Sunday, April 17, 2016

April Sew-n-Tell

All About April

Rebecca encouraged folks to use their Modern Quilt Guild membership benefits and check out the webinars, free patterns and other options.  She suggested checking out the write up on Quiltcon and the latest webinar on Perfection and Procrastination.

We're looking for a Project Manager for the Quiltcon 2017 Charity Challenge.  This year’s challenge requires participants to work collaboratively to create completed quilts using a predetermined color palette while crafting a design that plays with scale.  You can get more info here. Let one of the board members know if you're interested.  If the guild is going to participate, we must sign up by July 30. You'll have lots of support, but we need a leader/coordinator.
We may have a new meeting location lined up for June.  Our May meeting is at Leslie Jennison's house.  Information on the May Mercado will be on Facebook.  It is open to all members and our current sponsors.

Next retreat will be at Creations' Main House on Labor Day weekend.  You can add Monday if you want.

We're expecting Kim Kight, Cotton + Steel Fabric Designer, to present at the June meeting.  Sarah is trying to work out details for a potential June workshop with double gauze or lawn.  Watch Facebook for details.

Jen held a charity sew-in Friday after the meeting at Mesquite Bean from 10-closing.  Mesquite Bean is sponsoring the bags charity drive for Days for Girls. Checkout Facebook and the blog post for more info.  Everyone who donates a bag gets a chance at Succulence FQs donated by Mesquite Bean.
Bring your bags to the May Mercado; get a chance to win some fabric. 

Jen is still accepting NICU blankets for Threads of Love and will continue to accept bags for Days for Girls, but every 2 months she'll issue another challenge for a different charity.

Sarah J won the April BOM blocks, but she did stack the deck a bit, contributing >20 blocks. She got the Sew Inspired ruler to square them up the 30 blocks she won.. 

The next BOM is called A Quilters Table.  Watch Facebook for details.

Members talked about their inspiration for the President's Challenge.  There is so much diversity in our guild and so many different inspirations in the world.  An album cover, song, painting, person, animated character, book, daughter/artist, movie, and video game were all cited as inspirational items by members.  This challenge, due in August, is going to be something special.  Rebecca will be looking for updates at the June meeting.

Our presentation was on the principles of design by our own Suzy Armstrong. She gave us some theory, some rules, and a lot of examples, explaining how principles of design relate to principles of modern quilts.  It was a very interesting, enlightening, and educational presentation.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Days for Girls SAMQG Sew-In

As you may know, the SAMQG issued a charity sewing challenge to create items for the Days for Girls Organization. (Read about the challenge here.)

I'm thrilled to report the results from our sew-ins have been great!
Thank you to Mesquite Bean Fabrics for hosting our two events. A small, but mighty army of stitchers went to work.
We had the serger set up and rockin' along. And we had the ironing station moving at a brisk pace.
The easy easy assembly line was in full swing.
With a couple finishing touches, we were able to finish every pre-cut kit in the box!

If my math is right (cough, cough) I think we will be able to share at least 80 bags with the organization at our May meeting. I encourage you to keep stitching! A representative from the San Antonio chapter will be joining us in May to receive the sewn items. We will also be awarding our randomly drawn volunteer prize, donated by Mesquite Bean, at the May meeting, too.

Keep up the amazing work and we'll see you in May! 

ps- If you are a member with specific questions, ask them in our closed facebook group. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Now you can be Sew Organized

Our presentation was from Heidi Staples of  She wrote the book Sew Organized for the Busy Girl.  But really her talk was all about making time for quilting and providing yourself the right place, space and opportunity to make your sewing time productive.  She talked about her own history and how she got into her hobby - now business.  I wrote down a bunch of statements she made that spoke to me.  Here's a couple of my faves "Guilt does NOT belong in your sewing room."  "Like the place where you sew." "Always look for better ways to do things.  She gave lots of suggestions and shared her story through her quilts.  It was a great presentation.  Sorry if you missed her.  Here's some pics you might enjoy.

