Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday Sew-In, Making Badge Holders

We had a great turnout for our Saturday, October 13 Sew-In - 17 quilters! While 12 of us were involved with making Badge Holders together, another five joined us for sewing and socializing. We had a lovely time!
L-R: Peggy and Marie
L-R: Dee and Jane
L-R: Cindy, Cindy's mom (We're so glad you could join us!), and Karen E.
Not everyone was able to complete their badge holders, but here are a few who did and/or made great progress. 
L-R: Betty and Ardie
L-R: Karen E., Marie, Jane, Cindy, Dee
We were happy to see badges made in many bright colors, with several of them made from Central Florida MQG fabric. Thank you President Karen and Linda H. for leading this project.

Belleview Public Library Display
During the month of October, Central Florida MQG members' work is being featured in the Belleview Public Library display case. 

Thanks to Barb for arranging the display case.

Thanks to members who contributed items for display.

Thanks to President Karen who collected display items from members.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sew-In, and November 12 Meeting

As we do each month, this Saturday we'll meet at Belleview Public Library from 10-6 (or whenever we decide to finish!) for a day of sewing and socializing.

Saturday October 13 Sew-In
10 am to 6 pm
Belleview Public Library
13145 SE County Hwy 484, Belleview, Florida

Special to our October 13 Sew-In is the opportunity to make a Badge Holder. For $8, members will receive the discounted pattern to make a cute and practical badge holder that's perfect for wearing to QuiltCon. Go to this blog post for detailed information.

If you'd like to register, please email us as soon as possible.

Whatever you decide to work on, come and sew with us! You don't need to make a Badge Holder to join our fun!

November 12 Workshop - We have openings!
1-4 pm 

Our Monday, November 12 meeting day is special as we welcome
Red Thread Studio shop owner Jen Lee from Palm Coast, Florida

Both the workshop AND the meeting will be at
North Lake Presbyterian Church, 975 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake, Florida

Jen will lead a workshop, teaching English paper piecing
to make a Modern Grandmother's Flower Garden Mini Quilt (24" X 24"). 

Fee: $15 for members; $20 for non-members
Kit fee: $5; optional fabric kit fee $12.

For detailed information about the workshop, go to this blog post.

Link to Workshop Flyer

We have workshop openings, so if you or someone you know would like to attend, please email us!

November 12 Meeting
6:30 pm
Come hear Jen's program about "Hand Therapy." Following that, she'll provide "Retail Therapy," sharing new products from her shop which will also be available to purchase.
Fee: free for members; $5 at the door for non-members

Link to Program Flyer

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

October 8 Meeting Wrap-Up

Twenty-nine quilters attended our regular October 8 meeting, one of whom was a first-time visitor. We're always happy to see our members, and welcome visitors!

Jane (gonequiltinginflorida) showed her "Throwing" quilt, a pattern by ZenChic. She walking foot quilted on her home sewing machine using several different directions of diagonal lines, all about a quarter-inch apart.

Barb shared a new bag she made using KraftTex Paper Fabric which is machine washable and stitchable!

President Karen (sunrayatplay) completed her second quilt made with blocks from Tula Pink's book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. Karen says she didn't buy fabric, but used only scraps for piecing. The quilt back is a sheet. Quilting is all free motion and ruler work on her Babylock Tiara.

She also completed these two quilts for a granddaughter. Karen learned this scrappy fusible appliqué technique in a recent workshop with Shannon Brinkley in The Villages. 

Betty made this "Dresden Neighborhood" from a pattern by Persimon Dreams. It's lovely, and also happened to perfectly fit the program theme: wedges!

Beth (blue_dragonfly5) shared her QuiltCon entry into the Two-Color Challenge sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting. This is "Twin Peaks." Blocks were made according to Improv Paper Piecing by Amy Friend. Batting is wool. All quilting is walking foot quilting to reflect a landscape of clouds, mountains, and water.

We were happy to have Beth again share her "3-2-1-1" improv quilt - so named because in piecing the quilt she used 3 jackets; 2 ties; 1 dress; and 1 sheet as backing! Batting is wool. She walking foot quilted it on her home sewing machine.

