Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Sew-In and Meeting Update

Please read to the end of this post for important information about our May meeting!

It's always a busy few days when the monthly Saturday Sew-In falls two days before the monthly meeting. Such was the case on April 9 and 11. 

Sew-In
Eleven quilters attended the Saturday, April 9 Sew-In at Belleview Public Library. 
Upper left: Susan, Diane, and Cindy; right: Monique and Dee
Lower left: Karen E., Karen T., and Jamie; right: Ruth and Betty

And check out this great group photo of everyone holding a bright, modern project!
Front L: Karen E. Dee, and Linda
Susan, Cindy, Betty, and Diane
Back: Karen T. Ruth, Jamie, and Monique
Happily, 10 of these 11 quilters are on Instagram! Keep posting quilt-y pictures so we can follow one another's projects between Sew-Ins!

It was almost heart-warming to see quilters huddled around an iPad, looking at Amanda Jean Nyberg's - CrazyMomQuilts - "Good Neighbors" fabric collection on Connecting Threads.

The next Sew-In, at the Belleview Public Library, is Saturday, May 14. 

Take note: The Central Florida MQG monthly meeting is also Saturday, May 14, beginning at 10 am. This is so we can have a hands-on workshop. More information at the end of this post. 

April 11 Meeting
Thirty-four quilters attended the April 11 meeting, with guests being six of the 34. 

Our program, about "Made in America" products was given by Timm of Sew Mini Things in Mount Dora. Everyone learned something about a myriad of quilting- and sewing-related products made in America and many other countries. We learned that we live in a global shopping center.

Jamie and the 18" X 17" knitting tote she made to give as a thank-you gift.
Blocks on the front and back are from the "Sister's Sampler" book, and are domestic machine quilt. 
Lora designed and made this 10" X 40" table runner.
It's sewn with designer fabrics using the freezer paper foundation paper piecing method, and is walking foot quilted.
She's also holding a clasp bag made with Ex Libris fabric.
Lynette made this improv bag following a Jenny Doan pattern in "Mod Quilting."
She also made the porcelain button for it. 
Becky and her Greek Key quilt top.
Becky and her Lee Heinrich design quilt. Becky quilted it with a ripple stitch.  
Ruth made this quilt through a Craftsy class.
Quilt block designs are modern, pieced with batiks, and quilted by Ruth on her domestic sewing machine.
Mary calls this "Bird in the Bush is Worth...?" She domestic machine quilted it herself.
Flo completed her "Curve It Up" quilt, a Quick Curve Ruler design by Sew Kind of Wonderful.
It was longarm quilted by Central Florida MQG president, Debbie. 
Our lone quilter sharing her March Mighty Lucky Quilting Club project from designer Rossie Hutchinson is Karen. She showed her improv mini.

May 14 Meeting AND Sew-In
On Saturday, May 14, our meeting and Sew-In will be held at the Belleview Public Library. If you're using GPS directions to the library, be sure you're using the NEW library location, not the old.

13145 SE County Hwy 484, Belleview, FL 34420

Our chapter business meeting, show and tell, and program begins at 10 a.m.

Program: Hand work (Appliqué)
Our free workshop will explore hand stitching methods for appliqué. Beth will demonstrate, and members will try, three techniques to prepare and stitch an appliqué design, focusing on how to create invisible stitches. A supply list will be provided to registrants before the May 14 workshop.

Following the meeting and workshop which will conclude at approximately 12:30, quilters may lunch as desired - bring lunch, or go out. The remainder of the afternoon, until 6 pm is for continuing appliqué hand work, or sewing on whatever you desire. Bring your sewing machine if you wish, but set-up will not be permitted until 12:30.


Sign-ups for the morning workshop, and the afternoon Sew-In are being taken. If you didn't register at our regular April 11 meeting, please send an email here. Include your full name, and indicate whether you're interest in the workshop or Sew-In, or both! Thank you!

QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge 
On April 5, the MQG announced the QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge. If you're interested in being part of the Central Florida MQG committee that will plan and organize our participation in this project, please email President Debbie. A meeting will likely be at the end of April. For more information about the project, go to the MQG website here

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April Info from the MQG

Among many other topics in the April Updates from the MQG (all members should have received this email) is information about the 2017 QuiltCon Charity Challenge.


The theme is "scale," and the color palette is:
PMS stands for Pantone Matching System

This is an exciting way for Central Florida MQG members to participate in QuiltCon, and give back to our own community. More information is coming from our chapter's project manager.

In the meantime, take a look at some of the wonderful 2016 QuiltCon Charity Challenge quilts.
New Hampshire MQG
Denver MQG
Kansas City MQG
Brisbane (Australia) MQG
South Bay (California) MQG
You can read more, and see more pictures of 2016 QuiltCon Charity Challenge quilts that have been spotlighted on the MQG blog here

See you at this Saturday's Sew-In, and/or our meeting on Monday, April 11!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March Meeting

We enjoyed a super turn-out at our March 14 meeting. With 42 quilters in attendance - 11 of them visitors! - we nearly packed the small room. 

