Saturday, May 31, 2014

June Meeting!

Please join us for our June meeting! Guests welcome - please email the account if you are attending.

Members, RSVP here!

Friday, May 23, 2014

May Meeting Recap

-New members joining now will be charged half the dues fee as we are half-way through the year. New members who have not received a name card or Modern Quilt Guild membership card should notify Kristina Bobo, treasurer.

-Members should take advantage of the guild freebie table. Donated items should not be
very large and fabrics should preferably be quilter’s cottons, home d├ęcor fabrics or

Lori shows off her latest stunner!
-Any member interested in presenting a short 10 to 30 min. demo or lesson will receive a $10 gift card to Pennington Quilt Works. Email the account if you have a suggestion!

-There is a new "Event" thread on the BigTent Forum for members – please post any sewing or quilting events you are involved with/have heard about. You can announce them at meetings, too!

-Monthly meetings will now start with a social time from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. Members can
catch up with friends, get to know new members and shop at Pennington Quilt Works. This will make our breaks less rushed! There is no obligation to attend.

 -Quilt Alliance contest – “Inspired By”- due June 1.  If you miss the entry date, you can still submit your quilt for auction and posting on the Quilt Index. Here's Robin's mini quilt so far:

-Guild Charity Sewcial/sewing event – Sunday, June 29 – Hopewell Train Station (time TBA - set the date aside if you want to attend!). We want to start 4 or 5 baby quilts for the Center for Great Expectations in Somerset. I will make the BigTent event and let you know what to bring. There will be a limit of 20 people due to space.We will have at least one more charity sewcial this year. 

Rachel's recent finish - Jaybird Quilts, Tiny Dancer pattern

 -There will be no July guild meeting this summer.

-Get together with the Philadelphia MQG is confirmed - Saturday, July 26, the pavilion at Tyler State Park, PA (SAVE THE DATE!). We haven’t decided on a time yet (probably early afternoon?) and we will be doing a swap, likely bringing a show and tell and food. Some of us will carpool from Pennington Quilt Works (it's only about 20 minutes from there). More info to come. Come and enjoy a beautiful day (families invited, too!).

Neva used Jacquie Gering's techniques to make the above quilt!

-We have booked Jacquie Gering, author and modern quilter, to visit August 22 to 24.  to come Similar to last time – probably free lecture/trunk show, workshop on the weekend. 

 -QuiltCon– Austin, Tx, Feb. 19-22, 2014. There’s a contest open for designing a quilt – check your email. Also, you MUST be a member of the national Modern Quilt Guild to receive the member discount and register on June 24 (if you don't have a membership card, please email Kristina Bobo ASAP).

Info from

Course Catalog released by May 15, 2014.

Member registration opens June 24, 2014. 
General public registration opens on July 1, 2014. 

Quilt Entry: 
Quilt show entry open July 1 to November 30, 2014.
Notifications of acceptance by December 30, 2014.

Amy's colorful baby quilt top - from the book Vintage Quilt Revival

-Michael Miller Challenge:
  • We received our two missing fabrics! Thanks to the MQG for personally helping us out, and Michael Miller for the quick ship! 
  • The deadline is EXTENDED to July 25! So no worries! Bring your finishes to the June or August meetings. 
  • Entries are just like last time: have to post your picture on the MQG forum with sizes. You must be a member of the MQG to get on the site. I will post a reminder and a how-to here when it gets closer.
  • Our guild challenge is curves - not mandatory though!
Neva took a curves class from our special guest at Mid-Atlantic Mod (scroll down to hear more about our guest!)

  -In order to commemorate significant member occasions ie: births, weddings, retirements,
etc. the guild is requesting volunteers to design and construct a quilt for designated
events. We will need the help of guild members as time goes on. Jessica Levitt will oversee the projects and the guild will fund materials. See Jess L.
for more details if you have or plan to volunteer.

Krishma's remake of her classic finish!

-The current guild bee is ending in June! Eleven members have signed up for the new bee to begin in August. In an e-mail, Jess S. sent out guidelines and month assignments. See Lee Burnham, Bee Keeper, with questions or concerns.

-Jessica Levitt took a poll of interested parties and updated members on plans for a guild quilt retreat possibly July 19th and 20th. More information soon!


Discussion: Members discussed various ways they plan/design their quilts. Some members plan out their quilts using graph paper, online programs like Electric Quilt, and quilting apps, while others just jump right in using a design wall! It was interesting to hear the different perspectives. Overall, more of our guild members plan out their quilts than don't.

Swap: Participating members swapped their low volume, 6x10 inch bricks of fabric. A challenge to use these fabrics will come soon. You can, of course, use them beforehand if you wish - just show us what you make! :)

And of course, we had Show and Tell. Pictures posted throughout this post. :)

The president of the Philly guild, Andrew, was our special guest!! Thanks for coming, Andrew! We got to see a few of his quilts. Below is his Japan quilt (only partially pictured but you can see it on his blog):

Check out this awesome modern cross quilt, too! You go, Andrew. 

More show and tell pics:

Terri's hand-pieced hexagon table runner! Amazing.

We love seeing what Janet comes up with for her ribbon quilts!

 Jess L. finished a HUGE, gorgeous t-shirt quilt for a friend.

Rachel showed off this beauty. She worked on it throughout the year at sewcials!

Susan makes a mean cathedral window.
June Meeting - Tuesday, June 10, 2014
7-9:30 PM (6:30-7 social time, see above in "news")
Pennington Quilt Works
Discussion – TBA (will go out in the Bigtent invite soon)
Swap – A quilted table top item for summer such as mug rug, placemats, table runner
Spotlight - haven't done one yet and want to? Email the account and we'll get you in for June!
Challenge – Stash buster; Michael Miller challenge (due end of July - reminder: there is no July meeting)

Thanks to Kathy Stanish for the minutes (paraphrased here) and Carol Esch for the pictures!
-Jess S.