Sunday, April 19, 2015

tri-weekly round up (that's a thing, right?) for April 19th!

Lynn has finished her postage stamp quilt, with a brief tutorial on the quilting she used for it:

She's also pieced her string melons:

And finished a quilt called Hilltop Star Gazer (pattern by Lunden Designs) for the Dear Stella booth at Market:

 She's also been adding rosettes to her La Passacaglia quilt.

Karen has finished her oh so cute Elephant Parade quilt (pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts):

 Ginia has finished her Ups and Downs quilt:

And her king size Boston Uncommon quilt:

Brenda is sharing her Sunset Strips quilt (pattern available here) in Alison Glass Handcrafted:

Jenna made an adorable Aerial Grove baby quilt (pattern by Carolyn Friedlander):

Rebekah has made this amazing orange peel quilt in Liberty prints, from a tutorial by Crazy Old Ladies:

And she has a post about a few swap minis she's made, including this one from a BOM by Elizabeth Dackson:

I have a post about a swap mini I made, for the Rainbow mini swap:

And my Red Ridinghood unicorn hexagon quilt was also finished recently:

Pam L has posted this beautiful quilt:

And she's been working on some adorable blocks with Brenda's Pie Making Day:

Kathy S has been working on some improv blocks:

And Hayley C. has a reflection on what she learned about sewing from her grandmother on her blog. But I have to share a picture of her in a prom dress she made!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

bi-weekly Round Up for March 29th!

Rossie has finished another quartered log cabin quilt! (Tutorial here) Love the colors!

And she had another post talking about Free Motion Quilting.

Lynn is taking preorders for autographed copies of her book, Every Last Piece.

Debbie has started working on a Carolyn Friedlander pattern, the Circle Lattice.

I made a quilt project process board to track Works in Progress:

Pam L. has been working on a charm pack friendly baby quilt pattern, and here's her first block:

And she also made a dress!

Friday, March 27, 2015

March Meeting Minutes

Hello, guild members!

We managed to cover quite a bit at Wednesday’s meeting. Sorry for the overall unorganized feel—I forgot to add topics to the agenda. Thanks for bearing with me, though! I appreciate it!

Old Business:
·      Pie Making Day by Brenda Ratliff—Guild Challenge
o   If you were unable to attend the meeting but filled out the Google form, come in to Pink Castle Fabrics and pick up your fabric or contact one of us.
o   If you plan to sew something for Brenda to take with her to market, it needs to be dropped off at PCF by May 11th. You must only use PMD and RJR Cotton Supreme Solids (available at PCF and elsewhere).
o   If you plan to sew something for the guild challenge, plan to bring it to the July meeting. You can use PMD with any other fabrics you’d like.
·      Summer retreat
o   We discussed two possible date options for a summer retreat. We will have more information at the next meeting.
·      QuiltCon Charity Quilts
o   We have two quilts to donate. We had decided to auction the quilts on eBay and donate the proceeds to the charity of our choosing. Expect a poll in your email soon to vote on the charity we will support.

New Business:
·      New Officers
o   We are in need of a new President and a new VP Programs should Debbie Grifka be elected President. Laura Dolson and Amy Diebold have both expressed interest in running. We will hold a special election at the April meeting.
·      Quilt Show Submissions
o   Texas Quilt Museum call for entries
§   If the quilt hung at QuiltCon (or if it has been displayed anywhere within 200 miles of La Grange, TX), it is not eligible.
§  There is no entry fee.
§  Must have been made after 2005.
§  Submissions due April 30th.
§  More information can be found here.
o   National Quilt Museum
§  This is a juried contest with cash prizes.
§  Some quilts chosen will become part of a traveling exhibit.
§  Submissions due December 1st, 2015.
§  More information can be found here.
·      Munch and Mingle
o   Our initial response to the munch and mingle time before the general meeting was great! We are going to keep these a monthly occurrence. To keep this up, we have volunteers already scheduled to bring snacks and beverages for the next two months. You can sign up at the next meeting. Talk to me (Hayley Cason) to sign up.
o   To keep this up, we discussed creating a new hospitality position. I’m seeking one or two other people to be hospitality chairpeople. Send an email to a2modernquiltguild at gmail if interested.
·      Liability insurance
o   We are required to have liability insurance to continue to meet at Calvary. It will likely cost us $600/year. If you work in the industry or have any information that could reduce this cost, please email the guild address or Jen Bernstein.
o   We discussed potentially raising dues a small amount in order to cover this fee, since it would leave us with very little in the bank.
·      Joint A2/Chicago Retreat
o   Rossie is coordinating this joint retreat with members of the Chicago MQG. More information to come.
·      2015 Charity Projects
o   We briefly discussed our goal of each person in guild creating at least one charity quilt per year.
o   The charity page on the blog has more information about patterns and size requirements.
·      Monthly sew-ins
o   These will no longer be held at PCF. We have a few locations to look into, so I will keep you posted on our findings as far as cost, availability, and locations go.
·      Facebook group
o   In order to communicate more effectively with all members, we have created a private Facebook group. Invitations have been sent out—if you did not receive one, email a2modernquiltguild at gmail with the address you use to log into Facebook and I will be sure to add you.

