Monday, September 1, 2014

Jacquie Gering Visits! (Post 1 of 2)

I have a lot of pictures to share with you today! Modern quilter, renowned teacher, and author Jacquie Gering visited our guild and the Philly Guild last weekend. I wrote more about my personal thoughts on her trunk show and teaching over on my blog if you are interested. Below I've written some additional commentary and included just some of the pictures I have. Also, you can see Jacquie's e-portfolio, which contains professional photos of these quilts and many more.

Every year, our guild brings at least one quilting speaker/demonstrator to the area! The lecture and trunk show were on a Friday night at Pennington Quilt Works (thank you to Jan for hosting!), and it was free to members. Guests and members had the opportunity to attend her all-day workshop, Slice and Insert (voted on by members), on Sunday.

Jacquie is such a talented quilter and engaging speaker! Our guild had the privilege of taking a tour through her life and her quilts. Some quilts were for her sons, some were for her book, some were for causes of social justice, and some were just because she wanted to make them. What makes her unique is her use of straight line (walking foot) quilting and her angular style (in my opinion). Did I also mention Jacquie is the Chairperson of the Modern Quilt Guild Board of Directors? She said she's so proud of our modern movement and what we've done so far. It was exciting to hear so much about modern quilting!

This is the front of the quilt ("Not Lost in the Woods") from above - modern log cabins (another class Jacquie offers).

Jessica and Andrew, President of the Philly Guild, helped as quilt holders - thanks!

We found out her favorite color is orange. :) 

Jacquie used this quilt to discuss the scale (size) of blocks and negative ("blank") space. Check out the quilting! This is a bee quilt that will be donated to the red cross. I believe the quilting was done by Angela Walters.

 The amazing things Jacquie does with a Dresden ruler!

We loved this representation of TVs! Also, you can see it was hard for me to get a good picture of her!

 "Shattered," one of the best-known quilts from her book, Quilting Modern. She made this using the Slice and Insert technique, which we learned on Sunday.

This is a supernova quilt using the stitch and flip technique. Love her color scheme and the quilting!

With this quilt, Jacquie demonstrated the versatility of the 1 inch strip. That fabric above in the "grass" is NOT pieced... check out the backing to see where it comes from:

Here are some more stunning quilts using the "slice and insert" technique and a more "modern" border. Modern quilts don't usually have all-around borders but as Jacquie said, these quilts wouldn't be the same without this quarter of a border:

More striking linear quilts:

Below is "Building Bridges" which was inspired by Kansas City and Chicago. This is one of my favorites!

Jacquie made "Aftermath" to work through her feelings after the Boston Marathon Bombing. It was striking to see this quilt in person.

Thanks, Jacquie, for such a hilarious and inspiring talk! I know I speak for many when I say we can't wait to see what's next for you.

Up next... Part 2 - the workshop pictures!

-Jess S.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

September Meeting

Please join us for our September meeting! 
 Members, please RSVP here.
Guests welcome - please email the account if you are planning to come.

Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 7-9:30 pm (6:30 optional social/shop time)
Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ
Demo: Susan Flick – snap bag tutorial

Discussion: Using/storing scraps - be ready to share your storage methods! Bring any scrap projects, too, to share.

Swap: Fall mug rug - make one and bring it to swap! A mug rug is a mat you can put coffee and a snack on. I like to use mine as wall hangings, too!

Challenge: Make something from low volume fabrics

Charity quilts: due at this meeting or October's (you can still pick them up at the meeting)

2nd Round of the CJMQG Bee

Guild Quilt-A-Long

Show and Tell

See you soon!
-Jess S.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August Meeting Recap

Our August meeting on 8/12 was great - we had a lot to do and welcomed some guests as well! It was fun to meet after a long break from our last meeting in June.

I thought this was too cute (and rare) of a picture to pass up of the two Jess's. Thanks, Laura B., for a great shot!

General Announcements:

- Members, please continue to RSVP for meetings and events. We still use BigTent for meeting and event reminders.

- Event section on the Forum online (Bigtent) – please post any events you are involved with. You can announce them at meetings, too.

- Please enjoy our giveaway table and feel free to donate.  However please don't bring very large items and please only bring quilter's cotton fabric (or the kind of designer home d├ęcor or laminate etc. sold in quilt shops).

-Meetings will now start with social time from 6:30-7! No obligation to come, but this is a great time to catch up with friends, get to know others, and shop at PQW. Hopefully this will make our breaks a bit less stressful and will help us get to know each other better!

-Retreat at the Hyatt House in Bridgewater was a success! We really loved the venue and hope to go there again. We are currently setting up another retreat in November to start/finish holiday projects (projected date: Nov. 14-16 after polling membership).

-Picnic with the Philly guild was cancelled but we still want it to happen. We didn’t anticipate so many people being away in July. You should have received an email with a link to a Google Form – please tell us which weekend days in Sept./Oct. you would be free to get together. 