She was inspired by her dads "Old" typewriter
so she made a quilt.

Then she made it bigger.

She likes playing with "Old" traditional quilt patterns
and making them larger and more modern.

She makes tools that help her and others be organized.

She likes resizing patterns.

Great for Kids or Adults coloring --
or for your quilting journal so you
are always ready to capture a new inspiration.

Her own version of a spools quilt.

March Meeting Misses

There seemed to be a lot going on at this meeting.  I took notes, but they're kind of confusing to me now.  Joanna reported we had 69 paid members.  One new member joined tonight.  Lauren, Elizabeth, Lynn and Amy? won door prizes. 

We all voted on our favorite name tag.  Last month's challenge was to make a new one and wear it.  Many did.  Kelly's was the favorite. 

We had a report from those that went to QUILTCON.  Everyone who couldn't be there really appreciated the pics.  All agreed the lectures were incredible and offered their opinions on the best.  We're still looking into alternate locations for our meeting. 

We had some volunteers for committee heads.  Say thanks to Ellen who will be running retreats and Evelyn who will be heading up swaps and challenges. 

Next month will be our spring retreat.  Final payments were due but there were still openings. See Sarah R if you want to go.   

There was a drawing for those who are participating in the Fancy Forest Quiltalong.  Bunnies were due this month. Next is owls.  After owls the QAL will take a break to allow others to catch up.  During the break, some will be working on the Legendary pillow/quilt block.

Jen reported she received 135 NICU blankets for Threads of Love during Feb-Mar. The Quilt Shop in Castroville sponsored that challenge.  She will continue to accept donations all year.  There's a blog post with instructions. Apr-May Charity challenge is for Days for Girls bags for hygiene items. Watch Facebook for charity sew-ins.  This one is sponsored by Mesquite Bean.  There's a blog post with instructions.

Jen reminded everyone they could donate quilt tops to be finished for charities.  If you have some hanging around and want to declutter, she will take what you go.

Rebecca talked about the President's challenge.  She brought in the art that inspired her and her interpreted quilt.  For April, she'd like everyone to bring in their inspiration for the challenge. Quilts aren't due until August.

These were the blocks for this month's BOM.  Mary Ruth won the blocks.

This is next month's BOM.  Loretta had the corner fabrics on hand and the instructions will be posted on Facebook.  You can see below what a quilt can look like made from this block.

We had a great presentation but I'll post that separately.  Hope to see you at next month's meeting.

March Sew-n-Tell

Once again, I'm a bit behind.  But here's the awesome eye candy from the March Sew-n-Tell.

Sarah has been busy making beauties.

Even her backs are gorgeous.

Here's another from our prolific Sarah.

And another pretty back.

Kelli doesn't share often, but when she does,
she has some amazing quilts.

Kelli finisher her quit from
Victoria Findlay Wolf's workshop

Hexagons everywhere and a
unique binding method from Kelli.

Check out that binding.

Kelli's Improv is Quilt as you Go. 

The back really shows the quilt as you go
and great quilting.

Kelli found a way to really use up a lot of scraps.
Crocheting 2" strips into a bath mat.

Sorry, Can't remember who made this beauty. 
Hopefully they'll let me know.

Elizabeth made this for and auction for
her daughter's class.  Each of the students names
is on the cross in their own hand writing.

Can't remember who made this beautiful Swoon quilt but
I'm pretty sure Jen quilted it.  It might belong to Regan.

This is the back of the guild's QUILTCON
charity quilt for 2016.

This is the front of the guild's QUILTCON charity
quilt for 2016.  Sarah J posted the story behind this
on our Facebook site in case you missed it.

This queen size quilt is by Jen.

This baby size quilt is by Jen.

Pieced quilt back by Jen.

Jen made this from the BOM blocks she won.
She has more blocks still to sew together.

Cathy made this for Kristen's baby.
All washed and crinkley and ready to deliver.