Monday, May 18, 2015

June Meeting Announcement

June is rapidly approaching (where did the Spring go?!) and we are looking forward to seeing everybody for the next meeting on Sunday, June 7th at 1:00pm. We will be meeting at the Pittsburgh Project, as usual. The topic of this meeting will be Improv Piecing, led by Lauren. 

Lauren's Improv workshop supply list:

We're going to keep this pretty simple since the most fun thing about improv piecing is that it should be about doing what you want and how you want to do it!
  1. Bring a selection of fabrics to choose from (scraps, fat quarters, yardage, old clothes, leftover quilt blocks, whatever).  The amount you bring will determine the size of the finished piece.  Try to bring a selection of values, but otherwise there are no rules.  Don't over think it!
  2.  Bring all the other supplies you need to sew with.  For me, that means: 
    1. Machine 
    2. Rotary cutter + mat 
    3. Scissors 
    4. Iron + travel ironing board
    5.  Extension cords 
    6. Piece of batting or felt to use as a design board
    7.  An open mind
Some extras that might be useful but aren't required:  pins, erasable fabric marker, ruler (you heard me correctly, rulers are optional and you’re only allowed to use them at the end to square up your piece!)

Other things that will happen at the June meeting include:
  • June Fat Quarter Club disbursement
  • Voting on 2015 fiscal years dues 
  • 2016 Quiltcon challenge discussion 
  • Mona is collecting 9" or 12" crazy quilt blocks made from the donated fabric that was given out at the retreat
  • Sarah is collecting 12x18" blocks that are green/blue/grey for a charity quilt collaboration
  • other fun stuff!
Don't forget to bring some show and tell items! We can't wait to see what everybody has been working on!

See you in June!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Pgh MQG Spring Sewing Retreat Wrap Up

Thank you to everybody who came out to the retreat last weekend! It was great to reconnect with old friends and lay the foundation for new friendships with some fresh faces. We would like to extend a big welcome to Ana, our newest member!  

Those who attended the retreat last Saturday ate well; laughed a lot; sewed an amazing variety of blocks and projects; learned new skills; shared ideas; gained inspiration and just had a great old time. The hall at St John's Lutheran Church gave the 22 attendees ample room to spread out with their sewing machines, fabric and tools. Be sure to check out the guild flickr page to see all the photos from the retreat.

Michelle showing off the hexie sewing machine cover she is working on!

Sally's beautiful block!

Cheralee brought a basement sized donation of fabric from a very generous local woman to the retreat. Like vultures we quickly culled the pieces that we liked from this large pile of fabric! While the fabric reflected past tastes there were a lot of great finds to be had.  A big “THANK YOU” to Cheralee for picking up the stash.   

As with any group of women there was plenty of food being shared and sampled! After lunch Gerry Benton gave wonderful suggestions and tools to help us add circles and curves to our repertoires. Gerry discussed the different types of circles that you may want to use and also gave many alternatives for tools and techniques for each one. Gerry’s circles are awesome and hopefully one day we will be able to do as well. Gerry’s advice is to take the extra time to prepare and the results should follow.   
Gerry displaying what you too can achieve when you master the curvy techniques!
Eight people participated in the block raffle- Amanda, Dia, Gerry, Sally, Mona, Cheralee, Sandy, and Gretchen. These names were entered into a drawing, and Gerry won all six blocks.  We can’t wait to see what Gerry does with them!  

The blocks entered into the block raffle

Door prize winners were: Michelle won a bag for mats and rulers, Amanda received the book "Shape Workshop for Quilters", Gerry and Elmira were the lucky winners of gift certificates to Quilter’s Corner, and Karen nabbed a small fabric bucket. Most people stayed till dinner time, and six of us sewed on till 9 PM.The next retreat is planned for September. Hopefully you can join us!

In the meantime you can work on a block for our next charity quilt. Sarah is collecting 12” x 18” blocks that are blue, green and gray. If you attended the retreat don’t forget to make a 9" or 12" “crazy block” using the donated fabric by the next meeting. Drop the guild an email if you need to mail these blocks to somebody. 

The next meeting is June 7th. We will be doing improv piecing with Lauren. More details will be posted soon!  Remember we are the group that never stops quilting, and we continue to meet during the summer!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Don't forget to RSVP for the Spring Sewing Retreat!

The Pittsburgh MQG Spring Sewing Retreat is coming up in just two short weeks! Don't forget to RSVP "yes" if you plan on attending! Space is limited. For those attending, remember to bring or make a block that is grey, teal, and lime to participate in the block raffle. Quilter's Corner has also generously donated three $10 gift certificates that we will be giving away as door prizes! We hope to see you there!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring Sewing Retreat

Invites have gone out for the Spring Sewing Retreat which will be held on Saturday, May 2nd from 9 AM to 9 PM at:

St John’s Lutheran Church
311 Cumberland Road
Pittsburgh PA 15237

Please be sure to respond to the eVite if you plan on attending as space is limited.The retreat is free to PghMQG members and $10 for non-members. Please bring money to purchase lunch or feel free to pack a lunch and/or snacks for the day! There will be a kitchen and refrigerator available for use. If you know somebody that may be interested in attending feel free to share the invite by clicking on "Invite More" when viewing the invitation on the eVite site. If you did not receive the eVite please drop a line to the guild email or leave a message on the Facebook page.  

Attendees are encouraged to bring or make a block at the retreat that is grey, lime, and teal. We will raffle all the blocks off to one lucky person at the retreat! The winner of the blocks will also win this lovely fabric bucket (supplies inside not included):

Oooooh, that's so enticing. I hope I win it.
When you arrive at St. John's follow the arrows around the left of the building. The entrance is in the BACK of the church on the right hand side. Bring any supplies that you feel you will need for the day, including extension cords.

The PghMQG May meeting will occur during the retreat at 1:00pm. Feel free to join us for the meeting even if you cannot commit to the entire day. Fat Quarter Club payments ($12) for June will be due at the meeting, and Gerry Benton will be demonstrating Curves and Circles. The techniques that Gerry will review are covered in Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making pages 83 thru 93.

Circles and Curves Supply List:
9 inch squares of different colors or prints, quantity #4 to #6  
What to bring
½ yard of Stitch & Tear stabilizer
½ yard of Steam a Seam 2 fusible web or the package containing 9” x 12” sheets
Sewing machine with (quarter inch foot or quarter inch setting on machine)
Sewing machine quilting needles size 11
Hand applique needles
Matching thread color to your fabrics choices, 2 filled bobbins
Extension cord and strip plug
Iron and pressing board
Scissors, marking pencil, straight pins
Cutting mat, rotary cutter, and ruler
Fabric Glue Stick or Roxanne Glue-Baste-It
Bring any tools you may have for making circles, marking pencil

Please email the guild with any questions:

See you there!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April meeting recap

April's meeting kicked off with a little business talk. We discussed some details about the upcoming retreat on May 2nd and collected some blocks for the guild's next charity quilt. If you would like to participate, Sarah is collecting 12x18" blocks that are in a green, blue, and grey color scheme. Here is a photo of Gerry and Amanda's blocks:

The March FQ Club bundles were dispersed. Melissa chose a lovely assortment that included some metallic prints from the Cotton and Steel Basics collection and Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander:

Payment for the June FQ Club is due at the May meeting. The fee is $12 to get a surprise selection of four fat quarters chosen by Lauren. The next selection will be available at the June meeting.

Some of the member's had some lovelies for show and tell:
Gerry's Hexing Around table runner in progress

Sandy's Hack Slash blocks
Check out the guild's Flickr page for all of the show and tell photos from this meeting!

Melissa and Lauren provided a nice recap of QuiltCon complete with some cool prints that they made in a screen printing workshop. We are hoping to do our own screen printing workshop in the future!

One of Melissa's custom prints
eVites for the May 2nd Spring Sewing Retreat were sent out earlier this week. Please check your inbox, and possibly your junk folder if you have not received it. The May meeting will occur at the retreat. Details and a supply list for the Circles and Curves lesson to be demonstrated by Gerry Benton are included in the eVite.

See you in May!

Monday, March 23, 2015

"April" meeting announcement

Oh, wow! It's already time for the April meeting....except in March! 

Please join us this coming Sunday, March 29th at 1:00pm, for the "April" meeting. This meeting has been pushed up a week due to the Easter holiday falling on the first Sunday in April. Also, we will be meeting in the Pittsburgh Project Guest House, (2801 North Charles Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15214) rather than the usual meeting room. The Guest House is the grey building behind the school house. You can find dedicated parking for this building by driving up Arvada Way. There will be signs posted to direct you to the location, but here is a map too:

Melissa will be sharing details and free swag from QuiltCon, the Fat Quarter Club fabric selections will be disbursed, and we will discuss details of the upcoming sewing retreat on May 2nd. The rest of the meeting will be free sew, so feel free to bring along any projects you are working on. Also, if you are interested in participating in the next charity quilt collaboration please bring (or make at the meeting) a 12x18" block constructed of greens, blues, and greys!

Don't forget that the Three Rivers Quilt Show runs from March 26th-28th! We hope to see you there!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

March meeting recap

Thank you to everyone who came out to the rescheduled March meeting! A lot of members showed off the lovely work they have been stitching away at over this frigid winter.

This is so striking, Michelle!

Mona's delightful butterfly

Another beauty from Gerry!

Gretchen had some fun new bags to show us!

TaMara's happy little mini-quilt
Please visit the guild’s Flickr page to view all of the many show and tell pieces from this meeting. 

We continued our journey through Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making with a discussion on the use of solids and prints. Amanda constructed three versions of March’s BOM Hexing Around to demonstrate how altering the ratio of solids and prints affects the visual impact of the block. 

After the discussion a few members started constructing their own Hexing Around blocks. They are off to a pretty good start!

If you would like to make some of the BOM selections yourself, please head on over to the new Block of the Month page on this blog to easily access the past selections. 

Please note that the next meeting is on Sunday, March 29th due to Easter falling on the first Sunday in April! The next meeting will feature a QuiltCon recap by Melissa, and the Fat Quarter Club fabric will be distributed. The remainder of the time will be Free Sew.

We were scheduled to cover Circles and Curves at the next meeting, but this will be postponed to the day of the sewing retreat (Saturday, May 2nd). We will have more details about the sewing retreat at the next meeting, but the plan is to hold the regular May meeting at 1:00pm during the retreat. Please feel free to join us for the May meeting even if you are not able to stay the entire day!

There is a new charity quilt opportunity listed on the Community Outreach page of this blog. Race for the Cure is collecting 5” squares of decorated fabric for quilts that are to be constructed for breast cancer patients. Please have a look at the Community Outreach page to check out the details if you are interested in helping. 

Finally, we would like to form a Charity Quilting committee to identify worthy causes and organize such collaborative projects. If this interests you please shoot us an email or let us know at the next meeting! We would like to kick off this new charity quilt initiative by collecting 12x18” rectangular blocks that are constructed in a grey/blue/green color scheme at the next meeting (03/29). There are no design guidelines, so let your imagination guide you if you would like to participate!

See you soon!