Sunday, April 16, 2017

April Meeting Recap

First, a little business. We had another fun meeting. PGHMQG now has 55 members! 

We will be participating in the PA National Quilt Extravaganza, which is a Mancuso Show, September 14-17 2017. Guild members are encouraged to enter quilts into our exhibit at the show. Members also have the opportunity to make a mini quilt using all solids in the colors of our logo. You should have received info about both of these things through e-mail (check your junk mail folder if you didn't get it!).

April 29th will be a sew day at the Hill District Library from 12-5pm. 

Our next meeting will be Saturday May 6th. This will also be a sew day with a break for our meeting in the afternoon. 

Watch for e-vites for both sewing days!

Mark your calendars for March 23-25 2018 and plan to join us for another sewing retreat. It was such a great weekend!

Now, some quilts! Our members are going strong with their monthly inspiration challenge blocks.


Amanda's Daffodil Block

Ailish's block inspired by walks in the park as spring begins


Karen's February and March blocks

 Show and Tell:
Gerry with her first improv piece inspired by our Sherri Lynn Wood class
B with a quilt she made from her 100dayproject designs
Amanda with her Christmas tree skirt

Ailish finished this quilt top on our retreat

Zsofia with her awesome swap mini



Karen received this mini from the MQG swap

Stacy led our program for the month on the topic of judging quilt shows. Quilt judges are trained to look at all aspects of the quilt from the design and color to the construction. Something that stuck out to me as an important was to consider the longevity of your quilt. Your quilt will be around for a long time, maybe longer than you think! So make a quilt that is well constructed. Make sure that your quilting is close enough together to prevent batting shifting around in the wash and make sure your binding is made to last. If it's going to be in a show these are things that a judge will be looking for, but even more important, preserve your beautiful work.

Thank you to Stacy for leading this month's program!

Monday, March 27, 2017

April 2017 Meeting: Quilt Judging

This month we'll be at The Pittsburgh Project on Sunday April 2nd from 1-4pm. 

Ooooo, pretty fabric!
We have a lot of exciting things to talk about this month, including our new Modern Solids Challenge. Look at these beautiful fabric bundles all ready to go for the challenge! FQ bundles will be available at the meeting for $10. Please bring cash or check if you are interested in purchasing a bundle.

Our program this month will be presented by Stacy about quilt judging. She will discuss:
  • Difference between jury, judge and exhibit.
  • The context for judging/what it's for.
  • What the judge's role is and isn't.
  • Where judging criteria come from
She has prepared an outline which can be viewed here. Please print this if you would like a copy for the meeting!  She will also show examples from her own quilts.

Stacy will be happy to answer questions during her talk. You can also e-mail her before the meeting at: skoequilt at 

As always,bring your show and tell items,your inspiration blocks, completed UFO projects, and your smiling faces! 

Friday, March 17, 2017

March Meeting Recap

Our March meeting took place at Spool. Thanks for hosting us, Spool! <3 We are excited to welcome three new members! 

The winner of the Upcycled Clothing Challenge was announced. There was a tie! Congratulations to our winners!

Sally's winning entry

Sharon's winning entry

The Three Rivers Quilt show is coming up. The deadline for submissions is March 27. The Quilt Company East is also hosting a show. The deadline for submissions is May 20th.

There will be no regular sew day this month. Instead we will have our sewing retreat March 24-26th.

Here are this month's Inspiration Challenge blocks:


B's QuiltCon inspired block 

Sharon's block

 Amanda's block

Show and Tell:

 New member Sarah and her house block

Zsofia's teeny tiny rainbow geese

Akemi shared the MQG swap mini that she received.

Tamara's Bee block

Cheryl was super speedy with completing her Riley Blake Challenge quilt.

Sharon completed one of her UFO's.
(Don't forget about our UFO challenge!)

And finally some pictures from our Sashiko workshop. Thank you to Spool for hosting our meeting and getting us started with learning about Sashiko!

