Sunday, January 21, 2018

On our February meeting Gail is going to talk about sewing machine maintenance. If you have any specific questions please send an e-mail to, .She will answer questions at the meeting as well.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild has enjoyed participating in multiple previous
QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenges. We’ve learned to solicit design ideas from our
guild members and form a committee to organize the quilt making (buying all the fabric
 for the quilt, making packets for members to make blocks from, etc.)
An informal brainstorming session on the theme of Modern Traditionalism resulted
in a lot of fun design ideas, including focusing on one traditional block and using a
lot of low volume prints.
I loved the idea of deconstructing a traditional block by using color untraditionally to 
highlight only some elements of the block. I envisioned a confetti of colors across a
low volume quilt.
The traditional Greek Cross block stood out as a great starting point with its mix of
half-square triangles, rectangles, and squares. Since many members had enjoyed
the challenge of improv piecing in some of our guild’s previous QuiltCon charity quilts, 
we left it up to the members if they wanted to use traditional or improv piecing
to make their block(s).
One of the best parts of making a group quilt is seeing the quilt come together
during a group sew day. It was great to see all the variations among the blocks our
members had made and how well they all came together as a quilt top.
Then, of course, it’s amazing to see how the quilting ties everything together and
transforms a quilt! Long-arm quilter
Nikki Maroon (
used straight-line quilting to create the cross and HST elements of one large
Greek Cross block using contrasting thread.  The “background” areas of the large
Greek Cross block were quilted with graffiti quilting to add visual interest without distracting
from the impact of the straight lines.

We are excited to have our guild quilt hanging at QuiltCon in Pasadena, CA this
year. We are also hoping to enter it in a few local shows in 2018 so that more of our
members have the opportunity to see the quilt on display!  And finally, in the
coming months we will discuss as a guild where we would like to donate the quilt.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January Meeting Recap: Annual General Meeting and Leadership Elections

Our new leadership team for 2018:
Michele Krugh, President
Nikki Maroon, VP of Programs
Sandra Schott, VP of Membership
Barbara Cain, Treasurer
Zsofia Molgaard, Social Media

Thank you to the 2017 team:

We finished off our WIP challenge for 2017. In all, 35 projects were finished up. Cheryl had the most completed projects, Sharon had the oldest completed project from 1998, and the winner of the free admission to our sewing retreat was Aimee!

The Quilt Con quilt is bound and complete! It looks great and we're getting ready to mail it out.

We're working on the Inchies challenge quilt for the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival. If you took one of the block kits don't forget to complete your block by the next meeting.

Our next meeting will be February 4th 1-4pm at Assemble. Gail will be teaching about machine maintenance.

There are several upcoming local quilt shows.
Three Rivers 2018 Quilt Show
North Pittsburgh Quilters Guild

hohl challenge:

Show and Tell:

(If you don't see your quilts here please don't feel bad! I was having some issues with the lighting at our new meeting place and my camera and didn't get clear photos of the some of the quilts.)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

January Meeting Announcement: Annual General Meeting and Leadership Elections

Join us for our annual General Meeting on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm and help us ring in the new year!

We will be meeting at a new location for the guild:
Assemble Pittsburgh
4824 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Some items to know for the meeting:

  • We will be holding leadership elections and welcoming new members to our leadership team as Amanda, Michele, and Melissa prepare to step down from their positions. 
  • Don't forget to finish up your UFOs for this meeting! If you registered your UFOs with the guild previously, each finish gets you a chance to win free entry to the weekend long retreat in March. Find all the details about this challenge here
  • If you are participating in the Hohl challenge, Stacy will be collecting your minis at this meeting.
  • We will be discussing plans for the upcoming year so be sure to bring any ideas you may have!
  • Definitely don't forget those projects for show and tell! 

We look forward to seeing you as we start off another year of quilting!


Monday, December 25, 2017

December Meeting Recap: Sew Day

We met at St. John's Church for our meeting and sew day this month. The QuiltCon Charity quilt is quilted and ready for binding! It is looking fantastic so far.

Guild members were invited to bring fabric and supplies for a guild flea market.

We had an ornament exchange. Everyone made such cute ornaments!

Show and Tell:

We'll have leadership elections at our January meeting. Be thinking of ideas for programs, challenges, and new ideas for the guild.

Friday, November 24, 2017

December 2017 Meeting: Sew Day!

Let them eat cereal while we sew! (But not us, we will eat cookies. Please bring cookies. Nom nom nom.) Our next meeting will be an all day sew day, from 9am-9pm on Saturday, December 2, 2017. This event is free for members, $20 for guests. The guild meeting will be held at 1:00. Join us all day or part of the day:

St. John's Lutheran Church 
311 Cumberland Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Members, please see the e-vite in your e-mail to RSVP for the sew day. We will have a potluck lunch, so please bring a dish to share!

Don't forget your ornament for our swap! Any handmade ornament will do. We'll do a blind swap that day after the 1:00 meeting, and you will come away with an ornament made by a fellow guild member.

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.

See you soon!

November meeting recap

We talked about finding inspiration for your quilts last month with Melissa Jennings.

Submissions for QuiltCon are open until November 30th. You've still got time to enter a quilt!

Congratulations to all of our members that entered quilts in the Beaver Valley Quilt show! You can see more info about the PGHMQG at the show here.

Leadership elections are coming up! Members please check your e-mail for information about the positions and how to contact Pam our Elections Officiate.

2017 is almost over. How are your UFO's coming along for our challenge? You need to have completed projects by the January meeting in order for them to be counted.

Show and Tell: