Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August 2017 Meeting Recap

If you missed our August meeting then you missed the big news: Our bridge quilt has been donated to the Heinz History Center! It will be stored in their archives and may be displayed at some point. We'll be sure to let you know any further updates about it.

Guild members exchanged scrap bags for our Make Me a Mini challenge. Each member who participated at the August meeting will be making a mini quilt using their partner's scraps. The mini quilts will be due at our Oct 8th meeting (please not that this is a different date than printed on your instruction form as we had to reschedule the Oct meeting). Use the hashtag #pghmqgmmm to share your progress on Instagram and to keep up with what other members have been working on!

The MQG is accepting submissions for quilts to QuiltCon 2018. Find out more about submitting a quilt here

Block packets to make the next charity quilt will be available at our next meeting on Sept 10th. Completed blocks will be due by Oct. 14th. We'll be meeting at St. John's that day from 10-5 to assemble the quilt top. Please contact us if you need to mail your blocks. 

Amanda taught us about improv with intent. For many of our members this was a new concept. It will be exciting to see what they create. She also did a demo on how to sew improv curves. 

All of the quilts have been collected for the PNQE exhibit next month and are shipping out this weekend. Thank you so much to everyone who is participating and who helped prepare the quilts for shipment at the recent sew day!

The next meeting will be Saturday, Sept 10th at the Pittsburgh Project. Look for the meeting announcement to be up soon.

Show and Tell

See you soon!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

August Meeting Announcement

We will be meeting on Sunday, August 6th at the Stephen Foster Community Center, 286 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 from 1:00-4:00 pm (please note that this is a different location than in the past). 

The meeting topic will be led by Amanda Hancock and we will be discussing improv with intent piecing. Amanda will focus her discussion on her process for creating blocks using improv piecing to achieve a predetermined goal. We will discuss finding inspiration, formulating a plan for piecing, and different techniques for executing your vision. Improv curves will be demoed as well. 
Learn how to use improv piecing techniques for creating stuff like this!

Some other things to know/anticipate for this meeting:
  • We will be kicking off a new challenge and swap all in one this month. To participate, bring with you to the meeting a sandwich bag full of scraps that you would like a fellow guild member to make you a mini from. Check out all the details of the Make Me a Mini challenge on the Guild Challenges and Swaps tab of this blog.
  • We have an exciting update about the bridge quilt. Spoiler alert: it's found a forever home and it's a good one! :)
See you soon!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

July Meeting Recap

We met in July to discuss several methods to hand applique as led by the always informative, Barbara Cain. After the presentation, which can be found here, we split into small groups and moved around the room to try out the different methods outlined. 

Here is Nikki showing a modern block she created using hand applique

Some other takeaways from the meeting were:

  • It's time to pay your annual dues! Please head over to the membership info page on this blog for details on how to pay. Payment is due by August 1st.
  • We saw the last of our Inspiration Challenge blocks this month. Bring your completed quilt using your blocks to the September meeting for a chance to win a basket full of great prizes!
  • We will be kicking off a new challenge and swap all in one next month. To participate, bring to the August meeting a sandwich bag full of scraps that you would like a fellow guild member to make you a mini from. Check out all the details of the Make Me a Mini challenge on the Guild Challenges and Swaps tab of this blog. 
  • Don't forget to register for the members only Shibori workshop at Workshop PGH on 07/29. You can find the registration link on Workshop PGH's website. The cost is $38 for a 3.5 hour workshop. You can bring your own fabric or purchase napkins on site to dye. 
  • The next meeting is Sunday August 6th at the Stephen Foster Community Center, 286 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 from 1:00-4:00 pm (please note that this is a different location than in the past). Look for more details about this meeting to be on the blog soon!
The next free monthly sew day is at Quilter's Depot, 4160 Library Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15234, on Saturday August 19th. We will be sending out an eVite for this event in a few weeks.

Check out some photos from show and tell:

Cheryl is killing the UFO challenge, guys!

