Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 2016 Meeting Recap

If you missed the sew-in day at St. John's last week, you might want to put next year's on your calendar now.  There was homemade gnocchi, lots of sewing and a really funny gadget discussion.  :)

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Does this one fabric remind you of Tony the Tiger and Alex from Madagascar?  Anybody?  Bueller?

Congratulations to all of the members who have won in the spring quilt shows!  We are so proud to have such accomplished members!

For the favorite gadget portion of the meeting, there were alot of "AHA" moments when a member described their favorite tool and others agreed that they needed one of those.  There were also several instances where members didn't know exactly what to call their tool, but announced it was their favorite and they couldn't live without it! :)  The Purple Thang, a Hera Marker, a needle threader, a seam ripper, a binding tool, a chalk marking tool, a cup holder that clamps to the table and specific rulers were among the tools mentioned.  (The links for each item are not affiliate links or even the least expensive option if you are considering buying these items.  They are just the first one that had a decent picture that could be found.)  If your favorite gadget isn't listed, leave a message in the comments and it will be added!

Things to remember:

  • The Paint Chip Challenge mini quilts are due at the June meeting!
  • If you want to sign up for the PA MQG mini swap with the Capital Area MQG, Friday (05/20) afternoon is your last chance!
  • The Bridge Quilt is hanging at Spool for the next few weeks.  We were featured again on the MQG Facebook and Instagram accounts, too!
  • There wasn't alot of interest in the Fat Quarter Club, so we will review it for the new members in June and decided if we want to continue it or take a break for a bit.
  • If you took fabric to complete a charity block, please bring it to the June meeting. 

All in all, it looked like a really relaxing day, full of proud moments as progress was made on all kinds of WIPs.  Thanks to everyone who helped to set up and break down!  Your help was greatly appreciated!

Monday, April 25, 2016

May 2016 Meeting Announcement: Sew-In Time!

Hopefully you remembered to get your RSVP for the May 7, 2016 Sew-In on time.  If not, you can always drop by just for the meeting portion of the day at 1:00pm. 

Here are the details about the Sew-In...

The Sew-In will be at St. John's Lutheran Church (the same location as last year).  It will run from 9am-9pm.  Sally will be in contact with those people who responded to the poll about helping to set up and break down the tables.  Side note:  it might seem like a great idea to bring your own iron, but last year we had breaker overload problems. There will be irons and ironing boards available.  Please leave your own at home. Thanks!  Lunch is a potluck affair at noon, and the general May meeting will be at 1pm. Bring some cash if you want to chip in for dinner.  Last I heard, pizza was on the menu. The Sew-In is free for PGHMQG members and $20 for non-members.

Aside from a great day spent sewing (duh), here's what you can expect at the meeting...

  • Money for the June Fat Quarter Club will be collected. I (Cheralee) will be choosing the fabrics.  Suggestions or requests are welcome. The cost is $12. 
  • Any questions that might need answered about the Paint Chip Challenge introduced last month can be addressed at this meeting.  Here's a link to the info - Click here...
  • We are kicking off the Pennsylvania Modern Quilt Guilds Mini Swap!  We are partnering with the Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild and the sign up link is live now.  Click here...
  • We will be discussing our favorite sewing gadget.  You'll come away with a ton of new ideas and more reasons to go shopping.  :)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Pennsylvania MQG mini swap is here!

Hi!  Thank you for your interest in the Pennsylvania Modern Quilt Guilds Mini Swap!  (We’re going to use #PAMQGminiswap from here on out.)  This swap was created in the hopes that modern quilt guilds across our state could interact with, influence, and introduce each other.  If you haven’t ever taken part in a mini swap, that’s OKAY. It’s easy, and fun. We are honored to have the Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild from Harrisburg participating with us!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 2016 Meeting Recap

Where to begin???  This month's talk was about Color Theory, choosing colors based on relationships and identifying colors that don't quite fit.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

April 2016 Meeting Announcement

Join us April 3. 2016 from 1pm-4pm at The Pittsburgh Project where member Barbara Cain will present A QUILTER'S GUIDE TO COLOR, VALUE AND PRINT SCALE.

Have you ever asked:

            What is wrong with my quilt?
            Why didn’t my quilt turn out like I expected?
            What is it about that other quilt that I like so much?
            Why do some quilts look great and others fall flat?

Chances are that the answers to these questions have something to do with the quilt’s color, value and/or pattern scale. During this presentation, we will gain an understanding of these three crucial aspects of quilting and we will learn how to use this understanding to our advantage! We will examine both good and bad examples of color, value and pattern scale. We will practice what we have learned with a fun collage exercise and we will kick off our Paint Chip Mini Quilt Challenge!

Please bring the following items to the meeting that will be needed for the practice exercise:

  • Fabric scraps (solids and different scales of prints)
  • Colored paper scraps
  • Old magazines
  • Scissors
  • School glue and/or clear tape, double sided if you have it
We will also be kicking off the Paint Chip Challenge at this meeting!  If you would like to participate, you will choose two paint chips at random and add a third color of your choice.  You will then construct a mini-quilt (24 inches square or smaller) using these three colors (plus neutrals).  The minis will be due at the June 5th meeting.  They will be displayed at Spool and the winner (who will receive a $50 Spool gift card) will be determined by the voting public.  That sounds fun, right?

Dates to remember:

Friday, March 18, 2016

March 2016 Meeting Recap

The March meeting took place during the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.  New member Barb Grossman (also the founder of the festival) invited us to take part in a creative block challenge Creativebug sponsored.  We decided to trek "dahntahn" to have a look.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

PghMQG at Three Rivers Quilt Show

If you're headed to Three Rivers Quilt Show later this week keep an eye out for quilts by the following PghMQG members:

Amanda H.............#nofilter
Dia S...................Sleuthing
Gerri Bo...............Bird Dance
Gerry Be..............Bridge Village
Michele K.............Kaleidoscope and Warm Summer Nights 
Nicole M..............Find Joy

If you should be added to this list, please drop us a line! 

Our QuiltCon project, "35 Sisters", will also be showing in the Group category. Tune in to KDKA tomorrow morning at 9:00am to see the quilt featured on Pittsburgh Live Today! Looking for more information about this beauty? Click here.

We hope to see you at the show!