Monday, April 9, 2018

Workshop with Amy Friend

On Saturday, June 9th from 10 a.m. til 4 p.m. the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild will host AMY FRIEND of During Quiet Time at Spring Water Designs quilt shop in Columbia, MD.   

Amy's book!

Amy will be teaching a technique and design class based on her second book Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design. Students will learn to approach foundation pieced block designs improvisationally. You will design and sew your own block and work on a quilt layout that uses alternate grid work, negative space and other elements of modern quilt making.

This class will cost $70. All spots are currently filled but registration is open for the waitlist here.

Detail from Amy's Charley quilt pattern

Amy will present a trunk show and lecture at the monthly guild meeting on June 10th. Members are free; guests are welcome for a small fee. Please email Amy Rauen with any questions.
Amy's Agave quilt, which was featured in the 2018 QuiltCon Magazine

Want to see more of Amy's work? Check out her website or Instagram.

2018 Charity Quilt Challenge

Want to help a child in Baltimore with your quilting skills? Make a crib-sized quilt to be donated to Baltimore Early Headstart! The quilts are given directly to preschoolers in Baltimore along with a stack of free books, to create a "cozy corner" where they can snuggle up and read. Sounds great, right?

This year, the quilts will be collected at the August meeting and the challenge theme is stars! Follow your own inspiration or check out one of the great tutorials below. If stars aren't your thing, that's totally fine. All quilts are welcome.

Modern Cogs by Jen Van Orman - Free pattern at Moda Bakeshop
Two-Tone Star by Amanda Woodruff - Free pattern (printable) at Diary of a Quilter

July Star by Cluck Cluck Sew - free pattern here
Wonky Star by Wombat Quilts - free pattern here

Friendship Star by Emily Denis - free tutorial on Craftsy

Vintage Star quilt by Jeni Baker - purchase pattern here

Hope you found something to inspire your summer charity sewing!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

March 2018 Meeting, Arbutus Public Library

Our guild had Debbie Grifka teach a workshop on bias applique on Saturday, March 10th. 
Some of the students  brought their class projects to share at the meeting today.

Rose Daley, president, presided at our general meeting. There were five guests and one new member present. We had three members with birthdays in March who were given fat quarters to celebrate.

Early information about our scheduled guild retreat in November 15 to 18 at Pearlstone Conference Center was shared - there will be 22 hotel style spaces for members to stay (and day spaces will be available, too). Prices and final info will be given by the April meeting.
The Riley Blake challenge fabric packets (each has four fat eighths) were available for members who pre-signed to participate. 
Members were to deposit blocks for the two bingo special quilt projects (inserted X and Pointless Stars). 
Quilt in a Box participants could exchange boxes. 
Mystery quilt monthly clues will be available via email soon - Shelly had a family emergency and could not attend.
Andy gave program updates: the 1 Hour Basket swap delivery to the Lancaster Modern Guild was postponed for a month due to snow; they will get our baskets in April. 
Our April meeting will feature the kickoff for this year's Head Start project with the theme 'Stars'. 
The April meeting will also include a Best of 2017 special show and share - please bring anything you made from '17 activities such as mystery quilts, quilt in a box, bee block tops, workshop projects, etc. (even if you have shown it before).
The April meeting will also include our annual garage sale. Members donate goods (sewing, quilting, etc) to be sold and all monies go to buy new books for our guild library. Rose is asking for three to five volunteers to sort goods, collect money and clean up after the sale.
Our Quilting With Friends bees are getting off to a good start. The Columbia area group met and will hold another sew-in next Saturday (March 17th). The Bear's Paw sew-in group will meet on March 20th; the meeting date for May has been changed and will be announced. Daniella's Sewing With Kids group will meet soon at her house (she will send a group email invitation).
The April Lottery block is an Applique Tulip. Blocks should be 7"x10" and  made on a gray or off-white background. 
Marcia reported that our next workshop will be held in June with Amy Friend. There will be more information and sign ups available soon. Amy will be teaching Improv Paper Piecing
The May meeting will be held at Claudia's house - more details will be available via group email soon.
There is an AQS quilt show in Lancaster, PA later this month (March 21 - 24); carpools will be arranged via email. 
MidAtlantic Quilters has opened the summer symposium classes for registration. Take a look.
Cindy shared a recent quilt finish made with Kaffee Fasset prints.

Judy shared the modern guild swap piece she received at Quilt Con.
Judy also shared her last Riley Blake challenge quilt.

Marcia used her pixelated circle blocks to make a large tote.

Valerie won last month's block lotto and brought her already assembled top to share.

Elizabeth shared an improv handwork piece she took with her to 
Alaska on a business trip.

Jane shared her circles quilt  - no longer a UFO.

Daniella shared her bias applique class project, inspired by a Portugese pendant she owns; she showed some fabric microwave bowls and a thread catcher; she finished the top for an ombre fabric quilt and she did free motion quilting to complete her pixelated circles quilt.

Becca shared her finished 2017 mystery quilt.

Susan showed her quilted box; the most difficult part was attaching the handles.

Carol shared her finished multicolored star quilt and a dainty pixelated 
circles hand bag she made for her grand-daughter.

Michelle showed quilts she made as a belated Christmas gift for her daughter and son.

Laura showed a blue string pieced star quilt - body constructed by her husband, quilt finished by herself. She also shared her 2017 mystery quilt (which she now likes).

