Thursday, December 6, 2012

Are you up for the challenge?

The Madrona Road Challenge!!

The great people of Michael Miller fabrics are sponsoring a challenge for Modern Quilt Guilds throughout the world! They're supplying local guilds with Madrona Road by Violet Craft. Our supply arrived last week, and Amy and I spent a few hours on Sunday cutting it up into fat eighth bundles.

Aren't they beautiful?

Each person who participates will get a bundle with 7 fat eighths  so basically, almost a full yard! These are the challenge rules:

You can make anything you want. Quilted items are preferred. You can add any other Madrona Road fabric and/or solids to the mix. That's it! Oh, and be sure to post pictures. You have until the February meeting to make your challenge item.

edit: here's a link to the flickr group

If you'd like one of these little gems, you must be at the December meeting this Sunday to pick it up. I have 16 bundles. Those of you who replied to previous emails saying you'd like to participate get priority. Hopefully, there will be enough for all.

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Jay McCarroll at BMQG

I feel like this happened ages ago! In reality, just a few weeks. After months of planning, a little organizing and more worrying than necessary, the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild hosted our first guest speaker: Jay McCarroll.

I first met Jay at the Lancaster Quilt show, where we literally bumped into him in the lobby of the hotel. He was so sweet, funny and gracious. He gave us sneak peeks of his upcoming line (which is now out: Center City.) I invited him to come speak at our guild. 8 months later, we made it work (said in my best Tim Gunn voice!)
With the bag that Amy made!

Wearing the mini quilt Dawn made!

Jay spent the day with us, talking about his childhood, his early designing years, life in Europe and New York. And yes, he dished on all the Project Runway stuff. It's so interesting, though, because to hear his whole story, PR was such a small portion. Yes, it launched him into the international fashion spotlight ~ not necessarily a good thing ~ but it's so far from what he is now. He was very honest, very funny and at times a little naughty. (There were a couple of pre-teens in the audience who may have learned a new phrase or two!) He spoke for three hours. I think many of us could have listened to his stories for a few more.

Towards the end of the afternoon, he got into his latest projects. He showed us samples of his upcoming line (no photography, please!) and gave us a little tour of his latest offerings: scarves, socks,  skirts, magnets, cards, etc. All available at Jay McCarroll Online (oh, and he's having a little Cyber Monday sale now, too!)

He finished up with lots of autograph signing and picture taking, before heading back to Philadelphia.

Thanks, Jay for a great afternoon! We'll see you again soon!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sew South Sewing Retreat

Sew South Retreat

This looks like a fabulous retreat, similar to Sewing Summit but much closer.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Day of Sewing for the Babies

Today members from the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild spent a great day sewing at the SE Early Head Start Center in Baltimore making goodies for the babies :) 

We had a good time hanging out with friends and learning how to make some new things!  Heather, Amy, Gayne, the center's director and I brought machines and worked away on Hats, Fleece Sleep Sacks, and Cloth Books.  See the pile of hats growing over there by Heather :)

Other members stopped by during the day to drop things off and pitch in a bit.  Daniella dropped off a bag of hats she made at home, and Nancy, Deb, and Kimberly helped with some cutting and fringing. 

We had quite a little assembly line going for a while...

...and the pile grew...
 Gayne sewed her first sleep sack after not sewing anything in years :)

Heather showed a few of us how to make these hats that were so easy and quick to whip up (These are some that I made ~ aren't they adorable!).  You can click Here for a tutorial on Heather's blog on how to make them. 

 Amy specialized in making these cute and cuddly sleep sacks for the babies to wear at nap time :)

...And of course the cloth books from our box of donated book panels.  Some members took panels home to make more up and bring in later.

...and the pile continued to grow...there were even a few quilts in the mix donated by Heather.

We're making enough hats so each child can go home with one, and for a few extras to be left at the center for when the hats get forgotten at home on a cold day.

...And did I mention that goodies were involved!  Gayne generously provided us with lunch, and others brought goodies to eat, including these cupcakes ~ Thanks Daniella! It was a great way to spend the day and celebrate Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild's Second Birthday!

Click: The Kennedy Krieger Institute SE Early Head Start Program for information on the center and to contact Gayne, the director on how to make donations. 

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Jay McCarroll Coming to Baltimore MQG!!

Here are the deets:

Sunday November 11, 2012 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Seminole Sampler 71 Mellor Avenue Catonsville, MD 21228 

Come meet fabric designer and Project Runway Season 1 winner Jay McCarroll! Jay is the genious behind the popular Habitat line he created for Free Spirit, and his new collection, Center City. 

Center City

Jay will be talking about his inspiration and his newest collection. Don't miss the chance to interact with Jay during the Q & A session. The last hour will be a meet and greet (photos are encouraged!) 

