The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild is holding our first ever Block Lottery or quilt swap. Berene brought in a few blocks she made using the Pick-up sticks design. She used bright solids on Kona Snow. They were gorgeous.
Pick-up sticks blocks
Berene of Happy Sew Lucky created a great tutorial for us to follow. For every block a person brings to our June meeting, they will have one chance to win all the blocks. If there are many blocks, they may be divided into two piles with two very lucky winners.
Three colour pick-up sticks block
I made two blocks. The first block has three sticks and after finishing it, I realized I should have starched the initial square before beginning. All the cuts are on the bias and therefore have a tendency to stretch. Starching would help prevent this.
Four colour pick-up sticks block
I starched the second block and found that it did help in preventing stretch. All the seams are pressed open and this second block has four sticks inserted. Both blocks need to be trimmed to 9 1/2 “. The lucky winner will have a great start to a fun modern quilt. Looking forward to seeing all the other blocks.
The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild participated in a pouch swap with the Victoria and Maritime Modern Quilt Guilds. It was fun creating the pouches and luggage tags, you can see the ones I made in this post. At our guild meeting this weekend we received the pouches made by the members of the VMQG.
Wow! They were all gorgeous – lots of time and effort went into making very individual bags. I chose a small round pouch with a beautiful flower on the front.
back of flower pouch
Not only was the bag lovely, it was filled with loot!
loot inside flower pouch
A panel printed with nostalgic sewing images tied with the tape measure ribbon, lovely smelling soap and a small bag of buttons and embellishments.
Soap, buttons, ribbon and pin
The blue and yellow pin is from the Satin Moon Quilt Shop which I think would be the local quilt shop of the very talented quilter that made this gift. I especially like the tiny scissors and thimble.
side view of pouch
This was the first exchange I participated in. I understand now, why they are so popular. It’s like Christmas and your birthday receiving a surprise gift. So much fun!
Have you participated in a swap?
The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild is participating in a three-way swap with the Victoria and Maritime Modern Quilt Guilds. We were asked to make a pouch in any size and any style.
I selected some fabrics and orphan blocks to create one of the pouches.
A beaded pull provides a sparkly finish.
Orange pouch – front
The quilting was done with a walking foot, including the curved petals.
Orange pouch – back
This smaller green pouch has been free motioned quilted with loops. A small pocket is stitched to the lining.
Green pouch – front
Green pouch – back
I used the tutorial: Crazy about zippered pouches written by Elaine Theriault. It was one of many great articles found in the premiere issue of QUILTsocial ezine.
I also made a couple of luggage tags.
I hope the recipient enjoys using these items!