December 10th meeting (Canceled)

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday! 

Reminders for our meeting: Everyone should have paid dues. Direct guests to Cheryl P., our welcomer for the month of DEC.

Bring these (more details below): ONE MODERN FAT QUARTER cut into 4 parts, Your FAV Quilting Ruler and a quilted piece made with it for today’s program, Modern Spool charity blocks finished, personal accomplishments to show

Mini Quilt Con- ROC Modern Style: Update  (other committee updates, too)

Program: RULERS NIGHT: bring your favorite ruler, a sample made using the ruler, and show us how you did it.  LCR Game: Who will be the big winner? Bring one modern fat quarter cut into 4 equal parts for some fun.

We need to see: Share your accomplishments, works in progress….

Catch up: See Nichol or Andrea if you posted your UFO and need a UFO bead.

Still Working on… Chicken Exchange for Jan POST HOLIDAY evening out, Black/White/Bright Challenge for February, Charity Blocks (Modern Spool), UFOs for March, Magazine Challenge for June, on-going walker bags

FYI: Sew Day is Dec 13 @ Perinton Methodist Church 9-5

Shop Hop Trip

Sunday, November 16 was our wonderful Shop Hop/Road Trip, wonderfully planned and executed by Jill. Everyone had an awesome time!
Our first stop was at Quilty Pleasures in Geneva. This store is relatively new; it just opened in June, but they have a wonderful set up, and some beautiful fabrics. We were treated to coffee/snacks, a couple block tutorials, introductions to a few fun templates, and a complimentary holiday fat quarter AND a Free Spirit pen! Then we did some shopping!
Our next stop was at the Blue Water Grill in Skaneateles. Everyone enjoyed the meal and wonderful view of the lake! We all managed to stay away from the Bloody Mary Buffet!

After lunch we went to Patchwork Plus in Marcellus. This “local quilt shop” is one of the biggest. They have a ton of fabric! Not to mention tons of yarn, thread, books, notions AND they are a Bernina dealer. We were able to shop til we dropped and enjoyed a generous 10% off on our purchases for coming as a Guild.

Our last stop was at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn. The current exhibit is the annual Quilts=Art=Quilts show, featuring 75 juried quilts from all over the world. There were many wonderful quilts on display; lots of inspiration and totally worth the drive!

Many thanks to the shops, restaurant and museum for welcoming us and to Jill for planning such a wonderful day!

November Meeting Review

The last meeting of the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild took place on Wednesday, November 12th at the Fairport Baptist Home.  We had many familiar faces and also welcomed several new guests! As a reminder…dues are DUE! Please get yours to Julie ASAP if you haven’t already. Membership cards and buttons were given out to MQG paid members; see Sherri if you did not get yours!
Committee Reports:
  • Social – Our Christmas party will take place at our January meeting. We will be going out to dinner instead of having a regular meeting.  We will also do our chicken pincushion exchange. More details to come.

Modern spool info

Charity – More improv bloom blocks were collected; they look amazing!  Thank you to Francesca for finishing the quilt!
Flower charity blocks
Our next charity block is Modern Spool. Instructions available on Facebook and in the image here. This block will be collected at any of our meetings through February.

Modern Spool

  • Challenge – Reminder that the ‘Black/White/Brighchallengest’ challenge is due in February and the Magazine Page 19 is due in June if you want to participate in either.
  • Special Event – Shop Hop 11/16/14.  Mini Quilt Con – Please vote on Facebook for which weekend works better for you if you want to attend. Location will be at Notre Dame retreat center on Canandaigua Lake, February 2015.
  • UFO – first UFO Completion Day! November completions: Helen – brought a photo of a purse/tote bag,
    Nichole – doll quilt and pillow nicole kittyMargaret –  Kaffe Fassett quilt

Margaret Kate Fassett

 MJ – Convergence

MJ convergenceJaye – modern yellow quilt finished

Jaye Modern Yellow

Shellee – scrap bag (Andrea’s scraps from event last year)

Shellee scrap bag

Patty – scrappy baskets

scrappy baskets Patty

Francesca – triangle quilt

Francesca triangle quilt

  • Quilt Show – committee will be meeting Sunday
  • Program – We had a great round table discussion about quick gift ideas for the holidays (with many examples to see as well!):
    Shellee – easy table runners, Nancy – tree ornament, MJ – cell phone stand, jewelry pouch, infinity scarves; Cheryl – clothes hanger covers, candle mat; Francesca – quilted coaster, make-up brush roll; Margaret – coasters, pot holder; Amy – pot grabbers, lanyards and luggage tags or badge holders, felt cookies, textures quilts for babies; Gretchen – water bottle koozie,  Sherri – coaster’s made out of charm squares. Next month’s topic is rulers. Please bring in your favorite ruler/template, and examples of what you have made with it, if possible.

