Friday, April 24, 2015

Challenge Opportunities!

Riley Blake Challenge
The third MQG Riley Blake challenge was announced in January, and within eight hours, all challenge spots were filled! Several CFMQGers did get in and have received their fabrics - six fat-eights of "The Cottage Garden" collection by Amanda Herrig. 

If you didn't get in on the free fabric bundle, you can still participate. Just go to a quilt shop - brick-and-mortar, or online - to purchase what you want. 

Then, create and sew! The challenge is:
  • Make something fantastic that is quilted.
  • Make something you've never done before
  • Challenge yourself to try something new.
  • Use only Riley Blake The Cottage Garden fabrics and any coordinating Riley Blake basics and solids.
  • Complete your project by July 31. We will be sharing challenge projects at our August 10 meeting.
Share your work and see what others in the MQG are doing by taking pictures! Upload photos to:
  • the community page of the MQG website
  • Instagram or Facebook. Tag them #mqgfabricchallenge
American Made Brand Tiny Quilt Challenge
American Made Brand is the only fabric manufacturer whose product, from field to fabric, is entirely produced in the US. 

Sixty-two solid colors are available, so choose yours to make a project. 
  • that's pieced, appliquéd, or quilted
  • design must be original - CFMQG verified with AMB 4/24/15
  • no larger than 15" X 15" and include a 4" hanging sleeve
  • enter as many items as you wish by September 15
  • juried winners will be announced by October 1, and 
  • will be included in an exhibit at Road 2 California in January, 2016
The top prize will win an all-expenses paid trip, for two nights, to Road 2 California! Find complete details and entry forms here.

Central Florida MQG Solids Challenge
We're also encouraging members to use solids in their modern quilts. The rules are simple:
  • Use solids only
  • Make anything quilted.
  • Make it any size.
  • Create a project that focuses on a modern element that you can talk about when sharing at a chapter meeting.
  • Complete your project by November 9.
  • A "Viewer's Choice," and other prizes will be awarded.
Share your work! Take pictures of your in-progress and finished project. Upload photos to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #CentralFloridaMQG

Looks like it's time to put creativity and inspiration to work! We can't wait to see what everyone does! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

April 13 Monthly Meeting

This month, 29 quilters turned out for the second Monday of the month evening meeting. Two of those quilters were first-time guests.

Quilters participating in the Florida postcard swap, being organized by the Orlando MQG, turned in their postcards, and 50-cents. When mailing addresses have been received from the Orlando coordinator, our swap chair Kelly will address, stamp, and mail postcards. 

Becky with "Wild and Fun," longarm quilted
Toni and "Stack and Whack" placemats
Beth and her "Professional Tote," a pattern by The Creative Thinker
Linda H. and "SuperTote," a pattern by Noodlehead
Linda H. and "Metro Waves," a SewKindofWonderful pattern, domestic machine quilted
Cecelia's "Fifty Shades of Grey" using the Tula Pink tubular technique
Karen's "Rainbow Wave," a Weeks & Ringle "Making Waves" pattern from Modern Illustrated magazine, domestic machine quilted
Linda T completed a SewKindofWonderful "Urban Abacus" bed runner. Each abacus is pieced from jelly roll strips.

Vice President Debbie led our program, sharing various ways to make hexagon quilts - English paper-pieced whole and half hexagons, machine-sewn, and ways to sew them modern. 
Debbie's English paper-pieced Millefiori-along project, from the book "The New Hexagon"
Linda T's hexagon quilt, pieced in columns with half hexagons.
JoAnn's hexagon quilt made with the JayBird Quilts ruler.
Celina's modern hexagons
Everyone engaged in a hexagon exercise, coloring hexagon graph paper to create modern designs. For designing, print sheets of hexagon graph paper here. You can also load your printer with card stock and print 1",1-1/2",  2",  and other sizes of hexagon papers here. 

Each month, more members are wearing their homemade name tags. We have some good-looking ones here!
handmade name tags
CFMQGers are challenged to make a project (no size restrictions), using only solid fabrics. These are due at the November meeting.

American Made Brand announced a "Tiny Quilt Challenge." Quilts must be no larger than 15" X 15" and made entirely of AMB solids. Entries are accepted beginning May 15 to September 15. Prizes awarded. More information is available here.

