Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16 Meeting

Thirty-two quilters attended our April meeting. We welcomed one visitor, and three new members!

In the absence of President Karen, Vice President Bette led our meeting.

Challenge Co-Chair Debbie reminded members of our Inspiration Challenge - to share progress with members, including on Instagram with the hashtag #cfmqginspirationchallenge. Finished quilts accompanied by an inspiration picture is due at our July 9 meeting.

For all the details, read this blog post.

Important! Volunteer Coordinators Needed!
The Modern Quilt Guild, in it's April 15 newsletter, announced the 2019 Charity Quilt Challenge.

The link to details about the challenge are here, and includes information about the color palette...

...and the theme: Small Piecing.

Quilts made for this challenge will be displayed in Nashville, Tennessee, from February 21-24, 2019, when QuiltCon is at the Music City Center. Afterward quilts are returned to chapters for donation as desired.

We want our Central Florida MQG chapter represented at QuiltCon! Two volunteers are needed to lead our chapter to make a quilt. Please let us know of your interest soon! Send an email.

Instagram Challenge Winners
Giveaway winners of the #cfmqgmod Instagram Challenge were selected using Winners were: @easy_beezee, @thoroughly_modern_ninny, @willwork4fabric, @quilterdee, @rchianese26, @gummybeargirlquilting, @blue_dragonfly5, and @dbcfla.

Special thanks to Wonderfil Specialty Threads (@wonderfilspecialtythread on Instagram) for their donation of 20 spools of 12-weight and 50-weight threads. Also thank you to members Dee and Linda H. who donated handmade items; and Linda H. who also donated several Moda Matchbox kits.

Linda T. finished her All Sorts quilt, a design begun when Amanda Jean Nyberg (CrazyMomQuilts) visited our chapter in October 2017.

Linda shared two traditional blocks, Pinwheel (upper), and Broken Dishes (lower) showing each as a traditional block (right), and as an elongated modern block (left).

She used them in this quilt called "Shards," found in a quilting magazine. Linda quilted both All Sorts and Shards on her home sewing machine.

Rosemary made parts for a traditional quilt and turned them into a more modern-looking quilt with modern fabrics and an asymmetrical layout. She walking-foot quilted it on her home sewing machine.

Tambry shared her Emoji quilt that walking foot and free motion quilted herself.

Becky shared several modern finishes, all machine quilted on her home sewing machine.

This small quilt is pieced with Mini Pearl Bracelets fabrics.

Becky also made three improv-type mug rugs but the photo turned out too blurry to share. 😞

The evening's program "Gridwork Quilting With Pizzazz!" was presented by member Cindy.

She gave everyone an opportunity to draw their own quilting designs on pages of pre-drawn grids, and then demonstrated free motion quilting.

See Cindy in action in this video!

Thank you, Cindy, for sharing with us! 

May Activities

May 3-6 (and 7) Retreat
Registrations for retreat at Luther Springs in Hawthorne, Florida are wrapping up. Details were emailed to members. Information may also be found by clicking on May 3 on the calendar (upper right).

May 12 Sew-In
We'll have our usual work-on-whatever-you-wish Saturday Sew-In on May 12 beginning at 10 am. Join us in the community room at the Belleview Public Library. Don't forget to bring your lunch!

May 14 Meeting
Our next meeting returns to the usual second Monday of the month; May 14. Member Selina Kidney will give us a hands-on lesson called "Foiling Around with Appliqué." A supply list will be emailed to members, and you will find the supply list by clicking May 14 on our calendar (upper right).

June 11 Special Workshop/Program
Four openings remain in Anne Sullivan's (Playcrafts) workshop: "Design As You Go," on Monday, June 11.

Detailed information about the workshop, and evening program You Are Creative! is here. Or, click on the calendar (upper right) for more information.

You Are Creative! is free to members, and only $5 for visitors. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Week Ahead

We have four Central Florida MQG items to bring to your attention.

