Wednesday, June 13, 2018

You Are Creative! by Anne Sullivan

On Monday, June 11, after the workshop, these members from the executive committee, and coordinators gathered to take Anne to dinner. 
L-R: Bette, Dee, Anne, Gwen, Beth, Kathy, Karen, Debbie, and Linda 
By 6 pm we were back at the church, setting up for Anne's presentation, "You Are Creative!" and trunk show. We had a very nice turnout of 48 people, including some members of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church. Thank you to all our guest for coming!

Anne shared a little of her background, followed by what she's learned about creating, including the fact that many of us have "fear" of trying new things. And that if we try and think we've failed we have negative self-talk and consciously begin to believe what our subconscious tells us.

It's important to move beyond that, even making mistakes because that's how we learn. Twenty minutes a day spent creatively will improve your skills to make creativity easier.

Nearly every quilt Anne shared has a story. This one, "Phoenix," is a free pattern of the month through the Modern Quilt Guild. (For members only.)

Anne made this quilt as a result of what she thinks about apartment-living.

This is Anne's statement quilt about the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando with 49 yellow squares representing the 49 victims.

"Reflection" is a quilt made following a year of several life challenges. It appears in Episode 204 of Fresh Quilting TV. 

Everyone enjoyed Anne's message about creativity, and found it applicable to not only quilting, but other hobbies and activities as well.

Our sincere thanks to Anne for sharing her skills with us, and to Amazing Grace Lutheran Church for use of their facility.

Our Monday, July 9 meeting returns to North Lake Presbyterian Church. We will have a demonstration of new rulers; share our members' completed Inspiration Challenge Quilts; and talk with members about long-range planning for our chapter.

On the upper right, click to open the Google calendar - make it full screen. Then click dates for detailed information. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Design As You Go by Anne Sullivan

Monday afternoon, June 11, found 18 members and guest instructor Anne Sullivan at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church. 

Workshop: "Design As You Go"

Anne explained that "Design As You Go" isn't a techniques workshop, but a way to approach improvisational piecing using design elements and principles.

Some quilters most often use color as a tool for designing a quilt, but many other elements can be utilized: lines, shapes, space, and texture.

In this example, Anne showed how a cool color palette looks... 

... and how it changes with the use of warm colors.

Dark colors add weight. A new shape (upper right) introduces a completely different look, even while using the same colors.

Since design is also about experimenting, a combination of shapes creates another design.

Every quilter in the room dug into scraps and began experimenting.
L-R: Ardie, Rosemary, and Alice
L-R: Lynn, Linda W. (back to camera), and Gwen
Table by table, Anne went around the room to consult with everyone about the improv they were designing.

L-R: Jane, Dee, and Karen
Susan concentrating on her fabric choices

The workshop concluded with a big clean-up, and everyone left with a different perspective on improv and how they can experiment and play.

Next blog post... Anne's presentation "You Are Creative!"

Friday, June 8, 2018

Special Guest Speaker

Monday, June 11 at 6:30 pm is the evening we've been anticipating for months! Our guest speaker, Anne Sullivan (Playcrafts), is coming to help each of us become more creative.

Anne gave this You Are Creative! inspirational lecture at 2017 QuiltCon in Savannah, so we're happy to get to hear her message again, and share it as new information for our members and guests.

Anne will give you ideas and tips to help you become your most creative self.

Following her presentation, she will share modern quilts made from her own original designs. Three of the quilts she will show are free patterns available to members of the Modern Quilt Guild!

Anne's program and trunk show will begin at 6:30 pm, at:

Amazing Grace Lutheran Church
4886 County Road 472 (Rainey Trail from The Villages)
Oxford, Florida 

The church is located between highway 301 and Buena Vista Boulevard (2 miles west of Buena Vista).

Only $5 at the door for visitors. Free to members of the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild. 

You won't want to miss this!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Workshop Opportunity!

Members! You have an opportunity to attend a special event with members of the Orlando MQG.

That chapter has let us know that they have several openings in a workshop with Elaine Poplin known on Instagram as @messygoat. Elaine blogs here as messygoat.

Elaine's workshop is Saturday, June 30 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Bernina Sewing Center in Lake Mary. Cost is $75.

Below is information. If you have questions, or want to make a reservation, contact Orlando MQG program chair Patti.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May Play

Twenty-one quilters attended our May 14 meeting. Though we had no visitors, we welcome a new member - Barb!

Dee shows: on the left, her "Quilty Love" mini, a test block for the Instagram #OmbreGemsQAL (quilt along) she's doing led by @Emily_Dennis_; and on the right, "Little Star" by Thimbleblossoms. 

Beth showed her 10" X 10" triangle mini, her entry in Curated Quilts triangle challenge, using this color palette. 


