Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Sew-In and Meeting Update

Please read to the end of this post for important information about our May meeting!

It's always a busy few days when the monthly Saturday Sew-In falls two days before the monthly meeting. Such was the case on April 9 and 11. 

Eleven quilters attended the Saturday, April 9 Sew-In at Belleview Public Library. 
Upper left: Susan, Diane, and Cindy; right: Monique and Dee
Lower left: Karen E., Karen T., and Jamie; right: Ruth and Betty

And check out this great group photo of everyone holding a bright, modern project!
Front L: Karen E. Dee, and Linda
Susan, Cindy, Betty, and Diane
Back: Karen T. Ruth, Jamie, and Monique
Happily, 10 of these 11 quilters are on Instagram! Keep posting quilt-y pictures so we can follow one another's projects between Sew-Ins!

It was almost heart-warming to see quilters huddled around an iPad, looking at Amanda Jean Nyberg's - CrazyMomQuilts - "Good Neighbors" fabric collection on Connecting Threads.

The next Sew-In, at the Belleview Public Library, is Saturday, May 14. 

Take note: The Central Florida MQG monthly meeting is also Saturday, May 14, beginning at 10 am. This is so we can have a hands-on workshop. More information at the end of this post. 

April 11 Meeting
Thirty-four quilters attended the April 11 meeting, with guests being six of the 34. 

Our program, about "Made in America" products was given by Timm of Sew Mini Things in Mount Dora. Everyone learned something about a myriad of quilting- and sewing-related products made in America and many other countries. We learned that we live in a global shopping center.

Jamie and the 18" X 17" knitting tote she made to give as a thank-you gift.
Blocks on the front and back are from the "Sister's Sampler" book, and are domestic machine quilt. 
Lora designed and made this 10" X 40" table runner.
It's sewn with designer fabrics using the freezer paper foundation paper piecing method, and is walking foot quilted.
She's also holding a clasp bag made with Ex Libris fabric.
Lynette made this improv bag following a Jenny Doan pattern in "Mod Quilting."
She also made the porcelain button for it. 
Becky and her Greek Key quilt top.
Becky and her Lee Heinrich design quilt. Becky quilted it with a ripple stitch.  
Ruth made this quilt through a Craftsy class.
Quilt block designs are modern, pieced with batiks, and quilted by Ruth on her domestic sewing machine.
Mary calls this "Bird in the Bush is Worth...?" She domestic machine quilted it herself.
Flo completed her "Curve It Up" quilt, a Quick Curve Ruler design by Sew Kind of Wonderful.
It was longarm quilted by Central Florida MQG president, Debbie. 
Our lone quilter sharing her March Mighty Lucky Quilting Club project from designer Rossie Hutchinson is Karen. She showed her improv mini.

May 14 Meeting AND Sew-In
On Saturday, May 14, our meeting and Sew-In will be held at the Belleview Public Library. If you're using GPS directions to the library, be sure you're using the NEW library location, not the old.

13145 SE County Hwy 484, Belleview, FL 34420

Our chapter business meeting, show and tell, and program begins at 10 a.m.

Program: Hand work (Appliqué)
Our free workshop will explore hand stitching methods for appliqué. Beth will demonstrate, and members will try, three techniques to prepare and stitch an appliqué design, focusing on how to create invisible stitches. A supply list will be provided to registrants before the May 14 workshop.

Following the meeting and workshop which will conclude at approximately 12:30, quilters may lunch as desired - bring lunch, or go out. The remainder of the afternoon, until 6 pm is for continuing appliqué hand work, or sewing on whatever you desire. Bring your sewing machine if you wish, but set-up will not be permitted until 12:30.

Sign-ups for the morning workshop, and the afternoon Sew-In are being taken. If you didn't register at our regular April 11 meeting, please send an email here. Include your full name, and indicate whether you're interest in the workshop or Sew-In, or both! Thank you!

QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge 
On April 5, the MQG announced the QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge. If you're interested in being part of the Central Florida MQG committee that will plan and organize our participation in this project, please email President Debbie. A meeting will likely be at the end of April. For more information about the project, go to the MQG website here

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April Info from the MQG

Among many other topics in the April Updates from the MQG (all members should have received this email) is information about the 2017 QuiltCon Charity Challenge.

The theme is "scale," and the color palette is:
PMS stands for Pantone Matching System

This is an exciting way for Central Florida MQG members to participate in QuiltCon, and give back to our own community. More information is coming from our chapter's project manager.

In the meantime, take a look at some of the wonderful 2016 QuiltCon Charity Challenge quilts.
New Hampshire MQG
Denver MQG
Kansas City MQG
Brisbane (Australia) MQG
South Bay (California) MQG
You can read more, and see more pictures of 2016 QuiltCon Charity Challenge quilts that have been spotlighted on the MQG blog here

See you at this Saturday's Sew-In, and/or our meeting on Monday, April 11!