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.
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!
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
Jaye shared her Michael Miller Challenge piece: a beautiful homage to 1840s Baltimore
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!
Jill shared a quilt inspired by 15 Minutes of Play using ‘made fabric’ with a pretty cool back too.
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.
Helen brought her Michael Miller Challenge piece and a QAYG purse featuring ¾” strips
Sue D. shared a disappearing nine patch quilt and 2 beautiful art quilts
Beth K. showed a quilt top featuring ‘made fabric’
Amy showed us her Ladybug quilt finished for her 4-year-old daughter
Sheri had several quilts to show
Gail has been making box bags and a buzz light year pixelated quilt
Julia shared her Michael Miller Challenge piece called “Buckets and Pipes” as well as a pieced called “Rescued Rhythm” and a frog wall hanging
Nichole showed a picture wall hanging featuring a friend’s cross stitch
Francesca shared a kitty mini quilt inspired by Elizabeth Hartman’s pattern
Kimberly showed her Michael Miller Challenge piece “In line at the PO”
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 10/8/14 at the Fairport Baptist Home – we hope to see you there!
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.
Sherri’s purple star –
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.
Mary brought several items to show – she has been busy!
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.
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.
Nancy shared and delivered her completed scrap exchange (early!)
Please accept my apologies if I missed anyone or mixed up the names and photos!
Our March meeting began with an amazing demonstration from our very own, Pat.
Pat has become an expert in the method of Quilting As You Go. She has a couple tutorials listed on her website and provided us with a full color printout for the demonstration. It can also be viewed here as a PDF. Thank you Pat for giving us such a thorough demonstration!
Next up came our Show and Tells. As always, our members never disappoint.
Kate finished her big quilt
Shellee’s Falling Charms for Halloween
Kim’s creation with inspiration from the book, Sunday Morning Quilts.
Christina with some embellished mini quilts
Beth with her foundation pieced string quilt
Andrea using a cotton candy block
Finally we passed around our Valentine fabric postcards. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed this and perhaps we will do it again!
First we discussed the upcoming 6×6 event held at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center. We hope to make enough 6×6 works of art to be a group.
Lots of talk about our Valentine Fabric Postcards that should all be received soon. Please bring them to the March meeting.
Pat will demonstrate quick as you go for our March meeting.
Pat invites us to a joint quilting picnic on Cayuga Lake on Sunday, August 8, more details to come.
Scrap bag swaps will be due June 11.
A lovely facelift massage was raffled at our meeting, congratulations to Beth K!
UFOs were due today. Margaret’s
Gretchen finished her purse
Mary showed us her mini quilts
Julia has a purse
MJ finished a baby quilt
and Patty shows us her lovely tree quilt
We had some Show and Tells also. Always a treat to see what our talented members have been up to.
Sherri shows us what she’s been working on in Margaret’s class.
Nancy has a cancer quilt for the Cancer Council Resource. It will be raffled off April 19 in Ithaca. It is a quilt as you go quilt. Her block reflects feeling blaah.
Here is a mini quilt using scraps to create unique fabric from the book, 15 Minutes of Play.
And a big congratulations to Nancy for being published in Generation Q Magazine.
Pat finished her grandmother’s quilt
And showed off this beauty
Beth showed some LOVE with concepts from Sew Mama Sew.
Patty shared her fabric postcards similar to her tree quilt.
MJ has been working on a color quilt from Geta Gama’s Stairway to Heaven.
And a nice Chevron from Margaret
The presentation got us excited about making our own postcards and we decided right then and there to do a postcard exchange for Valentine’s Day.
Mary has participated in many postcard exchanges and shared her knowledge and many postcards she has received.
So many ideas for inspiration!
We had a door prize of a hexagon pattern go to a visitor, Mimi. Congratulations Mimi!
Our Show and Tell proceeded next. We have very talented members!
MJ has been practicing with her sewing machine.
Andrea showed us her Bridges and Tunnels quilt.
Beth had a cool improv quilt and a redesigned orange quilt.
Beth M. brought along a cool star quilt and new baby quilt.
Here’s an interesting kit and back of quilt.
Shellee has made some coasters as gifts.
John brought in his published Pinwheels Quilt in for us to see in person.
Margaret had two quilts to show us. A cool football quilt and some hot peppers.
Pat had a couple items to share. Beautiful colors, Pat!
Amy has been busy with mini doll quilts.
Sherri brought in some gifts she’s made. A wall hanging and some cute bags.
More UFOs are due next month as well as the bag of scraps swap.
We had a smaller gathering likely due to holiday filled schedules and snow.
Some upcoming events:
The Rochester Modern Quilt Guild has been asked to do a Trunk Show on Tuesday, January 14th. We will need quilts, wall hangings, mug rugs, Modern Quilting books/magazines to bring along and also a few volunteers. More information to come.
Our January meeting will feature a fiber postcard presentation.
Quart sized bags filled with scraps are for our February meeting Scrap Exchange, More details to come. Finished projects will be due in June.
Memberships are due! We will be officially joining the worldwide Modern Quilting Guild in January.
Next up was our Holiday Mug Rug Exchange. Cheryl had us choose cards to pick our gift choosing order and off we went.
Our members are so creative and pretty friendly too. There was a bit of stealing, but I think everyone went home happy with their new mug rug.
Next up was our first UFO show and tell! Approximately sixteen participants signed up and paid to be a part of a UFO Challenge. This was our first month. There were certainly more people who were not done than done…just more to put in the kitty for those who finished!
Francesca completed a heart quilt as a Christmas gift.
Gretchen had some swirly blocks from a class that went together to make a nice purse to be gifted.
A new block for our Modern Quilt Guild Member Quilt was completed by Jaye.
Julia had some extra blocks and added them to a fleece vest to form embellishments and pockets. Another block was added to a tote.
Nicely done ladies! It seems that the gentle push did help some get their UFO’s done. Many, who will not be named, received blue “encouragment” cards. You can do it!
We finished up our meeting with more Show and Tell.
Shellee has been very busy doing some beautiful quilting. She has a new baby quilt, a wedding gift, and an almost done Halloween quilt using the Falling Charms Quilt pattern.
Sherri had more mug rugs and a table runner gift for her sister.
Next was a table runner from Jill. One special feature is the fringe, what a find from JoAnn’s!
Happy Holidays to all and have a Happy New Year!
Hope to see you all next month at our January Meeting on Wednesday, January 8 from 7-9.