Saturday, August 17, 2013

Modern Quilt Tutorials

If you want to try a new modern quilt block, go to our Modern Quilt Tutorials page where we have links to instructions for many modern quilt blocks. If you see other tutorials on the Internet that you think other members would like to try, please comment on this post and include the link.
Here is the tutorial page. Or you can find it on the menu at the top.
Modern Quilt Tutorials

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

July Meeting - Recap and Show and Tell Photos

Here is a brief recap and some fun photos from our July meeting!  Enjoy!

Bee and Challenge blocks:

Wonky log cabin blocks and some "put a bird on it blocks" from the Virtual Bee.

The Block Swap completed blocks!

The Sunbonnet Sue challenge blocks.  11 vintage hand-sewn blocks were given to volunteers, who will "modernize" the blocks to "Save Sunbonnet Sue!"
--We discussed delegating responsibilities in the guild, such as bringing snacks, updating the website, taking photos, etc.  A few members have volunteered, and it will be fun to have everyone participate!
--We discussed about how to focus the guild on more "modern" topics.  Accordingly, each meeting for the next few months will focus on a specific modern quilting topic.  The August meeting will focus on "what is modern fabric."
--We mentioned the various challenges, contests, retreats and news in the quilt world.
--We talked about each member creating a sewn/quilted nametag for the guild meetings each month.  There are some beautiful examples of nametags on Pinterest and the internet for inspiration!

Show and Tell!

We look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on Saturday, August 17th, from 10am to 12pm at StitchCraft in Boca Raton!

Jupiter Chapter - July Meeting Recap!

Happy summer!  Here is a great recap of our Jupiter chapter's July meeting.  Enjoy:
Joan opened the meeting to 20 attendees, several of whom were already sporting name badges (see photos).

News in the Modern quilt world included the first sewdown in Philadelphia Sept 6-8, and the Portland Meetup August 15-18 hosted by 9 modern guilds.  Marta also gave us an update on the blog world.  She’ll do something more specific for our September meeting.  Several members brought books and articles to share with the group.
Patty  R. provided our first member presentation.  She spoke extensively about her experiences designing fabric, from preparing or selecting artwork, to translating these into images, to actually creating fabric, wallpaper, decals, even gift wrap.  She uses for the creation part and also has a blog there where she can sell to the public.  Her experiences generated tremendous excitement and dozens of questions.  
We continued our discussion of a “community” quilting activity.   The Block Party group is limited to 12 members and is full.  The Block Swap group still has room; anyone who didn’t attend the July meeting is welcome to bring the block as specified below.
·           Block Swap:  Four members  will do the block swap with the theme of “Shapes”.  Each person will make two (2) 16 ½” blocks a month – one to keep and one for the “Raffle”.  The “Raffle” block will be given each month to one of the Swap members at random until all of the members have received a “Raffle”.  Guidelines for the blocks for August:  Make (2) 16 ½” blocks, cream-colored background, Any “Bright” color(s) you like as secondary color.  The “Shape”  to incorporate is “Squares” – any number of squares you would like.
·         Block Party:  Each month one member will specify a block(s)  which she would like to receive from the other 11 members.  Joan took the first month,    asking for 2 – 16 ½ “ blocks.  The first block must be an “X” with a red background and a cream letter.  The second block must be an  “O” with a cream background and a red letter.  Letters can be any size, any design and any quilter’s cotton fabric.
Most liked the idea of a  local sewdown (the modern term for sew in) where members can get together and work on their individual sewing projects.  Since more space might be needed to accommodate 20+ machines, etc.  Joan will investigate possible use of the Jupiter Community Center.   This also might be an opportunity to offer sewing guidance to members of the community expressing interest.
·         Meeting August 17th, 1:30 pm  Quilter’s Choice in Jupiter.  Remember to bring a door prize (a pattern or other sewing item – could be repurposed) and work on those name tags.
·         Nan to present Modern Applique in August and Marta to acquaint us with Pinterest in September.