X Marks the Spot

Hello quilters! It's Kristin S. from And Chips.  Are you almost ready with your Monaluna Meadow Challenge Yourself projects?  Are you stitchin' away on your Mystery Quilt Along blocks?  What else are you working on?

"Mr. Fox" by Samantha at Making Life Prettier

Sighted! The elusive jackalope.
I've picked up the cross-stitch bug this year.  Around January, it seemed like a lot of people in blogland were down with it too.  I have this book out from the library called Storyland Cross Stitch by Sophie Simpson of What Delilah Did.  It's full of beautiful, stark silhouette designs inspired by fairy tales.  

And online, Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby is hosting the Quilty Stitches Sampler Along (Flickr group and on Instagram: #quiltystitches).  She's turned several popular quilt blocks including the X-Plus and the Swoon block into free graph charts for easy stitching and many crafty people are following along.

But maybe you're there saying, "Hey.  All she's talkin' about is cross-stitch and all I wanna hear about is quilts!"  Hold your horses; I've got you covered.

On the quilting side of it all is Alyssa at Pile O'Fabric.  She keeps the crossover fires burning with lots of help to construct cross-stitch quilt blocks.  With new, easy instructions for block assembly from 1" to 5", the sky's the limit to what you can design!  (Join in the flickr group or Instagram #crossstitchblockalong).

My family portrait.  Inspired by this tutorial at Martha Stewart.

Vintage DMC pattern.
If making your own pattern sounds daunting, a Pinterest or Google search would be a good place to look for cross stitch patterns.  In books or larger samplers, pick out a small part you love and highlight it.  Any pixilated image works too so Perler/Hama bead creations popular right now with the young folk might be a great start off point too.

Remember to calculate how many down and across to assess the difficulty and finished size of your project.  Tiny or small patterns will be your friends like this and this and this! Sketch it out and take your time.  This is a terrific scrap buster!

Detail, Makoto Oozu's Cross-stitch Super Collection

What do you think?  Have you caught the bug?

Saturday book review: Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs for Classic Blocks

I asked for two quilting books for Christmas. One Kristen S. talked about in her blog post, Modern One Block Quilts. The other is Vintage Quilt Revival, which is the one that I am reviewing.

Vintage Quilt Revival is written by some of my favorite quilt bloggers. Katie Clark Blakesley of SwimBikeQuilt, Lee Heinrich of FreshlyPieced, and Faith Jones of FreshLemonsQuilts. I have to admit that I have not made any of the quilts out of this book yet, but many have caught my eye.
Below is one the quilt patterns that caught my eye.

The things that I love about this book is

  • All the blocks that are presented can be swap into a project that corresponds with another block.
  • There are explanations on how the designer made the block modern. 
  • The blocks can be made into a sampler quilt and the book presents  three different layouts.
  • There are simple pieced to advanced pieced blocks for the beginner to advanced quilter. 

A lot of the block are foundation paper pieced and the book comes with a CD so that you can print the templates instead of trying to copy them off. I love that as I have hard time copying patterns to get them to copy right.

I highly recommend this book, even if just to look at the beautiful quilts.

February Meeting Minutes

Our February Meeting was held on Thursday, 2/13/14 at the Textile Center and here is a brief overview of what we covered:

1. Jen Madsen of Stitch Simple and Josie Severson of Home Fashion Fabrics gave a presentation on their businesses, the numerous benefits of using of organic fabrics, what it takes to produce organic fabrics and the small business fabric design and production process.

