Friday, June 7, 2019

June Meeting Recap

 Our June meeting was held on June 2nd. We had a busy meeting with lots of announcements, many quilts shown during show and tell and a very informative and fun presentation by Courtney on Taking Better Pictures.

- The Riley Blake fabric challenge closed on May 31st. 3 of our members entered their quilts in the challenge. 

- Spring Barn Quilt Workshop is rescheduled for tomorrow, June 8th, from 10am-2pm. There is still time to register on the workshop site:

- On the MQG website all members can find lots of free resources: webinars, patterns, articles etc
   Also the MQG has a call for entries in different categories : patterns, blocks and quilts for special      exhibits. Log into your account and check them out.

- The MQG announced the QuiltCon 2020 guild challenge colors and them. Bring your ideas to the        August meeting!

- Our Tiny Town quilt won 3rd place at the Three Rivers Quilt Show in group category!! We are looking for suggestions for where to donate our quilt. Contact leadership with any suggestions. We will vote on recipient at the July meeting.

- We are very excited for our Fall Workshop with Melissa Averinos : Making Faces
More information coming soon!

- Upcoming guild exhibits: 
   -Mt. Lebanon Library POP ART Exhibit: Minis will be displayed at the Mt Lebanon Library for the month of July. 
   -Quilt Company East Show: our QuiltCon 2019 quilt (Tiny Town) was accepted into the show.
   - Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza: we will have 2 exhibits in this show - POP Art and collection of members quilts  
- Great news! Our 2020 Retreat is booked for May 15-17 2020 at the Martina Spiritual Retreat Center. We hope to see many members there. It is a fun weekend with lots of sewing a fun.

-Note from the treasurer: We voted in favor of raising annual dues from $40 to $50.  Annual dues are due at the July meeting. You can pay with cash or check at the meeting or through Paypal.

-Our Make it Modern! challenge concluded at the meeting. We used the Drunkard's path block as inspiration. It was fun to see all the different quilts you can make from one single block idea.

- Nikki announced our new challenge: Wholecloth quilt
    Create a modern wholecloth quilt. It can be any size, color or fabric. NO pieced or appliqued elements can be used. Have fun stitching. Make sure you use the  #pghmqgwholecloth hashtag on social media when posting progress pictures.

Show and Tell

Courtney put together a presentation about Taking Better Pictures. She shared lots of useful information about layout, light, colors / saturation. Discussed how to take photos indoors and outdoors. She also showed us tricks on how to edit / enhance pictures.

Our next meeting:
Sunday, July 7th from 1pm-4pm
 Holy Spirit cafeteria in Millvale
Topic: Using a free vector design app
Presented by Ailish

Ailish will be using the free app Vectornator, feel free to download it to one of your Apple devices so you can play along during the meeting. If you are an android user, the app Skedio may be a good substitute. We hope to see you there!

Monday, May 13, 2019

May Sew Day and Meeting Recap

May Sew Day and Meeting Recap

We had a really fun May Sew Day on Saturday May 4th. 20 members came and set up their machines, shared food and laughter. Fun way to get to know each other.

We only stopped for a short Guild Meeting. Nikki had several announcements during meeting:

- The Sew Teach Me program at Quilter's Depot is still accepting applications for mentors! They are also accepting donations of fabrics (3/4 yard and larger) and notions. Cynthia is the contact person if you bring donations to the guild meetings.

- Riley Blake Challenges are due by May 31st! Submit your entry on the MQG website under Challenges.

- The MQG is looking for entries for the International Quilt Festival MQG Showcase
Deadline to enter is June 22nd.
Read more here:

- Our Exhibit at the Mt Lebanon library is fast approaching! If you would like to exhibit your POP ART challenge quilt, please bring them to the June 2nd meeting. The exhibit will run the month of July.

- PNQE has offered us space for an exhibit again this year! An email went out with instructions on how to enter. Let us know if you didn't receive an email. Each member can enter up to 3 quilt.
You can also enter your POP ART challenge quilt (which doesn't count as one of the 3 entries).
Entries are due by June 2nd.

-Three Rivers Quilt Show was this past weekend,  May 9-11 at Meadows Racetrack.

-Quilt Co East show entries are open till May 17th. They must be mailed in, so print your photos and fill out the entry form soon! Show dates: July 11-13 in Monroeville

Our Spring Workshop is on Saturday, May 18th 10am-2pm at Workshop.
Register online at:

- 2020 retreat is booked! it will be held May15-17 at Martina Spiritual Retreat Center.

Amanda presented our annual financial report.

Nikki also put out a call for 3-4 members to form a committee and review and update by-laws.

Show and Tell

We were all busy working on different projects during Sew Day.

Our next meeting is June 2nd. We hope to see you there!