Friday, January 18, 2019

2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt

For each of the past three years, members of the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild have made a quilt to enter in QuiltCon's annual Charity Quilt Challenge.

The Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) determines the parameters for the challenge - design theme, fabric colors, and quilt dimensions. Each chapter's challenge is to make the quilt, and then ship it to QuiltCon. Charity quilts are displayed around the perimeter of a lecture hall, and/or along the hallways to the show room and classrooms. 
QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena - "Florida Waves" quilt on the right

When the show ends, quilts are returned to each chapter. The chapter then determine where the quilt will be donated. 

Our 2017 charity quilt was donated to Luther Springs Camp and Conference Center in Hawthorne, Florida

Our 2018 charity quilt was donated to the regional St. Jude Children's Hospital annual charity fundraiser. It sold to a private buyer for $230.

Our 2019 quilt... to be determined!

Charity Quilt 2019

This year's QuiltCon theme: Small Piecing

This year's color palette: 

This year's quilt dimensions: Twin size which is 65" X 88", and no larger than 72" X 92".

Our committee was led by Jane and included Bette, Dee, and Beth. Beth came up with this design, created in EQ8.
The wonky, improvisational wedge design was inspired by Elizabeth Hartman's "Xylophone" quilt pattern. Permission to use was given by Elizabeth.

Fabrics for the design were requested from PBStudios, and these Paintbrush Studios Solids were sent to us at no charge! Thank you PBStudios

The committee cut and assembled kits, with instructions, that were given to members. 

Members whose help we greatly appreciate are:

Deanna, Barbara, Cindy, Marie, Gwen, Missy, Jane, Linda H., Peggy, Bette, Nancy, Dee S., Carla, Beth, Susan, Ardie. 

Quilter's Dream Select loft cotton batting was donated by Jane.

Special thanks to Karen E. for sit-down, free motion quilting this special quilt. 
67" X 87-1/2"
the back
Photos were taken at the Belleview Public Library, where we meet monthly for our Saturday Sew-Ins.

Our January 14 meeting was the first full reveal of the quilt. Jane (left) explained how it was made, and thanked those involved. 

A chapter contest was held to name the quilt, and the winner was Lynette who came up with "All Stacked Up and Nowhere to Go." For her winning suggestion, she received the Painter's Palette Solids leftover from making the quilt.

"All Stacked Up and Nowhere To Go", 67" X 87-1/2"
We hope everyone who attends QuiltCon in Nashville, February 21-24, will enjoy seeing our quilt displayed!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January 14 Meeting

We had a great turnout for our first 2019 meeting with 36 attendees, two of whom were first-time visitors!

President Karen (@sunrayatplay) launched our meeting with information about upcoming activities - Sew-In Workshop, retreat, a guest presenter and workshop in April. Click this link for more information.

She also introduced a new addition to our lending library - rulers! Members may check out a variety of rotary cutting rulers from our chapter library. Click the tab above - Lending Library Rulers -  to see what rulers are in our library. More rulers will be added!

Our evening program was presented by Beth (blue_dragonfly5) who provided information about color...

... and introduced our chapter challenge - It's All About Color - that's due by our May 13 meeting. 

Jane (@gonequiltinginflorida) revealed our finished QuiltCon Charity Challenge Quilt. 

QuiltCon Charity Challenge quilt back
Members submitted names for the quilt, and Lynette (@netsyclay) was our winner! She received the Painter's Palette Solids (donated by PB Studios) left over from making the quilt.  

"All Stacked Up and Nowhere to Go"
Lynette and "All Stacked Up and Nowhere to Go"

This is "Heading South," a pattern by Material Girl Quilts, made in Moda Grunge fabrics by Ruth (@sewocd). She quilted it on her home sewing machine.

Karen T. (@yorkie3mom) finished this scrappy appliqué zebra quilt started during a fall 2018 workshop with Shannon Brinkley. She quilted it on her home sewing machine.

Missy made this "Freefall" bargello quilt following an Ann Lauer quilt-as-you-go pattern.