-We are exhibiting modern quilts at the Pennington Farmer’s Market on Sat. October 4Saturday (8 to 1) as part of their arts month. Location is Rosedale Mills in Pennington. Members, see this Bigtent post to RSVP. This is a really fun opportunity to get involved with the surrounding community, attract new members, and show people what we are all about

-A few of us attended the Heather Grant lecture in Caldwell on Alternate Gridwork, one of the tenets of modern quilting. We learned how using a grid can help you balance your quilts. We also had the opportunity to ask Heather questions about the MQG.

-Mid Atlantic Mod retreat will be from April 23-26, 2015– spread the word!

-This past weekend, we hosted Jacquie Gering for a lecture and a workshop. Everyone had a great time. More soon on the blog with pictures!

-Charity Sewcial was on Sunday, June 29 – Thanks to Sue, Robin, Krishma, and Elaine for all of their voluntary hard work prepping, and to all the ladies that came out to help the day of! See more about the day on this post.

-Charity quilts – if you take one to quilt OR quilt and bind, you must bring it back by Sept or Oct meeting. Machine binding and dense quilting. There are still quilts that you can pick up at the Sept. meeting if you would like one. We appreciate your contribution to our charity initiative! You can see Krishma above and below showing off her beautiful charity quilts.

-You can enter your modern quilts into the QuiltCon quilt show until November 30. See this page for more details. There are several categories and prizes, plus the honor of being featured in Austin during QuiltCon! Let us know if you have any questions.

-We started the 2nd round of the CJMQG Bee with Amy's quilt.


At our August meeting, we gifted two quilts from the guild! Members donated blocks to help create these quilts. Thank you so much for your dedication, expertise, and help!!

Quilt for Laura Bennett and her new baby girl, finished by Eugenie Wagner

Quilt for Jessica Levitt (right) for her two years as President of our guild, finished by Jessica Skultety (left) (more on "Pretty Petals" blogged here)

 Members and guests brought their favorite sewing notions. This is always an informative and fun discussions because we learn about new tools to use. We also pulled merchandise from Pennington Quilt Works, our gracious host shop, to discuss.

Short presentation on blogging
I discussed my experience with blogging and how sewing blogs have changed over the past couple of years. I also shared a list of my tips for blogging and starting a blog. I will post this separately here soon!

This meeting, members brought more Michale Miller challenge quilts to share. We had a huge amount of guild members participate over the last few months! Great job, everyone!

Giveaway: Blueprint Basics fabric
Thanks to Robert Kaufman! Jess L. brought them from spring Quilt Market and raffled them off to members.

Share – Blocks for Guild Quilt-a-long
Throughout the year, we have been following (Jenifer Dick, Modern Mondays blocks), completing 6 blocks per month until May, then 5 for the rest of the year.

Neva always has blocks to share, and Elaine already has a complete quilt top! Wow!

Show and Tell

Thank you to the following: Kathleen St. for the minutes, Amy for the refreshments, and Laura B. and Jess S. for photos.

September Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 7-9:30 pm (6:30 optional social/shop time)
Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ
Presentation: Susan Flick – snap bag tutorial
Discussion: Using/storing scraps - be ready to share your storage methods! Bring any scrap projects, too, to share.
Swap: Fall mug rug - make one and bring it to swap!
Challenge: Make something from low volume fabrics
Charity quilts: due at this meeting or October's

-Jess S.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

August Meeting!

We're only three weeks away from our August meeting. Since we didn't have a July meeting, it feels like it's been a long time!

Members, please RSVP here. If you are a guest, please email the account and let us know if you'd like to come. Your first visit to our guild is free! Come and see what we are all about. :)

We have a jam-packed meeting planned:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
6:30 (optional social/shop time), 7-9:30pm meeting time
at Pennington Quilt Works 

-Discussion: Bring your favorite sewing notion!

-Presentation of charity quilt tops and finding quilters to quilt them

-Short presentation on blogging -- Jess S.

-Challenges: Bring in your Michael Miller challenges and we will take pictures and share!

-Use your low volume swapped fabrics from earlier this year to create something beautiful! You can bring your creation during either the August or September meetings.

-Start of the 2nd round of the CJMQG Bee

-Bring your Modern Monday QAL blocks to share

-Show and tell

-Some surprises :)

See you soon! :)
-Jess S.

Reminder: Entering the Michael Miller contest

Hi all, with the deadline approaching, I thought I'd repost how to enter your challenge item. You have to post it on the MQG forum to be eligible for one of the three big prizes (fabric for a year!!) (I KNOW!)

1. Sign into the Modern Quilt Guild website and click the link below:

2. Scroll to the bottom of the page. You'll see a text box. 

3. The last icon on the top bar is the "add media" button - click that.

4. Click browse to get your picture from the computer, and click upload. 

5. Type the size of your quilt and anything you want to say about it in the text box with the now-uploaded picture and hit "post." 

 That's it! Nothing else is necessary to be entered in this international contest. Good luck! Remember, you can use any brand solids and only Michael Miller prints.

Bring your MM challenge  to the August meeting (unless you've already gifted it, like me :D)!