There is very limited seating for this event. The cost is $10 before October 1st, $15 after that date. For your convenience, you can paypal baltimoremqg@gmail.comyour payment. We are partnering with the DC Modern Quilt Guild as well.  When you make your payment, please leave a note with your name, if it's not obvious from your email address. 

If you prefer snail mail, you can send a check to me Heather Kojan, 3922 Esgarth Way, Owings Mills, MD 21117. (make the check out to me, not Baltimore MQG, as we are still in the process of setting up our financial stuff.) 

Our first celebrity speaker! Yeah for Jay! 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Quilt Con

Our own Amy Verne is famous! Check out this link for her block submitted to the Quilt Con challenge!

QuiltCon Block Challenge: Scrappy Blocks

This is part of a series of posts about the QuiltCon Block Challenge. From August 27 – September 22, I’ll be posting photos of blocks received for the challenge. On September 24, I’ll start announcing which 20 blocks will be used in a quilt to be raffled at QuiltCon. You can see more photos of challenge blocks in the Block Challenge Flickr Group.  
Today’s post is all about scrappy blocks! All of the blocks in today’s post include little bits of multiple fabrics, including lots of print fabrics.
Here’s a breakdown of who made what.
Block A = Amanda Whited of the San Diego MQG
Block B =  Mona Keegan of the Houston MQG
Block C = Lauren Jonkman of the Pittsburgh MQG
Block D = Monica Cuartero of the Philadelphia MQG
Block E = Susan Holland
Block F = Heather Lott of the Portland, OR, MQG
Block G = Mary Walker of the Front Range (Colorado) MQG
Block H = Amy Verne of the Baltimore MQG
Block I = Bonnie Damron of the Los Angeles MQG
And here’s a second group of beautiful, scrappy blocks.
Here’s a breakdown of who made what.
Blocks A & F = Stephanie Jabcobson of the Omaha MQG
Block B = Gina Konopack of the Pittsburgh MQG
Blocks C = Melanie St. Amant of the Emerald Coast MQG
Block D = Lauren Jonkman of the Pittsburgh MQG
Block E = Amber Wilson of the Portland, OR, MQG
Block G = Melissa Lytle of the Kansas City MQG
As a way of giving something back to QuiltCon’s host city of Austin, Texas, we’re going to use the blocks that aren’t selected for the raffle quilt to make quilts for each of the 46 beds at the Austin Children’s Shelter. This will be MQG’s first large-scale charity project and we look forward to both using the many beautiful blocks we received for the challenge and getting as many guilds as possible involved in the process! Participating guilds will receive a package of 7 or more blocks (much like the groups of blocks being shown in these blog posts) to expand into a 68″ X 88″ Twin bed quilt. This can be accomplished by adding blocks, adding negative space, or some combination of the two. The quilts will need to be machine quilted, bound, washed, and shipped to Austin in advance of QuiltCon. MQG will also be interested in hearing about each guild’s process and will feature the completed quilts in a series of blog posts in Spring 2013.
If your guild is interested in this project, please e-mail to let us know.
Note: It’s important for us to give proper credit to designers. If you used a pattern or tutorial to make your challenge block, but didn’t mention it on the application form, please use the comments below to tell us more about your inspiration. Thank you!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bento Box Swap

Hi All!

We're having our first cross guild swap with the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild! This swap is open to everyone who wants to join!

We'll be swapping Bento Box Squares.

This is a quilt I made from a flickr swap I was in.

<  Harvey, Katie and Ty  >!

We'll be using this tutorial. Additional helpful hints are here. (These hints are related specifically to the other swap I was in, but provide some extra details.)

So, want to join in? Here the details.

*Make as many blocks as you'd like. Please use modern fabric only. Some solids are fine, but not an entire block's worth. Please do not use a white solid. It doesn't read well in the final quilt.

*Cut your finished (15.5") block into quarters, each measuring 7 3/4". If it doesn't measure up, don't send it. 

*Keep one quarter for yourself, and swap the other 3 quarters. 

*Use up those scraps!

*If you're making a bunch, it's tempting to want to use the same fabric and make these assembly line. If you must do it this way, to keep variety in the blocks, please at least change up the placement of the fabrics within the block.

*Blocks are due at the October 14th meeting. Blocks can come in earlier, or left in the guild mailbox at Seminole Sampler, but will not be accepted later.

*Place all of the blocks you are swapping in a large Ziploc bag with your name clearly labeled on the bag and the number of blocks (7.75" size) you are swapping. This is how I'll know how many to give you back.

*Once blocks are received, they will be shipped to the Minneapolis Guild. $1 - $2 from each participant is requested for postage. 

*When the blocks arrive from the Minneapolis Guild, they will be divided up, and hopefully be ready for distribution by the November meeting.

