Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Feb Meeting - Pre-QuiltCon

The February 13 Central Florida MQG meeting was abuzz with QuiltCon chatter as many of us excitedly anticipate leaving for Savannah, Georgia.

We are happy to welcome two new members to our chapter - Diane and Ardie - and six first-time visitors. A total of 35 quilters turned out for the meeting which featured a special guest speaker, and the reveal of a new challenge.

Our guest speaker was Di Jobbins, a quilter from Sydney, Australia who is visiting the US for the first time, and staying with Linda H. They anticipate traveling to QuiltCon together.

Here, President Karen presents Di with a small thank-you gift - a Pixie Basket filled with spools of Aurifil thread.

Di gave a wonderful presentation: "Meanderings of a (Moderately) Modern Quilter," sharing a little of her quilt story, and the similarities and differences between Australian modern quilting and American modern quilting.

Ruth and her pieced version of Urban Abacus
Frances and her table topper 
She domestic machine quilted it. 
Using our new logo fabric from Spoonflower, Beth made a tote bag.
Beth is participating in the QuiltCon swap and this is the quilt her partner will receive
Karen E. used the book Patchwork City to make "Talk of The Villages," a quilt with blocks that feature text/word prints. She domestic machine quilted it. 
Our New Challenge - Modern Mini
A new Central Florida MQG Challenge was presented by President Karen on behalf of Past President Debbie who is leading our Swaps and Challenges and was unable to attend the meeting. 

The challenge is: MODERN MINI

Rules for the challenge are as follows:
  1. Make a mini quilt with a total perimeter of no more than 96". Sides of the mini do not need to be equal.
  2. Use any modern element(s)/characteristic(s).
  3. Choose three SOLID colors based on your initials. 
    1. Colors must be named, as on a fabric color card or paint chip. You'll need three fabric or paint chips as proof of the colors you've used. For example, colors from a: Moda Bella color card; Kaufman Kona color card; Behr paint chips; or Sherwin-Williams paint chips.
    2. Use your first name, middle name, and last name initials to choose colors. If you do not have a middle name, use your maiden name.
  4. Background fabric is your choice that may be either neutral-colored solid or print.
  5. Your Modern Mini may be finished with binding, or faced. 
  6. Finished Modern Minis are due by the May 8 Central Florida MQG meeting with participation prizes being given, as well as Viewer's Choice winners. 
See you at QuiltCon!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Lotsa Doin's to Anticipate

The next few weeks offer a bevy of fun quilt-y activities for members of Central Florida MQG! Everyone will find something that captures their interest.

Saturday, February 11 - 10 am to 6 pm
Belleview Public Library

2017 QuiltCon East Charity Quilt (top only)
No sign-up is needed. Just come! Bring whatever you want to work on. Also bring to the Sew-In a drink, and a sack lunch... or, a group usually heads to Subway for nourishment.

It's been a while since we've had free sewing time at a Sew-In, since we were focused on making our QuiltCon East Charity Quilt Challenge quilt. Thanks to Becky, the quilt has been shipped! Look for it at QuiltCon, in the lecture hall.

Monday, February 13 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church, Lady Lake
(behind Home Depot)

Activities include:
1) Sharing "Modern Minis." If you've made a modern quilt or mug rug or table mat (or more than one) whose total perimeter is less than 100", bring it to show and share. We'll talk about the characteristics of modern design, and you'll learn about a new opportunity!

2) Have in mind your 2017 Word of the Year that's applicable to your quilting goals for the year.

3) "Meanderings of a (Mostly) Modern Quilter" presented by Di Jobbins, an MQGer from Sydney (Zetland), Australia. She'll briefly share her journey to modern quiltmaking with pictures of her quilts, and talk about quilting in Australia - its similarities and differences. Come with questions to ask her!

4) Show and Tell - Show everyone the modern quilts and items you've been making lately!

5) Members: pick up your 2017 MQG membership card.

6) Check out the Spoonflower fabrics created from our logo by the talented Emma of ETM Creative. They're gorgeous! You can order fabric from Spoonflower yourself here, and/or buy a logo panel from Treasurer Kathy for $2.50 each.

If you haven't heard that QuiltCon is coming up soon - February 23-26 - in Savannah, Georgia, then you're been living in a cave! 😄

This is the nearest the event has been to Central Florida (about a 4-1/2 hour drive), so the excitement for those planning to attend has been building. Some lively discussion about the event is sure to be shared at this meeting... our last meeting before the big event!

QuiltCon East
If you're attending the show, be sure to download the QuiltConEast app (find it on ITunes), so you'll be in the know about all the activities, events, fun, and quilts!

If you're not attending the show, be sure to keep your smart phone or iPad handy to follow the Instagram hashtag #quiltconfromhome Several MQG members have been charged with sharing QuiltConEast with those who are unable to attend. How cool is that?!

We hope to see you at one or all of these events! We'll have more fun than a barrel of quilters!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 9 Meeting

Thirty-one quilters turned out for our first 2017 meeting, six of whom were first-time visitors! One visitor already joined - Welcome to our chapter, Diane!

Our meeting was led by new president Karen E., who also gave a presentation/overview of QuiltCon 2016 quilts. It was a great way to introduce modern to our new members and guests.

Show and Tell was all modern! And everything shown was finished and quilted on a home sewing machine! Great work, quilters!

