Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16 Meeting

Thirty-two quilters attended our April meeting. We welcomed one visitor, and three new members!

In the absence of President Karen, Vice President Bette led our meeting.

Challenge Co-Chair Debbie reminded members of our Inspiration Challenge - to share progress with members, including on Instagram with the hashtag #cfmqginspirationchallenge. Finished quilts accompanied by an inspiration picture is due at our July 9 meeting.

For all the details, read this blog post.

Important! Volunteer Coordinators Needed!
The Modern Quilt Guild, in it's April 15 newsletter, announced the 2019 Charity Quilt Challenge.

The link to details about the challenge are here, and includes information about the color palette...

...and the theme: Small Piecing.

Quilts made for this challenge will be displayed in Nashville, Tennessee, from February 21-24, 2019, when QuiltCon is at the Music City Center. Afterward quilts are returned to chapters for donation as desired.

We want our Central Florida MQG chapter represented at QuiltCon! Two volunteers are needed to lead our chapter to make a quilt. Please let us know of your interest soon! Send an email.

Instagram Challenge Winners
Giveaway winners of the #cfmqgmod Instagram Challenge were selected using Winners were: @easy_beezee, @thoroughly_modern_ninny, @willwork4fabric, @quilterdee, @rchianese26, @gummybeargirlquilting, @blue_dragonfly5, and @dbcfla.

Special thanks to Wonderfil Specialty Threads (@wonderfilspecialtythread on Instagram) for their donation of 20 spools of 12-weight and 50-weight threads. Also thank you to members Dee and Linda H. who donated handmade items; and Linda H. who also donated several Moda Matchbox kits.

Linda T. finished her All Sorts quilt, a design begun when Amanda Jean Nyberg (CrazyMomQuilts) visited our chapter in October 2017.

Linda shared two traditional blocks, Pinwheel (upper), and Broken Dishes (lower) showing each as a traditional block (right), and as an elongated modern block (left).

She used them in this quilt called "Shards," found in a quilting magazine. Linda quilted both All Sorts and Shards on her home sewing machine.

Rosemary made parts for a traditional quilt and turned them into a more modern-looking quilt with modern fabrics and an asymmetrical layout. She walking-foot quilted it on her home sewing machine.

Tambry shared her Emoji quilt that walking foot and free motion quilted herself.

Becky shared several modern finishes, all machine quilted on her home sewing machine.

This small quilt is pieced with Mini Pearl Bracelets fabrics.

Becky also made three improv-type mug rugs but the photo turned out too blurry to share. 😞

The evening's program "Gridwork Quilting With Pizzazz!" was presented by member Cindy.

She gave everyone an opportunity to draw their own quilting designs on pages of pre-drawn grids, and then demonstrated free motion quilting.

See Cindy in action in this video!

Thank you, Cindy, for sharing with us! 

May Activities

May 3-6 (and 7) Retreat
Registrations for retreat at Luther Springs in Hawthorne, Florida are wrapping up. Details were emailed to members. Information may also be found by clicking on May 3 on the calendar (upper right).

May 12 Sew-In
We'll have our usual work-on-whatever-you-wish Saturday Sew-In on May 12 beginning at 10 am. Join us in the community room at the Belleview Public Library. Don't forget to bring your lunch!

May 14 Meeting
Our next meeting returns to the usual second Monday of the month; May 14. Member Selina Kidney will give us a hands-on lesson called "Foiling Around with Appliqué." A supply list will be emailed to members, and you will find the supply list by clicking May 14 on our calendar (upper right).

June 11 Special Workshop/Program
Four openings remain in Anne Sullivan's (Playcrafts) workshop: "Design As You Go," on Monday, June 11.

Detailed information about the workshop, and evening program You Are Creative! is here. Or, click on the calendar (upper right) for more information.

You Are Creative! is free to members, and only $5 for visitors. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Week Ahead

We have four Central Florida MQG items to bring to your attention.

In today's Daily Sun newspaper, in the "Lifestyles" section, you'll see this black and white picture of our December 11, 2017 holiday gathering at the home of Ardie Wood in The Village of Dunedin. Thank you, Ardie, for opening your home for a fun evening. Lookin' great, quilters! 

This Saturday, April 14, is our Sew-In at Belleview Public Library. Don't miss this opportunity to get to know our members, and work on whatever suits your fancy. Come at 10 am, and stay as long as you like.

Sunday, April 15 is the last day to post pictures to your Instagram account, and qualify to enter our giveaways. Be sure to use the hashtag #cfmqgmod so your photo appears among the group photos.

So far we have 146 entries, with several quilters posting multiple times. 👍 

These are a few of our great prizes. 
Wonderfil thread, 12-weight and 50-weight, donated by Wonderfil
Zip-Up Tray Pouch from Linda H., and pin cushion from Dee
Matchbox Quilt kits from Moda; fabric bundle from Lady Belle Fabrics
So get those pictures posted to Instagram - with the hashtag cfmqgmod - to increase your odds of winning!

Our monthly meeting is Monday, April 16 (due to a conflict with activities at North Lake Presbyterian Church, we're meeting on the third Monday of April), and we hope to see you all at 6:30 pm. Member Cindy will present our program: Quilting With Pizzazz. She'll show us how to use a grid to quilt beautiful designs on a home sewing machine. Bring along a pencil (with eraser) so you can practice some designs. You won't want to miss this!

Also, this meeting is your first chance to register for our Monday, June 11 workshop with Anne Sullivan (@playcrafts and Bring $40 payment to be among the 20 members who attend Anne's "Design As You Go" workshop from 12:45-3:45 pm at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Oxford.

To keep you up-to-date...

On Monday, May 14 we return to our regular second-Monday-of-the-month meeting date. Member Selina will present our program: Foiling Around With Appliqué.