Mariners Quilt Guild

January 28 – Drafting with Margaret

Gillian cropWe got busy with compasses and coloured pencils as Margaret led us through a hands-on workshop on pattern drafting. She showed us how with a few simple supplies — graph paper, coloured pencils, rulers and a compass — we can draft or resize any patchwork quilt pattern. This night we tried the LeMoyne Star and a Continue reading

Transformer workshop

tinaOn January 26, Ken Grantham taught a class on the Transformer Quilt – a pattern of his own design. A variety of pre-cut fabric kits were available although some participants cut their own fabrics. Participating Mariners spent the day quilting at the waterfront campus of NSCC in Dartmouth overlooking Halifax Harbour. Continue reading

New Year, new skills

Dipping through the starsA new year for Mariners and a chance to learn to new skills. On January 14 we got together to share our recent work and teach each other some new techniques in some “mini demonstrations”. Sharon shared techniques for embellishing stitches; Jackie showed an easy way to join binding ends; Gillian and Jean demonstrated how to make quick 1/2 inch triangles (check here for instructions); and Margaret shared her love of hand applique. And, as always, Continue reading

Quilt swaps and jelly babies

swap to sewThe traditional quilt swap has been reinvented. In Sew to Swap: Qulting Projects to Exchange Online & by Mail, Chrissie Grace explores different types of swaps through 10 projects. Each project includes illustrated instructions and skills tutorials, as well as how-tos for setting up a swap. The community aspect of quilting is brought to the book by the incorporation of swappers’ and bloggers’ insights into this shared art. Also new to library – Jelly Babies: Adorable Quilts from 2 ½” Strips, a collection of 14 quilts for babies and pre-schoolers. In the Studio with Angela Walters shows quilters machine-quilting strategies that will add dimension, distinction and individuality to any quilt.

The last of 2012

The finished squares from the Maple Leaf Block exchange.

The finished squares from the Maple Leaf Block exchange.

It’s already the beginning February and there lots of catching up to do on the blog. As always, the Mariners have been busy. Let’s go back to end of November and see what the quilters were sharing with each other. Everyone who participated in the Maple Leaf Block exchange brought in their contributions; Tina showed us the tote Continue reading