Beth (@blue_dragonfly5) pieced this Gravity quilt, a Jaybird Quilts kit, with 127 different Kona solid colors. Karen E. (@sunrayatplay) quilted it on a sit-down Tiara quilting machine.
Beth (left); Karen (right)
New member Shloe foundation paper-pieced this quilt using batik fabrics. It was domestic machine quilted by a friend.

Beth (@blue_dragonfly5) made this quilt for the latest Curated Quilts challenge which was to use curves in these colors.

Debbie (@dbook1) completed this quilt started in a Jane Sassaman workshop. 

Dee (@quilterdee) was busy over the holidays, and shared six finished quilts. 

This is Dee's "Modern Grandmother's Flower Garden" in Christmas fabrics, started during our chapter's November 12 workshop with Jen Lee, from Red Thread Studio. 

This "Holiday Ornament Mini Quilt" is a free pattern by Lee Heinrich, on the Bernina We All Sew website.

This English paper-piecing mini was made during an Instagram #hexagonwaterfallsal hosted by @coffeeringstudio

This is "Don't Touch the Scissors," an appliqué quilt.

This is "Spools" made with Thimbleberries fabrics.

"Starburst" is a Jenny Doan pattern made with layer cakes. Dee quilted all her quilts on her home sewing machine.

Karen (@sunrayatplay) showed her finished Florida quilt, a pattern by member Linda (@flourishingpalms). She quilted it on her Tiara.

Karen also made this elephant quilt, requested by her sister, from a Violet Craft foundation paper-pieced pattern. She quilted it on her Tiara.

This is "London Nights," a Zen Chic appliqué pattern made by Carol.

Linda (@flourishingpalms) shared her entry into the Curated Quilts curve challenge. She used Victoria Findley-Wolfe's strip braid ruler, reduced to 60 percent, to cut and piece this mini, which wasn't accepted for publication.

This "Comfort Quilt" is from Amy Ellis's book, "Modern Heritage Quilts." It was made during the Instagram #comfortquiltqal She home machine quilted it using several methods, including ruler work. 

Our next Central Florida MQG meeting is Monday, February 11.

Our program will be presented by Judi Rutherford who will help us learn how to navigate "The MQG Website."

Click on the calendar (upper right) to learn more. 

Monday, January 14, 2019


This challenge begins Monday, January 14 and concludes at our Monday, May 13 meeting.

It’s All About Color Challenge
  • Choose your own style but make it New to You
  • Must be a quilt begun in 2019
  • Quilt may be any size, but no smaller than 20" X 20"
  • Use any technique
  • Be ready to explain your inspiration or color scheme.
    Do not use a pattern or someone’s else’s quilt as inspiration.
  • Finished quilts will be revealed at our May 13 meeting.
  • Members unable to attend on May 13 should email a photo and inspiration information to Beth
  • Post progress pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #cfitsallaboutcolor
Choose One of 11 Options
  1. Inspiration from January 14 slide show
  2. Least favorite, or rarely-used color
  3. Only two colors of fabric and thread
  4. Only neutrals plus one color
  5. Saturated background color
  6. 2018 (Tiger Lily) or 2019 Kaufman Kona color of the year (Splash)
  7. 2018 (Ultra Violet) or 2019 Pantone color of the year (Living Coral) 
  8. Rainbow colors
  9. Warm to cool colors
  10. Use color transparency
  11. Select one color scheme:
- monochromatic 
- analogous 
- complementary
- split complementary 
- triad

Remember to make it new to you.

If you have questions, send an email here. 

Monday, December 31, 2018

2019 Programs

We have such an exciting year of workshops and programs ahead that we want to give you the information so you can save these dates on your calendars now!

2019 Central Florida MQG Programs


January 14 - It's All About Color Challenge Introduction - Beth Shutty

February 11 - The MQG Website - Judi Rutherford

March 4 - QuiltCon Review and Wrap-Up - members

April 8 - MidCentury Modern Curve Quilts - Carole Lyles Shaw

May 13 - It's All About Color Challenge Reveal - Beth Shutty and members

June 3 - Alternate Quilt Layouts - Karen Estep

July 8 - Fresh Quilting TV - members

August 12 - Big Stitch Quilting - Linda Hungerford

September 6  - Step-by-Step Texture Quilting - Christina Cameli

October 14 - Playful Color - Rebecca Bryan

November 11 - Pressing Matters - Carol Patten

December 6 - Holiday Party - members

*Dates in bold indicate a change from our regular second Monday meeting.

