Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 10 Meeting

A total of 35 quilters attended our April 10 meeting with seven of them being first-time visitors! Great turnout! And we welcome one new member: Peggy!

President Karen led our meeting.

Linda H. gave a presentation: "What I Learned About Color at QuiltCon." She talked about the Bars Quilt seen at the right side of the photo.

Jane shared her machine-appliquéd "Candy Pop" quilt, a pattern in Christa Watson's book Machine Quilting With Style.

Jane walking foot-quilted Candy Pop... 

... and spiral- and wavy-quilted this quilt, on her home sewing machine. 

 Ruth is returning north, so she shared two incomplete projects.

This "Oh Happy Day" quilt top is the November 2016 free pattern available to MQG members. Oh Happy Day was designed by QuiltingJetGirl Yvonne Fuchs.

Beth showed two over-the-shoulder bags, and a Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented. The Sew Together bag is Beth's entry in the MQG Riley Blake Creative Rockstar Fabric Challenge.

Jodie's getting a bedroom-to-sewingroom makeover, and has challenged herself to try different home sewing machine quilting techniques on the minis she's making to decorate her room.

Linda H. made a 14" X 14" Hazel Hedgehog pillow for a high school graduation gift.

Thursday, April 20
The Central Florida MQG Executive Committee will meet from 10 am to noon at Panera Bread, Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages to discuss and plan future programs. Interested members are invited to attend and listen-in.

Month of May
May 4-7 Central Florida MQGers will hold their annual retreat to Luther Springs in Hawthorn, Florida. If you have questions, email us.

May Meeting
Monday, April 8
6:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Program: "Walking Foot Quilting" by Beth. If you have Jacquie Gering's book Walk please bring it with you.

Bring your "Initial Modern Solids Challenge" quilts to the May meeting. Members will vote for their favorites and prizes will be awarded.

Challenge Rules:
  • Choose fabric chips or paint chips with names that represent the three initials of your name
  • Keep those chips as proof of your color choices
  • Use three solid fabrics to
  • Design and make a small quilt, no larger than 96" total perimeter
  • One low volume print of your choosing may be added.
NO Sew-In in May! The next Sew-In at the Belleview Public Library is Saturday, June 10, from 10 am to 5 pm. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Meeting - A QuiltCon Overview

Our March meeting focused on QuiltCon as we revisited the winning quilts, had a show and tell of vendor purchases, and in general talked about the event and our perceptions of it. It was an excuse for  21 of us who attended QuiltCon to revisit our experience!

President Karen welcomed visitors and new members Kay and Margaret. Thirty-one people were in attendance.

Thanks to the MQG, Karen was able to use the MQG photos to put together a visual presentation of  winning QuiltCon East quilts, starting with "Bling," the 98" X 98" Best of Show quilt made by Katherine Jones of Tasmania, Australia.

Selina shared her "Stax Quilt", a pattern given to MQGers who did not attend QuiltCon. She quilted it herself, on a domestic machine.

Lora shared her king-sized "Chevron News" quilt, a pattern by Zen Chic. It was longarm quilted.

Linda T. and her "Wavelength" quilt, a foundation paper-pieced pattern by Freshly Pieced.

Lynda, visiting from Canada, participated in a chapter MQG challenge using an "ugly" fabric, making improv three-rail fence blocks.

Debbie used fabrics from a fat quarter bundle, and the Alison Glass "Swatch" pattern to make this quilt top which she then longarm quilted using quilt designs learned in a QuiltCon workshop with Christina Cameli. 

Pat was given fabrics and pieces of paper, without instructions, and asked to make something. She figured out that everything was for a foundation paper-pieced heart!

Kathy made a cuddly patchwork quilt for her four year-old granddaughter.

Mary made this for her first great grand-daughter. She quilted it on her domestic machine.

Karen proudly showed her last completed UFO - she has no more! This quilt is made using blocks from the 2013 Bay Area Modern BOM. She quilted it on her Tiara with a variety of designs.

Next Month

Saturday, April 8
10 am to 6 pm
Belleview Public Library

April Meeting
Monday, April 10
6:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Program: "What I Learned About Color at QuiltCon" by Linda H.

"Initial Solids Challenge" quilts are due at the May 8 meeting. Members will vote for their favorites and prizes will be awarded.

Challenge Rules:
  • Choose fabric chips or paint chips with names that represent the three initials of your name
  • Keep those chips as proof of your color choices
  • Use three solid fabrics to
  • Design and make a small quilt, no larger than 96" total perimeter
  • One low volume print of your choosing may be added.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Member Kudos

Three of our Central Florida MQG members have recently had quilts that appeared in national shows.

First, at QuiltCon (February 23-26) in Savannah, Georgia, we saw Linda's "Lime 'n Luxe" quilt that was juried into the Michael Miller Luxe Challenge. It is domestic machine quilted. Following QuiltCon, this quilt is being kept for photography and inclusion in an MQG "coffee table book," due to be released in 2019.

Note that Linda is wearing a top she made using a knit fabric designed from our Central Florida MQG logo. You can find our logo fabrics here, on Spoonflower.

See all the Michael Miller Luxe Challenge entries that were juried into the show here, on the Michael Miller Fabrics blog.

