Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 2017 Meeting Recap

This month we combined our monthly meeting with an all day sewing retreat.

At our meeting we recognized the members of our guild who had quilts in the Three Rivers Quilt Show and those that won ribbons. They can be found here.

Entries for the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza (PNQE) show in Philadelphia must be sent in by June 3, 2017. Details here.

All guild members are encouraged to participate in the Modern Solids Challenge. We are to make a 24" square mini quilt using all solids in the colors of our logo. These minis will hang in the PNQE show as a display together. Please bring your completed mini to the June meeting! You can find progress photos on Instagram at #pghmqgmsc and what I'm seeing so far is impressive! (Check out our new page on this website to read up on all current and past guild challenges going on!)

The Modern Quilt Guild has announced the next Charity Quilt Challenge guidelines. The theme is modern-traditionalism. Brainstorm some ideas for our next quilt and submit your ideas via e-mail to the guild. We'll decide on an idea at our June meeting.

Our next meeting will be Sunday June 4 from 1-4pm at The Pittsburgh Project. Amanda will be speaking about how modern quilters use social media to connect, find inspiration, and share their work. 

Upcoming Programs:

Sew Day June 10, 2017 at Quilter's Corner 10-4 E-vite coming soon!

Shibori Workshop, possible date July 29th, details TBA

Screen printing Workshop Fall 2017

Hand Applique is the program topic for the July 2017 meeting

We welcomed two new members this month bringing our total to 56!

Reminder: It's time to pay your annual dues! You can check out this info on our website for all the 411 on dues amount and how to pay: click here. 

Inspiration Blocks:




Amanda


Gail


B




Gail


Gerry
Sharon
Show and Tell:
Sally


B


Michelle


Nikki


New member Cathy


B







Friday, May 12, 2017

PghMQG Exhibit at PNQE!

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza (PNQE) quilt show coming up this September will feature an exhibit of work by the members our guild! Details about the show in general can be found by following this link

Entries are now open for members to submit their work to be shown at this event!

Some additional important details:

  • Each member may submit up to three works of any size for the exhibit (if you are making a mini for the Modern Solids Challenge, it does not count as one of the three you may submit)
  • Quilts will be selected by PghMQG leadership based on the number of submissions we receive
  • Please submit a separate form for each work you are submitting along with two photos of each quilt (one photo of the entire piece and one detail close-up photo), the link to the form is below
  • Shipping to and from the show will be at no cost to you
  • We would like you to submit your most modern pieces, but most importantly we would love to see work from every member represented regardless of how modern it is!
  • Feel free to submit unfinished pieces. They must be finished by Aug 13th and of good quality in order to be included in the exhibit.
  • Entries are due by Friday, June 2nd
PghMQG members please follow this link to download the submission form. Please read it and complete it carefully for all pertinent details and instructions for submitting.

Are you interested in participating but you aren't a member? You can find information about joining our guild by following this link.

So excited to see your pretty quilts!
PghMQG


Friday, May 5, 2017

PghMQG at the Three Rivers Quilt Show

The Three Rivers Quilt show was held April 27-29, 2017. We had many members of our guild enter quilts and quite a few bring home awards. Check out all the member quilts below (presented in alphabetical order).

Congratulations to all who participated! 


Amanda Hancock-A Little Lucid



Amanda Hancock, Resist, Third Place, Theme-Solo

Amanda Hancock, Rainbow Unicorn

Barbara Cain, Temperance Please, Second Place, Modern

Dia Sue-Wah-Sing, Collaborate, Judge's Recognition

Elmira Essex-Sizemore, Art Deco Diamonds

Elmira Essex-Sizemore, Modern Ballerina, Director's Choice

Gerry Benton, Angel by the Sea Honorable Mention Art/Wall-Hanging

Karen Womack, Tribe

Melissa Fontanese, Geese Over Essex

Nicole Maroon, Fowl Play, Honorable Mention, Modern

Nicole Maroon, Shimmer Medallion, First Place, Pieced Large-Solo

Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild, Vertical Scale

Sandra Schott, Circle of Friends, Honorable Mention, Modern

TaMara Howard, A Tree of Life, Second Place, Pieced Small-Group, Quilted by Nicole Maroon

TaMara Howard, Eclipse 2, First Place, Modern

Vivian Benton, Sawtooth in Living Color

Vivian Benton, Endless Chain II

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 2017 Meeting: Sew Day

May 6th we will have a sewing day from 9-9 at
At 1pm we will have a brief guild meeting. Guild members please check your e-mail to RSVP and for more details.The sew day is free to members and $10 for guests.

