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!


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