Quarter Square Triangle Block: https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/resources/modern-fundamentals-quarter-square-triangle-blocks
In early February, we're welcoming David Owen Hastings for a workshop over Zoom. Although we're all missing seeing people and quilts in person, the digital has opened up opportunities that were just not available pre-pandemic. There is still space in David's workshop for members, who have been emailed further details.