Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February Meeting Review

Thirty-one quilters attended the February 8 meeting of the Central Florida MQG. Of those 31, two were first-time visitors, and four joined our chapter! Welcome to everyone!

After the business meeting, quilters who are participating in the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club showed their projects. Susan, Beth, Karen E. and Karen T. show their January projects using bias tape.

Susan (What does that expression mean?!) and Beth show their February improv blocks.


Susan's recent finish was begun during a curved piecing workshop. It was longarm quilted by President Debbie.

Kathy shares an almost-finished table runner for her daughter. How 'bout that Clover Wonder Clips "binding!"

Kathy and her tumbler template baby quilt.

Mary showed two unnamed quilts that she designed and quilted herself.

This one generated conversation about what was modern and not modern.

Karen E.'s 33" X 44" "Mini Rings" was made using the mini quick curve ruler. Karen quilts all her quilts on her Tiara.

Becky's two show and tell quilts were made as a result of quilt-as-you-go classes with Gudrun Erla. 
"Sunburst"
Becky quilts on a domestic machine.

Beth's 20" X 20" Hawaiian pillow is an original design. It's machine appliquéd, and spiral quilted using a walking foot.

Dee, a brand new member, shows her 36" X 48" "Spinner" quilt, recently finished in a five-week First Time Quiltmaking class at the Lifelong Learning College. Spinner is walking foot quilted.

Another new member, Monique, shares her 30" X 30" "Modern Logs" quilt.

President Debbie was unable to attend our meeting due to being called away, a little early, to become a first-time grandma! Congratulations to Debbie, and her family on the safe arrival of Taylor. In absentia, Debbie shares her recent finishes, both of which are for Taylor. 


Following show and tell, our program was led by mother-daughter team Janice and Mel. They distributed squares of cotton batting with instructions to use our fabric scraps (brought along) and their fabrics scraps, and scissors, to create non-sewn improv quilt blocks.

As a suggestion, we could begin with a log cabin or courthouse steps design. Or, "be creative, and have fun!"

At the completion of our cutting and designing time, we saw a range of block designs. Looking at each table, where two to six quilters sat together, their designs fell into somewhat similar patterns! Some "influencing" occurred at a few tables.




It was a good exercise. And if desired, each quilter can actually sew her piece into a mug rug or hot pad.

Chapter Events
Our next chapter event is this weekend's (February 13-14) visit by Lee Heinrich (FreshlyPieced), co-author of "Vintage Quilt Revival," pattern designer, and Bernina representative. Refer to this blog post and below for more information about her Saturday and Sunday activities in The Villages.

Openings remain in:

"Traditional Block with a Fresh Start" Lecture and Trunk Show - Free with a Villager ID
Saturday, February 13, 9 am, Eisenhower Rec Center, The Villages

"Advanced Piecing" Class - $50 guild members ($60 non-guild members)
Saturday, February 13, 12:30-4 pm, Eisenhower Rec Center, The Villages

"Off the Grid" Workshop - $80 guild members ($90 non-guild members)
Sunday, February 14, 9am-3pm, Laurel Manor Rec Center, The Villages

It's not too late to join in these great opportunities! Email here if interested!

Sew-In
Saturday, February 27 is our monthly Sew-In at the Belleview Public Library. Members and guests are welcome, but please RSVP to Karen E., or here. Thank you! Note: There is no Sew-In in March due to a library conflict.

Next Meeting
Monday, March 14, 6:30 pm, North Lake Presbyterian Church
A program has not yet been determined.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

CFMQG Breaking News!

Lee Heinrichs - FreshlyPieced - is coming to Central Florida on February 13 and 14. We've been taking registrations for her Saturday afternoon "Advanced Piecing" workshop.

And now we have another opportunity!

"Off the Grid" from 9-3 on Sunday, February 14 (yes, that's Valentine's Day) has been added!


Members! What You Need To Do
Let us know by email before Tuesday, February 2 if:

1. you will attend the “Off the Grid” workshop. Your $80 check is payable to QGOTV and can be turned in at our Monday, February 8 Central Florida MQG meeting.

2. you’ve already registered for “Advanced Piecing” (Saturday afternoon workshop) and want to switch to “Off the Grid.” Your additional $30 is due at our Monday, February 8, Central Florida MQG meeting.

3. you will attend “Off the Grid,” and are willing to bring a design wall (the stand type is preferred). 

We hope to see lots of our members at the lecture (Saturday morning), "Advancing Piecing" workshop (Saturday afternoon), and/or "Off the Grid" (Sunday)!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Webinar! Don't Miss It!

If you missed the MQG Webinar on Tuesday evening, January 26...

"Social Media Principles to Connect with Quilters, Sell Your Goods, and Build Your Guild"

...be sure to view it! It's one of the perks of MQG membership, and it was a great webinar! See the MQG webinar here. (Note, you must be an MQG member to access it.) 

Media professional Jessica Plunkett (@moosesaymoo) presented a thoughtful, thorough, and information-packed review of various forms of social media, how they function, and how individuals and quilting-related businesses can utilize them.

