Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Workshop, and Instagram Winners

Twenty quilters from Quilting Guild of The Villages, the Gainesville Modern Quilt Guild, the Jacksonville Modern Quilt Guild, the Tampa Modern Quilt, and the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild attended Sherri Lynn Wood's all-day workshop: Modern Block Improv

Sherri explained and expanded on several design elements - ways to change a Flying Geese block.

She then demonstrated how to rotary cut without a ruler, and how to piece free-form shapes. 

After piecing our own blocks, based on our color choices after five minutes of "centering," we discussed everyone's blocks, evaluating them - not judging them. 

Sherri explained design elements and "bleeding" to arrange blocks and choose "fillers." (All this information is in "Score Six" of Sherri's book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.

This is the improv design Sherri created from her explanation to us.

During the afternoon, quilters continued piecing those blocks together using the techniques Sherri suggested. Here are most of the partially completed improvisational designs.

These Central Florida MQGers will wholeheartedly agree that their workshop with Sherri with extremely enlightening. They are, from L-R front row: Debbie, Toni, Sherri Lynn Wood, Karen, and Selina; and L-R back row: Carla, Judi, Susan, Kelly, Beth, and Linda.

Giveaway Winners
And now.... (drumroll)... the winners of the CentralFloridaMQGChallenge on Instagram, in order of selection using to choose winners (during an executive board meeting) from the 14 entries: 
  1. Diane Basque
  2. Kathy Gricius
  3. Selina Kidney
  4. Toni Leli
  5. Beth Shutty
These quilters, in this order, will get to blindly choose a 1/2 yard cut of modern fabric from a bag provided by our September meeting sponsor, The Cloth Pocket in Austin, Texas. (Don't forget you can use your Central Florida MQG member code to receive a 20 percent discount on a purchase from The Cloth Pocket.) We hope to see winners at next Monday's (October 12) meeting so you can get your prizes! Congratulations! 

Next Meeting - October 12
  • Program: "Machine Magic" - Al Lawson from Sharky's Vac 'n Sew will share his knowledge of sewing machines, and his top ten dos and don'ts. 
  • Sherri Lynn Wood workshop attendees will show their improvisational blocks/mini quilts
  • 2016 slate of Central Florida MQG officers will be announced

Monday, October 5, 2015

She's Here!

Sherri Lynn Wood arrived in The Villages today! She's a popular quilter/designer/instructor, and author of The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. We're happy to have her here.

Monday evening, these Central Florida MQGers enjoyed a meal and quilt-chat with Sherri. L-R: Carla, Linda, Karen, Sherri, Debbie, Judi, and Susan.

These quilters and others will be attending Sherri's Tuesday workshop - Modern Block Improv.  Tuesday evening our MQG chapter and Quilting Guild of The Villages are all looking forward to hearing Sherri's 6:30 program at Laurel Manor Rec Center - Improvise! Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Meeting About Social Media

Thirty-three people attended our September 14 meeting, four of them first-time guests.

After a brief business meeting, Bette shared the completed donation quilt top. Contributing members made between eight and 12 Delectable Mountain blocks, in a prescribed color grouping, and Bette assembled the top. We anticipate the quilt will be ready for binding by our December meeting when we'll have a binding bee.
Delectable Mountains: 86" X 91"

Joey shared her modern "Gator Quilt," a pattern she saw on Pinterest. She quilted it on her home sewing machine.
 And the back of the same quilt...

Jodie shared her lattice quilt that she also quilted on her home sewing machine.

Jamie showed her "Hexa-Go-Go" quilt. She followed Leah Day's Dancing Butterfly Quilt Along, using the quilt-as-you-go method to make the entire quilt. Jamie quilted it on her home sewing machine.

Karen shared this quilt top several months ago, and brought it back to show her domestic machine quilting - accomplished in one week! The quilt is "Mixed Bag." 

Mel happily shared these two minis. These are examples of what our members will have a chance to learn more about when Mel presents her program in February, 2016.

Social media was the focus of our meeting, as Linda presented a 58-slide program about 10 different forms of technology - all the on-line places where quilters hang out and are inspired.

Upcoming Activities
Tuesday, October 6, 9 am - 3:30 pm at Big Cypress Rec Center
Sherri Lynn Wood workshop - "Modern Block Improv" ($100 fee)

Tuesday, October 6, 6:30 pm at Laurel Manor Rec Center
Sherri Lynn Wood program - "Improvise! Creating, Quilting, & Living Courageously"

Wednesday, October 7, 1 pm at Panera Bread
Executive Committee 2016 Budget Meeting

Wednesday, October 7
During the Executive Committee Meeting (see above), winners will be selected in the Instagram #CentralFloridaMQGChallenge. Members are encouraged, between now and October 7 to: 1) open an Instagram account; 2) take a quilting-related photo (IE: sewing room, in-progress or finished project, fabric stash); and 3) post it, using the hashtag #CentralFloridaMQGChallenge. Winners will be announced on our blog and prizes awarded.

