Monday, May 11, 2015

Minutes for the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild Meeting on April 28, 2015

There were 14 members in attendance and 2 visitors. Welcome to our new member, Gloria.  Welcome Pat and Stephanie, our visitors.

Kelly, President, opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. 

Cloth Pocket in Austin, TX sent us door prizes for our next guild meeting.   They are offering MQG members a 20% discount on purchases through their website.

MQG sent a QuiltCon swag bag for us to raffle off to a member who did not attend QuiltCon 2015.  Congratulations, Debbie our winner tonight.

News from  Modern Quilt Guild concerning Quilt Con West in Pasadena, CA February 18-21, 2016:
  • Course Catalog will be released by June 1, 2015
  • Member Registration opens June 25, 2015
  • Quilt Entry July 1 to November 30, 2015

The Charleston Museum is looking for volunteers at the end of June with making a quilt that will help raise money for restoration on Eliza Lucas Pinckney dress.  Eliza changed agriculture in colonial South Carolina, where she developed indigo as one of its most important cash crops. Amy will gather more information about this for us.

Kelly told us about which sells quilting related drops for supplies and fabric sometime at a discounted price.

Committees then went into their groups and then report back to us of upcoming activities.
  • Community Outreach (Geri) is getting caught up and will update us soon on our service project
  • Programs (Lynn) needs members to sign up to host, “Tips, Tricks, & Trends”.
  • Swaps & Challenges (Alice) had 11 ugly fat quarters to swap tonight.  Please make something with your ugly fat quarter and bring to the next guild meeting to be eligible for a prize.  We also signed up to swap 5 inch charm squares tonight in the colors of the rainbow.  Those who signed up will bring 21 five-inch charm squares in their selected color to the May guild meeting.

Kelly will update calendar with committee updates.

Debbie hosted tonight’s Tips, Tricks, & Trends on batting and binding our quilts.
  •  Did you know that if you wash your batting before layering it with your quilt top and backing, before quilting it, it will make your completed quilt feel really soft and like an old quilt (she has done this with Hobbs 80/20 batting).
  • Debbie showed us “The Binding Tool by TQM Products” and how much it helps with doing a binding on your quilt.
  • She also shows us a faux pipe binding and her technique for hand sewing binding to a quilt.

Thank you Debbie for the great information.

Show & Tell
  • Cathy- Blocks from a Kay English class

  • Delynne- Machine quilting book
  • Carol- Quilt for granddaughter called Happy Heart

  • Debbie- Quilt and pillow case for little girl, Quilt for daughter and a Quilt for her husband

  • Kelly- Beach inspired mini quilt and a pillow which she tested the pattern that Rebel Craft will be publishing.

  • Sandy- Apron for a shower gift and a Alabama Chanin journal cover

  • Alice- a baby Quilt from her Improve Class using a score from Sherri Lynn Wood’s new book

  • Lynn- practice pieces from her new long arm machine and a Wonky Star Quilt

  • Kim- projects and Secret Sister gifts from her Sew South weekend.

  • Carol, Tamie, Debbie, Alice, Jennifer and Kim brought their Sew Together bags made at our last sew day. We will photograph all of them next month.

We had a great show and tell.  Thanks to all who contributed and make sure to bring new items next month.

Our next Sew Day will be Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 9 am at the Heritage Trust Bank.  We need volunteers to bring an iron and ironing board if you can.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Heritage Trust Bank at 847 Coleman Blvd.

Bring to the May Meeting
Name tag
Project made with an ugly fat quarter from April Meeting
21 charm squares in your selected color to swap
Show and Tell Items

Funds to Treasurer
 $60 (picked up by Jackie 4/29/15)

Monday, March 30, 2015

2015 Swaps and Challenges

March    Pincushion Swap
Walnut shells for pincushions available at the 3/5/15 meeting.  Make a pincushion to swap in any style you wish.  Check Pinterest for ideas.

