Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August 8 Meeting

The Central Florida Modern Quilt Group now has an overall membership of 50. We had 20 in attendance at the August 8th meeting as many are still traveling for the summer, but much was discussed during the meeting.

Karen Estep shared a wonderful program on Fibonacci and how we as quilters can use it in our quilt designs. Below are a few images from the very informative presentation. We even participated in using Fibonacci to design a quilt back layout at the end of the program. For more information you can also visit Karen Estep's Pinterest page. https://www.pinterest.com/kcestep/fibonacci/

Here are a few photos from the Show & Tell

Debbie and her blocks from a Park Bench by JayBirds Block of the Month

Karen Tisdale made this Twin sized quilt using sidekick ruler.

Frances made this Candy Pop quilt

Jodie Smith used Summerfest fabric in this Flirty Quilt Instagram quilt a long.

Quilts for Pulse, ready to bring down to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.

Several quilts were put together from the blocks that we made using traditional blocks and making them modern. We have some ideas on where we are going to donate these quilts and we will discuss it again next month.

This coming Thursday, August 11 at 9 pm our time, is Amy Ellis’ webinar: Designing Quilts in EQ7. If you own EQ7, or are considering a purchase, this will be a great overview of all you can do with the program.

You are encouraged to attend the webinar in real time, if possible, as that’s when you can ask questions by typing them into a chat box, and have them answered. But, if you can’t stay up that late (!), each webinar is available to members on the MQG website a day or two after the webinar. Find past webinars by clicking on: 

Resources, Members Only
Then scroll down to Creative Webinars

We will have a display in the Belleview Public Library during the month of October. It is a small case and we need modern items to display. Some suggestions are small mini quilts, mug rugs, pincushions or small baskets. Please if you are will to have your modern item displayed bring it to the September meeting or September Sew day.

Next month the program will be all about how to enter a quilt into a show. It will be presented by Beth & Linda.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Activities with South Florida MQG

The South Florida MQG is very excited about the following SFMQG events in the next few months that are available for everyone, including Central Florida MQG, to enjoy: 

Your own Central Florida MQG member...
Lecture & Trunk Show : Domestic Machine Quilting with Linda Hungerford at August 20th General Meeting. Members Free, Guests $5
Workshop : Domestic Machine Quilting: Straight Ahead & Around The Bend with Linda Hungerford  Sunday, August 21, 2016 10:00am-4:30pm This workshop will cover everything you need to know about quilting on a domestic sewing machine - both free motion style (FMQ) & straight line quilting.

Heather Jones 3 Day Special Event at Patch Reef Park Heather will be teaching at QuiltCon 2017. Make sure you meet her at our event this September.
Lecture & Trunk Show : Quilt Local Finding Inspiration in the Everyday Friday, Sept 9th 6:30pm-9:00pm  Members Free but must register - spaces are limited. Guests $5
Workshop : Large Scale Piecing with Heather Jones  Saturday, Sept 10th : Learn the benefits of large-scale piecing and constructing oversized blocks. We’ll discuss the roots of large scale piecing, the effect of reducing design elements and the simplification of the overall design of a quilt.
Workshop : Inspiration To Design with Heather Jones Sunday, September 11th Workshop : Bring your inspiration to life as you create a one of a kind unique quilt pattern.

Note that if you are a South Florida MQG member (for prorated $25) you attend the lectures for free and receive 20% off workshops. http://southfloridamqg.com/join/

2016 South Florida MQG Events - http://southfloridamqg.com/events/

Charlotte Noll, VP Programs - programs@southfloridamqg.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Again, Central Florida MQG in the News!

This appears in the July 26, 2016 issue of The Villages Daily Sun newspaper.

Our members who were involved in making quilts for those impacted by the June 12 Pulse shooting are:
Debbie Bookman
Becky Chianese
Dee Dean
Lora Douglas
Karen Estep
Melinda Harman
Linda Hungerford
Selina Kidney
Flo Knorr
Dawne Lambert
Bette McConkey
Laura Noveck
Judi Rutherford
Carla Scobby
Susan Simone
Jodie Smith
Karen Tisdale
Betty Van Dellen
Frances Wingerter
Kelly Woodworth

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Central Florida MQG in the News!

