March lotto block

Here are Johanna’s instructions for our next lotto block:

Lotto Block scrap bin geeseThe March block lotto uses this simple but striking pattern by A Bright Corner designed for scraps:

Our version is sure to put us all in the mood for spring! Think the first greenery and blooms emerging from the snow.
* Lime and olive greens for the right side
* Range of magenta for the geese
* Solid white for the left side


Looking for instructions from a previous month? All lotto blocks are listed under the “Challenges” menu.


Next meeting: February 8th

Hey modern quilters! A reminder that our next meeting is Thursday February 8th at 7pm, at Bloomingdale United Church.

Erica will be leading our meeting, and talking about social media for quilters. If you’re curious about social media, or have had trouble getting started with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest… or even the MQG website, then this meeting is for you!

If you want help setting up social media accounts, don’t forget to bring your wireless device — iPad, laptop, etc. Because there is a public library in the same building, we will have access to wireless connectivity in our meeting room.

Please also bring your lotto block for February (see instructions here), and any show and tell.

Happy February!

Cross Cut Quilt-along

The fourth installment of Cross Cut Quilt-along instructions has been uploaded to the blog here: Cross cut quilt-along month 4. (The full set of the instructions, including the link to a helpful video Audrey made, can be found on the Challenges page of this blog.)

And here is the accompanying message from Audrey:

My apologies to all those doing the quilt along for my tardiness in posting the final installment.  I hope you have put your spare quilting time to good use.  Those days are over! The 4th (and final installment) is now available and I hope you have as much fun with your project as I’m having with mine.  I can’t wait to see what we all come up with!


January 2018

Meeting recap

Thank you to Lois for leading our first meeting of the year! She talked to us about the resources available on the Modern Quilt Guild website that we can all take advantage of, since members of our guild also receive a membership in the MQG.

There MQG site is full of great information: there are webinars to watch on a variety of topics, episodes of “Fresh Quilting”, and also patterns for blocks and for quilts. To start exploring, visit and sign in, then choose the “Education” menu and choose “Resources (members only)”.

To give us a taste of what’s available, Lois shared some of the favourite tips she and Linda came across while browsing through the webinars.

Coming in February…

Some  guild members expressed that they have had trouble setting up their accounts on the MQG site. Well, help is on the way! Erica has offered to run our next meeting, which will be all about social media for quilters. Not only will she talk to us about Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for quilters, but she will help anyone who is struggling with technology to get their social media accounts sorted out. If you are still having trouble with signing up on the MQG site, you can get help with that, too!

Be sure to bring a device that can connect to wifi to the next meeting, and soon you’ll be up and running.

Membership updates

Now is the time to renew your membership, if you haven’t done so already. Our guild fees for this year are $40, adjusted to cover the cost of renting our new meeting space in Bloomingdale United Church. Please contact Audrey with any questions pertaining to your membership.

Block lotto

Johanna has started off the year with a great block for our lotto:

jan 2018 lotto blocks

Congratulations to Lisa T., our January winner!

Johanna’s instructions for the February block are already available, so be sure to make a few for your chance to win next month.

Charity quilt update

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Wow! Ladies, we have outdone ourselves with this year’s charity quilt. Doesn’t it look awesome? Thanks to everyone involved in the preparation, design, piecing and quilting. Our quilt is ready for QuiltCon!

Show and Tell

Beautiful show and tell this month, as always! I hope I got everyone. Please let me know if there are any corrections to be made, or if any design credits should be posted.

Lindsay shows her pouch; Lisa T with her colourful hex; Wendy C with her Celebration challenge quilt.

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Lisa T’s completed couch quilt.

Erica has caught pillow fever! She showed three quilted pillows.

Guest Alex shows off her pet quilt, stuffed fox and a drawstring bag. Great job, Alex!

Celeste shows off her circular quilting. Lois with a dramatic panel quilt made for her son.



February block lotto

Johanna says —
This month, think tropical! Who couldn’t use a bit of warmth as we’re in the midst of this bitter cold winter?
Some of you may have seen the #plusblockqal going on now on Instagram. It’s a neat block that’s fast and easy to get together.
For our blocks, I’d like warm colours for the background – orange, red, yellow and variations. Scrappy is best, but it’s fine if you use a print more than once in a block. The plus is black with white fabric.
Here are two I whipped up:
It’s a great block for using precuts like jelly rolls or charm squares. Here are the cutting directions borrowed from quilt-along host @stephkucera:
Be sure to use the hashtag #grandrivermqgblocklotto when sharing your blocks on social media, along with the guild’s regular hashtag #grandrivermqg.
Have fun and stay warm!
– Johanna