April       Ugly Fat Quarter Exchange and sign up for May Rainbow Charm Swap
·       Please bring an ugly fat quarter to swap.  You are challenge to use it in a small project and bring it to the May meeting to be eligible for a prize.
·       You can sign-up this month for the Rainbow Charm Swap.  If you want to participate you will sign up for one of the colors of the rainbow.  Next month you will bring a charm square for each person in the swap in the color you signed up for.  This means if 7 quilters sign up for 7 different colors, each of us will bring 7 charm squares and we will take home 7 charm squares in each color.  You can use a print, but when you look at the fabric it should read the color you were assigned.

May        Rainbow Charm Swap
·       Bring your project made with the ugly fat quarter from last month to be eligible for a prize.
·       Last month we assigned a color of the rainbow to each person that wants to participate.  You will bring a 5” charm square in your color for each person participating in this swap.  You are now challenged to use the charm squares in a project.  You have until the September meeting to complete this challenge.
·       Pass out zip lock bags/directions for June’s Scrap Bag Swap.

June         Scrap Bag Swap
You will make a scrap bag of fabrics and notions that you like from your stash.  Scraps can be a mixture of different size strips and pieces, or 4 fat quarters.  Need at least a yard of fabric in your bag.  Notions can be buttons, bias tape, lace, etc.  Make sure you love what is in your bag because you will be getting it back.  We will swap scrap bags with each other.  The quilter who picks your bag will be making you a mini quilt, which will be your gift at the Holiday Party.

July            Quilted Christmas Ornament or Community Outreach Fidget Quilt Challenge
Christmas in July, make a Christmas ornament to swap.  Check Pinterest to get some ideas.

August       Pattern Swap
Bring patterns that you have made or no longer want to swap.

September  Rainbow Charm Challenge
·       At the May meeting we exchanged 5” charm squares in the color of the rainbow.  Now bring your completed project to our meeting to be eligible for a prize.
·       To get ready for our October swap, each member will write down their favorite color.  During the meeting we will draw a name.  Next month you will bring two fat quarters for your person in their favorite color. 

October     Favorite Color Swap
                              This month you will receive two fat quarters in your favorite color.

November   No meeting

December   Mini Quilt Challenge using Scrap Bag Swap
Back in June you made a bag of scraps/notions for another guild member to make a great holiday gift just for you.  You will love your new mini quilt, because you picked the fabric.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Charleston Modern Quilt Guild Minutes of March 2015 Meeting

Charleston Modern Quilt Guild Meeting: March 24, 2015
Kelly, president, started the meeting by introducing new member, Debbie who just moved from Delaware.  Kelly announced the agenda for the meeting to include business, committee meetings, swap and show and tell.

QuiltCon recap on Sew Mama Sew blog. This site has photos of every quilt in the show along with details on the maker. 
Kelly announced that we will have a giveaway table at every meeting now if you have anything that you can’t use and would like to share. 
Jenn Kingwell, fabric/pattern designer, author from Australia will be teaching multiple classes in North Carolina this summer.  The details can be found on May Chappell’s blog. 

UpComing Events:
April 11th Sew Day will be the sew together bag. There is no cost for the class, but you have to purchase and bring in your own pattern. Please sign up if you will be joining the group.  Doors will open at 8:30 and we will start at 9:00am. An information sheet was passed out and will be posted with the minutes. The guild has a Pinterest board of examples if you would like some inspiration.  Lynn and Kelly will help guide you in the process since they have made several of these.
April 28th will be the next guild meeting. At this meeting the swap will be ugly fabric. There is a challenge component with this swap also. The challenge will be to make something with the ugly fabric you receive and bring it to the next meeting. There will be a prize. 

Committee groups met and shared updates:
The swap committee created a list of the swaps for the remainder of the year so the guild can plan ahead. (See below). Also, great news, the pincushion swap had 13 participants out of the 16 at tonight’s meeting. 
Community service asked for suggestions for partners for charity quilts.  Let them know if you have any ideas.

The programming committee announced that there will be a tips and trends segment in each meeting and also a teaching segment during the meetings. These will be short informative segments. There will be a class at every other sew day and the group is looking for a big name teacher to come in once a year. Victoria Findlay Wolf is available in October 2016 for a six hour class, so the committee is looking into this option. 