Our next meeting will be at The Pittsburgh Project April 2nd 1-4pm. Stacy will be sharing about quilt show judging. Can't wait to see you there!


Monday, February 27, 2017

March 2017 Meeting: Sashiko Workshop

It's time for our monthly meeting! Please note that our location and time will be different this month.

March 5th

We'll be learning about sashiko at Spool. Sashiko is a decorative form of Japanese stitching which is deeply rooted in both mending and quilting. Sashiko utilizes a uniform running stitch in repetitive geometric designs.

Don't forget if you planned to buy a kit for the demo they will be $14.

Spool has a class that will be finishing up as we enter for our meeting. Please be respectful of their space as they wrap up.

We'll also find out the winner of our Upcycled Clothing Challenge. If you didn't vote yet you can still do so at Spool by March 4th.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

PghMQG Spring Sewing Retreat Now Open to Nonmembers

Want to come sew with us? The PghMQG Spring Sewing Retreat is now open to nonmembers!

There are two ticket options:
All weekend admission ($165 plus fees for members, and $185 plus fees for nonmembers) which includes:
  • Admission to the venue from Noon on Friday March 24th until 3:30pm Sunday March 26th with 24 hour access to the sewing space
  • Lodging on Friday and Saturday (rooms are private, but bathrooms are shared)
  • Meals provided starting with Dinner on Friday through breakfast on Sunday (feel free to bring snacks!)
Saturday only admission ($80 plus fees for members, and $100 plus fees for nonmembers) which includes:
  • Admission to the venue from 9:30am - 6:00pm on Saturday March 25th
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (feel free to bring snacks!)
  • There are only a limited number of these tickets available

You can check out all the details and purchase tickets on the Eventbrite page using this link!

We hope to you see you there!

February meeting recap

There were a lot of quilts to ogle at the February meeting, so let's get to it!

Our rendition of the QuiltCon challenge for 2017 made an appearance at the meeting before being shipped off to Savannah. The challenge this year was "Playing With Scale". This quilt was inspired by the work of Paolo Scirpa, an Italian artist who uses neon light and mirrors to investigate the concept of infinity. Members individually improvisationally pieced  the textured background which, when arranged, created a focal point in the distance.  We then used hand-appliqu├ęd bias tape to create concentric circles to bring the viewer from the large scale to the small reinforcing this point infinitely far away. 

PghMQG 2017 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge 

Next up, the Upcycled Clothing Challenge minis were due at this meeting. The members who participated created mini quilts out of upcycled clothing that had been deconstructed and pieced together. Head on over to Spool until March 4th to vote on your favorite! The winner will receive a $50 Spool gift card!  

Upcycled Clothing Challenge Minis!

Show and tell also elicited some super cool pieces:

B and her cacti

An original piece designed by Nikki

Sally played with curves and color!

This stunning piece by Sandy is made entirely of tea bags. It.was.amazing.

Karen led the skillbuilder topic about organizing your stash. Thanks, Karen! 

Don't forget to register for the March sewing retreat via this link. Registration is now open to nonmembers if you want to bring yourself or your friends!

See you in March!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

February 2017 Meeting: Organizing Your Fabric Stash

We will be meeting February 5th from 1-4pm at The Pittsburgh Project. Can't wait to see you there!

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to organize your fabric stash?  If so, you are not alone.  That’s number one on the quilter wish list, according to American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.

Karen Womack will share tips, techniques and her personal organization journey.  Bring your questions/frustrations, a pen, and pre-printed address labels to participate in a drawing or two.

Other things to remember for this meeting:
  • This is your last opportunity to bring in those UFO's if you wish to participate in our UFO Finish Along in 2017
  • Let's see your Upcycled Clothing Challenge minis! This is the final deadline for entries. Please have a label with your name attached to the back.
  • Don't forget your Inspiration Challenge block 
  • Projects for Show and Tell
  • The QuiltCon charity challenge quilt will be attending the meeting before it makes its journey to Savannah!
See you soon!
Pittsburgh MQG