Thursday, July 23, 2015

August meeting announcement

Our next meeting (Sunday August 2nd, 1:00-4:00pm) will be held at Quilter's Corner in Finleyville. We certainly hope to see everybody there! MaryBeth will be sharing with us the exciting new things she saw at the Spring Quilt Market and the shop will be open just for MQG members. 

It looks like the best bet to getting to the shop (Quilters Corner, 6101 Pennsylvania 88 #1, Finleyville, PA 15332) is to take Rt 19 or 51 to avoid construction on 88. Google maps seems to be aware of the situation, so we advise looking into the routes suggested on that website. If you are interested in organizing a carpool with other members we suggest that you take advantage of the MQG forum for the Pgh chapter. A topic has already been started for this if you are interested. (Didn't know about the Pgh MQG forum? This is a great place to communicate with your guild members in between meetings. Just head over to this webpage, login with your MQG username and password, and join the group to start chatting!)

If you are coming to the meeting, please bring some of your work for show and tell, even if you have shown it before. MaryBeth is very interested in seeing what our guild is up to.

Also, during the month of August, Quilter's Corner is accepting donations of homemade pillowcases that will be given to charities who work with pediatric cancer patients. We ask that you bring a completed pillowcase with you to thank them for hosting this meeting for us. Some tutorials on how to construct a pillowcase can be found here and here.

The FQ Club payment ($12) is due at the August meeting. Mona and Stephanie will be picking the fabric this time around, and it will be available at the Sept 13th meeting. Also, don't forget if you did not pay your dues at the July meeting, please bring them with you in August. Dues are $40 this year. Please email the guild to make other arrangements to pay your dues if necessary. 

We have been a little lax in designating our BOM's the last few months. I have updated the BOM page on this site with suggestions for the circles/curves and improv skill builders. We promise to remember to do this! Our block for August, Stashbuster #2 from Little Miss Shabby, looks pretty fun and great for scrap busting. Head on over to this great tutorial to make the block pictured here:

Stashbuster #2 by Little Miss Shabby

Maybe you can bring one of these to the August meeting for show and tell!

See you soon!

Monday, July 20, 2015

July meeting recap

We had a great turnout at our July meeting!  It was nice to see some old faces as well as meet some new friends.

  • We have exciting news! Details have been finalized for our upcoming workshop with Sherri Lynn Wood on October 4th, to be held at the Pittsburgh Project from 12-7 PM. We are very fortunate to secure this national speaker. More details will be available shortly. Members will have the first opportunity to register and at a lower membership rate. The workshop will focus on improv and will not require any special materials.
  • Annual dues were collected for the 2015/2016 fiscal year. If you were unable to attend please email the guild to make arrangements for mailing your payment.
  • Amanda presented her ideas for the QuiltCon charity quilt challenge. The color scheme this year lends itself well to really representing Pittsburgh. The guild will purchase the main fabrics, and members will be given an image along with a fabric bundle to improv piece the portion of the bridge that they have been assigned. The fabric bundles and block print outs will be available at the September meeting. Some members have already claimed their blocks!
  • Kathy announced the final details for our August meeting. Since the Pittsburgh Project is not available to us on August 2, the Quilter’s Corner has kindly offered to host our meeting. Mary Beth, the shop owner, will discuss what she saw at the Quilt Market in May. She will share with us the trends and new fabrics and patterns that are coming out. Quilter's Corner has some fabulous modern fabrics and great patterns! The shop will be open for our members so be prepared to shop! This is a special treat for our members so we are asking those attending to make a pillowcase to contribute to the charity that the Quilter’s Corner supports. We are also asking members to “strut their stuff” and bring some projects for show and tell.  Mary Beth would like to get a feel for our group and interests. The meeting is 1-4 PM and Quilter’s Corner 6101 Rt 88, Finleyville. More details to come soon!
  • Show and tell (our favorite part of the meeting) was full of some lovely projects by our members:
Gerry Benton discussing this captivating paper pieced mini

Gerri Bobnar showed an applique project
Cheralee showed a fun little quilt that she had made for a swap
Sandy asked for ideas on her quilt, although the general agreement was that it looked great the way it was. 

Michelle finished the EPP project she was working on last month

  • Fat Quarter Club: Mona and Stephanie will choose the fabric for September. The $12 fee to participate is due at the August meeting.
  • Pittsburgh Project Charity Quilt: Every year the guild donates a quilt to the Pittsburgh Project Auction. This is the major fundraising event for TPP, and they are very generous with space for our meetings. Sarah is collecting 12 ½” by 18 ½ “ blocks in green, blue and grey. This quilt needs to be completed by the end of November, so consider making a block. Only a handful more are needed!

The skill builder for this meeting was foundation paper piecing with Amanda. Amanda began by showing us some blocks that she has been working on for her Polaroid quilt project. These little six inch blocks are quite detailed and really show off the power of paper piecing. 

Amanda's Polaroid paper pieced blocks

She began with a discussion about different papers that can be used and tips on how to accurately print the patterns. An exciting innovation is the use of freezer paper that comes in sheets and can be used in an ink jet printer. It can be ironed to the fabric, peeled off when finished, and then reused. No more picking paper from a piece! Amanda recommends a small stitch length, lots of spray starch, and the “add-a-quarter” ruler with the lip.  She demonstrated several ways to make the block of the month. Amanda's instructions for standard paper piecing and freezer paper piecing can be downloaded here and here.

The paper pieced blocks constructed at the meeting. Check out those smiles!

Look for the August meeting announcement to be up soon!

Happy sewing,