Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March 5 Meeting

Our March meeting was held on the first Monday of the month, March 5, due to a conflict with the church where we meet. Please note that the April meeting date has also been changed due to a conflict with the church. We will meet in April on the third Monday of the month, April 16, at 6:30 pm.
Even with our meeting date change, we had a great turnout with 40 people in attendance! Three of the 40 were first-time visitors - We're very glad you came to check us out, and hope you return! We also have a new member - Tambry. Welcome! She brings our membership to 53 people!

Our program - "Inspiration for Modern Quilt Designs" - presented by member Beth, was information-packed and inspirational! She presented a series of slides with pictures of quilts, and some of the real-life items that inspired the quilt designs. 

She reviewed many modern quilting elements such as scale, minimalism, traditional made modern, improv, gridwork, off-the-grid, and a newer design concept... maximalism. 

Based on Beth's presentation, our chapter members have been challenged to choose an inspiration and come up with a new design, then make that design a quilt by our July 9 meeting. If you missed the details of this challenge, go here to read about the Inspiration Challenge.

This is Brenda @easy_beezee and her wallhanging, "Night and Day" by Gosia Pawlowska @quiltsmyway Brenda added a gold charm to the intersections of each design.

Joey @cozycuddlequilts showed her "Wander" quilt, a pattern by Sew Many Creations. Joey practiced domestic machine quilting on this one, improving and trying new designs as she went. 

President Karen @sunrayatplay shared several quilts she made to donate to charities. This is a Jaybird Quilts pattern called "Stereo." Karen quilts all her quilts on a mid-arm sit-down machine, a Tiara.

This is "Love Links," a pattern by Deb Tucker's Modern 180.

Dee @quilterdee finished "Squiggles" a quilt-along with Christa Watson @christaquilts that Dee made with Farmer's Daughter fabrics.

Dee also finished four mini quilts from Sew Sampler boxes receive from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Designs are by Center Street Quilts and Thimbleblossoms. Dee domestic machine quilts all her quilts.

Linda @flourishingpalms showed "Slopes" a pattern from Amanda Jean Nyberg's book "No Scrap Left Behind." She domestic machine quilted it. 

Beth (who also presented our inspirational program) showed this filmstrip quilt, made with blocks begun in 2013 with other members of our chapter. These monthly blocks were made available from the Bay Area Modern quilters. Thus, it was called "BAM-BOM." (See more pictures here. And here.) Beth walking foot quilted this herself, incorporating film reels into the quilting design.

Beth and Karen both made and showed quilts that will be donated to North Lake Presbyterian Church for distribution to veterans.

This is how we say thank you to the church for allowing us to hold our meetings in their fellowship area. Thank you Beth and Karen for making these!

Don't miss our Saturday Sew-In this coming Saturday, March 10! We'll be at the Belleview Public Library starting at 10 am. Bring whatever you'd like to work on, and lunch (unless you want to go to Subway). It will be a great opportunity to get feedback on your new challenge idea too. 

Mark your calendar for April 16, the date change for our monthly meeting at 6:30 pm at North Lake Presbyterian Church.

Our April 16 program is "Gridwork Quilting With Pizzazz!" by member Cindy.
She'll demonstrate how to use your home sewing machine and a walking foot to quilt a grid pattern, and then use a free motion quilting foot to fill the grid. Bring a pencil so you can practice draw/quilt on your own worksheet. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

New Quilt Challenge: Inspiration Challenge

Each year, several of our members manage to come up with a chapter challenge that inspires us to grow in our modern quiltmaking. So we're happy to introduce this challenge, presented by Beth. It begins immediately.

Inspiration Challenge
Here are the criteria for the challenge:
  • Choose your own design challenge from one of these three sources:
  1. Our March 5 meeting program: “Inspiration for Modern Quilt Designs” by Beth.
  2. Any MQG Fresh Quilting television program accessible through the MQG website.*
  3. Any MQG webinar accessible through the MQG website.*
*Log into
Choose: Community; Resources (Members Only)
On the right side, refer to "Filter by Types" to choose: Fresh Quilting (64); or Webinar (50)
  • Show your source of inspiration. If you are inspired by a pattern or another quilter’s quilt, make your finished design different. Choose a style or technique new to you. Do not copy the original design. Take a photo of your inspiration and print it to show with your quilt.
  • Quilt may be any size but no smaller than 20" X 20". Make a larger quilt if you wish. Beth suggests that 20" to 40" is a good size to try out new inspirations or techniques.
  • Your challenge piece does not need to be kept secret. Share your progress, ask for input, or receive guidance at Saturday Sew-Ins. Post challenge progress pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #cfmqginspirationchallenge
  • Everyone who completes a challenge piece has an equal chance to win a prize. (No member-voting, or Viewer’s Choice.)
  • Completed quilts are due at the July 9, 2018 meeting. Be prepared to explain your inspiration and how you created your version of the inspiration.  
  • Above all have fun!