In today's Daily Sun newspaper, in the "Lifestyles" section, you'll see this black and white picture of our December 11, 2017 holiday gathering at the home of Ardie Wood in The Village of Dunedin. Thank you, Ardie, for opening your home for a fun evening. Lookin' great, quilters! 

This Saturday, April 14, is our Sew-In at Belleview Public Library. Don't miss this opportunity to get to know our members, and work on whatever suits your fancy. Come at 10 am, and stay as long as you like.

Sunday, April 15 is the last day to post pictures to your Instagram account, and qualify to enter our giveaways. Be sure to use the hashtag #cfmqgmod so your photo appears among the group photos.

So far we have 146 entries, with several quilters posting multiple times. 👍 

These are a few of our great prizes. 
Wonderfil thread, 12-weight and 50-weight, donated by Wonderfil
Zip-Up Tray Pouch from Linda H., and pin cushion from Dee
Matchbox Quilt kits from Moda; fabric bundle from Lady Belle Fabrics
So get those pictures posted to Instagram - with the hashtag cfmqgmod - to increase your odds of winning!

Our monthly meeting is Monday, April 16 (due to a conflict with activities at North Lake Presbyterian Church, we're meeting on the third Monday of April), and we hope to see you all at 6:30 pm. Member Cindy will present our program: Quilting With Pizzazz. She'll show us how to use a grid to quilt beautiful designs on a home sewing machine. Bring along a pencil (with eraser) so you can practice some designs. You won't want to miss this!

Also, this meeting is your first chance to register for our Monday, June 11 workshop with Anne Sullivan (@playcrafts and Bring $40 payment to be among the 20 members who attend Anne's "Design As You Go" workshop from 12:45-3:45 pm at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Oxford.

To keep you up-to-date...

On Monday, May 14 we return to our regular second-Monday-of-the-month meeting date. Member Selina will present our program: Foiling Around With Appliqué. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Anne Sullivan Comes to CFMQG

On Monday, June 11, the Central Florida MQG is proud to host modern quilter and designer, Anne Sullivan (@PlayCrafts) for a workshop and program. Anne will share her innovative modern designs and techniques with members at her "Design As You Go" workshop; and though a wonderful evening program: "You Are Creative!" Her program is open to all members, guests, and anyone interested in modern quilting!

Anne is a member of the Orlando MQG, and has a true gift for designing and creating modern intentionally-designed and improvisational quilts. You'll find her quilts as free patterns offered through the MQG (link here, and here, to MQG members), and she has shared her approach to creative designs on this episode of season two of Fresh Quilting TV.

You won't want to miss this opportunity to learn from the best of the MQG!

Twenty members of our Central Florida MQG chapter will have the opportunity to take Anne's "Design As You Go" workshop on Monday afternoon, June 11, from 12:45-3:45 pm.

Anne will explain and discuss aspects of design elements and principles, that we’ll put to work creating an improvisational mini-quilt. Improvisation is an ongoing design exercise, where you design-as-you-go, constantly modifying what happens next based on what you’ve done before. By learning some design concepts, it gives you much more power over your improvisational quilt and get it closer to your desired vision. Anne will also review techniques for cutting and piecing improvisational shapes either with or without a ruler, including gentle curves.

Our workshop is at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 4886 County Road 472 (Rainey Trail), Oxford. 

The cost is $40 to members with registrations being accepted at the April 16 meeting. Or, if you're unable to attend the meeting, send payment to our post office box: PO Box 1355, Lady Lake, FL 32158.

Monday, June 11, 2018
Central Florida MQG evening program with Anne Sullivan

As for Anne's lecture/program, it's free to Central Florida MQG members, but go ahead and invite your friends! For only $5, they too can hear a fabulous lecture about Anne's approach to being creative. 