Kathy Koch was going to do a skill school on different types of batting; unfortunately, she was sick. We’ve postponed this to next month, and there will be giveaways!

Our member spotlight this month was Sarah Minshall. Here are a few of her gorgeous quilts, in case you missed it!  (Sorry for the crappy iPhone pictures..)

Next month, we’ll get to see some of Giedra’s creations!

This month, we had a block lottery organized by Dorie. Participants brought Scrappy Trip blocks for a chance to win them all. Our winner was Kat! It will be fun to see what she makes with all of them. April’s swap will be a pincushion swap. See the Swaps page for more details.

We had some fun quilts at show and share this meeting!

Jenna brought this fun and interesting quilt to the meeting.

Hayley G made quite a bit of progress on her Aerial Grove quilt.

Laura Dolson is figuring out how to quilt this beautiful Space Dust finished top.

Well, I think that's it for this month's meeting. Let me know if I left anything out. Hope to see you all in April!

--Hayley Cason

Sunday, March 22, 2015

March Meeting This Week!

Hello A2MQG guild members!

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 25th at Calvary Methodist in Ann Arbor (located at the corner of Miller Ave. and Newport Pl. on Ann Arbor's west side at 1415 Miller Avenue). The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. 

Brenda has received samples of fabric for her upcoming line, Pie Making Day, for us to use for a guild challenge! Because we are going to get it with only weeks before market, she has new rules for the challenge, which will be discussed in depth at the meeting.

Also, we now have 68 members! While this is great for our guild, it has come to our attention that it is difficult to get to know everyone when we only meet for a couple hours each month. With this in mind, we are going to start doing a Munch and Mingle (or meet and greet, or whatever you’d like to call it) between 6:00 and 6:30, immediately before the general guild meeting. We will provide light refreshments and we hope that you’ll join us and get to know fellow members. 

Hope to see you there!


Sunday, March 15, 2015

bi-weely round up for 3/15/15

First of all, Dorie won a ribbon at Quiltcon for her bias applique quilt, the Knit Stitch. You can see it in this photo in Rebekah's summary post of Quiltcon:

Dorie and her daughter collaborated on this quilt Gemerations which is heading to Chicago for a show:

And Brenda has a pattern in the QuiltCon magazine called Dorie's Diamonds:

And Rossie also has a quilt in the QuiltCon magazine called Well Being:

And Cherie has a pattern in Quilt Now magazine called Whimsy:

Rebekah has blogged two quilts, one with Robots, and one called the Radio Way Quilt that I'm showing below:

Karen has made a Totem quilt using a pattern by Carolyn Friedlander:

I finished up this drunkard's path mini quilt:

Rossie finished the top of her Disco Quilt (pattern by Jaybird Quilts):

Lynn made a sweet baby quilt:

And she's been working on her La Passacaglia quilt:

And she's made a block for Lynn Krawczyk's blog hop:

As has Debbie:

And Pam has been making even more Fireworks blocks, pattern by Camille Roskelley:

Whew! That was a lot! Well done, everyone! And it doesn't even mention that Stephanie has a pattern in QuiltNow as well, and Debbie has the cover quilt in the QuiltCon magazine!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bi-weekly round up for February 28th, 2015

Karen made a fun version of Brenda's Boats, Boats, Boats pattern (it's available to members of the MQG through their newsletter):

 (Here's Brenda's blog post on the pattern)

Rossie has finished two tops in her new urge to finish up WIPs, this is one, Homestead:

Debbie made this funky pillow using a design from Amy Ellis's new book:

Karen made this awesome Cargo Duffle (pattern by Anna Graham of Noodlehead):

I made a tote (and a few other things), the tote is based on Noodlehead's Super Tote, but the size is different:

A few blog posts have appeared about Quiltcon: from Rossie, from Jenna, from me.