Shellee table runnersNancy tree phone stand MJMJ jewelry pouchcandle mat CherylFrancesca coaster Francesca make up rollmargaret pot holderMargaret mitt Gretchen bottle koozie

Halloween postcards our members received from IMQG
Tracy – Bento Box quilt
Tracy Bento Box
Marnie – Meadow quilt top from Lizzy House workshop
Marnie Meadow quilt
Kimberly – hexy baby quilt
Kim Hexy baby
Donna – spider web mat and Halloween quilt
Donna Halloween quilt Donna spider web
Jaye – Princess’s crown quilt top
Jaye princess crown
Nichole – Dorothy costume, tee shirt quilt in progress
Nichole dorothy dress Nichole t-shirt quilt
Sherri – zig zag quilt
Sherri zig zag quilt

Coming up Wednesday, November 12…

Looking forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday! 

Reminders for our meeting: If you haven’t paid dues yet, give Julie your $25. Wear your name tag for name tag raffle. Direct new members to Patty.

Bring these: Halloween postcard received, completed UFO for your first bead, charity flower blocks, personal accomplishments to show. Also, bring HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA examples (and directions if you think of it) for today’s program.

Shop Hop: Update  (and other committee updates, too)

Introduce: New Charity Block

Program: Holiday Gift Ideas: Bring in examples and directions for quick and cute gifts

UFO: Sightings to be shared

Still Working on… Chicken Exchange for Jan, Black/White/Bright Challenge for February, UFOs for March, Magazine Challenge for June, walker bags

FYI: Sew Day is Nov 15 @ Perinton Methodist Church 9-5

October Meeting Highlights

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 was the second meeting of the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild at the Fairport Baptist Home.
As a reminder, all dues need to be paid as soon as possible. Also, the next few sessions of Sew Days at South Perinton Church are 9/25, 11/15 and 12/13.
Committee Reports:
Charity – The first charity block are improv bloom blocks. They will be accepted at the November meeting as we would like to have this quilt donated by Christmas. The general tutorial for making the blocks can be found here and the additional instructions are: To make the blocks look like flowers please use appropriate colors and, if possible, start with a dark center and get lighter as you work out, or vice versa. When you get to roughly 9″-10″ please switch to green so there is at least 1″ of green all the way around your bloom. We would like the blocks to be 12.5″ unfinished. Thank you to everyone who handed in blocks already and we hope to collect enough at the next meeting to make a good sized quilt.
Here are some examples that members have been making.
flower block1 flower block3    flowerblock2flower block5flower block6flower block4
Challenge – As a reminder the ‘black, white and one bright’ challenge is due at the February meeting if you want to participate. Sue J. announced that our second challenge is to turn to page 19 in any magazine (non-quilt related) and make something that is some how inspired by something on that page; a picture, shape, color, etc. This is not due until the June meeting – be sure to bring the magazine so we can see your inspiration.
Shop-Hop – Jill started the sign ups for our road trip/shop hop. It is scheduled for Sunday 11/16 – we will be meeting at Eastview Mall at 9am. We will be going to Quilty Pleasures in Geneva, Patchwork Plus in Marcellus, lunch in Skaneateles, and the Schweinfurth exhibit.
RMQG “mini QuiltCon” – Patty is still working on dates, more info to come.
UFO – We signed up for our 1-3 UFOs for this year. We were allowed to choose which months we want our UFOs to be due and we can potentially sign up for more after the new year. Some people chose to have a UFO buddy for extra motivation. We also got pins with beads from Andrea in lieu of the postcards from last year.
Program –  Halloween postcard swap with Ithaca: you should have received an email from Gretchen if you signed up for this.
Halloween Postcards Pics from our Facebook page
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Patty lead a presentation/discussion about finishing touches such as labels, bindings, hanging methods, etc. We had some great examples and participation from the whole group.
Next month’s theme is small gifts for the holidays – please bring in your ideas and examples to share.
Show & Tell
Nichole – neat Japanese knot bag,  tee shirt quilt
nicole bagNichole t-shirt
Andrea – great Michael Miller challenge piece
Andrea MMC
Gretchen – pretty blue and grey quilt
Gretchen blue grey
Sheri – cool Michael Miller challenge piece, more long arm practice quilts
Sheri MMC Sheri 2 Sherri3
Julie – pretty Irish chain flimsy, Park Bench blocks – Jay Bird quilts, square Dresden blocks featuring
Kaffe Fassett fabric and Squedge ruler
Julie block1 Julie block2 Julie block3 Julie block4 Julie block5 Julie dresden
Amy – cute dolly sleeping bag
doll sleeping bag
Sue D – progress on gorgeous Meadow quilt from Lizzy House class
Sue D meadow
Beth – pretty Lemoyne Star – featuring made fabric (Victoria Findley Wolfe style)
Beth Lemoyne Star
Jaye – awesome modern yellow quilt – challenging herself to make something modern and use fabric
from her stash
Sue J – wonderful dancing witches table runner
Sue J dancing witches
Patty – gorgeous finished Amy Butler quilt for her daughter
Patty Amy Butler
Kim – beautiful do.Good Stitches blooms quilt to be donated to a child in Livingston County foster care
Kim do.Good Stiches blooms quilt
Francesca – tiny “Boo” mini quilt featuring glow in the dark skeleton fabric
Fancesca Boo
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7pm at the Fairport Baptist Home…we hope to see you there!

