Friday, May 26, 2017

May 2017 meeting minutes

Thank you to everyone who made it out for the meeting.  Afternoon storms made it tricky to get to us if bridges needed to be crossed.  We missed those of you who couldn't make it out!!

Welcome to new members Lisa, Colleen and Lydia!

Last weekend we had a great turn out at our monthly Saturday sew day.  We worked on Aneela Hoey's Zip Up Tray Pouch and Open Out Box Pouch.  Alice made a scissor cosy. Several people worked on rope bowls.  Thanks as always to Five Eighth Seams for hosting us.  Here are two of the Zip Up Tray Pouches made by Cathy and Hope.

Kim and Alice did a fun presentation and demonstration on making hexagons out of circles. A canning jar lid is used to cut a circle out of a 5" square of fabric and then a clever folding method gets you to a hexagon.  A circle cut from a standard 3.25" canning car lid insert will yield a 1" hexagon (but be careful of your fingers on the sharp lids!).  Here's a link if you weren't able to attend or need a reminder.  

If you haven't finished your name tag, please do so!  The new ones that were shown this month were great!

A new fabric shop called Sew Sweet is opening on June 5th in Summerville.  They will be a Juki dealer.

Four spots are still available at the JK Modern Quilt Camp in August at Camp St Christopher.  Dates are August 25-27.  Price for the weekend is $220 and includes all meals. Contact Kim McPeake for more details.

Sandy discussed the 2018 QuiltCon challenge.  Theme is Modern Traditionalism.  We'll be taking suggestions and ideas for quilt designs at the June meeting.


Phoebe brought her Open Out Box Pouch made at sew day (link for pattern is above).  She also wore her new Everyday Skirt made from a pattern by Liesl & Co.
Pam and Luann worked on ice dying fabric and brought in some of the finished work.
Whitner shared her Tiny Treasures trays (free pattern by Anna Graham of Noodlehead) that she made for teachers' gifts.  She will bring in the leather straps and rivets kit to share at the next meeting.  The cute tags were by Gutentags on Etsy.

Lydia showed off a solid color quilt she made from a kit from People Places and Quilts and a picnic quilt that she made for her daughter's wedding.
Lisa loved a pillow she saw at our last meeting and so went right home and made one too. (We'll get you in a picture yet, Lisa. . .)

Colleen brought in a quilt inspired by a shower curtain with Y seams done on the machine.  Nice work!  She also showed off a Pantone challenge quilt that she designed on her iPad using an app called Notepad.  Last is her nametag made with shibori and rust dyed fabrics.  Love that tiny piecing!!
Cathy brought in a stunning paper pieced quilt made from a medallion pattern by Stitchery Dickory Dock.
  Alice made a rope bowl and scissors cosy at sew day.

Jenifer returned her block for our black and white challenge and shared some cute clutch bags she made from a pattern by May Chappell.  

Our next sew day is Saturday, June 17.  This will be an open sew day so bring whatever you're working on!

Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 27. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

April 2017 meeting minutes

Our president, Lynn, opened the meeting and welcomed guests Lisa, Colleen and Grace Ann.

If you haven't already paid your dues for the year, please do so ASAP.  Checks can be mailed to our post office box or payments are accepted via PayPal.  Please email for more information if necessary.

There are numerous webinars and quilt patterns available any time to members under the Resources page of the Modern Quilt Guild website.  You will need your log in information to access.

Quilty magazine is back and our very own Kelly Biscopink is now the editor.  Go find yourself one!!  

Community Service:  Sandy brought in a sample of a port pillow to be used on the seatbelts of people receiving ongoing drug therapies or infusions.  She will bring patterns to the next meeting.

Programs:  Lynn will be teaching the Zip Up Tray Pouch at our next sew day to be held on Saturday, May 20th from 9.30am until 4pm at Five Eighth Seams in West Ashley.  Pattern can be found at  We'll also be working on a scissor cozy - and nametags for those members who don't already have one.

Phoebe did a demonstration on how to make rope bowls. 

We discussed upcoming possibilities for classes with Chawne Kimber.  Examples of her work can be found at  Warning!  Website is not safe for work.  :)  (Don't say you weren't warned. . .)

Swaps and Challenges:  We received 13 black and white blocks at our meeting with several more on the way from members unable to attend.  
Our May challenge is a nametag.  Members should make a nametag that reflects their personalities.  