In particular, Jessica focused on Instagram, a social media platform that has been embraced, in particular, by quilters. Because every Instagram post uses a photo, it's a wonderful way to share our quilts and our quilting-related questions with quilters in our state, nation, and around the world.

Have a quilting dilemma or concern?
Take a picture, post it to Instagram, and watch suggestions pour in!

As of this month, our chapter is on Instagram - @CentralFloridaMQG


We will be using this account to share and promote our chapter members' quilts and activities. We encourage all our members to create an Instagram account, and at the very least, follow us! 

Our photos will be posted as #CentralFloridaMQG, and the national MQG (@theMQG) has asked us to use #showusyourMQG so we can see what other MQG chapters are doing too!

If you haven't already, now's the time to embrace social media. It's where modern quilters and modern quilting are happenin'!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

January 11 Meeting

Twenty-six members and one guest attended the first 2016 Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild meeting on Monday, January 11.

We were happy to be led by our newly-elected president, Debbie, who received applause when the meeting concluded! Debbie was previously a member of the Chicago MQG.

Our program was demonstrations of both flanged binding and faced binding. Karen demonstrated flanged binding with step-by-step samples, and provided a hand-out so everyone can give this method a try.

Beth demonstrated faced binding, showing several quilts she completed with this method, and her step-by-step samples. Of note is how to finish the top edge of a quilt with a facing and sleeve, for hanging.

Triangles at the corners make faced binding work best.

Edge stitching helps too.

Bette with "Avery's Garden," made for her granddaughter, and quilted herself. 
Karen E., - on her birthday! - brought "Remix," a quilt inspired by Libs Elliott designs.
Karen designed and machine quilted it herself.
The back of Karen E.'s quilt.
Karen T. pieced and quilted "Zen" herself.
Ruth used the Urban Abacas pattern and a Quick Curve Ruler, to create pieced abacases.
She calls this "New York Abacus," and plans to quilt it herself.
"Standing Triangles," and "Circle of Friends," are mini quilts Beth made for swaps.
Standing Triangles is fused and raw edge appliquéd, and matchstick quilted.
Circle of Friends is made with three-dimensional flying geese.
Led by Bette, and with assistance from Sandy, Jill, and Central Florida MQG members,
the delectable mountains quilt, to be given to North Lake Presbyterian Church, is complete.
President Debbie donated her longarm quilting skills to this quilt. 
Thirty-one Central Florida MQG members are participating in the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club during 2016. Members Lynette, Ruth, and Cindy shared some of their bias tape/appliqué test pieces. 

Other News
  1. Six openings remain in Lee Heinrich's workshop on Saturday, February 13.
  2. Sew-In dates have changed due to a chapter conflict and a conflict with the Belleview Library. See all correct dates on right menu bar.
  3. Central Florida MQG has it's own Instagram account. Please follow us! And members, please use #CentralFloridaMQG when you're posting your quilt photos on Instagram. (If you don't yet have an Instagram account, go to: www.Instagram.com)
  4. We now have a library! Books will be available to check out at each meeting. Refer to library policies through the "Chapter Documents" tab at the top of this page.
February 8 Program"Modern Block Improv Exercise" presented by Mel
The February program is about playing, and practicing what we've been learning about modern quilts for the past two years. On a 12" x 12" "design wall" of batting everyone will create a mini-quilt masterpiece using only fabric scraps. When designing is completed we'll "show and tell" each one, and members can take home their project to sew into a finished piece, as desired. 

Bring:
  • fabric scraps - "modern" prints are not necessary
  • scissors
Batting will be provide.

Monday, January 4, 2016

The New Year!

We're starting 2016 with happenings!

First, this Friday, January 8, at 2 pm, the new Executive Committee is meeting at Panera Bread in Sumter Landing to plan our 2016 activities. As always, this meeting is open to any member who's interested in participating.

Second, we're anticipating our first 2016 Sew-In this Saturday, January 9 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Belleview Public Library. This is a great way to get to know one another better, and of course, get in some social sewing time. Bring whatever you want to work on. If you want to attend and haven't signed up, please let Karen E. know.

Third, our regular meeting is January 11, at 6:30 pm at North Lake Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall. We've had a program change, so this is what you can look forward to:

"Flanged Binding, and a Facing Finish"
Karen E. and Beth S. will offer two demos.

  • Karen will demonstrate how to add a very narrow flange to the binding of your quilt to create an extra visual pop. This method is accomplished entirely on the sewing machine.
  • Beth will demonstrate how to apply a faced finish to the edges of a quilt. This method is used when you want your entire design and color to flow to the edge of your quilt. Beth's method incorporates ideas from Kay Sorensen of Wisconsin, and Internet tips.
In addition:
  1. remember to wear your name tag, 
  2. bring your show and tell, and
  3. if you're a member of the Mighty Lucky Quilt Club (as 31 of our members are!), bring what you've been working on for the January Challenge: Quilts from your Sketchbook - Shapes and Curves.
NOTE: Seven openings remain for Lee Heinrich's Saturday, February 13 visit to The Villages. 
"Traditional Blocks with a Fresh Start" FREE
9:30-11 a.m. at Eisenhower Rec Center, 3560 Buena Vista Boulevard
Lee will show 15-20 quilts and discuss her creative journey, design philosophy and strategies.