2. We covered a number of business issues as follows --
  • Announced the Guild's New Board Members effective March 2014:
    • President - Tracy Westhoff
    • Vice President - Vanessa Audette
    • Treasurer - Kristin Lawson
    • Secretary - Gina Mitteco
    • Web Coordinator - Carrie Federer
  • Guild Banner Blocks - We are still accepting 6 1/2" unfinished blocks in brights and whites for our Mpls Modern Quilt Guild Banner Project
  • Fiber Name Tags -- Please consider making your own fiber name tag to wear at meetings. We have so many new members this year that it's hard to remember everyone and a name tag makes it easier to meet and greet each other.  To motivate you, we will hold a drawing for a sweet door prize at each meeting that everyone wearing a fiber name tag will be entered in. 
  • Garage Sale Coordinator -- We are looking for a volunteer or two (or more!) to coordinate our 2014 Guild Garage Sale.  We dedicate one meeting a year to hold a garage sale for members (and hopefully the public) to come and purchase things that guild members donate for sale.  Proceeds from the sale go to the Guild to help cover our operating expenses.  Please contact anyone on the board if you are interested in helping coordinate this event.
  • Spring Retreat -- We have been invited again this year to join the MN Contemporary Quilters at Camp Wapogassett just outside of Amery, WI on March 28-31 for their Spring Retreat. You can stay 2 nights for $145 or 3 nights for $160 (NOTE: we pay their non-member prices -- unless you are also a member of MNCQ). The price includes lodging plus linens, meals and a big beautiful workspace. Just click the link above to get all the details and registration form.
  • NYMQG Mini Quilt Swap Reveal - Revealed our Love quilts for the New York Modern Quilt Guild swap. Those who participated knocked it out of the park and we have the pictures to prove it!

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  • March 13th Meeting Agenda:

  1. Annual Renewal Meeting.  Please print off the membership form  or the business membership form and bring your check payable to "Mpls Modern Quilt Guild" to this meeting to renew your individual or business annual membership. 
  2. MplsMQG Brights and Whites Banner Blocks -- If you haven't already, please consider making a 6 1/2" unfinished block from whites and brights for our Banner project
  3. We should have received the NYCMQG Love quilts from our Guild exchange and will display and distribute them to those who participated
  4. We will have the Monaluna Meadow Challenge Yourself reveal.  If you haven't started yet (I might have overheard some people discussing this at the meeting), now would be a good time to start thinking about it!
  5. We will announce our next Guild Challenge project

Upcoming Events:
April Meeting -- Mark Your Calendars for April 10th! Alyssa Thomas from Penguin and Fish will present a Trunk Show from her new book, "Sew and Stitch Embroidery".  Please watch Facebook and the Blog for more information on this event.

Show and Tell:
Here are the February Show and Tell Pictures from our meeting:

colby 22014

Amanda Jean 22014

Amanda Jean back 22014






Karen 2 22014

Karen 3 22014

Karen 4 22014


Karen 5 22014

Mary K 22014
This is from one of the block lottos from 2013!

Tracy 22014

Tracy 2 22014

Karen 22014

Marie 22014

nikol 22014


Last year I shared my tips for finding an OOP fabric.  Today I want to address the opposite issue, destashing.  Destashing is selling, swapping or donating fabric that you don't want any longer.

A few weeks ago #thegreatfabricdestash began on Instagram. Sellers post a photo of the fabric they want to sell including pertinent info and price.  Buyers leave their paypal email to send an invoice to and the transaction then goes on to finish.  There are over 14,000 photos on instagram with this hashtag so it has become quite popular for selling. (and buying)  If a seller has a lot to sell often they set up a separate instagram identity just for selling.  If you would like to swap you can list that in the details and solicit a swap rather than a sale or if you are open to either.

Etsy & Ebay: people have been using these outlets with success for years.  It is important to list all the details of what your selling to make it easy for buyers to find.  For very hard to find fabrics, I like to sell on Ebay.  I feel guilty price gouging but also hate to leave money on the table...with Ebay the market decides the price.

Flickr: You can't sell fabric on flickr, but there are many swap groups so perhaps you can trade it away for something else you might like.

Guild or Quilt Store garage sale: If your guild or local quilt shop have garage sales this is an excellent opportunity to sell a lot at one time if you don't want to mess with shipping.  If you have something highly sought after though, this might not be the best way to maximize your dollar but perhaps better if you just have a lot to sell and you want to move it.  Often there is a small fee to buy table space at these events.

Donations: Donations can take the form of making pillowcases or bags for a charitable entity and then donating them, donating fabric to church or quilts of valor groups OR just taking your fabric to a thrift store.  Be sure to get a donation receipt if available if that would be tax advantageous for you.

If you have any other options that have worked for you, let us know!

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