Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday Sew-In, Making Badge Holders

We had a great turnout for our Saturday, October 13 Sew-In - 17 quilters! While 12 of us were involved with making Badge Holders together, another five joined us for sewing and socializing. We had a lovely time!
L-R: Peggy and Marie
L-R: Dee and Jane
L-R: Cindy, Cindy's mom (We're so glad you could join us!), and Karen E.
Not everyone was able to complete their badge holders, but here are a few who did and/or made great progress. 
L-R: Betty and Ardie
L-R: Karen E., Marie, Jane, Cindy, Dee
We were happy to see badges made in many bright colors, with several of them made from Central Florida MQG fabric. Thank you President Karen and Linda H. for leading this project.

Belleview Public Library Display
During the month of October, Central Florida MQG members' work is being featured in the Belleview Public Library display case. 

Thanks to Barb for arranging the display case.

Thanks to members who contributed items for display.

Thanks to President Karen who collected display items from members.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sew-In, and November 12 Meeting

As we do each month, this Saturday we'll meet at Belleview Public Library from 10-6 (or whenever we decide to finish!) for a day of sewing and socializing.

Saturday October 13 Sew-In
10 am to 6 pm
Belleview Public Library
13145 SE County Hwy 484, Belleview, Florida

Special to our October 13 Sew-In is the opportunity to make a Badge Holder. For $8, members will receive the discounted pattern to make a cute and practical badge holder that's perfect for wearing to QuiltCon. Go to this blog post for detailed information.

If you'd like to register, please email us as soon as possible.

Whatever you decide to work on, come and sew with us! You don't need to make a Badge Holder to join our fun!

November 12 Workshop - We have openings!
1-4 pm 

Our Monday, November 12 meeting day is special as we welcome
Red Thread Studio shop owner Jen Lee from Palm Coast, Florida

Both the workshop AND the meeting will be at
North Lake Presbyterian Church, 975 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake, Florida

Jen will lead a workshop, teaching English paper piecing
to make a Modern Grandmother's Flower Garden Mini Quilt (24" X 24"). 

Fee: $15 for members; $20 for non-members
Kit fee: $5; optional fabric kit fee $12.

For detailed information about the workshop, go to this blog post.

Link to Workshop Flyer

We have workshop openings, so if you or someone you know would like to attend, please email us!

November 12 Meeting
6:30 pm
Come hear Jen's program about "Hand Therapy." Following that, she'll provide "Retail Therapy," sharing new products from her shop which will also be available to purchase.
Fee: free for members; $5 at the door for non-members

Link to Program Flyer

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

October 8 Meeting Wrap-Up

Twenty-nine quilters attended our regular October 8 meeting, one of whom was a first-time visitor. We're always happy to see our members, and welcome visitors!

Jane (gonequiltinginflorida) showed her "Throwing" quilt, a pattern by ZenChic. She walking foot quilted on her home sewing machine using several different directions of diagonal lines, all about a quarter-inch apart.

Barb shared a new bag she made using KraftTex Paper Fabric which is machine washable and stitchable!

President Karen (sunrayatplay) completed her second quilt made with blocks from Tula Pink's book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. Karen says she didn't buy fabric, but used only scraps for piecing. The quilt back is a sheet. Quilting is all free motion and ruler work on her Babylock Tiara.

She also completed these two quilts for a granddaughter. Karen learned this scrappy fusible appliqué technique in a recent workshop with Shannon Brinkley in The Villages. 

Betty made this "Dresden Neighborhood" from a pattern by Persimon Dreams. It's lovely, and also happened to perfectly fit the program theme: wedges!

Beth (blue_dragonfly5) shared her QuiltCon entry into the Two-Color Challenge sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting. This is "Twin Peaks." Blocks were made according to Improv Paper Piecing by Amy Friend. Batting is wool. All quilting is walking foot quilting to reflect a landscape of clouds, mountains, and water.

We were happy to have Beth again share her "3-2-1-1" improv quilt - so named because in piecing the quilt she used 3 jackets; 2 ties; 1 dress; and 1 sheet as backing! Batting is wool. She walking foot quilted it on her home sewing machine.

Beth is a COVER GIRL! Her "3-2-1-1" quilt appears on the cover of the current issue of Curated Quilts with the theme "improv." We're very proud of Beth. Congratulations!

The program was presented by Linda H. (flourishingpalms) who shared information about making quilts using 9-degree or 10-degree wedge shapes.

Her presentation - "Wedges Go Modern" - was based on a July 21, 2015 MQG webinar by Christina Cameli, and Christina's book Modern Wedge Workshop.

Linda showed two quilts she made using Christina's book as inspiration. The first quilt is "Roulette." It's machine pieced, and includes bias tape appliqué. Home machine quilting is free motion quilting, ruler work, and walking foot quilting. Batting is Quilter's Dream Polyester.

The back of Roulette is a free pattern called "Bookmarks" by MaterialGirlQuilts. Find it here.

Linda also made "Spin Art," a quilt made with Painter's Palette Solids she selected as a bundle during 2018 Inspired by Fabric: Mad for Solids. Color inserts in the wedges, and color pieces appliquéd to the white background fabric, were cut with a Quick Curve Ruler. Linda home machine quilted using a walking foot, and also free motion quilting. Batting is Quilter's Dream Wool.

More information about working with wedges can be found on Christina's blog: AFew Scraps

A Few Fun Facts!
The Modern Quilt Guild has:
  • 41,646 members, worldwide
  • members represent 39 countries
  • 211 chapters, worldwide
The state of Florida has:
  • 732 Modern Quilt Guild members 
  • 10 Modern Quilt Guild Chapters
and we're one of those chapters with 57 members! Whoo-hoo!