Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Modern Quilt Challenge

The American Quilter's Society is sponsoring a modern quilt challenge with $6,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs!

This is your opportunity to try out that modern design you've had tumbling through your head. Make it a reality, then take a chance. It's an exciting experience!
"Jewel Box" by Modern Quilt Studio
Prizes will be awarded in the follow categories:
  • Best Modern Quilting
  • Original Design
  • Improvisation
  • Creative Use of Color
  • Appliqué
  • Piecing
  • Quilt Top and Quilting by a Single Quiltmaker
  • Creative Use of Neutral Fabrics
  • Viewer's Choice
Entries for the Modern Quilt Challenge are due by August 2, 2013, so start designing and sewing now!

Quilts must be available for display in a traveling exhibit at AQS QuiltWeek events from September 13, 2013 through September 5, 2014.

Friday, April 5, 2013

April 1 Meeting

Twenty-four people attended the April 1 meeting, with 11 first-time visitors! We're glad to know quilters are interested in learning about modern quilting!

Carla shared information about changes at the national level of The Modern Quilt Guild, how our newly-organizing chapter will be impacted, and affects on individual members. We expect our chapter to join the national MQG by July 2013. Those wishing to be members of our Central Florida chapter are asked to pay 2013 dues of $15 by the July 8 meeting.

Karen gave an update on the BAM-BOM (See links to blocks on right menu bar.)
February's feather block
Debbie's 12-Minute Tip was to share the CutRite Bind Up tool.

Five quilters participated in the make-a-name-tag challenge. The winning name tag was made by Carly who won a fat quarter bundle of Bella solids for her effort.

Worthy of special attention is Karen's name tag, modeled after our chapter logo! Well done, gals!

During the "Make it Modern" portion of the meeting, we focused on differences between traditional fabrics and modern fabrics.
Is this modern?

We determined that many fabrics are subject to interpretation, but these are a few fabric features we identified:
  1. brights
  2. graphics
  3. low volume
  4. gray or white as neutrals
  5. solids
How about this?
Denyse Schmidt fabrics from the DS Collection
 Show and Tell - Sorry we didn't get everyones' names. We'll do better next time.

Scrappy Trip-Along quilt top made by Janice
"Northern Lights" quilt top
a Jaybird Quilts design
Future Meetings
May 6 - Since the "Make it Modern" portion of the April meeting was such a success, we'll do that again in May. This time around, we'll look at modern patterns and designs, and discuss the elements that make a quilt modern. Bring one or two patterns or pictures of modern quilts you like.

June 3 - Put your kitchen style on! Take our Runway Apron challenge. Make an apron, bring it to the meeting, model it, and tell us about it. Choose any apron pattern you wish - one you already have, or find online - and make it modern. If you're looking for ideas, check out this link to many free apron patterns and tutorials.