Thursday, September 7, 2017


Due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma, both our monthly Sew-In at Belleview Public Library (scheduled for Saturday, September 9) and our regular monthly meeting at North Lake Presbyterian Church (scheduled for Monday, September 11) are cancelled.

Take cover, friends!

Plan to attend our Monday, October 2 meeting where we'll welcome special guest presenter Amanda Jean Nyberg.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Two Challenges

Since July, the Central Florida MQG has welcomed 20 new members to our chapter! Whoo-hoo! We all have new people to meet and get to know.

So, by our September 11 meeting, we've come up with two challenges aimed at new members, and those "oldsters" who haven't yet gotten into technology.

Our first challenge is to invite everyone to make and wear (to every meeting) a home-sewn name tag. You'll find ideas on Pinterest, and a search on Flickr of "sewn name tags" turned up all these ideas HERE. It's up to you whether you'd like to include your last name.

Our second challenge is to:

1. Open an Instagram account. Think seriously about the name you choose as it will be yours for a long time, and used to identify you, sometimes even in person! Many of us learned that when we attended QuiltCon because our handles were listed just below our name. A word of advice: do not include your last name on your Instagram profile. For safety reasons, it's best to either leave that blank, or just use your last initial.

2. After you've opened your Instagram account, take a quilt-related photo and post that to your feed. In the text that accompanies your photo, be sure to include @centralfloridamqg so we know you've opened your account. You follow CentralFloridaMQG; CentralFloridaMQG will follow you! It's suggested that you also follow @themqg

Our aim is to have every member on Instagram and use that as another form of communication.

One more thought.... if you open your Instagram account first, you can include your handle on your home-made name tag. Voila! We'll all know your name and your Instagram handle!

Two Drawings
For all your hard work, you have the chance to put your name in for two drawings! 

Winners will be chosen from those who wear a homemade name tag, and one winner will be chosen for opening a new Instagram account. Have fun! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 14 Meeting

The August Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild meeting was great! We had 37 quilters in attendance, with seven more joining our chapter. Our membership now stands at 60!

Welcome to our newest members! We hope your curiosity about making modern quilts is satisfied as you begin engaging with the MQG at the national level and with local members, and regularly attend meetings. We all hope you enthusiastically learn about and make quilts with the modern aesthetic! 

Quilters attending the meeting who also participated in Debra Jalbert's (MadeofHonorQuilts) July 15 "Leftovers" workshop, brought their partial projects to show.

Debra, who is a member of the Orlando MQG was a guest to the meeting, so she shared a little about the workshop which is based on using scraps to make an improv type quilt. We had a great time at your workshop, Debra! Thank you for coming to our meeting, and sharing your talents with us! 

If you'd like to see pictures from the July 15 workshop, go here

Sharon showed a bag she made for a cat-loving friend using a Libs Elliot print for the body of the bag.

Nancy F. shared this colorful quilt.

Selina participated in Debbie Jeske's (AQuiltersTable) Instagram improv-along, and shared this quilt finish that has been claimed by Selina's sister.

Dee has challenged herself to FMQ all the UFO quilt tops she's collected. She spiral quilted this one with a walking foot.
This too is walking-foot quilted.

This "Candy Pop" quilt is from Christa Watson's book Machine Quilting With Style and is walking foot quilted.

Kathy is making quilts for WWII veterans for an project that pairs a WWII veteran with a VietNam veteran to provide emotional support for one another.

Ardie had several finishes.

This is a Lee Heinrich (FreshlyPieced) foundation paper piecing pattern called "Diamond Tread."

Nancy M. showed a quilt she made for her husband.

Jodie showed her scrappy pixelated sewing machine, a pattern by Center Street Quilts.

President Karen showed "Wavelength," a foundation paper piecing pattern by Lee Heinrich (Freshly Pieced). Karen spiral quilted it on her Tiara quilting machine.

Our program about quilt batting - "It's What's Inside That Counts" - was presented by member Victoria Rondeau who is a distributor for Pellon.

Everyone received a packet of Pellon batting samples, along with helpful information about various types of batting fibers, batts with and without scrim, and washing and care instructions. Many of our quilters now want to try quilting with wool!

Thank you for a very informative program, Victoria!

Next Activities
Saturday Sew-In
September 9, 10 am
Belleview Public Library

Monthly Meeting
Monday, September 11, 6:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Program: "Tips and Demos for Modern Quilters"
The meeting is a compilation of assorted quilting tips and demonstrations by our members. Among other mini-lessons you'll see demonstrations that include: 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 and learn about something new!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Plethora of Activities Ahead

August Doin's

Thursday, August 3, 10 pm at Panera' Bread, Sumter Landing in The Villages - Board Meeting. Any interested member is invited to attend.

Saturday, August 12, 10 am to 6 pm at Belleview Public Library in Belleview - Sew-In. Bring whatever you'd like to work on.

Monday, August 14, 6:30 pm at North Lake Presbyterian Church, Lady Lake - Regular Monthly Meeting. Program: "It's What's Inside That Counts" will be presented by Victoria who will share her knowledge and experiences working with various brands of battings, including reviewing fiber content, loftiness, and the suitability of each for particular projects.

