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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our April 14 Outing

Simply Sew Boutique quilt shop, at 13685 S Highway 441 in Summerfield, Florida, hosted the April 14 meeting of the Central Florida MQG. We had a great turnout with 31 people in attendance! Whether they came to learn about using an Accuquilt, or a Piping Hot Binding tool... or maybe for the nice 15 percent discount,  it was nice to see so many quilters interested in modern quilting.

Our leader, Karen, welcomed nine first time visitors followed by Show and Tell.

Standing, or sitting-on-the-floor room only!

First-time visitor Debbie shared two quilts made while she has been a member of the Chicago MQG.

Cindy's quilt
Linda T.'s quilt
Linda T.'s fractured quilt top
Diane's pillow top made with Anna Maria Horner prints
And, another of Diane's creations
The short meeting concluded with demonstrations of an Accuquilt, and Piping Hot Binding tool by shop owner Kathy Creach. Thank you for hosting us, Kathy and Kelsey! Simply Sew Boutique

The May 12 meeting finds us back at North Lake Presbyterian Church at 6:30 pm. In Karen's absence, Denise will lead our meeting. Beth S. will provide information about the importance of, and documenting quilts; and we'll look at interesting quilt backs and quilt labels. Bring yours to share - or pictures of them - along with your modern quilt(s) for show and tell.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April Sew-In

Central Florida MQGer's met for six hours on Saturday, April 5, to enjoy quality sewing and visiting time! It's fun to catch up with quilty-friends!
Front (L-R): Linda T.; Karen P.; Jill; Karen E.; Bette
Back (L-R): Linda H.; Denise; Kathy; Beth; Doris; Brenda

Save these dates for future Sew-Ins: 
Saturday, July 19

Saturday, October 25

Thursday, March 20, 2014

April Meeting Location Change and other Fun News!

 LOCATION CHANGE for our meeting on
April 14th at 6:30 p.m.!
 (Note: This change is for April ONLY.  We will be meeting in our regular location again in May).

The owners of Simply Sew Boutique would love to host us in April!  Their information is as follows:
13685 S US Hwy 441
Unit 8
Summerfield, FL 34491

Simply Sew has ordered the Petal Pinwheel fabrics for our challenge!  They've ordered the pieces that MQG (as well as CFMQG) has designated for the challenge, as well as 8 coordinating pieces in this beautiful Michael Miller fabric line.  Here is the best part:  Simply Sew is offering us a 15% discount on anything in the store the evening of our meeting, as well as 10% on Petal Pinwheels at any time if you mention you are with Central Florida MQGLet's support this wonderful new modern fabrics quilt store in our area.

 The evening of our April 14th meeting, they will be giving us an Accuquilt demonstration, a demonstration on a new tool to create piping in our bindings, as well as demos of other tools and notions.  Due to this great and unexpected opportunity, we will delay our program on modern quilt designs to a future meeting. 

We will still be doing our regular activities as well, such as: Show n' Tell, Aha Moments and Tips, My Quilting Story, What's New, etc.  We've just added a shopping opportunity! 

  SEW-IN  April 5th  9:00-3:30 at Oxford Community Center

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

String Pieced Blocks

Hummingbird Hues
8-1/2" X 8-1/2" unfinished block, string-pieced on a telephone book page
We will be making these gorgeous blocks from our own stash to make a donation raffle quilt for North Lake Presbyterian Church.  We appreciate their generosity in allowing us to meet each month in their beautiful building! Here's the link to instructions for making a string pieced block. Please make at least four, and bring them with you to the next meeting. You may use turquoise colors for the blue, as well as some variety in the greens. Please use a minimal amount of the brown tones, as we want this donation quilt to reflect colors most used in modern quilts.

March 10 Meeting

The Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild met Monday, March 10 at North Lake Presbyterian Church in Lady Lake, Florida. 

Quilt Story
In a new segment to each meeting, Carly shared her personal quilt story, telling how she began quilting three years ago. She share her first quilt, made for her grandmother using fabrics of special significance to family members.

Our chapter leader, Karen, introduced our new activity of selling $1 chances to win a pass-along basket of modern quilting goodies that will be refreshed each month by the recipient. Monies raised will be used to purchase supplies to make a thank-you quilt for North Lake Presbyterian Church.

