Sunday, May 24, 2015

Tri-Weekly Round-Up May 24, 2015!

Rossie has a beautiful new quilt and pattern Saskia:

Hayley C. made an adorable pie quilt for Brenda's Quilt Market booth, and has a tutorial on bias binding on her blog:

Rebekah made an amazing January quilt (pattern by Liz Harvatine):

Pam L has finished her legendary king sized wedding Fireworks quilt (pattern by Thimble Blossoms):

Ginia has a quilt pattern in the June/July issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, Tangerine:

Lynn is Aurifil Designer of the Month this month (May) and here's the mini she designed:

She's also been revealing quilts from her book on her blog, so head on over to see those!

Giedra has a blog post about recent minis she's made for swaps. Here's one pretty one:

Karen made a sweet pillow with the blocks she made in Rita Hodge's class at Sewtopia:

I made this armchair pincushion for last month's swap, with a tutorial on my blog:

Debbie's working on curved piecing.

And I've been making Flip Flop dresses (pattern by Deborah Moebes of Whipstitch)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

April Meeting Minutes!

April meeting minutes

Old Business

Guild members elected Debbie Grifka as our new President and Amy Diebold as our new Vice President of Programs.

Make a nametag for the next guild meeting! We are all going to start wearing nametags so we can get to know each other a little bit better. Nametags will be kept in a bin and brought to each meeting so we don’t forget to bring them with us. Jenny Draeger was nice enough to create a pinterest board full of inspiration for you, check it out here!

Pie Making Day challenge
If you’ve made a quilt for market, they MUST be given to Brenda before May 11th. Bring them to Pink Castle Fabrics.
The guild challenge quilts will be presented at the July meeting.

Retreat coordinator
If anyone is interested in taking on the retreat coordinator position, contact Debbie.

QuiltCon charity quilts
After a guild vote, we have decided that the proceeds of our QuiltCon charity quilts will be going to both the Ozone house and Food Gatherers (both local organizations). These funds will be raised through an eBay charity auction. Stay tuned for more details about the auction itself.

Sew-in locations
Weekend sew-ins work best for a majority of guild members. We are still looking for a location. Jackie Mills suggested Saline library, but pointed out that they have limited weekend hours. If you have any ideas or leads, talk to our VP of Programs, Amy Diebold.

New Business
Membership cards
If you need a membership card, talk to Jackie Mills.

Charity quilts
Pam L. cut up different bundles for charity quilts. If you want one, get in touch with her. The facebook group will be an excellent way to discuss things like this.

Library Spotlight
Kathy shared Quilting Modern and Amish Patchwork at the meeting. Both books are available to check out from the guild’s library!

Member Spotlight: Giedra
We got to see some of Giedra's awesome quilts and wall hangings at the meeting!

In May, we will shine the light on Ann Dilcher.

Skill School: Batting (Kathy Koch)

  • Kathy gave an incredibly informative lesson on different types of batting. Here is the info sheet she created--print it out and put it in your sewing room! You'll be happy you did.

We had a very successful pincushion swap!
Round Robin quilts were shown off.
Show and Share included many projects that our guild members made for and at Sewtopia. We also had lots of quilt finishes this month! I only managed to get a picture of Emily's quilt for her niece before my phone died. Oops.

Bi-weekly Round Up!

First of all, the pincushion swap was awesome! Here are a few that have appeared on blogs:

Pam L:



Hopefully we'll see more soon!

Secondly, I suspect there are more bloggers in the guild than are on my list, so email Hayley to get on the list, please!

A number of members went to Sewtopia: Rossie and Karen blogged about it.

Here's Rossie's molehill top:

And Karen made a this Making Friends quilt for the Sewtopia Michael Miller challenge:

Love the quilting!

Kathy S. made this wonky nine patch quilt top:

Karen has a post about swaps, what she made and what she got in three recent swaps. Here's the beautiful mini she made for the rainbow swap!

Lynn wrote a post about quilting, and a few things she's learned.

I wrote a post about some of my English Paper Piecing projects.

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!