Tuesday, May 21, 2013

From the Mailbag - Contests and Exhibits

It is a busy time of year for contests, exhibits and sew-alongs!  Here are some fun items from our mailbag:

1.  Art Spark Challenge:  
--The Northwest Ohio Modern Quilt Guild is sponsoring an "art spark" challenge.
--Visit a local art museum and find any piece that inspires you - your choice!  Make a quilted item that is inspired by the art piece, and post it on Flickr.
--Deadlines are July 1 and August 1, 2013.
--Yes, there are prizes!  Winners will be picked randomly from the Flickr posts.
--Click HERE for more information!

2.  Grand Central Terminal Centennial Quilt Challenge:
--City Quilter, American Patchwork  & Quilting Magazine and the NY Transit Museum have teamed up to celebrate Grand Central Terminal's 100th anniversary!
--Use Grand Central-themed fabric to create a mini quilt that is inspired by Grand Central Terminal.
--Winners and finalists will be exhibited in New York, and Grand Prize is $2,000!
--Deadline is August 21, 2013.
--Click HERE for more information!

3.  Gold Coast Quilt Exhibit:  A Quilting Evolution:
--The Gold Coast Quilt Guild is featured in an exhibit called "A Quilting Evolution."
--The exhibit is located at the Cornell Museum of Art at Old School Square in Delray Beach, from May 17 to September 29, 2013.
--On view are over 100 traditional, art and modern quilts and "quilted" artist books.
--There is an opening reception on Thursday, May 16th from 5:30pm to 7pm.
--Let's support our neighboring guilds and quilters at this wonderful exhibit!
--Click HERE for more information!

4.  Debbi Crane Lecture and Workshop - Coral Springs Guild!
--Everyone is welcome to attend the Coral Springs Guild's Debbi Crane Lecture:  True Confessions of a Rebellious Quilter!
--The lecture is Friday, June 28, 2013 at 7:15pm.  Located at 1300 Coral Springs Drive in Coral Springs.  Non-members have a $5 special event fee.
--A few spaces are still open for the Embellished Doll Workshop on Saturday, June 29th!
--Please email me for details about the workshop and lecture.

5.  Summer Sampler - Free Paper-Pieced Sew-Along!
--Ellison Lane Quilts is hosting a free sew-along for summer!  She is posting nine original and easy paper pieced blocks with a summer treats theme.
--Feel free to sew the 6 inch blocks at your own pace to create a mini quilt!
--Click HERE for more information!

Photo from Ellison Lane Quilts

May Charity Sewing Day!

On May 11th, a bunch of South Florida Mod members spent their Saturday at school!  One of our members was generous enough to let us take over her school's sewing room to host our second annual Charity Quilting Day!

All quilts and quilt tops made during that day will benefit Project Linus, a wonderful organization that donates quilts to ill or under-served children in need.  We will post a final count of the quilts soon!

Here are some photos from the special day.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  Remember, you are welcome to donate a 36" by 36" quilt to Project Linus at any of our meetings throughout the year.  It's a wonderful way to put those quilting skills to good use and for a good cause!

Two Round Robin quilts that are destined to become Project Linus quilts!
Charlotte's Queen Bee blocks for May!

Madrona Road Challenge - Photos!

As part of our May meeting, members who participated in the Madrona Road challenge showed off their beautiful designs!  We decided to make mini quilts with the fabric, and they all turned out beautifully!

Many of these quilts were donated to the NQA's upcoming Little Quilt Auction, which provides grants for quilt programs and educational projects.  A wonderful cause!

Here are the photos for your enjoyment: