Joan opened the meeting to 16 attendees, including two new quilters, Deb and Susan. Another name badge or two were presentalong with their developers – keep them coming!
MQG News. The Modern Quilt Guild world is expanding rapidly; there are 1500+ members worldwide and 7 Florida guilds – Sarasota, Central Florida, Orlando, Gainesville, Tampa, Jacksonville and us! The national guild is offering its 3rd annual fabric challenge from September to December 2013, this year featuring Riley Blake Designs. Each official MQG member will receive 6 fat eighths. Other events in the modern quilt world included the NYC double wedding ring challenge and the International Quilt Festival Pet Postcard Project.
Shop Announcements. This year’s focus is on “hexies”. Books, patterns and a template were shown to help quilters create projects using the popular shape.
Sharing. Denise displayed 2 fabrics she created on spoonflower.com, with motifs from her son’s wedding invitation. Barbara brought examples of past round robins in which she had participated.
Program. Nan developed and shared a fantastically put together Power Point presentation on modern applique, including colors, designs and techniques, with many beautiful examples from the internet. Marta will be our September presenter, featuring Flikr and Pinterest. In addition, we plan to flush out thoughts on the question “What is modern fabric. Members are encouraged to bring examples of what they consider modern fabric.
Door Prizes. Three were happily taken home – if you bring one , you can get one. This is a great way to re-purpose a quilting item in your collection.
Block Swap. Participants displayed colorful 16 ½” blocks featuring squares. Each person made two, one for herself and the other to give to another member. Next month, the block should include circles in bright colors.
Block Party. The group brought in their red and cream Xs and Os, ranging from applique to piecing to embroidery. Joan was thrilled with the variety and promises to put together the quilt as soon as all blocks are received.
Patty is the next recipient, asking for one 16 ½ x 18 ½” asterisk block using three fabrics which she provided from her designs and others according to the specification handout provided. We now have a wait list to participate in this group.
The meeting concluded with Show and Tell. Next meeting is September 21st at Quilter’s Choice.