Anne's lecture is the same inspiring lecture that she presented at QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah! So if you weren't able to attend that (at a considerably greater cost!) you definitely don't want to miss this opportunity to hear Anne's talk. She will have you itching to make your own, original-design modern quilt! 

$5 at the door for non-members (no pre-registration needed)

Lecture: You Are Creative!
If you have trouble thinking of yourself as creative, Anne will set you straight! She explains what it means to be creative, providing tips and tricks to be your most creative self. Everyone is creative, including you!

Anne's program begins at 6:30 pm at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 4886 County Road 472 (Rainey Trail), Oxford. 

This will be a fabulous day for everyone with a penchant for modern quilts. We hope you will join us!

Email if you have questions.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March 5 Meeting

Our March meeting was held on the first Monday of the month, March 5, due to a conflict with the church where we meet. Please note that the April meeting date has also been changed due to a conflict with the church. We will meet in April on the third Monday of the month, April 16, at 6:30 pm.
Even with our meeting date change, we had a great turnout with 40 people in attendance! Three of the 40 were first-time visitors - We're very glad you came to check us out, and hope you return! We also have a new member - Tambry. Welcome! She brings our membership to 53 people!

Our program - "Inspiration for Modern Quilt Designs" - presented by member Beth, was information-packed and inspirational! She presented a series of slides with pictures of quilts, and some of the real-life items that inspired the quilt designs. 

She reviewed many modern quilting elements such as scale, minimalism, traditional made modern, improv, gridwork, off-the-grid, and a newer design concept... maximalism. 

Based on Beth's presentation, our chapter members have been challenged to choose an inspiration and come up with a new design, then make that design a quilt by our July 9 meeting. If you missed the details of this challenge, go here to read about the Inspiration Challenge.

This is Brenda @easy_beezee and her wallhanging, "Night and Day" by Gosia Pawlowska @quiltsmyway Brenda added a gold charm to the intersections of each design.

Joey @cozycuddlequilts showed her "Wander" quilt, a pattern by Sew Many Creations. Joey practiced domestic machine quilting on this one, improving and trying new designs as she went. 

President Karen @sunrayatplay shared several quilts she made to donate to charities. This is a Jaybird Quilts pattern called "Stereo." Karen quilts all her quilts on a mid-arm sit-down machine, a Tiara.

This is "Love Links," a pattern by Deb Tucker's Modern 180.

Dee @quilterdee finished "Squiggles" a quilt-along with Christa Watson @christaquilts that Dee made with Farmer's Daughter fabrics.

Dee also finished four mini quilts from Sew Sampler boxes receive from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Designs are by Center Street Quilts and Thimbleblossoms. Dee domestic machine quilts all her quilts.

Linda @flourishingpalms showed "Slopes" a pattern from Amanda Jean Nyberg's book "No Scrap Left Behind." She domestic machine quilted it. 

Beth (who also presented our inspirational program) showed this filmstrip quilt, made with blocks begun in 2013 with other members of our chapter. These monthly blocks were made available from the Bay Area Modern quilters. Thus, it was called "BAM-BOM." (See more pictures here. And here.) Beth walking foot quilted this herself, incorporating film reels into the quilting design.

Beth and Karen both made and showed quilts that will be donated to North Lake Presbyterian Church for distribution to veterans.

This is how we say thank you to the church for allowing us to hold our meetings in their fellowship area. Thank you Beth and Karen for making these!

Don't miss our Saturday Sew-In this coming Saturday, March 10! We'll be at the Belleview Public Library starting at 10 am. Bring whatever you'd like to work on, and lunch (unless you want to go to Subway). It will be a great opportunity to get feedback on your new challenge idea too. 

Mark your calendar for April 16, the date change for our monthly meeting at 6:30 pm at North Lake Presbyterian Church.

