Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Our February 10th, 2014 meeting included 26 enthusiastic modern quilters ready to discuss, interact, explore new thoughts, and have fun! 

Mel Tuck gave a demonstration on a quick and easy binding technique that provided a "facing" for her project .... no binding showing on the front side.  What a fun way to bind and showcase "modern!"

Mel included corners in the facing of this project.  When turned to the back, it forms a cute "frame" to add to your backing design.

Beth Shutty delivered a program on how to make insert designs that had us all enthralled.  I could just see the imaginations in the room soaring!  She focused her program on inset circles, but included some on ovals, hearts, squares, etc.  I believe that several of us went home and pulled the freezer paper out of the drawers!  Her work is amazing, as you can see from the following:

A shout-out of CONGRATULATIONS to Beth for being named the winner of  "Best Modern Design" by remote judges of our recent Riley Blake Challenge.  Beth was presented with a bundle of Riley Blake Fat Quarters "Medium Circles" in a variety of colors.  We look forward to seeing what incredible creation she will accomplish from this bundle!

Jill and Marny of Modern Quilt Relish, who selected our "Best Modern Design" winner for the Riley Blake Challenge, posted to their blog about choosing a winner for our Central Florida MQG chapter. Please visit their blog post here, and thank them for giving us their valuable time. Thanks!

 Gloria Meacham brought in one of her favorite new toys - a circle attachment for her Bernina.  I think I see a demonstration coming up soon!

Carolyn Levant showed us a placemat that is one of a set she recently made.  What a great geometric design!  This had six corners, and she was pleased to be able to conquer those small mitered corners and hand sew the binding.

Cindy Cook brought in a cute little "Peek-a-Boo" block made with folded rectangles.  These blocks are being made into a child's quilt for KidsCentral.

Diane Bohn shared the sewing machine cover she made for her friend .... a very luck friend indeed!  This was made with her friend's color choices in mind.

This is a baby quilt top named "Ribbon Candy."  Diane was looking for a quick, jelly roll friendly pattern.  This is her second quilt pattern (coming soon!)  Those diagonal designs add an extra touch of modern to these gorgeous colors .... so many quilting possibilities.  Thank you, Diane, for sharing this WIP (Work in Progress).

We look forward to meeting again March 10 when we'll discuss modern elements as we all bring in WIPS to share.  This will be a great way to get ideas for layouts, quilting designs, color choices ..... decisions, decisions, decisions!  Four participants will also be sharing their own quilting story.  Each of our stories are special and unique.  Happy Quilting!

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