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Monday, July 28, 2014

Planning Ahead

It's time for our chapter to make plans for the future. The Modern Quilt Guild's end-of-December deadline for deciding whether to formalize our chapter by joining the national organization is a good time to revisit where we're heading.

To review where we've been thus far....

September 6, 2012 - Eight quilters at Linda H.’s house for the first organization meeting. We met several more times to discuss and plan, including one “make-a-modern-quilt-block” meeting at Sumter County Public Library at Pinellas Plaza. 
October 15, 2012  - Started the Central Florida MQG blog.
November 15, 2012 - Met for the first time at Sharky’s Vac ‘n Sew on Highway 301 in Wildwood, and continued to meet there monthly.
June 2013 - Four quilters met to write by-laws.
July 2013 - Began collecting $15 annual dues, voted to accept by-laws, and announced an Acting Executive Board.
August 2013 - Began meeting monthly at North Lake Presbyterian Church. 
September 14, 2013 - Our first Sew-In at the Oxford Community Center.
October  2013 - Unorganized, and refunded balance of dues.
December 2013 - Linda H. stepped down as chapter leader. Karen E. began leading in January, 2014.

Throughout our activities we have repeatedly emphasized and explained “What is Modern Quilting?” showing fabrics, designs and patterns typical of modern quiltmaking. We've held regular Sew-Ins to encourage getting acquainted. We've had a mug rug swap, and an apron challenge. Programming has included a variety of subjects from explanation of the latest technology - how to create a blog; how to use Flickr - to how to domestic machine quilt. 

Meetings: Everyone is encouraged to make and wear a modern name tag, and quilters are asked to bring and share modern quilts, fabrics, and the latest techniques.

Current discussion is about a shared modern quilt retreat with Gainesville MQG.

Quilters are invited to join national as individuals. We strive to offer participation in the same challenges that the national MQG hosts. Thus far, the MQG has offered five challenges:

1) Robert Kaufman Kona Solids
2) "Habitat" by Jay McCarroll
3) Michael Miller "Madrona Road" (Our first challenge opportunity.)
4) Riley Blake
5) And currently, Michael Miller "Petal Pinwheel"

We're looking for several volunteers who would be willing to participate in a short-term Advisory Committee to review, consider, and make a recommendation to our group about future plans. Advisory Committee volunteers will likely need to meet several times over the next several months to make their recommendation to our chapter by our November 10 meeting. If you would like to be on the Advisory Committee, please email here, or sign up at our August 11 meeting.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 14 Monthly Meeting

Twenty quilters turned out for our monthly meeting at North Lake Presbyterian Church. We're grateful we were able to move into a different room where we have more space, and the room set-up is more conducive to getting to know each other.

Gloria presented her "Quilt Story," sharing her background from a quilting family, and a few of the quilts she inherited.

This particular quilt, which on first-glance looks like churn dash blocks is made of blocks called True Blue, or Prairie Queen, according to Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. Several of us agree that the block would make up beautifully in modern fabrics. 

Doris showing one of two place mats

Doris completed her quilt using blocks made using the Bay Area MQG block of the month   
Brenda and blocks from 100 Modern Quilt Blocks by Tula Pink
First-time visitor, Mary
Jill and her mod thread-catcher
Beth, and "Sun and Sea"
Coming Up

Saturday, July 19
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oxford Community Center, Oxford, Florida
$3 at the door

Bring whatever you wish to work on, a drink and your sack lunch. Feel free to attend and stay as long or as little as you wish. If you choose, you may work on our donation quilt.

Monthly Meeting
Monday, August 11
6:30 p.m.
North Lake Presbyterian Church, Lady Lake, Florida

We'll attempt to answer the question: "Is this a modern fabric?"
Bring three prints or bundles of prints
1. Print(s) you consider modern
2. Print(s) you consider traditional, and
3. Print(s) you're uncertain about.

Also bring your modern show and tell finishes, and any tips or trends you'd like to share.
At the August meeting we will be accepting volunteers to serve on a short-term advisory committee. More information to follow.

Monday, June 9, 2014

June 9 Monthly Meeting

Thirty quilters turned out for the June 9 meeting of the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild!

We welcomed 11 first-time visitors!  

Leader Karen Estep led the meeting, reviewing several upcoming activities:

1. Saturday, July 19 Sew-In at Oxford Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring whatever you want to work on and your lunch. Some quilters will put together a donation quilt top. Cost: $3, at the door.

2. Chapter quilters who are not members of MQG are invited to join in our Michael Miller Challenge using fabrics from the Petal Pinwheel collection, any Michael Miller fabrics, and/or any solids. Finished projects are due at the Monday, September 8 meeting. (Note this change in the due date which was previously August 11.)

3. The Monday, July 14 meeting (at North Lake Presbyterian Church) is "Small Talk." Quilters are invited to bring and share any small, modern-made item, and/or a pattern you plan to make.

Frances and a WIP
Gloria's finished quilt for her granddaughter
Our program was given by Beth Shutty.
"A Quilter's Journey from Traditional to Art Quilts to Modern"

This blue quilt was the first quilt Beth made and kept. 

