Thursday, October 24, 2013

October Meeting - Lots of Info!

We had a great October meeting with lots of exciting challenges and information for the upcoming months.  This post consolidates all of the information that was flying fast and furious during the meeting!

1.  Facebook Page:  we now have an official Facebook page!  You can find our page HERE, or just type in "South Florida Modern Quilt Guild" in the search bar at the top.  
--Click "Like" to add yourself to the page, and afterwards click "Get Notifications" to ensure that you receive any info.
--Please use the page and post stuff!  Share patterns, articles, ideas, photos, etc.  Keep it clean and keep it fun!

2.  Pennsylvania Dutch Friendship blocks:  Beth donated beautiful antique quilt blocks for our use to "make modern."  For those who took the vintage blocks, here are the guidelines:
(a)  Please make a 15.5 inch unfinished block.
(b)  Don't be afraid to "slice and dice" the original block
(c)  Make the block in any colorway or pattern that you like!
(d)  Please bring them by the January meeting.

3.  Riley Blake challenge:  The Modern Quilt Guild generously sent us beautiful Riley Blake fabrics!  Each member received 6 fat eighths of the "Basics" line.  For members who did not attend the October meeting, we have a little extra fabric.  Here are the guidelines:
(a)  Please anything "quilted."  Quilt, mug rug, runner, bag, etc.  Your choice!
(b)  Use some or all of the fabrics.
(c)  Only add additional solids or more Riley Blake fabric.
(d)  Please bring in your projects by the February meeting.  You can keep your finished projects (we just need to take photos)!

4.  Blocks of the Month:  The upcoming Blocks of the Month are:
(a)  November meeting:  Kneesocks pattern by Oh, Fransson, in any colorway with white fabric.  You can find the pattern HERE.  
Please do not stress about making your seams or measurements perfect with this block.  Just have fun!  Also, the block measures 24", so you can just make 1/4 of a block for the Block of the Month (or make the 24" version for 4 chances to win!)

(b)  December meeting:  Free Piecing Block by Spoonflower.  This is a fun, easy block.  Please make it 12.5" unfinished, in white and colorful fabrics.  You can find the pattern HERE.

5.  Meeting topics:
(a)  November meeting:  hexagons and English paper piecing!  Bring in your hexagon projects if you know how to paper piece, or learn about English paper piecing from our talented members!
(b)  December meeting:  Holiday sit n' sew!  Bring some tasty snacks for the holidays and try English paper piecing!  It will be a casual, fun meeting to end the year.

6.  Free Motion Quilting:  Patti gave an amazing talk about free motion quilting!  For those who are interested in learning more about free motion quilting, check out Leah Day's site, which is chock full of amazing patterns and tips, HERE!
See you at our next meeting on Saturday, November 16th from 10am to 12pm at StitchCraft!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

September Meeting Photos and Recap!

Happy Autumn!  Here are a bevy of beautiful photos taken at the September guild meeting.  Enjoy!

1.  Photos of complete and nearly-complete Round robin quilts.  They all look great and will support a wonderful cause!

2.  "Saving Sunbonnet Sue" quilt blocks:  so far, nine of the Sunbonnet Sue blocks have been completed, and they look amazing!  Each block started with a vintage Sunbonnet Sue block, and the challenge was to make Sue modern.  Can't wait to see the final results!

3.  Block of the Month - completed quilt:  The Fifty Shades of Grey "Block of The Month" has been turned into a beautiful quilt!  Thanks to all who participated, and please keep stitching those Blocks of the could be the next winner!

4.  Modern Patterns Discussion:  as part of our ongoing "what is modern quilting" discussion, we talked about modern quilt patterns and displayed some fabulous examples!  This also fed into our Show and Tell portion of the meeting.  Enjoy!

Our October meeting will be held on Saturday, October 19th, from 10am to 12pm at StitchCraft!
--Please bring in any "problem" quilt projects that you have...we're having a troubleshooting meeting!
--Our Block of the Month is a house block.  Make it in any size or style that you like.  One lucky member wins all of the blocks!

Monday, October 14, 2013

South Florida Mod - Jupiter Sat, Sept 21, 2013

Four new attendees were welcomed to the group:  Linda M., Kathy J. and sisters Alaine & Claire.

Door Prize winners
Donna, Kathy , Patti, Patty, Marty, Marta, Alaine, Claire and Joan.

Barbara Kahn announced the passing of two beloved well know quilters who helped shape the industry.  Mary Ellen Hopkins had a zany yet relaxed way of creating quilts and was also a fabric designer and shop owner.   Jeffrey Gutcheon, fabric designer and author,  created a wonderful line of quilter’s solids and prints along with writing a column for the Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine.

September Discussion TopicWhat is Modern Fabric?
It’s usually not florals, dots or traditional fabrics.  It’s geometric, simple designs and simple patterns.  It can be clear colors or grey tones in the colors.  Fabric that is or reads as solid, has a crisp look and clean lines.  Most everyone brought great examples.

September Program presented by Marta
What is Flikr and Pinterest?  These are internet sites that allow us to post and copy images of quilts and fabrics and a whole lot more.  Flikr also has “groups” with whom to swap fabric or blocks.  Pinterest has a broader spectrum of boards including recipes, fashion, crafts, illustrations, sports, words, etc.  Both are used for inspiration, education with tutorials and links to YouTube.  Marta showed us how to go to the websites and how to get started with creating our own accounts.

The Circle Block Swap was won by Joann J.  Next month the block swap will be hexagons, cream background and bright colors.  Alaine and Claire will be joining this group.

Patty Rybolt was the recipient of this month’s Block Party blocks focusing on asterisks.  She had given each person fabric to use in the blocks with a size requirement of 16 ½” x 18 ½”.  Patty Rue will get the blocks next month asking for “Wonky Stars” using her background fabric and our own “sherbert” color prints.  Due to one person no longer able to participate, Debbie K. will be added to this group. 

October program will be presented by Alaine & Clare who will talk to us about the “Craftsy” website.
Reminders to bring:  name tags, door prizes, and fabric you may have collected from other parts of the country/world.

November program will be presented by Joan and the topic will be Hexagons.
December will be a sew-in on the 7th,  just working on our own projects and being companionable.  Members should bring a handmade gift to swap and something for all of us to knosh on.  Come for all or part of the day.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Free Riley Blake fabric

I just received 6 fat eighths of Riley Blake fabric in the mail. One of the benefits of joining the Modern Quilt Guild!