Thursday, November 16, 2017

November Meeting - Part 2

We saw so many great-looking modern quilts with the entries in our chapter's challenge! (See previous blog post.) It's wonderful to see how many of our members are producing quilts with modern aesthetics. Our show and tell also saw quite a few modern quilts. Yay mod quilters!

Dee (quilterdee) and a mini made from her Sew Sampler Box 
Pixelated Sewing Machine
A Sew Sampler Box pattern made with Kona's solid color of the year, Pink Flamingo.
Wiggle Me Colourful made with Alison Glass fabrics
Wonky Bright Diamonds by Zen Chic 
Mary's finish from our July 16 "Leftovers" workshop with Debra Jalbert (madeofhonorquilts)
Mary's quilt made using a fat quarter from the now-discontinued Central Florida MQG Birthday Club 
Treasurer Kathy (themagnoliatree) has a new granddaughter! Congratulations!
Jodie (simplykidsocala) shared her Arrow Quilt, a pattern by Initial K made with Kona solids
Merry Christmas by Maker Valley
A Moda Bakeshop pattern called Tropical Punch made with Canyon fabrics by Kate Spain
Joey's (joeysmithfla) pumpkin quilt top, a design by Cluck Cluck Sew
Beth (blue_dragonfly5) made this quilt entirely from up-cycled fabrics (clothing) that came from Sherri Lynn Wood (sherrilynwood) who collected them from a dump. Beth used an old sheet for backing. 
Beth made several Sew Together bags for Christmas giving
These are Interleave quilts
Frances made this patriotic quilt for our host church's pastor to give to a WWII veteran
Made during our spring quilt retreat, and domestic machine quilted by Margaret
Made by Ardie

Ardie's favorite Christmas quilt
A king-sized "Rudy" made and longarm quilted by Victoria
Becky (rchianese26) made this transparency mini using the free Single Burst Mini Quilt pattern designed by Yvonne Fuchs (quiltingjetgirl) for Fresh Quilting TV. 
Linda also made a mini quilt using a free pattern from Fresh Quilting TV. This is the Cross-Check Mini Quilt designed by Yvonne Fuchs (quiltingjetgirl) 
Cindy (cbubblesnsews) made and domestic machine quilted Lombard Street, a pattern by Sassafras Lane
Upcoming Activities
No Sew-In in December! 

Members' Christmas Party
Monday, December 11, 6:30 pm at the home of Ardie
Please bring a treat to share with 4-6 people. 
Optional: Bring a $10 wrapped gift item for a gift exchange. The gift does not have to be quilting/sewing related.

Monthly Meeting
Monday, January 8, 2018, 6:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Program: "Is This Modern?"
We'll review and discuss modern quilt elements to guide us toward making quilts that are more modern. Members may bring a quilt to the meeting to receive a constructive critique with suggestions of ways to make their quilt more modern. Participation with a quilt of your own quilt is entirely optional!

Saturday, January 13, 10 am to 6 pm
Belleview Public Library
Bring whatever you'd like to work on, and socialize with members! It's a fun activity where we get to know each other. Bring your own drink and lunch, or go out (Subway) if you wish. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November Meeting - Part 1

Our November 13 meeting was so full of fun and photo opportunities that this meeting review will be published in two blog posts!

We were very pleased to welcome eight first-time visitors to our meeting! A few guests were from The Villages - both full-time and part-time residents - and one guest from Leesburg. In total, 46 quilters were in attendance!

We've begun collecting 2018 dues which remain at $40 per year. The benefits of guild membership are too numerous to mention, but having access to educational resources such as webinars and Fresh Quilting TV, as well as local chapter activities, are worth $40 in themselves!

Dues must be paid by December 30.

Members may bring dues to our Christmas party on Monday, December 11, (6:30 pm) or mail dues to our post office box: 
Central Florida MQG
P.O. Box 1355
Lady Lake, FL 32158

Our members-only Christmas party is being hosted by Ardie at her home. If you need her address, email us.

November 13 Program
"Tips and Demos For Modern Quilters" was presented by six of our members: Cindy, Dee, Lora, Bette, Linda H., and Beth. 

Cindy demo'ed how to use a Strip Stick, a device to make it easier to press seam allowances open.
Sharing the table with Cindy, Dee showed how to use rulers with handles to aid in rotary cutting.

Lora showed unique, made-in-Brazil, quilting mitts, and how to use Sench hand needles designed for easier threading.

For free motion quilting, Bette showed how to use Golden Threads paper, and the more economical pattern tracing paper.

Sharing the table with Bette, Linda showed how to use a square Bloc Loc ruler for trimming half-square triangles, and how to use the Bloc Loc Triangle in a Square ruler to make those blocks. 

Beth showed a rotary cutter sharpener, and reviewed how to keep your sewing machine running smoothly by changing needles and cleaning the bobbin area.

Following the program, quilters who participated in the challenge, showed their quilts. Here are each of the 11 quilts submitted, along with the (non-quilting) magazine page that inspired their quilt.

Members were asked to choose three quilts that were their favorites. Then, everyone posed for a group picture.

Members who participated in the challenge are (L-R):
Karen D., name unknown, Lora, Beth, Peggy, Linda H. Ardie, Margaret, Cindy, Bette, and Susan.

