Wednesday, February 27, 2019

QuiltCon - Part 2

Have you had a chance yet to visit the MQG website to see the winning quilts at QuiltCon? They're pretty amazing!

And here are some interesting statistics about QuiltCon in Nashville.

We learned that Rhode Island was the only state not represented at QuiltCon. 

We're proud of two members whose quilts were juried into the show, and hung in the same hall with winning quilts. These are picture of those quilts in their environment.

On the left is Beth's "Reflected Sunrise."

Beth's two-color challenge quilt, "Twin Peaks" is on the right, beside Steph Skardal's "Super Donut."

Linda H. also had quilts in the show. "O-O Orange" was in the two-color challenge. 

Linda's "Wrinkles Fade Away" (center) is hanging to the left of "Cool Pool" by Sylvia Schafer. The pattern for Cool Pool is on page 114 of the 2019 QuiltCon magazine. 

On the right is Linda's "Roulette" quilt.

We hope to see more members entering quilts in 2020!

Wisdom from QuiltCon...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

QuiltCon - Part 1

Eighteen quilters from the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild attended QuiltCon in Nashville, February 21-24.

Based on initial estimates, the first three days of QuiltCon in Nashville saw more attendees (10,000) than the entire four days of 2018 QuiltCon in Pasadena (7,700)!

To see the MQG's photos of the award-winning quilts, please go here.

Many of us are glad we were able to attend (that's pretty much an understatement)! We'll be "downloading" our experiences at the Monday, March 4 meeting. PLEASE NOTE THE MEETING DATE CHANGE. If you attended QuiltCon, please bring to the meeting your impressions and experiences to share with others.

We were thrilled to see "All Stacked Up and No Where to Go" displayed among hundreds of beautiful Charity Challenge Quilts.

Remember... The MQG suggested the color palette, and the theme was "small piecing."

Here's a look at only a few of the charity quilts hung at the show. They were displayed outside the quilt display and vendor hall, and inside the quilt display and vendor hall around the perimeter. 

Some of them are incredible!

More QuiltCon pictures to come!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

February 11 Meeting

Monday evening's meeting saw a nice turnout of 33 quilters, in spite of reports of many quilters being sick. We are glad to welcome new member, Pam!

Our program was capably presented by Judi @willwork4fabric who shared her expertise and experiences navigating and utilizing the MQG's website:

Members are encouraged to take advantage of the many resources available: webinars, Fresh Quilting TV, monthly patterns, block-of-the-months, and member discounts! You can also print a membership card. And be sure to set up "My Profile," join a "circle," and check out a variety of interest circles such as foundation paper piecers, walking foot quilters, and even a "Vintage Sewing Machines" group!

Judi also gave a review of the QuiltCon app, a software program by eventScribe. Members should have received an email with information about how to get the app, login, and select and load one's own schedule. It's pretty nifty, and will be an extremely usable app for QuiltCon attendees!

If you aren't going to QuiltCon, you can watch the awards ceremony as it's live-streamed on Wednesday evening, February 20. Check back here for information about how to do that.

Central Florida MQG members who are also members of Quilting Guild of The Villages, had the opportunity to enter modern quilts into QGOTV's "Showcase of Quilts," January 25-26. A "modern" category was new this year, and we were happy to see participation by many of our members.

Here are a few of the quilters, with quilts that appeared in the modern category.

Nancy @nancymenn and her "Flitter" quilt that received honorable mention.

The back of Nancy's quilt
Gwen @flaquiltz and her "Scrappy Star" quilt that she turned into a modern design with asymmetry, negative space, and an unexpected bit of color. She home machine quilted this.

Corinna @potterquilter turned a pile of nine-patch blocks, made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics into this quilt. For the first time, she used a longarm machine to quilt it herself.

Ardie @fatquarteraddict won a first place ribbon for "Wonky Windows" made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics. She quilted it on her longarm.

Linda @flourishingpalms received an honorable mention for "Urban Trek," a design by Heather Black @quiltachusetts. She home machine quilted it, and added big stitch hand quilting to enhance the design.

Linda received a first place ribbon for "Always Add Orange," a quilt design that appeared in the triangles issue of Curated Quilts magazine. It is home machine quilted.

Becky @rchianese26 made this transparency quilt following a design by Yvonne Fuchs @quiltingjetgirl. She walking foot quilted it on her home machine.