Tips, Tricks and Trends
Lynn introduced how this will work at each meeting and explained that it is a short five minute talk or visual presentation—short and sweet.  This will be kept current and modern. 
  • Trends that were discussed: solids, fabric for multiple uses- ex. Quilting cotton for apperal, batiks thanks to Alison Glass.
  • Book update- Sherry Lynn Wood’s book will be out soon and our own Kim has  a quilt feathered on Sherry’s blog right now. Modern Rainbow book and A Modern Twist by Angela Walters are some other interesting new releases. 
  • Blogs- talked about Anna Maria Horner’s blog and the thoughtful, well written posts that go along with her work.
  • Patterns- Presale of the Betsy Travel Bag is available through Kelly’s web magazine Whipercrafter.

Swap took place- pincushions.

Show and tell:
Phoebe shared a quilt top she completed entirely during the last sew day, a king size top made of African Dutch wax prints. She also completed a mini in Geri’s improve class from a score in Sheri Lynn Wood’s new book. She used fabric she purchased at the first QuiltCon and an applique of a cat from the last QuiltCon by Lotta. She did not use binding, but finished it envelope-style and hand-quilted it. 

Lynn modeled a dress she made and shared shorts she made for her little boy. She also showed a quilt top she made using a layer cake with half square triangles. She said she is busy getting tops ready because her long arm will be delivered next week.  

Tami told about her quilt shop hop while visiting Seattle.

Alice shared a completed Shasiko pillow from a kit she found at QuiltCon. She showed a baby quilt top of pinwheels that she found inspiration from Kelly’s book. Alice completed a mini with a chevron pattern and quilted it using Jenn Kingwell’s technique of cross stitches. In addition to all of this she also shared a completed quilt top with a more traditional 1930’s pattern, but she added a border that really made it modern. Finally, she showed the group a busy hands quilt for Alzheimer’s patients that has various textures and items such as buttons and velcro to keep their hands busy. She said that this is something we may do for charity quilts. 

Carol shared her seaglass quilt which she quilted using a wavy stitch with varying stitch length.

Keri finished block number 3 of the Camelot pattern by Trish Harper and shared a block from a Craftsy block of month project.  Keri also decided to try cross stitch and shared her work on Stitchers Alphabet that will have beading added to it.

Kim showed off her Supernova quilt that was done with Amy. They each made half of the blocks for each other's quilts.  They each took one of the colorways from Pat Bravo’s Rock and Romance line by Art Gallery and choose different background fabric.   Kim changed the pattern and added borders to the blocks.  She also surprised Amy with a pillow she made for her using scraps from the project and Amy’s background fabric.

Jackie made a fabric bucket from an Ellison Lane pattern for SewSouth and brought in Tula’s new Elizabeth line to show the group.

Debbie shared a paper pieced circle quilt. This quilt had quite a story. She had the kit for six years before trying it out in a class. It took four months to paper piece it and then when she moved it was misplace for four months. The movers had hidden it behind bolts of fabric.

Linda told the group about the SC Quilters Guild that meets twice a year and encouraged others to join. 

The meeting was closed at 8:09.

The pincushion swap! All super cute!

 Phoebe's huge quilt!
Phoebe's mini quilt:
Lynn's layer cake half-square triangle quilt:
 Lynn's dress:
Alice's Sashiko pillow:
 Alice's baby quilt inspired by Kelly's book:
Alice's mini chevron quilted with cross stitches ala Jenn Kingwell:
Alice's traditional 30s fabrics quilt made modern with modern border:
 Alice's busy hands quilt sample for Alzheimers patients:
 Carol's seaglass quilt front:
 Carol's seaglass quilt back:
 Keri's Camelot block #3:
 Keri's Camelot blocks #1 and #2:
 Keri's first block from a Craftsy mystery quilt...
 And she is trying a very ambitious cross stitch alphabet project!
 Kim's Supernova quilt front:
 Kim's Supernova quilt back:
And the surprise pillow she made for Amy:
Jackie's fabric bucket for SewSouth: (i think a swap...?)
Or newest member, Debbie's complex paper-pieced quilt: