Thursday, January 25, 2018

Drawing With Thread

The Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild will host Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts on March 10th, teaching her bias tape applique methods for modern quilt making. The all day workshop will include a half-hour lunch break (bring your own brown bag of yummies:). Debbie will also be lecturing at the monthly guild meeting on Sunday, March 11th (Arbutus branch of the Baltimore County Public Library at 2pm).

Debbie lives in Ann Arbor, MI and is on a mission "... to add a little beauty to the world and to help others do the same." Her work can be viewed on the Esch House website and is very modern in the most graphic sense. She has had quilts at the Houston International Festival, at Quilt Con and wrote the book Lines by Design Quilts published in 2016.

Registration for this workshop will open to members on Jan. 27th and to the general public (if spaces remain) on Feb. 10th. [Now open!] Check your membership email for information on registration. Students will receive a supply list for the class.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Sunday, January 14th, Arbutus Public Library

Sunday, January 14, 2018, Arbutus Public Library
 (by Linda Schiffer, with respect)

 There were six guests attending.

 Rose Daley led the meeting, beginning with introducing the new guild officers. She spoke the group’s thanks to the outgoing office holders and presented Janet, our retiring president, with a quilt made by members.
Rose gave highlights of the planned program for the coming year:
  Quilt Bingo is scheduled for Friday, September 22nd at the FOP Lodge in Catonsville. Prizes are all handmade items from the membership and monies will be added to the guild treasury to support our activities and charity efforts. Rose passed a sign up sheet asking members to volunteer to lead or participate in making five special quilts for ‘large’ prizes - with one or two blocks for each quilt, quilting, binding, etc. Two of these special quilts will be started in February and two in April so that all can be completed without rush before the event.

 We have several classes with traveling teachers planned for the year. The first class will be taught by Deb Grifka on March 11th on drawing with bias tape; Amy Friend will teach Improv Paper Piecing on June 10th and Melany Tuazon will teach curved piecing on October 14th. Each teacher will also present a lecture about their work and methods at the respective general meetings.

 There will be swaps during the year including a member-to-member exchange with the Lancaster Modern Guild of 1 Hour Baskets to start off the year. The suggestion was made to use Pellon #71F interfacing in the baskets; also include three or four small sewing-related items inside. Bring completed baskets to the Feb. 9th meeting; swapped baskets from Lancaster members will be returned at the March meeting.

 The Quilt In A Box block exchange will begin again in February and run until December.

 There will be another Mystery Quilt (each member makes her own blocks) with multiple possible quilt layouts for the results. There will be seven or eight clues from February until September; the quilt will be lap sized or larger.

  Quilt Bees will run from June to December (to allow for quilt making for bingo prizes early this year). There will be at least these three bees: Curvy Girls (working with curved piecing), Paper Dolls (doing foundation piecing), and Round Robin (making a medallion style quilt in border rounds). 

There is a Members Only Workshop planned for Saturday, May 5th. Amy Hood will teach fabric dyeing and there will be a picnic. This will take place in Upperco, Maryland at Claudia Chapman’s house and will replace the May general meeting (the date of which falls on Mother’s Day).

 In April, members are asked to bring finished quilts from any activity during the 2017 year (workshop, swap, bee, retreat, etc) to showcase our productivity.

 There will be a year-long Block Lotto starting with the February meeting. M.J. has chosen a block called Candy for the first drawing - for each block a member makes, their name goes into the ‘hat’ once. Sets of blocks will be won at each meeting. Members will not be able to win another months’ set until they show a completed flimsy with their first winnings.

 In February, members are invited to join a UFO Rescue. Bring an unfinished project with all notes in and swap wit someone else. Finish their ufo and they will finish yours.

The February meeting will also include a Ruler Demo.

 After all those program news, Rose told members that her focus during her term of presidency will be on forming more social cohesion in the group - Quilting With Friends. She would like to foster outside-meeting small groups and made a Google doc up to help. Stitch groups might form geographically or around interests (for example, English Paper Piecing, Quilting Moms, Knitters, Garment Makers, Bag Makers, Virtual Membership, House of Ruth supporters, Embroidery, etc.) 

There is already a monthly stitch-in group that meets on the last Tuesday of each month at Bear’s Paw Quilt Shop in Towson and all members are invited to attend.

 After Rose’s presentation, Janet returned quilts from the Library Exhibit and mentioned the quilted fabric from Handy Quilter that is available for members to make items for themselves, charity or bingo prizes.

 The guild’s Quilt Con Charity quilt was presented - blocks made by many members, quilted by Becca - and will be given to the House of Ruth (they are still deciding whether to raffle the quilt off or to hang it in their headquarters).

Show and Tell sharing followed:

Sunday, January 14, 2018

December 2017 Meeting Hightlights

Our final meeting of 2017 was held at the Owings Mills Library on December 10. We had 23 people in attendance.  Janet gave out the December birthday fat quarters, and introduced Mary as our new VP.  There was a discussion of the next retreat, which will be held again at the DoubleTree in Columbia, dates to be November 1-4 (as of these minutes).  There will also be a quilt bingo, possible locations Tall Cedars (same as last time), or FOP Catonsville.  

Ideas for the in-guild workshop in the spring were discussed, with the suggestion that having a workshop where sewing machines are not required would be ideal, since our guild is growing and the in-guild workshops are getting crowded.

Janet talked about the possibility of a "pen-pal swap" with the Lancaster MQG.  More info will be given at the January meeting.  Shelli wrapped up the quilt in a box, and will consider doing another one in 2018.  The meeting was held to a minimum so we could get to Show & Share, the snacks and white elephant gift exchange, which apparently goes by many other names!  

Following are pictures of some of the completed Mystery Quilts.

 Show & Share

Elizabeth T. and her QuiltCon submission
Monica R. adapted the "Splash" pattern by Windham by adding a baby elephant
MJ shows her first rag quilt...

...and a zippered vinyl bag that she is making for gifts

MJ's felt pincushion from the "WeAllSew" Bernina blog

MJ also shared a paper-pieced penguin

Linda A. created a collage mini art quilt, inspired by the work of Susan Carlson.

Mary T. made a Maryland state mini for an ALS fundraiser

Judy H. shared her baby quilt (quilted by Claudia)
Lauren S. also shared a baby quilt.
Laura B. showed her blocks from the Fancy Forest pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.

Kate L. attended a class with Victoria Findlay Wolf in her NYC studio

Kate also shared a scrappy Christmas stocking
Michelle showed her quilt made from fabrics from Tanzania
Erin shared a pillow using Laura's improv paper piecing.  (sorry for the blurriness!)
Phyllis C showed her completed Pac-Man quilt (quilted by Claudia)
Amalia M. shared a quilt featuring one of the row-by-row license plates
Janet S. shared several small zippered pouches.

Quilt in a Box

Here are some of the quilt in a box blocks...
Laura R.

Mary T.

Judy D
Monica R
Laura B

We did some socializing and enjoyed the treats that people brought before having the gift exchange.  I hope everyone ended up with fat quarters that they loved!

Respectfully submitted, Carol F.