Monday, October 31, 2011

Palm Beach Quilt Show!

Save the Date:  the Palm Beach Quilt Show is coming to town on November 10 - 12, 2011!  You can find their official website HERE.

Here are photos from quilt shows that Mancuso Show Management presented in other cities.  Looks fabulous!

Here is the official information about the show from their website"Mancuso Show Management is excited to announce the return of the World Quilt Show - FLORIDA! This show will be host the 2011 World Quilt Competition Tour, one of the most internationally diverse exhibitions in the world of quilting and the textile arts. Join us for a magnificent quilt and textile art experience. This spectacular site is the perfect location at the perfect time of year for this new and exciting venue.  The show will boast a Merchants Mall with exhibitors offering everything needed to start those creative projects swimming in the heads of every quilt and textile artist. Also, for inspiration or simply eye candy, attendees won’t want to miss the stunning collection of quilt, wearable, fiber and textile art.  Workshops and lectures will also be offered up to round out this spectacular event."

Happy quilting!

Monday, October 24, 2011

November Meeting - Things to Bring

Our inaugural meeting in November is coming up in less than a month!  Each meeting, it would be great to have the attendees make and bring something to the meeting.  Accordingly, here are November's "things to bring":

1.  Make a nametag for yourself! 

You can make the nametag as simple or complicated as you like.  Try some embroidery, piecing, or just use a marker on some colorful fabric.  This is a perfect opportunity to try creating a nametag using Tonya's new book, Word Play Quilts.  

HERE, HERE and HERE are other great photos of some nametag ideas.

2.  Bring a fat quarter (or two) of fun fabric!

Modern and/or whimsical fabrics are preferred.  We will be doing a Yankee Swap, so get ready to share and swipe your favorites.  If you bring two fat quarters, you will have two chances to participate.  Check out this Youtube video of a Yankee Swap marriage proposal.  Too cute!

Of course, please bring the standard items for each meeting as well.  You can find the general list HERE.  See you soon!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Kaffe Fassett in Florida - October 23rd and 24th

I just wanted to alert you all about a great event that is occurring next weekend.  Kaffe Fassett, who designs unbelievably beautiful fabrics, yarns and quilts, is holding two workshops in Florida! 

The workshops will be held on Sunday, October 23rd and Monday, October 24th at Sunshine Sewing and Quilting.  You can register (a few seats left) or put your name on the waitlists:

Want to see quilts inspired by Kaffe Fassett and his beautiful fabrics/patterns?  Click on these galleries:

Enjoy, and happy quilting!

PS:  Have news about an interesting quilt-related event?  Feel free to email us at southfloridamod (@), and we'll post it on the blog!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Let's Get Talking: Introduce Yourself!

Welcome to the new South Florida Mod website!  For all of the members of the old website, please note that we will be phasing out that website soon.  Please re-send us your contact info so we can updated an updated member roster (click on the "Join the Guild" page for instructions).

One of the great parts of this blog is that it gives quilters the opportunity to reach out to other quilters in the guild!  To that end, we would like to get everyone talking and introducing themselves.  Here are a few questions to get you started:

1.  How long have you been quilting?
2.  What are your favorite styles or quilting techniques?  Wonky log cabins, raw-edge applique, traditional piecing, art quilts, etc.  Photos are encouraged!
3.  Why are you interested in the South Florida Mod?
4.  What would you like to see the South Florida Mod do?  Swaps, bees, charity quilts, show and tell, etc?

Feel free to respond in the comments section of this post, or email us to become a blog contributor and create a whole new post!  Photos or blog links are always encouraged.  :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Photos of Modern Quilting

So you think you may want to join South Florida Mod but still don't know what modern quilting really looks like? Here are some photos of my recent works, as samples:

Followed a free pattern online and used a Layer Cake of fabrics.
Classic English paper piecing using very large hexagons.
Log-cabin style nautical-themed blocks for a baby quilt.
Followed a purchased pattern and changed it slightly.
Scrappy star blocks for a virtual quilting bee.
Batik blocks from a kit.
Traditional medallion quilt made with original pattern and modern fabrics.
Online challenge quilt using surprise fabrics and original pattern.
As you can see, "Modern" quilting has a broad range of styles.  It encompasses updates to traditional patterns, using bold, bright colors, making "wonky" or freeform blocks, or anything simply made in "modern" times. It's all modern to us!

The internet has been an incredible source of inspiration for modern quilters, who use blogs and Flickr photo galleries to display their work! For more great examples of modern quilting, check out the Flickr gallery called Fresh Modern Quilts: