Saturday, January 24, 2015

February Meeting: Exploring Color

Our February meeting will be held at the Pittsburgh Project (2801 North Charles Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15214) from 1-4pm on Sunday, February 1.  After introductions, we will have show-and-tell, and then discuss business.  We will be presenting our proposed calendar for the year.  Following the business discussion, we will move on to this month's skill building workshop.

The February workshop topic is color.  We will discuss the principals of color and how to chose a color palette for a quilt.  We will use our new knowledge of color to work on a quilt block.  This will be a round-table, hands-on discussion, so be prepared to join in and share your techniques for choosing colors with us!

The February quilt block is the Hack Slash star block from Amy at badskirt.  Her website includes information on making a 9" block.  Lauren was kind enough to work out the math for a 6" or 12" block.

  • For a 12" block, you'll need:
Background fabric -
3.5 x 3.5 #4
7.25 x 7.25 #1

Color 1 fabric-
3.875 x 3.875 #4
6.5 x 1.5 #2
4.5 x 1.5 #2
4.5 x 4.5 #1

Color 2 fabric-
3.875 x 3.875 #1
  • For a 6" block, you'll need:
Background fabric -
2 x 2 #4
4.25 x 4.25 #1

Color 1 fabric-
2.375 x 2.375 #4
3.5 x 1 #2
2.5 x 1 #2
2.5 x 2.5 #1

Color 2 fabric-
2.375 x 2.375 #1

What to bring:
  • Color tools (color wheels, swatches, paint chips, etc)
  • A selection of fabrics for testing out color palettes and fabric for the block
  • Sewing machine
  • Extension cord
  • Other sewing supplies as needed (we need at least a few irons/ironing surfaces)
  • Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making book
Don't forget - if you want to participate in the Fat Quarter Club, bring your $12 payment for the March bundle!

Friday, January 16, 2015

January Meeting Summary

It’s a new year for the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild!  Our January meeting began by voting in new leadership:

President - Melissa
Vice President - Kathy
Treasurer - Sarah
Secretary - Sally
Social Media Coordinator - Amanda

The new leadership was welcomed with a unanimous vote! Thanks to all for volunteering to lead the Guild - it’s going to be another exciting year.

A sincere thank-you to Gina and Lauren for serving the Guild as President, Vice President and Treasurer over the past two years.  They are two of the founding members of the Guild, and we are so appreciative of all of the time and effort they have put into the Guild!

The Guild’s 2015 agenda was discussed and it was decided that this year the Pittsburgh MQG will be focusing on modern quilting - learning new skills and becoming inspired quilters. At the February meeting we will be exploring the use of color - how to choose a color palette, hue and value - and how it impacts the visual appeal of our projects. All members are welcome to share their knowledge and experience on this topic. The guild will be constructing a TBD block together to apply what we learn about color choices, so please bring your machine, supplies, and assorted fabrics!

In the coming year we will be using  “Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making” to learn new techniques and hone our modern quilting skills.  Members are encouraged to buy or borrow this book from the library and bring it to the meetings with them. There will be several copies of the book available at the meetings if you are not interested in buying it.  The book is available from Lucky Spool, Amazon, and other online sites.

The Pittsburgh MQG is introducing a new, exciting project that we are calling “Fat Quarter Club”! Every four months, starting with the March meeting, subscribers will receive four fat quarters that have been picked by one of the Guild members. In this way you will be able to build your stash with modern fabrics that you may not have chosen yourself. This should be a fun way to get your creative juices flowing and think outside the box! If you want to participate, please bring $12 with you to the February meeting. Participation is completely optional!

After the business meeting was concluded, Karen presented a workshop on binding, which focused on three methods that are a little bit more “modern”.  For mini-quilts, wall hangings or more decorative quilts, these methods are fast and provide a beautiful finish to your quilt.  Karen discussed (1) machine binding using a blanket stitch, (2) using fusible tape to secure your binding and (3) two-color machine binding.  Karen provided examples of quilts using all three binding methods, and they were beautiful.  Thanks so much Karen!

During Show and Tell, PMQG members shared some finished quilts and some WIP’s.

Akemi’s beautiful quilt - we LOVED her colors!
 Amanda is working on a modern sampler quilt and shared some completed blocks.

Michelle shared the mini-quilts that she pieced over the holidays.

 Mona sent out the modern vibe with her colorful mini-quilt.

 Karen is looking toward Valentine’s Day with her heart quilt.
 Melissa had two finished quilts - one for QuiltCon (way to go!) and the other, her completed hexagon quilt - a LOT of work!

