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!

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.