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Friday, January 16, 2015

Traditional to Modern

January's monthly meeting and program was ably presented by Vice President Debbie with assistance from Vice President Beth.

Based on the September, 2014 MQG Webinar - "Modern Quilting: Know it When You See It" - presented by Jacquie Gering, Debbie reviewed how a community of quilters is like a three-legged stool: traditional, art, and modern - none of which thrives without the other.

She also reviewed modern quilting elements, and then asked each of the 24 quilters present to indicate where they are on the quilting continuum... a long line from Traditional (on the left) to Modern (on the right) with each quilter's position marked by her initials on a yellow dot.

To see how quilters have moved from traditional toward modern, everyone was invited to show an older, more traditional quilt, and a more current, modern quilt.

These traditional quilts were shown.
Linda H.

 The following modern quilts were shown:
Linda H.
Linda T.
Linda T.
We're all looking forward to seeing how our chapters' members move their quiltmaking further toward modern. 

Next Meeting
Monday, February 9, 6:30 p.m.
Program: How to Sew an Improvisational Block, by Linda H.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Quilt Presentation

On Tuesday, January 6, seven quilters representing the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild, met at North Lake Presbyterian Church to present our group quilt to Kay Kennedy, leader of North Lake's women's group. 
From L-R: President Karen; CFMQG liaison with North Lake, Brenda; Vice President Debbie; Treasurer Carla; Membership Co-Chair Frances; Vice President Beth; and Media Coordinator Linda H.
Karen explained to the women's group about our project - blocks made by about 20 quilters, and longarm quilted by Debbie - and that CFMQG appreciates using a church room for our monthly meetings. She then pulled the quilt from a gift bag...

...to show to everyone.

And, the 87" X 97" quilt from the back.

Emotions ran high as CFMQGers learned about the womens group's first upcoming Art Festival, and how this quilt will be raffled to raise funds to support North Lake's charitable giving.

Monday, January 12 begins an exciting new year for the Central Florida MQG! We have an entire complement of board members and committee chairs, and by the end of January or early February we'll officially be part of the national MQG.

On the agenda for Monday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m:
  • Accept final members and membership dues ($40 - cash only!) for 2015. Beginning in February, non-members will be allowed to attend one meeting at no charge. Two meetings may be attended at a cost of $2 each. Then the individual will be required to join.  
  • Program: Vice President Debbie will talk about "The Continuum" based on a Modern Quilt Guild webinar presented in September, 2014, by Jacquie Gehring. Vice President Beth will talk about "How to Make a Churn Dash Modern." 
  • Members are invited to bring two quilts to the meeting: 1) a quilt made early in your quiltmaking experience, and 2) a quilt made recently.
Don't forget to wear your homemade name tag!

Mark your calendars for 2015 meetings, all of which are on the second Monday of each month. Next meeting: Monday, February 9, 6:30 p.m. at North Lake Presbyterian Church. 

Mark your calendars for 2015 Sew-Ins too, (see dates on right menu bar) all of which are at the Belleview Public Library and free to members. The next Sew-In is Saturday, February 28 from 10 am to 4 pm. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Tuesday at North Lake Presbyterian

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at 10 a.m., members of the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild will meet at North Lake Presbyterian Church, 975 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake, to donate a quilt to the church.

The 87” X 97” quilt, made by Central Florida MQG members from assorted fabric scraps assembled by string-piecing, is being given to the church as a thank you for the group’s use of space for monthly meetings.

Women’s ministry moderator, Kay Kennedy, will accept the quilt on behalf of the church. All CFMQGers are invited to attend! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

December Meeting

The year ended with a great turn-out of 24 regular attendees and one guest, and decisions made that will make 2015 a year to remember.

We unanimously voted to accept the by-laws as proposed. As well 2015 dues were collected from 23 quilters. Next steps are to apply to the national MQG for membership, apply for Florida incorporation, and open a bank account and post office box. It's pretty exciting stuff, especially as we're catching snatches related to some great upcoming programs!

The meeting included holiday treats...

...and a fun pin cushion swap, with 18 pin cushions made and exchanged.

In modern show and tell, we have just one finish to share, made by Bette.

Our January 12 meeting will be led by our two vice presidents. More information to come.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Future Plans and Decisions

modern blocks by Christa of ChristaQuilts.com
On Tuesday, November 18, the Executive Committee of the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild (CFMQG) met to discuss and set the direction for our chapter. In attendance were:

President: Karen E.
Vice Presidents: Debbie B. and Beth S.
Media Coordinator: Linda H.
Treasurers: Carla S. (absent: Susan S.)
  1. Bylaws were reviewed and modified. Changes to the bylaws, as compared to bylaws adopted in June 2013 (and later unadopted), reflect the current needs of the CFMQG, and included sections/articles required by the national Modern Quilt Guild. Bylaws are attached below for review, and will be voted upon at the December 8, 2014 CFMQG meeting. 
  2. Based on the number of responses to an interest sign-up list regarding joining our local chapter and national MQG, the Executive Committee recommends that steps be taken toward affiliating with the national MQG. We anticipate completing this process by the end of January, 2015. 
  3. After discussion, and consideration for chapter start-up costs, it was decided that annual dues will be $40. The $40 amount encompasses the total amount for both national and local memberships. Dues for 2015 will be accepted at December 8 and January 12 CFMQG meetings.

Since the November 18 Executive Committee meeting, we have learned of another advantage to joining the national MQG. By obtaining non-profit, 501(C)(3) status, we will have free access to a Belleview Public Library meeting room for our Saturday Sew-Ins. Details to come.

On Tuesday, January 6, at 10 a.m., at North Lake Presbyterian Church, we will present our donation quilt to the church. Women’s ministry moderator Kay Kennedy will be present to accept the quilt. Please plan to attend and help us express our thanks to the church for use of a monthly meeting room.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November Meeting Pictures

Twenty-five quilters turned out for the November 10 meeting! The evening's highlight was formally announcing that our chapter is structuring - we have filled officer and committee positions for 2015 (see previous blog post)! Volunteers who were in attendance were introduced. So we can continue to get to know one another better, as photos of of officers and committee members volunteers are taken, they will be posted to the Chapter Leaders page (see tab above).

During our time together we enjoyed a beautiful Show and Tell, share pretty projects made using the Quick Curve Ruler, and we completed hand-binding our donation string quilt! Enjoy the photos below.
Baby quilts, for twins, made by Beth.


Wall hangings made by Laura.

Below: Projects, both unfinished and finished, made using the Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

 Three different blocks made by Karen.

Linda H.
These two wall hangings were made by Susan. Both patterns are free on the Sew Kind of Wonderful website. 

Linda T. and her bed scarf made from a jelly roll.
During our binding bee, we hand-sewed binding to complete the quilt we're donating to North Lake Presbyterian Church as a thank-you for allowing our group to meet there each month.

Next meeting: Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. It's our holiday party, so bring a treat to share, your own drink, and a modern, homemade pin cushion for a swap.