Wednesday, February 26, 2020

March 2 Meeting, and Library Sale

Please remember that our regular March meeting is not on the usual monthly date.

Due to a conflicting event at North Lake Presbyterian Church, our meeting has been moved forward one week.
Our meeting is Monday, March 2

Because 13 of our members attended QuiltCon from February 20-23, our meeting will be a "QuiltCon Review." Everyone who attends will offer a perspective and information about their experiences. We'll hear about the quilts; trends in modern; swag bags; special displays; vendors; classes and instructors; volunteering; how the QuiltCon app worked; and perhaps even about first-time meet-ups with Instagram friends! 

In addition to QuiltCon talk, we'll have our first-ever sale of chapter library books.

Book titles, authors, and prices are below. 

Books have been priced at an average of 75 percent off. 

Buyers are asked to please bring the exact cash, or write a check for your purchase(s). All monies will be kept in our chapter. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Blocks for Wollongong (Australia) MQG

Following the raging bush fires in Australia that covered more than 10 million hectares (that's more than 24 million acres), quilters there put out a call for quilt blocks to be made into quilts for those who have suffered as a result. Blocks will be turned into quilts by members of the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild, and given to victims, families of victims, and firefighters. 

Thanks to an initiative led by our member, Becky, 16 tree blocks will be delivered to QuiltCon in Austin, where the MQG is collecting them to be shipped to Australia. 

Trees could be any color (not necessarily green), needed to be on a white or light gray background; and be larger than 12-1/2" square.

Bette M. @quiltlady1 made these blocks.

Jane @gonequiltinginflorida made this foundation paper-pieced block.

Linda H. @flourishingpalms made these "Australia tree" blocks. This her own design that can be found as a free download and tutorial on her blog here

Becky made these blocks using a pattern by Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft. You can purchase the pattern here on Etsy.

Becky also collected 45 tree blocks that were made by Khaki Quilters, a chapter of Quilting Guild of The Villages!

Thank you, Becky, for leading this effort! We appreciate your generosity. 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

2020 QC Awards Ceremony

Even if you aren’t attending QuiltCon in Austin, you won’t want to miss your chance to watch the awards!

Wednesday, February 19
7 pm Central Time (that’s 8 pm for us in Florida)

To watch, click this link:

Go ahead and click it right now, just to check it out. Then bookmark it, and set a reminder to watch Wednesday evening at 8 pm our time. You’ll be glad you did. It’s pretty exciting!

By the way, did you see this picture on that page? 

It was taken at the 2018 awards ceremony in Pasadena, California. Quilts along the wall, at the back of the picture are charity challenge quilts. The second quilt from the right is the one we made! 👏🏼 You can see a better picture by clicking the “QuiltCon Charity Quilts” tab at the top of this page. 

Also, we hope you’ll notice that our blog’s Google calendar has unexpectedly reappeared (due to no change from us), so happily click away to check out upcoming meetings and Sew-Ins!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

February 10 Meeting

What a great turnout for our February meeting! We had 43 quilters in attendance - seven of whom were guests! We're so glad you could join us... and already, four visitors have joined! 👏

The evening's program was presented by Linda H. @FlourishingPalms

At the conclusion of her presentation, everyone had a chance to try big stitch quilting on a small quilt sandwich, using six different brands/types/colors of 8-weight and 12-weight threads. 

Several times Linda demonstrated how to make a quilter's knot.

Here's the link to Jen Kingwell's YouTube video of big stitch hand-quilting with 12-weight Aurifil thread.

We're proud of you too, Rosemary @daisys_driver! 😁

For a fun project, make two rectangular-shaped quilt sandwiches (linen, in this case), and then fill with random stitching - different thread colors, and different thread weights. Then sew them into a small zipper pouch, as Linda did with the example she shared.

Selina @selinaquilts shared several beautiful Sashiko pieces she has created. 

Very special thanks to two Florida quilt shops for donating door prizes! 

Thank you Jen, at www.RedThreadStudio in Palm Coast for your donations of Sew Fine thread wax!

Thank you Alissa, at www.OceansofThread in Deland for your donations of Eleganza Pearl Cotton and Bohin needles!

Dee @quilterdee shared "Color Catcher," a 72-1/2" X 88-1/2" quilt that appeared in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. The pattern is by Erika Bea. Dee pieced and walking foot quilted it on her Bernina 780Q sewing machine. 

Penny shared her "Ei Ei" quilt made with Laura Heine fabrics. She quilted it herself on a Destiny sewing machine.

Shloe shared "What a Whirl," a quilt she made from embroidered blocks. She used an embroidery machine for stitch-in-the-ditch and quilting.

Nancy @nancymenn made a 17-1/2" X 13-1/2" Charmed Tote adapted from a free pattern. She used gridded Pellon to place charm squares, and pieced and quilted it on her Bernina 770QE. 

QuiltCon is coming up soon, in Austin, Texas! The awards ceremony is Wednesday evening, February 19, with the quilt show and vendors open February 20-23. 
  • 13 members of Central Florida MQG will be in attendance! 
  • 3 quilts from our chapter will be displayed!

Please note that due to a conflict at North Lake Presbyterian Church, our next meeting is NOT on the usual date. The meeting is 
Monday, March 2, 6:30 pm

The March 2 program will be "About QuiltCon," and presented by members who attended. 

Do you see our calendar?


 It should be above, on the right side.

Do you see a big blank space there instead?

Due to technological issues outside our control, and depending on the device from which you're trying to view our Central Florida MQG calendar, the calendar may not be visible.

This is a newly-arisen problem caused by Google/Blogger, and for which assistance is not available. 

This blog will be without a calendar until such time as a work-around is figured out, or a new platform is selected for our blog.