Monday, July 15, 2019

Saturday Sew-In Workshop

We had more than a dozen quilters turn out for our Saturday Sew-In, most who came for the opportunity to learn how Cindy @cbubblesnsews makes adorable snack bag zipper pouches. Cindy calls them "Zippered Wrapper Bags."

We're very grateful for the use of the Belleview Public Library large room.

Cindy provided hand-outs, showed several assembly options, and gave great demonstrations.

The huge variety of snack and treat bags make for endless possibilities for cute zippered bags! Candy, popcorn, potato chips, crackers, raisins, and even dog treat bags!
Karen T. @yorkie3mom and her Twizzlers bag
Peggy @thislittlepiggysews and her Boom Chicka Pop popcorn bag
Missy @2quiltingminions working on her Twizzlers bag
Karen E. @sunrayatplay and her peanut M&Ms bag
Linda @flourishingpalms and her Twizzlers bag
Kathy working on her Skittles bag
Mamacita and her peanut butter M&Ms bag
Beth @blue_dragonfly5 and her Dove chocolates bag

Any Central Florida MQG member with a quilting technique or project to share is encouraged to talk with President Karen about offering a Sew-In workshop. Everyone enjoys learning, and especially spending time together. One of the very best aspects of quiltmaking and sewing is being with friends! Thank you, Cindy, for this wonderful opportunity!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Half-Square Triangles Remix

We welcomed 28 members, 1 new member, and 2 guests to our July 8th meeting.  The focus of this meeting was half square triangles.  We enjoyed a Show and Tell of recently finished projects, which were featured on our previous post.  Some additional information on a few of these projects are as follows:
Dee S. created this memory quilt from her granddaughter's artwork through the years.  It is 41.5 x 47.5, was made on her Bernina 780 and walking-foot quilted by Dee.

Dee also finished this 46 x 58 Caterpillar quilt for her first great-grandchild on her Bernina 780.  The pattern is by Kristina Brinkenhoff of Center Street Quilts.

Marie D. made this Carissa purse on her Brother Innova from fabric won at our recent challenge.

"Black Tie Affair" was made by Betty S.  It is 37.5 x 37.5.  She first made curved pieced blocks, cut them diagonally, and sewed them together "half-square triangle" fashion.  She therefore introduced it as our "segway" into the next part of our program featuring half-squared triangles.

For our program, members were asked to bring in both traditional and modern half-square triangle quilts.  Our purpose was to discuss how to make traditional more modern, and these quilts inspired much discussion.  Modern options were offered, such as adding negative space, eliminating borders, change of fabric choices, asymmetry, changing scale, going "off the grid", etc.  While looking at these quilts, think about what changes you would suggest:

Selina K. with her beautiful array of color

Jane G. with her blue and yellow pattern burst

Diane C. made four sets of paper-pieced blocked from "Year of Scrappy Triangles" by Sewn with Leila.  This quilt created much discussion!

Barb A.

Missy G. whipped this up just a few days before meeting!

Margaret H. sewed this on her Bernina 880, and quilted it on her APQS Millenium.  The center part is Missouri Star's "Night Sky" pattern.

"Thank You for Your Service" was made by Margaret H.'s Aunt Helen on her ancient Pfaff.  It is 70 x 78, and quilted by Margaret on her APQS Millenium

We finished the evening with viewing a Fresh Quilting segment from the Modern Quilt website.  We enjoyed watching Riane Menardi show us easy ways to make new patterns for an entire quilt from changing up one block on #203 "Mix It Up."

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

July 8 Show and Tell


Upcoming Activities

Saturday, July 13
10 am to 4 pm
Belleview Public Library
Come to the Sew-In to work on whatever you wish (FREE)


participate in the $10 Zippered Wrapper Bag Workshop led by Cindy
Register here to receive a supply list. 

Monday, August 12 regular meeting
6:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Program: "Big Stitch Quilting" by Linda H. 
After a brief presentation, members will receive a hands-on lesson in big stitch hand quilting, along with information about different threads, thread weights, and needles. A short supply list (IE: thimble, scissors, marker) will be provided before the meeting. 

Registrations are being accepted for these upcoming workshops:

Saturday, September 7
Texture Quilting with Christina Cameli (AFewScraps) 
Members: $75 - Registrations open to non-members beginning August 1: $95

Monday, October 14
Playful Color with Rebecca Bryan (BryanHouseQuilts)
Members: $75 - Registrations open to non-members beginning September 1: $95

Mail your check to:

Central Florida MQG
P.O. Box 1355
Lady Lake, FL 32158

Click these dates on the calendar (above, right) for more details.