Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Modern Quilting Magazine

Linda sent me this, via Lynn at Lily's Quilts.

Looks like an awesome magazine. 

Modern Quilting Magazine

Two years ago, when I started quilting, I never thought I'd make something which would appear in a magazine and yet yesterday this plopped into my letterbox.  Issue one of a brand new modern quilting magazine, called Modern Quilting Magazine.  You can subscribe here and get 10% off your subscription using this discount code S5IE4PYF.   This code has now been fixed and make sure you choose free postage for the subscription option!.  It is ram jam wham bam packed with wonderful projects, articles, information and ideas.  There are Amy Butler projects (yes, plural):

Articles about fabric designers including one about our very own Aneela Hooey:

All sorts of sized projects, from little mug cozies to full sized quilts and everything in between including this fabulous bag designed by Sara at Sew Sweetness (which I tried to persuade the editor to send me but annoyingly Sara wants it back):

And last but not in the least bit least a scrappy tiling pillow made by me.  Eeep.  Yes, me.  This now resides with my Granny Smith (I can't now remember if she was named after the apple or vice versa but in our family we call her HRH because she tells us what we did wrong, like having the wrong hairdo or wearing the wrong jumper or not putting the jam in a little bowl at breakfast).  Anyway, after it had been to its Britain's Next Top Quilted Item photoshoot, I sent it to her for Christmas, fully expecting the gift to be a darn nuisance as most of our gifts have been deemed to be over the past few years.  Like the ready decorated Christmas tree we sent her which she opened upside down so all the soil fell out onto the carpet.  That was a darn nuisance.  But apparently she loved the pillow and it was quite the talk of the nursing home for a few days.  She wasn't quite sure who'd made it but did think it was made either by me or by one of my sisters (who can't sew for toffee) but that's fine too. 

And I just want to take a moment to congratulate Vick who edits the magazine and Kerrie whose idea it was in the first place.  You have put together a wonderful magazine.  It was all that I hoped it would be and more and it is so exciting to think that one day I might stroll into a shop where a magazine is being sold and someone might open it and say - ooh look at that lovely pillow and I might casually say - oh gosh yes, that is a pretty project, I imagine someone very clever must have come up with that idea.  OK, I live in some kind of crazy fantasy parallel universe but I shall be hanging out in my local WHSmiths all next week next to the magazine section.  Say hi if you see me there. 

Subscription looks to be about $38 ish (25 pounds) with an additional $11 shipping to the US for 6 issues.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Keeping Track

Wow, the March meeting (March 11th, 1:30 at Seminole Sampler) is only 2 weeks away. Sooo, for those of you who need a little push, here's what's going on!

Pin Cushion Swap

Open to all members. Super simple: bring a pincushion that you've made, bring it in a brown paper bag (so no one can peek) and go home with a brand new pincushion! Need some inspiration? Look here or here.. Need some pin cushion tutorials? Look here. New members ~ please join us! Don't be shy!

Round Robin

Round Two due. 3" border with curves or circles (may be pieced or appliqued). Finished edge is straight.

Quilting Bee

First Quarter Bee blocks are due! Sign ups for second quarter happening right now on the forum. New members, please join us! This is lots of fun!

Logo Block Challenge

This one is due in April, but get a head start now! Open to all members! Create a 12.5" (12" finished) block which represents the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild. This block will become our new logo, and be on our membership cards, blog, flickr page, etc! Visit the forum for more details.

March Meeting Demonstration

Laura is going to show us how to do wonky curves! She's asked that we bring our machines so we can try it out ourselves!

Lancaster Quilt Show Road Trip

Saturday, March 17th. The plan: meet at Seminole Sampler parking lot at 7 AM, drive to the show (about 2 hours) stay all day (or until the money and chocolate run out) then head back, arriving around 7 -8 PM. Sign up in the forum, or at the next meeting.

I think that's it! Let me know if I forgot anything!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Girls In the Garden Blog Hop

Check out our very own Dawn who was featured on Pat Sloan's blog hop. Her pillow and wall hanging are so cute!!! And a neat little garden journal. Go show her some love (and maybe win yourself something, too!)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February Heart BOM

We had our first Block of the Month. February's theme? Hearts, of course!

Here they are:

Aren't they fun? They're even more fun to me, because now they're mine! Yup, I won the drawing! I think I'm going to sew them together and donate the quilt to SE Early Head Start for one of the little sweet hearts there. Of course, I'll do that, just as soon as I get Dawn's block (below) which got wrapped up in her wonderful pile of bee blocks. Next month's challenge is a pincushion swap!

Quiltcon by The Modern Quilt Guild

Have you heard? The Modern Quilt Guild is having it's first quilt conference and show!

Denyse Schmidt is the keynote speaker, and will be teaching workshops!

Sign up here for the news letter.

Go here for details.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Speaking of name tags

My friend Meg made this for meetings with the Portland MQG. How cute is that?? What's that you say? Another challenge?

Sunday, February 5, 2012