Friday, December 27, 2013

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge 

The MQG Riley Blake Challenge is officially underway and our guild members received their challenge fabric at the October meeting. Riley Blake Designs generously provided each MQG member 6 fat eights from their Basic Category.


The Baltimore MQG is hosting our own challenge in coordination with the MQG. Our finished quilted items are due at the February 9th meeting. If you didn't get your fabric bundle, please contact

The National MQG is running an official challenge, complete with prizes. The National MQG details from their newsletter:
  • Completed photos must be posted in the MQG FINISHED forum (located here)
  • Members can make anything as long as it is quilted
  • Add in any solids fabric or Riley Blake printed fabric
  • You do not need to use all of the fabrics given to you
  • In progress photos can be shared in the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community Site here
  • Don't forget to use the #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter
  • Deadline: February 17, 2014
  • Ten finalists will be announced on February 19, 2014
  • Riley Blake will pick three winners and announce the winners on February 24, 2014.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November: Show, Tell, and Ask

This month Heather added "Ask" to our monthly Show and Tell ritual encouraging us to bring questions in when working on our projects.

Submissions included:
Riley Blake:  Several members shared their work created for the Riley Blake Challenge.  The challenge is on in Baltimore!   Carol created a set of placemats with bright zig zag quilting.  Ruthie designed a colorful pillow along with an adorable monster pouch from the leftover scraps.

Although the Jacquie Gering "Stitch and Flip" workshop was just a few weeks ago, we already have some completed projects!!  Deb shared her striking flames pillow and Pat shared her dragon quilt.

From Laura: A Quilt for her granddaughter - what a gorgeous front and back. 

Mandie shared an awesome sewing basket she made and a beautiful quilt filled with blues and greens on a beige background.

Our guild president, Heather Kojan, shared with us her quilt design which is one of ten quilts showcased in a new book, Classic Modern Quilts: 10 Quilts Inspired by Historical Kansas City Star Blocks.  Heather's quilt uses her interpretation of a Kansas City Star block,  "A Striped Plain Quilt".  Congrats Heather!

More of Heather's great work, a quilt and the bag below.

November: Round Robin 2013 Quilt Tops Completed

Our Round Robin group activity wrapped up this month, and participants were able to see their completed quilt top for the first time. Each quilter provided a square to start, whether pieced or a swatch of a favorite fabric. Directions were provided for each month (included at the bottom of this post for reference) on what to add. What a great range of color palettes and individual expression!  Those of us that didn't participate are super inspired to join in for the next one.

 Diane started with a green and turquoise center square.
 Deb created a turquoise, lime green, and purple star for her center.
Laura used black, gray, and various greens for her  modern cross  center square.

 Jan chose a favorite floral fabric in blue and yellow. 
 Nancy started with a modern patchwork square in black and white.
 Daniella had a clear theme in mind with her pieced sewing machine to start things off.  Other quilters had fun coming up with creative ways to continue Daniella's theme.   We are guessing Daniella plans to use this as a wall hanging in her sewing room!

Summer's black and purple center star really set the stage for a fall color palette. 

 The blues and greens added to Shari's orange and yellow center square add a nice balance.

 Linda was thinking ahead and submitted a holiday print for her center square.  She included some extra fabric for follow-in quilters to incorporate as they wished.  

Round Robin 2013 Directions: Each person makes a starting block, which will become the starter block for the quilt top they will own at the end. At the end of each round, the quilt should be delivered to the next meeting for exchange (if you can’t make it to the meeting, please drop it off at Seminole before the meeting or send it in with a friend).  The quilt top should always be kept in the“secret pouch” until the big reveal. The quilt’s owner should not see the quilt until the end.
Here is the breakdown (measurements below are finished- for unfinished measurement, add ½ inch – Also remember for each round you are only adding two sides):

February: 12” or less block (rectangle or square)
March: 2” square or rectangle border
April: 3” triangle border
May: 4” stripe border
June: 3” solid border
July: whatever it needs (any size)
August: 4” curves or circle border
September: 4”flying geese border
October: 4” star border
November: whatever it needs (any size)
Fabric Options:  You may include all the fabrics that you want used in your quilt OR each person can add the necessary coordinating fabric to your piece. Please only use quilt shop quality, modern fabrics.
Instructions for your group: Be sure to include instructions in your box or bag so the others know what you envision as a finished project.  (For example: Do you wantonly the fabric you provided or may others be added?  What will the finished project be used for: tablecloth, wall hanging, or lap quilt? Will your quilt have a theme or color scheme?  What kind of appliqué do you want used or not used in your quilt?)
Other Options: If you would like you may include…
Label: A label that each person may sign.
Journal: journal or journal page so that each person in your group can know why you made the original piece and each person can add a comment about their choices as they add on to your quilt top.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

