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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Contrary Information

Contrary to what was published in the last blog post... about our Gainesville/Central Florida MQGs combined retreat possibly being held at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center in Leesburg, we've decided to hold our retreat in a different location. We were attracted by the lower price!

Are you joining us?

Luther Springs
264 Vause Lake Road, Hawthorne, FL 32640
This facility is 60 miles way - an hour, or slightly more than an hour - north and east of The Villages area.

May 7-10, 2015 - Four days/three nights
Cost: $175 per person for double accommodations that include bedding and towels

Your $70 deposit is due by our September 8, Central Florida MQG meeting. Make your check payable to "Gainesville Modern Quilters, Inc."

As in the previous blog post, if you're interested in joining us, reply by email.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Florida Modern Retreat

As we've announced at our last two CFMQG meetings, we're planning a shared modern quilt retreat with Gainesville Modern Quilters.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - May 7-10, 2015

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center (about 35 minutes from Lady Lake), Leesburg 

3 nights, double occupancy with nine meals - $222 per person

3 nights, single occupancy with nine meals - $297 per person 

If you're a regular attender at Central Florida MQG meetings, let us know as soon as possible whether you're interested. If we have enough quilters say "yes," in order to hold the date we'll need to collect a deposit by our regular September 8.

Please send us an email here, so we can get a rough count. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August 11 Monthly Meeting

We had another great meeting with 21 people turning-out! It's wonderful to see such interest in modern quilting.

Our quilters are reminded that more string-pieced blocks are needed to put together the quilt top we anticipate donating to North Lake Presbyterian Church. Follow the tutorial here to make a few more, please. If we end up with too many blocks, we'll make a pillow(s) to go with the quilt.

We're happy to share that five people have volunteered to be on the short term Advisory Committee to look at the future of our chapter - whether to join the national MQG by the first of January. Karen, Linda, Debbie, Beth, and Mary will meet to examine several options, and at the November 10 meeting will provide information and/or a recommendation for everyone to discuss and vote on.

After the business portion of the meeting was....
Frances made six 16" diameter place mats using only solid fabrics.
Phyllis's wall hanging uses Hoffman Challenge fabrics
Kathy's been making baby quilts
Kathy used Urban Zoology fabrics for this baby quilt
Pat took a Zentangles class and applied the technique to a wall hanging
Our evening activities included looking at and discussing fabrics everyone brought - modern and traditional - to attempt to pinpoint what makes a fabric modern. It was decided that in some cases, fabrics can go either way, depending on the fabrics it's put with. Our fabric discussions were, ultimately, very enlightening or frustrating, depending on your point of view!

Linda offered a demonstration about how to make and sew bias tape. This is a hot topic at the moment because the MQG is offering two challenges during QuiltCon. One of them is the "Panasonic Bias Tape Challenge."

While these challenges are for MQG members only, it's not too late to join MQG as an individual ($25) and submit your quilt entry(ies) by November 30.
Cutting a 45-degree bias angle
Using a Clover bias tape maker to create 1"-wide bias tape
Or, use T-pins in your ironing table to make bias tape the width you desire
Linda demonstrates how to use a zig-zag stitch to sew bias to a background
Tiny, edge stitches secure the bias. Use a matching thread, or invisible/nylon thread
Our September 8 Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild meeting will not be at the usual location! Instead, we'll meet at Simply Sew Boutique, 13685 US 441, Suite 8, Summerfield. We'll begin at 6:30 p.m.

That evening, shop owners Kathy and Kelsey Creach will give a brief demonstration of the Quick Curve Ruler, and CFMQG chapter quilters who joined the Michael Miller "Petal Pinwheels" Challenge will reveal their finished projects. This is a meeting you won't want to miss!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Planning Ahead

It's time for our chapter to make plans for the future. The Modern Quilt Guild's end-of-December deadline for deciding whether to formalize our chapter by joining the national organization is a good time to revisit where we're heading.

To review where we've been thus far....

September 6, 2012 - Eight quilters at Linda H.’s house for the first organization meeting. We met several more times to discuss and plan, including one “make-a-modern-quilt-block” meeting at Sumter County Public Library at Pinellas Plaza. 
October 15, 2012  - Started the Central Florida MQG blog.
November 15, 2012 - Met for the first time at Sharky’s Vac ‘n Sew on Highway 301 in Wildwood, and continued to meet there monthly.
June 2013 - Four quilters met to write by-laws.
July 2013 - Began collecting $15 annual dues, voted to accept by-laws, and announced an Acting Executive Board.
August 2013 - Began meeting monthly at North Lake Presbyterian Church. 
September 14, 2013 - Our first Sew-In at the Oxford Community Center.
October  2013 - Unorganized, and refunded balance of dues.
December 2013 - Linda H. stepped down as chapter leader. Karen E. began leading in January, 2014.

Throughout our activities we have repeatedly emphasized and explained “What is Modern Quilting?” showing fabrics, designs and patterns typical of modern quiltmaking. We've held regular Sew-Ins to encourage getting acquainted. We've had a mug rug swap, and an apron challenge. Programming has included a variety of subjects from explanation of the latest technology - how to create a blog; how to use Flickr - to how to domestic machine quilt. 

Meetings: Everyone is encouraged to make and wear a modern name tag, and quilters are asked to bring and share modern quilts, fabrics, and the latest techniques.

