Tuesday, December 26, 2017

January Meeting Announcement: Annual General Meeting and Leadership Elections

Join us for our annual General Meeting on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm and help us ring in the new year!

We will be meeting at a new location for the guild:
Assemble Pittsburgh
4824 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Some items to know for the meeting:

  • We will be holding leadership elections and welcoming new members to our leadership team as Amanda, Michele, and Melissa prepare to step down from their positions. 
  • Don't forget to finish up your UFOs for this meeting! If you registered your UFOs with the guild previously, each finish gets you a chance to win free entry to the weekend long retreat in March. Find all the details about this challenge here
  • If you are participating in the Hohl challenge, Stacy will be collecting your minis at this meeting.
  • We will be discussing plans for the upcoming year so be sure to bring any ideas you may have!
  • Definitely don't forget those projects for show and tell! 

We look forward to seeing you as we start off another year of quilting!


Monday, December 25, 2017

December Meeting Recap: Sew Day

We met at St. John's Church for our meeting and sew day this month. The QuiltCon Charity quilt is quilted and ready for binding! It is looking fantastic so far.

Guild members were invited to bring fabric and supplies for a guild flea market.

We had an ornament exchange. Everyone made such cute ornaments!

Show and Tell:

We'll have leadership elections at our January meeting. Be thinking of ideas for programs, challenges, and new ideas for the guild.

Friday, November 24, 2017

December 2017 Meeting: Sew Day!

Let them eat cereal while we sew! (But not us, we will eat cookies. Please bring cookies. Nom nom nom.) Our next meeting will be an all day sew day, from 9am-9pm on Saturday, December 2, 2017. This event is free for members, $20 for guests. The guild meeting will be held at 1:00. Join us all day or part of the day:

St. John's Lutheran Church 
311 Cumberland Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Members, please see the e-vite in your e-mail to RSVP for the sew day. We will have a potluck lunch, so please bring a dish to share!

Don't forget your ornament for our swap! Any handmade ornament will do. We'll do a blind swap that day after the 1:00 meeting, and you will come away with an ornament made by a fellow guild member.

Have some fabric you'd like to sell? This is the meeting to bring it! Please bring your things already priced and have some cash on hand to make change. You are welcome to bring scrap bundles, old projects, supplies, and fabric.

See you soon!

November meeting recap

We talked about finding inspiration for your quilts last month with Melissa Jennings.

Submissions for QuiltCon are open until November 30th. You've still got time to enter a quilt!

Congratulations to all of our members that entered quilts in the Beaver Valley Quilt show! You can see more info about the PGHMQG at the show here.

Leadership elections are coming up! Members please check your e-mail for information about the positions and how to contact Pam our Elections Officiate.

2017 is almost over. How are your UFO's coming along for our challenge? You need to have completed projects by the January meeting in order for them to be counted.

Show and Tell:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Beaver Valley Quilt Show 2017

Congratulations to our guild members who participated in the 2017 Beaver Valley Quilt Show! It's great to see modern quilting represented and awesome to see that everyone brought home awards!

Nikki-Organized Chaos


Amanda-Square Peg Round Hole

Gerry-Angel By the Sea

Gerry-Asian Influence

Karen-Good Seeds,Great Flowers

Nikki-Let Me Hear You Roar

Nikki-Modern in Metallic

Monday, October 30, 2017

November 2017 Meeting: Finding Quilt Inspiration

We'll be meeting at The Stephen Foster Community Center, 286 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201, this month November 5, 2017 1-4pm.

Don't forget about our UFO challenge! You have until the end of the year to bring in your finished projects.

Melissa Jennings will be talking about finding inspiration for quilt designs. 

Bring your quilts for show and tell and we'll see you then!

Monday, October 23, 2017

October Meeting Recap

Diane Denardo spoke to us this month. She led us through a series of prompts designed to help us a design our own quilt block based off a story from our childhood. Please share your blocks if you end up sewing one of your designs! It was a fun exercise to get some creative ideas going.

Leadership elections are coming up! If you are interested in running let our elections chair, Pam, know. An email will be sent out soon detailing the responsibilities of each position and Pam's contact info.

We'll be doing an ornament swap for our meeting in December. This is an optional swap and the rules are simple: make a holiday ornament and bring it to the meeting. Anything handmade is fine, it does not have to be quilted! We'll do a swap at the meeting and if you participate you'll walk away with a handmade ornament. Check out our Instagram feed for links to an ornament-along if you want some inspiration.

B shared with us some information about the hohl challenge. Further instructions can be found here: hohl challenge.

Our next meeting will be November 5th 1-4pm at the Stephen Foster Community Center. Melissa Jennings will discuss quilt inspiration.

Don't forget to work on your UFO challenge quilts for a chance to win FREE registration to the Spring sewing retreat! That challenge runs through the rest of 2017. You've still got time to finish some things (UFOs must have been previously registered with the guild to be eligible for this challenge, see the Guild Challenges and Swaps page of this blog for all the details)! 

The #makemeamini challenge was so much fun! We gave our partners their quilts this month and saw some beautiful completed projects. If you have any photos of your mini to share please do so! I had a bit of camera trouble at the last meeting.

Show and Tell:

Sunday, September 24, 2017

October 2018 Meeting Announcement: Mapping Your Life, A Bird's Eye View

Please join us for the next meeting Sunday, October 8th 1-4pm
Stephen Foster Center, Lawrenceville
286 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

There is a parking lot, which can be entered from Fisk (the street behind the building. Building doors will be marked, but the entrance to use is the main door on Main St.

We'll be swapping our Make Me a Mini challenge quilts at this months meeting! If you are unable to be at the meeting please contact your swap partner directly to get them their mini before or after the meeting.

All quilt blocks for the QuiltCon Charity quilt should be turned in at this meeting or at our Sew Day October 14th at St John's Church. We will be assembling the quilt top during the sew day.

Here's a note about our program this month:

Through a series of design prompts and exploratory exercises, guild member Diane DeNardo will lead each of us in designing a modern quilt block that maps a story from our life.  After exploring our unique stories through words and simple pencil sketches, we will have been taken through one avenue of artistic exploration.  That exploration will result in a unique and personally designed quilt block. Discussion will focus on how color choice, placement, texture and stitching can bring the story to life and reflect the characteristics of modern quilting.  Participants will be encouraged to share their story and hand drawn quilt block at the workshop or at a future Pgh MQG show and tell.

Supply list:
Favorite art journal, sketch pad or doodle pad.
Pen or pencil for sketching
Colored pencils or markers.
NOTE:  If you are running late or forget, Diane will have extras on hand.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

September Meeting Recap

At our September Meeting we had five guild members bring their completed quilts for the Inspiration Block Challenge, which we've been working on since the summer of 2016. The results were beautiful! Each person with a completed quilt had their name entered in a drawing to win a basket of quilty prizes. Congratulations to B our winner!





Some take aways from the meeting:

  • Submissions are open for Quilt Con here.

  • Guild member Zsofia Molgaard was chosen as an ambassador for Stash Builder Box for the month of September!

Nikki shared all about bindings and the many methods for getting your quilt bound. It was very informative! Personally I'm looking forward to trying my first faced binding.

 Show and Tell