Beth is a COVER GIRL! Her "3-2-1-1" quilt appears on the cover of the current issue of Curated Quilts with the theme "improv." We're very proud of Beth. Congratulations!

The program was presented by Linda H. (flourishingpalms) who shared information about making quilts using 9-degree or 10-degree wedge shapes.

Her presentation - "Wedges Go Modern" - was based on a July 21, 2015 MQG webinar by Christina Cameli, and Christina's book Modern Wedge Workshop.

Linda showed two quilts she made using Christina's book as inspiration. The first quilt is "Roulette." It's machine pieced, and includes bias tape appliqué. Home machine quilting is free motion quilting, ruler work, and walking foot quilting. Batting is Quilter's Dream Polyester.

The back of Roulette is a free pattern called "Bookmarks" by MaterialGirlQuilts. Find it here.

Linda also made "Spin Art," a quilt made with Painter's Palette Solids she selected as a bundle during 2018 Inspired by Fabric: Mad for Solids. Color inserts in the wedges, and color pieces appliquéd to the white background fabric, were cut with a Quick Curve Ruler. Linda home machine quilted using a walking foot, and also free motion quilting. Batting is Quilter's Dream Wool.

More information about working with wedges can be found on Christina's blog: AFew Scraps

A Few Fun Facts!
The Modern Quilt Guild has:
  • 41,646 members, worldwide
  • members represent 39 countries
  • 211 chapters, worldwide
The state of Florida has:
  • 732 Modern Quilt Guild members 
  • 10 Modern Quilt Guild Chapters
and we're one of those chapters with 57 members! Whoo-hoo!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Meeting Wrap-Up

We had a wonderful meeting last evening, September 10. With 33 quilters in attendance, eight of whom were visitors, we enjoyed let's-get-acquainted time, and happy quilt-y chatter.

Upcoming Programs and Activities (This information is also on our calendar, at the right.)
Members were reminded and informed about upcoming chapter activities.

Monday, October 8 Meeting - Program: "Wedges Go Modern," by member Linda H.

Saturday, October 13 Sew-In - Make a Badge Holder Details on this blog post. Or come and sew on whatever you wish!

Monday, November 12 Workshop and Meeting - Guest instructor/presenter Jen Lee from Red Thread Studio will share English paper piecing. Link to more information on this blog post.

December 10 - Holiday party at the home of member Ardie.

2019 Save-the-Dates

Monday, April 8, 2019 - Guest instructor/presenter Carole Lyles Shaw will give a six-hour "Midcentury Modern Curve Quilt" workshop, followed by an evening program and trunk show. All activities at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Oxford.

Monday, November 14, 2019 - Guest instructor/presenter Rebecca Bryan will give a six-hour "Playful Color" workshop, followed by an evening program and trunk show. Location to be determined.

Ardie (Instagram: FatQuarterAddict) shared her first appliqué quilt made for her daughter who is ending six years of work in the roller derby. Ardie used a Facebook picture of her daughter to design the appliqué. She quilted this on her longarm.

Polly began making this improv quilt in a workshop with member Debbie. It's "Floating Squares," the first score in Sherry Lynn Wood's book "Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters." Polly walking-foot quilted it on her home machine.

Monique (Instagram: FoleyDerenne) used a pattern in "Modern Patchwork Magazine" to make this quilt that she walking foot quilted on her home machine.

This is the second "Cartwheels" quilt Dee (Instagram: QuilterDee) has made. The foundation paper piecing pattern is by Lee Heinrich (Freshly Pieced). Dee walking foot quilted it on her home machine using a double cross-hatch design.

Gwen (Instagram: FlaQuiltz) made this pattern from "Stitch Happens. She used two layers of wool batting and walking foot quilted it on her home machine.

While recovering from surgery, Tambry improv-pieced this table runner, with a Halloween-ish feeling to it. 

