Monday, June 11, 2018

June 2018 Meeting

June Meeting, held at Arbutus Public Library

Rose Daley led the meeting (as President).  She encouraged the Quilting With Friends bee groups to meet and announced the formation of a new Bee for Dyeing Fabric. Members can get more information or indicate interest here.

Guild retreat will be held at Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown from November 15 to 18. Registration for four day attendees will be open on Thursday, June 14th at 8 p.m. Day attendance (non-residential) pass will go on sale at a later time. There are 22 spaces for people who want to stay at the retreat site; we have 35 sewing spaces so there will a number of day slots. Payment will be via PayPal (if desired - members who pay this way will be assessed PayPal fees in addition) or check. Members who register will have two weeks to pay or lose their spot. Rooms at retreat are double occupancy with private baths; the fee includes dinner on Thursday, three meals Friday and Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. 

Rose reminded us that registration for Quilt Con 2018 opens on June 26th. This Con will be held in Nashville, TN. Attendance at the show itself is FREE to all MQG members and includes goody bags.

Details for the 2019 QuiltCon charity quilt have been released by the national group, including the color palette and design challenge. Anyone  in our guild who is interested in working on this quilt should see an email to Rose. She would like to get a committee of eight to ten people to work on the project; if there is not enough interest, our guild will not participate.

Janet announced a need for volunteers to help with retreat (soliciting door prizes, helping with classes, etc) and with bingo (advertising, door prizes, finding a Scouting troop for refreshments, prize coordination, etc.). Please contact her to offer your help!

The block lottery for this month was an Ice Cream Cone design. Amy Verne won these blocks:

Amy Friend presented a trunk show and lecture about her methods of using foundation paper piecing with improvisational design techniques for quilt making. Students from Saturday shared their class results:

Show and Share was inspriational!

Marcia Schwartz:

Linda Schiffer:

Valerie McNeese:

Diana  Bear:

Rebecca Severt:

Kate Lane:

Kathy Schwabeland:

Elizabeth Berger:

Pat Simrell:

Pat also showed a vivid orange triangle patchwork pillow which moved too fast for photos.

Amy Hood:

Laura Rieben:

Janet Schoenfeld:

Dana Carrington:

Jane Schiemer:

M J Snyder:

Amy Verne:

Minutes and photographs taken and posted by Linda Schiffer. 6-11-18.

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.