Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May meeting tongiht

Guild friends - our May meeting is tonight from 6-8 at St Gabriel's Catholic Church. Hope you can make it. As always, bring your projects to show and share and inspire us all!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March meeting

Guild friends - we hope you'll all be at our March meeting this Tuesday, March 28, from 6-8 PM at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, Ministry Center, Room D.

Our program will be all about organizing your sewing space. This will be a time for all to share so come with your great ideas for organizing your sewing area, how you manage your stash, and other sewing space related topics.

If you have taken the Block of the Month Challenge and made the Modern Quilt Guild February block, please bring and, as always, bring your projects to show and share!

Hope to see you all there!

Friday, March 3, 2017

January Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month

A couple of our members took the challenge and tried the January Block of the Month from the national Modern Quilt Guild. If you are a member of our Charlotte guild, you are automatically a member of the national guild and have access to all the great resources including block and quilt patterns, webinars, and so much more.

Here are the versions of the January MQG BOM made by our members:

Using prints ...



and solids ...
 

We're going to use the Modern Quilt Guild's BOM each month for our own BOM and hope many of you will join in the fun! If anyone wants to try the MQG BOM for February, here's the link.If you do try it, be sure and bring your blocks to  the guild meeting on March 28.

February Meeting Update

Guild friends ... thanks to all of you who attended and shared your work at our February meeting. It was great to see the beautiful work you are doing. We started our meeting with a few announcements including a short discussion of the possibility of doing a gallery show for our guild sometime later in the year. Beth shared about her time at Quilt Con and encouraged guild members to consider going to Quilt Con in Nashville in 2019! Road trip, anyone?!!

We did our usual Show and Share early in the meeting so that we could use the rest of the time for sewing. Such beautiful work our guild members shared ...









After Show and Share, we got to work making hearts for the I Found A Quilted Heart Project. Several members brought their sewing machines and we pulled from several bins of scraps to create the quilted hearts. Some of us did hand sewing and embellished with lace and trims. Heather had printed some cute labels for the hearts which give info about how to share online if you find a heart. Everyone enjoyed the time to sit and sew and talk and we look forward to seeing if any of our hearts are found and shared online! The main point, though, is that the hearts bring a little joy to someone who finds them, whether we ever know about it or not.











If you missed the fun, we hope you'll be able to join us in March. Mark your calendars now - our March meeting is Tuesday, March 28!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Color study




 














 "Color is one of the simplest and most effective ways of dramatically changing the look of a quilt. By trying new color palettes and finding color inspiration in the things you love, you can expand your use of color and come up with exciting and surprising results. In this Block of the Month lesson you will learn some color vocabulary and a couple of fun exercises for coming up with new color palettes."  - from the description of the January 2017 Block of the Month from the Modern Quilt Guild


We'd love for several of our guild members to try this block and share what you learn about color with the guild. If you're interested in trying this, contact guild President, Deanna at quiltedoncloud9@icloud.com

We hope that several of you will give this a go. There just might be a little reward 😉 for those that do!

For February

Guild friends - Mark your calendars now - February is a short month and it's speeding by! Our next meeting will be Tuesday evening, February 28, from 6-8 PM at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, Ministry Center, Room D.

February Program
Our program/activity for the meeting will be making quilted hearts for the I Found a Quilted Heart Project. To learn about the project, visit the website. It's helpful to read the sections on Sewing and Sowing. See the map with Locations where hearts have been found is also very interesting!

We will make quilted hearts at the meeting and will then ask for volunteers from the guild to spread them around, to sow them

To participate, you can prepare ahead if you like by using some of the improv techniques we talked about in January and make some pieced "fabric" from which you will sew a heart. Or you can just bring fabric scraps and anything else you might want to use for embellishing your heart. It'll be a fun evening, creating these little hearts to spread a little love around our city!


Clean out your stash, share with others 
Guild members have been incredibly generous in the past in sharing fabric with others. Here are a couple of opportunities if you want to clean up and clear out and share.

Make Welcome Refugee Sewing School. Co-founder and Director, Beth Pinckney (that's me) is always happy to accept your donations of fabric. Currently, we're focusing more on garment sewing so accepting fabric in one yard or larger sizes. Cottons and knits are welcome. We also sometimes take used machines in good working order that we pass on to students who need machines, as well as notions, thread, and other sewing supplies.

The Red Bird Project. Former guild board member, Xandi Hamilton alerted us to this wonderful project. A neighbor of hers is collecting fabric, ribbon, buttons, and any other kind of embellishment to pass on to the maker of these little dresses that are sent to girls in Africa. She makes over 1000 dresses a year. If you have fabric or embellishments you'd like to share with her, bring to the guild meeting in February and Xandi will deliver. In addition, she includes a beanie baby in the pocket of each dress, so if you have a stash of forlorn beanies in a box in your attic, bring them too.

 In the next post, we'll let you know about an option for sharing your learning with the guild at our February meeting. Stay tuned ...




Monday, February 6, 2017

Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild Show

Friends - mark you calendars for the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild Show, "Not Just Another Quilt Show," April 21 and 22 in Greenboro. Follow this link for more information.