Saturday, September 26, 2015

September meeting recap

The beginning of Fall seemed to bring new and old members to the September meeting. Twenty people were in attendance. After introductions the meeting proceeded.

Amanda has done a great job breaking down our QuiltCon challenge project into manageable blocks for the members to complete. Packets were distributed to all who felt that they could contribute. The packets included fabric, a portion of the bridge to be represented and hints on how to do this. There are a handful of blocks left to be claimed, so please email Amanda if you would like to help out. There will be a sew-in at Quilt Company on Saturday, October 17th from Noon-4:30 to work on these blocks together. More details about this will be coming soon! The finished blocks are due at the November meeting.

Kathy delivered the PghMQG raffle quilt to Quilter’s Corner who will display it and sell tickets for the month of September. Quilt Company will do the same for the month of October, and we are still seeking a storefront to host it in November. The drawing will be held at our December meeting. Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. This is a fundraiser for our guild, so please see Kathy about picking up tickets to sell to your family and friends. 

PghMQG 2015 Raffle Quilt

Quilter’s Corner also donated 6 yards of solid fabrics to the guild as a “Thank You” gift for the pillow cases that members donated at the August meeting.Thank you to everyone who participated in this worthy cause!

Mona and Stephanie distributed the September offering of the Fat Quarter Club. Head over the FQ Club page on this site to check out their cool selections. We are looking for a volunteer to choose fabric for the December offering.

Show & Tell:   

Gerry showed a small quilt that she had made after our paper piecing meeting. Don't you love how that white pops? So fresh!
Melissa, a brandy new member, showed a lovely quilt top using circles. So cool!
Karen showed Lauren the bag that she had made using several of the pieces of fabric that Lauren had shared with those at the July meeting.
Lauren showed us her Carolyn Friedlander Collection Quilt BOM that she is working on.  She is using distinctive fabrics that she has collected on her many trips to far and distant places.
Sally showed a table runner made using Aboriginal fabrics. This color combo is so great!

To see all the photos from show and tell please check out the guild's Flickr page.

The skillbuilder for this month was Alternate Grids, led by Sally. The discussion began by looking at the quilt that Gerri made using the blocks that she won at the May retreat.
Her approach was to use a design wall and then arrange her blocks in positions that she liked. From there she determined how to frame them with background fabric to produce the final quilt top. 

Gerry' s alternate grid placement

Sally showed a more systematic approach where a grid is in fact created and marked out using tape. The blocks are then placed within the grids in different positions. The grid can then be shifted to achieve the desired look.   

Sally's grid placement in progress

The blocks are then created using the focus block and the background fabric. Cut a piece of background at least ¾ of an inch greater than the distance measured from the focus block to the outer boundary of the grid block and the length of the focus block. Proceed in this way, almost log cabin style, until you have a block the size of the grid block made of background and focus block. 

Here is the completed piece. Neat!

Attendees then played with the block for the upcoming Pittsburgh Project charity quilt.  We looked at several possible arrangements, and Sarah will now put it together!!
Playing with layouts (Psst, the first one, amirite).

The group then headed out to the opening of the new fabric shop Spool located 816 E Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh 15210  (Allentown). The store was very active and has a very modern vibe. It's a small store, but has lots of great offerings for the modern quilter.  Our members seemed to find quite a few irresistible pieces. The cookies were to die for!


Sunday, October 4th: 
Noon-7:00pm, Sherri Lynn Wood workshop at the Pittsburgh Project. A few spots are still available.  Check the website for details.

Thurs-Sat, October 8-10th: 
The Beaver Valley Quilt Show, check out their website for all the details. Several members will be showing! 

Saturday, October 17th
Noon-4:30, Sew-in for the QuiltCon project at Quilt Company (3940 Middle  Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101). The regular October meeting will be held during the sew-in.

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