Her quilts, from traditional pieced and appliqu├ęd...

... to art-type

 ... to modern! Thank you, Beth for sharing your diverse talent with us!

Monday, May 12, 2014

May 12 Monthly Meeting

We had some great publicity in May! This appeared in The Villages Daily Sun on May 8.

Twelve quilters attended our meeting. One is a first-time visitor.

Denise led our meeting in the absence of our chapter leader Karen, and also shared her personal sewing and quilting journey in our monthly "Quilter's Story."

Beth shared information about how to document a quilt - keeping in a binder of information - and how to properly label a quilt.
A granddaughter's wedding anniversary quilt, by Carol
Linda T.'s quilt top made with Tula Pink fabrics
Quilt top made for a granddaughter's dorm room, by Gloria

We laid out the string-pieced blocks we've been making for our donation/thank-you quilt for North Lake Presbyterian Church. We're short a dozen blocks to make a 64" X 80"quilt. Regular attendees are asked to each make one more block by the Saturday, July 19 Sew-In where we will piece the quilt top. Refer to our tutorial here.

For quilters interested in the American Made Brand blog hop, beginning Monday, May 19, go here for more information.

A Quilting Florida Meet-Up, with Carolyn Friedlander, is planned for Saturday, May 24, 11:00 a.m. at Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, Florida. Carolyn's quilts are on display at Bok Tower. $10 a person. More information is available here.

Quilters who have Michael Miller Challenge fabrics are encouraged to work on their projects. Use fabrics in the "Petal Pinwheel" collection, any Michael Miller fabrics, and/or any solids. Quilts/projects will be revealed at the August 11 meeting.

Our next meeting is Monday, June 9 at North Lake Presbyterian Church. The program will be given by Beth who will share a trunk show of her journey from traditional to modern quiltmaking.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our April 14 Outing

Simply Sew Boutique quilt shop, at 13685 S Highway 441 in Summerfield, Florida, hosted the April 14 meeting of the Central Florida MQG. We had a great turnout with 31 people in attendance! Whether they came to learn about using an Accuquilt, or a Piping Hot Binding tool... or maybe for the nice 15 percent discount,  it was nice to see so many quilters interested in modern quilting.

Our leader, Karen, welcomed nine first time visitors followed by Show and Tell.

Standing, or sitting-on-the-floor room only!

First-time visitor Debbie shared two quilts made while she has been a member of the Chicago MQG.

Cindy's quilt
Linda T.'s quilt
Linda T.'s fractured quilt top
Diane's pillow top made with Anna Maria Horner prints
And, another of Diane's creations
The short meeting concluded with demonstrations of an Accuquilt, and Piping Hot Binding tool by shop owner Kathy Creach. Thank you for hosting us, Kathy and Kelsey! Simply Sew Boutique

The May 12 meeting finds us back at North Lake Presbyterian Church at 6:30 pm. In Karen's absence, Denise will lead our meeting. Beth S. will provide information about the importance of, and documenting quilts; and we'll look at interesting quilt backs and quilt labels. Bring yours to share - or pictures of them - along with your modern quilt(s) for show and tell.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April Sew-In

Central Florida MQGer's met for six hours on Saturday, April 5, to enjoy quality sewing and visiting time! It's fun to catch up with quilty-friends!
Front (L-R): Linda T.; Karen P.; Jill; Karen E.; Bette
Back (L-R): Linda H.; Denise; Kathy; Beth; Doris; Brenda

Save these dates for future Sew-Ins: 
Saturday, July 19

Saturday, October 25

Thursday, March 20, 2014

April Meeting Location Change and other Fun News!

 LOCATION CHANGE for our meeting on
April 14th at 6:30 p.m.!
 (Note: This change is for April ONLY.  We will be meeting in our regular location again in May).

The owners of Simply Sew Boutique would love to host us in April!  Their information is as follows:
13685 S US Hwy 441
Unit 8
Summerfield, FL 34491

Simply Sew has ordered the Petal Pinwheel fabrics for our challenge!  They've ordered the pieces that MQG (as well as CFMQG) has designated for the challenge, as well as 8 coordinating pieces in this beautiful Michael Miller fabric line.  Here is the best part:  Simply Sew is offering us a 15% discount on anything in the store the evening of our meeting, as well as 10% on Petal Pinwheels at any time if you mention you are with Central Florida MQGLet's support this wonderful new modern fabrics quilt store in our area.

 The evening of our April 14th meeting, they will be giving us an Accuquilt demonstration, a demonstration on a new tool to create piping in our bindings, as well as demos of other tools and notions.  Due to this great and unexpected opportunity, we will delay our program on modern quilt designs to a future meeting. 

We will still be doing our regular activities as well, such as: Show n' Tell, Aha Moments and Tips, My Quilting Story, What's New, etc.  We've just added a shopping opportunity! 

  SEW-IN  April 5th  9:00-3:30 at Oxford Community Center