Thursday, January 23, 2020

2020 Quilt Con Charity Quilt

"Explore the Possibilities Through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math"
62" X 75"

In July 2019, seven of our chapter members met to begin discussion about our chapter's 2020 QuiltCon Charity Quilt.
L-R: Missy G., Mel T., Rosemary V. , Beth S., Dee S., and Bette M.
The committee was chaired by experienced charity quilt challenge quilter, Jane G.
L-R: Jane and Missy
As all MQG chapters must do, we had to follow the challenge rules as set by the MQG. This year's rules not only included particular dimensions, but also the theme "text" and a grayscale color palette.
The committee selected the Art Gallery pattern "Acoustics," and the theme "Science, Technology, Engineering and Math" (STEM).  STEM is the foundation for so much of what we do each day, including sewing and quilting - from fabric creation, to pattern design, to high tech sewing, the quilting machines we use, and beyond. STEM is part of it all. 

Beth created the quilt design in EQ8 and printed foundation papers so block piecing accuracy was assured. Some of our members pieced letter blocks while at a Saturday Sew-In.

Progress was made during other Saturday Sew-Ins.
L-R: Missy G., Jane G., Dee S., Beth S., Linda H. and Karen E.
Pin-basting happens quickly when many hands are on deck!

Jane beautifully walking foot quilted it on her domestic sewing machine. 

Bette spent two days hand sewing down binding. 

"Explore the Possibilities Through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math"
62" X 75"

Quilt back with hanging sleeve and label

2020 QuiltCon Charity Challenge Quilt Committee Members
L from top: Mel, Jane, Dee
R, from top: Bette, Missy, Beth, Rosemary
Everything for this quilt was donated!
When the quilt is returned to our chapter from display at QuiltCon, it will be donated for silent auction to the "Time to Give Back Club" that hosts an annual St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital fundraiser in The Villages. The event is in May. 

Excellent work, everyone! It will be exciting to see our quilt displayed at QuiltCon in Austin, February 20-23. We hope you will attend! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

January 13 Meeting and Challenge Information

We were delighted to have 38 quilters attend our first meeting of the new year, two of whom were first-time visitors.

President Karen @sunrayatplay led our meeting, introducing 2020 executive committee members and committee chairs, and providing a review of MQG news.

Of special interest is the MQG's request for members to make a Quilt of the Month pattern to submit for possible display at QuiltCon 2021 in Atlanta.

To start considering what quilt pattern you'd like to make:
  • Go to the MQG website
  • Log-in
  • Choose "For MQG Members"
  • Select "Patterns, Webinars and Articles"
  • Choose"Quilts of the Month" to see options.
More information about this call for submissions will appear in your email in-box - in the February issue of Modern Monthly.

Members are reminded that we have many great modern quilting books in our library, and a nice selection of rulers, all of which may be checked out at meetings. To see what we have available, click a tab at the top of this page: "Lending Library Books" or "Lending Library Rulers."

Members who were in the chapter five years ago, when we first officially joined The Modern Quilt Guild, were invited to share a memory or two. To celebrate, we enjoyed mini cupcakes generously provided by Patti C. of Patty Cake Bakery in The Villages.

Dee @quilterdee shared a 32" X 42" rug made from a pattern by Roma Quilts. She sewed this on her Bernina 780 using a Jingle Pops jelly roll, by Hoffman fabrics. 

Dee @quilterdee made this 49" X 49" "Mega Star" quilt from a Zen Chic pattern. She used a jelly roll called Good Tidings that she won in an Instagram giveaway. Dee pieced and quilted this on her Bernina. 

Jane @gonequiltinginflorida shared this 28" X 21" cutting mat/ruler carrier made with Moda fabrics Shibori by Debbie Maddy.

Jane @gonequiltinginflorida pieced and domestic machine quilted this 56" X 64" quilt called "Thicket," a pattern by Gingiber using Gingiber fabrics.

Chapter Challenge
Our meeting concluded with Beth's @blue_dragonfly5 presentation and the introduction of our first 2020 chapter challenge.

Influenced by a Mid-Century Modern Artist

Please note: Quilts are due April 6! This is not an error! 

Due to a conflict at North Lake Presbyterian Church, our April meeting has been moved to the 6th.

Beth presented a visual review of 10 artists and their mid-century modern designs that may be used as inspiration for a quilt.

Those 10 mid-century modern artists are (Click on name):

Do not duplicate an artist's design.

When choosing colors for your quilt, consider using Kona's Color of the Year (#coty) "Enchanted."

Or use the Pantone color of the year "Classic Blue." For a close match, use Kona Surf - another blogger says it's Kona Regatta - or Painter's Palette Solid Lapis.

Please keep your quiltmaking progress private (do not post on social media) because a Viewer's Choice winner will be chosen by vote at our April 6, 2020 meeting.

Quilts are due April 6! This is not an error!
Due to a conflict at North Lake Presbyterian Church,  our April meeting has been moved to the 6th. 

January 25 Saturday Sew-In
Note that our January Saturday Sew-In is the 25th. This is a date change (from the second Saturday of the month) due to a conflict with the Belleview Public Library. Come to sew and socialize from 10 am until.... 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

New Year and Anniversary

January 2020 finds our chapter celebrating five years of belonging to The Modern Quilt Guild.

Though our first organizational meeting was at Linda's house in November 2012, it took a couple years to make our chapter viable.

We first met at Sharky's Vac 'n Sew, now called Sew Together, in Wildwood.

Some of us joined Instagram as soon as it became the place to find other quilters, and then followed along when IGers began making Trip Around the World quilts. Former member Sheddy shared a program about it.

We worked hard to help meeting attendees learn "what is modern?" We participated in one of The MQG's first challenges.

We used several activities to encourage members to make modern - a modern BOM...

... a mug rug swap...

...and an apron challenge.

Back then, our monthly Saturday Sew-Ins were at the Oxford Community Center.

When we outgrew our meeting space at Sharky's, we moved to North Lake Presbyterian Church and met in one of the classrooms.

At our Monday, January 13 meeting, we'll recollect more of our early days. Members who were around five to seven years ago are invited to share a memory.

We'll also enjoy treats! Please bring your favorite beverage with you.

Beth will present our program that includes introducing our first 2020 challenge.

Don't forget to wear a name tag.

See you Monday evening at 6:30 pm at North Lake Presbyterian Church, Lady Lake!