Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Two Challenges

Since July, the Central Florida MQG has welcomed 20 new members to our chapter! Whoo-hoo! We all have new people to meet and get to know.

So, by our September 11 meeting, we've come up with two challenges aimed at new members, and those "oldsters" who haven't yet gotten into technology.

Our first challenge is to invite everyone to make and wear (to every meeting) a home-sewn name tag. You'll find ideas on Pinterest, and a search on Flickr of "sewn name tags" turned up all these ideas HERE. It's up to you whether you'd like to include your last name.

Our second challenge is to:

1. Open an Instagram account. Think seriously about the name you choose as it will be yours for a long time, and used to identify you, sometimes even in person! Many of us learned that when we attended QuiltCon because our handles were listed just below our name. A word of advice: do not include your last name on your Instagram profile. For safety reasons, it's best to either leave that blank, or just use your last initial.

2. After you've opened your Instagram account, take a quilt-related photo and post that to your feed. In the text that accompanies your photo, be sure to include @centralfloridamqg so we know you've opened your account. You follow CentralFloridaMQG; CentralFloridaMQG will follow you! It's suggested that you also follow @themqg

Our aim is to have every member on Instagram and use that as another form of communication.

One more thought.... if you open your Instagram account first, you can include your handle on your home-made name tag. Voila! We'll all know your name and your Instagram handle!

Two Drawings
For all your hard work, you have the chance to put your name in for two drawings! 

Winners will be chosen from those who wear a homemade name tag, and one winner will be chosen for opening a new Instagram account. Have fun! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 14 Meeting

The August Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild meeting was great! We had 37 quilters in attendance, with seven more joining our chapter. Our membership now stands at 60!

Welcome to our newest members! We hope your curiosity about making modern quilts is satisfied as you begin engaging with the MQG at the national level and with local members, and regularly attend meetings. We all hope you enthusiastically learn about and make quilts with the modern aesthetic! 

Quilters attending the meeting who also participated in Debra Jalbert's (MadeofHonorQuilts) July 15 "Leftovers" workshop, brought their partial projects to show.

Debra, who is a member of the Orlando MQG was a guest to the meeting, so she shared a little about the workshop which is based on using scraps to make an improv type quilt. We had a great time at your workshop, Debra! Thank you for coming to our meeting, and sharing your talents with us! 

If you'd like to see pictures from the July 15 workshop, go here

Sharon showed a bag she made for a cat-loving friend using a Libs Elliot print for the body of the bag.

Nancy F. shared this colorful quilt.

Selina participated in Debbie Jeske's (AQuiltersTable) Instagram improv-along, and shared this quilt finish that has been claimed by Selina's sister.

Dee has challenged herself to FMQ all the UFO quilt tops she's collected. She spiral quilted this one with a walking foot.
This too is walking-foot quilted.

This "Candy Pop" quilt is from Christa Watson's book Machine Quilting With Style and is walking foot quilted.

Kathy is making quilts for WWII veterans for an project that pairs a WWII veteran with a VietNam veteran to provide emotional support for one another.

Ardie had several finishes.

This is a Lee Heinrich (FreshlyPieced) foundation paper piecing pattern called "Diamond Tread."

Nancy M. showed a quilt she made for her husband.

Jodie showed her scrappy pixelated sewing machine, a pattern by Center Street Quilts.

President Karen showed "Wavelength," a foundation paper piecing pattern by Lee Heinrich (Freshly Pieced). Karen spiral quilted it on her Tiara quilting machine.

Our program about quilt batting - "It's What's Inside That Counts" - was presented by member Victoria Rondeau who is a distributor for Pellon.

Everyone received a packet of Pellon batting samples, along with helpful information about various types of batting fibers, batts with and without scrim, and washing and care instructions. Many of our quilters now want to try quilting with wool!

Thank you for a very informative program, Victoria!

Next Activities
Saturday Sew-In
September 9, 10 am
Belleview Public Library

Monthly Meeting
Monday, September 11, 6:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Program: "Tips and Demos for Modern Quilters"
The meeting is a compilation of assorted quilting tips and demonstrations by our members. Among other mini-lessons you'll see demonstrations that include: 1) how to use several specialty rulers; 2) how to sharpen rotary cutting blades; 3) which markers to use on fabric; and 4) how to use paper for quilting designs. Come and learn about something new!