October Meeting: Quilt Projects Shared

At the October meeting, several members shared quilts they completed, including additional quilts for the Kennedy Krieger Early Head Start program.  Shown here are the beautiful quilts completed this past month.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Names and Faces

This month we were challenged to create a name tag to wear at meetings.  If you haven't made yours yet, maybe you can take some inspiration from the seven people who managed to get one made!  There are no guidelines you must follow, unless you want to create something using the Baltimore Quilt Guild logo.  Size, shape, materials are all up to you!  Lets put some more names with faces!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

October Elections

Hi All!

At our October meeting, we will elect the board of officers for the next year. We'd love to have you participate! If you're interested in being considered for a position, leave a comment and we'll add you to the ballot. The following people have thrown their hat(s) in the ring. Always room for more hats. If there is only one person running for a position, we will have a hand vote to vote that person in. If we have two or more candidates, we will have a paper ballot. To be in the running, leave a comment no later than the end f day Wednesday October 9th. Voting will take place during out October 13th meeting. Thank you!

2014 Election of Officers
President:  The President leads meetings, schedules regular Executive Board meetings and is the voice of the Guild.
1.      Deb Kleiner
2.      _______________________
3.      ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______________________

Vice President  for Membership: The VPM serves as assistant to the President,  maintains membership roster,  takes care of large scale correspondence, sending out e-vites for special events, managing RSVPs, etc. and assumes responsibilities if  President cannot complete her term.
1.      Dawn Stewart
2.      _________________________
3.      __________________________

Vice President for Activities: The VPA initiates Guild programming, maintains lists of current bees, schedules swaps.
1.      Nancy Bautro
2.      Linda Schiffer
3.      ___________________________

Vice President for Communications: The VPC takes minutes of each meeting and notes of all motions made and carried out at each general or special meeting and ensures all communications vehicles are maintained.
1.      Diane  Winter
2.      ______________________________
3.      _____________________________

Vice President for Community Relations: · The VPC proposes donation opportunities to BMQG membership and organizes the delivery of any quilts made to the various charities.
1.      Kathy Schwebeland
2.      _________________________________
3.      _________________________________

Librarian:  The Librarian maintains a record of the Guild’s library and facilitates the lending of materials.
1.      Amy Verne
2.      _____________________________________
3.      _____________________________________
4.      _____________________________________
5.      _____________________________________
Treasurer: · The Treasurer receives and banks all Guild monies, disburses funds as authorized by the Executive Board, maintains records of all funds and prepares proposed annual budget.
1.      Maria O’Haver
2.      _______________________________________
3.      _______________________________________

Sunday, September 8, 2013

September Meeting

We had a fabulous meeting today.  Twenty one quilts (and several books) were turned in for the Log Cabin Challenge to benefit the Kennedy Kreiger Early Head Start center.  We had a large variety from very modern to very cute!  The kids will love them!  They will be hung at the Kennedy Kreiger Institute in Baltimore in October and then given to the babies in the Head Start Program.

Laura's quilt

Back of Laura's quilt

Heather's quilt

Paint box by Deb 

Amy's quilt

Back of Amy's quilt

Vintage sheet quilt by Heather

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Kimberly's quilt

Back of Kimberly's quilt

Vintage sheet quilt by Heather

Amy's quilt

Machine embroidered Sock Monkeys by Nancy

quilt by Daniela
Machine embroidered Monster quilt by Nancy

Cupcake quilt by Daniela

Cupcakes and Monkeys by Daniela

Janet Schoenfeld wasn't able to be at the meeting but here is her quilt.

Sorry I didn't remember all the names!  Please tell us in the comments if you see yours!

Here are the two blogs mentioned at the meeting today:

Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle  is a British blog written by the witty Hadley.  She is a modern quilter.

The Inbox Jaunt is written by a quilter named Lori.  She has FMQ tutorials which are a little different and easy to follow.  They are more motifs than all over patterns but I find it very interesting how she breaks down the steps.

Bee blocks were exchanged (lots of nice ones!).  Leftover charm swaps were available.  Three people made aprons and exchanged them (sorry I didn't get pictures).  The participants in the Round Robin brought in their assignments and got new ones.