Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - August 2021

 Welcome to August's Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!





August has been a quiet one for me on the blog and social media front, I needed a break after the Just One Charm Pack Quilts blog hop and getting ready for the school year to begin. No finishes for me for this month but I am excited to see yours! 



Ready for the party?  

Here is a reminder of the party details:
  • The linky party will open at 12:01am EST on the last day of the month and will be open for 5 days, through the 4th at 11:59 pm EST.
  • For instructions on how to link up blog, Instagram, or pictures from your computer (new - there is now a way to just upload a picture without a web link) to the party, click here.  
  • If linking a blog post, I ask that you please add a link back to the party.
  • Please visit at least 3 other links (and preferably leave comments) to share the love and celebration :)
I hope you join in by checking out the posts or linking your favorite finish of the month!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter



Thursday, August 19, 2021

2022 Quilter's Planner

 The 2022 Quilter's Planner just opened for pre-orders and I am very excited to show you my contribution to the planner, the Checkerboard Sampler pattern for the planner.

Photo by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for Quilter' Planner 2022

I designed the Checkerboard Sampler as a fun sampler perfect for all quilters from more beginner to advanced.  The different blocks can show off your favorite prints and colors.

Lorinda, the new owner of the Quilter's Planner, sewed and quilted this version using Tula Pink's True Colors collection.  I love the bright colors and Kitty's photography is always wonderful.

Photo by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for Quilter' Planner 2022

The planner is available for pre-order here.  The planner has multiple cover options, Sunday/Monday start days for the calendar, and many options for the weekly calendar portion of the planner.

I went with the pink gradient cover, the Sunday start, and the graph paper option for the weekly layout.  Which cover is your favorite?



Cedar Bay Planner Co:
Lindsie Bergevin- Graphic Design
Kitty Wilkin- Photography
Lorinda Davis: Editor and weekly tips for QP


Quilter's Planner:
Yvonne Fuchs- Technical Editing
Cheryl Brickey- Checkerboard Sampler pattern and weekly tips
Sylvia Schaefer: Science, Baby! pattern
Leanne Parsons: Scrappy Playground quilt and weekly tips
Christine Slote: Palace Walk wall hanging
Sarah Ashford: Windmills Quilt and QP Social Media Manager
Lynett Muhaso: Joyful Moments quilt
Jemima Flendt: Luminous Stars pillow
Brett Lewis: Range Road quilt



Thursday, August 5, 2021

Macaron Mystery ++ Cutting Instructions


Is everyone ready to start cutting their fabrics?  

Welcome to the first month of instructions for the Macaron Mystery Quilt! The Macaron Mystery Quilt is a free quilt-along that will run from July 2021 through April 2022 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month. The Macaron Mystery is a lap size design, that can easily be made larger with the addition of borders.  

There is plenty of time to join in on the quilt along, we are just getting started! You can find all of the information about the Macaron Mystery, including schedule, past instructions, links to the Facebook group, sneak peek, and more at the Macaron Mystery Page.
Here is a link to a printer friendly, pdf version of the cutting instructions...





Cutting Instructions




FABRIC A

1. Cut 1 strip 5 ½" x WOF.
a. Sub-cut the strip into 3 squares 5 ½" x 5 ½".

2. Cut 4 strips 5" x WOF.
a. Sub-cut the strips into 27 squares 5" x 5" (each strip can yield 8 squares).


FABRIC B

1. Cut 3 strips 5 ¼" x WOF.
a. Sub-cut the strips into 15 squares 5 ¼" x 5 ¼" (each strip can yield 7 squares).


FABRIC C

1. Cut 3 strips 5 ¼" x WOF.
a. Sub-cut the strips into 15 squares 5 ¼" x 5 ¼" (each strip can yield 7 squares).


FABRIC D

1. Cut 2 strips 2 ⅜" x WOF. (Cut the strips to 2 ⅝" x WOF and the squares to 2 ⅝" x 2 ⅝" if you like to oversize the triangles used in square in a square blocks.)
a. Sub-cut the strips into 26 squares 2 ⅜" x 2 ⅜" (each strip can yield 16 squares).

2. Cut 3 strips 2" x WOF.
a. Sub-cut the strips into 52 squares 2" x 2". (each strip can yield 20 squares).


BACKGROUND FABRIC 1 (Bg1)

1. Cut 1 strip 5" x WOF.
a. Sub-cut the strip into 3 squares 5" x 5".
b. Use the remainder of the strip to cut 4 squares 4 ½" x 4 ½".

2. Cut 1 strip 4 ½" x WOF.
a. Sub-cut the strip into 8 additional squares 4 ½" x 4 ½" (for a total of 12 squares 4 ½" x 4 ½").