Phoebe finally finished her paper pieced lion quilt.  Pattern is Jungle Abstractions Lion by Violet Craft.  
She also made this Courthouse Steps quilt as a belated birthday present for her 95 year old grandmother.
Delynne brought two baby quilts that she free motion quilted herself.
Lynn made a mini quilt out of this cross stitched ship.  Pattern is Voyage by Satsuma Street.
She also made this adorable scissor cosy that we'll be making at the next sew day.  Link to pattern is above.
Cheryl gave us her best "come hither" glance while modeling her new dress.
Gloria showed off her adorable baby quilt that features zombies and Star Wars.  That's going to be one cool kid!
Angie brought some gorgeous rope bowls she made.
Hope asked for some quilting advice for a quilt she's working on for her son's wedding.
Grace Ann was one of our guests and brought in this quilt she made at a retreat.

Whitner made this sweet fabric basket for a swap.  Pattern is Tiny Treasures basket by Carolyn Friedlander.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 23rd.  Don't forget to bring your nametag and show and tell!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

March 2017 meeting minutes

Our president, Lynn, opened the meeting and welcomed guests and two new members, Peggy and Luann.  Phoebe brought cupcakes to celebrate the guild's fifth birthday!!  She also thanked everyone for coming and for helping to keep this guild thriving and growing.

At our March sew day, Lynn walked us through how to make a Market Bag by Anna Graham of Noodlehead.   We had lots of fun!!

Sew day for April has been cancelled as it is planned for the Saturday before Easter.

Geri's goal is to have a brief technique demo at every meeting.  Please let her know if you have something you'd like to share with the group.

Mark your calendars!  Victoria Findlay Wolfe is coming October 19-21, 2018!  She'll be lecturing on Friday, October 19th and classes will be scheduled Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21. Details to follow.

Sandy will update with detailed plans at the April meeting.

Participants in the March challenge brought back the box, bag or bowl that they made for their swap partner.  Lots of great items were received.  Thanks to all who participated!

Our April challenge is to bring a 12.5" (or 12" finished) block in any pattern using only black and white fabrics.  No other colors or grey are to be used but black and white prints are acceptable. Please bring these blocks to the April meeting where they will be collected and assembled into a charity quilt.

Alice gave a brief talk and show and tell on the two classes she took at QuiltCon in Savannah.  The first was a handwork class with Heidi Parkes that featured Korean techniques of applique, hand sewing binding and hand piecing.  She showed us a sample that she started in class.
Alice also took an improvisational handwork class from Chawne Kimber.  Chawne gave tips on how to make stitches look the same on the front and back of a handquilted piece and demonstrated many different stitch patterns.  Here's the stitch sampler she finished into a mini quilt.  


Lynn made these adorable zip up tray pouch and project caddy pieces from patterns by Aneela Hoey.

Phoebe finished a cross stitched unicorn piece into a hand quilted mini.  She also used scraps from two other quilts to make a mini quilt.  She brought in a finished Molehills quilt that she made last year from a class taught by Latifah Saafir and a long term WIP churn dash quilt made out of Essex linen and her favorite all time fabric line, Habitat by Jay McCarroll.  Love the backs of those quilts too!!  Nice work, Phoebe!

Cheryl brought two baby quilts she made for coworkers.
Karen showed off a handmade doll she bought from an artist.  The doll wears a quilted gown.
Cathy brought a foundation paper pieced compass star quilt.
Connie made two pillows covers with hexagons inspired by work done by Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft.
Peggy made a mini quilt featuring snowmen with a cute bells and beads border.
Pam shared a beautiful wall hanging that she made as part of the Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild.

Alice made this adorable whole cloth quilt and stuffies from a panel by Sarah Watts.  What a lucky grandson she has!!
Kelly broke all of our hearts by bringing in this amazing rainbow City Sampler quilt.  Pattern by Tula Pink.  Rainbow goodness fabrics by Carolyn Friedlander.  Love this quilt.
Sandy and Jennifer took a tunic class at Five Eighth Seams and Sandy brought her lovely voile tunic in to share.

Next meeting is Tuesday, April 25th.  Don't forget to bring your name tags, challenge blocks and show and tell.  See you there!