Frances shows a quilt she made from a kit that she won.
Lynette made this quilt with Michael Miller Luxe fabrics, for the QuiltCon East challenge.
Cindy used templates to make this quilt that will hang in her sewing room.
Karen T. made this quilt using the 10" Slicer Template and Ruler.
President Karen E. turned Vice Versa BOM blocks into this quilt.
Next up is our Sew-In on Saturday, January 13. See you at the Belleview Public Library for all or part of our 10 am to 6 pm get-together! CORRECTION: Library isn't available to us until NOON. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The First of 2017

We're excitedly anticipating the beginning of a new year - our third! - as an official chapter of the national MQG.

The year begins with 32 members with more than half of them actively engaging to help lead our chapter. Thank you all!

Monday, January 9 Meeting
6:30 pm - North Lake Presbyterian Church

Program: A Powerpoint presentation of QuiltCon 2016.
Many of our members will attend QuiltCon East in Savannah, Georgia, February 23-26. For those who have never attended QuiltCon, this presentation will be an introduction about what to expect at QuiltCon - the displays, the workshops, the lectures, the vendors. It's an exciting time as we count down to February 23!
Check out our QuiltCon countdown clock on the right! 

Bring to the Meeting
  • Any new-to-you items (notions, books, patterns, fabrics) you'd like to show
  • Your modern Show and Tell

Saturday, January 14 Sew-In
10 am to 6 pm, Belleview Public Library

Tuesday, January 31 MQG Webinar
9 pm, Planned and Unplanned: Design and Improv in Piecing, by Melanie Tuazon
Members should have received an email link to register.
Or go here. Click Community; click Resources; Filter by Types; Webinar

Monday, March 13 Meeting
We'll be looking at Modern Minis. If you have a small modern quilt whose perimeter is 100" or less, please bring it to the meeting.

Friday, January 6, 2017

QuiltCon Challenge Top: Sandwiching and Quilting

When we last saw our QuiltCon Charity Challenge quilt, at the November 12 Sew-In, we were still arranging "sand" pieces, and deciding to add foundation paper-pieced blocks to give the quilt several focal points, and to reinforce the challenge theme of "scale."

Thanks to the efforts of two quilters - Cindy and Linda - three foundation paper-pieced beach chairs were added. The free Beach Chair pattern is a Cotton and Steel design found here. The pattern makes a 10" block. By enlarging and reducing the foundation papers on a printer, and some trial and error, 6" and 12" blocks were also made.

Linda sewed the blocks into the sand to complete the quilt top which measures roughly 70" X 91".

Thanks to generous donations by member Pat, and Al at Sharky's Vac 'n Sew, we had the ingredients to complete the quilt. 

Pat donated a Quilter's Dream Poly Request batt, and two spools of Aurifil thread for quilting.

Sharky's gave us 2-3/4" yards of this wide back (108") print by Carrie Bloomston, called "Newsprint.

On December 29, 2016, Dee, Debbie and Linda pin-basted the quilt sandwich in preparation for quilting. 

Then, Linda took it home to quilt on her Janome 1600P. She began with the blue and emerald waters, quilting waves and curls. The top thread is 50-weight Aurifil #2730 Delft Blue; and the bobbin thread is 40-weight Aurifil #6724 Moonstone.

After completing the water section, Linda quilted the sand.

She used 50-weight Aurifil #2318 Cashmere to quilt a design of long switchbacks, with an occasional "ripple."

Karen then took the quilt for quilting the sun and sky on her Babylock Tiara. Using 40-weight Aurifil #3910 variegated Lemon Ice, she first quilted a spiral in the center of the sun.  

As she continued quilting, she used a Fibonacci sequence to quilt spirals at intervals, again repeating the concept of scale, and added straight-line and gently undulating waves to indict "rays" coming from the sun.

With Karen's efforts, the quilt is now completely quilted and ready for binding. 

Members can expect to see the quilt at this stage at our Saturday, January 14 Sew-In at the Belleview Public Library. Come for all or part of the day, from 10 am to 6 pm. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

What a fun December meeting we had. Sixteen of us were in attendance at the President Debbie's house. We all brought some yummy treats, had some good conversation, watched a wonderful long-arm demonstration and did a gift exchange.  
Please remember if you have not paid your $40 yearly dues, please contact the treasurer Susan Simone, the money is due by 12/31/16

Debbie Showing us some of her custom ruler work. 

Members trying out the long-arm machine and realizing it is pretty difficult to do.  

Wonderful Conversation and Gift Exchange. We are so thankful Debbie opened up her beautiful home for the December meeting. Thanks to her and her husband for being such wonderful hosts.

Everyone enjoy a safe, happy and healthy holiday season with family and friends. We will see you at the next meeting January 9, 2017.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Pulse Nightclub Quilts in the News

The Orlando MQG continues to field deliveries of finished quilts, and quilt blocks, that have been sent for those who were touched the the Pulse Nightclub attack in June. That MQG chapter has risen to the outpouring response by handling, finishing, labeling, photographing, and delivering more than 1000 quilts to people.

Recently, the Orlando Sentinel newspaper television station covered the activities of the Orlando MQG. This was on the front page, on December 7.
And this was recently on Channel 2 WESH TV.

A big thank you to our own members who made or helped make five quilts from Central Florida MQG!