Monday, October 30, 2017

Two Announcements

We need your quilt for "What Makes a Quilt Modern?" at World Quilt Florida (January 19-21, 2018).

The submission deadline is Wednesday, November 1.

This is a unique opportunity for our chapter to showcase the wonderful modern quilts we have seen during more than two years of show-and-tell. Let's share with quilt show attendees all the talent in our chapter, and thereby educate and encourage others to also "make modern."

More than 40 of our Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild members have not entered a quilt! If this is you, please consider making a submission. It will not be judged.

Quilts for our Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild display can be turned in during our regular Monday, January 8, 2018 chapter meeting. Or, can be given to one of our own World Quilt Florida Committee members by January 15.

Don't delay! Submit your quilt now!
Submit your entry via the link in the emails sent by President Karen.

You'll have plenty of time later to add that hanging sleeve! 💆

Thursday, November 2
From 10 am to noon our Executive Committee will meet at Panera Bread, Sumter Landing, in The Villages. We'll be doing lots of planning for 2018. All members are welcome!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Exhibit Quilts Needed!

Members! We need to see your modern quilts! 
Found on Pinterest: "Half Circle Mirror" by Cheryl Brickey
What Makes a Quilt Modern?

That's the theme of our special non-judged, exhibit-only display at World Quilt Florida, January 18-20, 2018.

We need large quilts! We need small quilts!

We need quilts with a variety of modern aesthetics!

18 more quilts are needed!

Choose two of your modern quilts.
Photograph each one.
Have someone take a picture of you - head and shoulders only.

Then, complete our Central Florida MQG online submission form. 
The link to our chapter's submission form appeared in emails from President Karen on September 5 and October 4. Use that link only, please! 
Do not submit directly to World Quilt Florida or the Mancuso Quilt Show. 
You'll need to enter:

  • the dimensions of each quilt
  • a written description of each quilt
  • a flat-shot photograph of the entire quilt (binding to binding)
  • a photograph of yourself (head and shoulders only, please)
Then, check the boxes to choose all the characteristics of your modern quilt. 

Once the information is received, members of our own Central Florida MQG World Quilt Florida prep team, led by Beth, will take a look to see which quilts fit into which category. 

What Makes a Quilt Modern?
Found on Pinterest: "Shutter" by Mandy Munroe
We're looking for representation of all the characteristics of a modern quilt. Our list includes these elements:
  • Fabrics are bold, bright colors
  • Fabrics are modern, graphic prints
  • Fabrics are solids only
  • Fabrics are high contrast
  • Quilt design is graphic and/or includes graphic shapes
  • Quilt design is cropped
  • Quilt design is exaggerated scale and/or a changed scale
  • Quilt design is a traditional block made modern
  • Quilt design is asymmetrical
  • Quilt design is negative space
  • Quilt design is minimal
  • Quilt design uses alternate grid work
  • Quilt designs is improvisational piecing
  • Quilt design is pixelated
  • Quilting is "big stitch" hand quilted using pearl cotton
Submit your quilts by November 1. Our team is anxious to get started making sure our chapter represents the theme as best we can - What Makes a Quilt Modern?
Best of Show, QuiltCon 2015: "iquilt" by Kathy York

Accepted Quilt(s)
On November 6, accepted quilts will be chosen by our chapter's World Quilt Florida committee members. In the event that we have several quilt submissions with the same modern element, the team will choose the quilt that best represents that element.

You will be notified if your quilt is needed for the exhibit.

If your quilt(s) is chosen, it:

- Must have a four-inch sleeve for hanging.
- Must have a label that includes name; name of quilt; quilt completion date. Sew (no pins) the label to the quilt back, lower left.
- Must be clean! (No animal hair.)
- Place quilt(s) in a clear plastic bag and take to the Monday, January 8 Central Florida MQG meeting.  
Found on Pinterest: "Modern Hexagons" by Nicole Daksiewicz
Show us what you've got!   

Thursday, October 5, 2017

November Program Change

Due to Hurricane Irma forcing cancellation of our September 11 meeting, instead of the previously- planned program for the November 13 meeting ("Wedge Quilts Go Modern"), we're going to have the program previously planned for September. 

Tips and Demos for Modern Quilters
The program is a compilation of assorted quilting tips and demonstrations by our members. 
We'll form groups and visit different tables to watch demonstrations and mini-lessons, including: 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 to North Lake Presbyterian Church in Lady Lake on a Monday, November 13 at 6:30 pm to learn about something new!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fun with Amanda Jean

Amanda Jean Nyberg - CrazyMomQuilts - arrived in The Villages on on Sunday, October 1. Thank you, Susan S. for driving to and from Orlando to bring Amanda Jean to us!

These members of our executive committee, and committee chairs shared dinner with Amanda Jean at Mallory Hills Country Club: (from L-R) Membership Co-Chair Dee; President Karen; Amanda Jean; Past President Debbie; Retreat Co-Chair Cindy; Membership Co-Chair Jane; Treasurer Kathy; and Media Coordinator Linda.

Follow each of these quilters on Instagram as:


President Karen treated Amanda Jean to a golf cart drive to/from dinner. It's the best way to go in The Villages!

Amanda Jean led the "Spin" workshop on Monday with 20 quilters in attendance.

Everyone worked with colorful scraps to create their own spin on projects in Amanda Jean's book No Scrap Left Behind.
Amanda Jean and Debbie
Amanda Jean and Becky

Sisters-in-laws Joey and Jodie
Linda T., Amanda Jean, and Beth
Special thanks to Susan not only for bringing Amanda Jean to The Villages, but also for being our workshop angel. She assisted Amanda Jean, and coordinated our lunches and afternoon snacks!

The same evening, at North Lake Presbyterian Church, approximately 70 members and guests came to Amanda Jean's trunk show. President Karen welcomed everyone.

Amanda Jean shared a little about herself and her family, and her quiltmaking story.

These are few of the 20 scrap quilts that Amanda Jean shared from No Scrap Left Behind... "Hot and Cold"

"All Sizes" and "Bruiser"

"Ring Me"

Then, members who had made an Amanda Jean design were invited to share their projects.

Dee showed "Checkerboard," a quilt from the book Sunday Morning Quilts written by Amanda Jean and Cheryl Arkison.

Jane showed her version of "Chain of Diamonds" in her favorite collegiate colors.

Celina showed "June" and....


Karen shared her version of "All Sizes."

Everyone who met Amanda Jean learned that she's a delightful quilter who is an inspiration when it comes to creating scrap quilts, and basically... all things scrappy. We're thrilled that our chapter could welcome her to Central Florida! 

There is NO meeting on the second Monday of October! (October 9 would have been our regular meeting date). Amanda Jean's trunk show was our October meeting! 

Coming Right Up!
Saturday, October 14, 10 am to 6 pm
Sew-In at the Belleview Public Library

Monday, November 13, 6:30 pm 
Regular Meeting, and Program: "Wedge Quilts Go Modern"
Based on this July 2015 webinar -  "Wedge Quilts Go Modern" - (this link works only for MQG members) by Christina Cameli, Linda will share the how-tos of using a 9-degree wedge ruler.
Members: Wear your modern, home-made name tag, and bring your modern quilts for show and tell!