September Meeting Highlights

The Rochester Modern Quilt Guild had its first meeting of the season Wednesday, 9/10/14 at the Fairport Baptist Home. We managed to cover a lot of business, had a demo and saw a lot of show and tell!  As a reminder, Guild dues ($25) need to be paid to our Treasurer, Julie, as soon as you are able. Checks can be made out to Rochester Modern Quilt Guild. A portion of your dues is forwarded to the National Modern Quilt Guild for your membership there. Also, some upcoming events to keep in mind are the class with Lizzy House on 9/19/14 (talk to Julie for more info) and the next Day Quilters at South Perinton Church 9/20/14 (Patti or Sherri can provide more info on this).

We heard from all of our committees regarding announcements, plans and projects for the upcoming year:

Charity Committee – Beth M. showed us the two finished charity quilts from last year. One was a wonderful string quilt and the other featured urban chicks blocks. We agreed these quilts will be given to the Bivona Child Advocacy Center.

Strip Quilt Urban Chicks

Francesca announced that the charity committee will be posting block instructions for this year’s first charity quilt via Facebook and email within the next week. We also agreed to continue making walker bags for the Fairport Baptist Home to thank them for providing us with a great space to meet.

Welcoming Committee – MJ showed us awesome postcards that she and Andrea created to help us welcome new members. They showcase some quilts made by current members and also provide information about our meeting location and our facebook page.

Communications Committee – Amy will continue her role as our main photographer. Highlights from each meeting will be posted on the blog monthly by Amy and Francesca.  Other committees are encouraged to publish information on the blog as well.

Challenge Committee – Susan passed out a flyer with challenge information. The first challenge is to make any quilted item with the limited color palette of “black and white and one bright” and is due at the February meeting. For the second challenge we were only given the first step of the instructions: bring a NON quilt related magazine to the October meeting – more instructions will be provided then. We are looking forward to seeing what that is all about!

Special Events Committee – Jill proposed a trip and shop-hop in November. Possible dates are the 2nd or the 16th. We talked about going to the Schweinfurth Art Museum in Auburn to see their annual quilt show. We will also try to go to quilt shops including Patchwork Plus. Sign ups for this trip will be at our October meeting.

Quilt Show Committee – Kim announced that we are looking in to having a quilt show next year. We talked about having postcards or note cards featuring our quilts printed to sell at the show.

UFO Challenge Committee – Nichole and Andrea announced the UFO challenge will be for 3 projects this year and will be due in November, March and May. The entire group voted to decided we want to continue to play for cash (rather than fat quarters or fabric). We also discussed having a “UFO buddy” this year to provided additional motivation.

Program Committee – Patty and Cheryl announced the first couple months of programs for the year.

  • September – Mary’s facing demo.
  • October – “finishing touches”: please bring in examples of labels, hanging sleeves/corners, binding, etc. to share your techniques.
  • November – sewing related gifts for the holidays:  please bring in your ideas to share.
  • December – we will be playing LCR: please bring dice if able. You also need to bring 3 fat quarters of modern fabric to play!  This will also be “rulers night” please bring in specialty rulers and projects you have made with them to share.
  • January – chicken pincushion swap – more details to come.