*I'll bring an example of a block and my finished quilt to the August meeting.

Any question? Let me know!

Let's have fun with this!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Just Wanted to Share...

This isn't really a Modern quilt design, but I posted this over on My Blog, and I wanted to share here too ~ This is my little quilt called Spring Garden Delight and you can read about her previous travels Here if you missed it.   She was in the Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting Magazine in the Spring, and now she's making an appearance on TV!  I'm excited to announce that this little gal is being featured on the Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting TV Show episode #2007 :) 

Check and see if your local PBS station carries Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting.  If you live in the Maryland area, Maryland Public Television is scheduled to run it this Saturday, August 4th at 6:00 a.m., so set that DVR!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A New Fiber Arts Center

This came in the Baltimore MQG mailbox.....

Fiber Fest: A Four-Day Celebration of Fiber Arts

The Caroline County Council of Arts, will be hosting a four-day celebration of the fiber arts featuring the grand opening of the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES). To honor the occasion world-renowned quilter Elly Sienkiewicz will be teaching, lecturing, and exhibiting over the course of the four day period. A Silver Star honoree for her “profound contribution to the contemporary Quilting Revival” of the past half-century, Sienkiewicz’s has been designing, stitching, teaching, and writing about appliqué; and her work has been featured in exhibits and quilt magazines in the US, Europe, and Japan. Festivities also include a fiber arts One Stop Shop Hop; and a Quilt Crawl through historic downtown Denton. This event will kick off on Thursday, August 2nd 2012 and will end on Sunday, August 5th2012 with ribbon-cutting festivities at the new fiber arts center. Ten of Elly Sienkiewicz’s Baltimore Album quilts, which have toured nationally and in Europe, will be on exhibit at FACES and a fiber arts sale will take place on the grounds of the center.

Elly Sienkiewicz will be teaching her Star Ruching class on Thursday August 2; and her Quick-Start Baltimore & Portrait of the Artist class on Friday, August 3. On Saturday, August 4, Sienkiewicz will be giving a lecture entitled Baltimore Albums: A Visible Face of Social Revolution. Baltimore Album quilts originated in BaltimoreMaryland in the 1840s. Since then, they have become one of the most popular styles of quilts and are still being made today. In the early days, Baltimore Album quilts reflected the prosperous community of Baltimorewhere most quilts were made with new fabric, instead of the more commonly used scrap fabric. As the popularity of this quilt style grew, women far beyond Baltimore began making these album quilts. Through glorious photos, Elly will present her view on how this quilting technique captured the cultural journey and history of America, and influenced other industrialized nations. Was it due to a specific artist’s influence? Is old Baltimore’s answer a secret hidden in her quilts? Find out at either the morning or afternoon lecture. The lecture admission includes a morning continental breakfast or an afternoon tea and dessert buffet. Attendees will also receive free admission to the One Stop Shop Hop. Elly will be available for a book signing session immediately following the lectures, and her books can be preordered. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 410.479.1009. Class space is limited.

Also on Saturday, August 4th, the Heartland Quilters of the Eastern Shore will be hosting their 4th annual One Stop Shop Hop at theDenton Firehouse from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This event will feature over 50 fiber arts vendors including quilt, antique quilt, fabric and yarn shops; beaders; wool spinners; long arm quilters; wood workers; machine embroiderers; and much more. See for a full list of participating vendors from the Maryland and surrounding states. Admission to the Shop Hop is included with your registration to the Elly Sienkiewicz lecture or may be purchased at the Firehouse door for $3. All guests receive an entry gift and can look forward to over 50 door prizes throughout the evening and six raffle quilts from participating guilds. Food concessions will be available. The Spence home on Fifth Street will be open from 3 – 6 featuring a house full of antique quilts.
On Sunday, August 5th, the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), located at 7 N. Fourth Street in Denton, will hold its official grand opening ribbon-cutting celebration. This free event will run from 12:00pm – 4:00 pm, and will feature live music, demonstrating weavers, spinners, and other fiber artists, the alpacas of Outstanding Dreams Farm and more. Free Range, an acoustic ensemble, will be one of the bands featured at this event. Comprised of Ali Reed Quillen on guitar and vocals, Steve Quillen on fiddle and vocals, and Curt Fox on banjo and vocals, their sound is primarily Traditional Bluegrass, seasoned with a bit of old-time, Irish and folk.
Throughout the week, various quilts and other fiber arts will be on display in locations throughout downtown Denton including The Foundry, the Museum of Rural Life, and the Choptank River Heritage Center.

The Caroline County Council of Arts is supported by a grant from the Maryland Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, agencies dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. For more information on Fiber Fest or any of the planned activities, please contact Marina Dowdall at the Caroline County Council of Arts at or410.479.1009.


