Sunday, September 17, 2017

PghMQG at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

PghMQG members were featured in a great exhibit this weekend at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, PA along with the Philly, Lancaster, and Central NJ MQG chapters. Thank you to all the members who participated by sending quilts and helping to organize the effort! Check out all the pretty pieces from the show below:



The Modern Solids Mini Challenge quilts looked great together and were a big hit at the show! Great job everyone!



Sally Martin "House of Cards"

L: Karen Womack "Rockstar Manicure", R: Nicole Maroon "Modern in Metallics"

Melissa Jennings :"Shake it Like a Polaroid"

Julie Stocker "Dangerous Roads"

Karen Womack "Naturally Curly"

Michele Krugh "Warm Summer Nights"

Stacy Koehler "Into the Dim"

Sandra Schott "Circle of Friends"

Melissa Jennings "I Dreamed it Up One Night"

Barbara Cain "First Circles"

Barbara Cain "Margarita Man"

Sally Martin "Improvisation"

Stacy Koehler "45"

Amanda Hancock "Resist"

Sharon Galli "Kimono Sun"

Sandra Schott "Don't Let This Happen"

Ailish Luedde "Sunflower Study"

TaMara Howard "Eclipse 2"

Barbara Cain "Temperance Please"

Aimee DeFoe "Chasing Rainbows"

Zsofia Molgaard "Southbound"

Sharon Galli "Camille"

Zsofia Molgaard "Gravity Mini"

Ailish Luedde "Growing Green"

Dia Sue-Wah-Sing "Collaborate"

Gerry Benton "Diamonds Triangles and Squares Oh My"

Gerry Benton "Modern Abstracts"

Amanda Hancock "A Little Lucid"

Nicole Maroon "Find Joy"

Nicole Maroon "Fowl Play"

Karen Womack "Tribe"

Julie Stocker "Modern Moda in Print"

L: Stacy Koehler "Early Star"  R:Melissa Jennings "New Friend"

Zsofia Molgaard "New Direction"

Michele Krugh "Sunsets"

Gerry Benton "Sunflowers in the Fall"





Sunday, August 27, 2017

September 2017 Meeting Announcement: Quilt Bindings

Our meeting will be at The Pittsburgh Project September 10, 2017 from 1-4pm. Please note that the meeting is on a different weekend due to the holiday.

Your inspiration challenge quilts are due at this meeting. We can't wait to see the finished product! Those with a finished quilt to share will be entered to win this awesome bundle of prizes!

Bring your finished Inspiration Challenge quilt for a chance to win this prize basket!

 Keep working on your Make Me a Mini projects and your Quilt Con Charity Blocks. Both of these will be due at the October meeting.  You can turn in any finished Quilt Con blocks this month.


Nikki will be talking to us about quilt bindings. Here's some info from Nikki:


Binding! Is it your favorite step before snuggling under a finished quilt or the very last chore before you can call the project done?  If you already love to bind, perhaps you'll pick up a few new tips and tricks! And if binding is a chore for you, let's find a technique that makes it less of one! We will cover how to create nice corners and sew together the binding tails as well as a few different ways to bind by machine and by hand and how to tackle curves, piping, and a faced binding.
As always, bring your show and tell projects and we will see you at the meeting!

August 2017 Meeting Recap

If you missed our August meeting then you missed the big news: Our bridge quilt has been donated to the Heinz History Center! It will be stored in their archives and may be displayed at some point. We'll be sure to let you know any further updates about it.

Guild members exchanged scrap bags for our Make Me a Mini challenge. Each member who participated at the August meeting will be making a mini quilt using their partner's scraps. The mini quilts will be due at our Oct 8th meeting (please not that this is a different date than printed on your instruction form as we had to reschedule the Oct meeting). Use the hashtag #pghmqgmmm to share your progress on Instagram and to keep up with what other members have been working on!

The MQG is accepting submissions for quilts to QuiltCon 2018. Find out more about submitting a quilt here.

Block packets to make the next charity quilt will be available at our next meeting on Sept 10th. Completed blocks will be due by Oct. 14th. We'll be meeting at St. John's that day from 10-5 to assemble the quilt top. Please contact us if you need to mail your blocks.

Amanda taught us about improv with intent. For many of our members this was a new concept. It will be exciting to see what they create. She also did a demo on how to sew improv curves. 


Show and Tell










See you soon!
PghMQG

Saturday, July 29, 2017

August Meeting Announcement

We will be meeting on Sunday, August 6th at the Stephen Foster Community Center, 286 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 from 1:00-4:00 pm (please note that this is a different location than in the past). 

The meeting topic will be led by Amanda Hancock and we will be discussing improv with intent piecing. Amanda will focus her discussion on her process for creating blocks using improv piecing to achieve a predetermined goal. We will discuss finding inspiration, formulating a plan for piecing, and different techniques for executing your vision. Improv curves will be demoed as well. 
Learn how to use improv piecing techniques for creating stuff like this!

Some other things to know/anticipate for this meeting:
  • We will be kicking off a new challenge and swap all in one this month. To participate, bring with you to the meeting a sandwich bag full of scraps that you would like a fellow guild member to make you a mini from. Check out all the details of the Make Me a Mini challenge on the Guild Challenges and Swaps tab of this blog.
  • We have an exciting update about the bridge quilt. Spoiler alert: it's found a forever home and it's a good one! :)
See you soon!

PghMQG

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July Meeting Recap

We met in July to discuss several methods to hand applique as led by the always informative, Barbara Cain. After the presentation, which can be found here, we split into small groups and moved around the room to try out the different methods outlined. 

Here is Nikki showing a modern block she created using hand applique

Some other takeaways from the meeting were:

  • It's time to pay your annual dues! Please head over to the membership info page on this blog for details on how to pay. Payment is due by August 1st.
  • We saw the last of our Inspiration Challenge blocks this month. Bring your completed quilt using your blocks to the September meeting for a chance to win a basket full of great prizes!
  • We will be kicking off a new challenge and swap all in one next month. To participate, bring to the August meeting a sandwich bag full of scraps that you would like a fellow guild member to make you a mini from. Check out all the details of the Make Me a Mini challenge on the Guild Challenges and Swaps tab of this blog. 
  • Don't forget to register for the members only Shibori workshop at Workshop PGH on 07/29. You can find the registration link on Workshop PGH's website. The cost is $38 for a 3.5 hour workshop. You can bring your own fabric or purchase napkins on site to dye. 
  • The next meeting is Sunday August 6th at the Stephen Foster Community Center, 286 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 from 1:00-4:00 pm (please note that this is a different location than in the past). Look for more details about this meeting to be on the blog soon!
The next free monthly sew day is at Quilter's Depot, 4160 Library Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15234, on Saturday August 19th. We will be sending out an eVite for this event in a few weeks.


Check out some photos from show and tell:

Cheryl is killing the UFO challenge, guys!

TaMara and her icy cool block for a bee she is in

Stacy's bubbly mini for the Modern Solids Challenge


See you in August!
PghMQG