Saturday, December 22, 2018

First Responder Recognition Quilt

In response to the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, Pittsburgh area quilt guilds and quilters are making quilts to honor the quick-thinking and brave actions of the first responders. A call was put out for 6.5" string-pieced blocks and each group's quilt will maintain a heart design for continuity.

The Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild has committed to making one of these quilts and has chosen a combination of blues, greens and yellows with a single white (or low volume) center strip. Members are asked to supply their own fabric and muslin or paper backing. This is a stash busting project and an opportunity to use up scraps. String blocks are made from strips sewn on a muslin or paper square. Strips can be 1 to 3 inches in width, refer to the tutorial for complete instruction. If you don't have these colors in your stash, strips will be available at the January meeting. If you have fabric to share bring it.

Each quilt is to be 100 blocks and the photos here are just for reference. You can use whatever piecing method is most comfortable for you. The tutorial mentions muslin foundation piecing and foundation paper piecing.

Blocks can be turned in at the January and February meetings to Karen Womack, Cheralee Stover, or Laurie Mizrahi. You are welcome to make several blocks, or just one! They are a quick project. Any leftover blocks will be shared with the other makers' quilts to make it to our collective goal.

*Plans for quilts for the synagogue and/or congregations are ongoing.*

Thursday, December 13, 2018

December Meeting Recap

Our last guild meeting for 2018 was on December 1st, which was also our end of the year Sew Day. We had a great turn out. Many members brought along various sewing projects to work on. We finished our QuiltCon charity quilt. Big THANKS to all who helped sewing and cutting, and big THANKS to B for organizing everything and keeping us on task. It looks really great.

Photo credit: Merrilee

During the Sew Day we had a short meeting with a handful of Show and Tell items

We briefly talked about our upcoming leadership election. At the January meeting members will vote on a new President, Programs Manager and Treasurer. If you are interested in any position please let Michele know.

At the end of the meeting participating members exchanged pincushions. There were lots of fun makes.

Our next meeting is on Sunday January 6th 1pm-4pm. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

December Meeting

December Sew Day

Our December meeting will be a members-only, all-day Sew Day on Saturday, December 1st from 9am to 9pm - so bring whatever projects you want to work on and come sew with friends!

Holy Spirit Parish
608 Farragut St
Pittsburgh, PA 15209

At 10 am, we will be assembling the QuiltCon Charity Quilt. If you want to help, please bring white thread.

We'll be having a potluck lunch (check your email for an e-vite).

At 1 pm, we will have a short business meeting with show & tell and a...

Destash Sale! 
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. (Before you leave, you must take with you anything that does not sell.) 

Pincushion swap!
Bring a pincushion to the December meeting to participate in this swap. We will put the pincushions in a brown bag to make it a blind swap! Pincushions will be swapped during/after the business meeting which will happen at 1:00 pm.
At 3 pm, A & L Sharpening Service LLC will be there to sharpen your scissors and knives. Her price list is here (She will not be able to do serrated knives and garden tools at our meeting.)

Monday, November 12, 2018

November Meeting Recap

Fun news! We will be having an exhibit of our quilts at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza from September 12-15, 2019. We will be displaying the Inspiration Challenge quilts together as a group. We will also have a section for members’ quilts - we will send more details about how to enter in the spring.

We encourage everyone to think about running for a leadership position in January. You must be a member for a year in January. All positions are open: President, VP Programs, Treasurer, VP Membership, and Social Media. More details on the positions are in our bylaws

If you have a technique or approach to quilting you’re passionate about, please consider leading a meeting next year! Let us know if you’re interested. Members who lead meetings get a $25 gift card. 

The name tag challenge winner is Cheryl - congratulations!

Inspiration Presentation and Challenge!
Thank you Ailish, Amada and B for your presentation on inspiration to get us started on our next guild challenge : pghmqg POP ART Inspiration Challenge (information in your email and on the Guild Challenges Tab)

Show and tell


We hope to see you at our next meeting on December 1st 2018. It is on a Saturday and it's our guild's fun filled daylong sew day. More information coming soon.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

November Meeting

Join us Sunday, November 4th from 1-4pm for a meeting about Inspiration and the start of a new challenge! (Don't forget to change your clocks - Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday!)

You can win a prize if you finished your Nametag Challenge!

Our meeting will be at:
Holy Spirit Parish
608 Farragut St
Pittsburgh, PA 15209

To get to our meeting room, please enter through the glass doors at the lower entrance to the building. The street out front serves as a free parking lot!

Monday, October 15, 2018

October Meeting Recap

We gathered on October 7th for our monthly meeting.

- QuiltCon quilt submissions are open till November 30th 2018.There are 2 challenge categories as well: American Patchwork and Quilting Two-Color quilt challenge and Michael Miller fabric challenge

- We encourage everyone to think about running for a leadership position in January. All positions are open: President, VP of Programming, Treasurer, VP Membership, and Social Media Coordinator. Details in our bylaws or talk to the current officers!

- We have a nametag challenge running through November, when there will be a prize drawing!

- On the new MQG site, members must sign in and update personal profile to be active. You also now print your own Membership Card

- B collected the QuiltCon Charity Quilt blocks. The charity quilt assembly day is set for our December 1st Sew Day.

- QuiltCon quilt submissions and registrations are open till November 30th 2018. There are 2 challenge categories as well: American Patchwork and Quilting Two-Color quilt challenge and Michael Miller fabric challenge.

- On IG use the guild hashtag #pghmqg so we can feature you on the guild's page. The Modern Quilt Guild uses #showusyourmqg hashtag to pick members for feature on their page and newsletters. As a member you get access to free webinars, patterns and you can connect with other modern quilters.

- Our Minimalism Quilt Challenge winner is Kathie K! Congratulations! You will receive a $25 gift card. Thanks to everyone who participated and made such great quilts! 

- During our meeting Karen Womack taught us slow stitching. What is Slow Stitching? An effort by fiber artists to slow down, enjoy the process and create satisfying art. Karen talked about different stitching techniques such as: big stitch quilting, Japanese boro and sashiko. We practiced running stitches and worked on a small boro style square.

Show and Tell

Our next meeting is on November 4th. We hope to see you there!