Thursday, January 21, 2021

 January 2021 Meeting Recap

Our January 3rd meeting was the annual business meeting, held this year on Zoom. 

We elected a new leadership team:

President - Karen Womack

VP of Programs - Missy Bauer

VP of Membership - Jennifer Laverty

Treasurer - Barbara Cain

Social Media - Zsofia Molgaard

Big thanks for the previous leadership team for their hard work!

Announcements:

- Our regular meeting location, Holy Spirit Parish in Millvale, is now St. Matthew Parish. Same location, new name.

- Our annual Retreat is scheduled from Friday May 7th through Sunday May 9th. More info to follow.

- The Modern Quilt Guild's annual show, QuiltCon, will be virtual for 2021.  Choose from classes, lectures, special events and the show gallery.  Registration and prices at  www.QuiltCon.com

- Our QuiltCon charity quilt, "Moving In the Best Circles" is finished and submitted!  Look for it in the Chapter Charity Quilt section of QuiltCon.  Thanks to all members who made a block, and special thanks to B for coordinating the quilt assembly - and the great photograph. 



- 1st quarter challenge 2021

        Subject: Pandemic

        Due Date: Saturday March 6th (sew day)

        Guidelines/Restrictions : None.  Your quilt can be any size, any technique, any color.

        Show us your work in progress.  Please use the hashtag #pghqgpandemicchallenge on our social media:

        -  Facebook - Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild (public) and Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild Member Page (private) 

      -  Instagram at pghmqg.

        Post your other projects using these hashtags:

        #pghmqg

        #showusyourmqg


2021 Programming - Members, programming ideas/suggestions for 2021-2022 are welcome. More information to follow.

Our next meeting is Sunday, February 7th. We will try to meet in-person - decision will be based on State guidelines for group size. More information to follow. 

We follow social distancing guidelines, and sanitize surfaces before and after the meeting. The meeting is held in a large, spacious area with its own entrance. Please wear a mask.

Guests may attend two meetings at no charge.  Please RSVP to pittsburghmqg@gmail.com two days before the meeting to confirm our meeting plans.  

We hope to see you at our next meeting.  Stay safe - and warm!





Thursday, November 5, 2020

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER RECAP

 

Hello Guild Members! We have had two wonderful monthly meetings in-person so let hope we have our December All Day, Sew Day in-person as well!


Allegheny County is still in the yellow!

...but we’re going to continue meeting safely and will continue to provide digital content for those who do not wish to attend in person.


● No more than 40 attendees (cafeteria)

● No more than 63 attendees (lyceum)

● Disinfect tables and other touched

surfaces before and after meetings


Also, please leave the center lane open for church patrons to pass. 


Annual Retreat

Yay! Mark your calendars! Our annual retreat is scheduled from

Friday, May 7th through Sunday, May 9th.


Single occupancy overnights and sleep at home options will be

offered. Meal or no meal options will be offered as well.


More info. to follow early in 2021.


Membership

We have 54 members for our 2020/21 year!


QuiltCon 2021

QuiltCon will be virtual for 2021.

● Quilt Submissions (by photo only) are due by the end of November

● Community Outreach Quilts will be submitted in photo form and will be posted online by the MQG for all to see. Our Quilt has been registered and submitted in drawing, rather than photo form. Photos can be swapped out in January for outreach quilts only.


2021 QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt Challenge


Moving in the Best Circles - exemplifies the caliber and spirit of the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild members. When we work together, we learn from one another, elevate our skills and benefit greatly from our interactions. The results of this are much more than the beautiful works we create, we are rewarded with an understanding of the importance of community and the value of pride in our accomplishments.

 Sandra is collecting finished quilt blocks today if you have them

● Blocks must be completed and received by the December 5th sew day

● If you have difficulty with your block(s), hate it, and don't want to do it, will not have enough time or lost it, never fear! Just let B know and we’ll figure something out! This is supposed to be fun!

There are a few tasks to be completed and volunteers are needed. Please e-mail B at becain777@gmail.com if you’d like to help with any of the open tasks below:

● Quilt Top Assembly During December 5th Sew Day - Volunteers needed

● Quilt Binding, Label and Sleeve Assembly During December 5th Sew Day - Volunteers needed

● Quilting - Sandra

● Quilt Binding, Label and Sleeve Application - Volunteer needed

● Quilt Photography and Submission Sandra and B


4th Quarter Challenge - Monochromatic!

Create a modern quilt that uses a monochromatic palette.

● Due date, during the December 5th meeting/sew day

● No restrictions on size, fabric, etc., and yes, you can include blacks, whites and grays with your monochromatic selection

● This is the last 2020 entry challenge project for the 2021 free retreat drawing. You can make a 1” x 1” quilt and qualify! Don't miss out.


Social Media

The hashtag for the current challenge is: #pghmqgmonochromaticchallenge

Don’t forget to tag your IG posts with:

#pghmqg

#showusyourmqg

#pghmqgcommunityoutreachquilt


Online Workshop - Guild Subsidized

Virtual Two Day Kitchen Sink Quilting with Maria Shell - Nov 14 - 15 2020, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Upcoming Meeting - 2020

Saturday, December 5th - 9:00 am - 9:00 pm - Lyceum
○ Sew Day and Regular Business Meeting at 1:00 pm
○ 4th quarter Monochromatic Challenges and Drawing
○ Community Outreach Quilt