Looking Ahead

The Monday, October 2 "Spin" Workshop with Amanda Jean Nyberg (CrazyMomQuilts) is full. However, if you're a member who'd like to be added to the wait list, please email our program co-chair.

On Monday, October 2 at 6:30 pm, members, guests, and non-members are invited to attend Amanda Jean's Trunk Show at North Lake Presbyterian Church in Lady Lake.

The evening is sure to be interesting and fun, as Amanda Jean shares her love of making quilts from scraps.
Trunk show FREE for Central Florida MQG members
Non-members: $5 at the door

Looking Ahead!

The Central Florida MQG has been invited by Mancuso Show Management that produces World Quilt Florida to exhibit modern quilts at their big event in Orlando!

Event dates are January 18-20, 2018. 

Member Beth is leading a team to plan how we will prepare for our exhibit, including:
  • selecting up to 30 members' quilts that represent characteristics of the modern quilt aesthetic
  • preparation of each quilt, such as sleeves for hanging
  • promoting our Central Florida MQG chapter at the event
  • attending World Quilt Florida to answer attendees' questions
  • deliver and pick-up of the quilts to the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando
  • individual quilt exhibit signage
After Beth's committee meets on Saturday, July 29, expect more information about how to participate. Be thinking about a modern quilt or two you'd like to submit for possible inclusion in the exhibit. This is an exciting opportunity for our chapter to share and display modern quilts!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Leftovers Workshop

On Saturday, July 15, 12 of our members attended an all-day "Leftovers" workshop with Debra Jalbert in Clermont. Debra graciously made arrangements for our workshop to happen at her home church-school, as we often have difficulties finding a private place that will allow us to sew.

Debra is a member of the Orlando MQG, is on Instagram as MadeofHonorQuilts, and blogs at MadeofHonorQuilts, where we've been able to watch her develop the process and methodology for creating improv quilts from leftovers.
Debra explains the development of her process. Quilts behind her are those she has made or are in progress.
Explaining the first task.
Much of the success of such a design depends on 1) color combinations and contrast; 2) fabric print and solids choices; 3) and a graduation in the size of the pieces.

After completing the first step, this is what everyone's teenies looked like

Continuing in a similar manner, the pieces began to grow.

Sewing machine received a lot of intense focus.

As much rotary cutting happened as piecing.

This is Debra's quilt that started the whole leftovers improv piecing concept.

At the end of the workshop we had a nice wrap-up with discussion about the process, and a review of everyone's work. We may see some pin cushions, or pillows, or quilts from these starts!

We presented Debra with a basket of fat quarters, so she can begin she own Leftovers Quilt #12!

Standing L-R: Karen T., Jane, Margaret, Marlene, Ardie, Beth, Dianne, Gwen
Front L-R: Karen E., Dee, Debra, Mary, Cindy (photographed by Linda H.)

Yay! We did it!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 10 Meeting

We were thrilled to have 46 people attend our Monday evening meeting!

We welcomed 11 first-time visitors, and another 14 people joined to become official members of our chapter and the MQG.

We welcome to our chapter: Brenda, Nancy, Jeanette, Marie, Judi, Janet, Linda, Alice, Karen, Carole, Sharon, Barbara, Char, and Patricia!

We hope you'll jump in to participate in our social opportunities, educational resources, and the fun of being a Central Florida MQG member!

The July program, "Design Remix," was presented by Beth and Debbie who attended Riane Menardi's (VesselQuilts) QuiltCon workshop and lecture in Savannah, in February.

Presenting a PowerPoint show, and a few pieced examples, Beth and Debbie gave an overview of how to deconstruct a traditional quilt block and make it modern.

Members were asked to bring several copies of one of five quilt blocks. Then using a ruler to mark where to cut up the blocks, the papers were cut apart, and rearranged into a variety of modern arrangements.  

Following the exercise, quilters walked around to see what designs everyone came up with. 

Each of us left the meeting with a greater awareness of the possibilities for making new quilt designs from old blocks. Thank you Beth and Debbie! 
Patriotic Pinwheels is an original design by Linda using Painter's Palette Solids. She quilted it with a combination of machine quilting and big stitch hand quilting using size 8 perle cotton.
Beth, who was one of our program presenters, designed and walking-foot quilted this piece. She used a wavy ruler to mark quilting lines across the quilt at intervals. Then, by "eyeball" she quilted to fill in the spaces inbetween. 
Selina is working her way through the "No Scraps Left Behind" book by Amanda Jean Nyberg (our October 2 guest speaker) and made this "Nines" quilt.
She also made some of Amanda Jean's note cards, using little fabric scraps to decorate them.
Karen T. is making items for a family wedding. Eight of these tote bags...  
... a quilt for the flower girl
and a University of Florida quilt for a little boy. 
July Doin's
The Saturday, July 15 "Leftovers" Workshop with Debra Jalbert in Clermont is full.

Click on our calendar (top right of this home page) for information about upcoming activities.