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!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 2017 Meeting Recap

This month we combined our monthly meeting with an all day sewing retreat.

At our meeting we recognized the members of our guild who had quilts in the Three Rivers Quilt Show and those that won ribbons. They can be found here.

Entries for the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza (PNQE) show in Philadelphia must be sent in by June 3, 2017. Details here.

All guild members are encouraged to participate in the Modern Solids Challenge. We are to make a 24" square mini quilt using all solids in the colors of our logo. These minis will hang in the PNQE show as a display together. Please bring your completed mini to the June meeting! You can find progress photos on Instagram at #pghmqgmsc and what I'm seeing so far is impressive! (Check out our new page on this website to read up on all current and past guild challenges going on!)

The Modern Quilt Guild has announced the next Charity Quilt Challenge guidelines. The theme is modern-traditionalism. Brainstorm some ideas for our next quilt and submit your ideas via e-mail to the guild. We'll decide on an idea at our June meeting.

Our next meeting will be Sunday June 4 from 1-4pm at The Pittsburgh Project. Amanda will be speaking about how modern quilters use social media to connect, find inspiration, and share their work. 

Upcoming Programs:

Sew Day June 10, 2017 at Quilter's Corner 10-4 E-vite coming soon!

Shibori Workshop, possible date July 29th, details TBA

Screen printing Workshop Fall 2017

Hand Applique is the program topic for the July 2017 meeting

We welcomed two new members this month bringing our total to 56!

Reminder: It's time to pay your annual dues! You can check out this info on our website for all the 411 on dues amount and how to pay: click here. 

Inspiration Blocks:





Show and Tell:




New member Cathy


Friday, May 12, 2017

PghMQG Exhibit at PNQE!

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza (PNQE) quilt show coming up this September will feature an exhibit of work by the members our guild! Details about the show in general can be found by following this link

Entries are now open for members to submit their work to be shown at this event!

Some additional important details:

  • Each member may submit up to three works of any size for the exhibit (if you are making a mini for the Modern Solids Challenge, it does not count as one of the three you may submit)
  • Quilts will be selected by PghMQG leadership based on the number of submissions we receive
  • Please submit a separate form for each work you are submitting along with two photos of each quilt (one photo of the entire piece and one detail close-up photo), the link to the form is below
  • Shipping to and from the show will be at no cost to you
  • We would like you to submit your most modern pieces, but most importantly we would love to see work from every member represented regardless of how modern it is!
  • Feel free to submit unfinished pieces. They must be finished by Aug 13th and of good quality in order to be included in the exhibit.
  • Entries are due by Friday, June 2nd
PghMQG members please follow this link to download the submission form. Please read it and complete it carefully for all pertinent details and instructions for submitting.

Are you interested in participating but you aren't a member? You can find information about joining our guild by following this link.

So excited to see your pretty quilts!

Friday, May 5, 2017

PghMQG at the Three Rivers Quilt Show

The Three Rivers Quilt show was held April 27-29, 2017. We had many members of our guild enter quilts and quite a few bring home awards. Check out all the member quilts below (presented in alphabetical order).

Congratulations to all who participated! 

Amanda Hancock-A Little Lucid

Amanda Hancock, Resist, Third Place, Theme-Solo

Amanda Hancock, Rainbow Unicorn

Barbara Cain, Temperance Please, Second Place, Modern

Dia Sue-Wah-Sing, Collaborate, Judge's Recognition

Elmira Essex-Sizemore, Art Deco Diamonds

Elmira Essex-Sizemore, Modern Ballerina, Director's Choice

Gerry Benton, Angel by the Sea Honorable Mention Art/Wall-Hanging

Karen Womack, Tribe

Melissa Fontanese, Geese Over Essex

Nicole Maroon, Fowl Play, Honorable Mention, Modern

Nicole Maroon, Shimmer Medallion, First Place, Pieced Large-Solo

Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild, Vertical Scale

Sandra Schott, Circle of Friends, Honorable Mention, Modern

TaMara Howard, A Tree of Life, Second Place, Pieced Small-Group, Quilted by Nicole Maroon

TaMara Howard, Eclipse 2, First Place, Modern

Vivian Benton, Sawtooth in Living Color

Vivian Benton, Endless Chain II

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 2017 Meeting: Sew Day

May 6th we will have a sewing day from 9-9 at
At 1pm we will have a brief guild meeting. Guild members please check your e-mail to RSVP and for more details.The sew day is free to members and $10 for guests.

Please plan to join us!  The sewing days are always a great time.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April Meeting Recap

First, a little business. We had another fun meeting. PGHMQG now has 55 members! 

We will be participating in the PA National Quilt Extravaganza, which is a Mancuso Show, September 14-17 2017. Guild members are encouraged to enter quilts into our exhibit at the show. Members also have the opportunity to make a mini quilt using all solids in the colors of our logo. You should have received info about both of these things through e-mail (check your junk mail folder if you didn't get it!).

April 29th will be a sew day at the Hill District Library from 12-5pm. 

Our next meeting will be Saturday May 6th. This will also be a sew day with a break for our meeting in the afternoon. 

Watch for e-vites for both sewing days!

Mark your calendars for March 23-25 2018 and plan to join us for another sewing retreat. It was such a great weekend!

Now, some quilts! Our members are going strong with their monthly inspiration challenge blocks.


Amanda's Daffodil Block

Ailish's block inspired by walks in the park as spring begins


Karen's February and March blocks

 Show and Tell:
Gerry with her first improv piece inspired by our Sherri Lynn Wood class
B with a quilt she made from her 100dayproject designs
Amanda with her Christmas tree skirt

Ailish finished this quilt top on our retreat

Zsofia with her awesome swap mini



Karen received this mini from the MQG swap

Stacy led our program for the month on the topic of judging quilt shows. Quilt judges are trained to look at all aspects of the quilt from the design and color to the construction. Something that stuck out to me as an important was to consider the longevity of your quilt. Your quilt will be around for a long time, maybe longer than you think! So make a quilt that is well constructed. Make sure that your quilting is close enough together to prevent batting shifting around in the wash and make sure your binding is made to last. If it's going to be in a show these are things that a judge will be looking for, but even more important, preserve your beautiful work.

Thank you to Stacy for leading this month's program!