Wednesday, December 11, 2019

General Meeting, December 8, 2019, 

Cockeysville Public Library

Our holiday party included goodies to eat, lots of time for happy chatting, quilt-themed Charades and a fat quarter exchange. Here are the show and tell details:

Susan  Brightman shared a brief demo of making 
pillowcases with the burrito method (a stash-busting project idea). 
She uses yardage to create pillowcases for gifts and 
charity donations (House of Ruth).

Valarie McNeese shared her finished Quilt In A Box (2018) project.

Sarah Lefebvre shared her completed Hoffman Challenge 
project for QuiltCon (the background print is palm trees).

Monica Richardson showed her quarter log 
cabin with a detail of the big stitch hand quilting; 
she did say she would use  a quilting hoop the next time she does this.

Monica finished foxy baby quilts for a co-worker's twin girls.

Monica also finished a Range back pack using fabrics from Domesticity.

MJ Snyder has been making some fun holiday projects

including machine embroidered snowballs, 

a mug rug and a foundation pieced polar 

bear block from Quiltmaker Magazine.

Jane Schiemer shared two completed quilts. The top (sharp points) project was foundation pieced and took ten years to finish; the bottom quilt is an Almost Amish puss in the corner design.

Gayne Barlow-Kemper's son's girlfriend recently completed her masters degree in Library Science and Poetry; Gayne made her a book shelf quilt in commemoration.

Daniela Syed made a Thanksgiving turkey pillow 
and a cute vintage snow globes table 
runner from a design by Lori Holt.

Phyllis Cook finished the top to commemorate 
her daughter's wedding ... made from the table
 toppers she created for their reception.

Jenn Paulson made a Christmas quilt for her 
parents, partly as a challenge from her son.

Laura Baltatzis completed an online bee, added an applique turtle and finished it as a donation quilt for Head Start. She also made a third Christmas pillow for her mother in law.

Marsha Barnes made a lap quilt for her tall husband.

Kathy Palmer made a Lotties Block for a family friend's baby.

Wishing you all a happy holiday season!
Linda Schiffer

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

General Meeting
Nov 10m 2019
Perry Hall Public Library

Rose Daley presiding. We had three guests. Birthday fat quarters were given out.

The main business at this meeting was the election of 2020 Board members: 

President:   Daniela Syed   
Vice President: Jenn Paulson
Treasurer: Jane Schiemer 
Communication Chairs: Marissa Krick and Susie Mueller 
Membership Chairs: Cindy Barcelles and Jan Wemmer
Programming Chair: Kathy Schwabeland
Education Chairs: Elizabeth Berger and Sarah Kachur
Community Relations Chair: Susan Brightman
Librarian: Diana Fertsch
Social Media Chair: Sarah Lefebvre  

Announcements : 

Jane Schiemer has arranged for our guild members to take a tour of the exhibit A Hometown Girl: Contemporary Quilts of Mimi Dietrich. The date will be Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The location is the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Tour price (which includes museum admission) is $5 for society members, $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+), and $11 for students. Payment is required in advance - by check or cash, made out to BMQG, due no later than the January meeting; pay at a meeting or send to Jane Schiemer (see Members Only area for address).

The New Members Buddy Committee can be signed up for online.

Daniela led a raffle for attendees at the meeting to gift Flatter samples and left-over goodies from retreat (fifteen in all).
Megan Price is the Bingo committee chairperson. She is encouraging guild members to make small quilts as prizes for each game at our bingo (lap quilt sized). 


Michelle Wilkie, our area representative to the national Modern Quilt Guild, gave a lecture and trunk show. You can follow her at Ml_wilkie on Instagram

Show & Share

Andee McKenica did some slow stitching on her daughter's pants.

Sue Myers made a scrap vortex top with black and whites.

She also made a stitch and flip star quilt.

Shelby Sanett took a class at Quilt Odyssey to 
create this appliqued, hand quilted project.

Carol Rubin made a whole cloth quilt for her daughter.

Valarie McNeese made a quilt for her mother, "Helen's Garden".  
She worked on a 'Go West" quilt at our guild retreat. 
She made a patchwork turkey pillow for her daughter.

MJ Snyder made a beach quilt with stars.

Jane Schiemer made a wall hanging with floral colors from a UFO; 
she also finished a class project started at the Quilt Festival 
in Houston and included hand beading.

Denise Fedde made a bright quilt top using fabrics by an artist in Iowa as 
well as finishing a quilt top from a class she took at Springwater Designs.

Lauren Stephen made a Minecraft quilt for her 10 year old son.

Ruthie Gumnitzky shared the back and front of a baby quilt she 
made for our Head Start charity project and a 
Sun Bonnet Sue quilt she finished.

Daniela Syed has been busy making things for Autumn including a fabric pumpkin and four small applique animal themed quilts for her nieces for Thanksgiving (using the Zootropolis pattern).

Marissa Krick made a mug rug from a pattern by Cluck, Cluck, Sew.