Final Block Collection, Make Top, Bias, Sleeve and Label

○ Needle Book Swap
○ One meal from Jimmy Johns, otherwise BYO food/drink

Upcoming Meetings - 2021

Sunday 3-Jan Meeting 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Cafeteria Elections
Sunday 7-Feb Meeting 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Cafeteria TBD
Saturday 6-Mar Sew Day 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Cafeteria FPP Sewing 101 Break Out
Sunday 11-Apr Meeting 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Cafeteria FPP Pattern Making 101
Fri- Sun 7-9 May Retreat TBD - TBD Martina Business Meeting if Needed
Sunday 6-Jun Meeting 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Cafeteria TBD
Sunday 11-Jul Meeting 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Cafeteria TBD
Sunday 7-Aug Sew Day 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Cafeteria TBD
Sunday 12-Sep Meeting 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Cafeteria TBD
Sunday 3-Oct Meeting 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Cafeteria TBD
Sunday 7-Nov Meeting 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Cafeteria TBD
Saturday 4-Dec Sew Day 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Lyceum TBD

Leadership Reminder

We have nominations for 2021 leadership and welcome more:

● President - We have one nomination

● Vice President of Programming - We have one nomination

● Vice President of Membership - We have one nomination + an alternate

● Treasurer - Has one year remaining but could be an alternate

● Social Media Coordinator - We have one nomination

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

yopamm@gmail.com


If you are interested in either learning more about needle books (this is also our December Swap) or more on binding please view the slides from October and November that were sent to your email. 


SHOW & TELL

























Thursday, October 1, 2020

 

Hello everyone!  

We're going to try again to go live for our next meeting. Barring any new changes from Allegheny County, we are going to have our October 4th meeting at our usual location, the Holy Spirit Church cafeteria in Millvale from 1pm-4pm. We are permitted to meet indoors with a maximum of 25 people, as long as we wear masks and practice social distancing. Both before and after the meeting, leadership will sanitize tables and any other surfaces that we think people will be touching, but do bring your hand sanitizer and anything else you need to make yourself feel comfortable. We don’t normally have more than 25 attendees at our meetings so we are not terribly concerned about overloading the space or turning anyone away, but if we need to, we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

On the agenda will be:

  • Our normal business meeting, show and tell, etc.

  • Needle book images and tutorial recommendations

  • Slide tutorial on how to make the blocks for the charity quilt

  • Charity quilt block kit distribution

Bernadette Kovac will be handling distribution of 30 block kits. Keeping in mind that curved piecing is involved, we have identified skill levels for each kit as either beginner, intermediate or experienced. For those of you who are attending the meeting, see Bernie for a kit of your choice. For those of you who do not want to enter the cafeteria but do want a block kit: for your convenience, Bernie will be conducting a drive through distribution option in the church parking lot during the meeting hours. If you wish to use this option, please contact Bernie directly at 412-760-6736 to make arrangements for pick up. Be sure to let Bernie know what time you will arrive and which level of block kit you prefer.

Now for the September Meeting Recap!

Report from the Treasurer is the same as in past months. All good there!

Our 4th quarter challenge is Monochromatic quilts!!!

Create a modern quilt that uses a monochromatic palette.

● Due date, during the December 5th meeting/sew day

● We will learn how to create monochromatic palettes during
the workshop today

● No restrictions on size, fabric, etc., and yes, you can include
blacks, whites and grays with your monochromatic selection.

The hashtag for the current challenge is:
#pghmqgmonochromaticchallenge

Don’t forget to tag your IG posts with:
#pghmqg
#showusyourmqg

We currently have 53 members signed up for the 2020/2021 year!


The 2020 QuiltCon CHarity quilt  was donated to the Manchester Bidwell Corporation. They were very appreciative of our gift and plan to display our quilt in their office space. Thanks again to everyone who helped!

2021 QuiltCon Charity Challenge:


There are many tasks to be completed and volunteers are needed. Please e-mail B at
becain777@gmail.com if you’d like to help with any of the open tasks below:
● Design Development - Sandra
● Pattern Drafting and Piecing Instructions- B
● Quilt Top Fabric Selection and Purchase - Amanda
● Quilt Back and Binding Selection and Purchase - Volunteer needed
● Fabric Cutting and Block Kit Preparation - Volunteers needed, person to person contact is required
● Kit Distribution, Method TBD - Volunteers needed
● Block Construction - All of us
● Finished Block Collection, Method TBD - Volunteer needed
● Quilt Top Assembly - Volunteers needed
● Quilt Back Assembly - Volunteer needed
● Quilting - Volunteer needed
● Quilt Binding - Volunteer needed
● Quilt Label and Sleeve Volunteer needed


Other 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:

● November - Various Binding Techniques and Tutorials
● December - Sew Day and Holiday Needlebook Exchange

Also, we are planning an online workshop with a “sewlebrity” to tide us over in the event that we can’t meet in person for extended period of time. This has been a bit more difficult to arrange than we thought. More info. to come!

Leadership Reminder

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 yopamm@gmail.com

Last and not least! Great job to all the members who participated in the 3rd quarter Triangle quilt challenge! Beautiful job, Ladies!


Bernie Kovak


Laurie Mizrahi


Mary Gregg




Sandy Schott


Sharon Galli


Zsofia Molgaard




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!

Leadership

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 yopamm@gmail.com

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


2021_COQ palette-01.jpg

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 becain777@gmail.com 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:
#pghmqgtrianglechallenge

Don’t forget to tag your IG posts with:
#pghmqg
#showusyourmqg

Show and Tell!

These are all finished of Gails!




DON'T FORGET TO SEND YOUR
SHOW AND TELL FINISHES!!



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:

#pghmqgtrianglechallenge


Don’t forget to tag your IG posts with:
#pghmqg
#showusyourmqg


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!

2021_COQ palette-01.jpg


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!!




SHOW AND TELL!


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!

SECOND QUARTER CHALLENGE: STRIPES!

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

ABSOLUTELY STELLER LADIES!!!

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