Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 12 Meeting

For it being summertime, we had a fabulous turnout for our monthly meeting!

President Karen welcomed everyone - 34 quilters - eight of whom were first-time visitors!  It's great to see so much curiosity and interest in making modern quilts!

Linda H. shared a recent finish that's an original design she named "Outer Space." She domestic machine quilted it and plans to donate it to Project Linus.

Peggy has been experimenting with curved piecing and completed this small quilt top.

Frances just bought EQ7 and tried designing to make this placemat. She used CraftTex to give the placemat body. Frances plans to make more!

Linda T. was binding this quilt at last Saturday's Sew-In. The pattern is Metro Rings by Sew Kind of Wonderful. It was made using a Quick Curve Ruler.

Linda's domestic machine quilting shows up beautifully on the quilt back.

Dee completed a dresser runner using Alice in Wonderland fabrics. On her domestic sewing machine, she walking foot quilted it with a grid pattern.

Karen shared a quilt she calls "Firefly," made following the Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern, Country Chic. It was pieced using the Quick Curve Ruler. Karen quilted this on her Tiara sit-down machine.

Using a 10-inch slicer ruler, Karen pieced this quilt and then slashed and inserted fabric strips to create zig-zag movement. She quilted it herself on her Tiara sit-down machine. 

After last's month's excellent walking foot quilting program by Beth, using Jacquie Gering's book, "Walk," several members returned this month to show their own walking foot quilting.

Lora walking-foot quilted this pillow on her domestic sewing machine.

This quilt is an original design by Lora that she also straight-line quilted on a domestic sewing machine.

Her quilting shows up beautifully on the back.

Lora used a walking foot and the Serpentine stitch on her Bernina sewing machine to quilt this one.

Mary is a skilled free motion quilter who's new to walking foot quilting! After last month's program, she was inspired to use her walking foot to quilt both straight lines and a large spiral. The quilt is for a great grandchild.

Program - Book Review
Periodically, we are inviting members to review modern quilting books... sharing what they like/don't like, and any projects made from that book. The overriding theme at the June meeting was domestic machine quilting! Many Central Florida MQG members are Angela Walters fans.

Carol showed us a quilt with more than 70 different quilting designs she tried in an effort to improve her domestic machine quilting skills.
(The photographer forgot to take a picture of the quilt front! 😁 Too blown away by the quilting!)

Bette too shared a machine quilting book and a quilt she made that was also shown at the May meeting. It was her entry in the make-a-quilt-using-your-initials challenge. 

Following our meeting, some of our members stuck around for a group picture that's been requested -  and now submitted - to JOANN's for publicity purposes. We'll keep you posted if/when the photo is used someplace!
Lookin' good!
(A word from the photo-arranger: Thank you for putting up with my demands! A very special thank you to Flo, our shy member who's holding up the white/red rings quilt in the back that was made by Susan.)

Upcoming Activities

Saturday, July 8
Sew- In
10 am to 6 pm
Belleview Public Library

Monday, July 10
Regular meeting
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Program: Block Remix by members Debbie and Beth (More information to come.)

Saturday, July 15 - "Leftovers Workshop" from 9 am to 4 pm, with Debra Jalbert (MadeofHonorQuilts) in Clermont at Citrus Heights Academy.
Pre-registration required. Fee: $15 and one fat quarter

For all Central Florida MQG meetings and activities, refer to the calendar at the top right of this page. Click on each activity for detailed information.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


We've recently received several important announcements and news relevant to members of the MQG. We hope you'll take advantage of one or all these opportunities to further engage in modern quiltmaking.

The MQG has announced three different challenges related to 2018 QuiltCon in Pasadena, California from February 22-25.

2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge
While our chapter has decided not to participate, MQG members may form small groups of four or more quilters to make a quilt. The challenge theme is "Modern Traditionalism" and these are the challenge colors in Painter's Palette Solids, made by Paintbrush Studios.
Colors from L-R: Purple, Fuchsia, Tomato, Tangerine, and Daisy. Rice Paper and White may also be used.
As few as two to as many as all colors, in solids or tone-on-tone prints, may be used to make a twin-size quilt that will be donated to charity after the February 22-25 QuiltCon in Pasadena, California. Challenge details are here.

Flying Geese Challenge
Sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting magazine

Michael Miller Fabrics Challenge
Sponsored by Michael Miller using fabrics from "Our Yard Collection"

Details about the Flying Geese and Michael Miller challenges are here.

In December, the MQG is releasing this coffee table book of modern quilts. It's a compilation of quilts from 236 quilters, including a quilt made by a member of our chapter, Linda Hungerford. Pre-order your book here.

And last - but definitely not least! - mark your calendar on Monday, October 2 as the date that Amanda Jean Nyberg - CrazyMomQuilts - is coming to Central Florida MQG! Amanda Jean is the author of 

Her program at our Monday, October 2 meeting at 6:30 pm promises to be good, as she shows us some of her scrap-crazyness in a trunk show of quilts from her book.

Central Florida MQGers will also have the opportunity to take Amanda Jean's Spin: Make Your Quilts Your Own workshop on Monday from 8:30 am to 3 pm with a one-hour lunch. Cost to members: $75. You must also have a copy of the book. Registration information coming soon!

