Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Latest Quilt News and Events

Over the past month, we received some quilt news and events in our mailbag.  Here is a selection of news and events you might find interesting! 

1.  Quilt Exhibit:  The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology announces its first juried exhibition of art quilts, FLORIDA IN FABRIC, Wish You Were Here!, which will feature 15 original quilts created by Florida artists. The center will also present an exhibition featuring national artist Yvonne Porcella entitled Yvonne Porcella: Quilt Selections 1986 - 2012.

These quilts will be on view at the Funk Center in Melbourne, Florida, from May 19th to August 18th.  You can find out more information HERE!

2.  Serger Quilt Pattern:  At our charity quilting day in May, someone mentioned serger quilts.  Charlotte found a great free pattern for a serger quilt!  You can find the free pattern HERE!

3.  Quilt Show EntryQuilters are invited to enter up to four (4) quilts in the 2012 Quilt Expo Quilt Contest, held in Madison, Wisconsin from September 6th to 8th!  Cash prizes of up to $1,500 are available.  The entry form and materials must be submitted by June 29th.  Click HERE for more information and entry forms. 

4.  Quilt Show Entry - For Kids!  As part of the 2012 Quilt Expo Quilt Contest, a special contest is being held for quilters ages 15 and under!  This is a great opportunity to have younger family and friends participate in their first quilt show and win prizes!  The entry form and materials must be submitted by August 24th.  Click HERE for more information and entry forms.

Have any quilt news you would like to share?  Email us and we'll post it on our website!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

May Meeting "Things to Bring"!

For the May meeting, here are your "Things to Bring!"

--We will be holding a pincushion swap.  Make one (or more) pincushions for swapping with other members!
--Bring in your pincushion collection for discussion and sharing ideas.
--Feel free to make your pincushion in any size and shape you like.  THIS SITE has a list of 30 free pincushion tutorials!
--If you need inspiration, check out Charlotte's great Pinterest board HERE!

Great sample pincushion tutorial HERE!

We are continuing to bring in strips for group quilts, which we are sewing together for Project Linus' wonderful cause.  This is an ongoing project and benefits a wonderful cause!

a)  Size:  Please bring in at least one "strip" of fabric that is 44/45 inches wide (the width of quilting fabric from selvage edge to selvage edge).  It can be any height, but should probably be at least 2.5 inches tall.
b)  Pattern:  You can piece the strip with interesting patterns.  Alternatively, you can just bring plain strips (or excess Jelly Roll strips).
c)  Color:  If you piece your strips, please include at least a bit of white in the strip.  If you bring in plain fabric strips, any color is fine.

Of course, don't forget your standard "Things to Bring" for each meeting (you can see the standards items HERE).  Feel free to email if you have any questions.

See you on Saturday, May 19th at StitchCraft!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Charity Sewing Day Photos!

Earlier last month, some of the South Florida Mod members met at the Boca Raton library to hold a charity sewing day in honor of Project Linus! 

It was wonderful being able to sew in the same room as the other lovely ladies and see them in action!  We had plenty of beautiful donated fabric for quilts (extra fabric was given to Project Linus at the end of the day).  We also had plenty of fun door prizes and food!

Completed quilt top with stencils.

Three completed coordinated quilt tops.

Scrappy completed quilts.

Donated fabric.

Piecing a quilt top!

Another completed quilt top!

Quilts waiting to be basted.

Completed quilt top.

Completed quilt top!

Sewing away!

Pressing a quilt top.

More completed quilt tops!

Overall, we made 11 completed quilts and 20 quilt tops (which can be dropped off at any of our upcoming regular meetings).  Everyone made beautiful quilts, and we would love to see more photos of the completed quilt tops! 

Thanks again for joining us and making the sewing day a success!