Monday, October 28, 2013

November Meeting Announcement

Our November meeting is quickly approaching!  The meeting will be held at the Pittsburgh Project from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Sunday, November 3, 2013.  The Pittsburgh Project is located at 2801 N. Charles Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15214.

We will have a brief business meeting regarding elections and the holiday party in December.  Jodi will be bringing everyone's quilts back from the show at the Carnegie Library.  Please pick up your quilts on Sunday or make arrangements with another guild member to pick up your work.  The show will be coming down on Thursday, so if you haven't seen it yet, you've got a few days left!

Following the business meeting, we will have a show and sew.  Bring your WIPs and sew the afternoon away with other guild members.  And bring some projects to show off, too!

Please note that this is not the FMQ workshop, which will be held on November 17th, 2013, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Free Motion Quilting, Session 1 - Supply List

Ginger will be presenting the first of two free motion quilting workshops on Sunday, November 17.  The supplies required for the workshop are listed below:
  • Sewing machine and any support you normally use to quilt.  Example: a sew steady table to surround a portable machine. Ginger will be demonstrating how to make a large support for machine quilting on a domestic machine.
  • We will be lowering our feed dogs to quilt - if  this is a new experience  please bring machine manual.
  • Darning foot, also called free motion foot, for your machine.  If you do not have one, they are available at Thornton Company (412-366-6611).
  • Ginger will be demonstrating the use of  the supreme slider, machingers quilting gloves, and bobbin genies.  If you have any of these items, please bring them.
  • Machine needle, universal size 80/12.
  • Thread - Ginger will be using Superior So Fine 50 Weight (we will discuss threads and needles).  We will be sewing on cream muslin so any contrast color will work.  Fill two bobbins with matching thread.
  • Scissors
  • Marking tools - washaway blue Dritz pen, etc
  • Ruler - 12-inch square ruler
  • Quilt sandwiches - make a couple 15 inches by 15 inches, use a light weight batting or warm and natural.  Use a print for backing and a solid cream or white muslin for the top.  If you need fabric, Ginger will have extra sandwiches (sorry no peanut butter and jelly though).  You can safety pin (at least 3 inches apart) baste or spray baste the layers together.
During this workshop, we will be covering:
  • tension issues - both yours and your machine's :)
  • how to handle a large quilt on a home machine
  • products that make free motion quilting easier
  • ergonomic considerations when quilting
  • how to develop a method to keep stitches even
  • meander, stippling, and loop-d-loop designs
  • sewing a marked design, a plotted design, and totally free form filler designs (swirls, pebbles, paisleys)
  • how to audition designs before sewing them on quilts
  • how to fall in love with FMQ
If anyone has a specific question or issue they would like covered, please let Ginger or the leadership team know before the workshop. 

Ginger is looking forward to our workshop and hopes to share some of the knowledge she has gained quilting with her gloves on and her feed dogs down.  She has planned this first workshop to cover basis and techniques.  Session 2 will look at design, creating patterns, and using the aid of many different types of rulers and templates.

See you on November 17!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Computers, Quilts & Privacy

Lorrie Faith Cranor will be giving a talk at CMU and has an exhibit opening next week!  Details are listed below.  Be sure to check out the link to her quilts, too!

Computers, Quilts & Privacy
Lorrie Faith Cranor

Friday, November 1
12:30-1:30 pm

STUDIO for Creative Inquiry,
College of Fine Arts Room 111
Lunch provided, please RSVP to

Lorrie is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University where she is director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) and co-director of the MSIT-Privacy Engineering masters program. During the 2012-2013 academic year she spent her sabbatical as a fellow in the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU where she worked on fiber arts projects that combine her interests in privacy and security, quilting, and computers. In this talk she will discuss these interests and how she combined them during her sabbatical.

For directions or more information contact Marge Myers at 412-268-3451.

You can view some of Lorrie's quilts online at

Lorrie's quilts will also be on exhibit at the Frame Gallery on the Carnegie Mellon campus October 24-November 3, 2013. The Frame Gallery is at 5200 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, on the corner of Forbes and Margaret Morrison.