The evening's focus was on WIPs or UFOs, as individuals chose to share their ongoing/unfinished modern projects. 
Karen's Mod Century lap quilt top, orange peel pattern
Karen's Patchwork Chevron quilt top

Karen's Visa Versa BOM blocks
Diane's original design, foundation paper-pieced sewing machine cover
Carly's wonky star quilt top
Lynda's circle's, sewn after seeing last month's program
Linda T. "All Squared Up" quilt top made with 20 new Kona colors
Linda H.'s Blogger's BOM quilt top, and border blocks to be added
One of several mini quilts Carly made for her cats
Lynda's "What Does Max Say?" child's quilt
Linda H.'s Radiant Orchid Pantone challenge wall hanging
Quilt made by Denise
Plan to attend our Sew-In on Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oxford Community Center. Cost is $5, payable to Karen. Coffee will be provided. Bring your lunch or plan to go out and pick up something. Come to sew on whatever you wish!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A New Challenge Is Looming.....

The Modern Quilt Guild has announced a new challenge, and we would like all of CFMQG to join in on the fun that would like to!

The fabric we will be using is a brand new collection called Petal Pinwheels.  Please see the entire collection here:   http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/shop/collections/petal-pinwheels.html

At this time, the only online shop I’ve found that  is advertising that they supply this collection is Hawthorne Threads.  They expect this fabric line to be available in Mid-March.  Please see their photos and information on the fabric here: http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/michael_miller_house_designer/petal_pinwheels

The specific fabrics we will be using will be those that the national MQG is also using, as shown below.  The one exception is that we will not use the gray flowered in the upper left corner.  We will use the remaining five colors.


1)  Each participant will receive a fat-eighth of each of the five fabrics described above.
2)  ANY additional Michael Miller fabric can be added to your fabric.
3)  ANY solid(s) can be added to your project.
4)  The project can be of any size.
5)  You must quilt your own project
6)  The challenge begins as soon as we have the fabric, which is projected to be at least by our meeting April 14th.  (I will order as soon as it is available, which they state should be mid-March.  I will have available times it may be picked up at my home as soon as I have it, for those who wish to do so.  The challenge is due on our August meeting date, and our "challenge show" will be on that date.

THAT'S IT!  Start thinking of what YOU would like to create from this beautiful fabric.  Thank you, Michael Miller, for bringing us another challenge!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Our February 10th, 2014 meeting included 26 enthusiastic modern quilters ready to discuss, interact, explore new thoughts, and have fun! 

Mel Tuck gave a demonstration on a quick and easy binding technique that provided a "facing" for her project .... no binding showing on the front side.  What a fun way to bind and showcase "modern!"

Mel included corners in the facing of this project.  When turned to the back, it forms a cute "frame" to add to your backing design.

Beth Shutty delivered a program on how to make insert designs that had us all enthralled.  I could just see the imaginations in the room soaring!  She focused her program on inset circles, but included some on ovals, hearts, squares, etc.  I believe that several of us went home and pulled the freezer paper out of the drawers!  Her work is amazing, as you can see from the following:

A shout-out of CONGRATULATIONS to Beth for being named the winner of  "Best Modern Design" by remote judges of our recent Riley Blake Challenge.  Beth was presented with a bundle of Riley Blake Fat Quarters "Medium Circles" in a variety of colors.  We look forward to seeing what incredible creation she will accomplish from this bundle!

Jill and Marny of Modern Quilt Relish, who selected our "Best Modern Design" winner for the Riley Blake Challenge, posted to their blog about choosing a winner for our Central Florida MQG chapter. Please visit their blog post here, and thank them for giving us their valuable time. Thanks!

 Gloria Meacham brought in one of her favorite new toys - a circle attachment for her Bernina.  I think I see a demonstration coming up soon!

Carolyn Levant showed us a placemat that is one of a set she recently made.  What a great geometric design!  This had six corners, and she was pleased to be able to conquer those small mitered corners and hand sew the binding.

Cindy Cook brought in a cute little "Peek-a-Boo" block made with folded rectangles.  These blocks are being made into a child's quilt for KidsCentral.

Diane Bohn shared the sewing machine cover she made for her friend .... a very luck friend indeed!  This was made with her friend's color choices in mind.

This is a baby quilt top named "Ribbon Candy."  Diane was looking for a quick, jelly roll friendly pattern.  This is her second quilt pattern (coming soon!)  Those diagonal designs add an extra touch of modern to these gorgeous colors .... so many quilting possibilities.  Thank you, Diane, for sharing this WIP (Work in Progress).

We look forward to meeting again March 10 when we'll discuss modern elements as we all bring in WIPS to share.  This will be a great way to get ideas for layouts, quilting designs, color choices ..... decisions, decisions, decisions!  Four participants will also be sharing their own quilting story.  Each of our stories are special and unique.  Happy Quilting!