Monday, July 20, 2020

July Meeting Recap

August meeting and sew day (Pending County Orders!)

This is our second of Three sew days planned for 2020!

Join us any time from 9am - 9pm on Saturday, August 1st for an all-day sew day.

Brief business meeting at 1pm.

Remember to bring a mask and practice social distancing!

Do not park in front of the church! All cars must be parked on side streets because the church has scheduled First Holy Communions for this day.

Upcoming Meetings
(Pending County Orders!)

All future meetings are pending coronavirus restrictions but whether we meet in person or continue to distance learn, this is what’s in the hopper for later in the year:

  • Various binding techniques and tutorials
  • Color Theory lesson
  • Holiday gift exchange - This year's gift - Needle Books
  • Quarter Four Challenge - TBD

We are also looking into online workshops just in case we won’t be able to meet for an en extended period of time. More to follow on that!


It's not too soon to start thinking about filling leadership positions for 2021. We are seeking nominations for all positions which include:

  • President
  • Vice President of Programming
  • Vice President of Membership
  • Treasurer
  • Social Media Coordinator

If you’d like to nominate yourself or someone else, contact Pam Morrison at

Piecing Unusual Shapes
  • Angles
  • Curves
  • Y-Seams

… quarantine style, unfortunately not a round-robin but more like homeschooling! 

We’ve found three online tutorials that illustrate how to piece angles, curves, and Y-seams. These are fundamental lessons worthy of your quilting reference library. A link to PDF versions has been emailed to all members!

2021 QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt Challenge

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Previously called the QuiltCon charity quilt.

Theme:  Curves

Color Palette:

Remember: Your design should be geared for group participation.

We invite you to submit your ideas for a vote.  Send an email to B at by July 30th with a description of your concept and an image that roughly depicts your design. We will select a winner on Saturday, August 1st during the sew day.  If we are not able to meet in person, a poll will be sent to all members.

We can’t wait to see your ideas!

Current Challenge - Triangles!

Create a modern quilt that includes one or more triangles.
Some ideas to get you started:
  • Try improv
  • Use different types of triangles: half-square triangles, equilateral triangles, etc
  • Play with flying geese

No restrictions on size, colors, fabric, etc.

The hashtag for the current challenge is:

Don’t forget to tag your IG posts with:

Show and Tell!

These are all finished of Gails!


Sunday, June 14, 2020

June Meeting Recap

Hello PGHMQG Members! Everyone get ready because we are meeting IN PERSON starting with our Sunday, July 12th meeting!! How excited are you, because I know I am! With that being said, let's have a few meeting reminders. Even though we are in the green we still all need to wear our masks and social distance during the meeting. We are lucky in that our space is big enough we shouldn't have a problem. 

The July meeting will be round-robin style with tips and tricks for piecing odd shapes!

Also, please leave the center lane in the parking area open for church patrons to be able to leave.

A note from the treasurer this month: Holy Spirit will apply payments made for canceled meetings to future meetings and we have been reimbursed by Three Rivers and NPQG for quilt show submission fees. Other than that the books haven't changed from previous months.

We will not be rescheduling the retreat this year. We will try to get everything set up for 2021.

June was the deadline for our second quarter stripe challenge quilts and those who completed did an amazing job! Those quilts can be found at the end of this post. These quilts will be on exhibit at the PNQE Mancuso show in September, if it happens.

The third quarterly challenge will be Triangles! Create a modern quilt that includes one or more triangles. Some ideas to get you started: Try improv, use different types of triangles: half-square triangles, equilateral triangles, etc, or play with flying geese! No restrictions on size, colors, fabric, etc.

The hashtag for the current challenge is:


Don’t forget to tag your IG posts with:

QuiltCon 2021 will be going viral and classes will be announced this month with registration opening in July.

The new 2021 QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt Challenge has also been announced and this year's theme is curves with the below color palette! We will vote on a guild design during the August meeting. We can't wait to see your ideas!

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Our weekly virtual meetups will now end! We hope to see everyone in July! If we have to cancel the in-person meetings in the future we will discuss restarting the weekly zoom meetups. 

If you haven't already check out the June slides that have been sent to your emails with a run-through on how to calculate yardage with our B!!


Missy B bring out all the bright fabrics for this quilt and
we wouldn't expect anything different from her then these AMAZING bags!

Zsofia has been hard at work making this cute dress and tank. 

The quilting on this is mesmerizing! Great job, Z!

Our very own Vivian has made this colorful and wavy striped quilt!

Mary with her many finishes!

Pam has also been on a roll these last couple of months!

Three for Sally!
First, three blocks that I created at a curves workshop. It is perfect for the  flowers.
 Second Sally did a 30-day virus challenge in April.  As an exercise in front of a set of glass blocks, the light coming through casts different patterns. Sally capture these using reverse appliqué.
And this one is a block of the month using mainly Marcie Derse fabrics!


Great job to everyone who participated!

By: Bernadette 

By: Connie

By: Gail

By: Jan

By: Laurie

By: Lilian

By: Mary G

By: Merrilee

By: Missy

By: Nikki

By: Pam G

By: Pam M

By: Sally

By: Tracy

And another by Tracy!

