Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fun November 14 Meeting!

We had a nice turnout of 26 quilters at our November 14 meeting. Two of those were visitors who joined our chapter! Welcome Gwen and Jane!

We covered business essentials, include an announcement that the 2017 executive committee has been elected:

President - Karen E.
Vice Presidents - Pat and Susan
Treasurers - Kathy and Becky
Media Coordinator - Linda H.

Also we discussed and decided to have our logo made into fabric from Spoonflower; reminded everyone of the QuiltCon East November 30 entry deadline; gave a status update on our QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge for which Linda H. is making two more foundation paper-pieced beach chair blocks; and determined that our next meeting will be a December 12 social at our president's home.

The evening's activity centered around our Traditional Made Modern Challenge coordinated by Betty. Six members participated.

First, everyone looked at the anonymously displayed quilts, followed by choosing one which best met the challenge of taking a traditional block and making it modern.

Then, winners were announced.
L-R: Karen E. (first); Linda H. (fourth); Cindy (second); Susan (third)
Each quilter explained her project. Cindy's pillow is based on a herringbone design found online. Susan used the same slashing technique to make three mini quilts. Linda's pillow is the Swirly Twirly Dresden foundation paper-pieced pattern by OrchidOwlQuilts.

Placing first, Karen E. told us that her small quilt is began with a modern star block using a Quick Curve Ruler. She quilted it on her Babylock Tiara using the Fibonacci principle to design the quilting.

For her challenge quilt, Debbie made hourglass blocks on one side, and these blocks on the other.

She custom-quilted it on her longarm.

Beth made a large nine-patch quilt with mustard-color fabrics and inserted diagonally-shaped strips of the analogous color. It was longarm quilted by Debbie placing lines according to the Fibonacci principle.

We all thank Betty for coordinating this effort! She provided prizes for first, second, and third places, and fat quarters for each participant.
 Karen T. completed this huge quilt, and quilted it entirely on her Pfaff Grand Quilter.

Selina participated in AQuiltersTable (Debbie Jeske) quilt-along to make this Crosscut Quilt. She made it larger than the 36" X 36" planned for the along.

Beth recently completed this quilt based on the September Mighty Lucky Quilting Club led by Jacquie Gering. Another Club will launch in 2017

Linda H. showed her completed BAM-BOM - Bay Area Modern Block of the Month - that some of our Central Florida MQG members participated in during 2013. The alternate grid layout was determined during a February 14 workshop with FreshlyPieced (Lee Heinrich). Linda quilted this on her domestic Janome 1600P.

Members will receive an email from President Debbie to which they should RSVP whether they will attend the December 12 social. There will be no meeting and no Sew-In in December.

Plan to attend the next Central Florida MQG meeting on Monday, January 9, 2017.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 10 Meeting

Seventeen members attended the October 10 meeting of the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild. President Debbie led the meeting. 

The slate of nominees for the 2017 Executive Committee of the Central Florida MQG were introduced. They are:

President: Karen Estep
First Vice President: Pat Joho; and Second Vice President: Susan Simone
First Treasurer: Kathy Gricius; Second Treasurer: Becky Chianese
Media Coordinator: Linda Hungerford

Members can expect to soon receive a survey to vote for these officers, and to approve bylaw changes. (Read bylaw changes here.) Our bylaws require a majority vote to elect officers and make bylaw changes, so everyone is encouraged to vote, even though nominees are running unopposed. 

MQG Webinars
Members are reminded to take advantage of the many learning opportunities through the MQG. If you missed the Town Hall webinar on September 22, you are encouraged to listen-in and read the post-webinar Q&A's submitted by members. Much good information about future plans (including QuiltCon) and activities were presented by the MQG's executive board. Worldwide, MQG membership is now 11,567, with 2,006 of them based outside the US.

The next webinar is "Color Theory" by Kim Eichler-Messmer. Register here to attend on Thursday, October 20, at 9 pm (Florida time). NOTE: These webinars are an MQG members-only benefit!

Progress has been made on our 2017 QuiltCon East Charity Quilt. The sky/sun is complete (as of this blog post), but more "sand" is needed.

If you have not yet joined us in this challenge, this is your chance to do so! Remember, everyone attending QuiltCon will get to see our work!

Go here for the tutorial to make sand improv blocks by our Saturday, November 12 Sew-In. Email here if you need fabric or have blocks to donate that you can't return to the Sew-In. Thank you!

October Speaker/Program

Our program was presented by member Mary, who spoke on the topic: "Plant the Seeds of Creativity and Grow a Modern Quilt."