Monica brought in a top from an online round robin swap to show the kind of project that results.

Sue is finishing projects from the stash of a dear friend who died. Some will go to the friend's daughter, some she will keep. The first is a runner using foundation pieced stars; the second is an applique circles quilt in spring colors; the last is a stack and whack style hexagon quilt made with Halloween fabrics.

Minutes and photos taken by Linda Schiffer.

Monday, February 12, 2018

February 2018 Meeting, Arbutus Public Library

President Rose welcomed guests (apologies for misspellings): Elizabeth, Megan, Kimberly, and a fourth guest who came with Claudia.

Rose also did a brief introduction of board members present.

We need a new education committee person as Monica had to resign. Please talk to Rose for information.

Fat quarter give aways - we had four February birthdays

Rose pointed our the freebie area by the sink. Members can bring or take goods as desired.

Marcia discussed the March workshop/lecture with Deb Grifka (see our website post for more details). We currently have 17 spaces filled; after Feb. 14, registration will be open to the public. Marcia will be sending out supply lists as well as asking for volunteers from the class to help with teacher transportation, etc.

Please pass on any ideas you might have for possible future teachers to Marcia - this is your chance to host people you would like to learn from!

Shelly pointed out the Quilt In A Box swap table (there are 17 members in this swap). There will also be a mystery quilt clipboard on the same table for participating quilters to take (and sign off on) their clues.

Membership cards are available at the sign in table. Also we have new business cards to hand out at QuiltCon for any members attending.

There was a representative from the Southern Comforters guild present with their raffle quilt and selling tickets.

Mary reported that the 2018 guild retreat will be held at Pearlstone in November (there was no space remaining at Skycroft when they called to reserve). Housing at Pearlstone is dormitory style with bathrooms in the hallway. We will have two rooms to sew in. The price for retreat includes all meals. 23 people raised their hands showing interest in attending. Janet and Mary will finalize the details, make reservations and alert the membership to register.

The group needs volunteers to organize the retreat for 2019, starting in April. Names will be taken at the March meeting and work should be done by June.

Janet reported that we have five volunteer groups to make major prize quilts for this year’s bingo event in the fall. Each group has two organizers, a long arm quilter and a volunteer binder.
The first two quilts will begin this month. Members are requested to make at least one block for each of these quilts. Sara and Laura are collecting Pointless Star blocks made with ‘denim’ blue, warm brown and dark orange on low volume backgrounds (details available in Members Area of our website). Cindy and Judy are handing out background squares, asking for Slash-and-Insert blocks made with 1” wide turquoise, gold or white strips. The blocks should be finished and handed in at the April meeting (when the next two quilts will begin construction).

Rose held a drawing of the left over fabrics from our 2016 charity quilt - three bundles were awarded by door prize ticket drawing and two patterns from Linda (new). Five winners in total.

There were demos of five different rulers:

Bonnie Hunter's Easy Triangle Ruler:

Curve Ruler:

Flying Geese x 4 Ruler:

Pixelated Circles Ruler:

Quarter Square Triangle Ruler;

MJ held our first Block Lotto drawing for the Candy blocks. 24 of these were won by Valerie. The lotto drawings will be held every other month so MJ will be distributing instructions for the April drawing soon.

There was a 1 Hour Basket swap table with our swap baskets from the Lancaster Modern Guild. 19 members swapped baskets which contained various gifts. The photo at the top of this post shows the results.

Following are the show and tell quilts shown:

Kate Lane showed her Sarah Bond blocks and the front and reverse of her Tshirt quilt.

Mary Sloat showed her New York Beauty quilt and a pillow made from the remnants.

Becca Ruch showed a large strip pieced quilt and her Goldfish fleece hat.

MJ Snyder showed two baby quilts she made for friends of her daughters.

Janet Schoenfeld showed her quilt made a la Kathy Doughty.

Carol Rubin showed a large block quilt that had been all green and disliked - she rescued it by adding orange squares; a large quilt made for her granddaughter for her Bat Mitzvah; and a small disappearing nine patch quilt made with charm squares.

Gayne Barlow Kemper showed a quilt made for her son titled Call Home.

Erin Neuland showed her mystery quilt, quilted by Shelli,  a bag made 
from the pixelated circles workshop and a quilt for her unborn son.

Diane Winter showed a bag she made that has an internal frame.

Jane Schiemer showed a cool colored curved strips quilt, a fan shapes quilt, 
a quilt made with the Curved Ruler shown in one of the demos and a last quilt 
made with a template designed by Man Quilting.

Pat Simmell showed a heart quilt she made for her daughter's friend.

Judy Dunlop showed a quilt she sewed at retreat (and gave the pattern away).

Sue showed a Cascade quilt from Victoria Findlay Wolfe's newest book.

Monica Richardson showed a retirement quilt for a Navy person and a Raspberry Kisses quilt.

Christina B. showed a little Gingham quilt she made for her daughter.

Jenn Paulson a gift for her sister called Maypole Quilt from Suzy's Quilts.

Shelli Smith shared Orange Trifecta and A Place To Quilt.

Kira Pashton shared a baby quilt each made for her daughter and son who are due in June.

Judy Hyatt showed a quilt made for her daughter's friend.

Cindy Bartels shared a quilt made for her by Mary Thomas as part of the ALS fundraiser.

minutes and photos taken by Linda Schiffer
please forgive any mistakes or omissions
and PLEASE write legibly on the sign in sheets! :)