Wednesday, February 6, 2019

  February Meeting Recap

 We had a great turn out on our February meeting. We welcomed 3 new members, bringing the PghMQG to 57 members!

Nikki had a great presentation about quilt blocking. She explained that during the quilting process a quilt may become slightly wonky, and the process of blocking will return the quilt to the perfect square shape and it will lay flat / hand beautifully.

Our members turned in their blocks for the Quilts for the Tree of Light Synagogue & First Responders Quilt. Cheralee, Karen and Laurie are coordinating a sew day to put the quilt together. Their goal is to have the top pieced before QuiltCon. You can email leaadership if you're interested in helping, and we will put you in touch with them.

The Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival is in Green Tree, PA this year. They will showcase the 2018 QuiltCon traveling exhibit and Cherrywood fabric Prince exhibit. Show dates are: March 15-17.

Our Inspiration Challenge with POP ART is due by the March meeting. Make sure you have a label with your information on the back and please add a "D-sleeve" hanging sleeve too. Here's a great tutorial for creating a d-sleeve. The mini quilts will be displayed at the Mt. Lebanon library in the summer and at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in September 2019.

We are discontinuing the UFO challenge and replacing it with something new! We would like to encourage members to try new things and step outside of their comfort zones, so we are planning quarterly challenges with varying themes. If you bring your completed challenge quilt to a meeting by the deadline, you'll be entered in a drawing at the end of the year. This year we've decided to raffle off a free entry at our 2020 retreat! The POP ART challenge will be your first opportunity to enter the raffle.

Spring Retreat registration is open to members only. We have limited spaces so make sure you register early! Registration is now open. Contact leadership if you didn't receive an Eventbrite email with the link to register.

Show and Tell!

Our next meeting is on March 3rd, and the topic is Getting Started in Modern Quilting. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

February Meeting

Join us Sunday, February 3rd, from 1-4pm for our monthly meeting. Nikki will be talking about why and how to block a quilt!

Our meeting is at:
Holy Spirit Parish
608 Farragut St
Pittsburgh, PA 15209

To get to our meeting space in the cafeteria, please enter through the glass doors at the lower entrance to the building. The street out front serves as a free parking lot!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January 2019 Meeting Recap

January Meeting Recap

We elected a new leadership team for 2019:

 Nikki Maroon - President
 Courtney Reed - VP of Programs
 Sandra Schott - VP of  Membership
 Amanda Hancock - Treasurer
 Zsofia Molgaard - Social Media

Thank you to Michele Krugh for her hard work as President and to Barbara Cain for her hard work as treasurer this past year.

Our QuiltCon charity quilt bound and complete. Thanks to all who made blocks, helped with assembly, and a big shout out to Nikki for the quilting and Amanda for binding the quilt and preparing it to hang at QuiltCon!

Our guild is working on a quilt for the Tree of Life First Responders. Members are asked to make 6" square (finished) string blocks using yellow, blue, and green with a white stripe in the middle. Blocks are due at the February meeting. Cheralee, Karen and Laurie are in charge of the project.

The Westmoreland Museum of Arts in Greensburg is currently presenting the nationally- touring exhibition : Circular Abstractions: Bull's Eye Quilts
It's a really great exhibit, and the museum has free admission. It's worth the drive!

The Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival is held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree. Show date March 15-17. Members get a coupon code for $5 off if you buy your ticket in advance.

The design inspiration quilt challenge is due in March 2019. The color palette is yellow, blue, red, black, white and gray for these minis, and the inspiration is pop art. The quilts must be 24"tall x no more than 48" wide. The mini quilts will be displayed at the Mt. Lebanon Library in the summer of 2019 and at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in September 2019.

The winner of the 2018 UFO challenge raffle is Courtney! Congratulations!!

Show and Tell

Mark your calendars for our retreat, Friday-Sunday, April 5-7 at the Martina Spiritual Retreat Center. More info coming soon.

We hope to see you at our next meeting on February 3rd. The meeting topic will be blocking a quilt.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January Meeting

Join us Sunday, January 6th from 1-4pm for our first meeting of the year! 

We'll be holding leadership elections and discussing what to we want to do for the year.

We will also have a prize drawing for the UFO 2018 Finish Along!
Our meeting will be at:
Holy Spirit Parish
608 Farragut St
Pittsburgh, PA 15209

To get to our meeting room, please enter through the glass doors at the lower entrance to the building. The street out front serves as a free parking lot!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

First Responder Recognition Quilt

In response to the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, Pittsburgh area quilt guilds and quilters are making quilts to honor the quick-thinking and brave actions of the first responders. A call was put out for 6.5" string-pieced blocks and each group's quilt will maintain a heart design for continuity.

The Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild has committed to making one of these quilts and has chosen a combination of blues, greens and yellows with a single white (or low volume) center strip. Members are asked to supply their own fabric and muslin or paper backing. This is a stash busting project and an opportunity to use up scraps. String blocks are made from strips sewn on a muslin or paper square. Strips can be 1 to 3 inches in width, refer to the tutorial for complete instruction. If you don't have these colors in your stash, strips will be available at the January meeting. If you have fabric to share bring it.

Each quilt is to be 100 blocks and the photos here are just for reference. You can use whatever piecing method is most comfortable for you. The tutorial mentions muslin foundation piecing and foundation paper piecing.

Blocks can be turned in at the January and February meetings to Karen Womack, Cheralee Stover, or Laurie Mizrahi. You are welcome to make several blocks, or just one! They are a quick project. Any leftover blocks will be shared with the other makers' quilts to make it to our collective goal.

*Plans for quilts for the synagogue and/or congregations are ongoing.*

Thursday, December 13, 2018

December Meeting Recap

Our last guild meeting for 2018 was on December 1st, which was also our end of the year Sew Day. We had a great turn out. Many members brought along various sewing projects to work on. We finished our QuiltCon charity quilt. Big THANKS to all who helped sewing and cutting, and big THANKS to B for organizing everything and keeping us on task. It looks really great.

Photo credit: Merrilee

During the Sew Day we had a short meeting with a handful of Show and Tell items

We briefly talked about our upcoming leadership election. At the January meeting members will vote on a new President, Programs Manager and Treasurer. If you are interested in any position please let Michele know.

At the end of the meeting participating members exchanged pincushions. There were lots of fun makes.

Our next meeting is on Sunday January 6th 1pm-4pm. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

December Meeting

December Sew Day

Our December meeting will be a members-only, all-day Sew Day on Saturday, December 1st from 9am to 9pm - so bring whatever projects you want to work on and come sew with friends!

Holy Spirit Parish
608 Farragut St
Pittsburgh, PA 15209

At 10 am, we will be assembling the QuiltCon Charity Quilt. If you want to help, please bring white thread.

We'll be having a potluck lunch (check your email for an e-vite).

At 1 pm, we will have a short business meeting with show & tell and a...

Destash Sale! 
Have some fabric you'd like to sell? This is the meeting to bring it! Please bring your things already priced and have some cash on hand to make change. You are welcome to bring scrap bundles, old projects, supplies, and fabric. (Before you leave, you must take with you anything that does not sell.) 

Pincushion swap!
Bring a pincushion to the December meeting to participate in this swap. We will put the pincushions in a brown bag to make it a blind swap! Pincushions will be swapped during/after the business meeting which will happen at 1:00 pm.
At 3 pm, A & L Sharpening Service LLC will be there to sharpen your scissors and knives. Her price list is here (She will not be able to do serrated knives and garden tools at our meeting.)