Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fabric Postcard Swap

The Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild will be participating in a postcard swap with other Modern Quilt Guild chapters in Florida. Members who wish to participate should plan to make a postcard as follows:

1) 4" x 6" in size and no thicker than 1/8"

2) The postcard should have three layers: The top fabric layer may be pieced, stamped, painted, embroidered, or otherwise decorated (avoid loose items that may get hung up in the mail sorters); the middle layer should of a stiff material so it will not fold or crumple in the postal process. Cardboard, heavy card stock, or Timtex are appropriate; and the bottom layer should be white fabric or muslin, with a line drawn down the middle.

3) On the back left side of the postcard, write a note, or description of how the card was made. 

4) On the right side, allow room at the top left for your own (the card maker’s) very small return address. On the top right, allow room for the postage stamp; and on the bottom right, allow room for the recipient’s address. 

5) Chapter members should give their finished postcards, and 50-cents (postage) to Kelly Nigh Woodworth or Mel Tuck by the April 13 meeting. Kelly and Mel will be responsible for addressing your postcard and taking all of them to the post office to be hand stamped. 

You’ll find many fabric postcard tutorials online, and the Orlando MQG has set up in inspiration board on Pinterest:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

February 9 meeting

Twenty eight members and guests attended the February 9 meeting of the Central Florida MQG. We were grateful to again have First Vice President Debbie step in to lead the meeting in the absence of President Karen. Thank you Debbie, for getting us off to a great start in 2015!

Beth and her hand-stamped "Blue Dragonfly" tote bag.
And just a few other mesh tote bags she made!
Joan and her "Night Sky" quilt, by Jaybird Designs
Lynne and "A Walk Around the Block," foundation paper-pieced quilt.
L-R: Bette, Brenda, Frances, Susan and Jodi show their modern versions of the Churn Dash block.
Linda H. presented a program and demonstration of improvisational piecing. 
With this technique, quilters can sew scraps together to make "new fabric" that can be cut into a variety of shapes.

Debbie shared an improv table runner she made in a class with Victoria Finlay Wolfe.
Members are asked to sign up if they're planning to attend the Sew-In at Belleview Public Library on Saturday, February 28 from 9 am to 3 pm. This sew day is free to members. 

Miscellaneous News
The Executive Board has begun keeping a "Policies and Guidelines" document to record decisions made regarding administrative practices. That document can be see by clicking the "Chapter Documents" tab at the top of this home page.

Our chapter will be participating in a post card swap with other MQG chapters in Florida. Post cards must be turned in by the April 13 meeting. More information, with detailed post card instructions, to come.

The May 7-10 retreat to Luther Springs with the Gainesville MQG, has two openings at $167 for three nights/four days. If you're interested in attending, please send an email. For those who have made their $70 deposit, your $97 balance, payable to Gainesville Modern Quilters, Inc., is due by the April 13 meeting. 

Members are reminded to make and wear a modern, home made name tag to each meeting. Lots of name tag ideas can be found on Pinterest and Flickr. 

Future Meeting
Four Central Florida MQG members will be attending QuiltCon, February 19-22 and will share their experiences and pictures at the Monday, March 9 meeting. 

Follow QuiltCon activities on Instagram with the hashtag #quiltcon #helloquiltcon #quiltconpinswap and more!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Traditional to Modern

January's monthly meeting and program was ably presented by Vice President Debbie with assistance from Vice President Beth.

Based on the September, 2014 MQG Webinar - "Modern Quilting: Know it When You See It" - presented by Jacquie Gering, Debbie reviewed how a community of quilters is like a three-legged stool: traditional, art, and modern - none of which thrives without the other.

She also reviewed modern quilting elements, and then asked each of the 24 quilters present to indicate where they are on the quilting continuum... a long line from Traditional (on the left) to Modern (on the right) with each quilter's position marked by her initials on a yellow dot.

To see how quilters have moved from traditional toward modern, everyone was invited to show an older, more traditional quilt, and a more current, modern quilt.

These traditional quilts were shown.
Linda H.

 The following modern quilts were shown:
Linda H.
Linda T.
Linda T.
We're all looking forward to seeing how our chapters' members move their quiltmaking further toward modern. 

Next Meeting
Monday, February 9, 6:30 p.m.
Program: How to Sew an Improvisational Block, by Linda H.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Quilt Presentation

On Tuesday, January 6, seven quilters representing the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild, met at North Lake Presbyterian Church to present our group quilt to Kay Kennedy, leader of North Lake's women's group. 
From L-R: President Karen; CFMQG liaison with North Lake, Brenda; Vice President Debbie; Treasurer Carla; Membership Co-Chair Frances; Vice President Beth; and Media Coordinator Linda H.
Karen explained to the women's group about our project - blocks made by about 20 quilters, and longarm quilted by Debbie - and that CFMQG appreciates using a church room for our monthly meetings. She then pulled the quilt from a gift bag... show to everyone.

And, the 87" X 97" quilt from the back.

Emotions ran high as CFMQGers learned about the womens group's first upcoming Art Festival, and how this quilt will be raffled to raise funds to support North Lake's charitable giving.

Monday, January 12 begins an exciting new year for the Central Florida MQG! We have an entire complement of board members and committee chairs, and by the end of January or early February we'll officially be part of the national MQG.

On the agenda for Monday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m:
  • Accept final members and membership dues ($40 - cash only!) for 2015. Beginning in February, non-members will be allowed to attend one meeting at no charge. Two meetings may be attended at a cost of $2 each. Then the individual will be required to join.  
  • Program: Vice President Debbie will talk about "The Continuum" based on a Modern Quilt Guild webinar presented in September, 2014, by Jacquie Gehring. Vice President Beth will talk about "How to Make a Churn Dash Modern." 
  • Members are invited to bring two quilts to the meeting: 1) a quilt made early in your quiltmaking experience, and 2) a quilt made recently.
Don't forget to wear your homemade name tag!

Mark your calendars for 2015 meetings, all of which are on the second Monday of each month. Next meeting: Monday, February 9, 6:30 p.m. at North Lake Presbyterian Church. 

Mark your calendars for 2015 Sew-Ins too, (see dates on right menu bar) all of which are at the Belleview Public Library and free to members. The next Sew-In is Saturday, February 28 from 10 am to 4 pm.