Opening Reception
Friday, October 25, 2-5:30 pm

Gallery Hours
Thursdays: Oct. 24 + 31, 5-9 pm
Fridays: Oct. 25 + Nov. 1, 2-7 pm
Saturdays: Oct. 26 + Nov. 2, Noon to 5 pm
Sundays: Oct. 27 + Nov. 3, Noon to 5 pm

Saturday, October 19, 2013

October Meeting Recap

Many thanks to Gina for an incredible improv workshop. Please remember to bring your completed improv works to the meeting on November 3rd, which will be a Show & Sew. Also, take advantage of uploading your improv works to the Guild's Flickr page. Secondly, thanks go out to Sarah, who took the following notes. Please note: We have two meet-ups in November!!!

Pittsburgh Modern Quilting Guild Sunday, October 6, 2013
Meeting Minutes
1.     Thanks to all those who quilted something for the library quilt how.  Thank you for all of the set up assistance as well.  Remember the show is still going until October 31st!

2.     Ginger’s Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) workshop in November has been shifted to Sunday, November 17th for a second PMQG gathering.  We will still have our regular session on Sunday, November 3rd with a free sew time together. (Materials for the 17th to be posted soon!)

3.     The Holiday Party will be coordinated by Gina Konopack and Sarah Lozecki.  If you want to be involved in the planning, please let them know.  Location is TBD at this time, but will be Sunday, December 1st. (Save the Date!!!)

4.     Elections will be called in November for our leadership offices.  A vote will take place at the Holiday Party and the newly elected officials will take office in January.  Jodi Humphrey will not be continuing as the President of the Guild.  Gina Konopack is as of yet undecided if she will pursue office of Vice President, or President.  All other positions are interested in remaining.  If you would like to nominate someone for a position, please make sure that you speak to them ahead of the nomination time.

5.     We are looking to create a new role of Past President to act as guidance to the newly elected Guild President.  It is also hoped that this new role can take over special projects, in particular Outreach.

6.     If you are interested in a bus trip to the Paducah, KY Quilt Show April 21-26, 2014, there will be a pick up for the Pittsburgh area.  40 people are needed to fill the bus and the total cost is $849 per person per double room and includes, transportation, admission to preshow, quilt show with multi-day pass, museum, rotary how, Patti’s Settlement, motel and five breakfasts.  Please call Delores Kennemuth at 814.849.2284 or e-mail at with any questions.

7.     On November 9th Jodi and Lauren will be traveling to the Oil City Quilt Guild to talk about modern quilting.  We can’t wait to hear how your time was!

8.     If you did not get your fabrics for the Riley Blake Challenge, please let Jodi know. The Challenge rules were: 1. Finished product must be quilted, 2. You may only add additional fabrics that are solids or Riley Blake fabric from other lines.

9.     If you are looking for inspiration in your color and fabric choices try:
a. where you can follow them on Pinterest or have a subscription. The website shows photographs of various scenes and the color palette that comes from the image.
b.     There is an app for your smartphone through Adobe called Kuler.  You hold the phone over a picture, piece of fabric, or even the floor and the app will pull colors from that image.

10.  There is an exhibit called Compromised: Life in the Middle present by Gold Standard. The show runs through November 3rd,  at 937 Liberty Ave on the 2nd Floor. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11- 6pm, Saturdays 11am - 8pm and Sundays 11am - 5pm.  The show is about artistic communities in America.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Gina's workshop. We look forward to seeing everyone in November. Cheers!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October 2013 Meet-Up Reminder (Gina's Awesome Improv Workshop)

Just a friendly reminder our October meet-up is this Sunday, October 6, 2013.

Details regarding Gina Konopack's workshop can be found here:
Gina's Improv Workshop

Prep for the Improv Workshop

Meeting Details:
Sunday, October 6, 2013
1:00-4:00 PM
The Pittsburgh Project (2801 North Charles Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15214)
Remember: The guild meets in the back of Mosaic Church, which is caddy-corner from the Pittsburgh Project's main building.
Please note: There will be a brief business meeting before the workshop begins.
We hope to see all of you there. Please drop us a line if you have any questions!