Sunday, July 19, 2015

Monthly round up for July 19th!

Wow, so these are getting more and more widely spaced, huh?

Oh, so how cute is Karen's pie mini quilt using Hayley C.'s Pie in the Sky quilt pattern!!!!

Karen also finished a top using Red Pepper Quilts's pickle dish variation tutorial and the new Denyse Schmidt line. She has misgivings, but I think it's awesome looking!

She's also made this cutie for charity, Mini Charming, based on Denyse Schmidt's Big Charming quilt pattern:

Rossie has an adorable new quilt pattern, the Happy Houses Quilt available from Birch fabrics (and a snazzy new website!)

Rossie has also made a rainbow quilt block:

I think it may be the year of rainbow quilts!

Debbie has a new version of her Turnstile Quilt on her blog, Water Wheel:

Debbie has one quilt finished for charity, Triple Treat. I love the tonal variation here:

She also performed an interesting experiment about straightline quilting.

Brenda has a new pattern in Modern Patchwork called Bento Box:

Love that cool color palette!

Brenda was also a guest on the Modern Sewciety Podcast episode #69. And you should all check that out!

Kathy S. has done some embellishment on the quilt Caroline made her in last year's secret stalker swap:

 Kathy also has posted a refresher on machine binding quilts.

Actually, Kathy, being our most prolific blogger always has tons of interesting stuff, and I have to skim, but I love this quilt and here's a series on improv, parts 1, 2, and 3. But really, you should just read her blog.

Cherie's been working on an English paper piecing project inspired by a Sarah Fielke pattern, Jazz Hands, from the book Material Obsession 2:

Lynn is also making progress on her English paper piecing projects, she's doing La Passacaglia from the book Millefiori Quilts:

And I managed to finish one of my ongoing English paper piecing projects, a pillow cover:

I also shared my two warped double wedding ring mini quilts, though for brevity's sake, I'll show you one and just give you a link for the other:

Pam L made these neat blocks for a bee:

And that's all from me! Happy sewing!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

June Meeting Minutes!

Old business:
  • Summer Retreat
    • Our retreat will be held July 30th-August 2nd this year. We need 20 people to make it happen. If you're interested, contact Debbie, Ginia, or Jen as soon as possible. See your email for pricing information.
  • QuiltCon charity quilts
    • Ann Dilcher is coordinating one quilt. Check the facebook group for updates on that quilt. 
    • If you'd like to start the second quilt, feel free to post about it or come up with a general idea and we can discuss it online or at the next meeting.
    • For the charity quilts for QuiltCon, check out their web page. They have the general rules as well as color palette for this year's charity quilt. They also list different solids that match their color palette.
  • eBay Charity Quilts
    • These will be live for auction on eBay mid-July. We'll send an email with information and links to share with friends and family (or bid yourself!)
New business:
  • Pam Lincoln has been bringing more quilt kits to the meetings to use when you make charity quilts! Check out the special charity tab on our blog for more information and inspiration. 
Library Spotlight:
  • Kathy brought some excellent books to the meeting. Baby Patchwork included many baby-sized quilt patterns with some applique patterns. Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonisteel contained many traditional patterns that could easily be made modern.
Member spotlight: 
  • This month, we got to see quilts made by Pam Lincoln. 

  • Next month, we'll see quilts made by Kathy Koch.
Skill School:

  • Amy Diebold did a wonderful job demonstrating English Paper Piecing with hexagons. It was a fun, hands on skill school and someone went home with all the hexagons we practiced on!

We had the cutest tiny-themed swap at this meeting. There were tea bag cozies, hot pads, pouches, and a whole bunch of adorably small patchwork-based things!

We ended the meeting with the usual show and share.

Next month we will be having the Pie Making Day challenge! Bring your finished PMD projects! There will be prizes for the crowd favorite.

Until next month,
Hayley Cason

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Tri-weekly round up for June 14, 2015!

Dorie made this lovely triangle quilt for the umbrella prints trimmings contests inspired by both Sherri Lynn Wood's and Lynn Harris's books.

Rossie has her Dance for Emily quilt on her blog, talking of Sherri Lynn Wood's book:

Rossie has also completed the top of this cute quilt she calls her Optimism quilt:

Debbie has finished a top, the Loosely Curved pattern from Angela Pingell's book:

Debbie has also been working on her item for the tiny piecing swap:

Pam L has been sharing some mini quilts on her blog:

Pam also has a neat tutorial on doing a square within a square block

Kathy S. has been working on this amazing city quilt:

Karen has made this clutch using a pattern from Anna Graham's new book, Handmade Style:

And I have been making clothes for children and more clothes for children.

Friday, June 5, 2015

May Meeting Minutes!

We had another successful Munch and Mingle before the meeting. I still need a few people to sign up for summer snack/drink duties. If you're interested, email Hayley (hayleysews at gmail dot com).

Old Business:
  • Lots of people brought their new nametags to the meeting! If you haven't made one, try to do so by the next meeting.
  • Our summer retreat is July 30-August 2 at Hankerd Inn. Check your email for more information on pricing and how to sign up.
  • We are in need of a retreat coordinator! If you are interested, let us know. Ginia is currently taking over as a temporary coordinator.
  • Charity auctions for the quiltcon quilts will start soon. You will receive an email with more information when that occurs. I just need to take pictures and upload them to eBay. We are donating the proceeds of one quilt to Ozone House and the other quilt's proceeds will go to Food Gatherers.
  • We are still looking for sew-in locations.
New Business:
  • The class catalog for QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena was emailed to all MQG members! If you are not receiving MQG emails, contact Jackie Mills. 
  • The 2016 QuiltCon charity challenge sign ups close July 30, so we will discuss this more and sign up at the June meeting. We will probably make two different quilts again this year if the participation is the same.
Member Spotlight:
  • This month, we got to see quilts made by Ann Dilcher. 

  • She had some really lovely looking quilts! Next month, we will spotlight Pam Lincoln.

Skill School
  • Ginia Forrester showed us how to make four flying geese with five pieces of fabric and three seams! In case you weren't able to make it, Ginia summarized the process for me in an email:
    • I saw this method on "Fons and Porter, Love of Quilting" a TV show on PBS.  As far as I can tell, it is not available on-line and they do not offer on-line streaming.   I'll try to put together a post on my blog this weekend and let you know.

      The formula that I worked out is as follows using the desired FINISHED block size.  

      Large square = finished length + 1.25 inches 
      Small square = (finished length / 2) + 1 inch

      The size I demonstrated was for a 4" x 2'' block.

      I started with one 5.25" block and four 3" blocks.

      If you wanted to make a 6" x 3" block, start with a large square of 7.25" and four squares of 4".

      For a 12" x 6" block, start with a large square of 13.25" and four 7" squares.

We had a neat fabric yardage trade this month! Next month, we are having a Tiny Swap. From the Swaps page on the blog:
  • Tiny Swap.  Make something tiny, or something that features tiny patchwork. A pouch, a quilt, a pincushion, a softie… something adorbs.  It must have patchwork involved in some way.  Bring it in wrapped to Yankee swap.  This idea comes right from a swap the Vancouver MQG had with Australia.  Check out their post for some inspiration:

We also got to see the progress on lots of Round Robin quilts.
Show and Share
Dorie brought a fun quilt that she just made from scraps:

Rossie brought a game inspired by board games that her husband helped design:
And that's when my phone died!

Hope to see you all at June's meeting!!


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.