Mary shared several of her projects, and where she finds inspiration to create modern quilt designs: clothing, magazines and art books.
Below is Mary's latest original creation. It was quilted with Quilter's Dream cotton and wool batting - double-batted - and domestic machine quilted on her Bernina 710.

Lora continues to make bags. The aqua bag on the left includes strips of decorative cork!

Beth made two 36" X 45" chevron-design quilts for charity. 

She completed her 36" X 36" Cross-Cut quilt made in the Instagram "along" with AQuiltersTable.

Beth's 40" X 40" "Home for Mola" quilt was inspired by the center block which is a reclaimed piece of Mola. Beth's quilts are domestic machine quilted.

While showing the quilt above, Beth shared how she made piped binding for it, passing around pieces so everyone could see how it was done. 

Linda H. wore her A-line skirt made with "Abacus," an Alison Glass fabric that she colored with Tulip washable markers.

Linda designed this 38" X 39" quilt called "Florida." It's pieced with 1-1/2" finished half-square triangles on a background of aqua Grunge. She domestic machine quilted it.

Debbie finished a mini pumpkin quilt top while on a recent retreat.

Susan completed "Jax," a foundation paper-pieced table runner.

Members are reminded that the November 12 meeting program is the reveal of our "Traditional Made Modern Challenge." Bring your completed challenge piece (no restrictions as to what you make or what size project) for an anonymous viewing and voting for the best. Show us your best modern!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Business, and Meeting

Our regular monthly meeting was September 12, led by Vice President Beth. Fourteen members and three first-time guests attended.

Central Florida MQG Business
A nominating committee is being formed to identify 2017 officers - president, vice president/programs, treasurer, media coordinator. If you would like to participate by being on the committee, or nominating yourself, please email us. A slate of candidates will be presented at our October 10 regular meeting. Electronic voting will be in early November.

Among business items is a proposed change to our bylaws. These changes/addition were presented and discussed at the meeting, and are published here for member review. Click here to read our bylaws in their entirety.


Section 1. Active Members
Membership shall be open to any persons interested in modern quilts and quilt making.
  1. New members may join at any time.
  2. Membership shall be recognized upon payment of annual dues.
  3. Visitors may attend one regularly scheduled meeting/event free of charge. At the second and third meetings, a nominal fee of $2 will be charged. After that, a visitor must become a member by paying the appropriate annual dues.
  4. Active members may participate in and support the projects and activities of the Guild, including the privilege of voting, holding office, and serving on committees. They shall be entitled to preferential placing in any Guild sponsored function; may place items on meeting agendas; be informed of all decisions by the Executive Committee; and have access to: 1) the membership roster, 2) minutes of business meetings, and 3) treasurer’s reports.
Section 1A. Visitors

a. A visitor may attend one regularly scheduled meeting/event free of charge, unless the meeting/event is a presentation by a paid speaker. Then, an appropriate fee will be charged.
b. Every visitor attending a meeting/event for the second time will be assessed a $5 fee. This is not an annually renewable opportunity.
c. A visitor who decides to join our chapter at their second or third meeting will have their $5 visitor’s fee applied to membership.
d. All visiting MQG members who belong to a chapter may attend two meetings annually at no charge. 

In the near future, members can expect to receive an opportunity to vote electronically whether to accept these changes or not.

The meeting program - "How to Enter and Quilt Show" presented by Beth, and the "How to Photograph a Quilt" portion of the program, presented by Linda H., were very informative.

We hope many members decide to participate in QuiltCon East by entering:
1) up to three quilts for $30
2) the Michael Miller Luxe Challenge
3) the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine Nine Patch Challenge.

All entries are due by November 30. Go to the MQG QuiltConEast website for more member information. 

Lora showed her "Weekender Bag," a pattern by Amy Butler (on her right shoulder); her Roxie bag (on the right bottom); and two small pouches - "Sweetpea Pod" by Lazy Girl Quilts, and a wallet made with Viewmaster fabric.  

Karen E. showed a modern crib quilt made mostly of solids, quilted by herself.

Becky showed a large minimalist quilt made from the book "Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe." It was longarm quilted.

Linda H. showed her 25" X 25" CrossCut Quilt made during an Instagram "a-long" with Debbie Jeske of AQuiltersTable. Background fabrics are low volume and "sticks" are solids. It's domestic machine quilted using a Westalee brand circle template ruler.

Stay in touch through our blog posts! More information is coming. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

QuiltCon East Charity Quilt Challenge Progress

At Saturday's Sew-In, more than a half-dozen quilters began laying out and cutting up improv blocks received from some of our chapter members.

