Thursday, September 19, 2019

Traditional Block Challenge

Once again, our talented Beth @blue_dragonfly5 has come up with an exciting challenge for Central Florida MQGers. 
Here's what to do...
Select a traditional, named block that begins with your initial. Choose your:
first name, or
For example:"D" for drunkards's path

middle name, or
For example: "P" for pineapple block

 last name.
For example: "K" for kaleidoscope block

Beth plans to use this snail trail block that represents her last name.

Use the block you choose to design a modern quilt.
Your quilt may be any size, but no smaller than 20” on a side.
You might:
  1. redesign the block.
  2. super-size the block.
  3. create an improv version by cutting it up, mixing it up, and sewing it back together.
  4. mix some or all of the block pieces into a unique block.
  5. use the block as it is.
Consider the MQG's definition of modern, and how you might interpret that in your design.
....the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.
Bring your finished quilt to our Monday, November 11 meeting, and a printed picture of your original block. We can't wait to see what you create!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Christina Was Here!

Friday evening, September 6

We were thrilled to welcome Christina Cameli @afewscraps to our Central Florida MQG chapter meeting at North Lake Presbyterian Church. Christina traveled all day, from Portland, Oregon, to arrive in Orlando and be delivered to Lady Lake in time for the 6:30 meeting.

Based on her book by the same name, this was Christina's program topic - Texture.

 She shared many beautiful, up-close examples of quilting designs.

Her trunk show was also evidence of her skill at domestic machine quilting. 

Saturday, September 7
Our workshop was at a new-to-us venue, The Art Workshop in Summerfield. Fantastic lighting made colors pop, and quilting easy to see. 

At intervals, Christina explained how to stitch different designs...

...inviting students to come up and watch her hand-drawn demonstrations on a flip chart, and see examples quilted into fabric.

In between demonstrations, students tackled each assignment with enthusiasm.
Sherry @otterbeequilting who came from Boca Raton and the South Florida MQG
Foreground: Rosemary @daisys_driver
Background: Laurel from Lake County Quilters Guild

Patti @pattil712 from the Orlando MQG
Patty's friend, Linda @lblakley818
Christina giving Pat a little guidance
L: Dee A.; R: Linda L. 
Without exception, everyone praised Christina's teaching style; what they learned and their excitement about quilting in a gridwork; and the wonderful facility. 

Christina and Carole 
Hooray for a special day!

Dinner afterward was relaxing, and a great occasion to share new quilt-y friendships. 

Many thanks to our executive committee members, and program assistants for making Christina's visit go smoothly! L-R: Treasurer Kathy; President Karen; Media Coordinator and Program Assistant Linda; Membership and Program Assistant Gwen; Guest Christina Cameli; Librarian Cindy; and Program Assistant Missy. 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

She's a Go!

Some of you were holding your breath, wondering if Christina Cameli's visit to Florida would be cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian. We're happy to say that the hurricane blew out...

and Christina is blowing in! Just as planned.

We're excited to welcome Christina all the way from Portland, Oregon. 

  • is the author of several quilting books about free motion quilting, and how to make a wedge quilt
  • presented an MQG webinar on wedge quilts
  • has classes available on Craftsy/Bluprint, and
  • appeared on several episodes of Fresh Quilting TV. 

People, this is a great opportunity! And you won't want to miss her visit! Bring your friends too!

6:30 pm
Friday, September 6

North Lake Presbyterian Church
975 Rolling Acres Road
Lady Lake

Christina will be telling us about "Texture Quilting" from her new book by the same name, and showing us quilts. 

Admission is free to Central Florida MQG members, and only $5 for guests. 

Did we already say? This is a great opportunity!

Read more about her:  AFewScraps website; and @afewscraps on Instagram

Saturday, September 7 - 9 am to 3:30 pm
We still have openings in Christina's Saturday workshop on Texture Quilting. If you're a quilter who wants to learn more about quilting on a domestic sewing machine, this is the class for you.

$75 for Central Florida MQG members
$95 for non-members 

EMAIL right now, and we'll get you all the information.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019


We enjoyed a separate Show and Tell during our August meeting to showcase member's work using   specialty rulers, which are available in our library.

The following quilts were made with Jaybird Quilts rulers. See for more information on rulers and patterns.

Beth used both the Super Sidekick and the Hex N More rulers to make this "Gravity Quilt " pattern.

Cindy named this quilt "Diamonds", and it is her own layout version of the "Gravity" Quilt.                       She quilted herself on her domestic machine.

This mysterious maker used the Hex N More ruler to create this stunning
"Science Fair" pattern

Nancy used the Sidekick ruler to make this colorful and fun "Giggles" pattern.

Karen dug into her scraps to make the "Disco" pattern with the Hex N More ruler.

This is one of many blocks Debbie showed us from the "Park Bench" pattern using Hex N More and Sidekick rulers.  She even created mini Park Bench blocks!  We look forward to seeing this project when all of the blocks are put together.

The following quilts were made using the Quick Curve ruler (QCR) or Mini Quick Curve ruler.  For further information, see

Karen E. used the Mini QCR to make this "Mini Metro Rings."

Debbie began this "Chic Diamonds" pattern at retreat, and here it is beautifully finished!

Linda H. used the "Urban Abacus" pattern to create this colorful version

Karen T. made this "Urban Candy" pattern.  
That leftover fabric was put to good use in making this creative backing!

Karen E. used one of the 12 blocks available in the "Curve It Up" patterns, and modified it some to create this quilt, which was made for one of our past challenges.

Debbie showed us many blocks made using the "Curve It Up" pattern.

Linda H. made this version of  "Spring Fling," which is a FREE pattern on the website!

Using the mini QCR, Debbie made this "Mini Pumpkins" pattern, and it is almost that time of year to keep it out and display it!

We also have a "Classic Curves" ruler, which was developed by Sharon of
The incredible aspect of this ruler is the number of sizes of curves you can make with this one ruler!

Although much of this is Beth's own design, she used the Classic Curves ruler to create those wonderful curves that add so much movement to this quilt.  Beth designed this for our recent Color Challenge.

Members are welcome to check out any of our specialty rulers and make their own version of many amazing patterns available on the above three website links.  You may see rulers that we have accessible in our library by clicking on the library link on our blog home page.