Monday, November 9, 2015

November Meeting

We had a special guest at this evening's meeting. Timm from the Mt. Dora store Sew Mini things was in attendance. Timm brought mini rulers for all of us and some great prizes for the Solids Quilt Challenge. Thank you so much for all the goodies Timm!

There were 14 entries from our group for our Central Florida MQG Solids Challenge. 

1st Place went to Frances with this large bed quilt. She said that it took her about eight months to complete it and that it was her husband that inspired her. He wanted something for their bed without wild prints and he loves the new quilt. Great job Frances.

a little bit of the close up quilting

2nd place was Beth's Sunset Ripples

3rd place was Mel's mom's, Janice, with Mod Triangle Quilt

4th place was Beth's American Made Brand Tiny Quilt Challenges

Tied for 5th place was Linda Thomas with All Squared Up and Jamie with Teals in Squares.

It was a fun challenge and neat to see all the solids quilts. Many of the participants stated that it made them go out of their comfort zones more and in doing so they also tried some different quilting techniques.
2015 Solid Challenge Quilts

It was nice being in the large room with all the quilts and the stage made it easier for a group photo.

We had several visitors attend the meeting tonight and hopefully we will call them members soon. Two of our visitors, Carol and Cara, both had quilts to share with us for show and tell.

Carol's Deconstructed Beauty

Cara's Walt Disney Birthday

Cara's Monsters Inc. Movie
                                                  Beauty and the Beast work in progress

Reminder that this Saturday, November 14 is our next Sew In day at the Belleview Library, 13145 SE County Highway 484, Belleview, Florida. If you wish to attend and didn't sign up, please make sure to contact Toni or Karen as I believe all tables are spoken for. But there is still room to sew if you bring your own portable table.

Our next and last meeting of 2015 will be December 14. If you have not yet paid your $40 dues for 2016, please do so at this meeting. We have to pay dues to the Modern Quilt Guild by December 31 so we need to have all the money in. We are asking everyone to bring a snack to the meeting that would feed at least six people and your own beverage. Karen will provide paper goods.

We will all be hand sewing the binding together on our charity quilt at this meeting. Thread and needles will be provided.

Also, bring in a tool you use in your sewing room that is not a typical sewing tool. Choose something that is from a hardware store to share at the December meeting.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October Sew-In and Meeting

The Central Florida MQG has already crammed a month's worth of activities into the first 13 days of October, so it's no wonder that some of us are feeling a little tired out from having so much fun!

First up was our wonderful workshop with Sherri (see previous post) and her program, followed by our Saturday Sew-In at Belleview Public Library. We had our biggest turn-out to date with 14 quilters in attendance  We welcomed two visitors from the Gainesville MQG!

Back row, L-R: Lynn, Karen, Beth (GMQG), Susan, Toni, Jamie, Diane
Front row, L-R: Linda, Karen, Kathy, Lora (GMQG), Debbie, Kelly
(Sorry we missed you in our group photo, Beth #1!)

If you haven't yet attended a Sew-In, plan to do so! Our next is Saturday, November 14 at the library, from 10 am to 6 pm. Come for all or part of the day. 

Third in our line-up of fun was Monday evening's regular meeting at North Lake Presbyterian Church. Thirty people attended, two of whom were visitors. 

Briefly looking into 2016:
February 13-14 - Lee Heinrichs (FreshlyPieced) is coming from Wisconsin to give a program and lead a workshop. More info to come.
May 5-8 - Central Florida MQG retreat at Luther Springs. More info to come.

Of course, many of the quilters who were in Sherri Lynn Wood's improv class brought their projects to share.

Looking at the variety of designs, you might not guess we were all in the same workshop!

Our meeting speaker was Al Lawson, owner of Sharky's Vac 'n Sew on Highway 301 in Wildwood.

He shared information about sewing machines and their care, threads brands, fabrics, and basically entertained us with his stories and knowledge. Quilters in attendance who knew the right answers to questions were rewarded with several giveaway items - sponges, needles, thread, thread stand, batting, and the like. We really appreciated and enjoyed Al's program!