Quilters involved in making #QuiltsforPulse were recently interviewed, photographed, and videotaped by The Villages Daily Sun. Here's the video clip shown on Comcast Channel 2.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Part 1: Introduction, QuiltCon East Charity Quilt Challenge

Our chapter is participating in the MQG 2017 QuiltCon East Charity Quilt Challenge. Becky is our Project Manager, and is being assisted by Linda H.

This post is to introduce the challenge, and explain our members' role in making the quilt.

Quilt Colors
These are the colors to used in the quilt. No additional colors may be added.

Our quilt finish at twin size: no smaller than 68" X 88", and no larger than 72" X 92."

"Scale" is the theme chosen by the MQG, so our quilt design will focus on scale and three Florida elements: sun, sea, and sand. 

Our improv quilt will follow techniques suggested in Sherri Lynn Wood's book The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Refer to pages 98-99 for information.

For members' use, we have each of the challenge fabric colors in solids, including different brands of yellow from Kaufmann, Michael Miller, Free Spirit, and Windham.

Members should add print fabrics. Be sure the print matches the solid color.

The print may not include any additional color such as red, purple, orange, etc. that is not on the challenge color palette. 

Making Blocks
The entire quilt is improv, so put away all rulers when cutting fabrics. Use only a rotary cutter and mat to cut fabrics. Also, do not trim blocks when finished!

Basically, three different block styles will be made. From the quilt top to the bottom, they are:
  1. improv fans, for the yellow sky
  2. improv curves, for the blue/green sea
  3. straight improv, for the sand
Of the three block styles, improv yellow fans are most needed. 

To make improv fans for the yellow sky, refer to Part 2.

To make improv curves for the blue/green sea, refer to Part 3.

To make straight improv for the sand, refer to Part 4

Part 2: Citrus Improv Sky

How to Make the Yellow Improv Fan Sky
Please read through all instructions before beginning. If you have questions: email

Sky blocks are due before our September 10 Sew-In.

Use this color shown as Kona Citrus.

A small amount of Kona White may be added to these blocks.

Rough-cut two squares or rectangles in the size of your choosing. Stack them with right sides together. Cut as shown, being sure to allow slightly more than 1/2" width (for seam allowances) at the narrowest end.

Repeat with additional fabrics. You may also cut wedges from 2-1/2" wide jelly roll fabric, or scraps. Arrange as desired. 

Also make fan "blades" from fabric scraps. 

Press open seam allowances. 

Trim fan blades along the sides, so blades may be sewn to one another. 

Arrange as desired. 

Press open seam allowances. Note: it's helpful to spray starch when pressing. Use Faultless or Mary Ellen's Best Pressed.

Make fans in a variety of sizes.

Do not trim blocks to square up! Leave all edges uncut. 

Part 3: Ocean Improv Sea

How to Make the Blue/Green Improv Curves Sea
Please read through all instructions before beginning. If you have questions: email

Sea blocks are due before our September 10 Sew-In.

Use these colors: (left to right) Kona Ultra Marine; Kona Hyacinth; and Kona Ocean

A small amount of Kona White or Kona Silver (gray) may be added to these blocks.

With right sides facing up, slightly overlap two fabrics. Cut a curve. Place right sides together and sew the curve to join fabric 1 and fabric 2.

Cut a curve on one side of fabric 1 or fabric 2.

Place the cut curve on the right side of fabric 3.

From fabric 3, cut a curve to match. With right sides together, sew to join fabric 3 to fabric 1-2.

Continue in this manner, creatively inserting fabric scraps to make original blocks. Small amounts of white or Kona Silver (gray) may be added to these blocks.

Press seams to one side, all the same direction. Note: it's helpful to spray starch when pressing. Use Faultless or Mary Ellen's Best Pressed.

Make square and rectangle blocks in a variety of sizes.

Do not trim blocks to square up! Leave all edges uncut.