Tuesday, January 14, 2020

January 2020 Meeting Recap

We met for our monthly meeting on Sunday, January 5th. This was our annual meeting at which we voted on any bylaws changes and voted on guild leadership for 2020.
All changes to bylaws were voted on and accepted. The current bylaws are available to view on the website.
The following new leadership was voted into office for 2020:
President - Nikki
VP of Programs - Jeanne
VP of Membership - Missy
Treasurer - B
Social Media - Courtney

Thank you so much to Amanda, Sandy, and Zsofia, who were part of leadership for 2019!

The Quiltcon 2020 charity quilt is being bound and labeled by Zsofia and Julie, and then we will send it off to the show!


The current quarterly challenge is to create a quilt derived from a board game. These quilts are due at the March 7th sew day meeting! To be entered in the yearly raffle the quilt must be finished, including binding. Use the hashtag #pghmqggamechallenge on social media!

Financial Report:
The guild had net earnings of $1053.46 for 2019!
Dues to MQG are paid for 2020.

We discussed the programs survey that was sent out last fall, and we discussed possible 2020 programs. As always, send any suggestions to Jeanne at her programs email!

Show and Tell:

Michele showed us a rainbow quilt that she made from swap blocks:

Nikki showed us a scrap quilt:

Zsofia made 2 zip pouches, one was made from a Starbucks coffee bag!

Pam upcycled picture frames and framed tree blocks to give as gifts:

Sandy showed us a queen size quilt that she made for her daughter:

And Karen used her free motion practice pieces to create a tote bag!

Our next meeting is on Sunday, February 9th. We are meeting in the Holy Spirit cafeteria, 1pm-4pm. Gerry will be talking about thread and needles and Nikki will be talking about quilt batting. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

December 2019 Sew Day and Meeting Recap

December Meeting Recap

We held our annual December sew day / meeting on Saturday December 7th. Many members showed up with prepared projects to complete by the end of the day. Our most important project was our QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt. Guild members pieced the blocks and then we pieced the top together at the sew day. Thank you to all who contributed to the 2020 Charity Quilt. Huge thank you to B for designing and organizing!


We had a quick business meeting with a few important announcements:
-Leadership nominations are in:
  • Peresient:        Nikki
  • Programs:       Jeanne
  • Treasurer:        B
  • Social Media:  Courtney
  • Membership:   Missy
We will vote on leadership positions at the January meeting.

Bylaws final draft will be emailed out by Dec 15th. This is the draft we must vote on at the January meeting.

Please complete the 2020 programs survey. We will further discuss the results in January.

The next MQG sessions is open for MQG members. You can only register through the email sent by the MQG. Topics : handwork. May 7-9, Denver CO.

The Three Rivers Quilt Show is now accepting entries! 
Theme: Mariner's Compass
For entry information go on their website : www. threeriversquilter.org

2020 Q1 challenge announcement: quilts inspired by a board game!
Requirements: no smaller then 30"x30"
When you post on social media make sure you use the : #pghmqggamechallenge hashtag

Show and Tell








Handwork challenge










Our January meeting will be held on Sunday, January 5th 1pm-4pm at the Holy Spirit cafeteria. We hop to see you there!









Tuesday, November 5, 2019

November Meeting Recap

We had a really great meeting in November! We covered the following in the business meeting:

QuiltCon 2020: Member pricing for workshops ends on November 30!


Registration for the next MQG Sessions opens on December 1st. The topic is handwork, and the location is Denver, CO.

MQG is celebrating their 10th anniversary!
They are having a virtual sew day on Saturday, November 9th. Use #mqgsewday to tag your social media posts.
MQG is also having a "Spend 10 days with MQG" event on Instagram and Facebook from November 4-13. Check out their social media for daily prompts to play along.

Our 2020 retreat is booked!
May 15-17, 2020
Martina Spiritual Retreat Center
Eventbrite sign up will open in spring 2020.

We are now taking nominations for 2020 leadership. You can nominate yourself or someone else at the December meeting or by emailing Pam: yopamm@yahoo.com. We are especially in need of a nomination for social media! If you're interested in that position or any other, reach out to a member of leadership and we can give you more details.

The programs survey for 2020 has been sent out. We've had a great response so far! Please respond if you haven't already done so.

A copy of the by laws with proposed changes will be sent to all members later in November. We will vote to accept the changes at the January 2020 meeting.