"Advanced Piecing" - $50
12:30-4 pm at Eisenhower Rec Center, 3560 Buena Vista Boulevard
Take your piecing skills to the next level and sew more complex designs with advanced techniques such as foundation paper piecing, piecing with traditional templates, and partial seams. We'll spend time making several blocks from Lee's book "Vintage Quilt Revival." Students will leave with a good start on the sampler quilt from the book.
Visit www.FreshlyPieced.com for more information about Lee.
If you're interested in the workshop, send an email to CentralFloridaMQG@gmail.com

We're starting off 2016 with a bang! Hope you're ready for a fun ride! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2015 is a Wrap!

With our monthly meeting falling on the same night as North Lake Presbyterian Church's annual Christmas concert - and parking being a huge issue - we scrambled to find a different meeting location. Happily, Sew Superior was able to accommodate us. The store sells sewing machines, and stocks a small quantity of fabrics, and lots of thread. We're very grateful to Sew Superior for allowing us to use their store when they would otherwise be closed for the evening.

Given that this holiday season finds many people away from home, we were delighted with our turnout of 22 quilters, three of whom were visitors.

Evening topics and activities were varied! Everyone was asked to bring, show and explain a non-quilting item that they use for quilting. Karen amazed us with how she creatively uses her Kona color card chips. First, she cut them all apart. Then she backed each color chip with a piece of 1"-wide magnet (purchased by the roll). Next she purchased an inexpensive set of three metal cookie sheets, and arranged all the color chips on those. Finally, she has another white magnetic board onto which she can place a piece of fabric, and then audition the color chips that might look nice with the fabrics. Such an ingenious idea! Thanks for sharing, Karen!


Donna was unable to complete her solids challenge quilt in time to enter it into last month's competition, so she brought it for us to see. This is her own design, and "sampler-quilted" on her Handi-Quilter.

Beginning with a nine patch block, Betty showed a progression of changes in those blocks to create improv-type blocks.

Beth showed two of her entries into Modern Quilt Guild challenges. This is her Michael Miller Challenge entry called "Vortex." Beth designed it in EQ7. It's pieced wonky stars, and appliquéd "streaks" sewn with metallic thread. The quilt is grid-quilted using a walking foot.

Using a bundle of gelato ombre fabrics purchased on MassDrop, Beth created this gorgeous quilt for the QuiltCon 2016 Triangle Quilt Challenge. Participants were required to use EZ Quilting Triangle Template by Darlene Zimmerman, as well as the mini 45 or 60 degree Simplicity ruler in some part of their quilt. Beth quilted this with a combination of walking foot and free motion quilting. She named it "Cut Diamonds."

P.S. Beth learned on December 16 that BOTH of the above quilts have been juried into QuiltCon 2016, in Pasadena, California. We're so proud of you, Beth! Congratulations!

And in her "Santa's Workshop," Beth busily sewed personalized Christmas stockings for her family, and the dog! She was inspired by stockings she saw that were made by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Selina adapted this free "Holiday Forest" pattern from Lee Heinrich (Freshly Pieced) to make table runners for Christmas giving.

Jamie sewed this "Stand Up and Tote Notice" bag.

.... and a "Bionic Gear" bag with four inside zipper compartments with her own customization features.

After Show 'n Tell, members got down to business to hand sew binding to the back of our group quilt - Delectable Mountains. The colors requested from members were the same as those in the fabric line "Yoyogi Park." In 2016, the quilt will be given to North Lake Presbyterian Church as a thank-you for allowing us to hold our meetings there.


For some, this was the first time they'd hand sewn binding to a quilt!



  • If you haven't yet done so, hurry to sign up with Karen for the Mighty Lucky Quilt Club. Central Florida MQG members get a discounted subscription!
  • Also, sign up with Karen to participate in the latest Riley Blake challenge.
The above black and white fabric will be sent to ONE person in our chapter who will distribute to those who've signed up. Note that the Riley Blake challenge fabric must be used, and may include Riley Blake solids.
  • Don't forget to sign up for our first 2016 Sew-In on Saturday, January 23.
  • We still have openings for Lee Heinrich's (FreshlyPieced) "Traditional Blocks with a Fresh Start" presentation/trunk show and "Advanced Piecing" workshop on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
To register for any of these activities, email out-going president Karen, or incoming president Debbie, or CentralFloridaMQG@gmail.com

We're welcoming 2016 Executive Committee members, assistants, and committee members. Get to know our leaders! Visit the "Chapter Leaders" tab above.

Next Meeting
Monday, January 11, 2016, 6:30 pm
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Program: "A Positive Look at Negative Space" by Sharon A.
Sharon will give a media presentation about negative space, and effective quilting designs. Hand-outs will be provided. Members are invited to bring quilts that are examples of effective use of negative space.