Friday, February 27, 2015

February Meeting Minutes

We had a great first meeting at our new location on Wednesday! It's a much larger space and should work out great for us.

February 2015 minutes

Old Business
  • QuiltCon
    • QuiltCon will now occur annually--Pasadena in 2016 and Savannah, GA in 2017. Rooms are already open for reservations in Pasadena.
  • Quilt show opportunities
    • Modern Quilt Guild at the Texas Quilt Museum
      • If the quilt hung at QuiltCon (or if it has been displayed anywhere within 200 miles of La Grange, TX), it is not eligible.
      • There is no entry fee.
      • Must have been made after 2005.
      • Submissions due April 30th.
      • More information can be found here.
    • National Quilt Museum
      • This is a juried contest with cash prizes.
      • Some quilts chosen will become part of a traveling exhibit.
      • Submissions due December 1st, 2015.
      • More information can be found here.
  • Pie Making Day challenge (Brenda's line of fabric)
    • Fabric won't be in until March, so we discussed pushing back the deadline for the swap.
    • If you want to make samples for quilt market, they will need to be done by the April meeting--otherwise, we discussed the challenge being open until May or June. We can finalize this at the next meeting.
  • March Swap
    • We will be doing a block lottery.  We all make the same block and for every block you make you get one entry into the lottery.  The lottery winner takes home all blocks.  There is no pre-sign up, just bring the blocks to guild.
    • We will be doing the Scrappy Trip Around the World block in bright juicy colors. The tutorial for the block is here. The finished block size is 12 inches, which means the size of the block brought to guild is 12.5 inches.
    • Some good hashtags on Instagram are #scrappytripalong and #scrappytriparoundtheworld
    • Here's a flickr group for inspiration.
    • Here's a quick block I threw together to show how easy they are to make:

New Business
  • Annual Financial Summary
    • Jen put this together to show where our money went last year, and it can be viewed here. Thanks, Jen!
  • Library Spotlight
    • Kathy Koch was kind enough to bring a small sampling of the books available in our guild library. 
    • If you're looking for a book, feel free to contact Kathy before searching elsewhere. She can bring it to the next meeting. She's working on putting together a database with all the titles.
    • While we have many books, Kathy noticed we are lacking books about modern quilting. If you have one you'd like to donate, contact her or bring it to the next meeting. 
  • Member Spotlight: Rebekah
    • If you weren't able to see her quilts in person, here are a few pictures (taken with a cell phone--I'm no photographer, but these were some lovely quilts!).

      Rebekah's favorite quilt she's made--from scraps of other projects.

    • Skill School
      • Brenda showed us how to do a ladder stitch binding. 
      • I found a tutorial similar to the one she demonstrated on the Sometimes Crafter blog.
      • This is a great way to bind quilts, since the thread isn't seen at all. 
    • Round Robin
      • We had some lovely additions to the round robin quilts this month! If you'd like to join or jump back in, contact Dorie.
    • Charity Quilts from QuiltCon
      • Our quilts came home with us, now we need to decide what to do with them! Some suggestions were to donate them to Habitat for Humanity, Alpha House, Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra, or we could sell the quilts through eBay and donate the proceeds to a charity of our choosing.
      • One of the two charity quilts we made:

    • We had a fat quarter swap this meeting.
    • Show and Share
      • Stephanie wanted to share the Angela Walters video based on her lecture at QuiltCon: 

    • Instagram
      • Debbie Grifka did a wonderful skill school last month on Instagram. Because it can be difficult to find all of our guild members on social media and stay connected to the guild blog and other updates, I thought it would be a good idea to create an account for the guild. 
      • You can find us at @A2MQG -- if you comment on the post with your name, it makes it easier for other people to know who you are (some of our usernames are blog/company names, which can get confusing). 
      • Use the #a2mqg tag on things you'd like to share with other members--I'll be periodically reposting things relevant to our guild!
      • If you'd like to follow other guild members, simply click on the first post (everyone has commented with their names) or see who the account is following--I am only following back members of the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. 
    Our next sew-in will be March 19th from 5-9 pm at Pink Castle Fabrics and our next meeting will be March 25th at Calvary Methodist Church in Ann Arbor. Hope to see you there!!