Monday, May 20, 2013

SewDown Philly info

Hey everyone,
Just a heads up about SewDown Philadelphia (like a mini Quilt Con), which is headed by the national Modern Quilt Guild.The instructors and their classes have been posted, as well as the prices for packages and just attending certain lectures, etc.

Registration officially opens June 10. The SewDown is Sept. 6-8.

It's all on the right column of the SewDown Philly page. Check it out here!
-Jess S.

Friday, May 17, 2013

May Meeting Recap

Our May meeting was packed (with people, quilts, and activities)!

Upcoming Events
  • Reminder: There is no regular June meeting! Paid members can attend a free lecture by Angela Walters, a modern machine quilter and author - Fri., June 14, 7-8:30 pm, at Pennington Quilt Works. Mark your calendar now and PLEASE RSVP so we know how many to expect!
  • Modern Machine Quilting Workshop with Angela Walters - Sunday, June 16 from 1-5 pm at Bryne Sewing Connection in Doylestown, PA. We still have plenty of space - $55 for members, $75 for non-members. Please email the account ASAP if you are interested! (and if you've paid, you can RSVP here).
  • July Sewcial - Saturday, July 6, free, 9 am - 6 pm in Hopewell - come sew with us! :) See this BigTent post for more info. Only 2 spots left (up to 12). Please RSVP if you can definitely attend.
Meeting Business
 1. Icebreaker - we discussed which sewing skills we're particularly proud of mastering. Answers ranged from binding, to free motion quilting, to color choosing, and everything in between!

2. We will let you know when the info goes up for the Philadelphia Sew Down, which is run by the national Modern Quilt Guild.

3. We started a freebie bin - Neva is in charge! Bring any kind of fabric or tools you don't want anymore, and anyone at the meeting can claim them.

4. We kicked off our guild bee with Laura and Linda. All who are participating received fabric and instructions - blocks will be shared at our next meeting, which is in July (in case you needed another reminder :) ).

5. I explained my inspiration behind making a guild banner:
Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild banner
Portland Modern Quilt Guild banner at the January meeting!
Both pictures are from Flickr

We will be recreating our blog banner, with our own modern style member blocks pieced around it. Fabric will be provided in July - we're looking at different tones of green, blue, and a hint of orange. Blocks are due in August (I have to figure out the measurements so for now, forget the 8x8" I mentioned at the meeting). If you are a member and did not already tell me you'd like to contribute a block, please email me! So excited to work on this! We have 26+ volunteers already!


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This time around, we swapped mini quilts (24" or less on the longest side) using an analogous compliment color scheme. Several quilters participated and it was fantastic to see all those color schemes (I guess a lot of people are feeling springy with all of that green)...

Our president Jessica gave a demo on machine binding. I will be doing a separate post on her tips.
Links discussed at the meeting:

Finally, we had show and tell.

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Thanks for another great meeting - see you for the June lecture!
-Jess S.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Modern Monday #16

  Modern Monday posts detail happenings and trends in the modern quilt blog world. I will discuss general news, significant contests and their results, new quilt-a-longs, and post Flickr inspiration boards. My hope is that everyone, both CJMQG members and modern quilters around the internet, will find some inspiration and get involved with the online world!

See you at the meeting tomorrow!

Flickr Favorites:

1. Tealorange - finished edge, 2. Retro Rubies Front // Retro Rubies QAL, 3. Morning quilt, 4. Baby Tsuru Plus Quilt, 5. Diamond Derby, 6. Circle block

-Jess S. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

All Upcoming CJMQG Events

May Meeting: Tuesday, May 14, 7-9:30, Pennington Quilt Works
RSVP here and see blog post here.
(P.S. Are you working on your swap mini quilt?)

June Lecture - Angela Walters (no official meeting in June)
Friday, June 14, 7 - 8:30, Pennington QW
RSVP here.

June Modern Machine Quilting Workshop with Angela Walters
Updated: Location - Bryne Sewing Connection, 422 East Butler Ave, Doylestown, PA
$55. Will be opened to outside members if it doesn't fill by May meeting.
See RSVP and more info here.

Saturday Sewcial
July 6, 9am-6pm
All day sewing fun with your fellow guild members!
Lori has arranged for us to sew at the Hopewell Train Station (thanks, Lori!). Bring your machine, tools, and whatever projects you're working on. Please also bring extension cords/surge protectors. And a couple people should bring irons and ironing boards.
We can go out to lunch at a variety of local options...
RSVP here. 15 people  limit for now (as of this post, 7 RSVPs).

It's going to be a great three months!
-Jess S.