Saturday, February 11, 2017

PghMQG Spring Sewing Retreat Now Open to Nonmembers

Want to come sew with us? The PghMQG Spring Sewing Retreat is now open to nonmembers!

There are two ticket options:
All weekend admission ($165 plus fees for members, and $185 plus fees for nonmembers) which includes:
  • Admission to the venue from Noon on Friday March 24th until 3:30pm Sunday March 26th with 24 hour access to the sewing space
  • Lodging on Friday and Saturday (rooms are private, but bathrooms are shared)
  • Meals provided starting with Dinner on Friday through breakfast on Sunday (feel free to bring snacks!)
Saturday only admission ($80 plus fees for members, and $100 plus fees for nonmembers) which includes:
  • Admission to the venue from 9:30am - 6:00pm on Saturday March 25th
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (feel free to bring snacks!)
  • There are only a limited number of these tickets available

You can check out all the details and purchase tickets on the Eventbrite page using this link!

We hope to you see you there!
PghMQG

February meeting recap

There were a lot of quilts to ogle at the February meeting, so let's get to it!

Our rendition of the QuiltCon challenge for 2017 made an appearance at the meeting before being shipped off to Savannah. The challenge this year was "Playing With Scale". This quilt was inspired by the work of Paolo Scirpa, an Italian artist who uses neon light and mirrors to investigate the concept of infinity. Members individually improvisationally pieced  the textured background which, when arranged, created a focal point in the distance.  We then used hand-appliqu├ęd bias tape to create concentric circles to bring the viewer from the large scale to the small reinforcing this point infinitely far away. 

PghMQG 2017 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge 

Next up, the Upcycled Clothing Challenge minis were due at this meeting. The members who participated created mini quilts out of upcycled clothing that had been deconstructed and pieced together. Head on over to Spool until March 4th to vote on your favorite! The winner will receive a $50 Spool gift card!  


Upcycled Clothing Challenge Minis!

Show and tell also elicited some super cool pieces:

B and her cacti

An original piece designed by Nikki

Sally played with curves and color!

This stunning piece by Sandy is made entirely of tea bags. It.was.amazing.


Karen led the skillbuilder topic about organizing your stash. Thanks, Karen! 

Don't forget to register for the March sewing retreat via this link. Registration is now open to nonmembers if you want to bring yourself or your friends!

See you in March!
PghMQG


Sunday, January 29, 2017

February 2017 Meeting: Organizing Your Fabric Stash

We will be meeting February 5th from 1-4pm at The Pittsburgh Project. Can't wait to see you there!


Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to organize your fabric stash?  If so, you are not alone.  That’s number one on the quilter wish list, according to American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.


Karen Womack will share tips, techniques and her personal organization journey.  Bring your questions/frustrations, a pen, and pre-printed address labels to participate in a drawing or two.

Other things to remember for this meeting:
  • This is your last opportunity to bring in those UFO's if you wish to participate in our UFO Finish Along in 2017
  • Let's see your Upcycled Clothing Challenge minis! This is the final deadline for entries. Please have a label with your name attached to the back.
  • Don't forget your Inspiration Challenge block 
  • Projects for Show and Tell
  • The QuiltCon charity challenge quilt will be attending the meeting before it makes its journey to Savannah!
See you soon!
Pittsburgh MQG

Monday, January 23, 2017

Retreat Registration Now Open

Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild Spring Sewing Retreat

Members check your email! Registration is now open!
 
When: Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 PM until Sunday, March 26, 2017 3:30 PM
 
Pack up your stuff! It's almost time for our first weekend long sewing retreat! This members only event will feature three glorious days of sewing, food, laughs, and hanging with your favorite guild peeps. 

There are two ticket options: 

All weekend admission ($165 plus fees) which includes:
  • Admission to the venue from Noon on Friday March 24th until 3:30pm Sunday March 26th with 24 hour access to the sewing space
  • Lodging on Friday and Saturday (rooms are private, but bathrooms are shared)
  • Meals provided starting with Dinner on Friday through breakfast on Sunday (feel free to bring snacks!)

Saturday only admission ($80 plus fees) which includes:
  • Admission to the venue from 9:30am - 6:00pm on Saturday March 25th
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (feel free to bring snacks!)
  • There are only a limited number of these tickets available!

The following items are NOT included in the ticket price. Sorry, we aren't offering ANY of these thing:
  • Interruptions by well meaning family members
  • A pile of dirty dishes
  • Seven piles of dirty laundry
  • Sewing in a cramped, uncomfortable space

We will have cutting and ironing stations available, so you only need to worry about bringing your machine and other standard supplies (it's always a good idea to pack an extension cord!). Portable design walls are welcome if you are able to bring one.  Don't hesitate to email the guild if you have any questions at pittsburghmqg@gmail.com.


ATTENDANCE AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Retreat admission is not guaranteed until payment is completed. Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis. In the event that you need to cancel, refunds will only be issued until ticket sales close on 03/10/2017. Ticket fees will not be refunded. The retreat is only open to Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild members. 

To register please check your email for the link! Can't wait to see you there!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Call for Program Idea Submissions

At our January meeting we discussed the things that we enjoyed most about our previous year as a guild. One thing came up frequently and that was sharing ideas and learning from each other. So, we want to hear from you!

We are currently accepting ideas for meeting topics. 
Please e-mail the guild if you have an idea to propose for an upcoming program. It's not required that you teach the topic that you suggest, but we would love to hear from you if you'd be willing to do so. 

As an added incentive, members who present programs will receive a $25 gift card to Spool.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January Meeting Recap

One of the two quilts Gerry will be teaching at the Pgh Knit and Crochet Festival
January meetings are always a little different from the rest of the year.  We are looking at by-law changes, electing new officers and trying to both assess the past year's programming while looking ahead to the new year.  We opened introductions (and welcome to all of those new faces!) with the question of what we enjoyed most in 2016 and what we were looking forward to in 2017 for the guild.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

January 2017 Meeting : General Meeting

If you only make it to one meeting this year, this is a good one to shoot for.  We will be voting on the by-laws, swapping scraps, electing officers
and getting member feedback for programming this year.

Cross your fingers that the QuiltCon quilt will also be ready for its big reveal!

*Members bringing scraps get first choice, of course.

*Don't forget that we will also be having a January sew day independent of the general meeting.

Since it's a fresh, new year - a blank slate - why not assess those UFOs you have and bring them to the meeting?  Get some input from your quilty friends and find some motivation to get it done or get rid of it!  (Sometimes, finished IS better than perfect.) We will be running a UFO Finish Along in 2017 to keep you motivated. We will log your UFOs at this next meeting and as you finish them throughout the year you will get a ticket for each one to enter in an end of year prize drawing. UFOs must be at least partially started for this event. 

See you January 8th at 1pm at the Pittsburgh Project!