Laura Baltatzis finished her Quilt In A Box sampler and a wall 
hanging started in a Carolyn Friedlander class. She is 
donating the QIAB sampler to our charity project
 and the Friedlander one for a bingo prize.

pictures taken and notes written by
Linda Schiffer

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

October Meeting, 2019
Cockeysville Public Library 

Rose introduced a vote for acceptance of the revised by-laws for our guild which passed by show of hands. The pdf of our by-laws will be posted in the members only section of our website soon.

There were two October birthdays. We had three guests at this meeting.

We are still looking for members to volunteer to serve on the board for 2020 in the positions for Communications, Education and Programming. Please contact Rose or Daniela for more information about these positions (PLEASE take part in the leadership of our guild; without volunteers, our activities will suffer).

Committee Reports:

Sarah:  New Member Buddys: Check the members only site to sign up - volunteer to help new members get acquainted with our guild.

Daniela: Missing retreat project: Guild members who could not attend retreat could still participate via Instagram; Daniela awarded prizes and patterns to four absentee retreaters:

Classes: Amy Rauen noted that we have Michelle Wilkie teaching for our guild next month; the class will be held at Bears Paw quilt shop in Towson. Michelle will also lecture and present a trunk show at the November meeting.

Marcia: 2020 classes: We have contracted with Timna Tarr to teach quilt map making in March; our founder, Heather Kojan, will teach in June; the teacher for October will be shared with two other guilds and the arrangements are almost done (so more information will be available after the contracts are signed).

Phyllis: House of Ruth sew-in: A number of members sewed card cases to donate at the retreat - YEAH! There will be a Sew Day from 10-2 on October 19th to make tote bags; this will be held at the House of Ruth facility on the Morgan State University campus in Towson. Please call Phyllis for more info - this is one of our guild charity projects.

Membership: Valarie: Our guild now has 104 members! 

Today's Program: 

Judith from the Lancaster Modern guild brought the prize winning quilt, Bling, from the 2017 QuiltCon in Savannah to share. Kathryn Jones of Tasmania (Australia) foundation pieced the quilt to emulate a Princess cut diamond. You can read more about Kathryn's work at her guild's site or follow her on Instagram at @kathrynjonesquilts.

More members presented baby quilts for our 
Early Head Start charity donation:

Today's Demonstrations: 

Four members volunteered to share informal demonstrations at this meeting:

Susan Brightman presented coloring fabrics with Shiva paintsticks.

Kathy Schwabeland discussed finishing quilts with a facing edge.

MJ showed us how to use iron-on laminates.

Rose demonstrated the new Daylight system for tracing and foundation piecing.

At the recent guild retreat, members could opt to make a 

group project - a vinyl zippered project pouch:

Show and Share:

Marcia Schwartz made a baby quilt for a soon-to-be 
new grandchild using a pattern from Suzy Quilts.

She also finished a new tote bag.

Shelby Sanctt made a Fall wall hanging.

Susan Brightman made a small sunflower quilt and finished it 
using a facing method from Rose's retreat class.

Susan also took a block design from the national 
modern guild website to make this flimsy.

Marsha Barnes made a collage quilt in a class with Kevin Womack 
and finished it with a facing she learned in Rose Daley's class at retreat.

Sue Myers made two quilts using her Tri-Recs tools, a third quilt with 
the leftovers from the fourth quilt shown - made from Jackie Gehring's book.

Diane Winters had two quilts to share.

Kim Fawcett made a chicken-theme quilt with fat quarters purchased
 on EBay. It will go to her aunt who lives on a farm; Kim calls this quilt
Dixie Chicks and Rebel Roosters

Laura Rieban shared her Mandala quilt and two Improv Curves quilts.

Susie Mueller showed a dog-themed quilt (back and front) that she pieced and 
finished with a two-color binding from Judy Dunlap's class at retreat.

Diana Fertsch shared two tops she made from layer cakes using the 
same pattern - one with batik fabrics and the other with 'more modern' prints.

Amy Verne made a baby quilt using gently modern prints.

Judy Dunlap made a Mandala in Laura Rieban's class at retreat. She made TWO 
Halloween village quilts in a class with Karen Eckmeier
 and finished a Boo table runner.

Daniela Syed made a Book quilt for her daughter and a woven 
fabric pillow using the Wefty technique.

MJ Snyder made a pumpkin pillow in honor of Autumn and finished a
 mug mat with a double-sided binding learned in Judy Dunlap's class.

Jen Paulson finished hand quilting an ombre moon-themed quilt 
(which she had to rescue from the lake while quilting on vacation).

Rose made a second convertible back pack/purse using the
 Curvalicious ruler and pattern by Cheryl Lynch.

Sarah LeFebvre quilted her Small Piecing project at retreat.

Maria O'Haver used unfinished blocks and 
projects to make four donation prizes for our Quilt Bingo.

This member (whose name we did not get) made a really BIG tote 
bag with ample space for carrying her quilts and projects.

photos taken and posted by
Linda Hampton Schiffer