Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 2019 Meeting Recap

Our April meeting was all about specialty rulers! 9 members brought different specialty rulers to demo for the guild, from curves to special squaring up rulers and more. A special thank you to Mim, B, Vivian, Missy, Cheralee, Cynthia, Karen, Courtney, and Nikki for demoing rulers for the guild.

Quilter's Depot is still accepting applications for mentors for their Sew Teach Me program, which provides free sewing lessons to kids ages 8-18. They will also take donations of notions and fabric (3/4 yard or larger). You can bring donations to a guild meeting and Cynthia will take the donations to Quilter's Depot.

The Riley Blake Challenge has begun! Fabric bundles were passed out to those who signed up. You can still participate if you missed out on the bundles! More details on the MQG website here.

The Modern Quilt Guild is looking for entries for the International Quilt Festival exhibit. You can find more details and sign up here.

The Mancuso show, the Pennyslvania National Quilt Extravaganza, has once again asked the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild to exhibit our members' work! An email will go out this week with details regarding how to submit your work. We will have one exhibit of the POP Art challenge quilts and another exhibit of various member quilts.

We are exhibiting our POP Art minis at the Mt Lebanon library for the month of July. Please bring your mini to the May or June meeting, Nikki will collect them and store them until they are hung. All minis must have hanging sleeves sewn to the back. Here is a tutorial on how to create a hanging sleeve.

Our spring workshop is Saturday, May 18th. An email and blog post went up with more information. WorkshopPgh is graciously hosting the workshop for us, and all sign up is through their site. Use this link for sign up!

Our May meeting is an all day sew day on May 4th from 9am-9pm in our normal meeting space in the Holy Spirit cafeteria. An e-vite will go out shortly.

Our 2020 retreat is book for May 15th-17th at the Martina Spiritual Retreat Center!

Don't forget about our current challenge to make a modern quilt (any size, any colors, any fabrics!) with the Drunkard's Path block as inspiration. Challenge quilts are due at the June 2 meeting. Use the hashtag #pghmqgmodernpath so we can follow your work!

Show and Tell!

Vivian showed us a fun technique she learned:
 Diana made this huge quilt one small block at a time on her embroidery machine:
 Cynthia is already done with the top for her Riley Blake challenge:
 Mim made silverware holders for her grandkids for Easter:
 Karen showed the top she was working on at retreat:
 Nikki made this top at retreat, too:
 Cheralee showed samples from a class she took at QuiltCon:
 Cheralee showed us our quilt for the Tree of Life shooting first responders, and Courtney offered to take the quilt home to hand bind!
We hope to see you all at the May sew day!

2019 Spring Workshop Sign Up

Sign up is open for the spring workshop

Join fellow Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild members at WorkshopPgh to make barn quilts!

Date: Saturday, May 18th
Time: 10am - 2pm
Location: WorkshopPgh: 5135 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh 15224

We are making 2' x 2' wooden barn quilts, which can be hung inside or out.

Sign up on the WorkshopPgh website using this direct link.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Drunkard's Path Challenge

At the end of our March meeting we announced the next challenge, to create a quilt using the Drunkard's Path block as inspiration. There is no restriction on size, colors, design, etc! For more information regarding the challenge, including some quilty inspiration, check out this file.

These challenge quilts are due at our meeting on Sunday, June 2nd.

Remember that each challenge quilt you complete this year will earn you a chance to win a free spot at our retreat in 2020!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

March Meeting Recap

We had a very exciting meeting in March. Sandy and Sally had a great presentation on Getting Started in Modern Quilting. Before the presentation each member placed themselves on the continuum line to see how modern we each think we are:

 During the presentation we talked about what makes a quilt modern: asymmetric design, increased negative space, improvisational piecing, minimalist design, alternate grid, bright colors, just to name a few techniques. Sandy included many quilt photos from QuiltCon in her presentation to show a wide variety of interpretation in different categories.
After the presentation Nikki announced our new quarterly challenge: use the Drunkard's path block to make a modern quilt. There are no restrictions on size or fabric but the inspiration is the Drunkard's path block. Have fun with it. If you post on social media make sure to use #pghmqg and #pghmqgmodernpath hashtag so we can follow along. We will have another blog post with tips for sewing curves, check back soon!

- Karen updated us on our Tree of Life First Responder quilt. The top is complete we have batting,  backing and binding to finish the quilt. Quilt presentation is pushed back to mid summer.

- Members are encouraged to visit the MQG website. There are lot of resources and webinars and patterns for free (it is included in your membership fee) . You can also connect with other modern quilters from around the world. Or just check us out on Instagram  @PGHMQG

-Our POP ART INSPIRATION mini quilts were due by the March meeting. If you completed your quilt and showed it at the meeting you received a raffle ticket for our end of the year drawing! If you missed the meeting or did not finish your mini there is still time to do so. These minis will be included in the Mt Lebanon Library Exhibit this summer and PGHMQG Exhibit at the Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza in September. Great opportunities to have your work displayed!

Show and Tell

- Good news: Our MEMBERS ONLY over night retreat is full! There are still tickets for all you can sew days with food, no overnight. If you are a member of the PghMQG and you did not receive an invite to the retreat, please contact leadership:

Our next meeting is on April 14th in Millvale. Please note the meeting date! We are meeting on the 2nd Sunday of April because our retreat falls on the first Sunday. Our meeting topic will be all about rulers. If you have a ruler that you love and would like to share with the guild during the meeting, please contact Courtney:  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

March Meeting

Join us this Sunday, March 3rd from 1pm-4pm for our monthly meeting! Sandy and Sally are presenting on How to Get Started in Modern Quilting.

The POP Art challenge quilts are also due at this meeting. Your challenge quilt must be completed and bound to earn a ticket for the raffle at the end of the year.

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Our meeting is at:
  Holy Spirit Parish
608 Farragut StPittsburgh, 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.

We hope to see you there!

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!