Our thanks to member Beth for presenting the program on inspiration, and tying our challenge into her presentation. Each of us has something fun to strive for!

Don't forget to share your progress pictures on Instagram! #cfmqginspirationchallenge

Sunday, February 25, 2018

QuiltCon and Saturday Sew-In

Our Saturday Sew-In at the Belleview Public Library was a lovely time of sewing and socializing, as it always is. There was lots of talk about QuiltCon which has been happening in Pasadena, California since Thursday, February 22, and ends today.

This is the 2018 QuiltCon Best of Show winner "Going Up" by Stephanie Skardal, an individual member from Clemmons, North Carolina.

If you haven't yet seen the winning quilts, go here. First place winners are on the left; second place winners are in the middle; and on the right, third place.

"Leftovers #7" by Debra Jalbert

Be sure to note the first place winner in Improvisation. The quilt is "Leftovers #7" by Debra Jalbert who not only attended our February meeting (she is a member of the Orlando MQG), but presented our chapter with her "Leftovers" workshop in July last year. Here's that blog post about it. We're so proud of Debra!

Along the same lines, though many of us weren't at QuiltCon, some of our Instagram friends were, and shared these photos of our QuiltCon Charity Quilt on display. All those quilts made by chapters and individuals were hung on the hallway walls, outside the convention hall. It looks like our quilt hung next to one from Texas!

The challenge theme was "Modern Traditionalism" using this color palette.

Chapter members Karen E., Jane, Linda H., Linda T., and Frances (former member) made "Florida Waves."

When the quilt is returned to us, it will be donated as a spring auction/fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Along with working on our own projects at the Sew-In...
L-R: Karen E. and Karen T.
L-R: Linda T. and Beth
L-R: Edith and Ruth
Linda H.
...we swapped fat quarter-sized solids.

It turned out to be an opportunity for all of us to handle the different brands and talk about the qualities of each - Painter's Palette, Kaufman Kona, Moda Bella, and RJR. Quilters are always learning! 

Our next Sew-In returns to the regular Saturday, the second Saturday of the month. The Sew-In is on Saturday, March 10.

So, let's plan to meet!

Reminder: Our regular Central Florida MQG meeting is Monday, March 5. That's a date change due to a conflict with the church where we meet.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Three Reasons to Sew-In

While many of us are not going to QuiltCon in Pasadena, California (this week, Thursday through Sunday), we do have a great opportunity for our own gathering!

Saturday Sew-In, February 24
10 am to 6 pm

Due to a conflict at the Belleview Public Library, our regular Sew-In date was moved to this coming Saturday, February 24. And, because our activity coincides with Quiltcon, we're participating in the MQG's Instagram #quiltconfromhome

Here are three reasons you need to to attend our Saturday QuiltConFromHome Sew-In:
Spectrum Quilt by Julie Herman

1) You'll get to participate in our chapter #QuiltConFromHome solids fabric swap. Just bring two different color solids - fat quarter or quarter-yard cuts - to exchange. We're swapping quilt-shop quality fabrics such as Kaufmann Kona, Moda Bella, Painter's Palette, Riley Blake, RJR, and the like. What a great way to add variety to your solids stash!

2) Get an Instagram lesson! If you want to participate in our Instagram challenge (#cfmqgmod), you still have time to learn how to use the Instagram app and start posting pictures of modern makes you're working on. Every picture you post is another entry into the drawing which ends April 8.

3) Saturday is a chance to work on whatever you want to work on. Don't miss this opportunity to get advice on a modern project, show us what you're doing, and make new friends!

Please bring all your sewing stuff, and stay for as long or as little as you can! Don't forget your lunch and drink. But if you do forget, you can drive to Summerfield to pick-up a bite.

See you at the Belleview Public Library!
Belleview Public Library
13145 SE County Hwy 484
Belleview, Florida

Saturday, February 24
10 am to 6 pm

Friday, February 16, 2018

Meeting Date Change!