We encourage our members to participate in challenges, to help expand and grow your understanding of modern. One suggestion is to follow @curatedquilts on Instagram, and/or sign up for their newsletter here

Lynn shared this quilt, a Zen Chic pattern called "Contrasting." Batting is Hobbs wool; quilting was done on a longarm. 

We gratefully recognize Selina's donate of this quilt to North Lake Presbyterian Church who passes along patriotic quilts to veterans. What a nice way to say thank you for allowing us to use the church for our meetings. Thanks Selina!

We also very much appreciate the program Selina gave to us: "Foiling Around With Appliqué." She showed us a technique for creating appliqué pieces with turned-under edges. 

Everyone had a chance to try making their own appliqué shapes.

Selina's samples...

It's a technique worth knowing, and we're sure we'll see some of this appliqué in our members' work.

2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge
Jane has volunteered to lead our challenge quilt, and will be assisted by Dee. A small committee has been formed to determine how to meet the challenge:

Small Piecing

using some or all of this color palette

More information to come!

June 11 Meeting

We will have a guest workshop instructor and meeting presenter on Monday, June 11. She is Anne Sullivan - @PlayCrafts on Instagram. All spots for the workshop have been filled.

Members may attend the presentation - You Are Creative! - at no charge.

Everyone is encouraged to invite friends to attend for only $5 a person! What a bargain to hear a national instructor/speaker, and see modern quilts.

Don't Forget!
The June 11 workshop and meeting/presentation are not at our usual location!

We will be at:

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Saturday Sew-In
We enjoyed sewing together on Saturday at the Belleview Public Library. The library had recently celebrated a Harry Potter-themed event, and one character - a Dementor - remained behind to keep us company.
Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope and happiness out of the air around them. ... Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory, will be sucked out of you.

Thankfully we managed to deflect the Dementor's attempts to suck happy sewing vibes from us - and from Beth in particular!

"Florida Waves" Update
Last weekend was the online fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Hospital - the annual event is called "St. Jude Time to Give Back Golf and Tournament and Celebration."

Our 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt, "Florida Waves," was put up for auction with a value of $400. 

The quilt was made by Karen E., Linda H., Linda T., Jane, and Frances, and along with the book First Time Quiltmaking, written by Linda H., sold for $200. The entire auction raised $59,213.

Meeting Reminder
Our May meeting is Monday evening! 

Don't forget to bring these supplies for a hands-on lesson - "Foiling Around With Appliqué" by member Selina:

  • large mug-rug size (suggested 10” X 12”) background fabric
  • 1 to 4 fabrics for curved appliqué shapes (egg, heart, circle, etc.)
  • appliqué notions - needle; pins, thimble, thread; scissors to cut paper; and scissors to cut fabric
Selina will show us how to prepare fabric for appliqué. You may turn your project into a mug rug following her instructions. 

And don't forget that it's not too late to register ($40) for Anne Sullivan's "Design As You Go" improv workshop the afternoon of Monday, June 11. Bring your money to the meeting, because afterward the workshop will be opened to non-members for $50. Let us know! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Post Retreat Review

Beginning Thursday, May 3, 22 modern quilters retreated at Luther Springs in Hawthorne, Florida. Nearly everyone stayed until Sunday afternoon, and seven more stayed one more night, until Monday, May 7! 
Back, L-R: Tambry, Karen T. Linda T. Jodie, Karen E. Cindy, Beth, Bette, Monique, Debbie, Mel
Front, L-R: Linda H., Dee, Jane, Lora, Janice, Dawne, Ardie, Joey, Jill, Peggy
During our time at Luther Springs, we had the occasion to present to Miss Sarah (facility director) our 2017 QuiltCon Charity Quilt, "Paradise Central."

This quilt was pieced by many of our members, and quilted by President Karen, and Linda H.

We donated the quilt to be used at the camp, as Miss Sarah desires. It may hang on the wall at the to-be-built new community room.

The retreat committee worked very hard, planning and making numerous little gifts for everyone. These are just a few of them: a spiral notebook cover, with notebook; a small basket with tissues; and homemade soap by Cindy. (We love her homemade soaps!)

Here, quilters were choosing mug rugs made by Mel.

There were a few impromptu lessons... Here Lora demonstrates freezer paper foundation piecing.

Linda H. gave a "Web" lesson and this is Peggy's web.

Led by Mel, several quilters made blocks and/or assembled quilt tops. These four completed tops will be finished and donated to Quilts of Valor.  

And there's a little bit of a story behind this picture of President Karen holding a "hazard" block pieced by Tambry. Go ahead and ask Karen about it. 😉

To see all the pictures taken during retreat, visit Instagram

In that hashtag you'll see 62 pictures of wonderful modern projects, some fun outtakes of quilters, and just general fun! The socializing was fantastic! Members: You simply won't want to miss retreat 2019, so save the date! March 22-25.