Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Sew Ins!







Beat the heat this summer and enjoy the cool air conditioning of Seminole Sampler. Enjoy a day of sewing with your friends. Thursday June 27, July 25, August 22,  10-6. Bring your own lunch and drinks, or order out. Come for the whole day, or just a few hours. Make a dent in your ufos or start something new. And, of course, the shop is open! (Speaking of which, the shop has a fancy schmancy accucut machine ~ the big industrial sized one! And there's even an Accucut Club. Read more about it here: http://seminolesampler.com/Seminole_Sampler/Studio_Accucut.html

By Laws Additions

In order to take the next step to joining the Modern Quilt Guild, we need to make some additions to our by laws.

At our July 14th meeting, we will vote on making the following additions:

Under Article 2, Purpose, we will vote to add:

“The Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild, supports and encourages the growth and
development of modern quilting through art, education, and community.”

We we will also vote to add the following Article:

Requirements to be exempt as an Organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
Section 1. The organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, or scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 2. No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in section 1 hereof and in article _____ of this constitution. (In the blank, please enter the number of the article in your Constitution/Bylaws that includes the purpose of your organization.)
Section 3. No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
Section 4. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 5. Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

See you at the July meeting!

Heather


Friday, June 14, 2013

BMQG Quilting Bee (QB)


This month we had a bee block reveal and exchange! It is always so exciting to see the beautiful quilt blocks that our members create. The BMQG runs a QB about three to four times a year.

The rules are simple:

1. sign up on the BMQG forum and post your two-three colors.

2. select a modern block design that you would like to make for the members of your “hive.”

3. once you are assigned to a hive you have three months to make a 12” finished (12.5” unfinished) block for each of your hive members with their selected colors, using modern quilt shop quality fabric.

There are tons of sources for inspiration for the modern block design you choose, in books or just browsing online. My personal favorite book (especially since every block in this book is made to 12" finished size) is:

There are also other great books available for inspiration which include modern quilt blocks which can be adapted to the 12" finished size such as: 


The number of members in a hive depend on how many people sign up for the round. Typically we have about six members to a hive and one to two hives per round. This past month we had one hive of 7 members.

To get an idea of the how it works I thought I would share pictures of the blocks from our most recent round. Here are the members of the hive and their color preferences:

Deb: black and white with a pop of red.
Janet: red, yellow, and white.
Pat: black and white with lime.
Nancy: black and white.
Maria: black, white and yellow.
Amy: black, white and a pop of color.
and me - Daniela: black, white, pop of color

Here are the blocks Deb made for her hive members:
 
 
Here are the blocks Deb received from her hive members in her colors of black and white with a pop of red:  
 
Here are the blocks Janet made for her hive members:
 
 
Here are the blocks Janet received from her hive members in her colors of red, yellow and white:
 
Here are the blocks Pat made for her hive members:
 
 
Here are the blocks Pat received from her hive members in her colors of black, white and lime:
 
Here are the blocks Nancy made for her hive members:


Here are the blocks Nancy received from her hive members in her colors of black and white:

 
Here are the blocks Maria made for her hive members:

 
Here are the blocks Maria received from her hive members in her colors of black, white and yellow. 
 
Here are the blocks Amy made for her hive members:

 
Here are the blocks Amy received from her hive members in her colors of black white and a pop of color:
 
Here are the blocks I made for my hive members:

 
Here are the blocks I received from my hive members in my colors of black, white and a pop of color:  


We also encourage participants to each make a block for themselves in their preferred colors. After a couple of rounds we all should be able to put together a quilt top.  Some people even make other things with their block such as totes. You could also make pillows, a wall hanging, etc. Your options are endless when you open your creativity. It is a lot of fun!~ I can't wait to see what everyone makes with their QB blocks.

PS - A big thanks to Kimberly for helping me with this post by taking these beautiful pictures of the QB blocks at our last meeting! :)