President Debbie led our meeting, welcoming guests who stood to introduce themselves.


Sharon A. presented the program, giving us good verbal explanations of designs that enhance a quilt's negative space; and showing numerous visual examples of marketing designs. Beth followed Sharon, showing pictures of modern quilts with negative space.


Sandy M. - quilted herself
Jill - made from Sandy's scraps (see above); and domestic machine quilted.
Diane's blocks from "Advanced Piecing" workshop with Lee Heinrich
Lora's blocks from "Advanced Piecing" workshop with Lee Heinrich
Frances - combination "Urban Abacus and Metro Medallion" quilt; 72" X 84"; quilted on her domestic machine.
Becky - zentangle quilt
Jamie -Butterfly doll quilt made with a Quick Curve Rule; domestic machine quilted
Jamie's "Swoon" block; domestic machine quilted. Pattern by Camille Roskelly.
Karen T. - "Candy Stripe" made using a Quick Curve Ruler; 60" X 80"; domestic machine quilted
Beth - (L) "Wings"; 9" X 12". "Opposites"; 9" X 12"; raw edge appliqué.

Don't forget to RSVP for our April 9 Sew-In at the Belleview Public Library. Send your email here
Our first 2016 chapter challenge is Make it Modern. Members are invited to choose a traditional 9" X 9" (finished) quilt block, and using modern fabrics , reinterpret it as modern.  Colors may be your choice, but if a light color is needed, use white.

Resources for Modern Traditionalism inspiration include:


Please bring your Make it Modern Challenge block(s) to our June 13 meeting.

Next Meeting
April 11, 6:30 pm, North Lake Presbyterian Church
Program: "American Made Products"
Timm from Sew Mini-Things in Mount Dora talks about quilting and sewing related products made in America, and the meaning of the phrase "Made in America."

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Coming Up Monday

Hello Quilters!

We have lots of activities coming up for members, and guests!

1. Monday, March 14 - Executive Committee meeting at 5 pm at North Lake Presbyterian Church. As always, this meeting is open to all our members.

2. Following the Executive Committee meeting is the 6:30 Central Florida MQG meeting. Visitors are always welcome! Our March program is being led by member Sharon Ashley:
"Positive Thinking About Negative Space"How does a quilter incorporate negative space into modern quilt design? Sharon will give a media presentation that shows effective quilting methods for negative space, along with tips and hand-outs. Everyone is invited to bring a quilt that shows quilting in negative space.
Beth Shutty
3. Members who registered for the Spring 2016 Riley Blake Fabric Challenge may pick up their fabric bundles at the meeting.

4. Members who are participating in monthly Mighty Lucky Quilt Club activities are invited to bring their projects to share.

5. Members who attended either of Lee Heinrich's workshops are invited to bring their projects to share.

6. Members who wish to attend the May 5-8 Central Florida MQG Retreat to Luther Springs in Hawthorne, Florida, should bring monies to make payment. As well, be ready to complete a registration form, with your roommate preference; and a health information form.

7. Reminder: We DO NOT have a Sew-In in March due to the need for polling in our usual meeting space. Our next Sew-In is Saturday, April 9 at the Belleview Public Library.


See you Monday evening! Don't forget to wear your self-made name tag! If you need to make one, here's the link to the tutorial to make the name tag shown above.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lee Was Here

Saturday morning, February 13 saw a great turn-out for Lee Heinrich's (FreshlyPieced) program at Eisenhower Recreation Center in The Villages.

Lee had shipped 22 books - "Vintage Quilt Revival" - and stacks of patterns that she did a brisk business of selling and autographing.

Her presentation was information-packed (of note was seeing Lee's various walking foot domestic machine quilting designs), informal, and eye-pleasing.

Four quilt holders volunteered to show each of Lee's 20 or so quilts, walking them down aisles so everyone could closely view them, and take photos.

A number of the quilts shown were from her book.


Saturday afternoon, 18 quilters took Lee's "Advanced Piecing" workshop. This photo of some of the completed blocks was shared on Instagram.com/CentralFloridaMQG.

On Sunday (Valentine's Day) from 9-3 at Laurel Manor Recreation Center, nine students participated in the "Off the Grid" workshop. After viewing Lee's presentation on modern layouts, as a group we looked at each quilter's blocks to suggest and share ideas for possible layouts. Karen E's blocks are shown in this photo.


Most of the "Off the Grid" attendees posed for a group picture at the end of class. Lora's blocks are on the design wall in the background.
L-R: Linda H;  Karen E; Joan M; Lora D; Susan Si; Lee; and Carole S.
Missing from this photo were members of Central Florida MQG and Quilting Guild of The Villages: Beth S; Joanne H; and Susan Sm. Thanks to QGOTVer Suzanne for being our angel and photographer!