Linda (Instagram: FlourishingPalms) made "Diamonds in the Pond" as a year-long quilt-along by Bernina Zen Chic. She used wool batting, and quilted it on two different domestic machines. Triangles were quilted with a combination of ruler work and free motion quilting, and negative spaces were quilted with a walking foot. 

Beth (Instagram: Blue_Dragonfly5) designed this mini quilt for "Curated Quilts" (magazine) house challenge. She named it "Nana and Papa's House on Wheels" as a remembrance of five years spent living in a motor home. This is the fourth time Beth has entered a "Curated Quilts" challenge.

As an aside... 
Beth will have an improv quilt on the cover of the next issue of "Curated Quilts," due to be released in October. Here is a picture of Beth with the cover quilt, when she shared it during Show and Tell in November, 2017. The quilt is pieced from clothing Beth won in a giveaway from Sherry Lynn Wood, and clothing from a relative. Beth walking foot quilted it on a home machine.

We're all very proud of you, Beth!

Our evening program, "Inspiration for Modern Quilting," was presented by Debra Jalbert (Instagram: MadeofHonorQuilts) who is a member of the Orlando MQG (Instagram: OrlandoMQG). She offered many good suggestions for resources and ways to develop quilting designs.  

At our tables, we exercised with paper and pen, to draw quilting ideas for three different quilt tops. Thank you so much, Debra, for sharing your skills with us!

Monday, October 8, 6:30 pm 
North Lake Presbyterian Church
975 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake
Program: "Wedges Go Modern"
Linda will demonstrate how to use a 9-degree or 10-degree ruler to make modern quilt designs. This program is based on a July 2015 MQG Webinar by Christina Cameli, and her book "Wedge Quilt Workshop."

Follow CentralFloridaMQG on Instagram to keep up with our activities!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Let's Learn English Paper Piecing

On Monday, November 12, we will welcome Jen Lee, from Palm City, Florida, to Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild. She will teach an afternoon workshop and speak at our evening meeting, both at North Lake Presbyterian Church.

Jen owns the online shop Red Thread Studio and will share her love of hand stitching.

Monday, November 12, 1-4 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church
English Paper Piecing WorkshopModern Grandmother’s Flower Garden Mini Quilt

Fee: $15, plus $5 paper kit. Optional $12 fabric kit.

English paper piecing dates back to the late 1700s when hexagon quilts became popular in England.  The technique involves basting fabrics over paper templates and then sewing the shapes together by hand.  In this introductory workshop to English paper piecing, students will learn the basic techniques including how to cut the fabric, baste the pieces and hand sew them together along with tips and tricks to complete the project successfully.  In addition, Jen will also show you how fussy cut fabric and use this technique to create secondary designs with a wow factor.  

This is the workshop project that finishes at 24" X 24". 
Modern Grandmother’s Flower Garden Mini Quilt
Supplies may be purchased from Red Thread Studio at the workshop.

We will begin accepting workshop registrations at our September 10 meeting

Registration fee of $15 is payable to Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild.
When registering, also indicate if you want a $12 fabric kit. All kit fees are payable to Jen.

Monday, November 12, 6:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Program: "Hand Therapy, and Red Thread Studio Trunk Show"
Free to Central Florida MQG members; $5 at the door for guests

Do you love handwork but your hands "dont work"? Love to free motion quilt but your shoulders dont feel so free? In this interactive program, Jen demonstrates easy and noninvasive ways to keep the joints flexible, improve range of motion, and relieve arthritis pain so you can stitch longer. These hand and shoulder exercises are followed by a trunk show of the latest and greatest available at Red Thread Studio.

Shopping at Red Thread Studio will be available at the workshop, and evening meeting!

The meeting is open to all non-members, and guests! Please invite your friends!
Print the flyer below to share program information with other quilters.


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Let's Make Badge Holders

For those away members who did not attend our August 13 meeting, we announced our October 13 Sew-In/Save-the-Date project.

We will be making Badge Holders!

This project was selected in anticipation of attending the February 21-23, 2019 QuiltCon in Nashville, and wanting a handy place to keep important valuables. For anyone not attending QuiltCon, you too will have a handy place to keep important valuables whenever you attend any quilt show!