Our April 16 program is "Gridwork Quilting With Pizzazz!" by member Cindy.
She'll demonstrate how to use your home sewing machine and a walking foot to quilt a grid pattern, and then use a free motion quilting foot to fill the grid. Bring a pencil so you can practice draw/quilt on your own worksheet. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

New Quilt Challenge: Inspiration Challenge

Each year, several of our members manage to come up with a chapter challenge that inspires us to grow in our modern quiltmaking. So we're happy to introduce this challenge, presented by Beth. It begins immediately.

Inspiration Challenge
Here are the criteria for the challenge:
  • Choose your own design challenge from one of these three sources:
  1. Our March 5 meeting program: “Inspiration for Modern Quilt Designs” by Beth.
  2. Any MQG Fresh Quilting television program accessible through the MQG website.*
  3. Any MQG webinar accessible through the MQG website.*
*Log into
Choose: Community; Resources (Members Only)
On the right side, refer to "Filter by Types" to choose: Fresh Quilting (64); or Webinar (50)
  • Show your source of inspiration. If you are inspired by a pattern or another quilter’s quilt, make your finished design different. Choose a style or technique new to you. Do not copy the original design. Take a photo of your inspiration and print it to show with your quilt.
  • Quilt may be any size but no smaller than 20" X 20". Make a larger quilt if you wish. Beth suggests that 20" to 40" is a good size to try out new inspirations or techniques.
  • Your challenge piece does not need to be kept secret. Share your progress, ask for input, or receive guidance at Saturday Sew-Ins. Post challenge progress pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #cfmqginspirationchallenge
  • Everyone who completes a challenge piece has an equal chance to win a prize. (No member-voting, or Viewer’s Choice.)
  • Completed quilts are due at the July 9, 2018 meeting. Be prepared to explain your inspiration and how you created your version of the inspiration.  
  • Above all have fun!

Our thanks to member Beth for presenting the program on inspiration, and tying our challenge into her presentation. Each of us has something fun to strive for!

Don't forget to share your progress pictures on Instagram! #cfmqginspirationchallenge

Sunday, February 25, 2018

QuiltCon and Saturday Sew-In

Our Saturday Sew-In at the Belleview Public Library was a lovely time of sewing and socializing, as it always is. There was lots of talk about QuiltCon which has been happening in Pasadena, California since Thursday, February 22, and ends today.

This is the 2018 QuiltCon Best of Show winner "Going Up" by Stephanie Skardal, an individual member from Clemmons, North Carolina.

If you haven't yet seen the winning quilts, go here. First place winners are on the left; second place winners are in the middle; and on the right, third place.

"Leftovers #7" by Debra Jalbert

Be sure to note the first place winner in Improvisation. The quilt is "Leftovers #7" by Debra Jalbert who not only attended our February meeting (she is a member of the Orlando MQG), but presented our chapter with her "Leftovers" workshop in July last year. Here's that blog post about it. We're so proud of Debra!

Along the same lines, though many of us weren't at QuiltCon, some of our Instagram friends were, and shared these photos of our QuiltCon Charity Quilt on display. All those quilts made by chapters and individuals were hung on the hallway walls, outside the convention hall. It looks like our quilt hung next to one from Texas!

The challenge theme was "Modern Traditionalism" using this color palette.

Chapter members Karen E., Jane, Linda H., Linda T., and Frances (former member) made "Florida Waves."

When the quilt is returned to us, it will be donated as a spring auction/fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Along with working on our own projects at the Sew-In...
L-R: Karen E. and Karen T.
L-R: Linda T. and Beth
L-R: Edith and Ruth
Linda H.
...we swapped fat quarter-sized solids.

It turned out to be an opportunity for all of us to handle the different brands and talk about the qualities of each - Painter's Palette, Kaufman Kona, Moda Bella, and RJR. Quilters are always learning! 

Our next Sew-In returns to the regular Saturday, the second Saturday of the month. The Sew-In is on Saturday, March 10.

So, let's plan to meet!

Reminder: Our regular Central Florida MQG meeting is Monday, March 5. That's a date change due to a conflict with the church where we meet.