Sally is participating in a quilt-along and she shared the blocks she has made so far - so pretty!

The Guild Facebook page has been updated and blog updates will be posted on it regularly. If you are on Facebook, please head over to the Guild page and “like” us if you would like to receive updates.

Don’t forget to post photos of your fabulous creations on the Guild Flickr page. If you would like to have your photos put on the page but do not want to create an account, please feel free to email them to the guild at and we will upload them for you!

Our next meeting will be Sunday, February 1st from 1:00-4:00pm at The Pittsburgh Project, more information to follow soon. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

January Meeting - Binding Demo

Our January meeting is coming up on Sunday, January 11, from 1-4pm at the Pittsburgh Project.  We will be voting on the 2015 leadership team and Karen will present a demo on her favorite methods for binding a quilt.  The rest of the meeting will be free sewing time, so bring any of your ongoing projects to work on.  Don't forget to bring something for show-and-tell!

Fast Methods for Binding a Quilt

Sewing down a binding by hand can be a tedious process.  Learn ways to complete your binding in an afternoon.  Karen Womack will demonstrate her favorite, fast ways to bind a quilt with professional results.

Materials list:  none.  Handouts will be provided.
Optional, for those who want to practice after the demo: 
·         sewing machine with foot pedal and a long extension cord
·         a small quilt project ready to bind (your machine quilting practice pieces, a table runner, placemat, small wall hanging),
·         rotary mat, cutter and ruler
·         2 to 4 fabric strips 2 ½ inches wide, in a solid color of your choice
·         2 to 4 fabric strips in a contrasting print 2 ½ inches wide for a total of 4 to 8 strips that are the width of fabric (WOF) if possible.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, January 11 at the Pittsburgh Project at 1 pm. We will be holding elections for our 2015 leadership team. 

See you there!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

December Meeting/Holiday Party

Holiday Party

Our Annual Holiday Party meeting will be tomorrow (Sunday, December 7) at the Pittsburgh Project from 12-3.  You should have received an e-vite a while back (if you didn't, let us know and we will get you on this!).  Here are the details:

Join us for the PMQG End of the Year Celebration!!
We have enjoyed spending creative time together this year!  Let’s get together for good food, good company and a fun project! 
We will all share in the celebration by bringing a dish or drink.  Please reply to let us know what you will be bringing.  
We will be working on a fun, make-and-take project so please bring supplies and sewing machine with you.  Details for our project can be found at the link below:

As part of our celebration we will be holding nominations for our 2015 leadership group.  Please respond to the nominations email being sent separately.  Please feel free to share your goals and project requests at the party!

We look forward to spending this time together!  See you in December! 

2015 Leadership Nominations

The year is almost over and it's time for us to select the guild's leadership team for 2015.  Please bring your nominations to the December meeting or send your nominations to  You may nominate yourself or someone who you think would be great for any of the leadership positions in the guild.  If you are nominated by someone other than yourself, we will contact you to let you know so that you may accept or decline the nomination.

Voting will take place at the January meeting with the new officers installed as of the February meeting.

We have five leadership positions in the guild and need enthusiastic members to fill them! 
  • President
    • The President shall organize and lead all general and special meetings.
    • The President is the voice of the Guild and is responsible for maintaining communication and correspondence including email.
    • The President shall create and dissolve all Committees and appoint all Committee Chairpersons as determined by the Guild Leadership.
  • Vice President
    • The Vice-President shall serve as assistant to the President in all matters.
    • The Vice-President is responsible for the Guild’s policies and procedures as they are created based on the development of the Guild.
    • In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall preside over general and special meetings.
  • Treasurer
    • The Treasurer shall hold custody over the Guild’s funds, including book-keeping, collecting yearly dues, and maintain the membership roster.
    • The Treasurer shall pay all bills and sign checks. An additional signature from the President or Vice-President is required when the amount of the check is $100.00 or more.
    • The Treasurer shall prepare the books for audit no later than January 31st of the next year. She or he will provide them to the Guild President, who will in turn work with the rest of the Guild Leadership to approve.
    • The Treasurer shall preside over meetings in the absence of the President and Vice-President.
  • Secretary
    • The Secretary shall take notes of all motions made and carried at each general or special meeting. General meeting minutes must be submitted to Guild Leadership for review within three days of the meeting date.
    • The Secretary shall also assist with any large scale correspondence, sending out e-vites for special events, managing RSVPs, etc.
  • Social Media Coordinator
    • The Social Media Coordinator shall maintain all of the Guild’s social medial platforms including the website and any other social media tools.
    • The Social Media Coordinator will add social media functions as necessary and agreed upon by the Guild Leadership
    • The Social Media Coordinator shall maintain online photo groups.
    • The Social Media Coordinator will accept membership application if submitted through any of the Guild’s social media tools and forward the member information to the Treasurer to follow-up on dues.
We look forward to another great end of year party and another fun year of quilting to come!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

November Meeting - Star Quilt Assembly

It's hard to believe October is almost over and we are approaching our November meeting.  We will meet, as usual, at the Pittsburgh Project from 1-4 on Sunday, November 2. 