Please plan to join us!  The sewing days are always a great time.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April Meeting Recap


First, a little business. We had another fun meeting. PGHMQG now has 55 members! 

We will be participating in the PA National Quilt Extravaganza, which is a Mancuso Show, September 14-17 2017. Guild members are encouraged to enter quilts into our exhibit at the show. Members also have the opportunity to make a mini quilt using all solids in the colors of our logo. You should have received info about both of these things through e-mail (check your junk mail folder if you didn't get it!).

April 29th will be a sew day at the Hill District Library from 12-5pm. 

Our next meeting will be Saturday May 6th. This will also be a sew day with a break for our meeting in the afternoon. 

Watch for e-vites for both sewing days!

Mark your calendars for March 23-25 2018 and plan to join us for another sewing retreat. It was such a great weekend!

Now, some quilts! Our members are going strong with their monthly inspiration challenge blocks.

Gerry

Amanda's Daffodil Block

Ailish's block inspired by walks in the park as spring begins


Sandy

Karen's February and March blocks

 Show and Tell:
Gerry with her first improv piece inspired by our Sherri Lynn Wood class
B with a quilt she made from her 100dayproject designs
Amanda with her Christmas tree skirt


Ailish finished this quilt top on our retreat

Zsofia with her awesome swap mini

Melissa

Julie

Karen received this mini from the MQG swap


Stacy led our program for the month on the topic of judging quilt shows. Quilt judges are trained to look at all aspects of the quilt from the design and color to the construction. Something that stuck out to me as an important was to consider the longevity of your quilt. Your quilt will be around for a long time, maybe longer than you think! So make a quilt that is well constructed. Make sure that your quilting is close enough together to prevent batting shifting around in the wash and make sure your binding is made to last. If it's going to be in a show these are things that a judge will be looking for, but even more important, preserve your beautiful work.

Thank you to Stacy for leading this month's program!

Monday, March 27, 2017

April 2017 Meeting: Quilt Judging

This month we'll be at The Pittsburgh Project on Sunday April 2nd from 1-4pm. 


Ooooo, pretty fabric!
We have a lot of exciting things to talk about this month, including our new Modern Solids Challenge. Look at these beautiful fabric bundles all ready to go for the challenge! FQ bundles will be available at the meeting for $10. Please bring cash or check if you are interested in purchasing a bundle.

Our program this month will be presented by Stacy about quilt judging. She will discuss:
  • Difference between jury, judge and exhibit.
  • The context for judging/what it's for.
  • What the judge's role is and isn't.
  • Where judging criteria come from
She has prepared an outline which can be viewed here. Please print this if you would like a copy for the meeting!  She will also show examples from her own quilts.

Stacy will be happy to answer questions during her talk. You can also e-mail her before the meeting at: skoequilt at aol.com 


As always,bring your show and tell items,your inspiration blocks, completed UFO projects, and your smiling faces! 

Friday, March 17, 2017

March Meeting Recap

Our March meeting took place at Spool. Thanks for hosting us, Spool! <3 We are excited to welcome three new members! 

The winner of the Upcycled Clothing Challenge was announced. There was a tie! Congratulations to our winners!

Sally's winning entry

Sharon's winning entry

The Three Rivers Quilt show is coming up. The deadline for submissions is March 27. The Quilt Company East is also hosting a show. The deadline for submissions is May 20th.


There will be no regular sew day this month. Instead we will have our sewing retreat March 24-26th.


Here are this month's Inspiration Challenge blocks:

Gerry

B's QuiltCon inspired block 

Sharon's block

 Amanda's block

Show and Tell:

 New member Sarah and her house block

Zsofia's teeny tiny rainbow geese

Akemi shared the MQG swap mini that she received.

Tamara's Bee block

Cheryl was super speedy with completing her Riley Blake Challenge quilt.



Sharon completed one of her UFO's.
(Don't forget about our UFO challenge!)


And finally some pictures from our Sashiko workshop. Thank you to Spool for hosting our meeting and getting us started with learning about Sashiko!





Our next meeting will be at The Pittsburgh Project April 2nd 1-4pm. Stacy will be sharing about quilt show judging. Can't wait to see you there!