Current discussion is about a shared modern quilt retreat with Gainesville MQG.

Quilters are invited to join national as individuals. We strive to offer participation in the same challenges that the national MQG hosts. Thus far, the MQG has offered five challenges:

1) Robert Kaufman Kona Solids
2) "Habitat" by Jay McCarroll
3) Michael Miller "Madrona Road" (Our first challenge opportunity.)
4) Riley Blake
5) And currently, Michael Miller "Petal Pinwheel"

We're looking for several volunteers who would be willing to participate in a short-term Advisory Committee to review, consider, and make a recommendation to our group about future plans. Advisory Committee volunteers will likely need to meet several times over the next several months to make their recommendation to our chapter by our November 10 meeting. If you would like to be on the Advisory Committee, please email here, or sign up at our August 11 meeting.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 14 Monthly Meeting

Twenty quilters turned out for our monthly meeting at North Lake Presbyterian Church. We're grateful we were able to move into a different room where we have more space, and the room set-up is more conducive to getting to know each other.

Gloria presented her "Quilt Story," sharing her background from a quilting family, and a few of the quilts she inherited.

This particular quilt, which on first-glance looks like churn dash blocks is made of blocks called True Blue, or Prairie Queen, according to Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. Several of us agree that the block would make up beautifully in modern fabrics. 

Doris showing one of two place mats

Doris completed her quilt using blocks made using the Bay Area MQG block of the month   
Brenda and blocks from 100 Modern Quilt Blocks by Tula Pink
First-time visitor, Mary
Jill and her mod thread-catcher
Beth, and "Sun and Sea"
Coming Up

Saturday, July 19
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oxford Community Center, Oxford, Florida
$3 at the door

Bring whatever you wish to work on, a drink and your sack lunch. Feel free to attend and stay as long or as little as you wish. If you choose, you may work on our donation quilt.

Monthly Meeting
Monday, August 11
6:30 p.m.
North Lake Presbyterian Church, Lady Lake, Florida

We'll attempt to answer the question: "Is this a modern fabric?"
Bring three prints or bundles of prints
1. Print(s) you consider modern
2. Print(s) you consider traditional, and
3. Print(s) you're uncertain about.

Also bring your modern show and tell finishes, and any tips or trends you'd like to share.
At the August meeting we will be accepting volunteers to serve on a short-term advisory committee. More information to follow.

Monday, June 9, 2014

June 9 Monthly Meeting

Thirty quilters turned out for the June 9 meeting of the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild!

We welcomed 11 first-time visitors!  

Leader Karen Estep led the meeting, reviewing several upcoming activities:

1. Saturday, July 19 Sew-In at Oxford Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring whatever you want to work on and your lunch. Some quilters will put together a donation quilt top. Cost: $3, at the door.

2. Chapter quilters who are not members of MQG are invited to join in our Michael Miller Challenge using fabrics from the Petal Pinwheel collection, any Michael Miller fabrics, and/or any solids. Finished projects are due at the Monday, September 8 meeting. (Note this change in the due date which was previously August 11.)

3. The Monday, July 14 meeting (at North Lake Presbyterian Church) is "Small Talk." Quilters are invited to bring and share any small, modern-made item, and/or a pattern you plan to make.

Frances and a WIP
Gloria's finished quilt for her granddaughter
Our program was given by Beth Shutty.
"A Quilter's Journey from Traditional to Art Quilts to Modern"

This blue quilt was the first quilt Beth made and kept. 

Her quilts, from traditional pieced and appliqu├ęd...

... to art-type

 ... to modern! Thank you, Beth for sharing your diverse talent with us!

Monday, May 12, 2014

May 12 Monthly Meeting

We had some great publicity in May! This appeared in The Villages Daily Sun on May 8.

Twelve quilters attended our meeting. One is a first-time visitor.

Denise led our meeting in the absence of our chapter leader Karen, and also shared her personal sewing and quilting journey in our monthly "Quilter's Story."

Beth shared information about how to document a quilt - keeping in a binder of information - and how to properly label a quilt.
A granddaughter's wedding anniversary quilt, by Carol
Linda T.'s quilt top made with Tula Pink fabrics
Quilt top made for a granddaughter's dorm room, by Gloria

We laid out the string-pieced blocks we've been making for our donation/thank-you quilt for North Lake Presbyterian Church. We're short a dozen blocks to make a 64" X 80"quilt. Regular attendees are asked to each make one more block by the Saturday, July 19 Sew-In where we will piece the quilt top. Refer to our tutorial here.

For quilters interested in the American Made Brand blog hop, beginning Monday, May 19, go here for more information.

A Quilting Florida Meet-Up, with Carolyn Friedlander, is planned for Saturday, May 24, 11:00 a.m. at Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, Florida. Carolyn's quilts are on display at Bok Tower. $10 a person. More information is available here.

Quilters who have Michael Miller Challenge fabrics are encouraged to work on their projects. Use fabrics in the "Petal Pinwheel" collection, any Michael Miller fabrics, and/or any solids. Quilts/projects will be revealed at the August 11 meeting.

Our next meeting is Monday, June 9 at North Lake Presbyterian Church. The program will be given by Beth who will share a trunk show of her journey from traditional to modern quiltmaking.