At our October meeting, we worked on assembling our quilt for the Pittsburgh Project.  We learned a few lessons along the way and hope that assembling the Quilt Con quilt at the November meeting will be a little smoother!

If you would like to contribute to the Quilt Con quilt, please bring a wonky star block that fits the Quilt Con color scheme.  You can also whip one up quickly at the beginning of the meeting if you don't have time before then!

Quilt Con Color Scheme
Quilt Con Color Scheme
Quilt Con Color Scheme

We need more small blocks than anything, so please keep your stars on the smaller side.  They can be any even finished dimension up to six inches (2.5", 4.5", and 6.5" unfinished).

We envision the quilt having a lot of white space in one corner, grading to a more dense field of stars in the other corner, similar to the Bloom quilt by V and Co shown below.  Please keep this in mind when deciding what size to make your stars - we need lots of white space and are shooting for a twin-size.

The stars should float in a field of low-volume prints and solids in light grays, light neutrals, and white.  Please bring any extra fabrics that fit this description or fit the color scheme for use in assembling the top.

We hope to assemble the entire quilt top at the meeting - it would be nice if we could get the back assembled simultaneously and someone could make the binding.  Melissa has volunteered to quilt the finished product - it has to be completely finished and mailed to Austin before our January meeting, so hopefully you will get to see the finished product at our holiday party.

Bring sewing machines, coordinating thread, irons, ironing surfaces, cutting supplies, and your creativity!  See you next weekend!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

PghMQG Charity Quilts!

At our September meeting, we discussed our upcoming charity quilt opportunities and finalized our vision for the quilts.  We are really excited to complete these projects together!

Pittsburgh Project Donation

We have decided that since the quilt for the Pittsburgh Project has to be completed for their fundraiser in early December, we should focus our efforts on it.

The palette is shown below - the corresponding Kona names are shown on last month's blog post, but you don't have to use Kona or solids at all!  Feel free to pull from your stash.

This quilt will be a modern sampler - make any modern quilt block you like!  All blocks shall match the palette selected above and the finished size shall be a multiple of two inches (i.e., unfinished sizes such as 2.5"x10.5", 6.5"x6.5, 8.5"x10.5", etc) up to about 12".

Please bring your completed blocks to the October meeting so we can begin piecing the quilt.  If you cannot make it to the October meeting, please arrange to send your blocks to the meeting with another member.  If you haven't had a chance to make your blocks by the October meeting, feel free to work on them first thing at the meeting as we begin arranging the finished blocks.  Please bring any leftover fabric matching the palette so that we can fill in the blanks between blocks.

We plan to piece the quilt top at the October meeting and hope to have it quilted by the November meeting, at which time we will bind the quilt and prepare to present it to the Pittsburgh Project!

Quilt Con Charity Quilt Challenge

The MQG has issued a challenge for guilds to complete a quilt for a charity of their choice (discussed in last month's post).  As this quilt must be completed by January 3, 2015, we realize that it may be ambitious to complete two charity quilts during the busy fall months and holiday season.  The guild has been registered to make one quilt that will be displayed at Quilt Con this spring and then returned to us for donation to a charity of our choice.

At the October meeting, we decided to make a modern star quilt using the Quilt Con Challenge palette shown here.  The background fabric should be the white/gray (light colors) and the stars should be made with the bolder colors.  Stars should be finished sizes in multiples of two inches (like the Pittsburgh Project quilt).

This quilt may require a little more time outside of the regular meetings for assembly as we are quickly running out of meeting time before the deadline.  Please consider helping out with this quilt, but we do understand that it may be difficult for everyone to participate due to the time crunch.

October Meeting Supplies

Please bring your sewing machine, leftover fabrics matching the color palette(s), and any ancillary sewing supplies you might need to help us piece to top or create additional blocks (iron, rotary cutter and mat, rulers, scissors, etc).  If you have an extension cord, please bring it, too as outlet space is at a premium.

As you finish up your blocks, don't forget to post them to our Flickr group!