From the left:
  • Third place by NEW MEMBER (We're sorry to not know her name! Please wear name tags.) was designed from an advertisement for Beano. 
  • Second place by Linda H. was designed from a L'Oreal Wrinkle Expert advertisement. 
  • First place by Beth was designed from an architectural magazine picture of a sunset reflected on a glass building.

Our entire chapter thanks everyone who participated. We loved seeing so much modern! Special thanks to this year's challenge coordinator, Debbie who planned this. Well done, everyone!  

Monday, October 30, 2017

Two Announcements

We need your quilt for "What Makes a Quilt Modern?" at World Quilt Florida (January 19-21, 2018).

The submission deadline is Wednesday, November 1.

This is a unique opportunity for our chapter to showcase the wonderful modern quilts we have seen during more than two years of show-and-tell. Let's share with quilt show attendees all the talent in our chapter, and thereby educate and encourage others to also "make modern."

More than 40 of our Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild members have not entered a quilt! If this is you, please consider making a submission. It will not be judged.

Quilts for our Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild display can be turned in during our regular Monday, January 8, 2018 chapter meeting. Or, can be given to one of our own World Quilt Florida Committee members by January 15.

Don't delay! Submit your quilt now!
Submit your entry via the link in the emails sent by President Karen.

You'll have plenty of time later to add that hanging sleeve! 💆

Thursday, November 2
From 10 am to noon our Executive Committee will meet at Panera Bread, Sumter Landing, in The Villages. We'll be doing lots of planning for 2018. All members are welcome!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Exhibit Quilts Needed!

Members! We need to see your modern quilts! 
Found on Pinterest: "Half Circle Mirror" by Cheryl Brickey
What Makes a Quilt Modern?

That's the theme of our special non-judged, exhibit-only display at World Quilt Florida, January 18-20, 2018.

We need large quilts! We need small quilts!

We need quilts with a variety of modern aesthetics!

18 more quilts are needed!

Choose two of your modern quilts.
Photograph each one.
Have someone take a picture of you - head and shoulders only.

Then, complete our Central Florida MQG online submission form. 
The link to our chapter's submission form appeared in emails from President Karen on September 5 and October 4. Use that link only, please! 
Do not submit directly to World Quilt Florida or the Mancuso Quilt Show. 
You'll need to enter:

  • the dimensions of each quilt
  • a written description of each quilt
  • a flat-shot photograph of the entire quilt (binding to binding)
  • a photograph of yourself (head and shoulders only, please)
Then, check the boxes to choose all the characteristics of your modern quilt. 

Once the information is received, members of our own Central Florida MQG World Quilt Florida prep team, led by Beth, will take a look to see which quilts fit into which category. 

What Makes a Quilt Modern?
Found on Pinterest: "Shutter" by Mandy Munroe
We're looking for representation of all the characteristics of a modern quilt. Our list includes these elements:
  • Fabrics are bold, bright colors
  • Fabrics are modern, graphic prints
  • Fabrics are solids only
  • Fabrics are high contrast
  • Quilt design is graphic and/or includes graphic shapes
  • Quilt design is cropped
  • Quilt design is exaggerated scale and/or a changed scale
  • Quilt design is a traditional block made modern
  • Quilt design is asymmetrical
  • Quilt design is negative space
  • Quilt design is minimal
  • Quilt design uses alternate grid work
  • Quilt designs is improvisational piecing
  • Quilt design is pixelated
  • Quilting is "big stitch" hand quilted using pearl cotton
Submit your quilts by November 1. Our team is anxious to get started making sure our chapter represents the theme as best we can - What Makes a Quilt Modern?
Best of Show, QuiltCon 2015: "iquilt" by Kathy York

Accepted Quilt(s)
On November 6, accepted quilts will be chosen by our chapter's World Quilt Florida committee members. In the event that we have several quilt submissions with the same modern element, the team will choose the quilt that best represents that element.

You will be notified if your quilt is needed for the exhibit.

If your quilt(s) is chosen, it:

- Must have a four-inch sleeve for hanging.
- Must have a label that includes name; name of quilt; quilt completion date. Sew (no pins) the label to the quilt back, lower left.
- Must be clean! (No animal hair.)
- Place quilt(s) in a clear plastic bag and take to the Monday, January 8 Central Florida MQG meeting.  
Found on Pinterest: "Modern Hexagons" by Nicole Daksiewicz
Show us what you've got!   

Thursday, October 5, 2017

November Program Change

Due to Hurricane Irma forcing cancellation of our September 11 meeting, instead of the previously- planned program for the November 13 meeting ("Wedge Quilts Go Modern"), we're going to have the program previously planned for September. 

Tips and Demos for Modern Quilters
The program is a compilation of assorted quilting tips and demonstrations by our members. 
We'll form groups and visit different tables to watch demonstrations and mini-lessons, including: 1) how to use several specialty rulers; 2) how to sharpen rotary cutting blades; 3) which markers to use on fabric; and 4) how to use paper for quilting designs.

Come to North Lake Presbyterian Church in Lady Lake on a Monday, November 13 at 6:30 pm to learn about something new!