3. Cut 5 strips 2 ⅞" x WOF.
a. Sub-cut the strips into 60 squares 2 ⅞" x 2 ⅞" (each strip can yield 13 squares).

4. Cut 1 strip 2 ⅝" x WOF.
a. Sub-cut the strips into 13 squares 2 ⅝" x 2 ⅝".


BACKGROUND FABRIC 2 (Bg2)

1. Cut 1 strip 5 ½" x WOF.
a. Sub-cut the strip into 3 squares 5 ½" x 5 ½".

2. Cut 4 strips 5" x WOF.
a. Sub-cut the strips into 27 squares 5" x 5" (each strip can yield 8 squares).

3. Cut 14 strips 3 ½" x WOF.
a. Sub-cut 4 strips into 8 rectangles 3 ½" x 17" (each strip can yield 2 rectangles).
b. Sub-cut 2 strips into 4 rectangles 3 ½" x 15 ½" (each strip can yield 2 rectangles).
c. Sub-cut 8 strips into 24 rectangles 3 ½" x 12 ½" (each strip can yield 3 rectangles).

4. Cut 5 strips 2 ⅞" x WOF.
a. Sub-cut the strips into 60 squares 2 ⅞" x 2 ⅞" (each strip can yield 13 squares).

5. You will have a good amount of Bg2 fabric left (at least 19" x WOF).  Save this fabric for a later step.



Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Macaron Mystery Quilt!




Any questions? Leave them in a comment below or post them to our Facebook group page. I look forward to seeing everyone's fabric selections. The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of September, the 2nd.




Tuesday, August 3, 2021

I'm Teaching at QuiltCon 2022!

 


QuiltCon 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona from February 16th-20th is only 165 days away.  Registration for Modern Quilt Guild members starts tomorrow at 10am EDT.  I have the honor of teaching at the event again and I am looking forward to it!

I'll be teaching 5 classes at QuiltCon:

EQ8 for Beginners: DES002ThuAM - Thursday, February 17, 9 am-noon
EQ8 for Beginners: DES002SatEve - Thursday, February 19, 6-9 pm
All About Using Fabrics in EQ8: DES007 - Friday, February 18, 9 am - noon
Modern Quilt Design Using EQ8: DES008 - Friday, February 18, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Modern Strip Piecing: PIE - Friday, February 18, 6-9 pm

Are you planning on attending QuiltCon?




EQ8 FOR BEGINNERS

EQ for Beginners gets new EQ users acquainted to EQ8 allowing them to leave the pencil and graph paper behind when they learn the basic functions and explore the versatility of EQ8. This is a hands on computer class and students must bring their own laptop computers with EQ8 already installed.

Some topics that will be covered include: how to navigate the block and quilt worktables, use library blocks and fabrics, create your own blocks, and build a quilt top using different blocks, block settings, colors, fabrics. sashing, borders, and more.






ALL ABOUT USING FABRICS IN EQ8

This workshop focuses on everything fabric for EQ8. Want to learn to import fabric images, resize and fussy cut them, and create your own fabric libraries? This is an intermediate EQ8 class which assumes that students have a basic understanding of EQ8 and can navigate the program. This is a hands on computer class and students must bring their own laptop computers with EQ8 already installed.

This workshop will teach how to transform fabrics within EQ8 using the Design tab and the Fabric Workshop, import fabrics in three different ways, and create custom libraries and default libraries so the fabrics are ready to use in every project.








MODERN QUILT DESIGN USING EQ8

Ready to design modern quilts using EQ8? Learn how to use the three different quilt layouts (Horizontal Grid, Horizontal/Vertical Strip, and Custom) to get your modern quilt ideas out of your sketchbook and into EQ8. This is an intermediate EQ8 class which assumes that students have a basic understanding of EQ8 and can navigate the program well. This is a hands on computer class and students must bring their own laptop computers with EQ8 already installed.

This workshop will teach how to incorporate modern design aesthetics such as negative space, alternative grid, multiple sized blocks into EQ8 designed quilts.








MODERN STRIP PIECING

This workshop is geared towards beginners and focuses on the techniques of strip piecing (cutting, sewing, and pressing) and how strip piecing can be used to create modern quilts. Quilters will learn how to sew techniques for successful strip piecing including: a scant quarter inch seam allowance, accurate measuring and cutting, and pressing. Quilters will then practice strip piecing to
create a modern quilt.




Tips on How to Register as an MQG Member:

  • No discount code needed! During registration, you will log in to your MQG account to show your current membership.
  • TIP: If you haven't used your MQG account recently, log in now to make sure you know your password! Can't log in? Email us at info@themodernquiltguild.com for assistance!
  • Plan ahead! View the QuiltCon catalog to choose what items you'd like to register for, or use the interactive schedule to find the lectures and workshops you're most interested in.
  • Lock in your top picks first! Register and complete payment for them. You can log back in and add more items later.
  • Join the waitlist! If something you are looking forward to has sold out, we will let you know when a spot opens up.