TaMara and her icy cool block for a bee she is in

Stacy's bubbly mini for the Modern Solids Challenge

See you in August!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sew Day Cancelled

The sew day scheduled for this coming Saturday, July 15th has been cancelled. Enjoy the beautiful day!


Friday, June 30, 2017

July Meeting Announcement

Be sure to join us for the next meeting on Sunday, July 9th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Pittsburgh Project where we will take it slow, and hone our skills with a finished edge, hand applique lesson.

During the lesson, we will:
  • View examples of modern applique quilts
  • Study four ways to prepare applique pieces
  • Discuss options for applique supplies
  • Learn how to invisibly hand sew applique shapes onto background fabrics
  • Practice what we’ve learned, round robin style

Scrap fabrics, tools and supplies will be provided. All you will need to bring is pair of small scissors or snips. If you would like to view/print the presentation slides prior to the meeting you can find them here and here.

It will be a fun, interactive and busy session! 

Some additional items to know for this meeting:
  • Annual dues are collected in July. Specific details about options for paying were emailed out a few weeks back, but you are welcome to bring cash/check to the July meeting. See the Membership Info page of this blog for more information
  • Registration details for the Shibori dyeing workshop at Workshop PGH were also emailed out recently (check your junkmail folder if you didn't get the email!)
  • Gerry will be accepting quilts for the upcoming Quilt Company East show before the meeting. Please arrive promptly at 1:00 or earlier if you would like her to take your quilt at that time.
  • The next free sew day is Saturday July 15th, 12-5 at Carnegie Library Lawrenceville. Look for the eVite to be sent out soon!
  • July is also the last month to show your Inspiration Challenge blocks. Finished quilts for the final challenge prize drawing are due at the September meeting!
See you soon!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

June Meeting Recap

Before we review the events from the June meeting, registration details for the members only Shibori dyeing workshop have been emailed out! The workshop will be led by Rebekah Joy at Workshop PGH on July 29th. This should be a fun event so make sure you get  yourself all signed up!

We had a great turn out at the June meeting. Everyone was pretty excited to turn in their Modern Solids Minis for the upcoming PghMQG exhibit at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in September. Check out #pghmqgmsc on Instagram to see all of the great pieces created for this challenge! If you haven't turned in your mini for this challenge yet, please be sure to bring it to the July meeting.

Some of the great Modern Solids Minis that our members created!

Our presentation in June was led by Amanda and covered how to use social media to find information, connect with other quilters, and find inspiration. You can download the presentation slides here. We reviewed some tips on using Instagram and finding info on the MQG website and on the PghMQG website. We have two new tabs on our website with good information: the membership information tab and the guild challenges/swaps tab. Be sure to check them out!

We also decided on our plan for the 2018 QuiltCon challenge quilt. The project this year will be led by our VP of Membership, Michele. Several members volunteered to be on the project committee. Look for more details to coming soon!

Check out some of the pretties we saw at Show and Tell this month:
Cathy's sentimental quilt that she made for a good friend

Another awesome quilt from Sharon!

Michele's colorful quilt that has been a long time coming!

Zsofia continues to stun us with her miniaturizing abilities!
Our next meeting will be held on Sunday July 9th (please note this is the second Sunday in July). Look for the details to be announced soon!

See you soon,

Monday, May 29, 2017

June 2017 Meeting- Social Media and Modern Quilting

Join us June 4, 2017 from 1-4pm at The Pittsburgh Project for our monthly meeting!

Bring your Modern Solids Challenge mini with you! They are due at the meeting. Don't forget to put a four inch sleeve on the back for hanging and a label.

As always, bring your Inspiration Challenge blocks and your Show and Tell items to share.

Amanda will be speaking about Social Media and Modern Quilting. She'll discuss how you can use social media to connect, share our work, and find inspiration.

A couple of reminders:

  • Annual membership dues are due by the July meeting. You can do so now at the meeting or online. Please check out the membership page on our website for all the details: click here.
  • Don't forget to submit your entries for the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza PghMQG exhibit by Friday, June 2nd. All the relevant info can be found by clicking here.

See you soon!