We also discussed doing a Halloween postcard swap with Ithaca MQG – details to come.
Lastly, Patty is working on a quilt retreat “Rochester Quilt Con” for those of us unable to travel
to Austin, TX for Quilt Con in February. Potential dates are 2/20/15-2/22/15 or 2/27/15-3/1/15 as well as possible locations. More info to comes on this.

After we heard from our committees, our own Mary Weiser gave a wonderful demonstration of faced binding/faced edges. She provided an article entitled “Face It! A Better Quilt Edge” by Kathleen Loomis that appeared in American Quilter magazine with instructions. Thank you, Mary!

Facing Demo with Mary

Show and Tell                                                                                                                                      We also had an extensive session of Show and Tell after 3 months of not meeting!

Cheryl and Donna shared mini quilts they made for last year’s scrap exchange program

Cheryl Donna mini quilt swap

Jaye shared her Michael Miller Challenge piece: a beautiful homage to 1840s Baltimore

Jaye MMC

Sue J. showed her Michael Miller Challenge piece entitled “Skinny Dipping” as well as 3 walker bags to donate to the Fairport Baptist Home!  Thanks Sue!

Sue MMCSue walker bags

Jill shared a quilt inspired by 15 Minutes of Play using ‘made fabric’ with a pretty cool back too.

Jill 15 minsJill 15 mins back

Donna showed a flannel baby quilt for a baby coming in just a few weeks and an awesome super hero quilt for her 5-year-old grandson.

Donna baby quilt Donna Super Hero Quilt

Helen brought her Michael Miller Challenge piece and a QAYG purse featuring ¾” strips

Helen MMC Strip QAYG purse

Sue D. shared a disappearing nine patch quilt and 2 beautiful art quilts

Sue D D9P quilt

Beth K. showed a quilt top featuring ‘made fabric’

Beth quilt

Amy showed us her Ladybug quilt finished for her 4-year-old daughter

Amy's Ladybug Quilt
Sam shared her Michael Miller Challenge piece featuring hot air balloons, and a Halloween block

Sam MMCSam Halloween block

Sheri had several quilts to show

Sheri pink, brown quilt Sheri strip quilt Sheri white strip blocks

Gail has been making box bags and a buzz light year pixelated quilt

Gail knitting bagGail Buzz Lightyear

Julia shared her Michael Miller Challenge piece called “Buckets and Pipes” as well as a pieced called “Rescued Rhythm” and a frog wall hanging

Julia MMCJulia Rescued RhythmJulia Frogs

Nichole showed a picture wall hanging featuring a friend’s cross stitch

Nicole wall hanging
Gretchen showed the pillow Andrea made for her in the scrap exchange as well as examples of her paper crafting

Andrea for Gretchen

Francesca shared a kitty mini quilt inspired by Elizabeth Hartman’s pattern

Francesca Kitty Mini Quilt

Kimberly showed her Michael Miller Challenge piece “In line at the PO”

Kim waiting at PO
Patty shared a quilt top for her daughter. It features Amy Butler fabrics and an Eleanor Burns pattern

Patty's quilt for daughter
Beth Morasse showed Michael Miller Challenge piece as well

Beth M MMC

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 10/8/14 at the Fairport Baptist Home – we hope to see you there!

April Meeting (better late than never?!)

First, please accept my apologies for the late post!

We had a great meeting with so many beautiful items from our group so I will jump right in to the pictures without further delay!

First up – String Blocks all assembled for charity quilt.

String blocks


Sherri’s purple star –

Sherri's Star in progress Sherri's star

Gretchen’s 6×6



I (Kim) shared my hexagon quilt (Min Skatt) although did not take a picture at the meeting!  This was shown as part of the Traditional to Modern Block Challenge.



Francesca completed her UFO; an adorable tumbler baby quilt.


Susan shared a pillow (Traditional to Modern Challenge) and also a scuba themed quilt.



Kelly completed a baby quilt UFO.



MJ’s UFO was a mug rug and she presented pillows for the Traditional to Modern Challenge.

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Mary brought several items to show – she has been busy!

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Next up was Jill with an amazing star quilt “Poppy Louise” , her Traditional to Modern Challenge nine patch and a quilt from paper priced flowers.

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Beth changed up a carpenter’s star for the Traditional to Modern challenge.


Paula shared her Tokyo Subway (pattern by Elizabeth Hartman) quilt.



Jaye showed off a cell phone sleeve.



Julia displayed a table runner.


Some more 6×6.

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Nancy shared and delivered her completed scrap exchange (early!)


Please accept my apologies if I missed anyone or mixed up the names and photos!