Don't forget to show your Central Florida MQG membership card for 10 percent off your Sharky's purchases.
Selina made a placemat using a mini tumbler template, and hand quilted it with #5 pearl cotton. 
Kathy made a bag of tumbler shapes using Kaffe Fasset fabrics.
Linda and Beth entered the American Made Brand "Tiny Quilt Challenge." Out of 228 entries, they were both in the top 12 winner's group! Linda's "Spherical Realm" placed third in appliqué; Beth's "Check Mark" placed third in piecing.
They won the same prizes - a 31 fat quarter bundle of AMB solids, an AMB color card, and an AMB tote bag.
In addition, Beth's off-set squares quilt was also selected by AMB to be part of the 40-quilt display! 
Gainesville MQG visitor, Lora, showed four Wedge Table Runners she made.
This is her own design using the freezer paper piecing technique.
Lora also showed her "Roxie Bag," another of her own designs.
Linda showed "Triangle Tango," a design she arranged using EQ7.
The quilt is domestic machine quilted with three different all over quilting designs.
Karen's "Mid-Century Modern Medley" is a design by Mark Lipinski.
She quilted it herself, and added flanged binding, a new technique to her.
Looking Ahead
  • Members will soon receive an opportunity to vote electronically for the follow slate of 2016 officers.
President:  Debbie BookmanVice-President:  Beth ShuttyTreasurer: Susan Simone1st Media Coordinator:  Linda Hungerford 2nd Media Coordinator:  Jamie Naylor
Even though candidates are running unopposed, it's important that we have a majority response in order to install these quilters at our December meeting. Watch for an email with a link to vote. Thank you!
Our bylaws allow two individuals to share a position. Both the Vice-President and Treasurer "second" positions are open. 
  • 2016 chapter dues of $40 are being accepted now through the end of 2015. If you're writing a check, please make it payable to Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild, Inc.
November Activities
  • Our November 9 meeting is at North Lake Presbyterian Church, as usual. However, we are moving our meeting room from the classroom area to the Fellowship Hall. Enter by the same doors, follow the hall, turn right, then left into the Hall. This means we have more room to grow. Bring your friends!
  • The November 9 meeting is the reveal of our "Solids Challenge." Kelly will be at the door to accept your entry. Please bring it hidden, in a bag or tote. Attendees will vote for their favorites with winners announced, and a participation prize given. Timm from Sew-Mini Things quilt shop in Mount Dora will attend to award prizes.
  • November 14 - monthly Saturday Sew-In at Belleview Public Library.
December 14 Meeting
  • Outgoing executive committee and incoming executive committee recognized.
  • We'll revisit the continuum that many members saw (and placed their initials on) in January. Let's see how you've progressed as a modern quilter! If you aren't familiar with the continuum, MQG members may watch Jacquie Gering's MQG webinar "Modern Quilting: You Know it When You See It" here.
  • Bring your non-sewing room notions to show and share. This would be an item from an office supply store or hardware store that you use in your sewing room.
  • Binding Bee! Together, we'll be hand-sewing the binding down on our charity quilt. Thread and needles provided, but please bring your thimble. 
  • No December Sew-In

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Workshop, and Instagram Winners

Twenty quilters from Quilting Guild of The Villages, the Gainesville Modern Quilt Guild, the Jacksonville Modern Quilt Guild, the Tampa Modern Quilt, and the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild attended Sherri Lynn Wood's all-day workshop: Modern Block Improv

Sherri explained and expanded on several design elements - ways to change a Flying Geese block.

She then demonstrated how to rotary cut without a ruler, and how to piece free-form shapes. 

After piecing our own blocks, based on our color choices after five minutes of "centering," we discussed everyone's blocks, evaluating them - not judging them. 

Sherri explained design elements and "bleeding" to arrange blocks and choose "fillers." (All this information is in "Score Six" of Sherri's book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.

This is the improv design Sherri created from her explanation to us.

During the afternoon, quilters continued piecing those blocks together using the techniques Sherri suggested. Here are most of the partially completed improvisational designs.

These Central Florida MQGers will wholeheartedly agree that their workshop with Sherri with extremely enlightening. They are, from L-R front row: Debbie, Toni, Sherri Lynn Wood, Karen, and Selina; and L-R back row: Carla, Judi, Susan, Kelly, Beth, and Linda.