Saturday, October 10, 10 am - 6 pm at Belleview Public Library

Monday, October 12, 6:30 pm at North Lake Presbyterian Church
Central Florida MQG meeting
Program: "Maintenance Magic," by Al Lawson from Sharky's Vac 'n Sew. Al will share his many years of sewing machine knowledge and tell us his top ten "dos and don'ts.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Monday Night Meeting

Don't miss our September 14 meeting! The program will help you learn to use technology to further your exposure and knowledge about modern quilting.

See you at 6:30 pm at North Lake Presbyterian Church, Lady Lake, Florida. Guests are always welcome!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Executive Board Meeting

Central Florida MQG members:

Executive Committee Meeting
Wednesday, August 26, 9:00 a.m.
Panera at Sumter Landing.

Topics for discussion include:

  • Selecting a nominating committee for 2016 officers
  • 2016/2017 program planning
  • Community Service update
  • Publicity

Any member wishing to attend the meeting is invited to do so, and at that time may also raise any concerns.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Newspaper Article

We are happy to have been featured in the Wednesday, August 19 Daily Sun - in the "Local" section, page C8. Member Mary Shara, who has been going through the transition from traditional to modern quilter, is our "poster child." Also thank yous go to members Diane Basque, Judi Rutherford, and Linda Hungerford, for their interview comments.

Unfortunately, the call-out box information about our monthly meetings was incorrectly submitted. We do NOT meet on the second Tuesday of the month, rather it's the second Monday of each month.

Monday, August 10, 2015

August Sew-In, and Meeting

Once again, in August our Sew-In and regular meeting were only a few days apart. Ten quilters turned out for the Sew-In, dodging raindrops as they dashed into the Belleview Public Library.
Back, L-R: Susan, Kelly Karen E., Karen T., and Judi
Front, L-R: Toni, Debbie Flo, Diane, and Linda
At the August 10 meeting, three entries in the Riley Blake Cottage Garden were revealed. Quilts shown were made by: (L-R) Susan, Beth, and Karen E. Both Susan and Karen's quilts were made with a Quick Curve Ruler.

Flo showed all the modern blocks she's been making from the Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern, "Curve it Up."
Kathy shared three projects: a small wall hanging, and two tote bags. She used a tumbler template to make one bag and the wall hanging, the latter of which she quilted herself.
Toni made "Astrodelic" using a jelly roll. The free pattern can be found on the Art Gallery Fabrics website. Toni quilted "Astrodelic" herself. 
This is only Karen T.'s second project, a bed runner made using a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial for a Disappearing Pinwheel. Karen quilted it herself. 
Jill started this quilt while on our May retreat and named the quilt "Luther Springs Surprise." She quilted it herself.
Betty showed her in-progress Professional Tote.
Karen E. shared her finished 74" X 74" quilt made with blocks from "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" by Tula Pink. Karen quilted it herself.

Our informative and fun program was led by Kelly who wowed us with an amazing assortment of items she uses for making quilts. How about sewing through a prepackaged antiseptic swab to clean off a sewing machine needle that's been "gunked" with adhesive?

Kelly explains that at home she has three bricks, wrapped with duct tape. She uses them to pound seams, to make them flat, after pressing. Note the black, duct tape-wrapped brick on the table.

Here, Kelly shows everyone how to use a Boogie Board, an LCD Ewriter. It's a JoAnn Fabrics purchase that she uses it to draw free motion quilting designs.

Everyone was attentive to hear what Kelly's next unique idea might be.

Kelly uses a #10 Bernina foot - an edge stitch foot - to demonstrate how easy it is to join pieces of batting to make a larger batt for use in a quilt.

Here, Kelly shows how to use an O'lipfa Seams Sew Fast to easily sew together fabric strips, as when making a jelly roll quilt.

Thanks to a relative of Kelly, everyone received an envelope opener! Did you know it can be used to cut apart chain piecing?! With the narrow point at the top and pointing toward yourself, tape the opener to the side of a table or drawer. Then, simply slide a pair of chained pieces into the slot to cut the threads to separate the pieces. Easy-peasy!

Thanks for a great program, Kelly!

Saturday, September 12 Sew-In - Let us know if you plan to attend

September 14 meeting program - "Social Media and the Modern Quilter," presented by Linda H. This presentation is an overview of the MQG website; quilting blogs; Facebook; Pinterest; Flickr; Instagram; and podcasts. Bring your small electronic devices and be ready to take notes!