Our March meeting is NOT on the 12th. We will meet one week earlier - March 5.

While we try very hard to avoid changing our meeting from the second Monday of the month, it's necessary to do so when the church where we meet has another activity - this one is a biggie - that impacts our chapter members' access to parking/distance to the church.

So, please plan to attend on Monday, March 5 - one week sooner than usual. Our meeting is at 6:30 pm in the North Lake Presbyterian Church fellowship room.

Member Beth will present the program: "Inspiration for Modern Quilt Designs."

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February 5 Meeting

Please Note! Contrary to what was announced at Monday evening's meeting, there is NO SEW-IN  Saturday, February 10 due to Belleview Public Library having a room use conflict. Instead, please mark your Sew-In Day calendar for Saturday, February 24 - same time (10-6); same location. 

Our February meeting was one week earlier than usual due to the church having a conflict for facility use. However, a date change didn't deter attendance! Forty quilters met, and of them, four were first-time visitors, and two guests are members of the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.

Diane (@dbcfla) wowed us with a quilt she made using Kaffe Fassett fabrics. She followed a pattern, but changed it, making partial blocks and negative space to create a modern design. We're impressed!  

Cindy (@cbubblesnsews) showed "A Perfect Pair" zip pouches she made from three fat quarters. Design by Sew Deja Vu.

Cindy also showed her big "Chevron News" quilt. She domestic machine quilted it using many different quilting designs. Great work!

Nancy F. made up this small quilt using stashed fabrics and half-square triangles. 

Karen D. made "Berry Merry Wreath," a free Craftsy pattern by Anne Deister of @springleafstudios

Two of our members participated in the Instagram #jellyrollrugalong led by @kairleoaks and @heritagethreads The rugs are made from 2-1/2"-wide fabric strips folded and sewn over batting strips. Pattern by @romaquilts 

Dee (@quilterdee) showed hers.  

Then Jodie (@simplykidsocala) showed hers which is a smaller version using part of a jelly roll. 

Jodie also made this 70" X 86" pixelated heart quilt, a kit from @makervalley. Jodie used a polyester sheet from Target as backing.

Susan (@sesquilter) and Debbie (@dbook1) showed "Line Dance," an 82" X 94" quilt made by members of the Big Cypress Chapter of Quilting Guild of The Villages. This is the guild's 2019 raffle quilt, with raffle tickets currently for sale at $1 each, or six for $5. Fundraising monies will be given to Camp E-Nini-Hassee, a Central Florida camp for adolescent girls with emotional or behavioral difficulties.

The evening's program by Beth did not happen! Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties - a PC that would not "talk" to our projector - Beth was unable to give her Powerpoint presentation "Inspiration for Modern Quilt Designs." However, not to worry!

March 12 Meeting
We'll have a second chance to hear Beth speak when she presents "Inspiration for Modern Quilt Designs" at our March 12 meeting!
Where do we get ideas for making a unique modern quilt? How do modern quilters come up with their ideas? Beth will provide many examples to help launch your own deign process. 
Don't forget to take modern quiltmaking photos to post to Instagram! Use the hashtag #cfmqgmod on each one. Every post is another chance at prizes that will be given away at our April 9 meeting. (You don't need to be present to win.)

Reminder! There is NO SEW-IN Saturday, February 10 due to Belleview Public Library having a room use conflict. Instead, please mark your Sew-In Day calendar for Saturday, February 24 - same time (10-6); same location. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday Sew-In, January 13

Ten members attended our Saturday Sew-In. 

These quilters met to make plans for our annual May retreat at Luther Springs in Hawthorne, Florida. 
L-R: Cindy, President Karen, Peggy, Ardie
Treasurer Kathy worked on half-square triangles
Beth worked on a project started in an October workshop with Amanda Jean Nyberg
Ruth worked on a project with browns and aquas
Dee is making her second foundation paper-pieced Cartwheels quilt from a pattern by Freshly Pieced (Lee Heinrich)
Cindy finished hand-sewing binding to a quilt
Karen was working on a Florida quilt, pattern by FlourishingPalms (Linda Hungerford)
Linda T. was practicing free motion quilting on a baby quilt
Linda H. attended and sewed too, but she was the photographer! 😀

Our next Sew-In is Saturday, February 24 at 10 am - Belleview Public Library. Hope to see you there!