Two more members whose quilts were juried into a show are Mary and Beth. Coincidentally, the quilts appeared side by side from March 1-4 at the AQS (American Quilter's Society) show/QuiltWeek in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Mary's quilt is called "Circles and Squares," and was domestic machine quilted.

Beth's quilt is called "Cut Diamonds," and was domestic machine quilted.

Great efforts, quilters! We're very proud of you!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Feb Meeting - Pre-QuiltCon

The February 13 Central Florida MQG meeting was abuzz with QuiltCon chatter as many of us excitedly anticipate leaving for Savannah, Georgia.

We are happy to welcome two new members to our chapter - Diane and Ardie - and six first-time visitors. A total of 35 quilters turned out for the meeting which featured a special guest speaker, and the reveal of a new challenge.

Our guest speaker was Di Jobbins, a quilter from Sydney, Australia who is visiting the US for the first time, and staying with Linda H. They anticipate traveling to QuiltCon together.

Here, President Karen presents Di with a small thank-you gift - a Pixie Basket filled with spools of Aurifil thread.

Di gave a wonderful presentation: "Meanderings of a (Moderately) Modern Quilter," sharing a little of her quilt story, and the similarities and differences between Australian modern quilting and American modern quilting.

Ruth and her pieced version of Urban Abacus
Frances and her table topper 
She domestic machine quilted it. 
Using our new logo fabric from Spoonflower, Beth made a tote bag.
Beth is participating in the QuiltCon swap and this is the quilt her partner will receive
Karen E. used the book Patchwork City to make "Talk of The Villages," a quilt with blocks that feature text/word prints. She domestic machine quilted it. 
Our New Challenge - Modern Mini
A new Central Florida MQG Challenge was presented by President Karen on behalf of Past President Debbie who is leading our Swaps and Challenges and was unable to attend the meeting. 

The challenge is: MODERN MINI

Rules for the challenge are as follows:
  1. Make a mini quilt with a total perimeter of no more than 96". Sides of the mini do not need to be equal.
  2. Use any modern element(s)/characteristic(s).
  3. Choose three SOLID colors based on your initials. 
    1. Colors must be named, as on a fabric color card or paint chip. You'll need three fabric or paint chips as proof of the colors you've used. For example, colors from a: Moda Bella color card; Kaufman Kona color card; Behr paint chips; or Sherwin-Williams paint chips.
    2. Use your first name, middle name, and last name initials to choose colors. If you do not have a middle name, use your maiden name.
  4. Background fabric is your choice that may be either neutral-colored solid or print.
  5. Your Modern Mini may be finished with binding, or faced. 
  6. Finished Modern Minis are due by the May 8 Central Florida MQG meeting with participation prizes being given, as well as Viewer's Choice winners. 
See you at QuiltCon!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Lotsa Doin's to Anticipate

The next few weeks offer a bevy of fun quilt-y activities for members of Central Florida MQG! Everyone will find something that captures their interest.

Saturday, February 11 - 10 am to 6 pm
Belleview Public Library

2017 QuiltCon East Charity Quilt (top only)
No sign-up is needed. Just come! Bring whatever you want to work on. Also bring to the Sew-In a drink, and a sack lunch... or, a group usually heads to Subway for nourishment.

It's been a while since we've had free sewing time at a Sew-In, since we were focused on making our QuiltCon East Charity Quilt Challenge quilt. Thanks to Becky, the quilt has been shipped! Look for it at QuiltCon, in the lecture hall.

Monday, February 13 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church, Lady Lake
(behind Home Depot)

Activities include:
1) Sharing "Modern Minis." If you've made a modern quilt or mug rug or table mat (or more than one) whose total perimeter is less than 100", bring it to show and share. We'll talk about the characteristics of modern design, and you'll learn about a new opportunity!

2) Have in mind your 2017 Word of the Year that's applicable to your quilting goals for the year.

3) "Meanderings of a (Mostly) Modern Quilter" presented by Di Jobbins, an MQGer from Sydney (Zetland), Australia. She'll briefly share her journey to modern quiltmaking with pictures of her quilts, and talk about quilting in Australia - its similarities and differences. Come with questions to ask her!

4) Show and Tell - Show everyone the modern quilts and items you've been making lately!

5) Members: pick up your 2017 MQG membership card.

6) Check out the Spoonflower fabrics created from our logo by the talented Emma of ETM Creative. They're gorgeous! You can order fabric from Spoonflower yourself here, and/or buy a logo panel from Treasurer Kathy for $2.50 each.

If you haven't heard that QuiltCon is coming up soon - February 23-26 - in Savannah, Georgia, then you're been living in a cave! 😄

This is the nearest the event has been to Central Florida (about a 4-1/2 hour drive), so the excitement for those planning to attend has been building. Some lively discussion about the event is sure to be shared at this meeting... our last meeting before the big event!

QuiltCon East
If you're attending the show, be sure to download the QuiltConEast app (find it on ITunes), so you'll be in the know about all the activities, events, fun, and quilts!

If you're not attending the show, be sure to keep your smart phone or iPad handy to follow the Instagram hashtag #quiltconfromhome Several MQG members have been charged with sharing QuiltConEast with those who are unable to attend. How cool is that?!

We hope to see you at one or all of these events! We'll have more fun than a barrel of quilters!

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.