Monday, October 29, 2012

November Meeting

Greetings everyone!

Has everyone spent the weekend battening down the hatches in case Hurricane Sandy makes a midweek appearance? I know a couple of us spent our Saturday making incredible blocks in Leona Avny's class at Quilt Company in Allison Park. The class was great and a welcome distraction from the deary weather outside. Leona is a wonderful quilter and all-around person, which is why it saddens me to announce she won't be able to speak and teach for our November meet-up. We are currently trying to reschedule her and will let everyone know if we are able to work out a new date and time.

So, everyone we have a change of plans...
Since the guild began we have been hosting a variety of workshops to introduce various aspects of modern quilting, and I hope each of you that have attended have enjoyed each workshop. Now that we all have some modern quilting techniques in our wheelhouse, perhaps it is time for some free sewing. This Sunday we ask everyone planning to attend to bring their machines and current works in progress for a "Show and Sew." After our meeting ends we will have a show and tell and then get to stitching. Everyone is encouraged to bring pieces created during the modern workshops or other current works in progress and just hang out and sew with your fellow quilters. Hand sewing is also encouraged if you don't feel like bringing along your machine. If you are bringing your machine please remember to bring an extension cord.

Meeting details:
Who? Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild
What? the November general meeting and "Show and Sew"
When? Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 1:00-4:00PM
Where? The Pittsburgh Project, 2801 N. Charles Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15214
Why? Because we all love modern quilting!

As always, non-members are asked to pay $5 for their first and second meeting. If this is your third time to attend the PGH MQG we ask you join the guild for only $15. Your membership is good until July 2013 based on our newly decided fiscal year (July to July).

Most of the leadership team was able to meet today to discuss the November meeting, the December end of the year party, and planning for 2013. We have some great ideas for 2013, but we would love to hear from all of you. Please contact us or talk with one or all of us in November or December and share your ideas of what you would like your guild to provide for you. Have a great workshop, project, swap, or outreach idea? Have a desire to get a group together and attend one of the many quilt shows in our area? Interested in a modern quilt retreat? Please let us know. 

We hope to see as many of you as possible on Sunday. Please stay safe this week traveling about in the potentially crazy weather and stay warm.
Feel free to drop us a line!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

October Meeting Notes

Hi all!
I hope everyone has enjoyed the lovely Sunday weather. I apologize for the delay, but October meeting notes have been posted to the blog for review. Please review the notes and email or bring suggested changes/additions to the November meeting. 

Please note we will be amending our bylaws in November due to the change to our fiscal year, which is now July to July. This means those who have paid 2012 dues do not have to renew membership until July 2013.

As well, according to the notes we had a guest speaker and workshop for the November meeting. I received word today our special guest, Leona Avny, had to postpone the presentation and workshop. She should have more availability in 2013. 

Stay tuned for the announcement about our November activity.
Thank you. - Jodi


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The History of the Modern Quilt Movement

Hello All,

Recently, our president Jodi McLaughlin spoke to a group of quilters about the history of the modern quilt movement. I had the pleasure of being there and learned a lot! Jodi brought fabric examples from all the current designers, the most important books and quilts that both she and other members of our group made. The audience seemed quite pleased with her presentation and the quilts. Beautiful job, Jodi!



Friday, October 12, 2012

Wexford Dry Goods Opens This Weekend

Hello modern quilters.

I had a lovely conversation with Carolyn McKeating yesterday. She let me know her store, Wexford Dry Goods, is opening this weekend. The store will be open this Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM for its Grand Opening!!!

Carolyn, who is incredibly talented and a big supporter of the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild, has spent the last few months preparing her shop and ordering some of the latest fabrics. The shop isn't just for quilters and sewists. It features supplies for knitters, too. Two incredible crafts represented in one great place!

I know what I will be doing with my Saturday. Perhaps I will see some of you there! Happy quilting! - Jodi

Wexford Dry Goods
2000 Village Run
Suite 202
Wexford, PA 15090

Monday: 10-5
Tuesday: Noon-8
Wednesday-Saturday: 10-5
Sunday: Closed (So, don't miss your local modern quilt guild meeting!)

The store's website is not up and running yet. Carolyn mentioned all social media is currently a work in progress, but she will have it up soon.

Monday, October 8, 2012

QuiltCon Raffle Quilt features one of our own

Greetings All,

I just wanted to let you know that local quilter TaMara Howard has a block in the QuiltCon Raffle Quilt! Her version of a log cabin is on the stunning reverse side of the quilt assembled by Elizabeth Hartman and seen here

You can read more about the Gee’s Bend inspiration for TaMara’s block on her blog, Folk Quilts. Go take a look and help us welcome TaMara to Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild. Congratulations! We’re glad to have you with us.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Meeting tomorrow!

Don't forget — tomorrow's our monthly meeting at the Pittsburgh Project, 1–4 p.m. We'll be doing a short business meeting followed by a workshop by Gina on wonky crosses and a Show and Tell. Bring your works-in-progress and completed pieces.

See the posting at September 21/October Workshop: Wonky Crosses for all the details and a supply list for the tutorial and we'll see you tomorrow!