With lots of input, we decided to cut the improv blocks into a variety of sizes to fulfill the challenge rule of "scale." Then, using President Debbie's 72" X 72" design wall, the sunny skies were arranged to surround the gorgeous improv sun made by Becky.

Likewise, the sea and sand improv blocks were cut into standardized sizes - 3-1/2", 6-1/2", 9-1/2" and 12-1/2" (unfinished) squares and rectangles.

Lots of good adjusting, rearranging, and sewing went on for about five hours.

Though we liked the contrast between the horizontal water and the vertical sand, the last rearrange was to make the sand lay horizontally. We agree that this is better.

As you can see, we need more of each section, particularly the sky. Members who have not yet contributed to this project are invited to make improv blocks (see tutorials posted previously) and return them by our October 8 Sew-In, where we will again be working on this project. Many hands make light work! We hope you'll join us at that Sew-In. Sign up with Karen E., or here.

QuiltCon East Charity Quilt Challenge Project Manager Becky will have these blocks and layout at this evening's regular meeting - Monday, September 12, 6:30 pm - so come have a look!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September Happenings!

Saturday, September 10
10 am to 6 pm
Belleview Public Library
Join us for socializing and sewing! Come for all or part of the day. Bring a lunch, or join others who go out. We'll work on our 2017 QuiltCon Charity Quilt (go here for tutorials to make sky, sea, and sand blocks). If you haven't let us know you're coming to the Sew-In, shoot an email here

Regular Meeting
Monday, September 12
6:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church, Lady Lake
Program: "How to Enter a National Quilt Show," specifically including information about entering QuiltCon East in Savannah, Georgia, 2017.
Presented by: Beth and Linda H.
  • Bring donations for the North Lake Presbyterian Church food pantry. See how hunger impacts Lady Lake, Florida, here.
  • If you're participating in the Mighty Lucky Quilt Club, bring August and/or September pieces
  • Bring your modern quilt(s) for Show and Tell
  • Wear your hand made name tag
Display Case at the Belleview Public Library
Bring small, display case sized items to the September 10 Sew-In or September 12 regular Meeting, for an October display at the library. President Debbie is collecting those items.

MQG Webinar
Thursday, September 29
9 pm
Program: "No Tails Binding: Mitered Corners by Machine" 
Presented by: our very own Linda H.

Traditional to Modern Quilt Challenge
Reminder: Your challenge entries are due at our November 14 regular meeting.

2017 Elections
By our November 14 regular meeting, 2017 officers will be elected. Send us an email to let us know if you would like to be on the Nominations Committee, or want to nominate yourself for one of these positions: 

Media Coordinator

Electronic voting will begin November 1.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August 8 Meeting

The Central Florida Modern Quilt Group now has an overall membership of 50. We had 20 in attendance at the August 8th meeting as many are still traveling for the summer, but much was discussed during the meeting.

Karen Estep shared a wonderful program on Fibonacci and how we as quilters can use it in our quilt designs. Below are a few images from the very informative presentation. We even participated in using Fibonacci to design a quilt back layout at the end of the program. For more information you can also visit Karen Estep's Pinterest page.

Here are a few photos from the Show & Tell

Debbie and her blocks from a Park Bench by JayBirds Block of the Month

Karen Tisdale made this Twin sized quilt using sidekick ruler.

Frances made this Candy Pop quilt

Jodie Smith used Summerfest fabric in this Flirty Quilt Instagram quilt a long.

Quilts for Pulse, ready to bring down to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.

Several quilts were put together from the blocks that we made using traditional blocks and making them modern. We have some ideas on where we are going to donate these quilts and we will discuss it again next month.

This coming Thursday, August 11 at 9 pm our time, is Amy Ellis’ webinar: Designing Quilts in EQ7. If you own EQ7, or are considering a purchase, this will be a great overview of all you can do with the program.

You are encouraged to attend the webinar in real time, if possible, as that’s when you can ask questions by typing them into a chat box, and have them answered. But, if you can’t stay up that late (!), each webinar is available to members on the MQG website a day or two after the webinar. Find past webinars by clicking on: 

Resources, Members Only
Then scroll down to Creative Webinars

We will have a display in the Belleview Public Library during the month of October. It is a small case and we need modern items to display. Some suggestions are small mini quilts, mug rugs, pincushions or small baskets. Please if you are will to have your modern item displayed bring it to the September meeting or September Sew day.

Next month the program will be all about how to enter a quilt into a show. It will be presented by Beth & Linda.