Print a copy of this schedule here.

For more information about some presenters, click their name to go to their blog/website.

Detailed information about each program is available on our Google Calendar (see at right). Just click on a date to get the time, location, and description.

Also, information about workshops by guest presenters - Carole Lyles Shaw; Christina Cameli; and Rebecca Bryan - is available by selecting the workshop date on the same Google Calendar.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Sign-up! Sign-up! Sign-up!

Monday, January 14 is our first meeting of 2019.

At the meeting, sign-ups will be accepted for three wonderful upcoming activities!

Which one(s) will you attend?


Saturday, February 9 - 10 am to 6 pm

Members are invited to attend our monthly Saturday Sew-In, to work on whatever you wish (at no charge).


Sign-up and pay only $15 for our first ever Sew-In Workshop

Fee payable to Beth in advance of the six-hour, 10 am to 4 pm workshop.

During this six-hour workshop, our member-instructor, Beth, will teach students a quilt-as-you-go technique called "Interleave." It's a simplified version of Michael Miller's strip-pieced "Interweave" quilts, and can be completed in one day!

Beth's Interleave quilt is called "Potato Chip 3" - because "you can't make just one."


The date for our annual quilt retreat to Luther Springs in Hawthorne, Florida, has been moved to March to accommodate participation by our seasonal members. 

Friday, March 22 to Monday, March 25 - Optional: Tuesday, March 26 

Double occupancy - $170
Single occupancy - $190
Optional extra day - $40

Make checks payable to Central Florida MQG.
2018 Central Florida MQG retreaters
Work on projects of your choosing! Come for socializing! Come for great food! Sew, sew, sew!


Guest workshop presenter and meeting speaker: Carol Lyles Shaw from Bradenton, Florida and the Sarasota MQG. Carole was formerly our MQG Regional Representative. 

Monday, April 8
9 am to 3:30 pm
Member fee: $75 payable to Central Florida MQG

Max: 18 students
Beginning March 1, workshop will open to non-members for $95.
Carole will teach how to create several quickly-pieced improvisational blocks. Learn to piece a quarter circle curve without templates or pinning. Practice improvisational cutting and piecing to make blocks that are unique and exciting. Alternative layouts will be offered: for a modern lap-size quilt, or table runner and placemats. A little at-home preparation will be needed. 
See this quilt displayed at QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville
Don't miss out on these great opportunities! 

Come to our January 14 meeting prepared to register!

Or, if you cannot attend the January 14 meeting, mail your personal information, indicating whether you're registering for retreat or the Carole Lyles Shaw workshop; and check (payable to Central Florida MQG) to our post office box: P.O. Box 1355, Lady Lake, FL 32158.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Party Follow-Up

As always, our annual holiday social was a fun time to get together, chat, enjoy yummy hors d'oeuvres, swap quilt-y gifts, and take photos of our happy group.

Packages were carefully chosen, opened, "oohed" and "aahed" over...

...stolen (with much grumbling and ill-will), stolen again (with threats of unfriending)...

...and everyone went home with something to smile about.

It's always nice to spend time with friends, and we couldn't be more grateful to Ardie for opening her home to us. Thank you!

Ha-ha-happy Holidays!

Click the "2019 Leaders" tab above to see our 2019 leadership team.

Next Meeting
Monday, January 14, 6:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Program: "It's All About Color" by member Beth who will also present members with our next Central Florida MQG challenge. "It's All About Color Challenge" will be due May 13. 

See you next year! 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Party Time!

This coming Monday, December 10 is our annual holiday party. Again this year, Ardie has offered her home for our gathering. Thank you, Ardie! (Check your email for a message with Ardie's address.)

If you're coming, please bring a small appetizer to share - like for six to eight people.

And, if you want to participate in our gift swap, please bring wrapped $10-$12 sewing or quilting-related item.

Pictures will be taken!
2017 Holiday Social
Also, if you hold a position on the 2019 Executive Committee or are on a 2019 Standing Committee, plan to have your picture taken! It's time to update our blog. (See "2018 Chapter Leaders" tab, above.)

Party on!