Tuesday, December 24, 2013


We emailed out surveys last month asking YOU want you wanted to see for OUR Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild in 2014, and received 18 completed surveys. 
AND YOUR REPLIES ARE ....... (Drumroll......) 
Interest in participating in a Block of the Month:      5.6 average (out of 0-10)
Number of times per year to participate in a Sew-In:  4.6 average
Interest in a workshop participation (with costs of $15 - $40 fee):  8.2 (out of 0-10)
Interest in shop-hop or quilting-related day trip:  5.47 average (out of 0-10)
Interest in attending 2015 QuiltCon (possible location is Austin, Texas): 4.8
     (2 people responded a 10, 1 responded a 9, 2 responded an 8, and 2 responded a 7)
Interest in participating in a group project to make North Lake a "thank you" quilt:
     8.25 average (out of 0-10)  WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE MEETING ROOM!!!!!
     16 people offered to make one or more blocks
      6 people offered to sew together completed blocks
      3 people offered to baste and layer
      1 person offered to quilt
      3 people offered to be on a team to coordinate this project
Interest in sharing your 5 minute "quilting story" at a meeting: 10 people
Interest in sharing a quilting tip at a meeting:  9 people 

 topics you want to learn more about in 2014:
free-motion quilting (lots of interest here!),  components of modern quilting, choosing a quilting design that compliments the pattern, designing patterns, balance and what makes a quilt visually appealing, short-cuts, modern fabrics, color, use of negative space, wonky piecing, random design, making a name-tag, and more .....
THANK YOU to those who submitted programs that you may be willing to deliver (we will be contacting you!)
THANKS TO ALL WHO COMPLETED THIS SURVEY!   If you still have a survey to submit, please do so .... we still want your input!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Next Year

The Modern Quilt Guild has recently sent member reminders that the Riley Blake Challenge deadline is February 17. 

Revealing Our Riley Blake Challenge
Our chapter has chosen to participate in the challenge among ourselves, and have set our finish and reveal deadline for the Monday, January 13 meeting - 6:30 p.m.

Thirteen CFMQG quilters are participating, so we'll no doubt see some creative designs at the reveal. If you have a challenge entry, please remember to be at the meeting by 6 p.m. so we can hang/display the pieces. Everyone attending the meeting will be invited to cast a vote for the Riley Blake Viewer's Choice Award, which will be announced at the meeting. 

After the meeting, a separate judging will occur, using the skills of experienced modern quilters Marny Buck and Jill Guffy of Ames, Iowa, co-owners of Modern Quilt Relish. Marny and Jill have previous experiences selecting "Best Modern Design" winners for other MQG chapters. Criteria for choosing a winner will be based on the elements of modern quilt design - not technique - since they will be selecting a winner based on the photographs emailed to them. The Riley Blake Best Design Challenge Award will be announced on this blog, and by email. The winner will be awarded a 15-piece fat quarter bundle of Riley Blake Medium Dots.

Other MQG chapters across the US are participating in the challenge. Check out Kansas City MQG's recent Riley Blake Challenge reveal.

Central Florida MQG January Program 
Also at our January 13 meeting, we'll enjoy a special program by our own talented Doris who will help us understand "Color, Hue and Value" and how those characteristics relate to modern quilting.

Karen, our new chapter leader, and her leadership team are working on some exciting activities for 2014. Are you up for: 
a swap?
a challenge?
a workshop with a guest speaker?
making a thank-you quilt for the church where we meet?
a few Sew-Ins? 

These are among some of the things being planned for 2014 and we hope you'll be part of it! Our chapter has been thriving for 15 months because you are saying, "yes" when asked to participate and help. In 2014, we hope you'll continue to make Central Florida MQG the "happenin' chapter!" 

Don't forget to wear your home sewn name tag to the January meeting! If you're in need of name tag inspiration, check out all the ideas here

We can't wait to see you next year!

Friday, December 20, 2013

An Opportunity

You could have a quilt in a new Improv Book for Modern Quilters! Get all the information here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

About Last Night, or... Our December Social

Nineteen quilters attended our first annual December Social on December 9. It was a great opportunity to get better acquainted, and talk about our favorite and least favorite sewing and quilting notions. Several people really stepped up our request to bring "one or two notions to share"... and brought a half dozen or more! Thankfully, those on the "favorite" side were in greater supply than those that were bad-mouthed as "unfavorite."
Gloria liking her binding tail joining tool
Frieda touting her bodkin, for pushing out point corners
Denise enlightening us about the many uses for sewer tank lining!
Denise and her comic book cards for fabric folding and storage.

Doris shows us a seam ripper, a tool we love to hate.
Karen and her Kona color card
Linda and her favorite 1/8"-thick nested circle acrylic rulers
Jill tells about her favorite Aurifil thread
Sandy likes her Martinelli rotary cutter
More than one quilter likes her magnetic bowl, from an automotive store.
Terry likes her magnifying seam ripper
Linda likes the flexible, fusible tape for joining batting pieces.
And, her dangerous-looking stiletto!
A quilt top by Carolyn
Sandy, who quilted this wreath herself
Sharon with her modern batiks quilt
longarm quilting
For the first time, we were able to get a picture of the group that's been responsible for getting our chapter off the ground.

We're grateful for the generous leadership of these quilters: (left to right)
Karen E.; Linda T.; Doris H.; Denise L.; Mel T.; Gae N.; Brenda H.; and Linda H.  

Missing from our group picture, yet not to pass unnoticed, was also valued input from Carla S., Sheddy R., and Carly W. Thank you everyone!

We're especially grateful for Karen's willingness to take on the chapter's leadership role beginning in 2014.