About the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore
Located in the historic Hardee House at 7 N. Fourth Street, this regional fiber arts center includes quilt and other fiber art-related exhibit, retail, studio, and instruction space. Within Denton’s designated Historic, Main Street, and Arts & Entertainment districts, the center will be a destination for quilt and fiber art enthusiasts, Eastern Shore visitors, and area residents to view historic and recent works by local quilters and fiber artists. As a regional fiber arts resource, the role of this center will be a unique place to visit, shop, learn, and find inspiration

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Modern Sampler Workshop

At our June meeting, I floated the idea of doing a Modern Improvisational Sampler workshop. I had read that a few other MQGs were doing something similar and I loved the idea.  Well, apparently so did everyone else, because it's a go!

Laura, Linda and I put together a super fun fat quarter bundle, available at Seminole Sampler. Other supplies needed are approximately 1 1/2 yards of background fabric and backing fabric (the fq bundle yields enough for a scrappy binding!) You can find the details here.

This is my sample:

The plan is to complete six blocks in the workshop, and then the remaining three will be offered at subsequent meetings of the MQG. So mark your calendars for Saturday, August 25th, 10:30-5 PM for a fun filled day of modern improv quilting!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Fabric for Charity Quilts

I posted this on my personal blog, but, in case you didn't see it.....

Part of my duties with the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild is manning the email. Lot's of it is spam and advertisements. Monday, though, I got a nice email from a lady in Michigan:

I'm looking for a group that would like donated fabric for charity projects. I work at a quilt shop in Brighton, MI. For the second year we have made table runners for a group that has a banquet in Baltimore, MD. When they are done with the table runners, they will throw them away. The runners are pieces of 100% cotton, quilt store quality fabric, 9' long, and 15" wide. There is no hems or sewing on them. There are about 50 runners of the red fabric, and 100 runners of the blue fabric. I'm planning on using some of it to make quilts by adding used blue jean fabric, and possibly Nascar type fabric.  These quilts will be donated with young / teenage boys in mind. 

Okay, nice! I made arrangement to pick them up yesterday. When I got to the venue, I was a little surprised to see two large garbage bags filled with fabric. I mean, 50 pieces, 9x14 inches comes out to about 10 yards, right?

I get the fabric home, open one of the bags, and haul out a really long piece of fabric. Hmmm.

Back to the computer, look at the email exchange again.

9' long, and 15" wide.   50 runners of the red fabric, and 100 runners of the blue fabric

Ohhhh. 9 FEET long. And I totally missed the part about 50 of one, 100 of another.

So now, I have over 100 YARDS of this

and this

which is not necessarily a bad thing....

Needless to say, if you're in the Baltimore area and need some flaming fabric, I can hook you up!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Logo Block Winner!

After several months and some stunning entries, I'm excited to announce that the winner (by unanimous vote!) of the Logo Block Challenge is

Amy Verne!!!

Amy was so thoughtful with her design. The red, yellow and black represent Maryland's flag. The dresden design is in honor of our state flower, the Black Eyed Susan. The purple and orange blades of the dresden  are for our beloved teams, the Ravens and Orioles. 

Amy's award winning block is now our official logo!

You can download a jpeg of the block here (perhaps to make a name tag?!)

Now that we have an official logo block, how about some logo designs?

I made up a couple. Please weigh in and make some suggestions!

Business/Membership card?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Jelly Roll Racing with DC Modern

What: Come race with us! 
Date: Saturday, July 7
Time: 10am-2pm
Start time: 10:30
Who: We're getting together with our friends from the DC Modern Quilt Guild!
RSVP: Space is limited, email to reserve your spot

Jelly Roll race quilt tops can be made in an hour!!!
Want more info? Read through DCMQG member Tanesha's blog post 

Pink Castle Fabrics

Want to order a jelly roll? Pink Castle Fabrics has a discount code for pre-cuts!
Brenda from Pink Castle is also donating a prize for the winner!
Discount Code for 15% off Jelly Rolls is  Roll 15

This would be a great quilt to donate for 100 Quilts for Kids!
Swim, Bike, Quilt

Want to make your own? Come at 10--for $15 for a 1/4 hour we can use the shop's accuquilt cutter to cut 2 1/2 inch strips, or cut yours before you come!

See you there!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Round Robin Reveal!

As I was working on the Round Robin quilt for June, I realized, hey, I'm getting one back! They were so fun to work on, I forgot that others were working on mine as well! After 6 months of stitching, Sunday we had the Big Reveal! We had 12 participating this time. After you see these awesome quilts, I'm sure you'll want to be a part of the next round, starting up at the July meeting. You can sign up in the forum, or simply come to the July meeting with your starter row ready!

I tagged the owner's quilts by memory. Which means lots of room for error. Let me know if I got yours wrong and I'll fix it!