Last month, Ruth @sewocd shared her "Heading South" quilt, a pattern by Material Girl Quilts, so everyone got a good chuckle from seeing Linda's @blu24berry version of the same pattern called "Heading North." 😂 Linda made it using "Flow" fabrics by Zen Chic. On her home sewing machine she quilted with a ruler and free motion quilting.

Our newest member, Pam @plpalmer1953 quilted this Dream Big panel on her longarm. This is a popular way to practice free motion quilting. See more of these on Instagram #dreambigpanel.

Ardie @fatquarteraddict made a tote for her electronic devices using a Simplicity bag pattern with fusible Bosal In-R-Form, for stability.

Lynette @netsyclay made this jelly roll quilt for her mother's upcoming birthday.

The back of Lynette's quilt
Cindy @cbubblensews learned how to apply clear, glossy, iron-on vinyl to candy bags, and turn them into zipper pouches. Retreaters note: Eat candy! Save bags for future zipper pouches!

Dee @quilterdee shared her finished "Ombre Gems," made during an Instagram quilt-along with @emily_dennis_ Fabrics are Vanessa Christenson's metallic ombre dots.

The back of Dee's Ombre Gems
In 2013, Central Florida MQG members participated in a BOM led by Bay Area Modern. Beth @blue_dragonfly5 turned her blocks into a film strip quilt. She recently completed a second film strip quilt. She anticipates they'll both hang in her daughter's new home. Beth used wool batting for it's light weight, and walking foot ("walking arm" 😂 inside joke - you had to have been there) quilted it. 

Take note!

Our next meeting is one week earlier than usual! Due to a conflict at North Lake Presbyterian Church, we will be meeting on the first Monday of the month.

Monday, March 4 - 6:30 pm
Our program will be given by members who attend QuiltCon. We'll have everyone review something they noticed or experienced at QuiltCon - a significant lecture; a wonderful workshop; a modern trend observed... whatever any attendee cares to share.

Come to share our fun, informal, social get-together! 

Monday, February 11, 2019

New to Central Florida MQG?

If you're visiting our Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild blog (website) for the first time, welcome!

You may be here because of this article in today's (February 11) The Daily Sun newspaper.

See color pictures of these quilts here.

We're proud of our members who submit quilts to QuiltCon, and very happy for them when their quilts are selected. It's a tough show to be accepted into!

Everyone is also excited that QuiltCon is coming up next week, in Nashville! If you're attending, and haven't yet downloaded the QuiltCon app, do so. You can populate it with the workshops, lectures, and meet-ups you're attending, and also search for and connect with other quilters who will attend. This is a great opportunity to look up other Florida MQGers!

If you're interested in, or new to modern quiltmaking, please visit a chapter meeting to find out what we're all about! You're welcome to attend once at no charge. Then, for only $40 a years, join us to receive all the benefits of local and national membership. It's a real bargain, given all the access you will receive - workshops with national instructors, webinars, Fresh Quilting television programs, patterns, block-of-the-months, and more!
November 2018 free Quilt of the Month: "Flow" by Mitzi Schafer @jitterywings 
Our February meeting is tonight! At 6:30 pm we'll be at North Lake Presbyterian Church, 975 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake. Look for us in the large fellowship room.

This evening's program, "The MQG Website," is presented by MQG member Judi, who will give us an overview of the Modern Quilt Guild's website. This is good information for anyone who needs a little navigation guidance.

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

February Sew-in Workshop 2019

Our member-led workshop given by Beth (@blue_dragonfly5) was about learning a quilt-as-you-go technique called "Interleave" held at the Belleview Public Library for eleven of us in attendance.

Beth began the class with a little history of how she developed this Michael Miller inspired design.  She then shared her interpretations with instructions and a demonstration of how to create her "Potato Chip" quilt design.

We laid out fabrics and found using our cell phones was very helpful in getting just the right placement.
Carefully drew lines with precision on the foundations..
Under Beth's guidance, we created our panels...  Looking good Ardie and Karen!

Karen and Dee have begun cutting their strips...

Karen has started sewing the strips onto the foundation...

                                                    .....After many laughs and a
                                                 few "Ta-Dahs"....
                                                               (...way to go Cindy!)

The designs began to appear!  Nice job Edith, Jane and Rosemary!!!

Thank you Beth for all your hard work and time to bring us this workshop!

Next Sew-in will be held March 9 (second Saturday of each month)

See you at the next CFMQG meeting Monday, February 11 at 6:30 pm!