Sunday, September 8, 2019

Christina Was Here!

Friday evening, September 6

We were thrilled to welcome Christina Cameli @afewscraps to our Central Florida MQG chapter meeting at North Lake Presbyterian Church. Christina traveled all day, from Portland, Oregon, to arrive in Orlando and be delivered to Lady Lake in time for the 6:30 meeting.

Based on her book by the same name, this was Christina's program topic - Texture.

 She shared many beautiful, up-close examples of quilting designs.

Her trunk show was also evidence of her skill at domestic machine quilting. 

Saturday, September 7
Our workshop was at a new-to-us venue, The Art Workshop in Summerfield. Fantastic lighting made colors pop, and quilting easy to see. 

At intervals, Christina explained how to stitch different designs...

...inviting students to come up and watch her hand-drawn demonstrations on a flip chart, and see examples quilted into fabric.

In between demonstrations, students tackled each assignment with enthusiasm.
Sherry @otterbeequilting who came from Boca Raton and the South Florida MQG
Foreground: Rosemary @daisys_driver
Background: Laurel from Lake County Quilters Guild

Patti @pattil712 from the Orlando MQG
Patty's friend, Linda @lblakley818
Christina giving Pat a little guidance
L: Dee A.; R: Linda L. 
Without exception, everyone praised Christina's teaching style; what they learned and their excitement about quilting in a gridwork; and the wonderful facility. 

Christina and Carole 
Hooray for a special day!

Dinner afterward was relaxing, and a great occasion to share new quilt-y friendships. 

Many thanks to our executive committee members, and program assistants for making Christina's visit go smoothly! L-R: Treasurer Kathy; President Karen; Media Coordinator and Program Assistant Linda; Membership and Program Assistant Gwen; Guest Christina Cameli; Librarian Cindy; and Program Assistant Missy. 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

She's a Go!

Some of you were holding your breath, wondering if Christina Cameli's visit to Florida would be cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian. We're happy to say that the hurricane blew out...

and Christina is blowing in! Just as planned.

We're excited to welcome Christina all the way from Portland, Oregon. 

  • is the author of several quilting books about free motion quilting, and how to make a wedge quilt
  • presented an MQG webinar on wedge quilts
  • has classes available on Craftsy/Bluprint, and
  • appeared on several episodes of Fresh Quilting TV. 

People, this is a great opportunity! And you won't want to miss her visit! Bring your friends too!

6:30 pm
Friday, September 6

North Lake Presbyterian Church
975 Rolling Acres Road
Lady Lake

Christina will be telling us about "Texture Quilting" from her new book by the same name, and showing us quilts. 

Admission is free to Central Florida MQG members, and only $5 for guests. 

Did we already say? This is a great opportunity!

Read more about her:  AFewScraps website; and @afewscraps on Instagram

Saturday, September 7 - 9 am to 3:30 pm
We still have openings in Christina's Saturday workshop on Texture Quilting. If you're a quilter who wants to learn more about quilting on a domestic sewing machine, this is the class for you.

$75 for Central Florida MQG members
$95 for non-members 

EMAIL right now, and we'll get you all the information.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019


We enjoyed a separate Show and Tell during our August meeting to showcase member's work using   specialty rulers, which are available in our library.

The following quilts were made with Jaybird Quilts rulers. See for more information on rulers and patterns.

Beth used both the Super Sidekick and the Hex N More rulers to make this "Gravity Quilt " pattern.

Cindy named this quilt "Diamonds", and it is her own layout version of the "Gravity" Quilt.                       She quilted herself on her domestic machine.

This mysterious maker used the Hex N More ruler to create this stunning
"Science Fair" pattern

Nancy used the Sidekick ruler to make this colorful and fun "Giggles" pattern.

Karen dug into her scraps to make the "Disco" pattern with the Hex N More ruler.

This is one of many blocks Debbie showed us from the "Park Bench" pattern using Hex N More and Sidekick rulers.  She even created mini Park Bench blocks!  We look forward to seeing this project when all of the blocks are put together.

The following quilts were made using the Quick Curve ruler (QCR) or Mini Quick Curve ruler.  For further information, see

Karen E. used the Mini QCR to make this "Mini Metro Rings."

Debbie began this "Chic Diamonds" pattern at retreat, and here it is beautifully finished!

Linda H. used the "Urban Abacus" pattern to create this colorful version

Karen T. made this "Urban Candy" pattern.  
That leftover fabric was put to good use in making this creative backing!

Karen E. used one of the 12 blocks available in the "Curve It Up" patterns, and modified it some to create this quilt, which was made for one of our past challenges.

Debbie showed us many blocks made using the "Curve It Up" pattern.

Linda H. made this version of  "Spring Fling," which is a FREE pattern on the website!

Using the mini QCR, Debbie made this "Mini Pumpkins" pattern, and it is almost that time of year to keep it out and display it!

We also have a "Classic Curves" ruler, which was developed by Sharon of
The incredible aspect of this ruler is the number of sizes of curves you can make with this one ruler!

Although much of this is Beth's own design, she used the Classic Curves ruler to create those wonderful curves that add so much movement to this quilt.  Beth designed this for our recent Color Challenge.

Members are welcome to check out any of our specialty rulers and make their own version of many amazing patterns available on the above three website links.  You may see rulers that we have accessible in our library by clicking on the library link on our blog home page.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Upcoming, and In-the-News

In just a little more than a week, Christina Cameli will be coming from Portland, Oregon to Lady Lake and The Villages, Florida!
We're so excited for her visit!

Saturday, September 7
At this moment, we have three openings in Christina's "Texture Quilting" workshop, so if you haven't yet registered, you need to do so! This is a rare opportunity to learn domestic machine quilting - or more about domestic machine quilting - from someone who's a pro. Christina has written several quilting books, appeared on MQG webinars, Fresh Quilting TV, and recorded lesson videos for Bluprint (formerly Craftsy).

Email us to let us know you're interested in the workshop: $75 for members; $95 for non-members

Friday, September 6 - 6:30 pm
If you aren't attending the workshop, don't miss the chance to hear Christina talk about her quilting, and see her quilts. She's flying-in Friday afternoon, and will be at our 6:30 meeting just in time to share her wonderful program. You want to be there!

Only $5 at the door if you aren't a member of Central Florida MQG. Free, if you're a member.

North Lake Presbyterian Church
975 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake

In other news...Last year, several of our members participated in Leila Gardunia's "Year of Scrappy Triangles," a sew-along where each week a new 6"-square, foundation paper-pieced block was offered (free).

In Leila's latest e-newsletter, she shared some of the many layout possibilities for the blocks. Two of our members' quilts were featured! Karen E. @sunrayatplay, and Linda H. @flourishingpalms

Check it out here. Read through, and when you reach "Click To See More Scrappy Triangle Quilts" you'll also see another member's quilt: Beth S. @blue_dragonfly5. You can also download the free blocks for yourself, if you wish!

We're looking forward to see everyone next week, at our special, guest-presented meeting. Remember, no show and tell when we have a guest speaker, so our next show and tell is November 11.