Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May 11 Meeting

The May 11 meeting at North Lake Presbyterian Church saw 25 quilters in attendance. Of those, four were first-time visitors. Among them, we welcomed Debra who was visiting from the Orlando MQG.

The meeting program came from members! Everyone was invited to share a traditional quilt, or an attempt at making a modern quilt that perhaps failed. With each quilt shown the question we answered was: What modern elements could have been incorporated to make the quilt more modern, and position it further to the right on the modern continuum? 

Members are encouraged to visit the MQG's resources page to view Jacquie Gering's September 2014 webinar "Modern Quilting: Know It When You See It," for a more complete understanding of the continuum, and what constitutes a modern quilt.

Members shared their "I tried to make it modern" quilts:

Debra, our guest from Orlando MQG
Beth with two one-hour baskets and Riley Blake "Cottage Garden" challenge quilt
These postcards were received by CFMQG members who participated in the postcard swap with Orlando MQG.

Next Meeting
Monday, June 8, 6:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church

Program: a demonstration of how to sew blocks for the "Mountain Top" quilt that members are being asked to sew for this year's donation quilt. Watch this 27 second video to see how easy it is to make!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Our First Retreat

From Thursday morning, May 7, to Sunday afternoon, May 10, 24 quilters from the Central Florida MQG and Gainesville MQG retreated at Luther Springs in Hawthorne, Florida. As you will see from these photos, we had a fabulous time!

Two businesses supported our retreat.

Make Modern magazine, a digital-only subscription magazine from Australia, donated three free copies for selected quilters, and offered discounts to retreaters. Thank you!

Soak supported our retreat by sending four bottles of Flatter for each of our ironing stations. As we pressed out those stubborn fabric folds, we enjoyed the scents - Yuzu, Celebration, and Fig - and one bottle of Scentless. Thank you!

Gainesville MQG member, Lora, brought fabric bolts from her DragonflyQuiltWorks Etsy shop, so we could admire and shop.

Beth and Vanessa
Mel, Janice, and Karen E.
Toni and Beth

Debra, Clare, Debbie, and Linda T.
Jill and her two one-hour baskets
Beth, Debbie and Karen T. won books provided by Lora of DragonflyQuiltWorks
Debra, Laura, and Toni won digital copies of Make Modern magazine.
Retreaters enjoyed a hayless hayride.

Lynne and Kelly
Linda T.

Beth Smith's FPP project

Janice and Mel
Retreat Coordinators: Linda and Lora

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, appliqu├ęd, 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!