By: Vivian

By: Zsofia


Don't forget, in person meetings are restarting in July!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Instagram for Quilting Inspiration

In this post, we will go over how you can search, follow, and draw inspiration for future quilting projects! Instagram is a fantastic place to find inspiration and also allows you to save a post for later viewing allowing you to search and save to your quilting heart's content!  

First and foremost you will have to download and create an Instagram account. 

When creating your account you will have a few decisions you will need to make, beginning with your account name (the guilds is pghmqg) this can be changed but should be something you are comfortable with and can change later is you wish. Also, if you would like your account to be "public" or "private". Public accounts mean that anyone on Instagram can see your posts. Private means that only approved friends can see your posts but keep in mind that Guild will not be able to share your posts on our Instagram page or stories. Lastly, your profile picture can be of you or of your quilt. If you use your face for your profile you will experience spam accounts. If you use a quilt this annoyance is almost cut out. Just food for thought. 

Once you create your Instagram account you can easily start finding and following other accounts and hashtags by using the search icon in the navigation buttons at the bottom of your page.  

Once you are in the search area you will find a few options. 

First, you will see auto-generated posts that you can scroll through at will. These posts are chosen by the program based on the post you like and search for trying to bring you content that you may not have seen yet.

When you are searching for specific inspiration its best to use the 'Search' bar at the top. Instagram will start to auto-generate a few search possibilities as you type. Mainly, accounts and hashtags that use the words your typing in wither the account name or a hashtag itself.  You can also try typing in a specific person name to find their account if you don't know what their account handle is. 

When you find the profile or hashtag you would like to follow its as simple as clicking the follow button on the profile. Once you start following an account or hashtag you will see everything they post on your main feed where you can scroll and scroll! 

Now a word about hashtags... Did you know ANYONE can make their own hashtag? It's a great way to keep track of personal projects or if others want to have 2 ways to find your images. For example, if your account is named @moderngreenstitches any quilt image you upload and place the hashtag #moderngreenstitches in the description will then show up when you search that hashtag. Pretty cool!

When you find a post you love or are inspired by you can easily save the post to a file by clicking the little "flag" icon near the bottom-right directly under the image you like. 

You can then make custom folders for different ideas making it quick and easy to organize your inspection for future projects. 

So, the next time you find a post you're inspired by you can click the "flag" and then add it to the folder it belongs to.

Saved posts are easy to view later by going to your main page and clicking the "menu" tab at the top right (three stacked, horizontal lines) and then going to the "Saved" tab. 

Another way to keep in contact with guild members and other quilty friends is by sending direct messages. If you go to your homepage then you will find a little "paper airplane" in the top right. By clicking on that you can then continue conversations that have already been started by clicking on the conversation or if you want to start a new conversation then you can click the "paper and pen" icon that will now be in the top right corner. If you are on someone's page there will also be a button you can click right under their profile that says "Message".

Something to explore further on Instagram is their "My Story" feature that allows you to post a photo, video, or post to your "story" for 24 hours. Many people use this to chronicle work progress or get feedback from followers. Once you have a photo, video, or post to share you can use the icons that run across the top to add hashtags, tag accounts, put in fun GIF's, or text. Then you can add to "Your Story" or send directly to others with the "Send To" button.  

As always when you post your beautiful quilt projects put the hashtag #pghmqg and #showusyourmqg others who follow those tags can see your work! Below is a list of all the guild member's Instagram accounts and Top 8 picks of other quilty accounts that leadership think are awesome!

Guild Members Instagram

Merrilee Anderson @driftedindrive

Tammy Angus @tammy_angus

Erin Balke @erin_and_cats

Missy Bauer @missy_b_sews

Beverly Breisinger @twofrogs84

Barbara Cain @modernquiltingbyb

Aimee DeFoe @project_elementary

Kathy Egnaczyk @seamingly.impossible

Sharon Galli @sharongalli

Gail Gausman @gailgausman

Mim Gerstenberger @mimmyseal

Barb Grossman @pghknitandcrochet

Amanda Hancock @sewsewlife

Tamara Howard @folkquilts

Erica Hurt @edge.of.elsewhere

Judy Irvin @judyk221

Melissa Jennings @somethinglikelaughter

Katie Kasel @katikat21

Suzan Koczka @sikoczka

Stacy Koehler @stacy.koehler

Michele Krugh @dreamingstardust

Jennifer Laverty @labomme

Ailish Luedde @ailish

Ricki Main @patchworkinprogress

Nikki Maroon @thegirlwhoquilts

Angela Mayer @gnometoucher

Jodi McLaughlin @fiberhaus

Laurie Mizrahi @lmizrahi

Zsofia Molgaard @sewsmall_by_zsofia

Carol Omer @carol.omer.5

Courtney Reed @sewthishappened

Sandra Schott @sewingsinceday1

Anne Shearon   @anneraspberry

Cheralee Stover @cheralees

Pam Valone @valonepam

Karen Womack @karenwquilts

Julie Zaichuk-Ryan @juliezryan

Tracey Zigo @traceyzigo

Leaderships Yop 8 Picks


All the Guild Members!