Giveaway Winners
And now.... (drumroll)... the winners of the CentralFloridaMQGChallenge on Instagram, in order of selection using to choose winners (during an executive board meeting) from the 14 entries: 
  1. Diane Basque
  2. Kathy Gricius
  3. Selina Kidney
  4. Toni Leli
  5. Beth Shutty
These quilters, in this order, will get to blindly choose a 1/2 yard cut of modern fabric from a bag provided by our September meeting sponsor, The Cloth Pocket in Austin, Texas. (Don't forget you can use your Central Florida MQG member code to receive a 20 percent discount on a purchase from The Cloth Pocket.) We hope to see winners at next Monday's (October 12) meeting so you can get your prizes! Congratulations! 

Next Meeting - October 12
  • Program: "Machine Magic" - Al Lawson from Sharky's Vac 'n Sew will share his knowledge of sewing machines, and his top ten dos and don'ts. 
  • Sherri Lynn Wood workshop attendees will show their improvisational blocks/mini quilts
  • 2016 slate of Central Florida MQG officers will be announced

Monday, October 5, 2015

She's Here!

Sherri Lynn Wood arrived in The Villages today! She's a popular quilter/designer/instructor, and author of The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. We're happy to have her here.

Monday evening, these Central Florida MQGers enjoyed a meal and quilt-chat with Sherri. L-R: Carla, Linda, Karen, Sherri, Debbie, Judi, and Susan.

These quilters and others will be attending Sherri's Tuesday workshop - Modern Block Improv.  Tuesday evening our MQG chapter and Quilting Guild of The Villages are all looking forward to hearing Sherri's 6:30 program at Laurel Manor Rec Center - Improvise! Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Meeting About Social Media

Thirty-three people attended our September 14 meeting, four of them first-time guests.

After a brief business meeting, Bette shared the completed donation quilt top. Contributing members made between eight and 12 Delectable Mountain blocks, in a prescribed color grouping, and Bette assembled the top. We anticipate the quilt will be ready for binding by our December meeting when we'll have a binding bee.
Delectable Mountains: 86" X 91"

Joey shared her modern "Gator Quilt," a pattern she saw on Pinterest. She quilted it on her home sewing machine.
 And the back of the same quilt...

Jodie shared her lattice quilt that she also quilted on her home sewing machine.

Jamie showed her "Hexa-Go-Go" quilt. She followed Leah Day's Dancing Butterfly Quilt Along, using the quilt-as-you-go method to make the entire quilt. Jamie quilted it on her home sewing machine.

Karen shared this quilt top several months ago, and brought it back to show her domestic machine quilting - accomplished in one week! The quilt is "Mixed Bag." 

Mel happily shared these two minis. These are examples of what our members will have a chance to learn more about when Mel presents her program in February, 2016.

Social media was the focus of our meeting, as Linda presented a 58-slide program about 10 different forms of technology - all the on-line places where quilters hang out and are inspired.

Upcoming Activities
Tuesday, October 6, 9 am - 3:30 pm at Big Cypress Rec Center
Sherri Lynn Wood workshop - "Modern Block Improv" ($100 fee)

Tuesday, October 6, 6:30 pm at Laurel Manor Rec Center
Sherri Lynn Wood program - "Improvise! Creating, Quilting, & Living Courageously"

Wednesday, October 7, 1 pm at Panera Bread
Executive Committee 2016 Budget Meeting

Wednesday, October 7
During the Executive Committee Meeting (see above), winners will be selected in the Instagram #CentralFloridaMQGChallenge. Members are encouraged, between now and October 7 to: 1) open an Instagram account; 2) take a quilting-related photo (IE: sewing room, in-progress or finished project, fabric stash); and 3) post it, using the hashtag #CentralFloridaMQGChallenge. Winners will be announced on our blog and prizes awarded.

Saturday, October 10, 10 am - 6 pm at Belleview Public Library

Monday, October 12, 6:30 pm at North Lake Presbyterian Church
Central Florida MQG meeting
Program: "Maintenance Magic," by Al Lawson from Sharky's Vac 'n Sew. Al will share his many years of sewing machine knowledge and tell us his top ten "dos and don'ts.