Tuesday, 8 August 2017

MMQG July Recap - Yard Sale/Games Night Meeting, An EPP Workshop and a Sew In! WOAH!

Hello MMQG Fans!

As July is usually time for a little rest and relaxation - here's hoping you enjoy this multi-purpose blog post. Our July meeting was our annual member's de-stash yard sale and games night. Bring your scraps and your neglected notions, your unloved rulers and bits and bobs - one quilters tired-of magazines are another ones treasure we've found! We also played some rounds of Kahoot and of course our favorite game, Left Center Right. The stakes were high, as the winner of LCR took away over 20 new fat quarters! We love fat quarters.

The calm before the frenzy - we set up our stations for the yard sale.

Someone's excellent yard sale haul!

The frenzy - this is what a pack of deal hunters looks like! 
Then - we played a super fun game called Kahoot - played electronically, kind of like trivia in a bar. Fun!
And of course - not to be forgotten, was the show and share portion of the evening. The sunny days and long evenings didn't dissuade any of us from sewing - or showing - our new projects.

Amanda's machine cover - how intricate! a Friedlander lover's dream.
TEENY hexagons!! and some selvedge too. adorable.

Linda's travelling quilt came back to her...

with a custom text print inserted in some of the blocks.
What thoughtful friends, has that Fabric Pig!

This is a really neat piece made with every scrap of a fabric found at Marden's - called Graffiti. The math on this one! 

An installment from Linda's summer of stash - an eye spy quilt.

A custom cutie from Jeanette - with an adorable story.

Classic Jeanette - woodland squares looked perfect in a stylized nursery shoot we saw featuring this quilt.

A baby quilt from Linda that was mistakenly given a filthy hashtag... You'll have to ask her about this one!

A gorgeous top from Ade and Barb - our first peek at a charity top

Caitlin lovingly hand quilted this Kona Panel and it followed her everywhere

An oldie but a goodie from Linda - this WIP is now complete after emerging from the pile for HOW many years? :)

Jennifer's low volume "Quivet" top titled: Can you hear me now? Laughs ensued.

Sarah's rendition of Andrea's new Sleepy Fox FPP Patten

Dominique was on the home stretch with this big beauty for her mother. Big thanks to Karen for her help!
The next stage for this involved being trekked on vacation in a hockey bag to be bound.

A night sky nautical delight from Jeanette for her pillow project.

THE CUTEST pineapple backpack from Julie D.

Linda is sewing up everything in sight - one side of the eye spy.

Valerie made quilted tote bags for her cousins, for a family reunion. Lucky cousins!

Our first peek at a finished charity quilt - thanks Joanne!

Houses from Linda

And a pillow from Dominique. This will make a long term care resident really happy!

Then, we had a lovely cozy EPP Workshop at the Central Library in Halifax. It was a drizzly evening, perfect for inside sewing. Led by our fabulous VP Jennifer, we had just a few people - totally enough to enjoy some one on one teaching time and asking all the questions, learning about tried and true resources for shapes of all kinds. We also got to sharing what various and sundry bits and bobs made up our EPP kits, if we already had one - certainly we all came away learning something new!

A cute perspective poached from Jennifer's Instagram

Stitching and gluing, that's how we get down on a Monday night!

You can see Jen's adorable kit on the table opposite Amanda and Caitlin - and she made it herself!

Finally - we had a little Sew In at our summer location. Another small but mighty crew. Thank you Anja for making arrangements for us to get an air conditioned space. Totally worth it on the hot and muggy Saturday it was.
Brenda had many rows "On the Go" - just sweet. Loving the Makery Row again this year! 
Anja put the final stitches in her Postcards from Sweden top.
Stunning. This is a gem on many quilty bucket lists.

As it was Pride Parade day in Halifax, it was also fitting that some rainbow selvedges arrived.
Thanks for sharing your progress, Jen. Those who like selvedges, like them a lot.

A small but mighty sew in crew.

Thanks for stopping by, here's hoping you enjoyed this July recap - stay tuned for a similar one recapping our Amazing August!