This sample badge holder, made by Linda H., uses our Central Florida MQG fabric available through Spoonflower.

Your name badge is inserted behind the vinyl window.

On the inside (lift the tab to open) are zippered pockets for cash, charge cards and other valuables.

The back (which lays against your chest) has a pocket for a cell phone.

Linda used magnetic buttons to close her name badge holder, but you can use Velcro or a regular button.

Karen E. made her name badge holder with our Central Florida logo. All our logo prints are available here, through Spoonflower. 

NOTE: If you ever need to search Spoonflower to find our fabrics, use the designer's business name: "etmcreative" or "Emma Thomas-mcginnis."

This is the inside of Karen's holder. She used invisible zippers. 

When worn, the holder measures approximately 5" wide by 7" high, with a strap that’s 27½” linear. When opened, the holder measures approximately 5" wide by 12½" long. As desired, the neck strap may be made to match the exterior fabric, or use ribbon, cording, or bias tape.

Because we know you'll want to begin gathering supplies, here's what's needed for this name badge holder project. 

⅓ yard for exterior
1 fat quarter, or less, for interior
1 fat quarter for pocket linings (white, or light solid)
2 - 4" zippers Note that any length zipper can be cut down to 4".
snap, magnet, button, or Velcro for closure tab Velcro will be provided at the workshop.
5" X 4½" clear vinyl - medium- to heavy-weight This will be provided at the workshop.
6" X 6" tear-away stabilizer, or a piece of tissue paper or cheap toilet paper This will be provided at the workshop.
1" X 1" medium-weight stabilizer or template plastic, to give stability to snap or button closure This will be provided at the workshop.

If you'd like to participate in this Sew-In workshop on Saturday, October 13, please sign up!

Email your name here to be added to the list.

Payment of $8 for the pattern (a discount to Central Florida MQG members) may be given to our Workshop Sew-In Coordinator Ardie. Monies will also be accepted at the September 10 and October 8 meetings.

Anyone NOT participating in the workshop is welcome to attend the Sew-In too! No need to miss out on the fun and socializing! Come and work on whatever you wish.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Let's Make a QuiltCon Charity Quilt

Our chapter decided to participate in the 2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. The quilt we make will appear during QuiltCon 2019 (February 21-24) at the Music City Convention Center in Nashville. It will be displayed along with other chapters' quilts. At the conclusion of QuiltCon, the quilt will be returned to us to be donated to the charity of our choice 

We're off to a great start under the direction of Jane, Beth, Bette, and Dee S. who volunteered to coordinate the project.

Following the challenge theme set forth by the MQG (read all about it here), our quilt will include: 

Small Piecing
Small piecing must be an integral part of the design. Small means "smaller than 1" in either width or length." 

Color Palette
Use any or all of these. 

Twin size: 65" X 88", and no larger than 72" X 92".

Inspired by Elizabeth Hartman's "Xylophone Quilt"... 

...Beth used EQ8 to design
a wonky, improv wedge quilt top...

... and quilt back.

Fabric selections were made from among these Painter's Palette Solids (made by Paintbrush Studios).

Linda H. made the request for a fabric donation, and Paintbrush Studio Fabrics generously responded! 

A full 21 yards of solids were sent to make the quilt front and back! We're huge fans of Painter's Palette Solids - the texture, the hand, and the stability of the dye are reasons to use it to make quilts.

We really appreciate Paintbrush Studio's generosity! Follow them on Instagram @pbsfabrics

Jane tested the block, piecing it from her stash. 

Then, during the August 11 Sew-In, Jane, Beth, and Dee cut fabrics to make kits for 12 blocks.
To compliment solid colors, several members donated additional tone-on-tone and monochromatic prints.
Kits were distributed to members attending our August 13 meeting. Completed blocks should be returned by the September 10 meeting. Please give your completed block to Dee.

If you have any questions about block-making instructions, contact Jane or Beth. 

We appreciate everyone who volunteered to piece a block. Thank you!

For members who haven't yet participated, please consider how you might help. With.... quilting? binding? a sleeve? Thank you!