Mod Retreat Update (Gainesville/Central Florida MQG)
This was our last meeting before the May 7-10 retreat with the Gainesville MQG at Luther Springs. Twenty-four quilters will attend - 18 from CFMQG. Everything is a "go," with final payments made, and volunteers who will bring two sets of table risers and four ironing boards/irons. If you haven't yet done so, please provide emergency medical information as indicated on the form emailed to retreaters. Be sure to include the name and phone number of your doctor. 

May Meeting
Monday, May 11, 6:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Program: "How to Make it More Modern... or, I Tried and Didn't Succeed"
Bring a quilt that you tried to make modern, or could have made modern. Or, if not a quilt, bring a pattern, photo, or magazine picture of a quilt that could be made modern. Be prepared to explain how you would make it modern. 

As always, bring your modern project or quilt for show-and-tell!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March 9

We welcomed 30 quilters to our March meeting, two of whom were guests! It's wonderful to see how our chapter is growing, and how interest in modern quilting is expanding!

As promised, our March meeting focused on a recap of QuiltCon 2015. Four members from our chapter attended QuiltCon in Austin, Texas, from February 19-22, and contributed to sharing about classes, purchases, and quilts in the show. Thanks to extensive prep work by Second Vice President Beth, we enjoyed a very enlightening slide presentation of QuiltCon quilts.

Some of the QuiltCon quilters and their quilts volunteered to make a three-minute (or less) video, telling about their quilt to Quilt Alliance, a non-profit organization working to preserve quilt stories. To view "Go Tell it at the Quilt Show" videos, go to Youtube here.

Bloggers have been reviewing QuiltCon too. Here are links to several interesting posts:

SewMamaSew - the quilts of QuiltCon
Craftsy - five modern lessons from QuiltCon
ChristaQuilts - a traditional quilter turned modern
SheCanQuilt - Minimalist category first place winner
Janine Vangool - a QuiltCon judge shares her thoughts
KathleenQuilts - a Canadian longarm quilter shares her thoughts
CapitolaQuilter - a Californian quilter shares her thoughts
(Our chapter member, Linda, also wrote three posts about QuiltCon starting here.)

If reading through these blog posts piques your interest in QuiltCon, mark your calendars now for future QuiltCons:
QuiltConWest in Pasadena, California - February 18-21, 2016
QuiltConEast in Savannah, Georgia - February 23-26, 2017

After last month's improv block demonstration by Linda, these members made their own - and even a quilt top, and a completed quilt!

Joey and her quilt with design inspiration by Debbie, and pieced using the web technique
Jodie and her plus pattern quilt, as seen on Pinterest
Karen with pillow tops inspired by her QuiltCon workshop with Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Joan's quilt made with the quilt-as-you-go technique
Denise and her "Hearts Squared" quilt top
Linda, and her Panasonic Bias Tape Appliqué Challenge quilt that was displayed at QuiltCon
Members participating in the fabric post card swap with other Florida MQG chapters, being coordinated by the Orlando MQG, should bring their home sewn 4" X 6" postcard to the April meeting, along with .50-cents postage. Here's the link to details about the swap.

Members planning to attend the May 7-10 "Mod Retreat," with members of the Gainesville MQG, need to pay the balance of their retreat fees by the April meeting.

Next Meeting
The Monday, April 13 meeting is "All About Hexies," as we'll review various options and techniques - English paper piecing, machine-sewn, pieced in strips, et cetera - for making hexagons. Join us at 6:30, and don't forget to wear your homemade modern name tag!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February 28 Sew-In

Our first Sew-In of 2015 was at a new location, and a nice one it is! We had our own large room, in a new section of the Belleview Public Library. Everyone had their own small table, for a machine or handwork, and several quilters took advantage of the convenience of restaurants (Subway) for a lunch break. We're all looking forward to future Sew-Ins here!
Toni, our Sew-In Coordinator

Special guest, Lora, treasurer of the Gainesville MQG
Mark your calendars for the next Sew-In: Saturday, April 25 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Next Meeting
The Central Florida MQG meeting is Monday, March 9, 6:30 pm at North Lake Presbyterian Church.

Members will receive their national membership cards and pins.

The program will be a review of QuiltCon 2015 (in Austin, Texas, February 19-22) by four members who attended - Karen, Debbie, Beth, and Linda - and will include photos of many quilts. We'll talk about the quilts, and based on modern elements, how those quilts fall in the "continuum." Expect lots of eye candy!

See you there... wearing your home made name tag!

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!