Sunday, October 6, 2013

September Recap and October Reminder

**Reminder - there is no general guild meeting in October! Members only can attend a lecture/trunk show/demonstration with Barbara Persing, author of Listen to Your Quilts, this Tuesday, October 8 from 6 -10 PM at Pennington Quilt Works (please note the time change). If you are at the lecture and signed up for the Riley Blake fabric challenge, you will receive your fabric at this time. Guild bee members should also bring their completed blocks for September (if not already turned in) and October. PLEASE RSVP HERE so we have an idea of how many to expect! If you want to bring a quilt top to ask Barbara about, please say so here (on the new site). Thank you!


At the September meeting, we were bursting at our seams again! We had 32 quilters, including several visitors and new members. Let's keep up the enthusiasm for our guild!

If ever you are looking for more information about what happened at our meetings, please do not hesitate to read our meeting minutes, submitted by our wonderful secretary, Kathleen. This meeting's minutes are a download in BigTent and can be accessed here.

Upcoming Events:
  • Tues. Oct. 8 - Barbara Persing lecture - NO OCTOBER MEETING!
  • Tues. Oct. 8 - Registration opens for all guild members for Mid-Atlantic Mod, a modern quilting retreat. One of the organizers is our very own Jessica Levitt! Our guild, the DCMQG, and the Philly MQG will be in attendance (up to 60), and quilters outside the guilds can sign up on November 1.
  • Fri.- Sat. Oct. 11-12 - Keystone Quilters show in Quakertown - click here for more info.
  • Sat. - Sun. Oct. 26-27 - Evening Star Quilters Guild of Belvidere, NJ show (I'll be there one of the days!)
  • Tues. Nov. 12 - November meeting, CJMQG
  • Thurs. - Sun. April 3-6-  Mid-Atlantic Mod! See the new website to sign up for email notifications (right sidebar).

Mid-Atlantic Mod

Guild News:
  • Bring any unwanted but gently used quilting fabric (no smaller than 1/4 yard, quilt shop quality only please), batting, books, notions, patterns, etc. to our freebie table at meetings! We will not have a freebie table at the October lecture.
  • Want to be an officer? Let us know before the November meeting. We are hoping for volunteers! The four positions are as follows: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
  • Have a suggestion for a guild quilt along? This would start in a couple of months (but no commitment)  - everyone makes the same quilt at the same time and shares their progress. The ideal QAL would be already written in full, online and thus easily accessible, and free. Check out this thread on our group website, where we've discussed a few. Let us know what your favorites are at the link, or suggest another you might have seen around quilty blogland. 
  • Riley Blake Challenge - The Modern Quilt Guild is hosting another challenge, just like the Madrona Road challenge from last year that many of us participated in. This time, members who signed up will receive a fat eighth bundle of some great Riley Blake basics. Here's more info:
    • The item you make must be quilted, but it can be anything!
    • You do not have to use all of the fabrics you receive.
    • You can add solids or another Riley Blake fabric.
    • The challenge runs from now until December (I could be wrong, but I think the picture has to be uploaded to the MQG Fabric Challenge forum, which is part of the new site, by Dec. 31. We will confirm the date ASAP).
    • Time to get your thinking caps on... what will you make this time?
Jess L. showed us how to access the new MQG website and to get to our group. We talked about the pros and cons of the site so far. Once you sign in, you can access our group here. You can share anything about the guild, possible events, or your creations on our site! We will be phasing out BigTent as time goes on, but for now, we are still using it for RSVPs. As always, if you have trouble signing on or finding your way about the site, please don't hesitate to email us.


Carol did a great job demonstrating how to make a wonky 5-point star. This tutorial can be found in two parts: here and here, thanks to Carmen Rose Prose. And thanks, Carol, for an awesome demo!

Swap: Members swapped mug rugs with each other at random. Great job, ladies! So many modern techniques!


Those who are participating in the Guild Bee gave Jess L. her house blocks. This is going to be a gorgeous quilt!


Challenge: Members submitted blocks for the Guild Banner (more info soon! I'm working on it!).


Show and Tell:

Thanks to Lori Saporito for taking pictures at this meeting!
 November Meeting (Tues. Nov. 12, 7 PM, Pennington Quilt Works)
Discussion: Fabric designer - who are your favorites? Bring some fabric to show us!
Challenge: Any complete projects from the Riley Blake challenge.
Spotlight: If you'd like to explain your story as a quilter and show us the quilts you have, let us know!

-Jess S.