Don't forget!

Our Sew-In is this Saturday, June 10 at the Belleview Public Library from 10 am to 6 pm. Come for all or part of the day to sew and socialize. It's lots of fun!

Our regular monthly meeting is Monday, June 12 at North Lake Presbyterian Church beginning at 6:30 pm. The program is "Modern Quilt Book Reviews" by several members who will share favorite modern quilting books, and projects and lessons-learned from those books. We'll also learn "8 Tips for Creative Experimentation."

Bring your show and tell, and wear your made-modern, self-made name tag!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Modern Mini Quilt Challenge Reveal

Our Modern Mini Quilt Challenge reveal took place at our May 8th meeting.  There were fourteen entries.  All the minis were so varied and brought interesting color combinations!  These were the basic challenge rules:

The mini should be no larger than 96" in total inches around. Sides don't have to be equal length

You will choose 3 colors and a background. The 3 colors chosen are based on the initials of your first, middle, and last name.  Color names that also start with that initial will be used.  These colors can be  found on a fabric color card such as Moda Bella Solids or Kona Cotton, or may be found on paint chip cards.  These fabrics will be a solid color. Background is your choice of a solid or print of a neutral color.  

Design is your own choice except that it must incorporate a modern characteristic. Finishing can be bound or faced.

The mini quilts were brought in a closed bag, and Debbie (coordinator of the challenge) then laid them out and numbered them.  Later in the meeting, we were all invited to look at the minis and write the number of our favorite on a piece of paper.  Debbie tallied the results of this Viewer's Choice, and the winners were as follows:

Karen E. won 1st place with her mini made of 4" triangles from the book "Modern Triangles" by Rebecca Bryan of www.bryanhousequilts.com

Three quilts tied for 2nd place.  Here are those winners:
 Susan makes the most beautiful bias curved pieces

 This was the first time Jane has made half-square triangles.  We think she has it down!

 Ardie made this fantastic geometric piece.

And here are the rest of these fun minis:

Debbie shared Linda's improv piece (in Linda's absence).

Bette, with another geometric

Lora, with a sneak peak at what may be an upcoming pattern....at least
that's what we're all trying to talk her into!

 Beth, with some excellent background quilting

 Lynette's very striking color combo!
(Shared by Cindy in Lynette's absence)

 Karen T, with an improv made of of cut-up pinwheels

Selina, again with big stitch quilting that adds interest

 Marie, with lots of color play!  And the back is just as fun...

Marie is our over-achiever!  This is a "map" of where she lives

 Victoria's table runner.  She thought it turned out to look like Halloween....
so she quilted it in spider webs!

Thank you, Debbie, for bringing us this fun challenge,
and thank you to all those who participated to add to the fun!

Rumor is that we're about to receive a new challenge that will be due in November.
Looking forward to what's next!

May 8th Meeting

 May meeting was a busy and enthusiastic one, with many projects to show and much to talk about.  We welcomed our new member, Victoria, who is a fun addition to our group.  We also enjoyed the presence of two 2nd time visitors, and three 1st time visitors.  President Karen E. opened the meeting with two door prize drawings for those who wore their home-made nametags.  Kathy read a thank-you from North Lake Presbyterian Church for our quilt donation.

Beth gave a very informative program full of tips on "Quilting With a Walking Foot."  The book "Walk" by Jacquie Gering was highlighted. 

The program included an inspiring trunk show of Beth's projects, as well as other member's quilts completed with the use of a walking foot.

Cindy's project:

Mary brought in an older project of hers to point out "what worked and what didn't work",
which is always a helpful share!

There were some other walking foot projects brought in, but we'll save those pictures for the upcoming blog post on our "Modern Minis Challenge!

We also enjoyed the following  Show and Tell:

Lora made this quilt with Blueberry Park fabric and the use of the 10" slicer

 The backing fabric is Elizabeth Harman's "Rhoda Ruth"

 Lora also made this table runner using the 5" slicer
Kathy made this lap quilt in a patriotic theme for an area veteran,
along with an explanation of how we can get involved as a chapter
in this community service endeavor.

Dee purchased this Modern X pattern and fabric at QuiltCon,
finished the top at retreat, and here it is!
Kaye made this flowery panel
Linda T. completed this Weeks Ringle pattern "Beach Glass",
using the walking foot to do some incredible spiral quilting.
 The back was as beautiful as the front
Peggy(on the left), a new member as of last month, made three "tic-tac-toe" projects
for some lucky nephews

Debbie spent her time at retreat making this "Chic Diamond" pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful. 
  The background is a gray Moda Grunge, which made several of us
want to go shopping for some!

This was Cindy's quilt, made for the MQG Riley Blake "Rock Star" challenge. 
This was also quilted with the walking foot.
There is so much more to share from this meeting.  Stay tuned for more in a "coming soon" blog.

Upcoming June Events:

June 10:  Sew-In at the Belleview Public Library from 10:00-6:00

June 12:  Meeting at North Lake Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m.  Our program will be "Modern Book Review", with members sharing projects made from books, along with a discussion about favorite modern quilting books.

Until then,
Happy Quilting!