Monday, 10 July 2017


On a misty and damp Saturday in June (the 24th to be precise) - we attempted what hadn't been tried before in our Guild... a mini-retreat of sorts - a midnight madness sew-in*!

* A midnight madness sew-in: Much like a regular sew in, only with HUGE attendance, many many generous donations of snacks, rollicking rounds of Left Centre Right, a coffee maker, a pizza party, some swimming... so - really like the most epic of sew-ins.

It may have been the perfect day to hold this sew in, as it was quite rainy. No one in attendance mentioned they'd rather be home in the yard. We scheduled our fun from 10 am till midnight! Although, I estimate the last stitch was sewn around 11:15 and we were cleaned up and gone by 11:40. We quilters are efficient and precise, even with our scheduled fun.

A very special thanks goes out to Pat - who surprised us mid afternoon with a Build Your Own Banana Split Ice Cream Bar!
How CUTE is this?!?! Thank you Pat - we love you!

If you follow the Guild on other social media platforms - you'll find a TONNE of pictures from the day if you search for the hashtag #midnightmadnesssewin and so for now, I'll leave you with a few I managed to capture in between working on a special secret sewing project, and snacking like it was my job. The food! Behold...

These babies showed up close to the evening when Caitlin arrived! MMM! Baileys Icing...

It was a PACKED house, and busy like a beehive. 

It's possible everyone had the same idea - come early and get a spot! Very rarely do we have so many people at sew in before lunch time.

Down to the wire in this round of Left Centre Right - beware the winning fist of Linda! 

The stakes were high and the excitement was palpable. Yes, we get that excited about 2.75 square foot pieces of fabric.
The reason I didn't take as many pictures as normal... I actually sewed! Well, cut, mostly.
And this Custom Cutie that Jeanette was working on - a baby quilt with a really sweet story.

Amanda had a lovely Quilt as you Go piece underway - what a bright, summery pile!

The final few. Winding down a wonderful day.

Another ENORMOUS thank you to everyone involved in supporting this event. The families who gave up their quilters and took care of everything at home and beyond, the bringers of snacks, the lenders of supplies, providers of prizes and vaccumers(?) of threads! It was an immense success and perhaps, will become an annual event.

Stay tuned to our social media channels for coverage of our July meeting (coming up on Thursday!) and sew-in later in the month. Hope you enjoyed the Midnight madness re-cap!

Friday, 9 June 2017

MMQG 2017 Executive Challenge Voting

Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard on their entries to the MMQG Executive Challenge this year. Words on quilts are a HUGE thing on the internet. And, they are super cool in person.

The theme was Word Play - and there were 12 completed entries that met the criteria:
-must be a finished, quilted item (pieced, quilted and bound)
-must be at least 12" x 12" in size
-must not depict only words that are made of single letters (I, A)

Update: June 21 @ 9:00pm 

BIG thank you to everyone who cast their votes and encouraged others to do the same.

In order of greatest number of votes - the top 5 entries in the Word Play Challenge are as follows:

1st Place: Anja "On My Honour" - 26 votes
2nd Place: Crystal "Too Young/Too Old" - 23 Votes
3rd Place: Adrienne "Plus Size" - 21 Votes
4th Place: Jennifer "Sew Day" - 16 votes
5th Place: Karen "Canada 150" - 13 Votes

Overall, 121 votes were cast!

Thanks fans, followers and friends!

Come Fly Away - Joan
What's Up Chicken Butt - Caitlin

Sew Day - Jennifer

Faith Hope Love - Barb K

Plus Size - Adrienne

Euclid - Andrea T J

Stitch - Valerie

Canada 150 - Karen

Too Old/Too Young - Crystal

Girls are Strong - Barb F
On my Honour - Anja

Grist for the Mill - Mary

The poll will close in 10 days, on June 19 2019 at 11:59pm Atlantic Time. The winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

There are some SWEET prizes up for grabs:

Thank you to our 2017 Executive Challenge Sponsors: Atlantic Fabrics, JN Harper Fabrics, and Craftsy!

p.s don't try to cheat and stuff the ballot box, I'll know. Santa is watching. šŸ˜‰

-Social Media Sarah