Amanda gave a cost breakdown for the Making Faces workshop. Our actual costs were $70 less than our projected costs, the workshop was a huge success!

Our current quarterly challenge is hand work! Use the hashtag #pghmqghandwork when posting your quilts. These quilts are due at the December 7th sew day. We will also be drawing the 2019 quarterly challenges raffle winner that day and announcing the first challenge for 2020!

Our next meeting is an all day sew day from 9am-9pm on Saturday, December 7th. We will be assembling the QuiltCon charity quilt top, if you're interested in helping with that please bring a neutral grey thread and your sewing machine. We will have a brief business meeting at 1pm.
Bring your own projects to work on and a snack to share! Guild will provide meatball and veggie meatball subs for dinner. An evite will go out to all members soon, please RSVP and let us know if you're planning to stay for dinner!
NOTE: There is a location change for the sew day! We are meeting in the Holy Spirit Lyceum. It is across the street from Holy Spirit church. You can use the address: 110 North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA in your GPS to find the building. It's a small brick building with red doors.
Don't forget to bring your mug rug to swap with your partner! Use the hashtag #pghmqgMugRug when posting online!

Show and Tell:

Gerry brought some faces quilts that she created:

 Amanda showed us her completed face from the Making Faces with Melissa Averinos workshop:
 And Amanda finished her hand applique Carolyn Friedlander quilt:
 Courtney showed us her newest pattern, which she was inspired to create from our Drunkard's Path challenge earlier this year:
 Our newest member, Ricki, showed a Pittsburgh quilt that she designed herself!
 Missy had two quilts to show, one is a Christmas quilt and the other has machine appliqued leaves:


After show and tell we had a presentation from Nikki about quilt shows. She talked about why one may want to enter shows, what quilts to consider entering, how to enter a show, how to prepare a quilt once it has been accepted into a show, and what judging is like. We ended with Nikki sharing her judging sheets from several different shows and then we saw the quilts and talked a little bit about the judges' comments. One of our former members and good friends, Stacy Koehler, gave us this great handout for what judges are looking for in a quilt.

We hope to see you at the December sew day! A few things to remember:
-Slight location change, we are meeting in the Holy Spirit Lyceum
-Bring neutral grey thread if you'd like to help piece the QuiltCon charity quilt
-Bring your completed Handwork challenge quilt
-Bring your mug rug to swap with your partner
-Bring a snack to share and RSVP to the coming evite with whether you'll be staying for dinner!

Monday, October 14, 2019

October Meeting Recap

At our October meeting we started off with a few important announcements.

  QuiltCon 2020
 -Member priced registration for workshops closes on November 30th.
 - Quilt submissions close on November 30th.

 We are working on our QuiltCon charity quilt. At the meeting members picked up fabric pack to make blocks for the charity quilt. Completed blocks can be dropped off at the November meeting or at the December sew day. We will assemble the quilt top at the December sew day! If you have questions or need help with the blocks please let us know.

  Our Making Faces Workshop  was a big success. Our members learned a new technique and created some fun faces.










  2020 Leadership Nominations
  Nominations can be made at the October, November and December meetings. Elections are held at the January meeting. Check your email for position details and responsibilities. Nominations can be submitted to Pam Morris via email.


We will send out a program survey for 2020. Stay tuned for more info.

Show and Tell 







We had a great workshop on handwork. Our fabulous presenters were: Julie, Amanda and B.

EPP (English Paper Piecing) by Julie: we learned how to glue baste, what kind of needle and thread to use while sewing. And Julie gave us tips on how to hold shapes together for best stitching.



Needle turn applique by Amanda: she explained the basic technique of needle turn applique. Showed us her work. Recommended needles and super fine thread to work with.




Hand embroidery by B. B taught us basic stitches and how to make a French knot. We worked with wool pieces and different colored embroidery thread.




Great workshop to support our last guild quilt challenge for the year: Handwork . Create a quilt using some kind of hand work, due by the December meeting. Hand stitched binding doesn't count! Participants will receive a ticket for our prize drawing. The prize is a spot at our May 2020 retreat.

Our next meeting is Sunday, November 3rd 1pm-4pm. We will meet in Millvale at the Holy Spirit Cafeteria.
Topic will be: Applying to a quilt show and prepping quilts for a quilt show.

We hope to see you there.

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